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Why Gulf War?

Program #PARM008. Recorded in Boulder, CO on January 24, 1991.

Recorded live on KGNU at the height of the first Gulf War in 1991, Michael Parenti analyzes the underlying reasons for the war and Washington's use of the Hitler, Munich, appeasement analogies to scare the public and generate support for war. He looks at the media's role of promoting military action over negotiation. He looks at whether the U.S. lured Saddam Hussein to attack Kuwait. The Gulf War demonstrates Parenti's sword and the dollar theory and how control of oil is a driver of policy. Just a year before Iraq invaded Kuwait the U.S. invaded Panama. There were no sanctions imposed on Washington and no "coalition of willing" was mobilized. The war was another example of double standards.

The program includes listener call-ins.

Speaker(s):

Michael Parenti

Michael Parenti is one of this country's foremost independent political analysts. Cornel West calls him, “a towering prophetic voice.” He has taught at major colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. He is the author of numerous books including the classic Democracy for the Few, Power and the Powerless, The Face of Imperialism, and The Assassination of Julius Caesar.

 

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