Victor Navasky discusses his new book Mission Accomplished: Or How We Won the War in Iraq, how all of the “experts,” including John McCain, got it all wrong on the Iraq invasion, the war’s dozens of “turning points” according to the White House and it’s pundits and how the same propaganda tactics are being used against Iran.
Dr. Gordon Prather, nuclear physicist and regular contributor to Antiwar.com, discusses the Bush administration’s hegemonic aspirations and the obstacle posed by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation regime, he details the NPT and IAEA procedures and mechanics, the recent confirmation from former White House spokesman Scott McClellan of the White House Iraq Group and their propaganda blitz to convict Iraq during the lead-up to the invasion, the pentagon’s ex-general cheerleading squad hired to promote the invasion, the new IAEA report declaring Iran has no nuclear weapons program [.pdf] – just like the many compiled for Iraq and the suspicious “stolen laptop” provided to the IAEA indirectly by Israeli intelligence.
Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison, discusses his recent article on the trials of sixteen Guantanamo “detainees,” how Australian David Hicks is too traumatized to tell his story, Omar Khadr, the Canadian child soldier being held despite international law, how Salim Hamdan’s legal case caused the Supreme Court to rule the original incarnation of the military commissions illegal, Mohamed Jawad, another minor, charged with harmlessly throwing a grenade, there’s Ahmed al-Darbi who’s giving the commissions a hard time by refusing to play a part in his show trial, KSM, Ramzi bin al Shib, the reasons behind the dropping of the charges against al Qatani, the “requestioning” of the tortured in a ridiculous attempt to wipe the torture slate clean, how the whole military commission system resembles a patchwork of lies to excuse lies, the hundreds of years it has taken to develop Anglo-American traditions of law to protect liberty, the shame of its abandonment and necessity of its return, the results of the fake terror scares tortured out of the innocent, half-wit, crazy man, Abu Zabayduh, the superiority of the FBI’s good cop approach to interrogation, the DoJ IG report [.pdf] about the FBI’s “War Crimes” file on the Guantanamo and the sordid details of several of the other eleven trials now in process.
The Independent Institute’s Anthony Gregory explains why we’re libertarians.
Michael Schwartz, Professor Sociology at Stony Brook University and author of the new book War Without End: The Iraq War in Context, discusses his latest TomDispatch article, “River of Resistance,” the true scale of the destruction of Iraq, various studies of Iraqi casualties, direct responsibility of the U.S. military for the majority of the hundreds of thousands of violent Iraqi deaths since 2003, the plight of the refugees and the dire poverty of many of those who remain, the West Bank-ization of Baghdad with life-strangling concrete walls, various past neocon fantasies about the position the Empire would be in by now, the complete destruction of the Iraqi economy by Viceroy Bremer and his edicts, the wreaking of the empire over the backs of the people of Iraq, the abuse of the term “free market” by American imperialists and leftists who oppose them and the responsibility of the major media in America for denying the humanity of those our government murders.
Jacob Hornberger, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses the upcoming “Restoring The Republic: Foreign Policy and Civil Liberties” conference on June 6-8 in Reston Virginia, why libertarianism ought to be the real center of Left and Right, how libertarian views are those of the founders and the only hope to save America from statism and empire, the importance of habeas corpus in a free society, the backgrounds of the conference speakers and the problem of conservative state worship.
Christopher Coyne, author of After War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy, discusses the economics of American empire, the true motivations behind the slogan of “spreading democracy,” the domestic problems of intervention including bloated budgets, bureaucracies and lost liberty, how politicians, bureaucrats, and government contractors’ incentives are the opposite of private business – success is punished and failure is rewarded, leading to increased budgets, more employees and more power, the thoroughly bipartisan crony capitalism in Washington DC, the reasons why Germany and Japan were “successful” interventions and the urgent need for renewed skepticism towards the government among the American population.
Actor, writer and producer John Cusack discusses his new satire War Inc., which opens Friday, May 23rd, in New York and Los Angeles, his outrage at the criminality of modern American war profiteers, the need for a grassroots bumrush of the first showings to guarantee national distribution, some critics’ complaints that the movie “hits too close to home,” the great journalists whose work has inspired him, the socialization of the costs of all these private armies onto the American tax payer, the outsourcing of interrogation, the betrayals of the Democrats, the banality of evil, the short-changing of the troops while private mercenaries cash in and militarism in the movies. (Watch out! A few bad words.)
