Jan
10
Geraldo Rivera Fights Fox Hosts Over Trump’s Iran Attack


>>Fox News has done what you would expect
it to do in the follow-up to Donald Trump’s decision to assassinate Iran’s top military
commander. They are defending him and they’re doing so
aggressively. However, there was one person on Fox that
kinda surprised me, and that was Geraldo Rivera, take a look.>>Now we have taken this huge military escalation. Now I fear the worst. You’re gonna see the US markets go crazy today. You’re gonna see the price of oil spiking
today. This is a very, very big deal.>>And I don’t know if you heard, but this
isn’t about his resume of blood and death. It is about what was next. We stopped the next attack. That’s what I think you’re missing.>>According to the Secretary of State.>>So we should allow the next attack?>>By what credible source can you predict
what the next Iranian move would be?>>Right, so Secretary of State and American
intelligence provided that material.>>Well, they’ve been excellent. They’ve been excellent. The US intel just has been excellent. Since 2003, when we invaded Iraq, disrupted
the entire region for no real reason. Don’t for a minute start cheering this on. What you have done, what we have done, we
have unleashed->>I will cheer it on. I will cheer it on.>>Then you, like Lindsay Graham, have never
met a war you didn’t like.>>That is not true, and don’t even say that.>>If President Trump wanted de-escalation-
>>We should just let him kill us for another 15 years.>>If President Trump wanted de-escalation
and to bring our troops home. What this was a reaction to-
>>What about the 700 Americans who are dead? Should they not be happy because of him?>>What about the tens of thousands of Iraqis
who have died since 2003? You have to start seeing things. What the hell are we doing in Baghdad in the
first place?>>So you want-
>>Why are we there?>>So you want-
>>Why aren’t these forces home?>>You’re blaming President Bush for the maniacal
killing of Saddam Hussein?>>I am blaming President Bush. I am blaming President Bush in 2003 for those
fake weapons of mass destruction that never existed.>>My goodness.>>And the con job that drew us into that
war.>>Every once in a while there is someone
on Fox who has this like strange moment of clarity, and it’s always a fascinating thing
to watch. Especially when they’re debating someone like
Brian Kilmeade who just responds, I will cheer it on I will cheer it on. He’s such a clown. So Geraldo Rivera’s absolutely right. I mean, I love the fact that he cited the
ridiculous, I mean, it was a lack of intelligence indicating that Saddam Hussein had weapons
of mass destruction. The American people were lied to, and we engage
in a preemptive war. And something very similar is happening today. As we know, Mike Pompeo couldn’t name anything
specific when it came to Soleimani and how he allegedly served as an imminent threat
to the United States. Where’s the intelligence on that? Can we see it? No, we can’t. Which means that he’s lying, right? So it’s just a repeat of what we went through
in 2003. We’re still in Iraq.>>Yeah.>>And I love the fact that Geraldo is calling
it how he sees it. Because we need that in the media, especially
on a platform like Fox News.>>Well, also, the good thing that Geraldo
did is that he questioned even the premise that we’re fit to dictate the events in the
Middle East. I mean, and he was even mentioning dead Iraqis,
which you never hear in the US media->>Right, absolutely.>>Even amongst liberals. You never hear what about the tens of thousands
of Iraqis we killed? Which is probably even more than that but,
so yeah, I mean, it is like a glitch in the matrix a little bit when something on Fox
goes like that and you kind of have to agree with them. But at the same time it made me feel a little
bit heartened that this does feel like it’s different from 2002. Cuz I remember that time really well I and
it felt at the time that everyone was on board with the war. Like that everyone was cheering it on, enthusiastic. There was a vibrant anti-war movement, but
outside of that sort of what at the time was a relatively fringe position there was genuine
enthusiasm to go into Iraq. I just don’t see that now. Even Kilmeade who is like a brain dead automaton
can’t even muster up the, he says the words but I don’t feel the same conviction.>>Yeah, I think you’re right. Now, I’m seeing similarities, and we’ll go
to examples of that in just a minute. But I think what makes this different is the
country’s in a different place right now. Remember, the Bush administration tried to
