Podcast Show #115: Obama, Putin, Prince Bandar & the Looming War on Syria

The Boiling Frogs Show Presents Pepe Escobar

Roving journalist and author Pepe Escobar joins us to discuss the latest developments on Syria. We delve into the facts and sources on the latest chemical weapons allegations. We discuss Saudi Arabia’s Prince Bandar, Russia, the Kurd’s stand, the greater geopolitical implications of the nearing war on Syria and much more. Do not miss this riveting episode of the Boiling Frogs Show.


Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times. He is an investigative journalist with three decades of experience in covering politics and conflicts around the globe. He’s been a foreign correspondent since 1985, based in London, Milan, Los Angeles, Paris, Singapore, and Bangkok. Mr. Escobar is the author of three must-read books: Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War, Red Zone Blues: A Snapshot of Baghdad During the Surge, and Obama Does Globalistan.


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  1. avatar Maryanne224 says:

    Is there the possibility I can download these podcasts to my iPod?

    Thanks,

    Maryanne

  2. Hi Maryanne,

    Try right-clicking the “download” link in the audio player options and save to your computer. Then add the file to iTunes and copy to your ipod.

    Joe

  3. Pepe Escobar is fun to listen to, full of stories. But his conclusions tends to be “a bunch of clowns”..

    “US would like to see the Arabs kill each other”
    I don’t subscribe to that. It sounds more like zionism.

    The Saudi House controls the “jihadist” – implying they are motivated by Islamism. My conclusion is contrary, they are not “jihadist” and they are motivated by Saudi money.

  4. avatar Maryanne224 says:

    Thank you so much!

  5. Hey Rose Mary,

    You found something about which we can agree. Escobar is entertaining, but he has never offered me any insight, and his flip-flopping is hilarious. In some of these podcasts, he will change his analysis two or three times before it’s over. Clearly, Sibel thinks very highly of Mr. Escobar, I think he has made more appearances than anyone else. I have no idea why. I have no plans to listen this interview or any future Escobar interviews.

  6. He has a network of (insider) contacts and I see value in the vast fauna of facts he is presenting. He don’t want to be anything else than a journalist doing his job .. having seen most? “Please, not another war .. I need rest”

  7. avatar LarryinColumbus says:

    Hate speculating and fear mongering but its hard not to think about how the government might garner public support. Probably the only way they know how…by using patriotism against us with another event. The oldest aircraft carrier in our fleet is sitting in the Red Sea and an upcoming aniversery is this week….

  8. Obama would like to improve his ratings, sure. As “anti-war” a new war will be dysfunctional. Someone else than Obama will try a false flag operation.

  9. avatar CuChulainn says:

    thanks for this valuable interview; nice to hear a journalist who talks about sources

    he cites these two sites, which I have not seen presented at BFP as much as I might have expected

    http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/

    http://acloserlookonsyria.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Talk:Alleged_Chemical_Attack,_August_21,_2013#Rebels_in_Ghouta_admit_responsibility.3F

  10. “The Saudi princes have grown so sophisticated in enticing young girls and boys, they have even financed their own modeling and companion agencies within Europe and the United States to insure top quality merchandise and cut out the middle men. Many models have stories of being solicited by Saudi princes or friends who have disappeared.

    “Now the Justice Department calls all non-parental child kidnapping local and finances police training accordingly. Ambassador Prince Bandar’s Washington retainers see to it that very little is mentioned about the international Saudi prince child sex slave trade. Remember, one old Washington maxim is: ‘The one who controls the investigation wins.’”

    Speaking with a gentleman who grew up in Jordan and is very knowledgeable about the Middle East, he confirmed the likelihood of the allegations above. However, when I tried to track down the source, it had been deleted from the Internet. These are monsters that dictate policy to the U.S. government. How can any of their evidence be considered to make a case for war in Syria? Sibel once mentioned an interest in child trafficking, but has yet to follow up on these allegations even though they have the potential to directly affect U.S. foreign policy.

  11. avatar CuChulainn says:

    engdahl should learn how to pronounce guLEN if he is going to write a book about him

  12. I’m wondering if we will see Graham Fuller’s name pop up in the near future, related to the Syria push somehow.

  13. avatar knowbuddhau2 says:

    Whenever I get the all too rare pleasure of listening to Pepe talk for an hour, I come away with a better understanding of what happened, what is happening, and what to expect.

    It’s one week later, and what Pepe said still holds true. No one could’ve called Kerry scoring an own goal, of course. But he did say Obama has a bunch of clowns advising him with no sense of WTF they’re doing, just ham-handedly going through the motions of a passed-down playbook.

    Most striking to me was the various plays being made with the God card. We have weapons-grade perversions of the Big 3 religions: Christianists, Zionists. and Wahabists, supremacists all, each using it to their own advantage. Who’s playing whom here? Who came up with the idea of taking the Shia-Sunni schism as the defining feature of ME geopolitics? In the next interview, please talk about the playing of the god card in the ME, if you would. It’s one of those things that only gets mentioned tangentially, but I think it’s of central importance.

    Is it the KSA’s way of playing Washington? Wouldn’t be the first time tribal chiefs played the representatives of the Great Father in Washington with stories of mythic proportions.

    On the other hand, Washington itself has made weaponizing the power of myth a ghoulish practice all too often. (There are suggestions that generals in Myanmar are playing the god card with Wirathu’s 969 movement. If true, it would show that this method has the power to turn even Buddhists into terrorists.) What a god-awful thing to have done. You gotta know there’ll be hell to pay for playing with forces one fundamentally misunderstands.

    Another thing I’d like to hear Pepe discuss: how full-spectrum dominance fits into all this. With all the focus lately, after Putin’s NYT op-ed, on American Exceptionalism, I’d like to here Pepe’s thoughts on how it’s operationalized in FSD in the present case of Syria. The fighting is in Syria, but all eyes are on Iran, and all that. At the same time, as Pepe has pointed out elsewhere, “while the (Washington) dogs of war bark, the (Chinese) caravan does deals.”

    IMO, the supremacist presumption of exceptionalism is an Achilles heel. We think we’re special, god’s gift to humanity, just like countless failed empires before us.

    Thanks for the great discussion, well worth a subscription in itself.

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