• My Interview with Thom Hartmann

    May 30, 2013

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Democracy, Embassy/State, Iraq

    The show is called “Conversations with Great Minds,” so I’ve already thought-experimented with all the obvious jokes, so save them for your next party small talk, ‘K?

    Jokes aside, here’s a serious interview on the reconstruction failures in Iraq, still relevant as we repeat the same mistakes in Afghanistan and prepare to repeat them in Syria? Yemen? and wherever. Have a listen.

    Part One

    Part Two

    More on the series, Conversations with Great Minds. The interview with Eyal Press, author of Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Timesis particularly good.

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    • pitchfork said...


      quote:” I’ve already thought-experimented with all the obvious jokes, so save them for your next party small talk, ‘K?” unquote

      Damn PVB, you rained on our parade before it even started. 🙂

      Actually, on the contrary. We already know you possess a great mind. After all, you wouldn’t have reached the position you held with out it. However, it’s your morality, integrity and conscience that really shines. You sir, are beacon of truth and a testimony to those characteristics which human beings should aspire. Thank you. And btw..this is EXACTLY why I continue to come here.

      Oh, and the interview was great. I learn something every time I see you speak out. What is interesting to note..it’s on RT. Priceless. This tells me something.

      note to self..file under:
      ..”meanhile.. ‘murica surrenders to the Kardashians…”

      05/30/13 4:32 PM | Comment Link

    • Michael Murry said...


      “You can’t reconstruct while continuing to destruct.”

      Priceless, Peter.

      By the way, I recommend using the terms Corporate Camp-followers and Dogs-of-War Mercenaries instead of the anodyne euphemism “contractor.” Way past time for “the rectification of names,” as Confucius said. No one can accomplish anything meaningful if they can’t even accurately describe the difficulty. Or, to paraphrase a truth enunciated by James Carroll in Crusade: Chronicles of an Unjust War: “Only a fool defines a problem in such a way that he cannot solve it.”

      05/30/13 8:46 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      quote:“Only a fool defines a problem in such a way that he cannot solve it.” unquote
      Wow. No wonder the “War On Terror” will go on forever.


      05/30/13 9:17 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      ps..speaking of war… quote:”enjoy your handiwork ‘murica..”unquote


      I don’t know who the sadistic bastard is in our government who ordered the use of depleted uranium in whatever way it was, but if I could, I would make his life a living hell. Those pics should be on the cover of every newspaper in this shameless, despicable and depraved nation. I no longer give my allegiance to murdering, torturing, sadistic psychopaths. I’m done.

      05/30/13 10:22 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      ps..did I mention murdering, torturing, sadistic psychopaths. Well, that was a massive understatement. I knew there was something fishy about the Boston thing. Now the stench is reaching coast to coast.


      Who needs the Gestapo when you have the FBI. Welcome to Amerika.

      Excuse me. I have to puke…again.

      05/31/13 10:55 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      If i am not mistaken, depleted uranian weaponry was first used during the Clinton administration during the war in the former yugoslavia, and has been used in our wars since then.

      It would be really interesting to know whom in the FBI made up that phoney story that initially came out. It looks like someone higher up may be responsible for trying to promote that story, since the agent at issue wouldnt be allowed to talk to the press. People should be fired and their clearances taken away for lying. But it seems we have a backwards way of doing things — people who report wrongdoing get fired and have their clearances revoked. People who lie get the benefit of the state protection and promoted

      05/31/13 9:11 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      Ok, correction here – it was our first war with Iraq when depleted uranium was used. I forgot this war occured before that in the former Yugoslavia. that makes it the Bush Sr. administration then, but the CLinton administration continued the use of this weaponry

      Uraniuam Weaponry Leak in US:
      i tried to find where our supply is from/made and pitch’s site had an artcle mentioning that in 1979, a factory in Albany that made uranium weaponry was shut down for polluting the region over the course of at least a year. Cleanup cost about us $100 million. Sheesh. Who needs foreign terrorists, we have patriotic companies who charge the American taxpayer for this —

      Increased Cancer & Birth Defects:
      Wiki had info on Gulf War syndrome – which was big discussion after our first war with Iraq but has been absent in discussions on these current wars. Gotta love our government scientists at the DoD, i’m guessing these are the kind who get promoted and deny climate change being connected to human activity, not the kind of scientists who suffered elsewhere in the government agencies because they called for more science-based practices.

