U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson (Ret.) is the perfect example of what I call the “Old Anglo Guard”, i.e. the product of the pre-Neocon US Anglo imperialist culture. He completely fails to see how “his people” gave birth, so to speak, to the Neocon takeover of the USA. Still, he clearly hurts at the sight of his country, which he also sees as an Empire, going on its last leg. That pain makes him reveal a lot of things which he would never have said in any other circumstances. An interesting interview indeed.
PS: he is wrong about the Russian military dependence on the Ukraine industry. The past two years have shown that Russia has, in reality, found ways to replace Ukrainian systems with Russian ones which were much more modern.
There has always been two aspects of the policy. The military and the non-military. The military was to be used as a backup or unspoken threat to get countries in line.
The assumption until not too long ago was the as long had countries had liberal policies- multiparty electoral politics, free market economy, open trade, free flow of capital, fractional banking etc. the empire could live with as it would be within their control.
The expectation was that China would fall into this model as their economy was very much interdependent with that of the USA and allies.
Same goes for Russia.
However, the empire seems to have given up on that assumption and gone for the competing policy- that of full spectrum domination at the forefront keeping everyone in line.
That is what Wilkinson is mourning. He knows that using the military blatantly to maintain power will not be a policy that can be maintained for too long- especially domestically.
The only way out is to find a large scale war that can be justified to the US population to get the political support necessary to keep the military domination going for a bit longer.
Will they get it? How will they get it?
Interesting time indeed.
Either way it will be sorted out by 2025 at the latest.
Agree with your observations. The erosion of the empire’s manufacturing base and excessive fiat currency printing will cause some form of collapse (LIBOR rates are ticking up no matter what the Central Banks do). War is not really an option as its the end of civilisation but insane people do insane things. For the average Joe in the US it won’t be a televised event this time – it will be live.
Now you understand the secret appeal of Trump.
He will return the manufacturing base and cut entitlements.
It’s a clever reverse psychology played
on the citizens, who want those things for prosperity without realizing it’s about the war machine.
Explains why the terrorist/BLM false flags are working to his favor! Asante, a clear limited hang out (has he ever released info about Israel or other corrupt US politicians? No. Up to this point just entrenched ME rulers).
Took me a while to believe it. But it’s the elites way of saying “we actually can’t defeat Russia and China in our current state” while still bluffing otherwise.
Interesting and scary perspective from the ‘old guard’. Not much time for the the alphabet agencies or the so called think tanks. Appalling to think that the US will remain in Afghanistan indefinitely.
I was reading somewhere that over 30% of Ukrainian GDP was reliant on trade with Russia. Big loss to the Ukraine and valuable to Russian industry as it has take up the slack. I guess the Ukrainians thought the EU and US would ride to the rescue.
The USA’s goal for Afghanistan, a geographically strategic location, was always for destabilisation, necessitating a permanent US presence. That permanent presence was always the long term goal.
The notion that planning a highly technical (aviation), coordinated mission on US territory required sitting in a dusty desert and this ‘safe harbour’ meme always struck me as patently ludicrous and that the US admin could have synthesised a far better plot.
For a credulous MSM controlled and submissive population evidently nothing more was and is required. Vassal countries that might see though the flimsy lies learn to keep their heads down.
Larry Wilkerson is the most down-to-earth and honest US military person I have listened to. He has my utmost respect.
Agreed. Clear-headed analysis from a fundamentally decent ex-insider, who had the moral strength to ask some of the right questions.
Anyone involved in mass murder for corporate interests does not deserve respect from anyone. Wilkinson is trying to assuage his conscience post hoctor proc, this is his mea culpa. He knew the BS he prepared for Powell was BS. If he had any conscience he would have told Powell to get lost and resigned. America is finished. There is no rule of law and Wall Street rules the Whitehouse. It should be renamed the Blackhouse because all evil emanates from there. The Jews run the US with Israel firsters calling the shots. Where are the American patriots? When will they take down the Jewish Banksters? No time soon I reckon!
I’ll tell you what, they are messing with the wrong guy. Putin is the ONLY Statesman in the world today.