make it appear as though Iraq was somehow involved in 9/11.>>Yeah.>>When it wasn’t.>>Right.>>So that enthusiasm in 2002 I think had
a lot to do with the intentional misinformation about Iraq. And then also look, I mean, we have been at
war in Afghanistan and Iraq for a long time now and we know what the cost is, both financially
and when it comes to human lives. And so, yeah, Americans are sick of it because
chances are someone you know or you yourself has a family member who has paid the consequences
of this military profiteering.>>Right, I would say that the political theater
around this moment has striking parallels to the lead up of what was happening with
Bush administration and the drumming of war in Iraq, but also in Afghanistan in general. I think about this Howard Zinn quote where
he says, how can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism, right? So we rarely think about the framing of national
security. We just jump in, especially traditional media,
and yes, there was a fluke in Geraldo Rivera and his rant which was phenomenal. But if you’ve been watching Geraldo, he’s
actually taken surprising stances in this last year defending Ilhan Omar and Rashida
Talib against attacks, vicious harassment by Trump. And so this is kind of, I think, him really
having a moment of morality, and his own moral clarity, around what this administration alledged
to stand by, which was supposed to be ending endless wars.>>Right.>>And then seeing what this was a continuation
of in the worst possible way, right? And that’s what Bush’s attack represented,or
the Bush administration’s involvement, continued occupation in Iraq, continued involvement
in Afghanistan also represented. But I will also add that it’s not just the
lack of intelligence, it’s fabricated intelligence.>>Totally.>>And also the rhetoric that we use to talk
about it. When we talk about the preeminent strike,
and there’s intelligence to suggest that they’re never gonna release, that this is something
that we had to do. Well, I would urge people to substitute preemptive
with aggressive because that’s what the US has been doing but, again, under the veil
of terrorism and that’s how we get away with it.>>Right, look, it’s like walking into someone’s
home.>>Yeah.>>Right? And shooting them dead.>>And then saying I suspected that this person
was gonna harm me in the future and so I had to-
>>It’s stand your ground laws.>>Yeah.>>It’s absolutely stand your ground laws
and this is the culture of America.>>And look here’s the thing, right? So I know that there are gonna be bad actors,
dishonest people who are gonna watch our coverage and they’re gonna try to make it seem as though
we’re defending someone like the person who just got assassinated.>>Yeah, Soleimani, yeah.>>That is, Soleimani, that is not what’s
happening here. We acknowledge he’s a bad person.>>Yeah.>>But you also have to acknowledge that Mohammed
Bin Salman’s a bad person. Saudi Arabia, bad actor, very much involved
in 9/11. But we work with the bad people all the time,
right? So don’t buy into this narrative about like,
this is about national security. This is about keeping people safe. Especially when they can’t provide the fabricated
intelligence that they keep citing.>>This is the other thing that I just wanna
add really quickly, because this proves that the US is just aligning with its own interests,
not aligning with good or bad people. But the US had listed the IRGC as a terrorist
organization back in April. So you know that something was in the works. At the same time, a couple of years ago, what
did they do? MEK, which is, some people would say, a guerrilla
terrorist organization, they delisted them off of the terrorist list because people like
Giuliani and Bolton were getting money from this group. And so they had hedged their bets on MEK taking
over and usurping the current Islamic revolutionary movement. So these guys are just looking out for themselves. And that’s the big issue and Soleimani, I
do want to add this too, is definitely not a good guy either. And there are people in the region that are
rejoicing in this moment because they’ve seen the bloodshed that his tactical strategic
involvement in Syria and Lebanon, putting down protests. He was just coming back From Beirut to Baghdad,
actually, making sure that the protests were not gonna upset or destabilize Hezbollah. And so going from there to Iran’s involvement
in Iran, and of course Iraq and putting down protests in Iran themselves, there’s not a
lot of love lost on this guy. But that also doesn’t mean we didn’t need
to put the region in a position to become horribly destabilized.>>Further destabilized, right?>>Right.>>So it’s not simply about what the Trump
