Juan Cole, CIA Consultant; Et Tu, Amy Goodman?
by JOHN V. WALSH (ANTIWAR.COM)
(September 2, 2011) Juan Cole is a brand name that is no longer trusted.
And that has been the case for some time for the good Professor from Michigan. After warning of the "difficulties" with the Iraq War, Cole swung over to ply it with wet kisses on the day of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. His fervor was not based on Saddam Hussein's fictional possession of weapons of mass destruction but on the virtues of "humanitarian imperialism."
Thus on March 19, 2003, as the imperial invasion commenced, Cole enthused on his blog: "I remain convinced that, for all the concerns one might have about the aftermath, the removal of Saddam Hussein and the murderous Baath regime from power will be worth the sacrifices that are about to be made on all sides" (emphasis mine).
Now, with over 1 million Iraqis dead, 4 million displaced and the country's infrastructure destroyed, might Cole still echo Madeline Albright that the price was "worth it"?
Cole has called the Afghan War "the right war at the right time" and has emerged as a cheerleader for Obama's unconstitutional war on Libya and for Obama himself.