Iraq: The Impact of Sanctions and U.S. Policy
When it comes to Iraq and sanctions, “moving the goal posts is the name of the game,” says Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis. Sanctions have resulted in hundreds of thousands deaths due to lack of proper nutrition, medicine and clean water. Bennis and Halliday discuss a range of topics, including the history of U.S.-Iraq relations, the politics of sanctions, Halliday’s decision to resign and good Kurds and bad Kurds. Interview by David Barsamian.
Denis Halliday of Ireland worked for the United Nations for more than thirty years. He was the Humanitarian Coordinator for the U.N. in Iraq. He resigned his position in protest over the continuation of economic sanctions.
Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington. She appears as commentator/analyst on PBS, NPR, BBC, and CBC. She’s the author of Before & After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis and Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today’s UN. Her latest books are Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and Challenging Empire.