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Col. Larry Wilkerson on Syria: War Powers are the 'Surest Way to Tyranny'
As James Madison once said "war powers is the surest way to tyranny" and tyranny will prevail if people remain apathetic says Col. Larry Wilkerson

  April 17, 2018

Col. Larry Wilkerson: Pentagon Plans for Climate Change Despite White House
A recent report from the World Bank says that climate change could displace as many as 143 million people by 2050, generating geopolitical instability and posing new threats to national security. Can the Pentagon properly manage the threats with a climate denialist in the White House? We speak to Col. Larry Wilkerson

  April 9, 2018

US Blocks UN Investigation into Israeli Military Killings in Gaza (pt. 1/2)
Reacting to Trump administration blocking of a UN investigation into Israeli military's killings of Palestinians, Col. Larry Wilkerson says the United States is "in the back pocket of Israel like we have never been associated with any other country in the world."

  April 2, 2018

US Blocks UN Investigation into Israeli Military Killings in Gaza (pt. 2/2)
As the May 12 deadline for the Iran Nuclear Agreement looms, Trump and his new foreign policy advisors, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, are determined to toe Netanyahu's line about cancelling the agreement, seeking regime change in Iran, says Col. Larry Wilkerson

  April 2, 2018

Bolton: 'The Most Dangerous American'
"In my 50 year of service, John Bolton is the most dangerous American I've met," says Col. Larry Wilkerson

  March 26, 2018

Will Congress Affirm its Constitutional Power to Stop the War in Yemen?
This week Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman heads to Washington to lobby support for the war in Yemen. However, the Constitution and the War Powers Act are very clear that only Congress has the power to authorize war, says Col. Larry Wilkerson.

  March 19, 2018

Wilkerson: Trump Won't Make Peace with North Korea
It is possible to make a peace deal that would denuclearize North Korea, but don't expect Donald Trump to deliver it, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

  March 12, 2018

Is the US Ramping Up Its Military Presence in Syria and Planning to Attack Iran?
Col. Larry Wilkerson speaking at the National Press Club the day before the official AIPAC Conference. The alternative conference was titled: 'U.S.-Israel Relations and Middle East Policy'

  March 5, 2018

Western Media Distorts Escalating Syrian War
Intense bombing by the Syrian government, in alliance with Russia, has killed large numbers of civilians in Eastern Ghouta, which the Syrian government has besieged for years. But differing media accounts make it hard to decipher what's really happening, says Col. Larry Wilkerson

  February 28, 2018

Col. Wilkerson: Trump's N. Korea Diplomacy 'Absurd'
By refusing to engage in diplomacy with North Korea, the Trump administration could be leading South Korea to break away from its strategic alliance with the U.S., says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

  February 26, 2018

Wilkerson: The Trump-Netanyahu Iran Plan Means War
As Benjamin Netanyahu threatens war, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says that in targeting Iran, the U.S. and Israel are threatening wider conflict in Syria and Lebanon

  February 19, 2018

Wilkerson: From Trump Parade to Budget, There's 'Too Much Military'
As President Trump requests a military parade, Congress has approved a new budget that increases military spending to record levels. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, says that from Trump's cabinet on down, there is "too much military."

  February 12, 2018

Wilkerson: On Iran, Trump Follows the Iraq War Playbook
Fifteen years after he helped write the Colin Powell speech that made the false case for war on Iraq, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says Trump is following a similar path on Iran -- with the main difference being that the outcome now could "be significantly worse"

  February 6, 2018

Has Trump Launched a New Nuclear Arms Race?
With its just-released nuclear strategy, the Trump administration is threatening another nuclear arms race and bringing the world closer to catastrophe, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

  February 5, 2018

Preemptive Strike on North Korea: Is Trump Wagging the Dog?
"If I were going to divert the American people's attention away from my troubles with the FBI, with Russian oligarchs, and so forth, I'd pick a lesser target," says Col. Larry Wilkerson. "That's not to say that this administration is not stupid enough" to do it

  December 5, 2017

What Would a More Rational Administration Do?
Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson, part 11

  November 29, 2017

The Israel-Saudi Arabia Alliance
Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson, part 10

  November 28, 2017

No End to US Involvement in Afghanistan
"We'll Keep a Military Force for 50 Years Next to China and Pakistan," say Wilkerson. Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson, part 9

