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"saddam hussein" Discussed on First Person
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"saddam hussein" Discussed on First Person
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"saddam hussein" Discussed on First Person
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James Clapper Believes Iraq Had Weapons of Mass Destruction
"From Vancouver, Washington, E. No. It's a re occurring thing for people to call and The disparaging messages for you about the weapons of mass deception in Iraq, But they fell to keep in mind that Saddam Hussein was doing everything he could to make us I think he had weapons of mass destruction and he was successful and it hurt him, but he thought it would be a benefit and probably repelling attack or make us reconsidered. But all these scholars who were so angry, give no credit to the disinformation we got from the other side. And for us, we need to error on safety. We can't make a mistake's absolutely and that so That's all I've got. But love your show and God bless you hanging there. Triple 8971 s a G triple 89717243 am Larry Elder. We are really effective comp to another
Photographer Richard Mosse on blurring the lines between art
"Now richard. Moss's photographic practice has resulted in some of the most arresting images of recent years as a conceptual documentary photographer. He draws on a range of esoteric photographic media to catch a so much more than meets the eye. Monaco's much. Larry spoke to richard to find out more about his unique and emotive work to those nine. I went to iraq. And i made a series of images essentially architectural project photographic project documenting the us forces who were based in the saddam hussein's palace architecture and saddam. Hussein had about eighty four palaces. All around iraq may which he never even visited when the us military arrived. They were so strategically well located for obvious. Reasons and very defensively built. They made pretty straight forward operating bases so they were occupied by the us military which i found fascinating just the layers of power and expression of that architecturally from the sort of provisional corporate office partitions and cubicles that the. Us army would hastily set up within the very pompous and often poorly built authoritarian architecture of saddam hussein which had a very specific style with some very strange eccentric ornamental features. Such as giant teapots and. Yeah it was very incongruous staff. And i brought eight by ten inch camera there and it'd be like that project and after that i realized frustrated with the medium documentaries over here. It's really so conservative as a language so reductive often. You're just an illustrator for writers texts if you're doing it at oriel which primarily. We're documenta over. Do i wanted to break it apart. Actually i wanted to somehow really smashes just for myself. It was a very personal desire to essentially as an expression of the frustration of with my own practice. I was at that time. Kodak was on its path to bankruptcy was announced had announced the discontinuation of this infrared film. Kodak erico two thousand ten. I think says nine around the time and so i thought well this is a wonderful way to unpack a documentary subject. I don't know what may be quite yet. But i gathered as much as i could off ebay and wherever it was being made extinct and i sort of worked backwards from the medium which i always tend to do actually to find to find effective subject or subjects that could be more adequately conveyed to be elevated through the medium through this particular medium and reading was a starting point for me over. The last ten years i've been working with spurred you call them infra-red film technology's very interested in the unseen registry invisible light forms as the way often metaphorically telling very complex documentary narratives more powerful way and to refresh very saturated subject matter for example the refugee crisis unfolding across europe the middle east north africa. Everybody photographer was out there taking pictures. And they all tend to look rather similar. And i really was. After a certain point the imagery just became inherently less compelling and less powerful as language. So i wanted to refresh my own way and i found this bizarre military grade thermographic camera that can image human body heat from thirty kilometres distance. Day or nice. It's classes weapon designed for battlefield situational awareness long-range insurgents detection tracking and targeting. So it was actually part of a weapon. System very sort of activated medium to think through the representation of the refugee crisis and also almost an aggravated one. Really confront the viewer. On some level with their own complicity. I believe and that was my intention to really make people feel that. And i think as an orange has that's one of the only things you can do is to make people feel something so i was working through metaphor aesthetics in this work but with that work with my project incoming its title and it was using this weapons technologies long range border enforcement technology. Thermographic heat-detection camera. I realized i was also operating in certain moments on another level beyond the metaphorical and beyond the aesthetic. And that was the the forensic after understand. The camera sees index heat register. You can calibrate for about forty degrees and anything. That's relatively cooler or relatively warmer within. That given frame is depicted in black or white depending on how you set the the recording set the image. And so something that's black. Could be everything that's warms. The human body would be depicted in black and everything cold surrounding him. Buddy will be waste for example or if you sell it. The other way white hart. It's the opposite. And i was filming this tragic event i've ever witnessed probably ever will. Hopefully it was one of the biggest human trafficking disasters on the gnc and human memory of three hundred people or more were on a on a fishing trawler was had paid to be on that boat from turkey to lead boss and human traffickers just packed that boat too many people who zone designed for perhaps twenty or thirty people so the top deck of the boat collapsed and doing panic entire hull ripped apart and we were able to capture all this from about seven kilometers away with camera designed exactly for this kind of thing and then when the bodies were brought to shore to the harbour of malvo's something store happy it was after dark at this point literally out on the cold stone pier they were lined up on thermal. Br red cross workers volunteers local doctors. Anyone who could could help out. Were were frantically trying to revive these hypothermic victim. Some whom passed out or semi drowned or some had had remain conscious. But we're literally freezing to death. And so they were literally what they were doing. Rubbing life-giving warmth from their hands into the flesh coddled flesh of the these hypothermic victims in front of us on the pier. Desperately trying to sort of transmit life-giving heat back back into them. Now a normal camera of course after dark wouldn't wouldn't be abc's very much let alone. Would it be able to see the trace of that of that transmission of warmth which the thermal camera was able to do incredibly effective articulation of exactly the crux of of the emergency unfolding around us. It was a of very powerful test. Testimonial footage of the the effort survive these people on the scale of a trauma around us. That was richard moss and do head over to our website to the full version of that interview.
"saddam hussein" Discussed on Today in True Crime
"Decade later hussein staged a coup ousting the leader of his own party and installed himself as president of iraq. The country remained under hussein's autocratic rule. For almost thirty years in that time hussein became entrenched in a cult of personality. He was known to have commissioned a koran to be transcribed from his own blood and even wrote a romance novel that was later adapted into a musical. He insisted the iraqi people call him. Great uncle or the anointed one but hussein's rule didn't just consist of lavish vanity projects under his leadership. Iraq spiraled hussein engaged in a bitter eight-year war with neighbouring iran that drained the country's finances and killed hundreds of thousands of iraqis not long after in nineteen ninety. Saddam invaded kuwait resulting in the first gulf war. He also orchestrated multiple massacres in iraq and neighboring countries alike including the mass murder of the shia and kurdish people. Whether through war chemical weapons or a cleansing more than a million people lost their lives under saddam's regime however in two thousand and three believing iraq had weapons of mass destruction. the united states invaded and sent hussein into hiding. Nearly nine months later he was found in an underground bunker in his hometown of crete. The us never found any weapons of mass destruction. However hussein's capture by american forces spell the end of his dictatorship. He was imprisoned for three years during which he was tried in. Iraq's national court ultimately he was found guilty of crimes against humanity and was sentenced to hang the moments leading up to hussein's hanging were broadcast throughout the country by iraqi national television many cheered at the footage of their once. Brutal leader being led to the gallows but tribal loyalties also shaped how iraqis felt about. His execution hussein was a sunni muslim as were many members of his government while many shia were overjoyed at his death. Iraq sudanese had more mixed feelings. Some supporters of hussein chose to remember him as a hero. A defender of iraq against american occupation. Rather than a desperate. And some were outraged. After saddam's the newly-installed prime minister new reality pleaded with the rockies for unity. He said in a written statement in the name of the people. I call on all men of the past regime and manipulated by it to reconsider their stances. These pleas for peace were answered with violence. The day of hussein's execution multiple car bombs were reported in shia majority cities killing over sixty people. It seemed iraq's future was still and the climate in the country would be fraught with tension for years to come under. Iraq's fledgling government the region remained deeply divided spurring uprisings and even civil war still. Since the dom hussein's execution iraq has forged. Its way forward and progress inevitably marches on whether they cheered for lamented when saddam hussein ascended the. Gallows december thirtieth. Two thousand. Six will be a day forever ingrained in memory of the iraqi people. I'm vanessa richardson. Thanks again for joining me today. Thanks for having me. You can find my podcast daily quote on spotify or wherever you. Listen to podcasts. If you want to hear more on the regimes of other notorious leaders check out our show. Dictators today in true crime is a spotify original from podcast. You can find more episodes of today and true crime and all other spotify originals. From podcast for free on spotify. We'll be back with a brand new episode tomorrow in true crime today in. True crime is a spotify original from park. Ask it is executive produced by max cutler. Sound design by one boorda with production assistance. By ron shapiro. Carly madden and bruce kovic. This episode of today and true crime was written by. Alex garland with writing assistance by terrel wells. Back checking bennett. Logan and stars vanessa. Richardson and cape leonard.
"saddam hussein" Discussed on Today in True Crime
"This episode is brought to you by audi. The holidays are here. And it's time to get started on those wishlist but this year may be swapped the fuzzy slippers and cashmere sweaters for something more exhilarating like the cutting edge available virtual cockpit amid my systems and the confidence of quattro all wheel drive which can only be experienced behind the wheel of a new audi and some through te'o wishlist at the season of audi sales event. Happening now i. Today is wednesday december thirtieth. Two thousand twenty on this day in two thousand six former president of iraq. Saddam hussein was executed. Welcome to today and true. Crime a spotify original from podcast. I'm vanessa richardson and today. I'm joined by our guest host. Kate leonard from daily quote. Her show explores a new quote each day from inspiring figures. All around the world. Kane is joining us to discuss some of the historical aspects of today's story while the narrative. Thanks vanessa i'm excited to be diving into this fascinating story now. Let's go back to saturday. December thirtieth two thousand six around six am in baghdad. The room was still dark as the sun rose and yet no one turned on a proper light instead. They clump together in the dim industrial space talking amongst themselves and waiting there were about two dozen of them there that morning for the of a dictator. It was a surprisingly small crowd. Only witnesses and the executioners themselves would be allowed the grim privilege of witnessing saddam hussein's final moments some were buzzing with anticipation others however stood in silence. They all knew the significance of the ground they stood on. It was the former headquarters of saddam hussein's defunct secret police. It was a place that had facilitated the violent interrogations of hussein's enemies for years. More than one man. Standing in the room had been tortured by saddam's spies in that very building and now they were about to watch the man responsible die. Finally it was happening. The door opened and three guards with black ski masks escorted an older bearded man in a dark overcoat into the room. There'd been whispered that. Saddam had put up a struggle when they came to take him from his cell that morning but the man in front of the now showed no signs of resistance as he stepped inside the dark room. He looked drawn. And aged hussein's characteristic. Pride and fire seemed to have been sapped. That was left was a quiet man who suddenly looked all of his sixty nine years. Perhaps for the first time he was vulnerable and yet saddam remained calm composed even a camera snapped it's flash illuminating the room for a moment then broken from its stupor. The room suddenly came alive. Voices clamored and more cameras clicked punctuating. The this as the former president was led up a steep metal staircase at the top stood a platform in its center hung alone. Noose in stood stoically with his hands bound behind his back as his executioner placed a black cloth around his neck but when offered a hood be placed over his head he refused it was only once he was on top of the gallows platform overlooking a crowd of witnesses. That the sparks of hussein's defiance finally reemerged. He shouted to the crowd. God is great. The nation will be victorious and palestine is arab then the rope was placed over his head. Prayers and taunts alight could be heard from the room below as hussein stood with the noose around his neck. One of the executioners told him that he had destroyed iraq arguments erupted around the room. in response hussein. A suny muslum mocked a prominent shiite cleric. They would be some of the last words he ever uttered. The noose was tightened and the trap door beneath his feet opened with a great crash. The metal platform gave way hussein. Dropped through the floor and the room erupted into chaos. The witnesses clamored over to the place where he had fallen checking to see if it worked if he was really gone as they gathered around cheers echoed across the cement room. Saddam hussein the former president of iraq the tyrant who had held an iron grip over the country for over two decades was finally coming up. The world wakes up to the news of saddam's. This episode is brought to you by audi. The holidays are here again. And it's time to fill out those holiday wishlist but this year. Avoid the usual. Trappings set aside the fuzzy slippers and cashmere sweaters. And consider something a little more exhilarating like the feel of available nappa leather the cutting edge available virtual cockpit and emma my systems and it confidence of quattro all wheel drive all of which can only be experienced behind the wheel of a new audi and some through to your wishlist. At the season of audi sales event happening now now back to the story on december thirtieth two thousand six former president of iraq. Saddam hussein was executed by hanging before a small audience of witnesses in baghdad. It was officially the end of a dictator whose brutal reign over iraq had lasted decades my guest host. Kate is going to take over from here to discuss the details of saddam's crimes. And the impact is death had on iraq and the globe. Thanks vanessa saddam hussein's rise to prominence in the nineteen sixties began nearly forty years before his death. At the time hussein was part of the baath or renewal party that came to power in nineteen sixty eight hussein quickly rose the ranks and was selected as iraq's vice president then for ten years. He bided his time plotting to secure his own future. A.
