Antiwar.com founder and managing director Eric Garris analyzes the race for the presidency.
Joseph Cirincione, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons, discusses the true nature of Syria, North Korea and Iran’s nuclear programs, the neoconservatives lies about them, their motives, the Cheney Cabal’s attempted end run around the president, the willingness of the mass media to continually repeat whatever the government says about Iran, the fragility of the UN’s non-proliferation regime and the possibility of a nuclear war against Iran.
The Independent Institute’s Anthony Gregory discusses the long and bloody history of the expansion of the American empire across this continent and various attempts to create a North American Union over the years.
Steve Clemons, director of the Strategies Program at the New America Foundation and author of the influential blog TheWashingtonNote, discusses his view that the president is seeking a “third option” and is not yet on board with Dick Cheney’s plan to bomb Iran.
Clemons also breaks the story that in a personal discussion with former South Korean President Kim De-Jung on Tuesday he was told that the current South Korean Foreign Minister has informed him that their government believes there is no merit at all to the recent claims that the North Koreans have been working with Syria on nuclear technology and that this is an effort by the neoconservatives to derail the six-party talks.
Andrew Patel, Jose Padilla’s lawyer, discusses the Bush administration’s military detention, torture and bogus conviction of his client for non crimes and the lengths they went to in order to avoid abiding by the law.
Investigative reporter and author Greg Palast explains how Bush’s prop Sheikh Abu Risha was a nobody before he got blown up, how the real power among the Sunni tribal leaders operate and the ease with which they dominate the al Qaeda in Mesopotamia types, the horrible ethnic cleansing of Shia by the newly U.S. backed Sunni insurgency in Anbar, the proxy war for control of OPEC, the battle between the neocons and the oilmen, why he thinks there won’t be a war with Iran and the kid that got tasered for asking Kerry questions out of Armed Madhouse.
Antiwar Radio host Charles Goyette explains how central banking and empire have destroyed the U.S. dollar, some history regarding the gold standard, the confluence of interests which came together for the war in Iraq, how the fed transfers the wealth from the working and middle classes to the plutocrats and the true costs of war.
Nuclear physicist and Antiwar.com regular Dr. Gordon Prather discusses the history of American nuclear weapons policy, how Israel’s attack on Iraq’s IAEA safeguarded Osirirk nuclear plant in 1981, drove Hussein’s program underground, the IAEA’s monitoring of Iran’s current nuclear program and Mohamed ElBaradei’s attempts to work things out, his worry that the U.S. may use nuclear weapons against Iran and that besides being a horrible slaughter it would reveal the uselessness of America’s nuclear arsenal for the whole world to see, the disloyalty of the neocons to Ronald Reagan over USSR policy, and his true motivations for writing what he writes.
Historian and reporter Gareth Porter discusses the lack of evidence for the Cheney regime’s accusations about Iran engaging in a “proxy war” against the U.S. in Iraq, Centcom commander Admiral Fallon’s distaste for the “chickensh*t” General Petraeus and opposition to war with Iran, Badr-Sadr and the Maliki government, Rice’s capitulation to Cheney and the lack of any real organized opposition to the next war.
Former Stars and Stripes reporter Andrew Tilghman discusses “al Qaeda in Iraq,” the different players’ motives for playing up their influence, the new redirection toward the Sunnis, and the Samara mosque bombings.
“Well, you know, the only people taking ‘marching orders’ from Osama bin Laden, as far as I can tell, are every presidential candidate, Mr. Clinton and Mr.Bush – except Mr. Paul. Mr. Paul has it very square about what the motivation of our enemy is, and it’s certainly exactly what he said it is, intervention. …
“Really, it is the American political establishment that is marching to al Qaeda’s beat, not Mr. Paul.”
- His view of the legitimacy of the new bin Laden tape and the mention of his book
- His belief that current U.S. foreign policy is exactly what bin Laden wants and that Rep. Ron Paul M.D. has the best understanding of the enemy, their motivations and how to deal with them
- The sad fact that bin Laden wins whether America leaves Iraq now or later
- The “near” and “far” enemy
- The situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan and what he believes should be done there
- Why he believes that al Qaeda wants to detonate a nuke here
- His support for the conclusions of Robert A. Pape in his book Dying to Win that suicide bombing is caused by foreign occupation and the role of religion in the motivation of al Qaeda (they believe they’re defending theirs)
- The role of the mujahedeen in the 1999 Kosovo War
- The lack of threat posed to America by Syria and Iran and of cooperative links between Iran and al Qaeda
- The expansion of the war to Africa
- The impossibility of an “al Qaeda in Iraq” takeover in the event of U.S. withdrawal
- The degree of the danger that AQI represents in the long term
- He and his CIA colleagues review of the evidence of connections between Iraq and al Qaeda for the CIA before the Iraq war and their report to George Tenet of the fact that there were none
- His view that the vast majority of post-9/11 domestic terrorism prosecutions have been bogus cases of entrapment
- Closed borders
Historian and investigative reporter Gareth Porter discusses Iran’s need for civilian nuclear power, why U.S. belligerence is the most important factor in determining whether they will eventually seek nuclear weapons technology, how the gaining of atomic weapons encouraged caution in Chinese foreign policy in the 1960’s, the fact that the Ayatollahs are no less rational than the Cheney Cabal, Cheney’s pressure on Clinton to lift sanctions against Iran in the 1990’s, the corrupting influence of power on man’s reasoning abilities, Cheney’s impossible demand that Iran prove a negative, IAEA Director ElBaradei’s attempt to take the issue back from the UN Security Council by convincing the Iranians to answer the few remaining questions about their program, the election of reformer Rafsanjani to be chairman of the Council of Experts, the bogus accusations that the government of Iran is supplying the new and improved EFP land mines in Iraq, Cheney’s plot to use them as a casus belli, the possibility that General Casey had refused to go along with the February debut of this round of lies, the traditional split between the Sadr and Hakim factions and their relative states of allegiance to Iran.
Andy Worthington, author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison, discusses the Padilla case and the destruction of 800 years of Anglo-American legal tradition (and patiently listens as Scott goes on and on – sorry).