Fred Kaplan, columnist for Slate and author of Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power, discusses his recent article: “How Much Does John McCain Really Know About Foreign Policy? Not As Much As He’d Like You To Think” which lays out McCain’s many foreign policy misstatements and mistakes including wanting to kick Russia out of the G8 and start a “League of Democracies” to bypass the U.N., his wish to take policy back to the early years of the Bush administration and how the McCain/neocon view falsely assumes the U.S. can and should rule the world.
Chalmers Johnson, former CIA analyst and author of the Blowback Trilogy, discusses his recent article: “The Military-Industrial Complex-It’s Much Later Than You Think” explaining the pervasive privatization of the intelligence industry, the history of corporatism and empire in America, total corruption of Congress and the inevitable end of empire.
Philip Giraldi, former CIA counter-terrorism officer and columnist for Antiwar.com, discusses the possibility of and precedents for an Israeli “False Flag” operation in Iraq to frame Iran and draw the U.S. into attacking, the conflicts within the administration over Iran policy, the likely catastrophic consequences of any attack, U.S. covert operations within Iran, America’s support of the Iranian Islamic Revolution back in 1979, how real conservative principles apply to foreign policy, the extensive databases of “dangerous” Americans kept by the government, total lack of accountability in Washington, provocative stance toward Russia and demented neocon view of the world.
Pat Buchanan, political analyst, columnist and author of Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, discusses the British politicians’ colossal blunders that led them into World War I and II and the collapse of their empire, the consequences of American intervention in WWI and imposition of the Versailles Treaty, Hitler’s motive to regain the lands lost in the east and willingness to forsake former German provinces in the west out of his desire to avoid war with England and France, what really happened at Munich, the folly of the British war guarantee to Poland during their dispute with Hitler over Danzig and the real lessons of the second World War.
Doug Bandow, author of Foreign Follies: America’s New Global Empire and regular columnist for Antiwar.com, discusses Congress’s abdication of its responsibility in declaring war to the president, the lawlessness of a wartime president, how the ignorant warmonger John McCain, missile “defense” on Russia’s border, the pending “Law of the Sea Treaty” and the War Party’s self-fulfilling attitude toward conflict with China.
David Bromwich, Sterling professor of English at Yale University and blogger at the Huffington Post, discusses the op-ed in the New York Times by Benny Morris advocating an American/Israeli attack on Iran, numerous reasons not to attack Iran, the difference between pre-emptive and preventive wars, the constant warmongering of the New York Times, the War Party and the media’s ignoring of the opinions of the American and the Iraqi citizenry and the usefulness of impeachment.
Andy Worthington, author of The Guantánamo Files, discusses the recently released footage of Omar Khadr, the Canadian juvenile being held in Guantanamo, the dubious “charges” against him, the legal black hole of the made-up “enemy combatant” status, the evil and counterproductive nature of torture and the kangaroo court system in Guantanamo.
Gareth Porter, reporter for IPS News, discusses the fight between the “realists” and hawks in the Bush administration, the routine where Rice gets what she wants, but then Cheney makes her efforts meaningless – as in the case of William Burns’ trip to Geneva, George Bush Jr.’s complete inability to lead – thank goodness, crying wolf, the public’s distracted impotence to stop a war they oppose, the relative influence of the Israeli Lobby on Middle East policy in Congress and the White House, Ariel Sharon’s preference for the order of future regime changes, speculation that Cheney may have “learned” a bunch of nonsense about a necessary clash of civilizations from Prinston historian Bernard Lewis after 9/11, the War Party’s former(?) belief in regime change from the air.
Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern discusses his recent article on the probable Israeli/U.S. attack on Iran, Israel’s need for new war in Iran to keep the U.S. military in the Mideast due to the failure in Iraq, the outspokenness of the military brass against an attack on Iran, AIPAC’s drafting of the new Iran war resolutions, Bush and Cheney’s loyalty to Israel, the never-ending conflicts created by the Israel occupation of Palestine, the need for the American people and Congress to understand the catastrophe that would ensue from attacking Iran and the urgency of impeachment.
Mark Thornton, Senior Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, discusses the crime of the Fed’s “bailout” of the big financial institutions and the cronyism between the two, the problems with our fractional reserve system, the destructive consequences of a close state-private business relationship, the perils of inflation on society, the possibility of a catastrophic global dollar sell-off, how our trade deficit is a symptom of the federal budget deficit whereby we flood China with extra dollars to buy our massive debt and the need to turn our mixed economy into a laissez faire market to take the advantage away from big connected business.
Jon B. Eisenberg, partner in the law firm of Eisenberg and Hancock, discusses his article Suing George W. Bush: A Bizarre and Troubling Tale;” his clients’ lawsuit against the Bush administration for illegally tapping their phone, how the feds accidentally handed them evidence proving that the NSA illegally spied on his clients and their standing to sue, the Kafkaesque states’ secrets runaround insisted upon by the government in order to try to evade justice, his teams various successes and the path ahead.
L. Neil Smith discusses how the political establishment controls supplies to sway markets, the millennium old clash of civilizations and aggressive tendencies of all religions, the story of The Probability Broach, the continuous liars who are writing the history books, the Waco tragedy, the danger of retuning U.S. occupation enforcers turning into local cops, the over-militarization of the American police forces and Hamilton’s attempt at forming an American Monarchy.
Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter discusses the likelihood of a U.S. attack on Iran and the smokescreen of diplomatic progress, how Iran’s recent promise of retaliation has raised the stakes by ensuring limited U.S. strikes would be inadequate, how facts and reason are irrelevant since the neocons in command believe they can generate their own realities, the need for Congress to reduce the level of tension not increase it with their current pending Iran war resolutions, how the War Party’s aggressive rhetoric towards Iran only helps their hardliners, Iran’s nuclear program as pretext for regime change, the dubious origins of the “smoking laptop,” the possibility of the use of nuclear weapons by the U.S. against Iran and the need for American business to demand Congress put an end to the march to war.
Philip Weiss, syndicated columnist, author of the blog MondoWeiss and the book American Taboo: A Murder in the Peace Corps, discusses the touchy subject of the Israel Lobby and Jewish power in American politics, the difficulty Americans face in criticizing Israel due to the smear of “antisemitism,” the centrality of Israel policy to the neoconservatives, majority Jewish-American support for the takeover of Jerusalem, Barack Obama’s pandering to the Lobby, the relative peace position of the Olmert government compared to the U.S. War Party, the Lobby-Christian Zionist alliance, the brutality of Israeli settlers in the West Bank, the cause of the media blackout on the occupation, the new J-Street lobby and Israel’s conflict with Iran.