Today: Marcy Wheeler, Grant F. Smith, Ted Snider
Pat Buchanan, a syndicated columnist and former presidential candidate, discusses the national interests of Russia and the US in Ukraine; some deep background on Ukraine, the Soviet Union, and Cold War realpolitik; the competing bailout packages from Russia and the EU for Ukraine’s basket-case economy; the lesser-known great crimes of WWII; and how “natural borders” are breaking down global institutions and nation states.
Grant F. Smith, director of IRMEP, discusses the national summit to reassess the U.S.-Israel “special relationship” in Washington on March 7; the topics and scheduled speakers (including Scott Horton); and why the individuals who commit crimes on Israel’s behalf are too big to prosecute.
Journalist M.J. Rosenberg discusses the AIPAC convention attendees converging on Capitol Hill to vigorously lobby Congress; Obama’s surprising, repeated defiance of the Israel lobby; and how John McCain’s longevity and temperament might be the death of us all.
February 15, 2014 FFF, ISFL, Washington DC
Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst and aspiring voice impersonator, discusses Putin’s response to the US-backed coup in Ukraine; NATO’s provocative expansion to Russia’s borders; and (Iraq War supporter) John Kerry’s blatant hypocrisy on chastising Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on false pretenses.
Adam Morrow, a Cairo-based reporter for IPS News, discusses the instability of Egypt’s new quasi-democratic military dictatorship; increasing popular discontent about Egypt’s terrible economy and the government’s inability to fix it; and the Muslim Brotherhood’s demotion to its familiar role as opposition party.
Michael Hirsh, a writer for National Journal, discusses why Obama will never end the war on terror; using the AUMF to justify Guantanamo prison and intervention the world over; and the government’s classification of who our actual enemies are – making the war on terror a secret war.
Brendan O’Neill, editor of Spiked-online, discusses why Ukraine’s conflict is better described as regime change than revolution; the media’s characterization of Russian “meddling” versus Western “mediation;” and the dangerous precedent of overturning democratic elections with protests by a Western-backed vocal minority.
Ashley Gorski, the Nadine Strossen Fellow in the ACLU’s National Security Project, discusses how a New Jersey federal judge wrongly legitimatized NYPD discrimination against Muslims and why the NYPD’s exaggerated record on preventing terrorism doesn’t compensate for the loss of our Constitutional rights.