National Security: Looking Ahead with Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson


“If you like Iraq and Afghanistan, you’ll love Iran.”
~ General Anthony Zinni

By Catherine Austin Fitts

This week on the Solari Report I will be speaking with returning guest, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson who is currently a visiting professor at the College of William & Mary.

Col. Wilkerson served for 31 years in the US Army, a career highlighted by his service as Special Assistant to Gen. Colin Powell as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93) and as Chief of Staff to Powell when he was Secretary of State. After volunteering for the US Army, Col. Wilkerson served as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War.

We’ll be discussing the implications of the Iran deal and its implications for Europe (good), Israel (not so good), and the US (let’s see). As Col. Wilkerson points out, this agreement offers a far better alternative to war.

We’ll also be discussing the pivot to Asia, a move which has yet to be felt in the Far East. How might the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank affect this turn?

Colonel Wilkerson feels strongly that the US should not be seen as just a military power: “A huge challenge is that we will have (9) billion people by mid-century. We’re not going meet these challenges individually and we’re not going to meet them with bombs, bullets and bayonets.”

Colonel Wilkerson gives an excellent assessment of the challenges facing the United States – and addresses what I believe is our #1 financial problem: leadership. This is a great interview – you don’t want to miss it.

In our Money & Markets segment this week I’ll discuss the latest in financial and geopolitical news.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will review Tracks, a film adaptation of Robyn Davidson’s memoir chronicling her nine-month journey with camels across the Australian desert. Davidson’s journey years ago inspired me to ride a bicycle across the United States. I will spending May and early June in Australia and New Zealand and will be visiting Uluru for the first time.

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  1. I was truly disappointed in Col. Wilkerson’s views on TPP and TPA. He seemed oblivious to the costs that trade deals like NAFTA, CAFTA, WTO, have had on average Americans. While he acknowledges that real unemployment is probably around 15%, and higher for young people, he seems not to see the role trade deals have had, in creating these numbers. TPP is more of the same, and worse, in that the US will lose it’s sovereignty to corporations, with no opportunity to amend or renegotiate terms. To my mind,
    the secrecy alone–that STILL continues to surround this trade deal, speaks volumes.

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