In this installment of The Real News Network’s interview series “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells host Paul Jay about the role the U.S. played in creating its current terrorist enemies—and on a broader scale, why history matters.

Scheer draws upon decades of experience as he delves into the major events that laid the groundwork for America’s current global conflicts, tracing the narrative from the end of the Cold War through the Bush I years to the present, with 9/11 figuring in as a very important moment but not the only key to this historical puzzle.

Watch Scheer take us all to school in the clip below (via TRNN):

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