Nagorno-Karabakh truce frays amid reports of new shelling
"Alliance to mano, and we're joined by Professor Brenda Shaffer of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. I begin with the news. This is Reuters. Within these last hours, Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other on Sunday within last hours. Violating a new humanitarian ceasefire and fighting over the mountain enclave of Nagorno car. Bach after was agreed The truce agreed on Saturday came into force at midnight after a week old Russian brokered ceasefire failed to halt the worst fighting at 10. 10 GMT, The Azeri Defense Ministry said the aft Agdam region adjacent to growing a car back was under Armenian shelling. It said overnight army and military units open fire from large caliber weapons along the border, which Armenia denied. Armenia said the Azeri army had fired twice during the night and used artillery and accused Baku. Rejecting its request to withdraw the wounded soldiers from the battlefield. Mr Ambassador, I come to you with first the poor news of the breakdown in the cease fire. And then the positive news from Washington that the foreign minister of Armenia will meet with your foreign minister of Azerbaijan, and Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state on Friday. Does that look to be a moment when a more lasting ceasefire could take hold since the Russians failed? Can Washington succeed? Good evening to you? Good evening, John. Always good talking to you. And once again thank you for keeping this, Uh public and listeners updated on the development of the region. Unfortunately, issue actually pointed out the ceasefire has broken down again. That's the second time that the minions violate the cease fire. We don't fully understand why they Sign this file. Just violated very shortly afterwards. What elevation is that once they don't really want to seize fire? They didn't don't wantto engage in the Meaningful conversation on substantive talks. All they want is to prolong the occupation of the virgin lands on DH by why didn't cease fire created conditions with third parties to participate to direct, uh, posters, other parties, including courses of action in this case in tow, direct confrontation into direct conflict. That's that's a danger. Think. So this continues to because ceasefire is a good thing off course nobody wants people to die. Nobody wants to shooting to continue. But at the same time. The most important thing, of course, is no justice filed by the medical conversation and substantive talks based on international war, and that's what I hope is that meetings in Washington will produce something like that, of course. Every effort for peace is appreciated. Andi if the United States as a culture of the men's group wants to take a proactive approach to that, that's a very positive development. We don't know exactly what what exactly you expect from the conversation. But Um, a little over to the visit to Washington. Mr Ambassador. I believe in these last days, I've seen video of more missile attacks against ganja is that is that correct? These are in addition to the ones we talked about last week. It's holding. It's just horrible. Uh, easy losing on the battlefield. I mean, is exactly what every dictatorship which is militant and the hunter is doing when they was in the better. They attacked someone else's civilians so Friday, just hours off deciding the ceasefire agreement Ah, I mean, you're fired. Ballistic scarred me so into the sedation neighborhood in gadget, this tongue everything. Now they're trying to say this is occasions versus Muslims they hit in, added 500 M from the major. Go to the kitchen, Cassio and 300 M from the major mosque. This is a type of behavior over uncivilized. Nation. I mean, it's like Saddam Hussein. Firing things into Israel works for them works at the same doing that towards others, by the way. Saddam Hussein began firing missiles into civilian Attias of is a also once you began losing in his occupation, illegal occupation off of it. Washing others of the same thing. This is this was a horrible poker, Uh, scores of people died, including a good 10 years old. A 10 month old baby. Can you imagine that toilet picture over father holding it? 10 months old. Body off his daughter. There's a girl who was killed whose birthday was on our additional day, which is the way it is October, so Visit when we go into a cease fire when we're going to come into a negotiation, I want people to understand. If you look at the emotions on the outside when we go Talk to people who do this kind of thing's Ah, Professor. There is a video I have seen
The French history behind Lebanon's problems
"Earlier this month, a deadly blast in Beirut killed more than one hundred and seventy people, engine thousands, and lift three, hundred, thousand homeless. And a vast landscape of destruction. Now, Lebanon was already in extremely bad shape before this blast exacerbated by the covid crosses the chronic corruption and dysfunction that had defined Lebanese politics for decades with all that had brought the economy to ruin. Many people have lost they laugh savings and investments no wonder widespread protests recently led to the resignation of the Lebanese Prime Minister and his cabinet. So the poodle listen a broader historical context. Let's welcome back to the program Joshua Landis. He heads the Middle East Program at the University of Oklahoma Josh Welcome back to between the lines. It's a pleasure being with you Tom. Now Lebanon was once a model for the Middle East by route was dubbed the Paris of the East. Now, today Lebanon looks like Syria Iraq how did this happen? Well it happened because Lebanon is an extremely divided country it like Iraq and Syria there are Shiites and sinise dividing the Muslim side but there's also about thirty three percent of the population are Christians. Both marinade there and and Greek Orthodox. So you have the same. Religious Divisions in Lebanon that you do in Syria and Iraq but in fact, you have more and that's one reason why Lebanon fell into such a bloody civil war from nineteen, seventy, five to ninety, which was. Patched up. Most recently and They've been running in what turns out to be a real puns e scheme through the central. Bank. In which they shored up the Lebanese pound by borrowing gobs of money billions upon billions of dollars and. and. Supporting the exchange rate, but it turned out that that was a Ponzi scheme because tons of Lebanese in Australia. The United States Europe were sending their dollars to Lebanon to be in these dollar-denominated accounts that were getting interest rates as high as twelve thirteen percent. So everybody wanted that kind of interest rate, but it turned out to be a Ponzi scheme in just collapsed a few months ago, which was sparked these terrible demonstrations and instability because the country is now impoverished inflation has gone through the roof and people are discovering that they don't have any money and it's it's Lit tensions between different sectarian groups, and of course, as I mentioned in my introduction many people in Lebanon I've lost their life savings and investments. To people realize that it goes back to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War One this in France and Britian what do they do that essentially created free great minority ruled regimes in the Middle East, tell us mall. Yes they did and Lebanon was carved out by France which got a both Syria and Lebanon from the League of Nations after World War One. The League of Nations conceded this to France to really rule over the mass colonies, but they are called mandates and. France carved out Lebanon as an independent country. And made the borders such that they were as big as they possibly could maintaining a Christian majority so that the government would be dominated by Christians at the center ruling over Shiites Druze a bunch of sending Moslems none of whom would be able to compete in theory with the Christians and this allowed for a very French friendly country on the Mediterranean that France thought would serve it. Well, the problem is that within the years. The demographics began to change and Muslims became the crushing majority and this led to the civil war in hundred, seventy five and ever since then the various religious groups have been squabbling over. Political power. And today fifty percent of all parliament members that have to be Christians. National Pact even though Christians are probably only a third, the population which underlines how You know precarious. The entire political system is, and of course, in Iraq following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire with the British mandate the Sunni minority pretty much ran the show from the time of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire right through the downfall of Saddam Hussein, and in Syria it was the Alawite minority that ran the show and of course Stiffer differs from the Sunni majority during the recent civil war. Correct. You're absolutely right and this was a pattern throughout the northern Middle East where the colonial powers whether it was. Britain or was France would establish a minority in power given the lion's share of power, and that helped them to rule by divide and conquer, but it left a terrible legacy. That the Middle East is suffering from today because the Alawites this religious minority that's twelve percent of the country ruled Syria and today the uprising was an attempt by the Sydney majority to overthrow that minority that's clinging to power in Syria Saddam Hussein sunny twenty percent of the country Cenis and the Shiite majority and Kurds rose up to try to get rid of Saddam Hussein leading to very bloody civil war ethnic war and and that's that's one of the major causes for instability throughout. The region is this terrible fight between these different religious groups
Unifying your will with the will of Allah
"Blessed to be joined by a very good friend of mine said Sane Machi-. He's an Islamic lecturer he's been studying in. Beirut for some years now. Just an all-round quite and. Inspiring and Kind of God centric Guy I think. So. We've been wanting to do content together and we wanted him through some something with the Muslim viable years now but he's always out studying, and then when he comes, he's kind of like lecturing for a few days and then he's back out. But we were able to find some time. and. We. So. Obviously, you hear the conversation that we have but why I really wanted to get him on is that I think there's like a very unique way in which he talks about God and religion. And it's quite an empowering thing. So like even I remember when we were having the conversation I was thinking back to some lecture gave last year I think when he was in London and I had the same kind of thing where it's also simple and it's all just anchored around God I'm so I so I called them up and I said you know, let's let's your podcast and I want you to kind of talk about some of these things and some things you mentioned your lecture series and whatever else and we had like twenty minutes half we mapped out what we're going to discuss. Item we go into go into record. A couple of days AIDS like over a week weeknights and then he's like I was like, oh, she would just recap what we discussed. It acknowledged freestyler. So he kind of just thought at the conversation and and just saw when I loved it to be honest I'm. Always enjoy his company and conversations with him. And that's that's it really If you did actually, if you do enjoy this podcast there is potential opportunity for us to. Record more with a sane so Why as in like message email will ever ask postal social media tiger us. Last No, and let me know and I will be sure to me because in London for a while very short time I'm going to try and. Getting back in if there is a a decent response from people, so please do. Everything without further ado. Here's my conversation with Hossein. Monkey. Saddam Hussein. Thank you very much for for coming on the podcast I I. Think It's worth people nine the background that you me. Quite a few favours now because a few few years ago I was out in in. Lebanon. Yes, and we would you to meet. It's about three years ago and but three to two or three three years ago and you you flopped I mean I had a car accident. This is the second. Comes on an important. Was that and then you've come to London Tovia from London reason you've come to the under every an we've had like brief moments of being able to meet up and chat and whatever but we haven't sat down like this. longtime common. Yeah. It's quite exciting to be honest So. What, begin wherever you want my i. I think social talk about is in the we've allowed to catch up. But let's specify those part that to one side right. So I think for me when when you said Yes to podcast I thought it'd be interesting to talk about quite a few things. So recent you've been talking about you did an election series into what the Prophets yes and stories from the Koran what was was really interesting and and the stuff that she would we wanna do, oh, we're going to be doing more of, but the year before that you were in London and you delivered ten lectures and it was all kind of shaped around the love of God. Yes. And what was quite striking for me personally was that there was something in because I know you personally as well and I I've known you for for a long time before you were studying and everything else, and maybe we'll do another a whole podcast on on the whole journey has been about nine years almost nine ten years. It's been a long time but but there's there's there was something there is something in the way that you when you talk about God and when you're talking about all of these notions of loving God and really embracing. The spirit of Islam and everything else that this is a a really deeper kind of passion. And belief and almost serenity as well in the way that you kind of talks I wanted to I think if we start with that like. What Okay we approach allies a concept and a as a as a topic as you know our. Creator Moss and everything else What is allow mean to you? That's a big I'm sorry for. Jumping from the great question. So I think. Yes. I do use love as the launchpad to talk about a loss upon down and talk to a law SUPERNOVA. But I think that when a human beings especially in young is. When they think of God or the concept of God even in when it comes to parents for example, because when we're young, we don't fully understand the concept of God, but we see in
