Nir Rosen shocks Senate with Reality that U.S. is an “imperialist power.”

I caught the link to this video from Think Progress over at Angry Arab.

Nir Rosen’s reporting is essential for anyone who cares about Iraq, you can find links to his articles here.

Here is the transcript of Nir Rosen telling the truth to a smug Senator Biden.

(I actually don’t think that anyone is surprised that the U.S. is an imperialist power.  These guys know that better than anyone.  There also not really surprised that someone would say it, they know what is many in academia and even in some parts of the public think.  But, believe me, they are surprised that someone shatters the illusion and fakery of their little political show by stating it to their face.  This, to me, was the real heart of the Jeremiah Wright brouhaha.  It is about people in power making sure that uncomfortable truths are not brought into mainstream polite discourse.  That is the realm exclusively reserved for bs  (and that includes Obama).)

“In Senate hearing on Wednesday about the future of Iraq, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) asked Nir Rosen of the NYU Center on Law and Security what advice he would have for the U.S. going forward in Iraq, given Rosen’s extensive first-hand experience in the country. Rosen declined to respond, saying he felt “uncomfortable” giving advice to an “imperialist power”:

BIDEN: Based on what you’ve said, there’s really no hope — we really should get the hell out of there right now. I mean, there’s nothing to do. Nothing.

ROSEN: As a journalist, I’m uncomfortable advising an imperialist power about how to be a more efficient imperialist power. And I don’t think that we’re there for the interest of the Iraqi people. I don’t think that’s ever been a motivation. […]

BIDEN: [If we withdraw], the good news is we wouldn’t be imperialists in Iraq, from your perspective.

ROSEN: Only elsewhere in the region. (laughter). … There’s no positive scenario in Iraq these days. Not every situation has a solution.”

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