Not sure I understand the question, Dan, but no, you can ask your questions now if you like.
11:06 Comment From Dan
Thu, 29 Jul 2010 19:06:07 GMT
Comment: Sorry for the unnecessary posts—there’s quite a lag.
11:06 Robert Scheer
Thu, 29 Jul 2010 19:06:48 GMT
11:06 Comment From radson
Thu, 29 Jul 2010 19:06:57 GMT
Comment: Hello Mr. Scheer: The Afghanistan ‘quagmire’ is in essence a continuation of US foreign policy that President Eisenhower warned about, where the correlation between the ‘business’ aspect of growth was incorporated into a form of national economy, basically based on what is known today as the MIC and the oil corporations. Paul Kennedy, author, warned about the negative effects of such a policy in his book ‘The Rise and Fall ’ yet it seems that the status quo must remain. My question is: with regards to the Wiki leaks, is the US considering a reduction in Afghanistan, perhaps to focus its attention in other parts of the world?
(We are delaying questions so Bob has a chance to answer.)
11:10 Robert Scheer
Thu, 29 Jul 2010 19:10:44 GMT
(To radson) Well I wish they would. The main issue is the military intervention. I don’t think there is anything involved in the world its whether you want to. Afghanistan is not the only place that is allowed to intervene. I am all for economic aid, and human rights concerns, but the idiocy that you can remake history through military intervention. These latest document releases make it so clear that the people over there don’t care a bit in what we are interested in, and our interest in stopping al-Qaida .
11:10 Comment From Ernest Fuentes
Thu, 29 Jul 2010 19:10:53 GMT
Comment: Bob: Big fan from “With Enough Shovels” days. Q: Neoliberalism has failed intellectually and from a policy perspective. However, do you think that the current drives for deficit reduction and “austerity” measures are simply another way to achieve neoliberal goals by different means?
11:11 Comment From Steve In L.A.
Thu, 29 Jul 2010 19:11:40 GMT
Comment:@ NYsportswriter: I don’t share your feelings, so I sent WikiLeaks my praise for their actions and some money to support their future actions for transparency.
11:13 Robert Scheer
Thu, 29 Jul 2010 19:13:11 GMT
(To Ernest) Well neoliberalism never dies; it’s like herpes, it keeps coming back no matter what you do. It’s bizarre, these people are wrong about everything. Richard Holbrooke is the top adviser to Obama, [was] top adviser to Carter, when they originally decided to go into Afghanistan, was also important in Vietnam in pacification, is an example of neoliberalism that I don’t think it has anything to do with making the world safe. It has to do with people’s careers; it’s about power and this is their schtick.
Question from: Isernia in Buffalo, NY Since the linchpin is Pakistan with its intelligence services playing footsies with the Taliban, do you still agree with the administration stand to cooperate with the government there in spite of its duplicity? What alternative is there?
11:15 Robert Scheer
Thu, 29 Jul 2010 19:15:51 GMT
(To Isernia) The alternative is to stop all this military involvement in that region. If you have specific information that someone is about to fire something, you can deal with it. We have the technology etc. But the idea of reordering the politics of Afghanistan and Pakistan is just folly. For 20 years, we were focused on Vietnam; does anyone now know what they are producing? Same as China, they carry our debt, make our underwear—it’s just nuts. And the idea that we have to transform Afghanistan and Pakistan is just absurd.