Scott Horton Interviews Eric Margolis

Scott Horton, May 26, 2011

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Eric Margolis, foreign correspondent and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj, discusses the close watch the US is keeping on Pakistan’s nuclear weapons sites, creating suspicions that a confiscatory raid is being planned; how recent events make the Pakistani military look weak and incompetent; how the crucial and fragile US supply line from Pakistan to Afghanistan could be the object of retaliation against further military incursions; how billions in US “aid” convinces Pakistan’s elite to wage a very unpopular war in the tribal areas; and the open question of who could replace CIA-asset Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan to make a legitimate government.

MP3 here. (18:10)

Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist. His articles appear in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times and Dawn. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. He appears as an expert on foreign affairs on CNN, BBC, France 2, France 24, Fox News, CTV and CBC.

As a war correspondent Margolis has covered conflicts in Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Sinai, Afghanistan, Kashmir, India, Pakistan, El Salvador and Nicaragua. He was among the first journalists to ever interview Libya’s Muammar Khadaffi and was among the first to be allowed access to KGB headquarters in Moscow. A veteran of many conflicts in the Middle East, Margolis recently was featured in a special appearance on Britain’s Sky News TV as “the man who got it right” in his predictions about the dangerous risks and entanglements the US would face in Iraq.

Margolis is the author of War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet and American Raj: Liberation or Domination?: Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World.

16 Responses to “Eric Margolis”

  1. This is real possibility, and Pakistan is keenly aware of the likelyhood of a US operation launched under the rubric of securing their nukes. India and the US are tight, I am sure that their is pressure form India forthe US to weaken their perennial nemisis, Pakistsn.
    As for the author Eric Margolis, he is undoubtedly among the most well-informed if not the best of journalists writing on the question of Afghan/Pakistan/Indian issues. I have both of his well-articulated and throughly researched books which I highly recommend to any and all who will listen. I have found his research consistent with that of my own conducted since 1986.

  2. india has already been nutralised by nuking its nuke proapgramee by manmnoahnsingh the maerican afgent who has been imposed on idnia without being elelcted by the people of india.so having neautred india us wants paksitan to be enautred aswell.

    i hope, as an indian that paoskitanreissts this to the point of nukign aggreesive occupying american forces .

  3. ‘Afghanistan may be too broken to Khabul-together a government’ hahahaha

    http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2011/05/19/bin-laden-death-script-the-needed-trigger-for-next-step-pakistan/#more-3690

    don’t forget Sibel Edmonds podcasts, folks!

  4. Tell us MORE…… I am ALL ears….

  5. "Bumblestan and something else…" – man am I glad I wasn't drinking anything when I heard that or I'd be wearing it – LOL!

    The problem is also that the Pakistani's mistake the raiders as Indian commandos going for their nukes and all hell breaks loose – those who think the positives outweigh the negatives in this hypothetical situation should either a) be considered certifiably insane or b) be considered officially unable to think themselves out of a paper bag.

  6. Eric Margolis has been right so far.

  7. The only way the US would do such a risky operation is if the Pakistani government itself falls, or is on the verge of doing so. Once it becomes clear that a Taliban or Al Qaeda government is taking power in Pakistan, the USA will act, whatever the risk.

    Unfortunately, those enemy forces have the support of the Pakistani people, so an enemy takeover of the country is becoming increasingly likely.

  8. India and the US are not "tight". They are a bit closer than in the Soviet era, that's all.

  9. Why does Eric Margolis remind me of the reporter in the fictional Frederick Forsyth novel, the "Dogs of War"??

  10. Not worth remembering, period.

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