Demanufacturing Consent: Peter Van Buren on Iraq, ISIS, and the Ghost of Tom Joad

Traces of Reality
July 7, 2014

 

Peter Van Buren“Mission Accomplished? Iraq Crisis Continues with Latest US-Trained Boogeymen” with Peter Van Buren

On this edition of Demanufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by Peter Van Buren, State Department whistleblower, and author of the books We Meant Well: How I Helped Lost the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, and Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the 99 percent.

We discuss Peter’s time in the State Department, leading two Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Iraq from 2009 to 2010, what he saw, and why he blew the whistle. Peter summarizes the complex situation in Iraq, the various competing interests involved, and the disastrous consequences of US intervention. We also discuss the recent redeployment of US “advisors” and Apache gunships to combat the latest US trained and funded bogeymen in ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria).

We round out our conversation by talking about the “crime” of linking online, how Peter’s whistleblowing case relates to Barrett Brown’s, and the motivation for writing Ghosts of Tom Joad.

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