Michael Schwartz, journalist and Professor of Sociology at SUNY-Stony Brook, discusses the history of the U.S. military’s various policies for and against various religious and political factions in Iraq over the past 5 years, Dick Cheney’s oil “control” motive for the war and the necessity of American withdrawal.
Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses the Iraqi Army’s targeting of the Mahdi Army, his suspicion that Cheney arranged this with Maliki on his recent trip, the doom this could spell for the occupation, Iran’s relative influence with the Mahdi Army and the Badr Corps of the Hakim faction and the neoconservative propaganda that Iran backs al Qaeda.
Freelance journalist David Case discusses the U.S. government’s program of “targeted assassination” of terrorist suspects and Iraqi enemies, the results of the two major studies of the program (total failure), the U.S. war in Somalia, the lack of legal oversight, the more restrictive Israeli legal precedent, the difficulty of covering the story and overall counter-productive nature of the “War on Terror.”
Jenny Eliscu, contributing editor at Rolling Stone and host of “Left of Center” on Sirius Radio, discusses the real life of the James Blake Miller, the “Marlboro Man” in the iconic photo from the 2nd Battle of Fallujah, the War Party’s spin which used him as a poster boy and the reality of the real man – broken by and opposed to the war, his PTSD symptoms, survivors guilt and the difficulty of getting help from the VA.
Economic and financial analyst John McGlynn discusses the U.S. Government’s financial war against Iran’s banking system, the system of blackmail of banks around the world if they don’t fall in line, the example set when Treasury’s FinCen went after a Macau bank for dealing with North Korea in 2005, China’s role and the likely humanitarian consequences for the people of Iran.
MP3 here. (37:18)
Spencer Ackerman, reporter for The Washington Independent, discusses the shame deserved by neo-crazy media sycophants Jeffery Goldberg and Stephen F. Hayes, who have both done so much to push the lie that Saddam Hussein was working with Osama bin Laden, the effect of the echo chamber on the inside of the media industry, how he got the war wrong and what he’s trying to do about it now and the fight between the Mahdi Army and the Badr Corps (aka “Iraqi Army”) and the failure of the surge.
Eric Margolis, foreign correspondent for the Canadian Sun National Media and author of War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet, discusses the history and present circumstances of Tibet’s relationship with China, the ethnic strife between Tibetans and ethnic Han Chinese, the Uighurs, America’s terrorism double standard, Tibet’s strategic importance in China’s posture with regard to India, the results of the recent elections in Taiwan, a suggestion for a reasonable compromise in Tibet, the truth about the escalation of the Iraq war and the remaining danger of war with Iran.
Former Congressman Bob Barr discusses the possibility of running for President on the Libertarian Party ticket, the necessity of a new political realignment of right and left to end the war in Iraq and protect the Bill of Rights, the importance of ending the current regime of torture and murder and the destruction of the rule of law which used to forbid such things and the authority of the Congress to decide on matters of war and peace.
Greg Mitchell, editor of Editor and Publisher and author of So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits – and the President – Failed on Iraq, discusses some of the many shameful failures of the American media since 2002, the lies they’ve sold and major stories they’ve refused to cover.
Sheldon Richman, fellow at the Future of Freedom Foundation and the Foundation for Economic Education and editor of the Freeman, discusses the misperception that American civilians owe deference to the warfare state, the anti-militarist tradition in America, the case for privatizing all security functions and abolishing the state, his take on Barack Obama’s minister, the illogic of collectivism, the principle of blowback and the dangerous alliance between the U.S. government and big business.
Professor Murray Sabrin discusses withdrawal from Iraq, Iran and North Korea, the need for open dialogue on America’s place in the world, the impact of 9/11 and America’s response, the inhumanity of torture and the importance of preserving the Constitution.
Shane and Amy Bugbee, producers of A Year at the Wheel, discuss, life, politics and everything.
Glenn Greenwald, former constitutional litigator, renowned blogger and author of A Tragic Legacy discusses John McCain’s so-called “misstatement” in trying to foist the neocon talking point that Iran backs al Qaeda in Iraq against U.S. interests there, the major media’s refusal to call him out for it since they love him so very much, the fact that McCain would still have been at least wrong even if he had simply blamed Iran for training “extremists” of any description besides that of the U.S. supported Iraqi government itself, and the recent victory against immunity for the telecoms who conspired with the government to break the law and wiretap Americans without warrants.
Norman Solomon, author of Made Love, Got War and War Made Easy (the book and the movie), discusses the Military Industrial Media Complex and the role they play in deciding America’s foreign policy, the ignorance of the average reporters and politicians in DC and the need for a broad based antiwar movement.