The gentleman is correct . The empire is imploding and there is no one at the helm with vision and competence . Afghanistan is of course about ensuring a steady heroin supply and source of rare minerals .The financial and geopolitical ‘grand chessboard’ is often covered ; but there is a spirit war going on and it is less well examined in so called ‘alternative’ media ; usually it is relegated to the ‘woo’ category . I contend that there too , the leaders are incompetent , have broken their covenants ,
are the bovi in Putin’s quip “Quod licet Lovi , non licet bovi ” , and the line to the supernatural is dead .
As an aside – joining Chomski , Amy Goodman , a host of others , Avaaz and the NGO miltary industrial machinery , in attacking Russia and Putin , selling Global Warming etc – is to be found on examination , Abby Martin .
“[..] in attacking Russia and Putin, selling Global Warming etc – is to be found on examination, Abby Martin”
Oh! She’s a d!**head, alright. Don’t know what took you so long to figure that one out. I, for one, was glad to see the back of her and out of RT, downside is that her show, Breaking the Set, was replaced by another, equally annoying, disgustingly neo-liberal show: Watching the Hawks.
Just a few episodes ago, the woman presenter, was talking about civilian casualties in Syria (and other wars) quoting the number of civilians killed by US drones, but she also quoted a number of civilians killed by Russian bombings in Syria (implying all sides kill civilians, not just the US/NATO), her source? The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights!
That’s an anti-Assad propaganda “organization” run by a guy from his house somewhere in England (no different from that anti-Russia ‘Bellingcat’ idiot), it was totally exposed and discredited by RT itself months ago. Yet, they allowed that woman to get away with that comment, that quite frankly, should got her fired on the spot.
The question is; why RT keeps hiring these treacherous, dodgy bimbos. You’re guess is just as good as mine, I suppose…
Very interesting interview – stopped when it was just getting interesting
The scary military industrial complex that needs war to keep creating wealth for the 1% and to employ the people who have no prospects as foot soldiers.
The point about the usa in afghanistan as a means to attack Russia and irina and Pakistan. How will this be done when the USA can’t beat the Taliban?
Why would the USA want to beat the Taliban?
Precisely, otherwise there’s be no excuse for a US presence ‘protecting democracy and freedom’, ‘fighting them over there, so we don’t have to fight them here’ blah, blah etc. nonsense.
Stock in Lockheed Martin et al would fall too. Can’t have that.
According to some versions of Christian eschatology, America is the “end times Babylon” as prophesized in Revelations 17 and 18.
As such, the fate of the United States is to be consumed and destroyed by fire in an attack from the “North,” as judgment for all the sins that it has committed against the world and God himself.
America is End Times Babylon
Interpret that how you will.
No, it talks about a ‘city’ – Rome/the Vatican.
I will interpret it as tried and true anti-spiritual bait prepared by the occultocracy in a transparent attempt to trap the asleep masses into standing down, shirking responsibility and individual will in favor of belief in something “written” and served up to their infantile propensities to not grow and not wake up, smell the coffee, and get to work.
In so doing, the believers swallow the idea that their will and responsibility is nothing, thus giving up all their potential to the mind controllers. And this becomes the self-fulfilling prophecy for the “believers” in this sort of garbage. They become an asset of evil and worthless to any good, mere spectators in the Roman Imperial arena.
Those who wake up to the game and begin to develop their will, have, on the other hand, a potentially infinite worth. The first step is turn off your TV and stop imbibing occulted poison that destroys will, courage and real intelligence, the only real “net worth” of any individual being.
That’s the choice. And there definitely IS that choice to be made.
Don’t just turn that TV off, turf it and never let it set foot again! Enjoy your freedom from its insidious clutches.
Ensure also that sufficient alternate media is viewed and with sufficient continuity and triangulation to counterbalance and expose the MSM internet memes. A quick review of common logical fallacies and critical thinking will round out the antidote.
(TV free since 1988)
Wow! You beat me by 15 years! And I thought I was a pioneer in shutting off the TV, oracle of the masses. Yes, 2003 (The Invasion) was a turning point.
TV free since 1984 :-) programs for programming on a tell lie vision ……
We’ve been clean since 2008. Is there an AA for us former TV heads?
A bit off topic, but it’s important nevertheless. I’ve come across these accusations by Mr Bashar Al-Jaafari, the Syrian UN-ambassador.