A Conversation with Civil Rights Attorney Rabia Chaudry
"The story that works. You know I've had thousands of people over the years reach out. It's not just me not saying we read this book or we listen to this. We Watch this. And we didn't even realize some of the assumptions we held or the prejudices. We had about Muslims until we heard your story and was like Oh my God. You're just you're just like any of us and and you know it made it much more self aware I think storytelling is one of the most powerful aspects. Storytelling is what changes people's hearts and minds really. Nothing else works. What were some of the stories that I made you feel that like even growing up. You're always like a writer at heart. What were the stories that I took hold in you? Where did you get them? You know the stories growing up as an American Muslim when before nine eleven honestly a lot of people had no or maybe before the Iran hostage crisis. I'm trying to think of what international event made me realize that I'm a Muslim probably the first the first Gulf War. I remember the Gulf War. I was in middle school and the war began in the middle of the day and teacher came over to me and said hey tell your uncle Saddam Hussein to back off or something and I said who is it. Almost saying I'm not era. I don't even know what's happening and I was a kid. But you know a lot of the stories really just came from like my parents handing down stories like stories out of our religious traditions cultural tradition as an adult. I realize what's problematic with a lot of the stories? They're wonderful stories of very heroic stories but they also set up this false like idealism. That didn't allow us to feel like if you're a Muslim you can also have false. You can make mistakes. You can screw up because all the stories were told. Were about people who are just incredibly honorable. Did the most amazing things. And that's what you aspire to And that's what you're supposed to be What's an example? Gosh I mean one example is like my name so I'm named after medieval century like Muslim female saint one of the only Muslim female saints I best known I think she lived in the twelfth century. I don't even know Rubio other. We and you know the story I was told about her growing up. Was that you know she was incredibly right. Just and pious and she spent her days worshiping God in the evening she would go out and teach people and she had so much faith in God that she she just kind of stayed cloistered in this little space that she told people. Don't bring me any food. Because will deliver me. Sustenance and food would appear out of nowhere so for a little kid to be like okay I got like visas does incredible role model and And she says she was an amazing saint from what we know. But of course over the years you don't know what's been added to the tradition and it was just kind of this this really high expectation of piety and religious righteousness. That is really almost impossible to meet. Because you tell us a little bit about where you grew up your born in Pakistan and ended up in Maryland right. Yeah so I thought this was only like six or seven I was. I was under one when my parents came over here. Fundraising United States and my dad worked for the US Department of Agriculture. He was a veterinarian. And a lot of people don't know there's like this huge Boccassini veterinary like a whole gang of them in the US Department of Agriculture. They all came over in the seventies what we grew up in very small agricultural towns because of that. Because my dad had to work where you know where there was agricultural business oh Kansas Delaware Lancaster County Pennsylvania just very remote places where we were often the only people of color not just the only Muslim but really there were there. Were places where there were no other black people know. They're black families so very small town America. Then when I got about high school is when we kind of moved to a slightly bigger town with with diversity in it so but most of my formative years in adult life. I've grown up around the beltway. Northern Virginia or Maryland. And that's where I am. Now you've written on your blog that your parents know how to be quote critical of where we've been and where we are without throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Yeah I guess I just wanted to know how your parents raised you and how that shaped you my parents you know. They left boxes on one thousand nine hundred seventy nine hundred seventy s block. Assad never left them so as time moved on their idea of what's culturally appropriate for us was forever one thousand nine hundred seventy something bucks on. Meaning you know my dad would be like. Why don't you have your hair? Your hair should be in two braids and it should be well oiled and dress a certain way and you should at home. We always wore a boxing enclosing home. You know we only eight bucks any food at home but the funny thing is we would visit Baucus on like in the eighty s and ninety s people over there would be like all the women have their care cut and permed and look really cute and they'd be like what is wrong with you people. Why do you look like like? You're from a blast from the past. But you know my my parents are. My Dad is a very spiritual person. He's not like a a religious person. Like ritualistic my mom is much more religious. My mom raised us with some really strong values. And look the one thing that we heard and over and over again is the whole purpose of your life is how you're going to serve other people like what are you. GonNa do with all the education. The time the health the wealth the youth everything you have is basically like a test like we're being tested for. What are you GonNa do with it? That's the whole point of being here and so you know I. I always appreciate that because I think that's the one thing that's driven me to always feel like there's more there's more to do. There's a lot more to do.
Does killing Soleimani really change anything in the Middle East?
"For a generation Iran's May General Sulejmani he was a consequential Fica League in the Persian Gulf for the Americans in the region Sunnis? He was a terrorist mastermind for the Iranians the Assad regime in Syria Hezbollah in Lebanon. Sulejmani was a hero who protected the Shia cresent in the region. So it's no wonder the Iranian generals death via a drone attack attack in Baghdad. That was a huge news story. Earlier this month cast into the money rainy and military commander assassinated in the US drone strike on mm struggling marks a huge escalation coming just days at was revered by Iran supporters in proxies being blamed for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in the Middle East over the we took took action last night to stop a war. What comes next? What's the broader strategy? Here we did not take action to start a war. Your since the American killing of Sulejmani Tehran launched a missile strike on your spices in Iraq and in the process mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian Ilana carrying one hundred seventy six passengers something. The Mullah's had initially denied responsibility but crucially the Iranians signings avoided killing Americans. which was the red line? The president trump has drawn. US military response. So we'll this episode. Leave Iran Ryan stronger or is tyron now more isolated than ever and what is the showdown between Tehran and Washington Maine for Iraq the US military Tori prisons there and Iran's nuclear ambitions. Danny Applica- is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington and Co host of the AAAGH. Ah podcast what the Hell is going on. Making sense of the world get identity. Hey Tom and I'm in. Sokoll is author of Iran Rausing the survival and and future of the Islamic Republic and CO author of Islam beyond borders the Oma in world politics. Welcome back to Iran. How good morning now? Also Amani abetted genocide in Syria to keep the Assad regime in power. He's responsible for the deaths of many American troops. He armed Hezbollah in. Lebanon with rockets is to attack. Innocent Israelis killed many innocent Sunnis in Iraq. So I mean isn't the world better off without Sulejmani. Were president trump. I think so. And also quite a number of American allies in the region Probably I think the same way but at the same time demand was a national hero and in fact that he was the one of the top strategic brains behind Iran's overseas operations and expansion of eight onion influence in the region. I will just support related to the fair that it only leadership has about the possibility of an American attack or an Israeli attack on a combined and attack. But let me see this Tom that nobody is commendable. dimitris full of commanders. Top commanders into the Nobel Prize winners and so on General money is being replaced And I think e to the debt is a widespread view in the West. That if you bump one or two individuals isn't the situation is going to get better We duty cold in history that take for example a Prime Minister Anthony Eden go around the nineteen fifties and calling for the elimination of Jamaa Nasser as the national president of Egypt and has was that this man is removed from a then. Everything will be fine. Nothing died in nine hundred. Seventy and a situation has not improved a cold and and at the same thing was said to be so I mean the point though. Is that knocking off Salomon. He's not going to make a great deal of difference. But also can I just add to this Dani salamone and these Iranian backed Shia proxies. They did help inadvertently into why help. America Islamic state. So does it worry you that people cheering the loudest about this. Guy's death other suny jihadists in there are slighted areas in the desert and the mountains of Iraq and Syria. I don't think they're the ones who are cheering the loudest I. I think you heard pretty loud cheering from here. I think you heard some plenty of loud cheering in In Iraq and Lebanon and and elsewhere throughout throughout the region. Look you know. I think it's important to acknowledge that. That as the head of the cuts force Qassem Soleimani was a very powerful folks very influential very strategic and very effective leader and he brought that effectiveness to things. That would terrible And the arming of Hezbollah. The murderer of half million Syrians. The arming of mass. The arming of in Yemen. We could go on for a while here but but But he did all of those things but when when the challenge was from Sundays you had is. He helped set up and guide ride. The hoste. Shabby the popular mobilization units in Iraq that That that ended up being part of the battle to to defeat Isis. The problem here is that every situation in the region is is more complicated than the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Just because Stalin Fort with us to defeat Nazi Germany did not make stolen a good guy. And if you look at these anti-regime protests some and. I've been breaking out in Iran since Tehran admitted that its military military shot down. A Ukrainian passenger Ilana have the Iranians overreached because despite the Iranian successes in Iraq Syria and Lebanon on on their rule out officials sites there on stable they print across he so have the Iranians overreached. There's no doubt that many Iranians feel about the Ashim and today have protested over the last few months in order to bring about A structural reforms today as a system of governance and economy which is setting enormously under represent- trump's sanctions but has the Iran overreached. What are I pointed out earlier I mean Iran does fear a a very strongly as possible American that much Israeli combined attack and therefore what update on your the humans done his belt reasonable security and press such for itself which would really want? Shepherdess Arafat at all costs but that does not necessarily Saudi mean that Iran is only Aggressive power in the region aggressive actor in the region. I mean. Let's not forget that that that the destabilization Iraq really started the two thousand three. US invasion of that country. Okay so the. The American invasion of Iraq helped Iran on because it overturned the suny state and it created a Shia majority Stein. I saw a natural law with the Shia brethren in Tehran following following on from that Danny shortly a problem about striking at pro Iranian sheeham paramilitary groups as trump has done is the now part of the Iraqi state. So is it any wonder. Washington's increasingly modulation is part of the world. First of all. I think it's offensive talk about Shiites. As if they're all some sort of monolith. The share of Iraq are Arabs. The Shia of Iran are Persians. These these are different people this. These two countries Shia versus Shia fought a bloody war for eight years in which there were one million casualties