US puppets from the Shah to Saddam to Pinochet — Ghani too? (Full show)

US puppets from the Shah to Saddam to Pinochet — Ghani too? (Full show)

live from the world headquarters of rt america in our nation’s capital this is the news with rick sanchez hi everybody i’m rick sanchez and uh i want to welcome a viewer from all over the world no matter where you are watching us from uh on this night including those of you who are watching us on your uh portable tv app so i i want to start uh this newscast with a family affair that is uh the daughter i’m about to show you see her right there that’s the daughter of the former ruler of afghanistan take a good look her name is miriam ghani she’s 42 years old accomplished artist and filmmaker who’s very much an american i mean she lives in brooklyn she’s part of the new york establishment someone even says she’s a bit of a socialite stands a reason by the way she was raised by a father who before ruling afghanistan was an academic who studied at nyu he also worked at the world bank which means he’s very connected very tied to u.s interests it may even suggest that he’s more beholding to our country the u.s than he is to afghanistan the country that he ruled should that surprise anybody not one bit not if you know our history and how often we have picked if not downright installed foreign leaders in different countries so let me take you through some of these all right that’s raphael trujillo he was without question a u.s puppet who won every single election in his country with the help of the c.i.a by get this 99 of the vote can you imagine being that popular while by the way killing and suppressing anyone who dared speak out about him he ruled the dominican republic from 1930 to 1961 unquestionably u.s puppet number two augusto pinochet after we essentially killed the country’s elected leader salvador allende we installed mr pinochet who executed 3000 of his critics and tortured more than 80 000 people many believe those numbers are low he ruled chile from 1973 to 1990. number three a fellow named fulgencio batista he led a u.s backed military dictatorship in cuba from 1952 to 1959 by the way he was also supported by the mafia who funneled millions of dollars in suitcases to him from their havana casino businesses the u.s eventually got tired of him turned their backs on batista and he fled the country perhaps the best known u.s or c.i.a installed puppet is this fella mohammed reza palavi better known as the shah of iran he protected u.s oil interests and the brits from 1953 to 1979 but may have overplayed his hand leading to his ouster which left us looking for a new puppet in the region did someone say new puppet aha there he is this guy saddam mr hussein worked closely with the cia and u.s interests to try and topple iran after it was taken over by fundamentalists supporting the ayatollah khomeini and that leads us to ashraf ghani a leader who as we mentioned earlier has ties to both the u.s banking system and the u.s government and now he is out was he ever really the choice of the afghan people or was he really washington’s choice our choice well all we need now is one guido to pop up in this picture uh ghani is not just yesterday’s man he never actually was the man at all in fact afghanistan has not had a functioning president since karzai left that’s an interesting analogy by the way juan wado is who he’s referring to another uh us a foreign policy appointee for lack of a better turn that has so far not exactly worked out uh as for ghani what’s left of his government we are doing a deep dive on these questions right here on the news with rick sanchez where we believe as we always like to say by golly it’s time to do news again [Music] all right so here’s the list of the questions that we think you’re likely going to ask yourself as you watch this newscast on this night so who is ashraf ghani and what happened by the way to his vice president why did the afghan evacuations go so horribly wrong and how are u.s officials trying to explain it and is the delta virus causing another provable downturn in the u.s economy or might it be something else hmm we’re going to drill down on that so let’s start with the question we posed who is afron ghani and what are the answers to all of the questions surrounding him and his sudden exit and by the way what happened to his vp did he just disappeared did he flee is he possibly still in the country that’s going to get answered as well here now with a closer look is correspondent john hoddy afghan president ashraf ghani said he was forced to leave kabul with just the clothes on his back when the taliban entered the city sunday i was forced to leave afghanistan with one set of traditional clothes of vest and the sandals but by the sound of it ghani may be able to afford a new set of traditional clothes he also reportedly left afghanistan with 169 million dollars in cash something ghani denied in his facebook page video posting rt has not been able to independently verify that claim but ghani is in the united arab emirates where the uae confirmed in a statement that he and his family were welcomed into the country on quote-unquote humanitarian grounds ghani defended his decision to flee afghanistan i’m grateful for the security and defense forces and i am proud of them they were not defeated and they did not fail we failed at politics but which politics it was the failure of the taliban leadership that was the failure of the government leadership and also the political failure of the international allies u.s president joe biden and nato secretary general jen stoltenberg both blamed a failure in afghanistan’s