VIDEO: TeleSur interview – “Empire never has enough” says former Bush official


Abby Martin interviews retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former national security advisor to the Reagan administration, who spent years as an assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell during both Bush administrations. Today, he is honest about the unfixable corruption inside the establishment and the corporate interests driving foreign policy.

Hear a rare insider’s view of what interests are behind U.S. wars, the manipulation of intelligence, the intertwining of the military and corporate world, and why the U.S. Empire is doomed.

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Lilia Patterson

I am shocked at what he is saying because what he says is not 100% true. He has stated a number of things that are false in particular in relation to Syria and also in relation to Iraq. He states there is no evidence that the Assad regime used chemical weapons. This is completely false. The Assad regime is known to have what has been described by different intelligence agencies as the largest chemical weapons stock-pile in the world. The US military intelligence knew this since the regime first started their stock-pile in the 70s. There is substantial evidence of the Assad regime using chemical weapons against Syrian civilians in FSA controlled areas in Syria since the start of the Syrian uprising, including evidence from defectors from the Syrian army who previously worked for the chemical weapons division so therefore representing specialist expert documented knowledge. The USA have also previously used the Assad regime as part of the CIA torture rendition apparatus, including flying US CIA detainees from CIA detention prisons around the globe from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, Abu Ghraib in Iraq, and Bagram in Afghanistan, in order to be tortured. The Assad regime is therefore very well known to the US military establishment including the Assad regime’s use of torture, the use of military siege strategies against the Syrian civilian population, with chemical weapons as part of that military strategy since the start of the uprising. He has no reason to dispute this therefore.

Likewise, the US also knew that Sadam Hussein had chemical weapons, because they orchestrated their manufacture and production in Iraq, when Sadam Hussein was trained and armed by the US military and CIA from the start. When the US invaded Iraq, there were documented cases of chemical weapons which were found in unprotected locations which caused sickness to US vets who were exposed to them when asked to dispose them. As a result the lawyers at the Hague advised the US when they invaded Iraq from the start, that it would be against international law to invade Iraq based on the premise of Sadam’s use of chemical weapons since the US had sold the chemical weapons to Sadam and sanctioned their use when Sadam used them against the Kurds in the first place.

It may be true what he says in general terms about the US military war machine, but he is not accurate in the details he explains.

Whether that is due to misinformation, or as a deliberate disinformation strategy it is unclear, all that I can say however is to make the corrections I’ve pointed out above in relation to chemical weapons in both Syria and also Iraq.

Hal Hustis

“Be carefule, be careful…..”
There was still a lot left on the table in this interview!

Be careful!!!


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