Joshua Snyder, American English Professor in South Korea, discusses American involvement with North and South Korea since World War II, how the UN gave Truman the excuse to enter the conflict without declaring war, how the defeat of Robert Taft marked the end of the Old Right until Ron Paul, how 106 of America’s 700+ military bases are in South Korea, how the many billions of American tax dollars being wasted on the occupation are subsidizing the booming South Korean economy, how if we left, South Korea could easily defend itself from the North, how reunification would be an economic nightmare for the South to absorb the North, the wide spread dislike of George Bush in Korea and questions surrounding the Syrian/ North Korean nuclear allegations.
Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, discusses the hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars being spent to weaponize space, the 1997 blueprint to control space, “Vision 2020,” how the corporations are our overlords and control society, the proposed mining of Mars by Halliburton, how the military will control who can or can’t travel in space, the economic fascism of socializing costs while privatizing profits, how “Operation Paper Clip” brought 1500 top Nazis to America to start our space program; the CIA; and the MK Ultra mind control experiments, how the Downlink Listening Stations, controlled by STRATCOM, spy on Americans, the danger of the United Command, the future war between the U.S. and China for the world’s resources, the arms race that America has caused by threatening China and Russia, how the “economic draft” will supply endless soldiers for endless war, Rods from God and the necessity of dismantling the military industrial complex.
Philip Giraldi, former DIA and CIA officer and columnist for Antiwar.com, discusses his scoop for the American Conservative magazine that the information leading the FBI to Ben Ami Kadish came from inside the Israeli government, speculation that it may have been an attempt by antiwar factions in Israel to thwart scheduled testimony by Israeli intelligence agents in favor of the bogus story of the North Korea/Syria nuclear weapons program, the promotion of Gen. Petraeus to commander of Centcom, the remaining danger of war with Iran given a suitable pretext, the detriment of the narrative of the indivisibility of Israeli and American interests, the natural divisions between groups like Hezbollah, al Qaeda, the Iranian Mullahs, the War Party’s claims about their cooperation, the FBI’s bogus terrorism prosecutions since 9/11, America’s regime change in Somalia, the case for immediate withdrawal from Iraq and the McCain prescription for confrontation with Russia and China.
Gareth Porter, historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses the recent/ongoing battle between “Iraqi government” forces and the Mahdi Army in Basra and Baghdad, how Maliki jumped the gun and thwarted Cheney, Hakim and Petraeus’s plan for a much larger effort against the Sadrists this summer, Maliki’s plain explanation that having his guys attack with Americans would have only weakened his position even more than happened anyway, Maliki’s desperate escape from Basra, Iran’s role in negotiating a cease fire in Basra, the retirement of the “special groups” talking point, the fact that the Iranian regime still supports the Da’wa/ISCI/Maliki regime over Sadr’s forces as the U.S. regime prefers, Ayman al-Zawahiri’s accusations that the U.S. is in cahoots with the Iranians even as the U.S. backs al Qaeda allied groups in Lebanon and Iraq, the continuing danger of war with Iran and full scale war against the Shi’ites of Iraq and ultimate defeat.
William Astore, professor of history at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, discusses his career at Cheyenne Mountain Missile Warning Center, the 15 separate buildings within it, its turning from a protective space to target with improvements in nuclear yield and missile accuracy, the continuing danger of accidental nuclear war with Russia, the necessity of the abolition of these obsolete weapons of indiscriminate killing, the dangerous mindset of the average government job-holder, Ronald Reagan’s desire and failure to make a deal for total abolition at Reykjavik and America’s current aggressive stance toward Russia.
Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for the Independent and author of Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia revival and the Struggle for Iraq, discusses the past, present, future and importance of the Sadrist movement in Iraq, America’s employment of “al Qaeda in Iraq,” and the disaster of the occupation.
Diane Benson, an antiwar Democrat running for Congress in Alaska, discusses the stop loss and severe injuries suffered by her son, the invisibility of the tens of thousands of wounded American soldiers from the Iraq war, the unfairness of the stop loss system, the cowardice of all those who “support” the war with stickers on their truck while others fight for them, the belief of young soldiers that they’d be off to fight bin Laden, the VA’s directing of soldiers to other welfare programs for medical care, the true cost of war in human and financial terms, her son’s partial recovery from his injuries, economic worries, the premium she puts on dialog over military action to deal with terrorism problems and the danger to al Qaeda in Iraq if the U.S. withdraws.
