December 11, 2006
Is self-hyping reporter Greg Palast kidding or is he finally showing off his Zionist-imperialist colors?
Does he think that progressives cannot see past his mordant wit to those whose agenda his writing serves?
Palast is also denying Iranians the inalienable right to an equivalent self-defense that the “shy rabbis” have secured for Israel. 
Here’s the problem with Baker’s weird combo of embedding our boys with Iraq’s scary army while sucking up to the Iranians: it won’t work. The mayhem will continue, with Americans in the middle, because the Baker brigade dares not mention two words: “Saudi” and “Arabia.” [italics added]
The descriptive language of Palast’s piece, upon comparing occupation fighters with Iraqi fighters, is most telling. Occupation fighters are: “US forces,” “our boys,” “our troops,” and “our soldiers.” Iraqi fighters are: “Shia death squads,” “Shia cut-throats,” “Iraq’s scary army,” “murderous Shia militias,” “Sunni ‘insurgents,’” “Sunni berserkers,” and “Shia killers.”
Palast does, briefly, manage to rip into the architects of the genocidal plunder of Iraq calling them “neo-con nuts.” Ouch! Of course, Palast dares not mention “Zio nuts.”
So, according to Palast, the US-UK invasion-occupation of Iraq has turned out to be a battle for control of Iraq’s oil not by the US but by Iran and Saudi Arabia?
Question: Whose hand is on the remote control?
While he might have been against the invasion of Iraq, the Palast agenda, when read closely, is “sucking up” to imperialism and Zionism. Therein lies the danger of theoretician Palast. Progressives must read with a sufficiently skeptical and questioning mind the liberal-sounding colloquial prose of a man who uses progressives as a base for self-promotion.
Kim Petersen, Co-Editor of Dissident Voice, lives on the outskirts of Seoul in southern Korea. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
 Greg Palast, “The Baker Boys: Stay Half the Course: Iraq Study Group or Saudi Protection League?” Greg Palast, 7 December 2006.