Dr. Gareth Porter discusses his article: “Where are those Iranian weapons in Iraq?” and how the U.S. war party has had to de-emphasize their assertions that EFP’s in Iraq are coming from Iran, he exposes as total lies the U.S. claims of Iran arming the Shi’ite militias in Iraq, how the White House continues to divulge preposterous propaganda reports, the role of the compliant media in continuing these false allegations, how the Sunni resistance in Iraq is patiently waiting for the opportune moment to re-emerge, and how Iran would not try to destabilize the Maliki government since he is their servant.
The Other Scott Horton (no relation), heroic international human rights lawyer, journalist for Harper’s magazine and steadfast opponent of torture, discusses the new Department of Justice Inspector General report revealing the “War Crimes File” kept by FBI agents stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the dropping of the charges against alleged “20th hijacker” Mohammed al Qatani, a military judge’s recent dismissal of one of the members of the prosecution team after he pushed to have the “sexiest” cases timed to go to “trial” during the presidential election season, the coverup of the war crimes file by DoJ higherups, likely Alice Fischer and Michael Chertoff (now the head of the DHS), the participation of the very highest authorities in the Bush administration, the torture of Abu Zubaydah, John Yoo and Doug Feith’s war against the Geneva conventions, the convergence of America and China’s criminal justice systems, the CIA “ghost prisons,” Iraqi and Afghan jails and renditions to Ethiopia, Morocco, Jordan, Thailand, etc. and the holes in the various recent bans on torture.
Bill Kauffman, author of Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism, discusses the different categories of anti-war and anti-empire individuals, the uselessness of the label “conservative,” how Bush’s false promises of a humble foreign policy helped expose him as a prep-school cheerleader rather than the cowboy he claims to be, John McCain’s lack of character, the history of our empire, how the war party has betrayed the legacy of George Washington, the founders’ anti-militarism, the theft of Hawaii, how one intervention usually leads to others, how ex-commies hijacked the conservative movement in the 1950’s, Pat Buchanan’s journey to the peace camp and the smearing of the America First Committee by the Roosevelt camp.
Former CIA analyst and antiwar activist Ray McGovern discusses his open letter to Adm. Fallon and the probability of a U.S. attack on Iran, the history of Robert Gates and his weak influence on Bush, the corporate media’s corrupt relationship with the state, the Pentagon’s bogus Iranian arms expose and the near total indifference of the press, Adm. Fallon’s firing for speaking out against attacking Iran, the Air Force’s role, the insanity of John McCain, the unconstitutionality and illegality of our aggressive wars, Congress’s impotence in deterring the White House from attacking Iran, Bush’s life-long lack of accountability, how The Project For The New American Century blueprint for world domination and neocon “Israel first” foreign policy has made the U.S. and Israel less secure, the role of Elliot Abrams and Dick Cheney in fomenting the next war, possible disastrous consequences, the Israeli government’s attack on the U.S.S. Liberty to hide their war crimes in 1967 and the U.S. government’s role in the cover-up.
Mark Engler, analyst with Foreign Policy in Focus and author of How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy, discusses the disputes between the different factions behind our global empire, the differences in the doctrines of corporate and imperial globalization, the misuse of the term “free-trade” by politicians to describe their mercantilist/fascist policies, how the neocons’ alienating the U.S. from the international organizations has hurt the empire’s domination of the world economy, the IMF/World Bank’s loss of power and influence over the third world, the tension between a state of democracy and empire and the numbers Republican business leaders are now contributing to Democrats over Republicans.
Philippe Sands, professor of law at University College London and author of Torture Team: Rumsfeld’s Memo and the Betrayal of American Values, discusses Douglas J. Feith’s role in coming up with the twisted excuse for abandoning the Geneva Conventions in the name of saving them, the “necessity” excuse invoked by participants in the decision making process, the dismissal, last week, of the charges against the tortured “20th hijacker” al Quatani, the complete lack of evidence against him, his understanding that the torture at Guantanamo was limited to a few cases, the migration and escalation of “aggressive” interrogation tactics and the threat to the bad apples at the top of America’s torture policy due to the immunity clause of the Military Commissions Act of 2006.
Eric Boehlert, senior fellow at Media Matters for America and author of Lapdogs: How The Press Rolled Over for Bush, discusses the Pentagon’s army of retired generals sent out to disseminate the war party’s propaganda, how the corporate media failed to promote alternative viewpoints to the invasion, the power and danger of “groupthink,” and John McCain’s free-ride from the media.