Mary Wakefield interviews Gore Vidal:
So there’s no real need for America to have a great army? ‘Of course not! It’s only there to make the ruling class feel good.’ There’s no existential threat to the West? Not Islamism, not Russian nukes? ‘No! Don’t believe a word of it. You’ve got some goddam fool writers in this country who go on about Islamic radicals without understanding Islam at all. You think George W. Bush knows what Islamism is? He’s far too stupid for that. He just wants to feel like a big man and go to war. You know, I’ve been thinking about running for Congress this year — I won’t now because it’s too late — just to have the power of analysing the lies of the administration. That’s all Congress does, is to take a look at the overview of the lies that the executive branch is telling you. I’d send every one of them to prison.’
Vidal is one of the few remaining public figures that tells it like it is.