Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses the Iraqi government’s more aggressive stance on the Mujahedin-e Khalq, how the Bush administration’s wishful thinking and ignorance guaranteed a disastrous Iraq policy, the de-emphasis of the MEK’s Islamic Marxism in U.S. Congress lobbying efforts and the political scheming behind the Iraq/U.S. Status of Forces Agreement.
Robert P. Murphy, senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism and The Politically Incorrect Guide to The Great Depression and the New Deal, discusses modern warfare dependent on central bank money creation, Austrian economic theory entering mainstream vocabulary, the FED’s argument against a congressional audit, the consumer-driven economic theory that misses the production component, a new era of stagflation coming.
Juan Cole, author of Engaging the Muslim World, discusses the origin and meaning of the Taliban, the conflicting messages Obama and the U.S. military give on why staying in Afghanistan is a good idea, the benefits of an “Egypt solution” billion dollar yearly payoff to stabilize and allow withdraw from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s low popular support and territorial control.
Pepe Escobar, writer for the Asia Times, discusses the Pentagon’s “arc of instability” that follows the same path as a potential Western-dominated oil pipeline, how U.S. aggression abroad has united Russia, China and Iran, the internal economic-fueled strife in China and Joe Biden’s wacky rant against Russia.
David Vine, author of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia, discusses the post-WWII origin of the Diego Garcia military base, how the native Chagossian population – descended from slaves and indentured servants from French colonial times – was forcibly relocated 1200 miles away to Mauritius, the numerous other incidents of displaced native populations in U.S. history and how Diego Garcia is becoming a hub for the U.S. empire’s global tentacles.
Kelley B. Vlahos, a Washington, D.C.-based freelance writer, discusses how the CIA successfully undermined Somalia’s Islamic Courts Union and created something much worse, the paltry U.S. troop contingent in Afghanistan compared to the 600,000 troops needed to pacify the country, the generally counterproductive Global War on Terror and how military failures become justifications for expanded and prolonged occupations.
Roger Charles, a freelance journalist and investigator, discusses J.D. Cash’s pursuit of the truth in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, evidence that disproves Laurie Mylroie’s Saddam Hussein/imposter-Ramzi Yousef theory, the FBI’s numerous informants in Elohim City, the DOJ’s attempt to hide any mention of suspects other than Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols and the possible involvement of German national Andreas Strassmeir as an agent provocateur.
Ran HaCohen, author of the “Letter From Israel” column at Antiwar.com, discusses the fascist characteristics of the Israeli state, Obama’s generous concessions on settlements that weaken U.S. leverage, the narrowly defined news spectrum that dominates Israeli media, Gaza’s permanent status as an open air prison and the unlikely prospect of Egypt or Jordan helping Israel by administering Gaza and the West Bank.
James Bamford, author of The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, discusses the ACLU’s legal challenge against the newly codified warrantless eavesdropping law, the high legal hurdles that shield NSA actions from lawsuits, the dearth of eavesdropping success stories and the rapidly expanding NSA data mining facilities that are reaching epic capacities.
The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses Attorney General Eric Holder’s likely appointment of a prosecutor to investigate torture, the common misconception that the CIA pressed the White House to allow “enhanced” interrogations, Dick Cheney’s chicken-hawk tendencies and the potential bombshell Inspector General’s report on U.S. torture practices.
Raed Jarrar, Iraq consultant for the American Friends Service Committee, discusses how the 2011 Iraq withdrawal deadline could be moved up, the U.S. Generals that complain about force restrictions issued by an assertive Iraqi government, the misconception of the Shiite majority as a monolithic entity and the terrible toll Iraq has endured to regain sovereignty.
(This interview was recorded on June 29, 2009)
Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses his 5-part series (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) examining the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, the near certainty al-Qaeda and not Iran was responsible for the bombing, the existence of an Iran-backed Saudi Arabia Hezbollah, former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s overly cozy relationship with Saudi Prince Bandar and Bill Clinton’s disastrous foreign policy that helped instigate 9-11.
Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, discusses the events leading to the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, earlier CIA attempts to provoke N. Vietnam retaliation, Robert McNamara’s role in hiding evidence that the second Tonkin Gulf incident never happened, the possibility an earlier leak of the Pentagon Papers would have prevented the Vietnam War and saved millions of lives, the sociological explanation of how government secrects are kept and the U.S. penchant for planning false-flag operations that sacrifice American lives.
Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses evidence that Robert McNamara never told LBJ the August 4, 1964 Tonkin Gulf attack on the USS Maddox and Turner Joy never happened, information revealed in recorded phone conversations between LBJ and McNamara released in 2006 and Gareth Porter’s own phone conversation with McNamara. (Note: recorded on June 22, 2009)
Dahr Jamail, author of the article “Refusing to Comply: The Tactics of Resistance in an All-Volunteer Military,” discusses the increasing disillusionment among soldiers for Iraq and Afghanistan war justifications, the tactics of evading dangerous and pointless “IED lottery” patrols, Pentagon estimates of 25-40 thousand AWOL soldiers since 2003 and how the U.S. economic downturn is preventing a large organized war resistance from taking hold within the military.