Khody Akhavi at IPS covers my talk last Friday at the New America Foundation, on my book, Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East. He writes:
‘In Cole’s view, the Bush administration’s rhetoric of “liberating Iraq” from the clutches of a tyrannical leader with a hankering for weapons of mass destruction can’t mask its long-term neo-colonial ambitions. Like Napoleon, Bush has a tendency to believe his own propaganda. Both invasions deployed rhetoric of liberation. Like the French general, Bush had a desire to create a “Greater Middle East”, only to face an insurgency that viewed the foreign presence as an occupation, not liberation.’
Video of my talk at NAF is available here.