Lew Rockwell, founder and President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, discusses his new podcast interview program, Joe Biden’s long term and central role in promoting the warfare state, demagoguery and omission at the Democratic convention, the reality of America’s empire and the elective emperor who rules it, the important new book We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now, why murder is still murder even if a government employee does it, the big lie of government provided safety and myth of a peace loving American population, why its fun to oppose evil, the growing militarism of the domestic police state, the terrible danger in “privatizing” the state’s police powers such as tax collections and prisons, the possibility that the Georgian crisis was deliberately precipitated in order to boost the Republicans’ fortunes in the November election, the bogus nature of the first Cold War and now the second, the sanity of the old imperial establishment only as compared to the new, Democracy as subservience to the U.S. government, how the state can always use its own failures as the excuse to increase its power as it is doing now in the financial markets and the need for a realignment toward peace and freedom.
Abdulkadir Abdirahman, president of Somali Cause, discusses the humanitarian catastrophe resulting from America’s proxy war waged by Ethiopian forces there since December, 2006, the million-plus refugees from Mogadishu and surrounding areas, America’s alliance with the brutal warlords from the days of “Operation Restore Hope” and “Black Hawk Down,” and the rotting corpses they leave wherever they go, the American excuse of al Qaeda terrorism and “Islamic extremism,” the former Soviet-, now American-backed murderous dictator of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, the relative peace and security which had been finally been achieved for a short time in Somalia before America came and destroyed it, his experience during “Restore Hope,” the three men “wanted for questioning by the FBI” as suspects in the 1998 Africa embassy bombings whose supposed presence served as the pretext for this invasion and the increase in the radicalization of the Somali population, his group’s efforts to educate congressmen on the subject, his call for UN peacekeepers in order to try to please the U.S., but end the Ethiopian occupation.
Luke Ryland discusses the A.Q. Kahn nuclear secrets peddling network, its correlation to the Sibel Edmonds case, the CIA’s knowledge of the network since the mid ‘70’s, the six years of deafening silence by Congress and the media about Sibel’s case and how the nuclear black market, neocons, and the Israeli and Turkish lobbies are connected.
Adam Isacson, director of programs at the Center for International Policy, discusses the history of Plan Columbia, the terrible humanitarian situation there, the murderous criminality of the government, right-wing paramilitary death squads and FARC guerrillas alike, the FARC’s choice in the mid-nineties to go ahead and align themselves with cocaine traffickers, Joe Biden’s role in pushing military aid through the U.S. Senate, the economic illiteracy behind the coca spraying projects in Latin America, his belief that Biden has at least learned a bit from his mistakes and has begun to back off from his earlier enthusiasm for military aid, the blowback from 20th century American-sponsored fascism represented in the election of leftists across Latin America, accusations about President Uribe’s history with the cocaine trade and organization of death squads and the pressure on congress from greedy helicopter manufacturers and union members to continue the foreign drug wars.
Gareth Porter, independent historian and investigative journalist for IPS News and Antiwar.com, discusses the themes in his article “Georgia War Rooted in US Self-Deceit on NATO,” how the national security bureaucracy dominates American policy to the detriment of the rest of Americans’ interests, the rise of the empire after World War II, how American Cold War policy pushed China toward Russia until the 1970s, the imperial bureaucrats desire to expand NATO up to the Russian border to weaken them, the often conflicting views between the American military and corporate policy ambitions and the multitude of excuses given to retain our many hundreds of military bases around the world.
Daniel Levy, senior fellow and director of the Middle East Initiative at the New America Foundation, discusses the need for Israel to adopt a diplomatic foreign policy, prominent Israeli officials opposed to attacking Iran, the remaining danger of an Israeli attack, how hard-line rhetoric empowers Iran’s hawks in return, the disastrous effects any attack on Iran would have, the process for the upcoming Israeli election, the consequences of conflating all of Israel and America’s enemies and the new liberal U.S.-Israeli lobbying organization J-Street.
Ed Fremer, whose son Michael was crushed to death in an Army training accident, discusses the Army’s repeated lies about the cause of his death, the fact that one cannot sue the Army over such incidents due to the Supreme Court invented “Feres doctrine” and details the Army’s negligence that led to his son’s senseless death.
