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February 2, 2005

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Guest: Michael Rubin, formerly of the Coalition Provisional Authority that ruled Iraq in 2003-04.
Rubin was one of the only members of the American Government ruling the country who risked his life to leave the Green Zone of Baghdad and the accompaniment of a military convoy. So his insights are truly an “inside look” at an Iraq where the mainstream media is too afraid to go.
For more on Michael Rubin, check out his excellent report on THE INSIDE SCOOP in the broadcast archive on April 25, 2004. If you’ve never heard that show, it’s a real eye-opener.

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  • Mark Levine February 2, 2005 9:09 pm

    Tracie, I’ll fill you in, as requested.
    Mike compared the plight of Saddam Hussein in his war against Iran with the plight of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. That was more than irrelevant; it was disgusting. I’m sure you agree that the USA stopping genocide is quite different from helping a dictator. Don’t you, Tracie?
    Skip points out corporate hit men that do dirty deeds for our government. They had a role in the 1930’s and continue to have a role today. Witness, for example, the mercenaries in Iraq or the guest I will have on the air, Monday.

  • Skip February 2, 2005 6:08 pm

    Hey Mark,
    Outstanding!!! The John Perkins interview will be fascinating. Too bad you couldn’t televise that one. How about a DVD?

  • Tracie February 2, 2005 5:38 pm

    Most likely I am missing something here,so please fill me in…..Mike brought up WWII several times and was told what he had to say was not relevant to anything that was being discussed and yet Skip can bring up something from the 1930’s and it is relevant?
    Wow – does anyone else have goose bumps going on here with all the mind reading taking place? SPOOOOKY!

  • Mark Levine February 2, 2005 4:05 pm

    Michael Rubin spoke the party line with regard to the speculation about the Bush Administration’s internal motivations for going to war in Iraq. On that issue, I know enough of the intelligence around Congress at that time to dispute Michael’s contention (and Michael admits that he is just speculating in this regard).
    As for what ordinary Iraqis are saying though, I still think Michael gives the best INSIDE SCOOP, which is why I invited him on the show.