Processing Distortion: “Secretary of State John Kerry’s High Mileage Mediocrity”

Peter B. Collins Presents Peter van Buren

Peter Van Buren was drummed out of the State Department after publication of his book about the millions of dollars squandered on rebuilding Iraq. He comments on similar efforts underway in Afghanistan, and that only one member of Congress met with him about his Iraq reports: retired Rep. Ron Paul. He expresses strong support for Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, and challenges Peter B.'s assumption that the NSA should, by now, know what information Snowden collected--suggesting that Snowden skillfully covered his tracks. Mr. Van Buren wrote a sharply critical of John Kerry's first year as Secretary of State, comparing him to a salesman who hasn't booked any deals and focusing on Kerry's blunders in the threats to attack Syria in August and September.

Peter Van Buren, a 24-year veteran of the State Department, spent a year in Iraq. Following his book, We Meant well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, the Department of State began proceedings against him. Through the efforts of the Government Accountability Project and the ACLU, Van Buren retired in 2011. His next book Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the 99% will be published in early 2014. You can visit his blog here

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  1. That employment story was ultimately very satisfying. Thanks for another interesting interview. You are a great asset to BFP and the human race, PBC.

  2. What a gray picture . Soulless . Predatory. All those years ago reading Tom Joad, awful anti human money and greed stuff ….thinking no not like that, it’s got to get better…, but no……they never let up. Just keep taking more….

  3. I am amazed by the fact that I agree with John Kerry and disagree with Van Buren on the subject of Egypt. Here’s what I say: please don’t be so impressed by Morsi being the “democratically elected president of Egypt”. Don’t be so naive. Don’t you know elections can be fixed? Who supported the Muslim Brotherhood? Answer: Obama, Kerry and the Anglo-American imperialists. Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, is a head financial honcho of the MB. The Muslim Brotherhood has been backed by imperialism since the 1920’s. That is why they were the strongest, best-organized political party and able to win the election. But the MB are not democrats. They are much more like Nazis, who after all were also democratically elected in 1933. They are a small minority of Egyptians, and one that once allowed to take power oppressed all others, not only Christians, but the majority of moderate Muslims as well. Morsi was about to join the Saudi cannibal death squads attacking Syria when the Egyptian army properly removed him from power. The MB and the imperialists lost. Obama is now under indictment in Egypt for his connections with the MB. Egypt is now moving to an economic and political alliance with the BRICS countries. Kerry must have said what he did because the U.S. is still trying to hold onto Egypt. It is really an admission of defeat. Egypt and Egyptian nationalism won. Imperialism lost.

  4. tonywicher says:

    More on Egyptian indictment of Obama:

    How can Egypt’s so-called “thug government” be under the control of U.S. imperialism when it is trying Obama along with Morsi and the MB for war crimes? Collins and Van Buren are both so impressed by the formality of a “democratic election” and they fail to understand what imperialism is, how imperialists fund and organize political parties, whether in the United States or in Egypt. What we saw in Egypt was a crushing defeat for imperialism, Kerry and Obama. Syria was another crushing defeat. The imperialists did not get the war they wanted. Putin stood firm in Syria saying “I will never yield to the liver-eaters”. Then The American people, Congress and patriotic forces in the military led by Martin Dempsey stopped them. Putin gave Obama and Kerry a way to save face with the proposal to get rid of Syrian chemical weapons. This proposal did not come from Kerry but from Putin who made it in private at the G 20 conference. Kerry gets no credit. Now maybe we have a few months before these imperialist lunatics manage to get a war started. Meanwhile, Obamacare is such a disaster that what remained of Obama’s political support is crumbling. The time is ripe for impeachment. Down with this lackey of imperialism. Call your representatives and tell them to do their constitutional duty and impeach Obama NOW.

  5. Controlled oppisition. You could ask the same question about al qaeda. Agree with impeachment, but US/NATO’s Syria war didn’t stop.

  6. Opposition was a little phone keyboard typo – just protecting my spelling reputation ; )

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