Bruce Schneier, cryptographer, computer security specialist, writer, and author, discusses the Justice Department’s bogus prosecutions of barely-terrorists in the JFK, Ft. Dix, Lackawanna, Miami and other cases, the increasing danger to Americans’ liberties due to the large numbers of new Joint Terrorism Task Forces across the country and their temptation to entrap the innocent, the rise of the domestic security industrial complex, the economics of airline security, information as the answer to the problem of consolidated power, the government’s data mining programs and the death of the Real ID.
Ira Chernus, professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, discusses Americans’ religious devotion to the state and its wars, the narratives of victory and defeat which supplant the facts as the terms of debate over foreign policy – including within the highest circles of power, the Democrats’ fear of being portrayed as weak and inability to control the debate, the magic word “stability” for calling people into line, the long history of American dissent against war despite all the pressure to rally around the nation and the government, the neoconservative and liberal belief in war abroad to improve society at home and the realignment against empire here at home.
Aran S. MacKinnon, associate professor of South African History at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, discusses the history of the Rhodesian independence movement, the post-colonial period in Zimbabwe and the rise of the Mugabe regime, disputes between different ethnic and tribal groups and white landowners, the relative legitimacy of different factions to land claims, Mugabe’s distribution of confiscated land to political cronies and their inability to make productive use of them, the horribly destructive hyperinflation, the brutal crackdowns on residents of shanty towns that had been created by government economic policies, life expectancy statistics, how the predatory nature of the World Bank and IMF help gives Mugabe a credible excuse for the country’s problems, offers by various governments to let Mugabe to seek exile in their countries, the likelihood that he will resort to strong arm tactics to stay in power no matter what the actual results of the recent elections and the opposition leader Tsvangirai’s calls for US/UK/South African intervention.
Glenn Greenwald, civil libertarian, blogger and author, discusses the themes in his new book Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics, conservatives’ bogus anti-government rhetoric as they preside over the biggest growth of government ever, their contempt for the Constitution they claim to venerate as they consolidate all power constitutional and otherwise in the presidency, the legacy of William F. Buckley in destroying what was once conservatism with the ex-communism of the neoconservatives, the cowardice of the War Party’s leaders, the parallels between the media’s love for Bush in 2000 and for McCain today, the shallowness and self-serving narcissism of American media figures, Attorney General Mukasey’s lies about what the law says and does and fictional versions of phone calls between terrorists before 9/11 in order to justify further expansions of power over us. (Warning: Bill Hicks clip at the end includes bad language.)
Historian Howard Zinn, author of the new People’s History of American Empire, discusses the long history of American imperialism from the genocide of the American Indians to the wars against Mexico, Spain, the Good War, and the “war on terrorism,” and the long and proud history of the American antiwar movement too.
Philip Giraldi, former DIA and CIA officer and columnist for Antiwar.com, discusses the administration’s renewed line that Iranian-controlled “special groups” of the Mahdi Army are at war with the U.S. in Iraq, Sadr and Badr’s relative ties to Iran, Iranian objectives in Iraq, indications that Cheney ordered Maliki to attack Sadr’s forces last week and his again waxing influence in the administration, the continuing influence of the neconservatives at AEI on Iran policy and danger that they may still start a war before the current presidential term is up, former CentCom commander Fallon’s thwarted attempt to set up a “red phone”-type hotline with the Iranians to diffuse any tensions, the danger to U.S. troops in Iraq in the event of war with Iran and Ayman al-Zawahiri’s stated goal of provoking such a war and the case for immediate withdrawal from Iraq.
Former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel, now running for the Libertarian Party nomination for president, explains how he helped to force the expiration of America’s conscription program, the many views he holds in common with libertarians (eg: the war, the draft, the military industrial complex, empire, habeus corpus, renditions, the Patriot Act, Alaskan Oil and fair debates), democracy versus limited government, America’s belligerence toward Iran, his desire for an unlimited majoritarian world state under a reformed United Nations and his position on trade and trade agreements. (Edited for phone troubles with as much content spared as possible.)
Jonathan Schell, author of The Fate of the Earth, and The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger and visiting lecturer at Yale University, discusses the case against nuclear weapons, the destructive power and military obsolescence of America and Russia’s nuclear arsenals, the treaties the U.S. government has signed promising to dismantle our nukes, the administration’s war against the non-proliferation regime, missile “defense” in Eastern Europe and the first strike option, NATO expansion, the arguments that nukes are good for preventing war among great powers or that North Korea or terrorists could “hold us all hostage” if our governments ceased to hold nukes, nuclear winter, the end of the age of empire, what needs to be done to get going on abolition and Hillary Clinton’s belligerence.