  November 28, 2017

Why Did the United States So Enthusiastically Support the Yeltsin Administration?
Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson, part 8

  November 27, 2017

Saudi Arabia's Role in 9/11
Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson, part 7

  November 27, 2017

Mugabe, China and the US - What is Next for Zimbabwe?
Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson, part 6

  November 26, 2017

Will Eastern European Countries Be Drawn Into Russia-U.S. Conflict?
Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson, part 5

  November 26, 2017

'The Saudis are Going to Fight Tehran to the Last Dead American'
Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson, Part 3

  November 25, 2017

Will Europe Break with the United States Over Isolating Russia?
Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson, part 4

  November 25, 2017

Overthrowing Assad and the Neoconservative Agenda in Syria
Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson, Part 2

  November 24, 2017

The Demonization of Russia by Media and Foreign Policy Elites
Paul Jay talks with Larry Wilkerson, part 1

  November 23, 2017

Most of Congress 'Likes War' and Opposes Ending US Support for Saudi War in Yemen
Several members of Congress have introduced legislation to invoke the War Powers Act with an aim to shut down US support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, but the resolution will not pass because the vast majority in Congress doesn't oppose war explains Col. Larry Wilkerson

  November 7, 2017

Code Pink Conference: Divest from the War Machine
Larry Wilkerson: "We have become a national security state, that means our reason for existing is war and defense contractors are the merchants of death"

  November 2, 2017

Post 9/11 AUMF Law Gives Trump Power to Wage Perpetual War
Post 9/11 authorization to use military force has been used to intervene in 19 countries. Congress ought to reclaim its authority to declare war, explains Col. Larry Wilkerson

  November 1, 2017

Wilkerson: Trump's Generals Aren't Saviors, They're Dangers
President Trump's deference to military leaders like John Kelly and James Mattis on civilian matters threatens democracy, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

  October 23, 2017

On Iran, Trump Follows the Neocons
In sabotaging the Iran nuclear deal, President Trump is listening to -- and following the playbook of -- the neocons behind the Iraq war, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

  October 17, 2017

The US is Backing Saudi War Crimes in Yemen
Col. Larry Wilkerson says many Republicans are ready to cross the aisle to stop the war in Yemen as the Saudis are using US position-guided missiles to bomb port side cranes that offload food and water during a cholera epidemic

  October 2, 2017

Mad Man vs. Rocket Man: North Korea Crisis Hits Fever Pitch
North Korea says Trump's dangerous rhetoric is tantamount to a declaration of war. But even if military officials try to act as a restraint on Trump's hostility, Trump isn't bound by the advice he gets from anyone, says Col. Larry Wilkerson

  September 25, 2017

Wilkerson: Trump a 'Diplomatic Fiasco' at the UN
Col. Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, talks about Trump's speech before the UN General Assembly and explains why Ambassador Nikki Haley's remarks on the Iran nuclear deal scare him

  September 19, 2017

Here We Go Again
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson writes that UN Ambassador Nikki Haley's distortions are an attempt to prepare conditions for war against Iran

  September 11, 2017

Is the Military Prepared for Climate Crisis?
The effects of climate change will increase inequality and create conflicts across borders, while the U.S. military will to have to spend more money and resources on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, says Col. Larry Wilkerson

  September 11, 2017

Quick Hit Video: Larry Wilkerson: North Korea is Not an Existential Threat - But Many People Benefit by Saying It Is
Col. Wilkerson and TRNN's Paul Jay discuss the underlying forces driving the U.S./North Korea confrontation Watch full story

  September 8, 2017

Quick Hit Video: The New York Times Gives Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Free Advertising
It's 'incredible' that the New York Times gave former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince editorial space to suggest letting private mercenaries lead the war in Afghanistan, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson Watch full story

  September 6, 2017

Larry Wilkerson: North Korea is Not an Existential Threat - But Many People Benefit by Saying It Is
Col. Wilkerson and TRNN's Paul Jay discuss the underlying forces driving the U.S./North Korea confrontation

  September 5, 2017

The New York Times Gives Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Free Advertising
It's 'incredible' that the New York Times gave former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince editorial space to suggest letting private mercenaries lead the war in Afghanistan, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

  August 30, 2017

Has the Pentagon Taken Over US Foreign Policy in Afghanistan? (1/2)
TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay asks Col. Lawrence Wilkerson if arms manufacturers are driving foreign policy and if Trump's strategy for the war in Afghanistan could lead to a dangerous military confrontation between Pakistan, India, and China

  August 24, 2017

Has the Pentagon Taken Over US Foreign Policy in Afghanistan? (2/2)
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson and TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay take viewers' questions during a live webcast

  August 24, 2017

Wilkerson: Under Trump, Al Qaeda is Flourishing
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, discusses record US military strikes under President Trump and how Al Qaeda is taking advantage of contradictions in US policy

  August 17, 2017

Wilkerson: Trump Has No Business Threatening Venezuela
As President Trump claims he won't rule out military force in Venezuela, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, says "we need to keep our dirty hands off Latin America"

  August 15, 2017

As Aides Spar, Will Trump Hire Erik Prince for Afghanistan?
Amid ongoing White House discord, President Trump is reportedly weighing Blackwater founder Erik Prince's proposal for a private mercenary force in Afghanistan. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, says that would be a disaster

  August 12, 2017

Wilkerson: Trump and Kim Jong-un Sound the Same
As Defense Secretary James Mattis warns North Korea of "the end of its regime and destruction of its people," Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to Colin Powell, says the Trump administration is playing a reckless game

  August 10, 2017

Wilkerson: Trump is Clueless on North Korea
As the US pushes through new sanctions on North Korea, direct negotiations are the only way to defuse the nuclear standoff, says Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson

  August 8, 2017

Pentagon: US Empire 'Collapsing,' So Give Us More Money
A new Pentagon study says the U.S. may be losing its dominant position in world affairs and that the DoD needs a "wakeup call"--but Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says the report is really about using fear to drum up more money for the military

  July 30, 2017

Wilkerson: Practically Everyone Opposes Trump's Reversal of Obama's Cuba Opening
Reversing the Cuba opening will be a political nightmare for the Trump administration, but they ignore everyone's warnings, says Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell's former Chief of Staff

  June 15, 2017

Wilkerson: From Qatar to Syria, Trump & Gulf Allies Target Iran
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, says that the Trump administration and its Gulf allies are taking aim at Iran through the re-ignited dispute with Qatar. Sources also claim the Pentagon has directed U.S. troops to directly confront Iranian-backed forces inside Syria

  June 6, 2017

Wilkerson: Trump 'Needs a Good War' and Pence is Waiting in the Wings to Lead It
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson and Paul Jay discuss the significance of the Comey affair, the prospect of the rise of VP Mike Pence as the real power in the White House, and the danger of war as a way out for a dysfunctional administration

  May 12, 2017

Wilkerson on Afghanistan: The Longest U.S. War Will Go on for Decades
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, says geopolitics and the Taliban's military strength will help keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan for decades to come.

  May 4, 2017

Wilkerson: U.S. Incoherence, THAAD Missile System Disrupt the Korean Peninsula
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, says the Trump administration's mixed messages on North Korea and the new THAAD missile system are sowing confusion in the Korean Peninsula ahead of a crucial South Korean vote

  May 2, 2017

Wilkerson: Trump's Cuts to Foreign Aid Threaten Global Health, Benefit War & Disaster Profiteers
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, says the Trump's administration drastic cuts to foreign assistance endanger global health, to the benefit of national security state profiteers

  May 1, 2017

Wilkerson: Trump Admin's Iran Talk Sounds Like Bush's Pre-Iraq War
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson warns the Trump administration's rhetoric on Iran reminds him of the prelude to the Iraq war - and could be setting the stage for a U.S. regime change effort in Tehran.

  April 25, 2017

Wilkerson on North Korea Crisis: U.S. Should Stop the Threats & Own Up to its Role
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, says the U.S. should resolve the North Korea nuclear crisis through negotiations and should reckon with the impact of its previous actions.

  April 17, 2017

Wilkerson: Trump Attack on Syria Driven by Domestic Politics
Former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, tells Paul Jay that the Syrian Government may not be responsible for the chemical attack and that Trump's response was a violation of international law

  April 7, 2017

Terror Attack in St Petersburg May be Blowback for Russian Military Actions
Russia no longer has a southern buffer-zone, it is exposed to ISIS says Col. Larry Wilkerson

  April 4, 2017

Military-Industrial Complex Pushes Nuke Modernization, Risking Confrontation with Russia
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says the section of the elite that includes Samantha Power, Susan Rice, and John McCain are willing to use military means to implement democracy wherever they see fit

  March 28, 2017

Adversarial Relationship With Russia Result of Decades of US Provocation
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson tells Paul Jay that from the expansion of NATO to the Western-led plundering of the former USSR, the US has given Russia enough reason to feel threatened

  March 12, 2017

Empire in Decay: Federal Government Falling Apart as Spying Allegations Fly
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says there is a theory circulating in the intelligence community that the CIA asked the British to spy on Trump on behalf of the Democratic Party; the politicization of the intelligence agencies is a reflection of a dying empire

  March 7, 2017

Wilkerson: Trump's New National Security Advisor Believes in Empire, More Realpolitik than Flynn
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says General H.R. McMaster might be more restrained about military action, but will support massive budget increase to military and the imperial mission

  March 6, 2017

Col. Wilkerson: Trump's Proposed $54 Billion Increase in the Military Budget Not for National Security
Larry Wilkerson tells Paul Jay that a massive increase in military spending is a disastrous policy, intended to serve the commercial interest of the military industrial complex, and the cuts to pay for it, are coming from all the wrong places

  February 28, 2017

How Trump Could Widen Divisions Within the Republican Party
Other countries might begin to see opportunities to take advantage of the Trump administration due to its glaring inexperience, says Col. Larry Wilkerson

  February 14, 2017

Will Trump Ally with Russia and Target Iran?
Paul Jay and Lawrence Wilkerson discuss why the Republicans are divided on Russia and to what ends the Trump administration might go to justify war with Iran

  January 30, 2017

Invoking God, Trump Calls for International War Against ISIS - Is Iraq Next?
Paul Jay and Col. Lawrence Wilkerson discuss the potential foreign policy of the new administration in light of President Trump's suggestion that the U.S. might re-invade Iraq and take the oil

  January 24, 2017

Trump's Inaugural Speech Calls for American Jihad
Lawrence Wilkerson joins TRNN's live inauguration coverage to discuss Trump's call for the world to unify against 'radical Islamic extremism'

  January 20, 2017

Unprecedented Imperial Powers Will Soon Pass into Trump's Hands
It's really frightening to imagine that the war powers granted by the AUMF will soon be used by the most inexperienced team ever to serve in the White House and commanded by a man who lied himself into wealth and power, says Col. Larry Wilkerson

  November 29, 2016

Trump's Existential Threat
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson tells Paul Jay that while some Republicans acknowledge climate change and see the national security threat, most don't believe it's caused by human activity and see no reason to regulate or phase out fossil fuels

  November 28, 2016

Wilkerson: If Trump Moves U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, War Against Iran Could Come Next
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson and Paul Jay discuss Trump's foreign policy team and whether it's a continuation of policy under former vice president Dick Cheney

  November 21, 2016

Larry Wilkerson: A Solution for Syria Will Require the United States to Concede on Assad
The US is making two fundamental mistakes by continuing to insist that Assad must go and supporting rebel groups that look a lot like Al-Qaeda, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

  November 1, 2016

Is the US Headed Towards War in Syria?
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is concerned about Clinton's foreign policy record and the fact that many of her advisors resemble those who served in the first George W. Bush administration

  October 26, 2016

After Mosul, Whither ISIS?
ISIS is on the run and might head towards Egypt or Israel after getting kicked out of Iraq and Syria, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

  October 18, 2016

US-Russia Tensions Escalating Over Fate of Assad
These times are more dangerous because they lack the fixed parameters and clear red lines of the Cold War days, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

  October 18, 2016

Mike Pence and the Mainstream Media Wrong on Iran's Nuclear Weapons Capabilities
Former Bush administration official Lawrence Wilkerson says neocons including Mike Pence are to blame for the crisis in the Middle East

  October 5, 2016

Trump's Position on Jerusalem Puts Him on the Side of the Settler Movement
Despite Trump being wrong on the Iran deal, the US congress is more likely to derail it than his potential presidency, says Col. Larry Wilkerson

  September 27, 2016

Record US Aid to Israel Reflects Growing Influence of Military-Industrial Complex
Israel is likely to increase its arms exports now that it cannot use the aid on its own weapons industry, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

