Cutting through Syria media propaganda, imperial wars, US foreign policy — Interview with Lee Camp on “Redacted Tonight”

I had the privilege of joining the very funny Lee Camp for an interview on his show Redacted Tonight.

We discussed the horrendous barrage of propaganda on Syria in the US corporate media, and how major news outlets are already working to whitewash and rehabilitate the image of President Donald Trump — a far-right, anti-Muslim, racist, misogynist jingoist — now that he is pursuing a hawkish foreign policy and potentially pushing for regime change yet again.

I also situated US foreign policy in its larger historical context. Since the 1950s, throughout the Cold War and beyond, the US has supported far-right, hyper-reactionary Islamist militants in order to undermine communist, socialist, and secular nationalist resistance forces in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.

In the 1980s, the US and its allies Pakistan and Saudi Arabia gave birth to al-Qaeda and the Taliban, through arming the extremist mujahideen in Afghanistan to fight the Soviet Union. Today, the war in Syria is strikingly similar, with hard-line Salafi jihadist militants from ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, and more strengthened by the CIA and US allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey.

The US’ endless wars and destructive and chaotic foreign policy are the inevitable result of imperialism, I argue. The US is by far the largest empire in history, and war is simply much too profitable to cease. It is the only way to keep the exploitative capitalist system afloat.

You can watch the interview here, or at the Redacted Tonight YouTube channel: