Global Politics & Cultures (formerly Independent Thought & Freedom)
Episode 72

44: Col. Lawrence Wilkerson | Iraq War lies and the Decline of the American Empire

Kirk Meighoo published on

Rolling Stone magazine has written: "The invasion [of Iraq] is no longer just one of the great crimes of this or any age – it’s become a crossroads event in the history of America’s decline". 

One of the most massive and destructive hoaxes in human history, we are still living with the legacy of the 2003 Iraq War.

I am extremely honoured to have as my guest on today's episode Col. Lawrence Wilkinson, the former chief of staff of the U.S. Department of State (2002-05), former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. and currently Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA (2005 to present).

He was the man responsible for putting together the intelligence briefing for Gen. Colin Powell as he addressed the United nations on 5 February 2003. It is something that Col. Wilkinson has said many times before in public that he regrets deeply.

Since retiring in 2005, Col. Wilkinson has become an important voice of authority, criticising not only the war in Iraq, but also US foreign policy in general.

For his work, he received in 2009 the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence.

We discuss:

- Col. Wilkerson's definition of and participation in "stupid wars" from Vietnam to Iraq
- how he learned about that the US was an Empire in the American War College
- the degradation of the American military and of the quality of leadership and thought
- the disadvantages and dangers of a volunteer military force
- how he and his team were lied to by the intelligence community in preparing the dossier on Iraq in 2003 for Gen. Colin Powell
- the untouchability of the intelligence community, despite their colossal failures
- the military-industrial-university-congressional-think tank-R&D complex
- the personal corruption of John Bolton and other neoconservatives
- the degradation of US credibility in the world since the War on Terror
- why the US has not been able to -- and cannot -- win in Afghanistan
- India's and Pakistan's dangerous and irresponsibile lack of nuclear engagement policy
- the neoconservative allegiance to Israel over the United States purposely 
- how Iran has become the real power in the Middle East
- why there is a 50/50 chance that in 20 years there will be no State of Israel 
- the dangerous re-emergence of a new nuclear arms race
- silent support for his critical views throughout the US
- how the military can bankrupt the United States, and push for war to "help" the economy 
- the great schism in the Republican Party
- who he voted for in 2016 (not Trump)
- the danger of domestic terrorism
- political violence today compared to the 1960s



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