leadership for the country’s collapse and while ghani seemingly rests on his laurels in dubai former afghan president hamid karzai met with taliban leaders this week to discuss a new government as reports begin to surface of taliban executions beatings and sharia law enforcement hundreds of afghans marched in this demonstration thursday in kabul in defiance of the taliban carrying the country’s national flag that is until the taliban shut it down with automatic weapons it’s unclear if anyone was shot or killed and at the airport in kabul the taliban also opened fire to disperse the crowd of men women and children trying to desperately leave the country ghani meanwhile said he plans to return to afghanistan at some point i did not have the intention to flee and abandon the country i am currently in the emirates to prevent bloodshed and i am in consultations to return back to afghanistan and to continue the fight together to ensure justice afghan sovereignty and to restore the actual islamic values and national achievements but it certainly will not be easy for ghani if or when he returns to afghanistan that’s because the country’s former vice president abrullah saleh who remained in the country says he has now taken over as acting president in ghani’s absence he also said in a tweet that afghanistan is not like vietnam the taliban not remotely like the vietcong and that unlike the u.s and nato quote we haven’t lost spirit and see enormous opportunities ahead useless caveats are finished join the resistance end quote for the news with rick sanchez john honey i’m not sure there’s that much of a resistance but we’re going to get that we’re going to pick up that talk with some of our guests here coming up in just a little bit but there’s another area of this story that we want to cover because for the past 72 hours i don’t know if you’ve noticed but the washington press corps has been given something to do outside of politics as usual right instead they’re now pouring themselves head first into a war that they never really covered in the first place uh to get to the bottom of how our government so badly screwed up the evacuation of kabul here with the meanderings and the guffaws of back-to-back news conferences in the last 48 hours is it fair and franzak joins us our correspondent all right so uh this has been a little keystone cop uh ish right right yeah and you know your generation uses guffaws my generation uses goofs and gaffs okay it’s one of these things combing through these press briefings rick it was really hard to kind of narrow it down of how many there were but i’m going to give you kind of a little of a montage here and rick i think what the point that pentagon is trying to make here is they’re going to deconflict take a look all right we will continue to deconflict issues with uh with the taliban time is of the essence and uh we all we all share a sense of urgency here we’re going to do everything we can to continue to try to de-conflict the taliban and the state department are working out of facility i got it but they’re working on a facilitation measure it’s obvious we’re not close to where we want to be there was nothing that i or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days but we will continue to uh coordinate and deconflict uh with uh with the taliban deconflict okay yeah so that’s what they’re they’re going to deconflict if you didn’t get the memo but you know whatever the hell that means right but that’s that’s the question and that’s why i think the media is so like you just need to give us details but they’re very vague but you also then had even again today rick that you know the u.s struggled to pick up the pace of getting more people out of that kabul airport again the media asking what’s the what’s the update here’s today we’re aware of congestion around the airport we are working closely with the department of defense to facilitate safe and orderly access for consular processing on the airport compound there has been no decision to change the deadline and we are focused on doing everything we can inside that deadline to move as many people out as possible and if and when there’s a decision to change that uh then obviously that would require additional conversations uh with the taliban and you know what rick it’s one again so much vagueness i mean you even say saw ned price the state department spokesperson looked like then he was going to go into a briefing of okay now the life just the life vests are underneath your seat buckle your seatbelt like here’s how you’re gonna it just looked like very flight attendant-ish of you know just explaining just here’s the blah you know just very vague and that’s what i think the media is having a hard time with but then also the media like you said hasn’t been covering it for the past 20 years the way they should yeah this whole dichotomy is very bizarre and it does seem like they know they screwed up which i kind of respect them for because obviously their explanations are so bad and so are the expressions on their faces and the media is just picking the bones off of them right now so uh it’s a fascinating story to see the way this has worked out now i want to bring our guest michael malouf of course former uh pentagon official is uh uh good enough uh good enough to join us peter kushoff also joining us now to take us through what has actually happened here peter let me just begin with you you’re there you’ve watched part of this uh look i’m not going to quibble with the fact that this is a screw-up of a very large proportion as far as our government or this administration is concerned with the evacuations i think we