(in french) – Armes chimiques: des faits truqués pour mettre Damas en cause – https://fr.sputniknews.com/international/201608241027439960-armes-chimiques-syrie-onu-france/
” (…) L’attaque à l’arme chimique qui a frappé la région de Damas en 2013 a été organisée par le renseignement français et s’inscrivait dans un plan spécial, destiné à détourner l’attention des inspecteurs de celle de Khan al-Assal, imputée aux rebelles”, a déclaré M.al-Jaafari. ”
(in english, and tone down) – France One of Many Possible Suspects Behind Ghouta Chemical Attack – Ex-UN Envoy –
Mrs William Clinton while US Secretary of State knows everything about the Ghota Chemical attack. So did her counterpart, the US ambassador in Ben Ghazi, who was assassinated by way of her e-mail open server giving the US paid rebels all info needed to reach and to slaughter the honest ambassador ready to tell the world all.
This debate is very fine but it is too insular, is needed to replace CNN and US other bought airwaves,which will never be allowed to happen because the US infrastructure collapsed finally when the once important FBI refused to charge Mrs. William Clinton just weeks ago.
Now the US is merely tawdry spectacle, an illusory drama costing at least 300 million lives, but in reality close to or over one billion lives and futures.
I have admired Col. Wilkerson since the 1980’s. He was a combat officer in Vietnam and a professor at West Point. He is a fine officer, a patriot, and a brilliant academic. The Colonel has been saying much the same as he said in the Telesur interview for some time now but some things have indeed changed. Firstly, the medium is the message. It is one thing to speak to graduate students and intelligence professionals in an academic environment and it is another thing to speak to a broader audience on a Venezuelan media outlet. Things have indeed gotten much, much, worse when a person such as Colonel Wilkerson considers it necessary to ‘talk out of school.” Secondly, the last time I heard the Colonel speak, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a serving officer, had just endorsed Bernie Sanders explicitly to derail American escalation in Syria and Cold War II. Those hopes are now shattered. It is a truism to state that our fates are in the hand of God but I think that this is literally true. I hope He shows us all mercy.
Wilkinson’s remorse is genuine, imo.
But like many others in his “working inside the system” mode of operation it is questionable whether his ‘net good’ (ipso facto) out balances the harm from the lack of certain actions at critical points while he was taking his (not insignificant) salary.
Interesting to note that his anger rises at the thought of the -ve impact on the ‘honour’ of the US services etc — well, sorry old chap, what honour? Killing maiming and torture as standard practice since the end of WW2.
These photos of Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse are just the normal everyday standard practice of the system Wilkinson is and represents. Start with “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” and just keep reading and weeping.
Nonetheless, we see the face of a man in contrition who sees his personal death approaching and deeply considers what will happen next. I like what Wilkinson says and has become — but I also see the grinning faces of GWBush and Cheney as the African-American ‘stooge du jour’ (Colin Powell) delivers the US ‘Colon Power’ UN address bullshit and death sentence to millions of men, women and children (depleted uranium included) living in their own countries in the Middle East.
Wilkinson must have seen and signed off on that. That was his honourable point of critical inflection (and introspection) and he failed. End of story (for millions).
I don’t know how these people sleep at night.
The Japanese have a traditional Way of Honour — Seppuku
The sociopaths have no such problem — there is no centre of conscience working in their being.
The fact that these people like Wilkinson don’t rise up and sweep the evil out of their own national house speaks the loudest to me. At the end of the day, they are the eunuchs at work in the modern Forbidden ‘exceptionalist’ City. They have a function but no balls. What a reward for selling the soul!
But, in any case, now it seems the mirror has shattered and many of the architects of this round of generational evil are soon to meet their Maker (& hopefully His demonic offsider responsible for accommodating genuine assholes).
(Mike Whitney, August 25, 2016)
“The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives up on Empire
The main architect of Washington’s plan to rule the world has abandoned the scheme and called for the forging of ties with Russia and China. While Zbigniew Brzezinski’s article in The American Interest titled “Towards a Global Realignment” has largely been ignored by the media, it shows that powerful members of the policymaking establishment no longer believe that Washington will prevail in its quest to extent US hegemony across the Middle East and Asia.”
