Geopolitics with Ryan Dawson-“Syria, Turkey, Israel and a Greater Middle East Energy War”

Ryan Dawson Presents William Engdahl

GPUS-German author William Engdahl joins us today to explain the often under discussed role of big energy hiding in the shadows of orientalism in the conflict in Syria. Engdahl is the author of Myth, Lies, and Oil Wars. What would bring Qatar, Turkey, the Muslim Brotherhood, Israel, together with a green light from NATO and US media? Well, maybe natural gas. Tune in to see how it all connects - Syria, Turkey, Israel and a Greater Middle East Energy War.

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  1. Hi Ryan,

    I have a few points of (I hope) constructive criticism regarding this interview with William Engdahl and your podcast in general:

    1) Most importantly, do you think it would be possible to reference Sibel’s recent interview series on Gladio Plan B, with James Corbett, when discussing the funding and orchestration of religious extremists/terrorists? I think that the testimonial evidence that she is producing is worth mentioning, in that it brings real facts and analysis to the discussion of what might be more speculative without it. As in, “what’s up with us supporting terrorists over in one place and fighting them in another? yeah, crazy huh?” kind of stuff, instead of “Do you realize that Sibel Edmonds has said that there is an actual division in the Pentagon who manages these terrorists as part of the US strategy of tension?” Also, as Sibel said in one of the interviews, the PTB are pretty happy when we’re talking about “blowback”. Here is a link to Part Six of the series (which includes links to the previous episodes):

    We need more people in the media to be referencing this material and I thought your conversation in this episode was ripe for such a reference.

    2) Were you editing in the statement about the 1993 WTC attack? It seemed to be part of your questioning to Mr. Engdahl, but, as the sound was suddenly in stereo and it seemed like it had abrupt edges, I started thinking maybe it was an after-thought. If it was an after-thought (edited in later), I think it might benefit everyone if you were more clear about doing this, so that we don’t get the wrong impression about Mr. Engdahl’s response or lack of a response to that segment of the question.

    3) I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I have to say again that the far left/right panning of you and the guest for each show is distracting. Please consider blending the tracks to make the voices sound like they are in the same space. This might be pure personal taste on my part, but I wanted to let you know about it.

    Those said, I’m grateful for your shows and consider you very knowledgeable and insightful. I hope my comments/suggestions won’t offend you.


  2. Xicha, Trust me I am aware of it. I have to get the guest to say it. When I say why are we supporting terrorist in one spot and fighting them in another, I know the answer to my own question. But this isn’t my vlog I’m interviewing people. I am supposed to be neutral, and I am not very good at that because I am anything but neutral, I’m heavily pro peace. If I interviewed Sibel then we could get into it heavy.

    I dont know how the volume and voice records, I use Evaer on skype. I have to use skype from Japan. I don’t do any editing at all other than save it as a mp3 convert it to wma so i can add the music to the front with an intro and ending music then convert that back to mp3 so I can send it to BFP. My headset is called buffalo. That is all that is written on it. Probably converting it from mp3 to wma to mp3 is not healthy for it. I will read up on skype and see if it is some setting i am not aware of that makes the left right effect. Thanks.

  3. Thanks for the response, Ryan. You’re very gracious with your time to do so.

    I would quickly follow up with a statement that Sibel’s testimony here is news, not an opinion. It seemed like you and Mr. Engdahl were on the same page with some of the possible motivations you discussed. I just felt that the news of Sibel’s eye witness testimony would have been a prrfect addition to the discussion. I’m not sure if Mr. Engdahl is aware of it.

    I am also making similar suggestions to other BFP contributors, as the news is so important and really provides the best big-picture context for current geo-politics (and 9/11) available anywhere.

    Good luck with the audio setup. I won’t complain any more about it. Forgive me for insinuating you were editing the questions after the fact.

  4. I attended a talk last night by the CEO of Shell Oil from 2005 to 2008. The U.S. is very definitely doing all they can to remove from Middle East Oil and Saudi control. John Hofmeister does not understand global warming nor global dimming, but he is approachable. Revealing to me was the hiring of Stephen Chu by Obama to run DOE. Mr. Hofmeister was promoting hydrogen fuel cells and Obama shut him down because Bush initiated the idea of hydrogen fuel cells. My own research, perhaps from this site, indicated that the University where Mr. Chu worked received $500 million from B.P. just prior to his being hired by Obama. This may be a case of oil wars between Shell and B.P. Let them have at it, just leave me out of it.

  5. FelipeAbeid says:

    great show, once again, thanks Ryan

  6. fezayusufzai says:

    Thanks Ryan, it was a really insightful interview, I hope you’ll have him on the show again.

  7. CuChulainn says:

    I realize Mr. Engdahl as an adopted German has to show some deference to the racially-correct nazism du jour but it is hard to concur with his view of the MB as antagonistic to Israel. Or did I miss the news about the Egyptian government opening the border to Gaza?

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