casualties in the nineteen eighties. The notion that somehow Iraq is a natural satellite or or or or slave to Iran is wrong Iran has chosen to try to dominate that country and demonstrations throughout the central and southern part of Iraq. Over the last month have been against Iranian domination the Iranian consulate in Jeff was burned to the ground at the end of last year not by Sonny's he's not by Sunni jihadis not by Isis not by Kurds but by Shiites carrying placards yelling out to out for Iran. Get Out of our country and I think that that is absolutely right to suggest that Iran has gained more influence in Iraq since the demise of Saddam Hussein. I I guess I I'm just not that big a fan of Saddam Hussein and the and the stability that he brought to Iraq. I wish that the United States had done more in the aftermath of the wall. I think thinks that we I think that we failed miserably. In many instances I think it was absolutely fatal in two thousand eleven when at a time of genuine stability in Iraq Iraq. President Obama withdrew troops and really provided the opportunity for Isis. To rise up again. My guest Daniel Placate from the American Enterprise Institute. And I'm in Sokoll. He's the author of Iran rausing and Islam beyond borders. I mean how would you respond to all of this. Because we've got these tensions here between Tehran Iran and Washington and the Iranian backed Shia politicians released most of them in Baghdad. I support if not closer ties with Tehran. They want the the Americans out of Iraq. But don't the sooners and the Kurds fee for the Iranian intrusion in Iraqi sovereignty. I absolutely and of course sir. The APP is not only the president of the American so who'd be which are being the opposed to in Iraq but also the presence of eight onions there. No question Ah about that but at the same time if we know that the majority of the Iraqi population is made up of the Shiites and some powerful elements among the Shiites have got the value equals relationship and relationship. What they don't know in the meantime ago? The Iraqi parliament release the iranian-backed Majority Shia legislators I support the withdrawal of US troops Danny now given trump's ambivalence about the region and the fact that he was elected impact to get the US out of the so-called forever awards isn't a US military withdrawal from Iraq. Just what trump and many war-weary Americans want. Well it's kind of funny. Isn't it because we start off talking about the you know the Iranians and what they want and and of course. The number one goal is to get the Americans out of the region and that is in fact the instruction is that has gone out to all of their proxy groups. All around the region. Is You need to step up activities to get the Americans out. Then we've got the president of the United States. It's who dearest and fondest goal is to get American troops out of the region so so a couple weeks after killing Kassim Sulaimaniyah. We have this unbelievably in coherent bizarre response. Where we where we're doing exactly what the around him one let? This is what Donald Trump has to sort out. He has to sort out whether he's the president. He's the kind minded president who who leads in a forthright fashion against men like costume ceremony. Who Seek to destabilize the region and extend Iran's hegemony Germany or he is going to be the kind of president that like Bernie Sanders like Barack Obama wants to turn around and high tail fin is to the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump's uh-huh Washington energy independent America Stein fought these endless wars danny well A? They aren't endless wars. We have lost fewer people in these. This was than than than we lost a single day in World War Two so while they are conflicts that have continued on and off to a certain extent. You know the notion Shen that we've been sold that somehow we've still got one hundred and fifty thousand troops on the ground and losing them at a rapid pace is just wrong. We lost six in Syria. I I mourn every single one of them but the Kurds lost eleven thousand in their fight against Isis. So what what. What is the reason? We'll tell you very straightforwardly woodley because every time we turn tail every time someone says let's get out of that bloody Middle East. Let's pay attention to something fun. Like Asia and you'd like that. Tom Would now but hang on your way but every time we say that we end up being dragged back because the dynamics in the region of the ones that bring us back we need. We need a long-term solution that lets us. Stay away for good rather than one where we run away. Anita did it come back every single decade I mean the two thousand fifteen nuclear deal Provided tyron with as much as apparently one hundred fifty billion dollar windfall. Aw and certainly many people who are skeptical of the deal side that the Iranian spent lavishly arming the Shia militias across the region. So what it was trump right to pull the US out of the deal and instead impose maximum Prussia built around these economic sanctions on Iran. I think he was totally wrong and and I can care. There has been a backlash president. Trump's would would you withdrawal has a basically a provoked said that on Not to really go for the for police. Speed to in order to rebuild that they have nuclear program and. I think you're going to really do that. And of course that also carries the risk of a possible confrontation from tation between the United States and Iran possibly Israeli attacks on Iran and that could easily dissolved in a regional warfare. That at the end nobody may may be able to control it Danny. Any I mean a lively debate. Thanks so much for being back on. ABC
Iraqis security forces raid Baghdad protest site
"Few days you might've been hearing about pro government protests in the Iraqi capital Baghdad people who are calling on US troops to leave their country but there's a second long running protest movement made up of mostly young Iraqis who were calling for new elections and an end to corruption they too want to bring an end to American and Iranian interference in the country more than five hundred of those young protesters have been killed by security forces during months of demonstrations in Iraq well hi there al security was born and brought up in Baghdad he's just returned from Iraq after spending a month with young protesters there and he joins us live from Geneva hi there Iraq has seen regular protests in recent years but these are the largest and bloodiest since the US led invasion in two thousand and three that overthrew Saddam Hussein was brought people out into the streets yeah hi am there there has Iraqis have been pro this thing for a while now and throughout the years and throw the different areas of dying young Iraqis have been thinking the streets and processing yes the same issues that they are spotless against now but now they're really fed up the political needs are taken advantage over Iraq of Eurex resources they are having different loyalty is on they are not providing you rack is with the most basic services in the most basic human rights and this is despite the huge budget that you rack has and then despite the huge numbers of they're telling us they're spending on the projects in Iraq to improve Iraq's infrastructure to the services to improve the basic things that you know human beings can't so Iraq is one of the streets in order to protest against them and then they were faced with brutal please four seven militias are killing and kidnapping
What exactly are 'war powers' and why is Congress voting on them?
"The United States moves with me to translate into action the United Nations call to arms against the aggressor American occupation troops in Japan are hurried to the defense of the Korean Republic combat units of the United States Marine Corps arrive in Vietnam joining other marines already there the peak in the pattern was Lyndon Johnson's Gulf of Tonkin resolution in nineteen sixty four that led to the escalation of the Vietnam War last year act of aggression directly around persons okay brings home to all of us in the United States once a restaurant of the peace and security in Southeast Asia nearly a decade later as that conflict had stretched into another president's second term Congress rallied to reassert its constitutional role good evening the Congress of the United States in a historic action today made effective a limitation on the powers of the president to make war in nineteen seventy three democratic majorities in both chambers past the war powers resolution requiring the president to notify Congress within forty eight hours when troops were sent into harm's way that legislation also required president to end any foreign military action after sixty days unless Congress had declared war or passed an authorization for the use of military force a phrase that's come to be known as in a U. M. F. since then however the law has fallen short of its author's intent in part because presidents found ways to work around it and also because Congress has shown itself willing to follow the president's lead in matters of foreign conflict there's a new war this morning in the Persian Gulf a rock turns to blood shed to settle its oil price dispute with quite a different level of difficulty arose after Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded his neighbor country of Kuwait in nineteen ninety this is the seventh week of operation desert shield and now they're about a hundred fifty thousand American military in the region and the number is growing every day president George H. W. bush deployed hundreds of thousands of US troops to the Persian Gulf region before Congress had taken a vote to authorize I know what it's like to have fallen comrades and see young kids die in battle and it's only the president it should be asked to make the decision Congress did authorize that use of force by relatively narrow margins in January of nineteen ninety one and the first Persian Gulf War began just days later since then we have seen presidents outmaneuver Congress again and again president Bill Clinton in the Balkans and later president Obama battling ISIS in Iraq and Syria president George W. bush called for two authorizations for the use of military force the first just days after the terror attacks of September eleventh two thousand one I was immediately approved military action against terrorists wherever they might be and bush soon send forces to Afghanistan good afternoon on my orders the United States military has begun strikes against al Qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan the following year Congress debated and approved another authorization this one focusing on a rock the debate was emotional but in the end the vote empowering President Bush to go to war with Iraq was larger than the vote eleven years ago authorizing his father to take on Saddam Hussein one or both of these measures has been cited to justify it literally thousands of drone strikes and other military actions against those the US has labeled terrorists ever since it appears the US military has launched a missile strike in a rock including the one that killed Iranian commander customs money this month a revered Ronnie in general and one of the country's most powerful military leaders is considered by the you asked to be a terrorist president trump has often describe bush's two thousand three invasion and occupation of Iraq as quote the worst single mistake on quote in the history of US foreign policy but President Bush can at least argue he submitted his request to Congress before his invasion of Iraq began trump has yet to seek congressional approval for any of his actions in the Middle East very very nearly three thousand additional American troops have been ordered to the Middle East tonight at midnight and in the latest instance in the did not even inform congressional leaders of his plans other than via Twitter he said some of his opponents among the leaders in Congress could not be trusted with the information in that atmosphere of mutual distrust it is hard to see how the founding fathers ideal of shared powers could succeed in war making or any other aspect of national
US forces on high alert for possible Iranian drone attacks, and intelligence shows Iran moving military equipment
"Into ram thirty five people are dead according to C. N. N. from a stampede in crowds gathered to honor the passing of general Qasim so low money a rand Supreme leaders are vowing retaliation and death for Americans following the drone strike that killed so the money Iran's foreign minister you speaking much more diplomatically Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif in an interview with CNN not talking all that tough about the United States their days in our region our number not because it anyway you take any action against them because they are not welcome all three have to point to is the Iraqi parliament's vote to tell American and coalition forces to leave Iraq it's no secret Iran would like that as it is gained influence over its neighbor politically but the killing of Qasim's only money threatens to push Iraq but the civil war like sectarian fighting which the U. S. help quell after Saddam Hussein was overthrown at a cost of more than four thousand American lives but Constantini the White House U. S. forces in the Middle East are on high alert US forces including patriot missile batteries which can shoot down these drones were on the highest state of readiness throughout the night that they had warning to be extra vigilant extra watch full the window could in fact still be open for these kinds of potential
The Current Situation In Iran: How Did We Get Here?
