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Posted on Sep 13, 2011
Viceland Today

Italian journalist Olivia Poli joined John R. MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine, for a stroll through New York City’s Washington Square Park, where they had an unusually candid conversation about the so-called drawdown of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan.

MacArthur is an undaunted critic of the Obama administration. When Poli asked about official assurances of progress in Afghanistan being reported in the press, MacArthur said plainly: “Petraeus is lying. ... He is a deceiver, and that’s what they do. This is what’s been going on in the American military and the national security establishment since the ’60s.”

His criticism and other writing appears regularly here. —ARK

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By berniem, September 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment

Perhaps a critcal and in-depth reading of Zinn’s history of America will reveal that this nation was built on myth and lies. If this is what is meant by “exceptionalism” then the hope that this nation will ever come to grips with the reality of its crimes is unattainable! FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!

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By sarah, September 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment
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what a wonderful article!

great reporting, i want to see more!

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By johnnyfarout, September 15, 2011 at 8:39 am Link to this comment

Eros and Thanatos stroll the park speaking truthiness.

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By Psychobabbler, September 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm Link to this comment

Mr. MacArthur is a keeper. I like him.

Don’t be so shallow about the nice lady.

It was very brutal and sad when she asks so sincerely: “Why don’t they tell the truth?” I imagined then that general Petraeus jumped out of the bushes like the bogeyman and said: “You can’t handle the truth!”

Then Z.Z. Top was there, and they were all: “she’s got legs, and she knows how to use them”

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By gerard, September 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment

It is difficult to say who or what “spoke more freely” in this video.

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By Joshua L., September 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment
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Very interesting. I agree 100% with Mr.MacArthur statement and I agree with
bigjohn756: Ms.Olivia Poli is certainly beautiful, and distracting.

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By bigjohn756, September 14, 2011 at 10:23 am Link to this comment
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That was very interesting…I guess. I’ll have to watch
it again to see what was said. I am afraid that I was
severely distracted by Ms. Olivia Poli during my first
viewing.

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