Robert Higgs, senior fellow at the Independent Institute and author of Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government, discusses the legacy of Woodrow Wilson’s Cheney, Edward Mandell House, House’s rise to power and links to big money men, Philip Dru Administrator: A Story of Tomorrow – the blueprint for a fascist America written by House in 1910-11, how House took advantage of Wilson’s narcissism to get America into World War I, the consequences of American intervention in that war, the concept of the “ratchet effect” of government expansion explained in Crisis and Leviathan, why most perceived governmental “failures” are really successes if you understand the intentions, the true character and beneficiaries of the American empire, the economics of the world’s oil market and the buried truth that all of state power is rooted in fear.
Glenn Greenwald, legal affairs columnist and blogger for Salon.com and author of Great American Hypocrites, discusses the FBI and national media’s attempt to hijack the truth surrounding the anthrax case, their post-mortem conviction of Bruce Ivins, the left/right/libertarian realignment against the warfare/police state and Glenn’s interview with Mort Halperin about his flip-flop on the Constitution-shredding FISA amendments bill.
Greg Palast, reporter for Harper’s magazine and Rolling Stone, explains how the primary goal of oil companies is to use the war power of the national governments to restrict supplies in order to artificially increase the price of oil, the consequences of the war in Iraq on the price we pay, the fight over control of Caspian oil in the Georgian conflict, the chicken-egg argument about the role of the oil companies and the Pentagon itself in pushing all this imperial expansion, the hidden government taxation in your price of gas per gallon, the truth that the taxpayer bailouts of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are ultimately bailouts for foreign holders of U.S. debt rather than home owners, and his new project “Steal Back Your Vote.”
Gareth Porter, independent historian and investigative journalist for IPS News and Antiwar.com, deconstructs the incredibly lousy reporting of one Pamela Hess from the Associated Press, whose recent article “Quds, Hezbollah training hit squads in Iran” is in the running for the Olympic Gold Medal in Pentagon stenography and false accusations, explains the complex truth behind the U.S. and Iraqi governments’ relationship with Iran, the 2 and a half year history of the Cheney Cabal’s claims that Iran is responsible for the higher quality land mines in Iraq, the fiction of Mahdi Army “Special Groups,” Maliki’s distancing from the U.S. and thwarting of Cheney’s plan for a major assault on the Mahdi Army this summer, some of the many holes in the AP’s case, Pamela Hess’s justification for helping the Pentagon to cover up and disseminate half-truths and the need for the people who are able to contradict the official line to get their voices out.
The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer and journalist and blogger for Harper’s magazine, discusses his relationship with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, the Rose Revolution of 2003, Saakashvili’s problems with Rupert Murdoch and ties with the neocons, George Washington’s policy against entangling alliances and its undoing since World War II, the value of American education and diplomacy over high explosives, Cheney and the War Party’s need for a steady supply of enemies, his view that the three day war earlier this month represents a power-grab by the Russians as revenge for Western recognition of the independence of Kosovo, some history behind various ethnic conflicts in the region, the need for peaceful resolutions to these conflicts, his view that the crisis was a consequence of the various promises made to Georgia by the neocons pretending to override State Department policy which boosted Saakashvili, combined with the criminal negligence and inattention of George Bush and Condoleezza Rice, amounted to a “yellow light” to Russia to go ahead, and the disgusting politics behind the Guantanamo show trials.
Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, discusses his new open letter to Colin Powell, he and Powell’s similar backgrounds growing up in the Bronx and time spent working together in the White House in the 1980s, the withholding of the Sabri and Habbush no-WMD intelligence before the Iraq war from Powell and other leading figures in the Bush cabinet, the necessity of a Congressional investigation and a Powell’s testimony about what really happened, Rep. John Conyers duty as chair of the judiciary committee, Bush’s trip to CIA headquarters on Thursday and the Bush family tradition of pardoning their loyal underlings for crimes committed at their direction.
Pat Buchanan, conservative commentator and author, most recently of Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War, discusses the crisis in Georgia, why he thinks the Russian action on behalf of South Ossetia was justified, comparisons between Russian moves in the Caucasus to interwar Germany and Britain, the stupidity of the war guarantees and new missile defense systems going into Eastern Europe, the limits of American imperial power and the question of whether the administration gave Saakashvili the green light to attack South Ossetia.
Joe Lauria, freelance reporter and co-author with former senator Mike Gravel of the new book A Political Odyssey, discusses his article “The Personification of the Military-Industrial Racket,” McCain foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann’s long, diabolical history as a chief neocon and war-salesman, McCain’s side-jobs as a foreign asset first for Iran and now Georgia and how luring Russia to retaliate against Georgia may have been instigated to strengthen McCain’s campaign and ratchet up arms sales.