"Get to the terrifying news of the day President Trump essentially started a war with Iran when he ordered the assassination of Iranian major general. Qassem Soleimani who was the second most powerful figure in the Iranian government in response. What's around has vowed to retaliate against the United States in? US forces serving abroad. They've announced they'll be restarting their nuclear program. The Iraqi parliament voted to expel all US. US troops from Iraq and we've been forced to suspend our operations against Isis in Iraq. A meanwhile trump has responded by sending another three thousand five hundred troops to the Middle East and tweeting that if Iran retaliates quote we have targeted fifty two around the incites representing the fifty two American hostages taken by Iran many years ago some at a very very high level and important to Iran in the Iranian culture in those targets in Iran itself will be hit very fast and very hard targeting cultural sites is in fact an internationally internationally recognized war crime so lots to unpack here guys. Tommy let's start at the beginning. What do we know about so far why this happened? Y did trump make this decision. Well it depends on who you believe. Okay The Washington Post reported that Mike pompeo has been pushing trump to do this for many many months. And you know back in the day there were a bunch of senior officials in the trump administration like Jim Madison Rex. Tillerson the secretary of State. who were cautioning less caustic line on didn't want him to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal but over time all these reasonable got pushed out the right-wing hardliners are in in. And so here. We are now the stated reason that the trump administration did this is. They said that there was an imminent threat from Qasim Sumani from Shia militia groups in Iraq. That we're going to attack and kill. US forces Everyone who has seen that intelligence so far people quoted in newspapers people. I've talked to you said that that that does not hold water They've seen nothing that indicates there was some imminent threat. which would justify this strike legally or you know rationally so it just seems like something that a bunch of nuts wanted to do and it sounds like the sort of would immediately precipitated? The decision was the fact that there had been There was an attack that killed an American contractor in Iraq. Right this is the problem. Their explanation is all over the place. They one of these militia groups K. H. A. Shia militia group in Iraq killed a US contractor and wound servicemembers Kirk in response to that the US military hit a couple of sites associated with cage training sites weapons depots etcetera. You'd think that response was to killing. US contractor but then they went in killed Qassem Sumani and the justification for that was an an alleged imminent threat of another attack but even in the way pump goes on television lies obviously but even in the way. He's lying to be admitting that that's not totally true. Because they he's he said something along the lines of He was in the process of Planning attacks against American interests in two things about that one. That seems seems to have been a good part of his job for the better part of seconds. And the second part of that is He's not the actual. He's not pulling the trigger. He's wearing a suicide vest right. He's he's he's just a he's involved in the chain of command and one other part of this. No one has been able to answer at all is how does killing This figure prevent those attacks. Why aren't those? It was a tax more likely than not less likely to happen. Now that this person is it also seemed like there was reporting in the New York Times in Washington Post as well that in retaliation for the contractor you're being killed Trump ordered those set of strikes and then there were protests outside our embassy in Iraq. Yep and it said there. Apparently trump was watching those protests and then got really mad and decide that he wanted to do another strike. What is surprise that trump was watching cable TV and it made him angry? Although this time with this sounds like what happened with Mike Pompeo and and Secretary of Defense Esper- flew flew down to mar-a-lago and they pitched trump on a menu of ideas to further respond and the New York Times reported that on the menu was killing Soleimani money and that that very extreme proposal was only put on there to make the other ones look more reasonable and everyone was shocked when ultimately decided to do it but no one apparently push back. That was the craziest anecdote of all the New York Times that they were like. We'll just put this on as an extra so and and you know in some people may have seen this. But both the Bush administration and the Obama Obama Administration basically passed on this option at times as well because and the reason they did is because they were too concerned both administrations even the administration that took us to war in Iraq were concerned that this would escalate tensions in the Middle East into full blown. War Yeah Before we talk about what a stupid and dangerous move this this was tell me what do you think about the debate over whether it was legally justified whether we call it an assassination. And how much do these debates matter. I mean they matter if you care about international law so from that like it's a complicated case They're sort of like a common sense like lexical. What's in the dictionary definition of assassination? And then there's the definition of assassination which has been banned by the US government under executive orders that date back to like the when we used to give Fidel Castro explosive cigars and attempt to take political figures. You're not supposed to assassinate political figures period. the debate about in so like but Sola money's is a complicated case and that he's like the number two guy in their system but could force The organization he ran is a US designated terrorist organizations. There's no doubt that he helped build this play. This big role role in creating and supporting these militia groups in other malign acts across the globe basically. But there's no formal state of war between the US and Iran so there's no basis ACIS to target him on that level right like during the Iraq war the US targeted Saddam Hussein remember deck of cards the figures that they'd go after right so that the legality of Whether or not it was legal or justify takeouts lemani hinges on this intelligence. None of us can see these at all is about this imminence question got it but I mean I think reasonable people should say this was an assassination so I mentioned some of the consequences that are already playing out. What are some of the potential consequences that worry you the most both in short-term medium-term long-term Blake I worry about Iran on directly targeting forces in Iraq or Jordan or Kuwait or diplomatic posts in Lebanon. Worry about these Shia militia groups Lebanese Lebanon's Hezbollah came out today and said that their targets are going to be. US military personnel and they're not going to target civilians so when the head of Hezbollah sounds more reasonable than the present united United States on twitter. That's telling you something There's also these militia groups that might just sort of pay fealty to the money and not coordinate their actions with The Iranians and take action that way just because they're pissed and then there's also the fact that we had to stop the counter isis operations at a time when Isis has has had a bit of a resurgence because of our pull out from serious. There's a lot of ways this can manifest. How serious do you think the concerns are about cyber attacks against the United States or potentially a terrorist attack against the homeland? It's hard to know it's hard to know. I mean you look at what they've done what they set already about their nuclear program. They announced that they're no longer going to who abide by the enrichment restrictions in the JCP away in the Iran deal. But they said they're gonNA continue to Work with the IRA and allow them access test to inspect sites and things. So like in that instance if you're looking at that as a signal there sort of like tiptoeing out of the Iran deal. They're not like immediately announcing that they're enriching ninety eighty percent create a bomb so it seems like there's sort of an incremental response not some big blockbuster thing it seems that there's some F partout seem reasonable to international community to try a seem as though they are the victims in this absolutely. I think you're right well it we mentioned this yet but it does seem like the inciting incident for this entire crisis is trump ripping ripping up the Iran. Deal back in two thousand eighteen. Yes I mean I thought Ben Ben Rhodes on our pod. Friday walked through the timeline from the Iran. Trumping out of the Iran deal today. And I think it's a very compelling case he also wrote a piece for the Atlantic I mean I think we would be in a stronger position today. If the trump if Iran's nuclear program was being managed by a diplomatic agreement the fact that it's not everything more complicated well and I think an important point here is how you felt about the Iran. Deal in the first place whether it was a good deal or not Once the Iran deal was in place even trump's own Administration his own national security team. warned him not to get out of the deal real people who weren't necessarily fans of the deal the first place at once. We're in the deal. You shouldn't get out of the deal and he fucking did it. Anyway against the advice of most people in his administration and the whole global community in here we are by one of the reasons to non pull out was the fear that it might lead to this crisis. Right you John. Bolton now that he's left administration is very clear that his goal along has been regime. Change right so they pull out of your own nuclear deal where Iran agreed to all these restrictions on their nuclear program in exchange for economic relief from sanctions actions and instead of getting that relief they get more sanctions in an effort to crush their economy and lead to regime change. Of course over time. They're going to start lashing out. It shouldn't surprise anybody. So let's talk about how the administration is responding to all this Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was out on all the Sunday shows when he was asked by. Chuck Todd about the potential for around to retaliate. By killing Americans pompeo said quote. It may be. There is a little noise here in the in term but that America will be safer in the long run later. Donald Trump was asked the same question and and said quote. If it happens it happens. Tommy I know you have some Some strong feelings about pompeo Sunday show appearances because I was texting. You injured it before I melt down. I'm just curious what you guys think would have happened if Susan Rice said there was a little noise in the interim I saying like this those those statements both both from POMPEII. Oh and then trump saying if it happens it happens like this. President Obama would've been impeached within a day for saying that. I can't even believe there's there's such a there's such a glibness to it at but it is also it is. They're kind of whatever they're they're sort of cost playing as tough tough guys and so for them. They're they're trying to go out there
ISIS Names New Leader and Confirms al-Baghdadi’s Death
"Isis is confirming the death of Abu Bakar al Baghdadi and naming a new leader to take his place Abu Ibrahim al Shami a former officer in Saddam Hussein's ba'ath party where a majority of ISIS leadership comes from boxes Lucas Tomlinson at the
US to step aside for Turkish assault on Kurds in Syria
"On Sunday night the White House announced that US President Donald Trump had spoken to Turkish President Richard Type Erred One and agreed that you had forces operating in northern Syria would stand aside in the event of Turkey's long threatened invasion of the area we've been in Syria for many years serious to be a short-term hip just short term hit we were supposed to be in and out that was many many years ago northern Syria is probably not a helpful way of thinking about the region concerned though is geographically the north of Syria it is practically Kurdish the area of Syria along the border with lucky has been controlled for some while by Syrian Kurdish militia called the white p g the white PG have been a key ally of the US led coalition Fighting Islamic state Turkey however considers the Y. p. g. terrorists allies of the PK eighty largely Turkey based Kurdish group who have battled Turkey for decades Turkey also wants to repatriate the two million Syrian refugees is currently hosting to the territory the wipe e. g. hold trump now seems with little consultation with anybody but other wan to have wait to in one Syrian Kurdish official by NBC News said the Americans of traitors they have abandoned us to a Turkish massacre if the why PG and Kurds in general thought their heroin in helping to tackle Islamic state would be some guarantee of American support in future they were reckoning without two things one obviously is the impulsiveness of Donald Trump who has learned what little he understands of the Middle East from Fox News which is worse than not knowing anything at ooh the other is a long history almost an ingrained habit of abandonment off the Kurds by those who profess to admire and respect them and promise to see Turku they fought with us they follow us they died with us they died we lost tens of thousands of Kurds died fighting isis they died for us and with us and for themselves but they're great people trump claims that he has not betrayed the Kurds among a series of bowl hinged and mentored tweets on the subject he has exclaimed that Inouye have we abandoned the Kurds who are special people and wonderful fighters codes will have ample reason for thinking that this is about half right the molten history of selling the cuts out dates back to the nineteen not when the Kurds hoped the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire would at last permit them a state of their own the nineteen twenty treaty of several promised one in fact however western powers decided they cared less about this than they did about keeping the new Turkish Republic on board and the fledgling Kurdistan was quiet were encouraged by the West when there was a government in Baghdad that the West found disagreeable and ignored when there was an Iraqi rule of the West felt it could deal with in the one thousand nine hundred eighty s the west shrugged as Saddam Hussein waged a campaign of genocide against the Kurds including the use of chemical weapons in the early nineteen nineties following Gulf War One the Kurds were enjoined by President George H W Bush to rise against Saddam when they did a little help was forthcoming and the West continued to arm Turkey as it's brutal war with the PKK continued and when the United States removed Saddam in two thousand three Iraq's Kurds who had eventually being protected to some extent by a US imposed no-fly zone were the section of Iraq who did as it was hoped all Iraq would do embraced the opportunity and built a more or less functional and Western Friendly Society and there is indeed an argument that the West has no better friends or more reliable allies in the entire Middle East than the stateless Kurds as regards wine trump has done this varies the eternal Tara Khel response why does trump do anything assorted conspiracy theories are in play pertaining to trump's property interests in Istanbul his eternal Royat please Russian President Vladimir Putin for some reason and so forth but there is a simpler and likely explanation trump is now firmly in reelection mode he probably understands that he's best chance of getting a second term is to go to the people buoyed by a healthy economy and unburdened by American military involvement in countries his base couldn't point to on a map. It's hard luck for the Kurds of course but then it usually his
Kurds mobilize in Syria as Turkey poised for imminent attack
"A remarkable announcement late on Sunday night the White House said that the United States forces in northern Syria would move aside in advance of a planned Turkish military offensive the move marks a major shift in US foreign policy effectively Turkey the green light to attack us-backed Kurdish forces which would make just the latest time that we have betrayed the Kurds obviously the United States has repeatedly told the they were our allies and that we're working with them only to put them in a situation where they were basically screwed that happens during the Gulf War in nineteen ninety-one when George H W Bush called for the Iraqi military and Iraqi people to throw out Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi Kurds in northern Iraq than actually stood up and tried to do that at which point Saddam Hussein basically gas than the down in the United States did nearly nothing about any of that during the late nineteen ninety s during the Clinton administration the Clinton administration basically armed the Turks could go ahead and kill a bunch of the Kurds on the Turkish border during the Iraq war in two thousand three the removes to help the Kurds and then the Kurds were basically left it to their own devices the Kurds are also more targeted by Isis so this is just the latest iteration of a common pattern which is that we all sound off when it's time to help the Kurds and then the minute that it becomes not time to help everybody runs screaming for the exits and that's just horrible every way you slice it there's no rationale not only for not allowing the Curtis to defend themselves here in providing the resources to do so considering they have been our most consistent ally in that region of the world fighting against Isis fighting against Saddam Hussein fighting against the Iranian Shia militias not only that but helping out the Turks horrible idea because the Turkish government right now is run by Recep Tayyip Erdogan who happens be a dictator and an incredibly repressive dictator at that who was jailed hundreds of thousands of political opponents who has made clear his desire to act brutally and violently toward the Kurds but president trump has been taken by Iran before he's had these sort of warm relations with with air to one in terms of phone calls at the or at least according to CNN following a phone call between US President Donald Trump and Turkish president received Taber won the White House said that Turkey would soon begin military offensive and U. S. forces would not be involved in the operation Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long planned operation into northern Syria statement said the US Armed Forces will not support involved in the operation and US forces having defeated the Isis territorial calvet will no longer be in the immediate
Are the US and Iran already at war?
