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Takes on the World
Host Jeff Blankfort
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I begin by comparing Bolton's going to the White House with shooter Nicholas Cruz being invited to Stoneman Douglas High with his AR-15. After a reference to my later interview with Gareth Porter regarding Bolton, I point out that election of Trump and Syrian war have made terms like left and right and dove and hawk meaningless and point to Fox's Tucker Carlson's questioning whether Syria had used chlorine gas in Douma while Glen Greenwald accepts it and how Carlson points to the strange timing of both attacks, coming just after Assad had received positive news, a year ago that there would be no move to depose him and, just recently, that Trump would pull US troops from Syria.

Blankfort cites James Mattis's comment in February, also quoted by Carlson, that there was no evidence that Syria used sarin gas in the attack that elicited a US attack a year ago or that sarin gas was even used at the time. (Note: In the subsequent interview with Porter, he pointed out that Mattis's comment had been misinterpreted and referred, instead, to another attack).

I then spoke about the role of the AIPAC spawned pro-Israel think tank, the Wash. Inst. For Near East Policy (TWI) which had been involved from the beginning in backing the Syrian opposition and its creation of the Fikra Forum to engage Arab democrats in efforts to “democratize” region without identifying itself as the source on Fikra's FB page.

I then point out the hypocrisy of the United States and its total disregard for the people of Yemen which took the form of leading US moguls and philanthropists, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, Oprah, and four presidents, meeting with Saudi war criminal Mohammad bin Salman on his triumphal tour of the US which made the cover of TIME.

I then explore the contradictions in the story of Russia allegedly using a deadly nerve agent to kill an ex-spy in the UK which turned out to be not so deadly and conclude with Israeli officials excusing an Israeli soldier who shot a Palestinian in Gaza who presented no threat while planning to prosecute the soldier who filmed it.

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00:17:44 1 April 11, 2018
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