Your comment highlights the degeneracy of the “western civilization” morality based on the supremacy of ‘Me-ism” as the cardinal doctrine. Even the men who see the horrible consequences of their actions are incapable of rebelling and refuse being part of that “civilization” because they would lose the privileges of membership. We all have to answer for our crimes of being accomplices and agents for the powerful elites who massacre people by the millions with impunity just because it is profitable and keeps the machine of capitalism working to its eventual doom.
Thanks a lot for bringing back some real perpective here. There is nothing to admire on this guy, certailnly would like to know what yoga exercises Abby has to do before the programm so she doesn’t attempt to kill this people in front of the cammeras! excuse me, MOD you can delete if you judge improper but it certainly makes me sick to listen to someone seeking for a way to repair the system instead of just bringing it down because it has anyway always been bogus!
Biden expects Guantanamo to close before Obama leaves office
I put a spell on you (to believe everything I say):
I got the bad nausea Mr Humor talked about a while back. These people aren’t so successful milking the power structure so they found a niche criticizing it instead. Whiff of US southerner revanchism. Kind of hillbilly will-to-power with quasi-jewish hostess.
So what exactly is this power they are talking about? Unbalanced self-interest. Of course it will always be unbalanced — that’s what makes the world go round.
These type of people can only superficially reject the system which nurtured them.
Generally a good interview although Col. Wilkerson’s perspective is limited in certain ways due to his own long involvement in the US national security state. Contrary to Saker’s description, I could find no reference to the neo-cons, their history, their agenda or their ultimate goals.
Many other commentators such as Chomsky or Paul Craig Roberts also prefer to limit themselves to a Washington-centric world view without following the money trail beyond that. In fact, the “Anglo-Zionist” empire exists but it is not the United States. The United States is itself a debased vassal state whose foreign policy is controlled by it’s own treasonous fifth column. The United States has been under concerted attack since World War II in an attempt to subvert its society, educational system and industrial economy. These attacks have been largely successful, unfortunately.
I’ve often been amused that the US has often been called the “World’s Policeman” a very apt metaphor. Police enforce the laws and the cop is who we see as the active agent of enforcement. However, police simply enforce the laws, they don’t make them.
Global finance Capitalism is the real empire.
Ultimately, the foreign policy of the US serves the interests of the multinational corporate power structure and beyond that the international banking oligarchy. The individuals controlling these structures have no national allegiances and no interest in the ultimate fate of the United States. For this reason, opposition to the United States, even to the extent of its collapse or destruction will always somewhat miss the point.
This “argument” is a favored psyops of American apologists everywhere, as it is a way to alibi for the United States’ many crimes against humanity and excuse the American people’s apathy and indeed support of these crimes.
Though pathetic, this alibi is not surprising given that American national identity is premised on the fundamentalist delusion called American Exceptionalism, where the USA is proclaimed the “moral beacon” of the world–and hence cannot acknowledge its fundamental immorality.
The Americans’ alibi boils down to this claim: “It’s not our fault for all the crimes that we have committed. We are being secretly controlled to commit these atrocities, and thus bear no responsibility or guilt.”
No matter what crimes America commits, it is always someone else to blame!
Combined with a talent for manipulation and a grandiose sense of self-worth (see American Exceptionalism), this lack of remorse or shame is suggestive of a sociopath.
In short, this is American Victimology in all its pathetic, disingenuous, and sociopathic glory.
I have been a tepid supporter of the view that, indeed, US’s politics are disproportionally influenced by the Zionist cabal, if not completely directed by it in its functions as enforcers of Jewish global objectives. However, as you clearly point out, the US elites are happily in cohorts and marching in step with the doctrine of domination common to both – the Exceptional and the Chosen peoples. Can you see the symbiosis?
Of course, his boss had the Picasso- Guernica(sp?) shrouded after his false info dump @ the UN.Colin Powell
This is a great example of an American official or former official speaking out against what they believe is wrong with the U.S. Government. I’d like to see some videos of Russian officials or former officials speaking out against the Russian government. Maybe there is nothing to speak out against. It’s bad in America. We admit it. We also know it’s bad over there too. Can you admit it? It’s not good guy versus bad guy. It’s bad guy versus bad guy.
