Pepe Escobar, journalist and author of Obama Does Globalistan, discusses his article “Libya: to King Sarkozy, the spoils” about how France helped instigate the uprising in Libya and stands ready to profit from regime change; the lack of a “plan B” for Libya’s conquerors since Gaddafi slipped away (apparently in a hi-tech stealth SUV); why Libya’s (relative) wealth and high living standards may be undermined by a tribalistic and fundamentalist Islamic government; and why Libya may soon get an Iraq-style Coalition Provisional Authority and a cape-wearing puppet president.
MP3 here. (24:29)
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.