Debate on U.S. Foreign Policy
Program #CHON-PERR001. Recorded in Columbus, OH on April 12, 1988.
The legendary encounter between Chomsky and Richard Perle. For years there were rumors that a tape of their 1988 debate at Ohio State University in Columbus existed. Finally, it was Edward Herman who tracked it down. It was worth the wait. Rarely do establishment figures take on Chomsky in a debate format. After listening to this you'll understand why. The MIT professor runs circles around Perle. Chomsky sticks to the facts and the documentary record while Perle spews out platitudes and fantasies about U.S. intentions. The focus is on U.S. policy in the Middle East and Latin America. But it extends to a look at U.S. post-WWII plans for global domination, the Grand Area Strategy. Chomsky on the latter is indispensable. AR is proud to make this historic program available. The audio, while not excellent, is quite good. Everything is intelligible.
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