"But let's start in the middle east where tensions have been rising between the u._s. and iran could the u._s. Already fighting iran indirectly israel has struck hundreds of iranian targets in syria defense experts say it has recently expanded those operations into iraq with the blessing of the united states. Here's our middle east correspondent eric tort check. It was israel's regional cooperation minister sake henegbi. Who said it the knife you davos <unk> personal time for two years. Now israel spain the only country in the world killing iranians. He told the public broadcast dot com last last month. Israel has been heating uranium targets in syria way iranian troops of fighting alongside the syrian government forces of president bush allah saad israel says it also targets weapons shipments from iran to the shiite militant group hezbollah which also sent fighters to syria israel's air force enjoys always a superiority in syria and has an arrangement with russia whose air forces helping the syrian government that allows it to operate with relative impunity israel's israel's strikes at deadly for iranian soldiers hezbollah militants and occasionally. If assyrian soldiers posted alongside them all manning a defense batteries some some analysts say the strikes have severely constrained iran's attempt to entrench itself in syria and create a front line there against israel but recently israel's been attacking attacking iranian targets much further afield in iraq according to arab news outlets and domestic defense analysts iranian backed shiite muslim militias operate alright in much of iraq some came to fight saddam hussein others to fight the u._s. Military still more came late to fight the islamic state terrorist group. They've become a powerful entrenched iranian presence in a country that used to be iran's worst enemy. That's raised concerns in israel and the united states about about iran transporting ballistic missiles into iraq with a view to targeting israel and saudi arabia the reported israeli strikes targeted iranian basis which had received ballistic missiles smuggled in through food supply shipments and other covert means such as the new front in israel's ongoing quiet war against iran according to who'd you ari the middle east correspondent for israel's channel twelve one of the country's most experienced defense and foreign policy journalists as a result of one eighty percent of the campaign against the iranian military entrenchment in syria that that is very important now we see the iranians trying to compensate for their big losses in syria by establishing some some presence in iraq and israel will keep trying to demonstrate to them that the cost is going to be very steep sleep israel's attacks serve the interests of big players like the united states and saudi arabia which wants to counter iran's influence and regional ambitions the u._s. avoided military involvement in syria's civil war but ehud yaari says that doesn't mean americans disapprove of israel's attacks on iranian assets the trump administration prefers to if you want subcontract stopping the iranian expansion expansionists the movements <hes> do the israeli air force rather than do it with themselves. Always the cooperation author coalition may members the attacks on doubtedly have an effect both iran and syria have publicly acknowledged their impact although iraq has been silent about at the recent strikes inside its territory continued israeli strikes could be seen as another element of what the united states kohl's its maximum pressure campaign against tehran. It means the u._s. Supposing iran through economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure while israel takes complimentary military action even though attention has been dangerously high between the u._s. and doron after a tax on oil tankers and the shooting down of unmanned surveillance aircraft ehud yaari says both both countries would prefer to fight indirectly rather than risk open conflict. It is the real war that is. I think what we are seeing now. The kind of operations that the israeli air force is mounting the kind of reactions by the iranians. I think this is the real confrontation and it's not going to become an all-out flare other countries in the region of being much more cautious. The united arab emirates has taken steps to distance distance itself from its allies saudi arabia and even from the u._s. By sending delegations to iran and avoiding accusing the iranian military of attacking oil tankers his even though iran is threatening to further reduce its compliance with the international nuclear control deal at the heart of these current tensions european nations and its original neighbors have been reluctant to take any action in response. The debate about iran is not really about its nuclear program. If it was the u._s. would have remained part of the nuclear control deal. It's all about conflicts outside. Iran sport is the syrian civil war support for who the rebels fighting saudi arabia abia in yemen iran's funding and arming of hezbollah in lebanon and the aforementioned militias in iraq the u._s. israel and saudi arabia badly want to constrain constrain iran's regional involvement and it seems israel is the one taking direct military action to do so. It's something to bear in mind if you're concerned that a single misteps step in these tents times could lead to a war. There's already a conflict underway. You probably just haven't heard about it air torture reporting there from jerusalem.
Tulsi Gabbard: Bashar al-Assad is 'a brutal dictator, just like Saddam Hussein'
"Senator Kamel I Harrison representative Tulsi Gabbard continue their criticism of each other as Wednesday night's debate over Harris's record as a prosecutor spilled into Thursday now Harris said as she wasn't surprised by the attacks he did question Gabbard passed though anchoring a meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad as she called her and Assad apologist Gabbard was questioned about that on CNN well first of all let's talk about what you're addressing here and I I don't dispute anything that you're saying there is a brutal dictator just like Saddam Hussein just like a dolphin Libya the reason that I'm so outspoken on this issue of ending is wasteful regime change wars is because I have seen first hand this high human cost of war and the impact that has on my fellow brothers and sisters in uniform you know Chris I respect you because you spent a lot of time throughout your career shining a light on the challenges that veterans face when they come home I will do anything and everything that I possibly can to stop sending our men and women in uniform into harm's way fighting in these wasteful counterproductive wars Congress woman deserves nothing but respect I'm not disputing that I think it's a leader even but here's what I'm asking even if you put yourself finish let me finish this point because because it's it's a cinch it is central to the question that you're asking I will never apologize to anyone for doing all that I can to prevent more of my brothers and sisters in uniform from being sent into harm's way to fight in these wasteful counterproductive regime change wars even if it means meeting with a brutal dictator focused on that objective keeping the American people safe Harris called Gabbard and assign apologist for her past comments comments including a he's not a threat to the U. S. K. and a call him a war criminal despite his use of gas on his own
New Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire in effect, for now
"Is editor in chief of the Jerusalem Post author of the new book shadow strike inside. Israel's secret mission to eliminate Syrian nuclear power a Yakov. Welcome to the show. Are you in the city? Are you in New York, man? I am great. We wanted to reach out. I wasn't sure if you were in Jerusalem and your give us a breakdown. Exactly. What's happening? What's been going on all all weekend? And on the white is this keep happening yacht coffin. Thank first of all. Thank you for joining us, sir. Thank you for having me. I really appreciate it. We'll call Pat forty-eight hours. You've had steady morning Bill late last night. Israel time over six hundred rockets fired into Israel four Israeli killed at take missiles fired across the border mortars fired across the border all throughout yet. Southern Israel over a million and a half is Ray we've hunker down bomb shelters not able to leave their homes because they nonstop and chef and rocket fire into their cities and this is happening right safely. Because Dabney there's a terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip that ruled Gaza named combat that just has failed to recognize the fact that there is a Jewish state next to it and doesn't want to come to terms with that and every single time that they want to try to get something. Whether it's, you know, more money out of the world or they want to get to ease. Some of the pressure of the sanctions that imposed on it because they are terrorist organization. This is what they do. And they just fire and try to kill people. And now, they re there are reports Yakov of a truce or ceasefire is that true. Late night. Well, actually in the middle of the morning. A ceasefire went into effect Israel has yet to formally confirm that there's a cease fire. But that often seems to be the case that has more to do with cut the politics on these Rabi side Benjamin Netanyahu never wants to be seen as someone who's maybe caving in to pressure or appearing to be a week of these the terrorist group Kamah, but I'm extreme that there is a ceasefire now, but the the canons are silent for the time being. But with the keep in mind is sadly happening every month and a half month or so, right? The last big round violence was at the end of March. Now, we have one in the beginning of may and something has to change here. Something has to change in this paradigm of Israel's relationship with the Gaza Strip because just sadly keeps repeating itself. A prime minister Netanyahu say as he addressed his security cabinet. Well, I just a security cabinet initially. They asked for a approval authorization for the ID FDA's done bombing and striking away at Gaza and at Kamath targets. But also, it seems that the reached this compromise that for now if certain things happen, they can reach ceasefire. So what are the Palestinians say about all this? I mean, the the usual rhetoric it's the usual weather pretty much more of the same Gaza is not a good situation. It's not something that we would want to see continue the way it is. There's a there's a bad humanitarian situation, but that's mostly the result in the failure in the fault of HAMAs, which is a terrorist group that rules them. It's a very simple Joe if would allay down its weapons stop firing rockets inches real stop attacking stuff shooting across the border. They would be peace. Right. And and that sadly is the case they could have whatever they want that Gaza. Could potentially one day turn to the single. Four of the Middle East, but not as long as it's ruled by terrorist organization that spend time Israel's destruction. And and just talk about the book for a second west the story that we tell them the book is what Israel's willing to do in shadow strike when it finds the threat of an existential nature. Laking Syria were saw nuclear reactor being built what it has to do to take action to remove that threat from the horizon. She'll do you think now machine the United States deploy that carrier strike group to send the ran quote, unquote, a clear and unbe snake -able message. This has to do probably with HAMAs. Don't you think? This is all about Iran, right? The United States is looking very much to get the Iranians to come back to the table to renegotiate a nuclear deal ever since President Trump pulled out of that deal of buddy half ago, and therefore one of the this is one of their tools is to pressure Iran into say, look, we have a credible military threat against you. If you guys keep on doing what you're doing which is undermining countries throughout the region operating out of Syria, supporting his Balon, Lebanon, obviously come off also in Gaza, and these Lama she had there and you continue to carry out attacks into into Todd destabilize the Middle East. We now have a military presence here. And the reason next significant is because for the Iranians to come back to the table and Tarini go. She hated deal they were their nuclear program, they need to feel like they have something to lose right now. They don't feel that. Right. Chinese are still in the deal. The Russians are still in the deal. Europeans are still in the deal. Just the US is left and they need to feel. They have something to lose weight victory. Trump has reimpose sanctions against countries that by rainy and oil now to bring an aircraft carrier, right? The USS Lincoln out there. What he's also sending a message of look there's a military presence. And you know, he run is still the greatest threat that we face come since the problem in Gaza. Iran is on path one day to getting a nuclear weapon Israel twice in history. And this we tell I tell the story in the book nineteen Eighty-one bomb dose Iraq's reactor if that Saddam Hussein's reactor up at a Baghdad two thousand seven Syrian reactor. He is still an unfinished business, and we hope we can avoid that conflict. But I think that this is part of what the Trump strategy is right now. So don't tell so HAMAs just two camp to capsulize this whole thing. Yakov Yaacov Katz editor in chief of the Jerusalem Post. So Israel's minding its own business. Home starts all starts with the with the rockets into out of nowhere that happened. You know, there's always been a trickle, right? Israel pulled back as you might recall Joe back in two thousand five pulled out of Gaza, no longer settlements. They're no longer has its really military positions. There pulled back to the international border said to the Palestinians. Do what you want right? This is yours built it up. Make it this amazing Singapore Middle East, right? But instead what the grew there were rockets and improvised explosive devices and bombs and just a a culture excuse me, terrorism and hate and incitement, and this is what happens right Israel reaches. There was a round of violence a month ago. Also sparked I didn't know where Israel reaches some sort of ceasefire mediated by Egyptians. And sometimes the Qataris their understanding, and then again, come starts to feel. Okay. Why don't we do this? Another time. We can get some more money out of the world or we could get some more concessions and they start to walk at fire again. Right. So sadly, this is what Israel's living with alongside its borders and all these store. That people will tell you well Gaza's occupied or Israel is controlling borders. It's not sense, right? God has the border with Egypt. It has a border that it could easily cross into Egypt. Egypt. Don't want them crossing because they're also terrorists. Right. So all of this these stories that people will tell you of Gaza being the largest open air prison in the world, Israel, pulled out of Gaza gave it to the Palestinians, and sadly, they've only brought us terrorist incident. All right. And how many people have been killed up to this point Yacov? Please. Your four Israelis that were killed, obviously, that's on the Israeli side a bit more on the Palestinian side there was targeted killing but his carried out against the top Kamath operative. There are a couple of other people who were killed in some of the bombings Israel took out. Some major installations and buildings and headquarters, and this is sadly, the place of what happens when there's a conflict Yakov Katz editor in chief of the Jerusalem Post and the book, by the way that you have to check out it's called shadow strike inside Israel secret mission to eliminate Syria nuclear power, you know, reads like a novel. It's all true facts that you have shadow strike, correct? Yacob all true facts. And that's it. It's really an amazing story. Joe Fraley military might espionage political intrigue. Total for stories will listen, the keep defied, my friend. God bless you. You're welcome here anytime.