Where have you been since 1917? From Trotsky to Khrutchev to Gorbachev and the numerous dissidents spouting the “horrors of communism” to the new version called the Atlantist 5th column, Russia has always been a fertile ground of traitors, defectors and opportunists ready to sell their countrymen, the truth and soul for a sou, a penny or a dime. But I agree that honest detractors are few and far between. Even the revered Solzhenitsyn was not shy of slander for profit.
A very interesting piece that is not very thought provoking on the issues covered.
The real issue is God, or Allah, or Yaweh and all that goes with this Judaic concept that can justify the horrors this interviewee so easily ignores.
Rothschild’s usuarious practices plus his domination of not only the USA but also of the international drug trade are the cause of all these problems.
Yet not once is usuary, or Rothschild or the Jewish lobby mentioned.
This video, is, unfortuately, just window dressing as it fails to address the real substantive issue, Rothschild’s greed and the lack of morals of Rothschild and his minions, of which both the interviewee and interviewer are his paid shills.
I am very disappointed that the Saker is unable to face the truth of the matter either, by promoting this Rothschild approved propaganda.
Everybody, including most of the commentators, uses a God of some sort to justify their horrendous lifestyles. Even the agnostic and atheistic people skirt around the issue of morals by proclaiming absolution for their crimes.
Let’s face it, a culture that promotes cruelty as a norm on the weak, innocent and vulnerable via vivisection, ritual slaughter and factory farming does not deserve to survive.
It is these immoral people who need to pass away. People who savour the slaughter of the innocent animal and go on to torture their own weak and vulnerable prisoners that have no place in this world.
Only one nation has ever outlawed vivsection, ritual slaughter and factory farming in this world and that is the most villified nation of all time: National Socialist Germany in 1933.
Now we split hairs about torture as if torturing weak and vulnerable people is any different from vivisection and ritual slaughter of animals: both sentient life forms.
This interviewee has no morals just like almost everybody else in this world of hypocrites.
@ Richard Cley
Fully agree with you. Our civilization is based on the dogma of progress and scientism at all costs, namely human lives,
Your wish is granted! It has been given man(kind) once to die, and after that, the judgement.
Amen, brother. The USA is run today by a cabal, or should we say, “kahal”, of mostly jewish zionist, luciferian freaks who beleive anything is allowed that increases their power and wealth. Until and unless they are removed there is no hope for peace anywhere on Gods good earth.
I always thought Germany is an interesting and somehow mysterious. Here is my take on Germany, just like current dictators set up by Anglozionists in other nations, Germany was a victim of Nazi dictatorship under Hitler. Yet, that shouldn’t give it excuse for its crimes. What about the scramble of africa meeting taking place in Berlin? And yet, Bismarck was the last leader reluctant to colonize African nations. Also, it is said that Germany supported in the genocide of Armenians by the Turks. It is also in Germany that created new christianity called Protestant which today is becoming the face of US empire in other nation just like Vatican was during colonization. It is also in Germany where Marx developed the theory communism which slaughtered about a billion throughout the world. Germany is very complex nation if you ask me. I do believe Germany would have been a normal nation if it retained its Monarchy and so would have been Russia. I believe, traditional systems create peace and normalcy in the world. Look at even other European nations who still retain their kingdoms but some like the British have been trouble makers. US is obviously was not built on traditions, it is probably the reason why it is insane pretending to be utopian by comparing itself the “exception” from even other European nations, but far from it.
They’re not finished spreading peace just yet, so don’t you diss them!
They’re going to get even more charity & freedom, in addition to the free drone strikes which is just Mr. Ed’s way of delivering it right to them.
Sounds like Diebold voting machines coming to ensure ‘fair & balanced’.
right sidebar here gives rundown of just recent Saud/US drone strikes on Yemen, from that new (2013) Chabelley airstrip/base in Djibouti:
drone base under 100 miles across sea to Yemen:
Streamed live 5 hours ago
Secretary of State John Kerry was in Africa recently, promising US aid to help get “clean” elections, spreading foreign aid to help fight Boko Haram (which got a big boost from the Libya intervention), and pushing for UN troops in South Sudan (a disastrous country midwifed by US intervention a few years ago).
hear vlad’s BFF speak:
Kerry also condemned missile attacks by the Yemeni forces at targets inside Saudi Arabia. But he did not speak of Riyadh’s heavy bombardment of Yemeni cities and towns which has killed about 10,000 people since March last Year.