Administration did and how it impacted Iran or its military. It’s about what comes after that.>>Absolutely.>>And then one final thing, because we haven’t
mentioned it all through the show yet and it’s important to mention history, right? And mention how US aggression, not just recently
but throughout the decades, has led to the moment that we’re experiencing right now. Look, the United States just engaged, orchestrated
a coup in Bolivia to rid the country of a popular leader, Evo Morales, right? Now, leftist leader, of course. The US has a history of doing coup d’etats
everywhere, including Iran in 1953. The United States decided we’re gonna do a
coup. We’re going to get rid of a democratically
elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, and those actions lead to consequences. So when people ask, why is it that these Middle
Eastern countries hate us so much? They don’t hate us cuz they’re jealous of
us, okay? Don’t listen to idiotic superficial morons
like Bill Maher, okay? Open a book, look into history, and understand
how US aggression toward democratically elected leaders in other countries has led to the
experience that we’re seeing today, period.>>Yeah, the other thing that I would add
is that just two weeks ago the Washington published something called the Afghanistan
Papers which showed that basically everything that the government has told us about the
war in Afghanistan since 2001, from the very beginning, Bush administration, Obama administration,
and the Trump administration, has been a lie. Basically everything has been a lie. So whatever narrative the Pentagon or the
State Department pushes now on this intervention, whether there was some sort of imminent strike
coming on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, it’s all lies. You can’t trust any of it, any of it. And that’s what drives me crazy about the
way the media reports, and not just Fox News but like the New York Times. They’ll just parrot whatever the State Department
or the Pentagon says uncritically when they themselves just uncovered that everything
about the Afghanistan War was a lie, basically everything.>>Right.>>Right. They’ll just repeat the same mistakes over
and over again in regurgitating State Department talking points.>>Right.>>Yeah.>>Yeah, and as you were saying, there’s a
formal public narrative that is being discussed in traditional media and then there’s informal
policy that’s happening on the ground through our military, through our intelligence, through
the Pentagon. An example of that is our involvement between
1980 and 1988 in the Irani-Iraq War that happened. We formally were supplying Iraq, but informally,
through the Contras, selling weapons to Iran. So we are just really in the game, as you
were saying, of destabilizing the region for our own economic benefit. Which usually means expanding military involvement,
which means private contractors winning out or hold over nuclear weapons that Saddam had
stockpiles of that we accused him of having from us in the 1980s. So I love that you were urging people to take
a look at the history of our involvement in the region because it’s not only just been
1953.>>It’s throughout the decades
>>It’s throughout the decades. And then also, this is something else we talked
about earlier, Nando and I, was when we say no war with Iran, we should take a step back
because we have had economic sanctions on Iran and that is a form of warfare.>>Yes.>>And who suffers? It’s always the people. And I love the fact in the earlier hour you
were talking about, and Geraldo Rivera too, that the people on the ground are an afterthought
to us in the US. And we think about, it’s gonna be World War
III just because we think that American troops are gonna come back in body bags. That’s our only conception of what it means
for us to be violently involved. And I think we just have to not only learn
about our history, but expand our understanding and our compassion for what our country has
done to other people, and, again, why they hate us for that.>>Right, look, there’s a reason why our public
schools don’t teach us about the US orchestrated coups abroad, right?>>Yeah.>>It’s because our government wants to keep
its people stupid so we get scared every single time they fear monger about the boogeyman
abroad. And we essentially allow them to carry out
the type of aggression that we’re seeing today. We need to be smarter than that and we need
to avoid repeating the same mistakes. And it’s devastating that we keep making the
same mistake over and over again.