Antiwar.com regular and Foreign Follies author Doug Bandow dismisses our government’s ridiculous narrative about why the Terrorists™ are at war with the United States.
Journalist and historian Gareth Porter explains the the massive loopholes in the Democrat’s bogus withdrawal plan, the false premise of both parties that al Qaeda in Iraq would be anything but doomed if the U.S. left, the question of neocon malevolence versus incompetence, the possibility of war with Iran, whether talks with that country could just be used as a further excuse for war when they “fail,” the first Democratic presidential debate blues and the common assumption that if the U.S. did leave, that the civil war will get worse.
American Conservative magazine editor Scott McConnell discusses the paleo-conservative antiwar movement, the neconservatives and the Republican Party, his own roots as a neocon before turning against interventionism at the end of the Cold War, his new article “Algeria: The Model,” and the end of American empire.
Former Senator George McGovern compares Iraq to the war in Vietnam and explains that he’s glad to see the Democrats acting more like him in their opposition to the war.
Sara Olson discusses the rights and plight of antiwar soldiers, many who have refused to participate, others who will fight despite their opposition to the war, those who have risked their own liberty to take a principled stand against the war and what soldiers really think about domestic dissent.
The great libertarian author James Bovard discusses his new article for The American Conservative, “Working for the Clampdown,” about the new martial law powers in the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act.
History professor David Beito discusses the history of America’s empire and the movements that have opposed it.
Justin Raimondo discusses Iraq, Left, Right and prospects for an anti-imperialist realignment, the neocons, China, Africa, Russia and the AIPAC trial.
Dilip Hiro, author of Secrets and Lies: Operation “Iraqi Freedom” and After: A Prelude to the Fall of U.S. Power in the Middle East? and 27 other books, discusses the end of the Iraqi Shia’s patience with the U.S. occupation and the relationships between the different Shia power blocks in Iraq’s south.
Mike McNulty, producer of Waco: The Rules of Engagement, Waco: A New Revelation and The FLIR Project explains the proof of his contention that the U.S. Army Delta Force (Combat Applications Group) was sent by Bill and Hillary Clinton to Waco and how they helped the FBI Hostage Rescue Team mass murder 86 men, women and children in broad daylight, in front of everybody, live on TV, call it a suicide and get away with it.
Ivan Eland, Director of the Center on Peace and Liberty at the Independent Institute and author of The Empire Has No Clothes explains the “enemy combatant” status used to imprison Jose Padilla and now put him on trial and the implications for the rest of us.
Andrew Cockburn, author of Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall and Catastrophic Legacy, discusses Donald Rumsfeld’s flawed personality, and history of intrigue, naked ambition, torture and war.
Antiwar Radio Exclusive: Revealed by Andrew Cockburn April 18, 2007: When Secretary of State Madeline Albright announced, on March 26, 1997, that Iraqi sanctions would stay in place despite the UN inspectors success it was an effort to preempt UN inspection chief Ralf Ekeus’s pending announcement that Iraq was to be certified “free” of “weapons of mass destruction.” (at 22:40)
This, as Cockburn explains, led Saddam to decide there was no further point in allowing the inspectors access to his palaces. (Former UN inspector Scott Ritter has maintained, including to this radio host, that the only purpose for the inspections after 1996 was to allow American spies to opportunity to assassinate Saddam Hussein.) This allowed Bill Clinton to falsely claim that Saddam had kicked them out of the country, launch his “Operation Desert Fox” bombing campaign (on the day the full House of Representatives were to begin debating Articles of Impeachment against him), and for the War Party to claim to this day that there must have been weapons there.
Also: Cockburn and General Anthony Zinni’s belief that the neocons plan B after installing Chalabi as dictator fell through was to deliberately destroy Iraq (that is, all this “failure” is on purpose), the suffering of the Iraq people, Rumfeld’s bogus “transformation” of the military and more…
Professor Juan Cole explains the splits and similarities inside the Shi’ite political factions in Iraq, the recent Sadr-inspired protests, accusations that Sadr is the tool of Iran, how our government lies when they blame American deaths on Iran-backed militias, tensions between the governments of Kurdistan and Turkey and the ability of local powers to work out their own problems.