Moderate Rebels live: Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss the US military pullout from Afghanistan with journalist Pepe Escobar, who has extensive experience reporting in the country and was even arrested by the Taliban.
We talk about the 20-year US/NATO war, opium ratline the CIA used to fund dirty covert ops, fight over geostrategic pipelines, and estimated $1 trillion worth of untapped mineral reserves, as well as Washington’s “pivot to Asia” and how Afghanistan is central in the new cold war on China and Russia.
0:58 US Afghanistan pullout & Taliban
50:50 Pipeline wars
1:35:24 CIA opium ratline