Today's episode takes us into the archives 20 years ago to the day. Less than a week after the United States military invaded Iraq, Middle East Report editor Chris Toensing spoke with Chuck about the narrative being spun at the time to frame the invasion as a preemptive defensive measure to remove an imminent threat to the United States. Little did Chris and Chuck know at the time just how much water the media would carry for the Bush administration and the imperialists at the Project for the New American Century.
Chris Toensing joined International Crisis Group as Senior Editor in 2018. Based in Washington, DC, he has an expertise in contemporary Middle East affairs, with a focus on Egypt, Israel-Palestine and Iraq, and U.S. policy toward the region. He was the editor of Middle East Report from 2000-2017.