Scott Horton Interviews Pepe Escobar

Scott Horton, August 26, 2011

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Pepe Escobar, journalist and author of Obama Does Globalistan, discusses his article “Welcome to Libya’s ‘democracy’” and whether Gadhafi’s apparent defeat is instead a strategic retreat – presaging a guerrilla war; how NATO filters all information from Libya’s National Transitional Council, making it very difficult for outsiders to determine what’s really going on; why eastern Libya may become an emirate ruled by heavily armed Islamists, much to the delight of the Persian Gulf monarchies; how Obama, Sarkozy and Cameron are all taking credit for a victory and reaping some domestic political rewards for it; why occupation forces will likely be composed of a Persian Gulf “task force;” and how the BRIC countries, opposed to Libya intervention from the start, are getting shut out of lucritive oil contracts.

MP3 here. (21:59)

Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving Into Liquid War and Obama Does Globalistan.

An extreme traveler, Pepe’s nose for news has taken him to all parts of the globe. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination. Two weeks before September 11, 2001, while Pepe was in the tribal areas of Pakistan, Asia Times Online published his prophetic piece, “Get Osama! Now! Or else …” Pepe was one of the first journalists to reach Kabul after the Taliban’s retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from Iraq, Iran, Central Asia, US and China.

7 Responses to “Pepe Escobar”

  1. So far Khaddafi has not been captured nor his sons or any of his top military commanders. To me this is dejà vu of Kabul ten year's ago and Baghdad eight years ago with the same kind of triumphalisme from the media and the foreign policy elites in and out of government that pushed for this war and we see the joy of the 'liberated people's' on CNN, BBC etc. But if Iraq and Afghanistan is anything to go by it's going to be a heck of a mess. Europe's Vietnam ?

  2. It should be "lucrative," not "lucritive."

  3. Come on, Clint. The U.S. wants to control Iran. The MEK is an important part of being able to do so. That's not nutty.

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