can all uh stipulate to that correct yes i think that’s clear however is that as big a problem as the fact that we screwed up the entire war for 20 years no but at the moment that’s what the world is seeing in terms of the optics this is terrible but you know it’s not just this war it’s the whole war on terror yeah and we can trace it back you started off with an interesting history lesson i mean i like that you left out a couple of our beauties you left out diem in vietnam yep you left out coreyga in panama and we had a lot of other dictators who we had stalled were very very unpopular led to disastrous situations for the people in those countries it’s funny it’s funny by the way i just i just have to say it’s funny that you mentioned our old friend manuel noriega from panama because i’m one of about four people who actually went to prison to see him in his prison cell and uh i asked him directly i said general did you work for the c.i.a and he looked at me winked and said yes c so no question that he was one of those guys that would have fit nicely in that list let me bring my uh and his lawyers invited oliver stone to me to come down to panama when he was in prison hoping we would make a documentary about him that would help them get out of prison we asked will you talk on camera about the cia about the drug running about your your role with the contras in nicaragua and they they didn’t weren’t willing to do that but this story of noriega the story of batista the story of the shah this i we could go on forever you and i i’m sure michael could help us with some of these names as well uh they seem to be forgotten and we we replace them with stories about that we’re angry and this is where you and i are probably going to disagree uh we’re angry that we screwed up the evacuation of kabul while what we should be angry about is that we were in a war for 20 years that we completely screwed up no well yes uh from the very it started in 2003 that was the beginning of the end yeah uh we are lousy at uh regime regime change and nation building there’s only been one historical example that worked and that was in algeria by the french for years but we’re lousy at it we we go in and try to establish these uh these little puppets of ours and and the problem for afghanistan is that a central government is totally alien to their culture and traditions uh going way way back they’re all little fiefdoms so you agree with my uh prep that uh it’s likely that he was in fact the u.s puppet that he fit into the realm of all of those other guys that i mentioned about yeah totally in my opinion he totally was and has been that’s the only way we we could manage afghanistan is by installing our own person so but if we install our own person and we have our troops there and we have to pay enormous sums of money to the people who we chose to be their army then we’re occupiers that’s exactly what happened the same thing occurred in in in iraq in 2003. we went in as liberators but wound up as an occupation force and that led to the rise of isis so why did it take peter 20 years for us to realize that this occupation was not going to work when as michael so well just stated they never work well rick let me check challenge you a little bit on the history i don’t you can’t go back 20 years you’ve got to go back more than 40 years when we got involved in 1979 supporting the mujahideen against the soviets the people who we were supporting the reason why they were rebelling against the secular soviet government was because they were educating women and these people were the ones who would go in there and kill the teachers who were educating women those are the people we were supporting to begin with as you know we helped create this it’s uh another islamic extremist insurgency but you know we let me stop you let me stop you because you i just didn’t stop you because you mentioned a miscalculation i want to go to michael with another miscalculation that i just heard i just heard general miley say a little while ago and i guess credit to him for being honest he says there’s no way that we thought or could have predicted that in less than 11 days the taliban would take over the country that’s total nonsense two years ago on rt now now i’m getting pissed two years ago intelligence people were telling me that if the united states left uh afghanistan kabul would fall in five days wow okay it went to six and you worked at the pentagon so he he has access to those reports of course he does uh miley uh miley and and austin need to resign wow thank you michael my pleasure thank you peter we appreciate the conversation as we go to break there is a programming note to share tomorrow my colleague manila chan is going to host a special edition of in question called back to school it’s going to take us through the complications of sending our kids back into the classroom while the delta variant remains a threat it’s going to be good you stay right there we’ve got a lot more and we’ll be right back [Music] hey welcome back so there was in case you didn’t hear chaos in our nation’s uh our nation’s capital today a 49 year old uh man in a pickup truck claimed that he had an explosive device like a bomb of some sort in his vehicle and then he kept police at bay and parts of the city in a lockdown for hours on end the man who has now been identified as this guy floyd ray roseberry finally gave up took police moved in they took him into custody buildings were evacuated around capitol hill although congress was not in session at the time now this is interesting the suspect there’s his pickup truck broadcast his threat via a live stream on facebook