Andrew Cockburn


Andrew Cockburn, author of Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall and Catastrophic Legacy, discusses his article “Search and destroy: The Pentagon’s losing battle against IEDs;” the $70 billion “Manhattan Project” to combat $20 homemade landmines – that remain as effective as ever; how the military rejects cheap low-tech solutions and keeps the cash flowing to defense contractors; and the battle of wits between a Taliban bomb-maker and an American explosive ordnance technician.

MP3 here. (19:31)

Andrew Cockburn is the author of Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall and Catastrophic Legacy, and co-producer of American Casino, a documentary on the origins and consequences of the financial crash. He is a writer and lecturer on defense and national affairs and has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Playboy, Vanity Fair, and National Geographic, among other publications.

6 thoughts on “Andrew Cockburn”

  1. There is a old story about a frog and a scorpion. The scorpion ask the frog if he would help him cross a river and the frog says if i let you klime up my back you will sting me. The scorpion reply if i sting you we will both die. The frog thought about it and it makes sense and says to the scorpion klime up. In the middile of the river the frog feels the sting of the scorpion and the paralysis begins to kick in. The frog says to the scorpion why have you stinged me now you killed us both, the scorpion answered i can't help it it's in my nature. America is the scorpion it can't help her self and will continue to wage unnecessary foreign wars untill it's goes bankrupt. It's in her nature.

  2. I had a boss who was famous for saying "What gets measured gets done." It both meant what it seemed to say, but it also meant: Be careful what you measure bc that's they only thing that WILL get done.

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