Lew Rockwell, president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and proprietor of LewRockwell.com, discusses the life and death of William F. Buckley, his early CIA ties, exile of the antiwar Right from the conservative movement, the centrality of militarism and imperialism to modern conservative thinking, the real political spectrum, paleo-libertarianism, the American complex of fear and vaunting, the reality of red state fascism, the coming National Service Corps, whether or not war is good for the economy and the hope inspired by the Ron Paul Revolution and the New York Philharmonic’s recent visit to the DPRK.
Army Lt. Gen. Robert G. Gard Jr. (Ret.), senior military fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-proliferation, discusses the possibility of war with Iran in the wake of the National Intelligence Estimate, the unreasonable demands of the U.S. State Department in order for negotiations to even begin, whether the Iranian leadership is too “crazy” to deal with, the hopefully slight possibility that the U.S. would use nuclear weapons in an air war against Iran, the Israeli bombing of Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981 and it’s counterproductive results, the status Iran’s relationship with the IAEA, Iran’s various offers for peace negotiations during the Bush years, America’s relationship with the Mujahideen e Khalq and their front the NCRI, possible consequences for American interests in the region in the event of war and the thin excuses for and enormous costs of putting a “missile defense system” in Eastern Europe.
Steve Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation and author of the influential blog The Washington Note, discusses his view that there will not be a war against Iran barring the creation of some sort of incident, al Qaeda’s goals in the region, the end of Castro’s reign in Cuba, Ron Paul and Chris Dodd’s position in favor of normalizing relations with them and the differences and sames between the neocons, realists and liberal internationalists.
Daniel Ellsberg, famous leaker of the Pentagon Papers, and Chris Deliso, of Balkanalysis.com, discuss the case of FBI translator-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds and the international crime rings she exposed.
Chris Deliso, the only western journalist in Macedonia, longtime contributor to Antiwar.com, proprietor of Balkanalysis.com and author of The Coming Balkan Caliphate: The Threat of Radical Islam to Europe and the West, discusses the problems of ethnic and religious differences, crime and corruption in the former Yugoslavia, the rise of Saudi-financed Wahaabi Islam in Albania, Kosovo and Bosnia and the compromised and ineffectual “humanitarians” from the UN who’ve been running Kosovo.
Independent historian and journalist, Gareth Porter, discusses relations between Shi’ite factions in Iraq, their relations with Iran, accusations that the Iranians are supplying weapons to those killing Americans in Iraq, the State Department’s insistence that Iran “admit” to the accusation in the recent NIE that they used to have a nuclear weapons program, the complicity of the mainstream media in promoting the government’s propaganda and the consequences of American intervention in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Philip Cunliffe, freelance writer and researcher at King’s College in London, England, discusses the new “supervised independence” of Kosovo under the authority of the European Union, the fallacy of benevolent international humanitarian intervention and its consequences in Sudan and Iraq as well as the Balkans.
John V. Walsh, regular contributor to CounterPunch laments the failures of the progressive Left, paleo Right and libertarians to get their act together in a real antiwar coalition.
The other Scott Horton (no relation), heroic anti-torture human rights lawyer, Columbia University lecturer and noted author of the blog “No Comment” at Harper’s magazine, discusses the erosion of the rule of law as binding on government power, the Senate’s attempt to push back by again outlawing torture, Justice Scalia’s scandalous view of “’so-called’ torture,” the Taxi to the Dark Side, the “Kubark technique” of sensory deprivation/overload, the innocence of 92% of the Guantanamo detainees, hopes that the next administration will undo the Bush/Cheney torture policy, the difficulty of getting rid of the neocons like Cheney’s lawyer Jim Haynes, the military tribunal system, the persecution by the Justice Department of political opponents of the GOP and their refusal to prosecute rapes and murders committed by contractors in Iraq.
Christopher Ketcham, a freelance reporter and writer for many venues including Antiwar.com, discusses modern American secessionist movements like the Second Vermont Republic, the drawbacks of centralized power and possible pitfalls of radical decentralization, his upcoming article for Radar about federal plans for martial law and upcoming movie about corruption in Brooklyn.
John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus, discusses the new arms race in North Asia, Japan’s abandonment of their tradition of non intervention since WWII, “containment” policy toward China, the status of the nuclear deal with the DPRK and the possibilities and obstacles to Korean reunification.
Middle East expert John Taylor discusses Bush and his lackey Elliot Abram’s successful efforts to do nothing at all to help achieve peace in Palestine, the dishonest media, Tom Lantos’ participation of the “babies left to die on the cold floor” hoax of 1990, Abram’s role in Iran-Contra, racist zealotry, .
Will Grigg, proprietor of RightSourceOnline and the blog Pro-Libertate and author of the new book Liberty In Eclipse: The Rise of the Homeland Security State, discusses the honesty of Ron Paul, his message of restrained government, U.S. instigation of newly increasing tensions with the Russians, the drug wars, torture, the dangerous centralization of police power since 9/11 and domestic “law enforcement”’s increasing brutality and impunity.