      On Gulf War Syndrome, increased cancer and birth defects of people deployed to the war zones, from

      “Normal functioning of the kidney, brain, liver, heart, and numerous other systems can be affected by uranium exposure, because in addition to being weakly radioactive, uranium is a toxic metal.[7] DU is less toxic than other heavy metals such as arsenic and mercury.[66] It is weakly radioactive but remains radioactive because of its long half-life. … The U.S. Department of Defense claims that no human cancer of any type has been seen as a result of exposure to either natural or depleted uranium.[68]

      As early as 1997, British Army doctors warned the British MoD (Ministry of Defence) that exposure to depleted uranium increased the risk of developing lung, lymph and brain cancer, and recommended a series of safety precautions.[69] According to a report issued summarizing the advice of the doctors, ‘Inhalation of insoluble uranium dioxide dust will lead to accumulation in the lungs with very slow clearance—if any…. Although chemical toxicity is low, there may be localised radiation damage of the lung leading to cancer.” The report warns that ‘All personnel … should be aware that uranium dust inhalation carries a long-term risk… [the dust] has been shown to increase the risks of developing lung, lymph and brain cancers.”[69]

      Studies using cultured cells and laboratory rodents continue to suggest the possibility of leukemogenic, genetic, reproductive, and neurological effects from chronic exposure.[5] In addition, the UK Pensions Appeal Tribunal Service in early 2004 attributed birth defect claims from a February 1991 Gulf War combat veteran to depleted uranium poisoning.[70][71] Also, a 2005 epidemiology review concluded: “In aggregate the human epidemiological evidence is consistent with increased risk of birth defects in offspring of persons exposed to DU.”[10]

      Its use in incendiary ammunition is controversial because of potential adverse health effects and its release into the environment.[72][73][74][75][76][77] Besides its residual radioactivity, U-238 is a heavy metal whose compounds are known from laboratory studies to be toxic to mammals.”

      05/31/13 10:15 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      and yes, the info above is limited and covers slightly the effects on americans or brits. the debate on in-country effects on Iraqis and Afghanis and the connected environmental crisis has been ignored in our system

      05/31/13 10:18 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      And there is more…

      the company the above article cited that leaked depleted uranium throughout Albany for over a year is NL Industries. (http://www.globalresearch.ca/depleted-uranium-far-worse-than-9-11/2374)

      Apparently, they are still at it — below is a link to a current petition on change.org asking our government to force this company to clean up its pollution sites in US and Canada.


      05/31/13 10:25 PM | Comment Link

    • JVC said...


      Excellent job. You are a great speaker and fascinating to listen to. Your quiet humility and thoughtful reflection on your time in Iraq convey, paradoxically, the enormity of US crimes which have taken place there.

      06/1/13 4:52 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein

      Hey, there’s a cure for that.


      06/1/13 10:09 AM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      quote:” The U.S. Department of Defense claims that no human cancer of any type has been seen as a result of exposure to either natural or depleted uranium.[68]” unquote


      please, someone help me off the fucking floor.

      Absurd notwithstanding, these sub-human DOD liars redline the INCREDULOUS METER daily. ya know, I’m running on fumes now, as my supply of contempt is almost gone. However, as anyone with one fucking neuron between their ears could figure out, there is one question that even a goddamned cave man could summon.

      WHY? Why why why why why why why. Why, would a government conceptualize the use of “depeleted uranium” to manufacture munitions? Especially, if the claims by DOD were true????????????????????

      Never ceases to fucking amaze me, at the depth of evilness that pervades the USG. Not only is this insidious concept a war crime, the mere thought of using it forever defines the vile mentality of those sub-human pond scum that inhabit the Pentagon. Now I truly understand why they’ve coerced other nations into giving the USG their depleted uranium. They want to murder the entire inhabitants of this planet. Even if it takes a half life of this material. And you KNOW what that means. yessireebob..Resurrections is alive and well and on schedule. What amazes me further, is those pathetic, empty shell morons in the DOD don’t have a clue why or how they personally were used. But mark my words. They will soon enough. After all, it’s already been written. So carry on motherfuckers!! You’re already condemned.

      06/1/13 3:12 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      ps. Ya know, my wife continually asks me why I even waste my time on all these permutations of evil as in her view, there is nothing ANY ONE can do to stop it. To her, being a deeply religious Christian, she firmly believes in Resurrections as written truth. Well, all I can say is, given everything that is unfolding on this planet day by day, especially those things perpetrated by our evil United States governments, local, state and Federal, I’d submit, she might be right. And if she is..the axiom..”First they came for the Jews…” might well be just around the goddamned corner. Given the Fema camps, DHS, the NDAA, and all the other insidious, perverse acts unfolding on behalf of the USG, I’m beginning to believe.she is.

      06/1/13 3:29 PM | Comment Link

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