Scott Horton Interviews Eric Margolis

Scott Horton, July 03, 2011

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Eric Margolis, foreign correspondent and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj, discusses the extent of his experience in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation; taking on John McCain’s assertion that 9/11 could have been prevented if the US had stayed engaged after the Soviet withdrawal; the Taliban’s rise in mid-1990s, supported by Pakistan to fight against the northern Communists; and why bin Laden’s trap (of luring the US halfway around the world to bleed itself dry) still seems to be working after all these years.

MP3 here. (29:24)

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.

4 Responses to “Eric Margolis”

  1. John McCain was next to last in his Naval Academy class – IF not for his father and grandfather being admirals, McCain would NOT have qualified for entrance into the Naval Academy or even most colleges – his was an automatic appointment due to family of admirals.
    He was NOT a very good Navy pilot – and – many blame him for 'wet starting' his A-4 and starting the dealy fire aboard the USS Forrestal.
    He was a womanizer – he divorced his wife as soon as he came back from having been a POW – I do give him credit for having served.
    He was one of the 'Keating Five' – a sleazy politician.
    John McCain is a Zionist NeoCon – a nut case – a warmonger – he has NO credibility on any subject.
    Having chosen Sarah Palin in 2008 is proof of his senility.
    He "fell in love with his country as a POW" – wow – and what about before?
    He needs to move to Israel – and – he needs to take Graham and Lieberman with him.

  2. Eric Margolis is one savvy journalist. His analysis and articulation of America's role in building an empire at the expense of millions of the less fortunate…is brilliant. As one engaged in Afghanistan research for the past 25 years, it is my estimation that Eric Margolis is the best of the best. Both his books are to be recommended for both the researcher and those interested in America's foreign policy.

  3. Bin Laden is getting what he wants but its not because the American government is stupid they just don't care if they ruin America actually they already have and I belive it started long ago.All they care about is themselfs and when America collapses they will leave the country they intensionaly ruined.Exeption to a few like Ron Paul,Dennis Kusinich,And not many others in the government anyway.Sorry not suer if I spelled Dennises name right.Now I listen to this.

  4. They never went to war because of 9/11 it was an inside job with Israely help.They went to war to expand there empire but it failed the US is on the verg of collapes .They did have one thing go there way the military industrial complex made money and the rich as well and they surrounded Iran.The full colapes will come faster if they attack Iran or Pakistan but its not like they care.If they let the Taliban fight they would have cost the military industrial complex money and they didn't want that.They will never win a war in Afganistan the only way would be nukular and America would not only be the first country to use nukes they would be the secound to.American and the Israely government are one and the same but Israel don't kill there own people.I fell bad for the citizens of America but long ago they needed to do what the constitution alowed when your government becomes tyranicle expell them with the 350 million citizens with most of the worlds support.Wonderfull interview.

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