Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. Her newest book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder was published by Crown in March 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
Since launching in 2005, The Huffington Post has become one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
Huffington has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.
She serves on several boards, including HuffPost’s partners in Spain, the newspaper EL PAÍS and its parent company PRISA; Onex; The Center for Public Integrity; and The Committee to Protect Journalists.
Question: What happens if our troops pull out and Iran moves in? Or a genocide starts?
Arianna Huffington: You know, there’s an enormous amount of slaughter that has been going on while we’re afraid of a genocide in the future, and I think it’s very important to look at what is happening in Iraq now. The tragedy of 4 million displaced people and the tragedy of constant suicide bombs, and the fact that there’s been no real progress in terms of political stability, and that our very presence as an occupying force is actually exacerbating the situation. There are many military analysts also who feel that the real threat to America is in Afghanistan. That’s why one of my chapters is really about weakening Afghanistan, and strengthening Iran, which is of course very close to the Shiite/Iraqi government.
Recorded on: March 9, 2008