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U.S. Iraq Policy: Motives and Consequences

Program #CHON148. Recorded in Cambridge, MA on January 30, 1999.

U.S. missile and air strikes on Iraq are almost routine. Staples of media coverage include Pentagon-generated footage of jets roaring off carrier decks, bemedalled generals with their pointers and maps showing targets, government officials and pundits making pronouncements about Iraq, weapons of mass destruction, the evil dictator who violates international law and the continuing need for sanctions. Is there something missing in the official story? In this brilliant presentation, Chomsky peels away the layers of deceit behind U.S. Iraq policy. He exposes the hypocritical U.S. positions on weapons of mass destruction, concern for the Kurds, international law & the UN.


Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky, by any measure, has led a most extraordinary life. In one index he is ranked as the eighth most cited person in history, right up there with Aristotle, Shakespeare, Marx, Plato and Freud. The legendary MIT professor practically invented modern linguistics. In addition to his pioneering work in that field he has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for many decades. Chris Hedges says he is “America’s greatest intellectual” who “makes the powerful, as well as their liberal apologists, deeply uncomfortable.” He is Institute Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. At 90, he still gives lectures all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, including Propaganda & the Public Mind, How the World WorksPower Systems and Global Discontents with David Barsamian.

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