"saddam hussein" Discussed on Thrivetime Show | Business School without the BS
"The second I have a pretty good opinion on this. I think the things that that make somebody that that impressed me people were I emission mindset. And that is the idea that you get that you've got this mission, and the people are creative, but they're driven to accomplish it you've seen it in starting small businesses whatnot. You can almost feel it when you meet someone then there's the sense of IM part of team and the point of the team the purpose of the team is to accomplish something. But my sacred responsibility is to take care of the other members of that team. And so you get somebody who isn't necessarily easy going the best soldiers. I ever saw weren't always the ones that were sitting around and joking and whatnot. In fact, they might be little diff-. Difficult to get close to. But when you're really trying to do something that's extraordinarily difficult. And sometimes requires pushing other people at pull them to do it. They are the people who stand up and accept that responsibility. And I saw time and again that proved really important in a in a difficult combat varmint. I see you. I'm sure you see this in your company's after you've had a really rough days e union comrade, you guys that you work within your business. You gotta have humor. You know? We kind of joke. Somebody comes in and steals a bunch of stuff from us or someone breaks into your business. It's not fun. You kind of get through it with humor. And you kind of have that kind of report with your team. I want to ask you there. A stanley. What kind do you have jokes kind of humor and stuffing after you had a big fight, and you kind of calms down or what kind of stuff do you talk about when you're in between combat? You're definitely engaged in combat, but it's kind of a low for a few hours, and you're in a foxhole, and you're. What kind of what kind of conversations to you? Yeah. It's interesting because first humor is very very important. And I think even when people don't feel like being funny or they don't feel like being upbeat the cultures of good military organizations is that's the way you act because that's when you're expected to act. So even things are frightening or if they're rough frustrating or you could be yet, a tendency to be a little bit despondent because you think you might loosen. There's this cultural norm that says I'm gonna act up beat. I'm gonna make jokes evidence at trial because it's infectious. Everybody knows how everybody else feels you know, you don't have nobody sits around saying. Boy, I'm scared boy, I'm really worried about this. Everybody takes a sort of tongue in cheek attitude chapter Stander stand that's video. That's every what is also frighteningly serious Sam overs tougher for you starting your business that you around the dinner. Table or jumping out playing. That's a great question. I think starting a business because jumping out of the plan with something I had expected to do as I was growing up. I wanted to be a soldier. I knew wanna be parachute trooper, and so you you just have this sense that this is another step in in my career when I left the military. I'd never thought about starting a business, and I thought, wow, it must be really hard. Because all these people who've started businesses, they must be really brighter that must be really lucky or something. So it was the unknown from it was much more unknown than anything militarily that I ever experienced capturing Saddam Hussein what was what was your role in in capturing Saddam Hussein. Were you the guy who tricked him? He said come over here. Roll capturing Saddam Hussein. That's great question. No, I was the commander of the task force. So I'm in the position of getting the credit for something that actually my people did. And so son McCain was captured like many cases, someone big..
An Iranian pop star challenges the regime
"Song is a protest against the war that marked Iran for eight years the war with with Iraq, nNcholas Pelham is the economists Middle East correspondent he's been writing about a new song called pari som- that means broken stone. And it's by Iranian singer, Mechta Yara he in this video he shows missiles falling on families. He shows families queuing it to have because the land is impartial rivers have been diverted their children being sent into minefields by generals houses. Collapsing. The soon as the ribbon is cut because the so poorly built it's really an indictment of the Iranian regime. Should be to numbers money, but it's an odd direction for Mr. Jahr, he to take he used to be pretty beloved of the regime. He sings beautiful renditions of the call to prayer in two thousand seventeen he won the best album prize from the ministry of his lung guidance and culture that it's hard to imagine. Now, he's things dressed as a general Kelly. He's trying to be an Iranian general, but he has a swastika on his arm, and there's a particular dramatic lyric in which he says another generation went to war and did not return on the last one of this tribe, but tribe with no food or water. So why the change of he was a regime favorite? Why is he now this provocateur a lot of it has to do with his origin? He's from the province of quizzes, Dan, which used to be called stone. It's a mainly our province on the Gulf bordering Iraq. But it's a province which has been devastated by the war by Cincinnati elect. He's somebody who seems to have an increasingly conscious sensitive Arab identity. This comes at a time where Iran is under enormous economic stress, and there's a a real struggle for resources and the periphery which tends to be mainly non Persian an ethnic feels that it's losing out to the Persian core, Iran, Matt Yara himself said when ASTA defend his song. He said it's a duty of artists to convey, the voice of the people to the authorities. So in on it self the people have a pretty big fans of this work is images of him being put up in shops. And has the reaction been similarly favorable throughout Iran or just in his home region? If you see a hero in his own province. Elsewhere, particularly on the part of hardliners within the regime, he sees something of a of a traitor. He's betraying the martyrs of of the revolution. They see him as of stooge for Arabs, somebody cool to singer Saddam Hussein. And he's seen as the troublemaker which is particularly worrying for the authorities because it comes at a time with just on the eve of celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the nineteen seventy nine revolution. So what are the thirties doing about it? Or what do you think they will do a lot of contradictory reports at the time as to whether he had been banned or not it does appear that he was summoned by the ministry of his guidance, and according to an official from that ministry. It was said that he he repented and this was denied by Maddie are he's he's. Said that he wouldn't repent that he stood for what he said in his his song. He did try and say that it was more general and not specifically aimed your thirties writing. It's very clear to most rain that this is really Matt Yara representing hoses stone against Tehran against the center and asking for summer address, right through the ministry of guidance. Having said that will we call them on this. And he repented his just needing to be seen to at least wagged a finger at him. Is that the idea it is quite striking at the moment. How the authorities seem to be doing the utmost not to inflame sentiment within Iran. They're very conscious of the year ago. There were mass protests across the country, particularly in these provinces, which are on the periphery with concentration of non Persian minorities. And so they do seem to be playing it down nNcholas. Thank you very much. Jason. Thank you.
"saddam hussein" Discussed on KSRO
"What about Saddam Hussein could you locate where the real Saddam Hussein is through remote viewing it might be possible. But you know, there's there's a problem here. And it's called time space changing, and he moves around so much time. You get information. Even if he grew right on it would be probably out of date. So there's there's the problem of how would you actually apply this stuff in a reasonable amount of time? So there are some real operational problems and constraints as. There are for any kind of data when you're talking about this type of application is there any restriction. With regard to the information, you can gather and what I mean by that is. Can you can you gather? Information, for example. You wanna know what the next winning lottery number is you want to know what stock market is. I've had people tell me that that kind of information cannot be gathered that only sort of positive information can be discerned. Is there any truth to that? Or is this? I would imagine any science could be applied in any way. Good or bad. That's a good question. It's one I've certainly been wrestling with for twenty thirty years. Let me answer that in several ways in terms of numbers. I can loughry. I think the probability of success applying either remote viewing or any form of si- is very low in the research side in laboratory work, we find it numbers and words are not usually picked up rarely it. It does happen. But it's very rarely. I would not put too much money on it. If somebody comes up with the lottery number so I think there's a some kind of practical or operation limit.
"saddam hussein" Discussed on The Daily Zeitgeist
"Is rotten without understanding what the whole purpose of this agreement any like you're saying there are other countries that are still dedicated to this deal they continue to say we will honor everything but you know again like you say it fucks things up because our banks won't do business with iran and these secondary sanctions that trump has put back in place makes it even harder for some of the european allies who were beginning to do business in iran to continue that so the knock on affects are very significant yeah it really reminds me of back when america was desperate to go to war with iraq and so it was just like they were pulling evidence from all these different places and they were going into make presentations being like look this photograph shows that they have weapons they got cake and saddam hussein said this twenty years ago and therefore it just seems the same here it's like netanyahu's presentation is ted talk that he delivered for an audience of one it was written exactly for trump and it was using stuff from before this nuclear deal too so he's just like pulling old shit from computers that they had like taken from computer presentation essentially was they had a clandestine nuclear project prior to signing the tire to this deal and so they're using that trump is using you know the fact that business has an opened up as quickly as they had hoped and that they were hostile to some in other situations than that like it's just any excuse it's like whenever you have a dude who's looking for a fight and he's like what the fuck you say what are you looking at as like well you just yelled at me so i would look in your direction and this is not about anything that ever happened to me don't worry about it but also say goodbye to any sort of cheap gas prices future.
"saddam hussein" Discussed on BizTalk Radio
"So that we will have an insight into some of the terrible feats of men from our past mussolini stalin mao hitler what's so interesting is that they were very much into poetry literature were you shocked by that not i wasn't so shocked by that maybe i i was shocked to the extent to which they did and and i was very surprised i mean a lot of the dictators of the past were highly educated you they could speak multiple languages and but what kind of surprise me it wasn't just they were they were very obsessed with the pilot of literature i mean if you think of every dictatorship they control the written word so they were very very concerned about again control and and being used by people who didn't approve of i think what what surprised me was the extent to which they themselves had kind of dabbled and writing poetry or even novels and different things surprised me so you know saddam hussein a romance novel mussalini start a cool romance novel and franco spanish dictator kind of war story so quite a lot of them would balance their political writings with this you know in various comas creative writing no one would think if they were so knowledgeable and so smart in so educated what happens to the tell us about the the mechanics of the brain that you have these in many cases brilliant minds and yet i think kata me i mean it just doesn't make sense upping that's disturbing about when when i was researching this is i guess some of these people were the beneficiaries a very good education or even religious education so stalin was trained in a seminary.
"saddam hussein" Discussed on Mixergy
"On leaders heads and we may not dispute kim jongun and i don't wanna see anybody dia wanna make that clear but let's let's take another example so ikea saddam hussein was getting out of hamneda when i was a kid i think it was too late 90s and he invaded kuwait and in the us made it over there and there was a big giant masks we'll what a fairly food pranks equator where was in charge of her quit at the time saw that oh saddam hussein is depict about invading year what if he told saddam saying hey if you invade here we're gonna put a bounty of ex number of millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency on your head weld saddam hussein probably would have invaded and what if saddam hussein did the same thing to subject was george bush senior at the time said hey if you abate us we don't have a big army but we have enough money to put a bounty maybe he would have invaded so hopefully this is a waiter too to to prevent the worst me even happening in the first place d e how did we thomas thinking about this versus how to get more customers for your business for bitcoin i think those are two sides of the same coin the more people that are using money that's outside of the control of government to less control governments half of of people and i think that's a good thing for moving all the kind toward advancing society in an increase in the rate of economic growth around the world and if you increase the rate of economic growth in the technological singularity is gonna come even faster in which computers exceed human intelligence and right now the smartest beings in the universe that we know about our our people in all the new ideas come from people anything let's say let's take the idea of.
"saddam hussein" Discussed on Great Big History Podcast
"Because this order is worse for him the english civil war was a terrible trauma in tragedy and the idea is that this order is worse and we now go to saddam hussein saddam hussein was a bad guy when we invaded in two thousand three is a bad guy you will not find me being an apologist for saddam hussein and yet iraq fell apart entered into civil war entered into local genocides of religious we inspired jihadists the shia killed murdered tortured all of the sunnis they could get their hands on meanwhile the sudanese in the same neighborhood or murdering torturing kidnapping killing all the shia they could get their hands on neighborhoods that used to be integrated for segregated and then fought with each other and wiped out one side or the other iraq in two thousand and two was not a nice place but it was predictable in a lot of ways you stayed away from saddam hussein he stayed away from his cronies you kept your head down a new could survive and live in this place women got educations the life the the standard of living was good government worked yeah there was cronyism there was violence there were bad things that happened the biebel would people have light a democracy sure but what happened was without a government the entire society fell apart and i have have had iraqi students refugees from two thousand five two thousand six two thousand seven and all them said it was better under saddam why because it was predictable in the civil war they lost their schools they became refugees they lost their homes they lost all their wealth they had to travel with only what they carried girls became prostitutes i had boys tell me how their sisters had to become prostitutes in order to make money for the family in syria while you were refugees.
"saddam hussein" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"West by wealthy powerful you know family that written did on the country ran the country now key look at qaddafi qaddafi gave up his weapons and look what happened it could off saddam hussein gave up his stuff look what happened to saddam hussein kim yanggon is saying you know if i can maintain a deterence then i won't end up like coffee or saddam hussein i would say saddam anything i would say that that he went too far too dumb made agreement he says i'm giving up weapons of mass destruction i'm giving up my hope reviewable we went into give him claiming he still had those what we kit but that was why ain't that and did they turned out to be manufacturer stuff for one thing he wanted to he wanted to save face in the in the middle east and say that he wasn't being bullied around and that he wasn't count telling the united basically had inspectors there and things like that so you know there's some people say well now we hit them any movement around here and there i mean there's all different kinds of stuff in president bush at the time now says that he may have been taken yeah well wanted i you know there's this i think a lot of people there's a there's different debates his people who say actually that we wanted to take him out because for oil with other reasons and it's federate cetera still i you know i don't know i don't have enough insider information but there's significant evidence that the inspectors were right and they have we you know he'd given up his programs and we took amount for other reasons so hit you know it if i don't i can't say definitively one way or another but i think that there's a pretty good chance that's what happened in that the american people were lied to uh because it's one thing they use nine eleven to link saddam hussein and he had nothing to do with till nine eleven and they do that so clearly had some kind of agenda to go after saddam and and they twisted things around to justify going after him and so that part i think is on you know pretty undeniable and in and whether they really thought he had the it wmds or not i don't know but it it it sure indicates that they knew better and that they lied.
"saddam hussein" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM
"You know family that written that on the country round the country now she looks at coffee can off he gave up his weapons and look what happened the off saddam hussein gave up his stuff look what happened to saddam hussein him young on is saying you know if i can maintain a deterence then i won't end up like coffee or saddam hussein well i would i would say that that he wants to far too dumb main agreement he says i'm giving up the weapons of mass destruction i'm given up my people he went in to get him claiming he still had those what we can't but that was lie i've seen that day they've they've turned out to be manufacturer stuff for one thing he wanted to he wanted to save face in the in the middle east and say that he wasn't being bullied around and that he wasn't count telling to the unites basically had inspectors there and things like that so you know there's some people say well no we hit them any move them around here or there i mean this all different kinds of start at present at the time says take now well you know there's this i think a lot of people that there's a there's different debates as people who say actually that we wanted to take him out because for oil with other reasons and at center at cetera so i you know i don't know i don't have enough insider information but there's significant evidence that the inspectors were right and that we you know he'd given up his programs and we took him out for other reasons so hit you know it it i don't i can't say definitively one way or another but i think that there's a pretty good chance that's what happened in that the american people were lied to uh because it's one thing to use nine eleven to link saddam hussein and he had nothing to do with till nine eleven and they knew that so so the clearly had some kind of agenda to go after saddam and and they twisted things around to justify going after him and so that part i think is on you know pre undeniable and in and whether they really thought he had the it wmds or not i don't know but it it it sure indicates that they knew better and that they lied.
"saddam hussein" Discussed on WIBC 93.1FM
"You know family that written than on the country ran the country now he looks at qaddafi qaddafi gave up his weapons and look what happened the could off saddam hussein gave up his stuff look would have the saddam hussein him young known as saying you know if i can maintain a deterence them i won't end up white khadafi or saddam hussein i would i would say that that he wants to far too gum made an agreement he said i'm given up the weapons of mass destruction i'm given up my what we believe we went in to get him claiming he still had those what we can't but doubtless why ain't that one day they turned out to be manufacturer stuff for one thing he wanted to he wanted to save face in the in the middle east and say that he wasn't being bullied around the net he wasn't count telling to the unites basically had inspectors there and things like that so you know there's some people say well now we hit a mini move them around here or there i mean that's all different kinds of start at president bush at the time now says take yeah well would i you know there's this i think a lot of people there's a there's different debates as people who say actually that we wanted to take him out because for oil with other reasons and at cetera cetera so i you know i don't know i don't have enough insider information but there's significant evidence that the inspectors are right and that we you know he'd given up his programs and we took him out for other reasons so hit you know if it's i don't i can't say definitively one way or another but i think that there's a pretty good chance that's what happened in the the american people were lied to uh because it's one thing to use nine eleven to linked to saddam hussein and he had nothing to do with th all nine eleven then they knew that so the clearly had some kind of agenda to go after saddam and and they twist of things around to justify going after him and so that part i think is on you know pretty undeniable and and and whether they really thought he of the wmds or not i don't know but if they sure indicates that they knew better and that they lied.
"saddam hussein" Discussed on The Jason Stapleton Program
"That i we could say saddam hussein but he's dead they turned him over to the tender mercies of moqtada i'll sawdon well it's it's it's interesting it's interesting you know your position on it i i've deal of the other question i would have is i know sle dyno's will not that this will not play well with a lot of my audience true true true as it may be is there some good reading that you know of the by this kind of an old question but are there some good books on the history of this that people could go and do their own research on well i am certainly not the world's best expert on all of that i actually can't stay in his shoe as much as i as much as you know i'm compelled to be interested in it i i have not a dove into it nearly as deep as i should have but okay i'll tell you what was the best book that i've read in a long time on this is goliath by max blumenthal and that is sydney blumenthal son yes and he's a liberal but he was raise while he's sydney blumenthal son who was raised a centrist democrat zionist and then he come to find out what's really going on over there and decided this is absolutely not okay and the american people have got to understand what's really going on here you know i got to say jason here's my thing about this i was never educated about israel palestine and in all of my interest in politics and even in foreign policy in my even into my late 20s probably i put off learning about israel palestine until last really it was apply is iraq war that really finally brought at all to the center of my attention and the idea basically was i didn't want to learn about it because it's all just.
"saddam hussein" Discussed on KQED Radio
"And they talk about this quite openly that the lesson of libya the lesson of kadhafi's fall was that if you go down that path you leave yourself vulnerable to the changing winds of united states and you can ultimately be cast aside and so kim jong un and his government are adamant that they will not make the same mistake that leads to the fact that this say under saddam hussein you know a lot of people in iraq hated him feared him had been tortured by him you know there were the there's suny insiders who supported him because they were part of his regime but in the shia and the people outside his regime lived in fear and so i think the bush administration thought well y overthrow saddam and people cheer and they welcome you and so on didn't work out that way but what look what what what sense did you getting north korea about what people's true feelings were of that kim jong whom who calls himself the supreme leader did you get any sense from the insiders who you spoke to land from people who were on the street who you try to talk to you when you're on the ground in north korea you get only the most sanitized and carefully administered official view there's no question about that an and that view is very clear which is that kim jongun is a wise and prudent and gifted lear and full stop and in really almost there is no deviation from and you know in and of itself that sort of an amazing thing to see just as an example of the effectiveness of propaganda and the and the effectiveness of the risk of stepping outside of that um and i should say that you're one of the reasons why people are so vigil i i've worked in a lot of authoritarian countries over the years have been to places that are repressive but north korea's in a class by itself i've never been to a place where there is as clear and.
"saddam hussein" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"A lot of people predicted i remember i got a lot of flak in my district i specially in the in in burrow park by people who said saddam hussein is a menace to israel the united states for completely extraneous reasons i mean nothing to do with his you'll muskets of them you're standing the way what's the matter with you and my reaction my reply was no saddam hussein is not a menace he is a nuisance the menace is iran anybody knows anything about middle eastern history should know two things one we have strong zhima mess with tameer which is to say iraq they are barred the persian expansionism you take akbar away in the united states he may be used was going to have to be a bar in that can be expensive in in money in lives and second um iraq is a shiite country with a sunny dictator you take that setting dictator way she isn't will reassert itself and it's absolutely predictable that iraq will become to a greater or lesser extent of dependency or a cow many of iran which is happening now the bannon populace are such a strange mix of things in a way are antiwar like you the trump may be abandoning that they want tax hikes not tax cuts for the rich though trump may be abandoning that but somehow they've married those liberal populist positions to their way white christian identity politics that you know it all of that is how do you and understand have those strands intersect well it's always been a puzzle to may not a real puzzle but the question it is if i tell you that some candidate candidate x is in favour of more taxes on the rich uh more government regulation of the environment are what do you think is position on abortion is you'll save was probably prochoice was one thing i do the other um is completely conceivable you could have someone who is very good in the environment the very good on global warming and very good on government regulation and his antichoice or vice versa we are used two two threatened things going together but they don't necessarily so someone like bannon mary's certain a good positions and some very bad positions and those positions that aren't normally married but.