for about a half hour the object resembling a canister of some type which he said was a bomb turned out to not be a bomb as for his facebook broadcast it has been taken down and so has his facebook profile for what it’s worth meanwhile just as the u.s economy seemed to be bouncing back there are now signs that the delta variant is pushing it down once again uh i put together a graph that i wanted to show you uh there are several charts here three areas that have gone in the last month let’s start with restaurant reservations according to open table restaurant reservations in the last month are down nine percent a sign that people are not going out as much as they were prior let’s do credit cards credit card spending this is according to jp morgan uh down 3.9 percent and let’s look now at hours or shifts that workers take in that would be the next graph just worked by u.s employees oh there it is uh see it on the right there of your screen shifts worked by u.s employees down 2.4 percent so if you go by these uh statistics or these metrics there would be an indication that there’s a tendency for people to work less or show up to work less a tendency for people to buy less and a people a tendency for people to go out to eat less joining us now to talk about this euro pacific capitals uh peter schiff who uh looks at these kinds of things because he’s an expert did you get a chance to see some of those metrics that we just showed no what metrics all right so uh i’ll take you through some of them again credit card spending according to jp morgan the last month down 3.9 percent u.s employees are working 2.4 percent less are showing up to work less and according to open tables americans are down uh nine percent as far as making reservations at restaurant they say the impact this is of the delta variant to which you say what well some of it is but a lot of it has to do with the fact that americans are broke you know first of all they already have a lot of credit card debt the problem is though prices are rising so if consumer prices are going up if consumers are spending more for their groceries if they’re spending more on rent if they’re spending more on utilities they don’t have as much money left over to go out to dinner so you think that some of that helicopter money that was bantered about by both mr trump and now mr biden and actually if you want to go back far enough mr obama as well for a different cause and the fact that it’s no longer being distributed is making people now reserve their ability to go out and spend money right well they’re spending but prices are going up so they can’t buy as much and part of the problem or a big part of it is that a lot of people were paid money from the government to sit home and not work so that is a problem for two reasons that people are no longer you know out producing they’re not adding goods and services into the economy but they’re getting all sorts of money to buy the goods and services that they no longer help produce so this means you have less supply and you have more demand and that you know puts added pressure on prices to go up yeah and that that’s the opinion of a lot of people who look at the markets and like you uh uh tend to believe that the government should kind of keep its hands out of the market so i would imagine if i asked you the question of should the government get back in given that the delta variant is now causing stress to go in and manipulate it again as they did in the past you would probably say no hell no we should not get back in there because it causes more harm than it does good correct well i well i know that the government’s response to covid did far more damage to the economy than covet itself and i think had the government not taking these actions we’d be in a lot better shape and people have to understand that there is a heavy cost that we’re going to have to pay a lot of people don’t realize that because the government didn’t raise anybody’s taxes to fight this war on covet in fact a lot of people got checks from the government people that stopped working got bigger checks from the government than they got from their employers all sorts of small business owners got free money for the government they called it a forgivable loan but you know all the loans were forgiven they were grants but the way we’re going to pay the price for this is through inflation prices are going to skyrocket and all those higher prices amount to a tax this is the tax we’re paying for bigger government and unfortunately government’s going to get a lot bigger in the years ahead and so the inflation tax is going to get a lot heavier hey 30 seconds left i got to ask you a question about what we’re seeing earlier in the day in afghanistan these rare earth minerals do you think that’s at play at this point well i think all real resources are going to go up because when you’re in an inflationary time period you’re destroying the value of paper and so you need more and more paper to buy real stuff and you know those rare off minimals would certainly qualify as real stuff and prices are going higher peter schiff boy it’s great to talk to you peter hey you look great man thanks so much for joining us by the way thank you all right and that is our news we’re boy we just filled this newscast up with a lot of great information as i drop my pen but i want to thank you guys uh for being with us and we’ll be looking for you again here when it’s time to do news again [Music]
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US puppets from the Shah to Saddam to Pinochet — Ghani too? (Full show)

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