Left Out Program Notes for November 28, 2006
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Guest: Bernard Chazelle
Bernard Chazelle is a Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, and
a past guest on Left Out. In addition to Bernard's many accomplishments as a
Computer Scientist, he is well-known for his insightful and timely political
commentaries, notably his essay from December 2003 entitled Bush's Desolate
which was published on CounterPunch and widely
circulated on the internet. His essay has proved remarkably prescient:
- He refers to the increasing "'Guliverisation' of the US giant" through the
end of the Cold War and our exposure to terrorism increasing our dependency on
- In the run-up to the Iraq War "They lied about their certainty, presenting as
rock-solid evidence what they knew were unproven allegations rejected by many in
the intelligence community. The fake certitude---not the hype---was the lie."
- "The president's folly will come crashing into the great Law of Unintended
- "The war had one positive consequence---removing Saddam from power---and will
have countless adverse ones. But the case against it is not in the numbers. It
lies in the near-certain prediction that the world will be worse off for it."
- "I will show in this article that, upon careful consideration of the
evidence, the case for war collapses, both on principle and on practical
grounds. The invasion was a huge miscalculation whose adverse consequences will
greatly outweigh any potential benefit. "
- "The most likely outcome for Iraq in the short term is Lebanon-style
guerrilla warfare leading to a mini-Saddam or a civil war. It was ugly
before. Bush has ensured that it will remain ugly for a long time to
come. Meanwhile he has subverted the war on terror by diverting enormous
resources away from it and redirecting them toward fanning the flames of
Today on Left Out we will discuss the present state of the Iraq War, and what
will likely happen next.
- Even thoughtful
conservatives are turning
against the policies of the Bush administration.
- The Pentagon
that the U.S. is not capable of defeating the insurgency in western Iraq.
- Philip Zelikow has resigned as Rice's assistant.
- Yet Bush insists on staying the
- The mainstream media is finally stating the
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