Around 10:00 the colonel talks about how widespread and subconsciously embedded in every office those views and axioms are.
Let me suggest to study about work, ideas, and life of Dr.Jose Rizal, who was an artist foremost, and wrote literature that opended eyes of his people about such matters. The oligarchic and corrupt structure of power of the few, including the societal engineering to make the masses shortsighted and gullible, it was called “The Social Cancer” as Rizal made this an addendum to his book title.
I am stating there is the passive form as in the colonized countries, but also the active form that destroys the society in the countries of the colonial perpetrators.
Today, we must translate this to what Wilkersen is telling about demise. Social Cancer means also blindness to the deep inner contradictions, because Class and Power are more important than anything – and the 1% do their engineering to educate everyone in the system about that.
Rizal made that manipulation visible to the normal people, by virtue of his talented writings. And eventually, by giving his life for his intellectual mission. The system though declared he was just about stirring up a revolution and downplayed the intellectual part.
I’ve studied this man’s career for years (since the Iraq invasion). And while he might make a few misjudgments. He is usually 100% right in his thinking. Its people like him that need to be running the US. Not the crooks in charge today. And certainly not the Clinton Mafia that may end finally destroying the country (and the World) in the near future.
Col. Wilkerson for president!!
Lawerence Wilkerson is useful but he never fully discloses the truth. I have yet to hear Wilkerson speak truthfully about 9/11.
Until I do, I think he functions as a limited hangout.
To be fair, given his background, expecting Wilkerson to discuss such information is a tall order. I was interested, though, in how smoothly and quickly he shut down the interviewer when she brought up Bruce Ivins. The anthrax letters were one of the more obvious smoking guns of the 2001 events. From the progress of the investigation it seemed to me very likely that the perpetrators were known almost from the start and that they were untouchable.
US NATO is sinking the entire US and Europe, erasing the whole Middle East at the very same time, All US former powers are being used (obsoleteing them simultaneously) to support anything NATO does or wishes to do, no matter how criminally insane. Europe, still shell shocked from Hitler, believing US lies it won WW11, is putty in NATO hands. WW11 would have taken at least 200 years to heal from, why the US started WW11 so quickly.
“… it’s been, more or less, so failed in its overall general aspects …”
No, Col Wilkerson. It is not failed unless you are judging it from the wrong
criteria for success. As a means of ushering in the #OdedYinonPlan , it has
been and continues to be a success by this measure.
I’m deeply ashamed of all of this.
IIRC, Mr. Lawerence Wilkerson is not very accurately described as a ‘Bush-official’. He did serve under the Bush/Cheney years, but this description ignores the realities of the factions within the government.
Mr. Wilkerson was a close military aide to Gen. Colin Powell. He came with Gen. Powell, and always served him. He rose with Gen. Powell, and left government service when Gen. Powell left.
For awhile after leaving, Mr. Wilkerson seemed to be an unofficial spokesperson for Gen. Powell. It seemed that whenever Gen. Powell wanted something to be said, but didn’t want to come out and say it himself, that Mr. Wilkerson would serve as the General’s unofficial spokesperson.
Not sure how much that is true these days, as General Powell seems more willing to speak for himself.
So, Mr. Wilkerson is indeed ‘old guard’, but he’s ‘old guard military’, not the Bush mixture of ‘old-guard Ivy League and old-guard Texas Oil’. His views would be those of a professional military officer of about Gen. Powell’s generation (ie, young officer in Vietnam) who at some point either became Gen. Powell’s personal aide or became an aide to the Army command and the Joint Chiefs of Staff and became associated with Gen. Powell at that stage.
The Abby Martin 2016 interview of (retired) US Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson is even more compelling today, confirmed by events.
Wilkerson clearly speaks with immense insight and authority, and his principled critique is a powerful indictment of the now blatantly decadent imperialism entrenched in the administration and government of leading nations of the self-styled and hegemonic ‘West’.
It is very credible, moving and important warning.