Robert Parry

Neocons Think They’ve Won Iraq


Investigative reporter Robert Parry, of and author of Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, discusses the Iran-Contra model for running the government, the failure of Colin Powell and allies to adequately stand up to Cheney and the neocons, the current state of the situation in Iraq, the rules of engagement, the second phase of the El Salvador option, the weakness of al Qaeda’s position in Iraq, the occupation’s benefit to them, the purpose behind the policy of backing the Ba’athists at the same time as the Maliki (Da’wa/SCIRI) government, the Bush administration’s bogus theory of unlimited power and technologies of control, the possibility that Iraqis may eventually tire of fighting and accept occupation, the neocons’ belief that it’s time to expand their triumph to Pakistan, the history of the mujahedeen’s CIA -backed war against the Russians in Afghanistan, the U.S. policy of ignoring Pakistan’s drive to obtain nuclear weapons in the 1980s, the impossibility of the Kagan/O’Hanlon plan for invasion, the neocon s’ history and mentality, their exaggeration of the Soviet threat as the USSR was falling apart, their taking of credit for it when it did and Adm. Fallon’s recent statement to the Financial Times against war with Iran.

MP3 here. (44:05)

Robert Parry, who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek, runs, and is the author of Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and the brand new Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush.

Author: Scott Horton

Scott Horton is editorial director of, director of the Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from He’s the author of the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and editor of The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019. He’s conducted more than 5,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna Horton. He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper’s. Scott’s Twitter, YouTube, Patreon.

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  1. The remedy for these woes is IMPEACHMENT! DEMAND IMPEACHMENT!

    Impeach Cheney NOW

    Defense of the Constitution Knows No Party

    The Bush administration has illegally seized and imprisoned Americans without benefit of their trial by jury, has spied on Americans without warrant in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, has lied America into a disastrous war, and has betrayed an American intelligence officer, who was working on weapons of mass destruction networks, to our enemies (Valerie Plame.)

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    On November 6, 2007, Rep. Dennis Kucinich brought H.Res.333, for the impeachment of Cheney, to the House Floor for debate. It was broadcast on CSPAN. A sudden outpouring of public support for impeachment forced lawmakers to keep the resolution alive. Democrats, most of whom currently resist demands for impeachment, were unwilling to kill the bill with the public watching. Republicans and some Democrats, mindful of impeachment sentiment, voted to debate the bill, but failed. At the end of the day, Americans of both parties had made it clear whose "table" this is, and that they want to see impeachment on it.

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  2. The Neocons: Never in human history have so few harmed so many. They achieved the first part of their agenda: the devestation of Iraq. Next on the list as they have written for many years is the devestation of any threat, real or perceived, against their true loyalty: Israel. Sending a letter to Bill Clinton creating ‘The Project For a New American Century’ is still the greatest threat to civilization since Hitler wrote ‘Mein Kampf.’

  3. Wonderful, wonderful interview, guest, and comments. I have called the phone number given for the House Judiciary Committee, listed above by Amy, and there is no answer, no voice mail, no nothing. As my congresswoman recently publicly lamented, “They all need to be arrested.”

    Code Pink, Cindy Sheehan, and others are also asking for constant phone calls to this number. Any one out there getting answers. Kucinich-Paul for President, or Paul-Kucinich!

  4. Some things never change. As Patrick Foy said: “we seem to be in a fog…”

    The beat goes on, the beat goes on
    Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain
    La de da de de, la de da de da

    Charleston was once the rage, uh huh
    History has turned the page, uh huh
    The mini skirt’s the current thing, uh huh
    Teenybopper is our newborn king, uh huh


    The grocery store’s the super mart, uh huh
    Little girls still break their hearts, uh huh
    And men still keep on marching off to war
    Electrically they keep a baseball score


    Grandmas sit in chairs and reminisce
    Boys keep chasing girls to get a kiss
    The cars keep going faster all the time
    Bums still cry “hey buddy, have you got a dime”


  5. Could it be that very soon Cheney’s heart beat will stop going on? I admit that I have my fingers crossed.

  6. It’s quite astonding how much of a mess the neo-cons have made in just 6 years, one has to wonder if all this mess is actually by design, IE the disaster in Iraq has enabled the neo-cons to build permanent US army bases, something which probably couldn’t have happened unless they knew they’d be there longer than the estimated 6 week “cake walk”.

  7. I suspect that the reason Bush has that perpetual smirk on his face is because he has been shining on the Amerikan public from the getgo. Permanent bases and $30 trillion of oil reserves… That has always been the goal and the prize.

    Now we hear that Bush is saying: The battle is under way for future of Middle East… If we elect one of the establishment presidential candidates in 2008 it will be the same old sameold… More doubletalk and nothing will change. We will remain stuck in Foy’s “fog” for the foreseeable future.

    Ron Paul is the only person who will really try to change the status quo. Support him if you can.

  8. The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.

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