A few months ago, after Pres. Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “killer,” Putin responded, “it takes one to know one,” which the international press applauded, because the rest of the world acknowledges the willful ignorance of most Americans to the long history of US interventions in elections, overthrowing democracies, and initiating or sustaining wars around the globe. Laurie Mercier speaks with award-winning foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer about his corpus of work that traces in detail the history of US military and CIA interventions around the world, how the economic interests that drive the US empire divert resources that might be directed to eradicating poverty and other productive uses, and the robust tradition of American public opposition to these interventions.
Currently a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University and a world affairs columnist for The Boston Globe, Stephen Kinzer is the author of many books about US interventions, including his best-selling “Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq,” and more recently “The True Flag” about the birth of American Empire. You can follow his work on Twitter and at stephenkinzer.com.
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