  September 20, 2016

The Israel Factor in the Syrian Ceasefire
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says there is a temporary convergence of various powers to have a ceasefire, but the Israeli leadership thinks that an endless war serves its interests

  September 12, 2016

Wilkerson: The Danger of a Clinton or Trump Presidency
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson and Paul Jay discuss Hillary Clinton's militarist track record and Donald Trump's bellicose rhetoric

  August 4, 2016

Wilkerson on Heightened Tensions in the South China Sea
Col. Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, says recent US and Chinese air force posturing could easily deteriorate into unwanted disasters

  May 20, 2016

Remembering Tomas Young
The anti-Iraq war veteran who was shot, paralyzed and died of his injuries ten years later is the subject of Mark Wilkerson's new book "Tomas Young's War," a reflection on Young's life and activism

  May 11, 2016

The All-Volunteer Military and American National Security
Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses the inefficiency of an all-volunteer force and how it increases the possibility of conflict

  April 28, 2016

Obama Pressures Germany to Commit More Troops for NATO Exercises on Ukraine Border
In Europe, President Obama commits more special forces for Syria but Larry Wilkerson says he is more concerned about dangerous and provocative posturing on the Ukraine border

  April 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton's Interventionist Tendencies
Former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell Col. Larry Wilkerson says that regime change in Libya was pushed by then-Secretary of State Clinton

  April 20, 2016

The Problem of International "Terrorism" Is Here To Stay
Col. Larry Wilkerson, professor and former chief of staff to Colin Powell, was back for his weekly report, this time focused on the origins of ISIS and Al-Qaeda

  April 12, 2016

Netanyahu's Strategy will Undermine Israel's Long-Term Security
Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses the danger inherent in the U.S. aligning its interests entirely with Israel's and how American support is creating an untenable future for the state

  April 7, 2016

In Syria, CIA & Pentagon-Funded Militias Clash
A long history of bureaucratic disputes has contributed to a failed strategy in Syria, says former chief of Staff to Colin Powell Larry Wilkerson

  March 29, 2016

Will the Syrian Ceasefire End the US-Russia Proxy War?
Fmr. Chief of Staff for Colin Powell, Larry Wilkerson, says the ceasefire could be key to lasting peace in Syria

  March 28, 2016

Castro to Obama: U.S. Has Double Standards When it Comes to Human Rights
Lawrence Wilkerson, Former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State , says that it is hypocritical for the United States to judge the Cuban government by standards that it does not hold to itself.

  March 22, 2016

At AIPAC, Hillary Vows to Uphold Israel's Military Dominance
Clinton's speech on AIPAC alarms Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell

  March 22, 2016

Hillary Goes to AIPAC, Should Bernie?
Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, offers unsolicited advice to Bernie Sanders on whether he should speak at AIPAC

  March 16, 2016

Winner-Take-All States Could Make Trump the Inevitable Nominee
Col. Larry Wilkerson describes how Trump's appeal to frustrated right-wing voters may secure the nomination on Tuesday

  March 14, 2016

Col. Wilkerson: The Foreign Policy of Clinton, Trump, Cruz & Rubio "Frighten Me"
Former Bush administration official Larry Wilkerson says the candidates' hawkish foreign policy record is cause for concern with the potential of a possible North Korea engagement

  March 3, 2016

Col. Wilkerson: All War Games Between China and US Lead to Nuclear Attacks
TRNN Replay: Discussing the tension in the South China Sea, former Bush administration official Larry Wilkerson says the US should ratify the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea treaty - but won't because of big oil and mining interests

  February 22, 2016

China Considers Putting Nukes Under Military Control
Colonel Larry Wilkerson explains the significance of China considering placing nuclear arsenal on high alert

  February 17, 2016

The Roots of Scalia's Originalism
Larry Wilkerson examines the pitfalls of Scalia's theory of originalism and how this creates a tendency of disunion rather than cohesion when interpreting the law

  February 15, 2016

What Turkey & Saudi Arabia Aim to Gain with Possible Ground Invasion in Syria
Col. Larry Wilkerson says Turkish and Saudi officials may be bluffing, but the prospect nevertheless is a calamity reminiscent of pre-World War I conditions

  February 15, 2016

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