Internationally syndicated columnist Eric Margolis discusses the low quality of traditional media news available to U.S. audiences, how the Afghanistan election runoff is shaping up to be just as fraudulent as the first go-round, U.S. support for mujahedeen between the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan and 9/11, broad realization that even the best laid plans could end in defeat in Afghanistan and allegations that Ahmed Wali Karzai is yet another “made man” CIA asset.
John V. Walsh, frequent contributor to Counterpunch.org and Antiwar.com, discusses Democratic Left leaders’ frequent visits to Kabul, the inability of a puppet government to be representative, China’s preference for international trade over military confrontation and how the USSR was felled by an unworkable centrally planned economy.
Charles Goyette, our long-lost former co-contributor to Antiwar Radio and author of The Dollar Meltdown: Surviving the Impending Currency Crisis with Gold, Oil, and Other Unconventional Investments, discusses the enormous costs of maintaining a world empire – especially these last few wars, how the general public is mesmerized by CNBC and ignorant of economics, why keeping government out of the money creation business is essential to maintain liberty, the U.S. dollar’s weakening role as reserve currency despite decades of post-Bretton Woods hegemony, China’s attempt to limit exposure to U.S. government debt while stockpiling commodities and the danger that the endgame of the current U.S. monetary system could be a command economy.
Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California, discusses the co-opting of Jundullah by the CIA and Saudi Arabia to destabilize Iran, Congress’s generous $300 million outlay to terrorist groups who participate in covert actions against U.S. enemies, Jundullah’s likely participation in the Afghanistan-to-Europe heroin trade and the global struggle over Central Asian petroleum pipeline routes.
Mark Ames, author of Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion: From Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyond and writer for The eXiled, The Nation, and AlterNet, discusses U.S. style “corporate communism,” consumer spending bubble made from Fed money creation, hypocritical Randian pseudo-libertarianism versus the real kind, the extremism of U.S. political “centrists” and hope for a realignment of the true moderates, how Wall Street gangsters treat American towns like third world colonies of the empire, and then back to the business cycle again.
Former FBI contract–translator–turned whistleblower Sibel Edmonds and former FBI counter-intelligence officer John M. Cole discuss State Department cooperation with the “mujahedeen” in the Central Asian Turkic countries through the Turkish military and intelligence in the time before 9/11, a State Department order to release suspicious Uzbeks and Turks after the attack, the neocons’ and realists’ joint-attempt to negotiate the invasion of Iraq from Turkey in the summer of 2001, Edmonds’s overall credibility and level of access to information in her role as “language specialist” for the FBI, espionage within the FBI and why it continues unabated, Cole’s “conservative estimate” of 125 worthwhile investigations into Israeli espionage in the U.S. which quashed by political pressure from above, Edmonds’s accusations that Richard Perle, Douglas Feith and Marc Grossman have been participating in the stealing and fencing of nuclear secrets to Turkish and Israeli agents for years, Grossman’s outing of CIA front-company “Brewster-Jennings” to a Turkish diplomat in August, 2001 – nearly 2 years before the Valerie Plame scandal – and it’s destruction as a result, the grey area where legitimate lobbying by foreign governments crosses into espionage and criminality, Cole’s call for prosecutions and Edmonds’s intention to turn her new news Website, BoilingFrogsPost.com, into a home for journalists who want to practice their craft without partisanship or political pressure.
Nat Hentoff, senior fellow at the CATO Institute, discusses the greatly lessened restrictions on domestic FBI surveillance programs, the FBI’s “investigative assessments” that supplant judicial warrants and oversight, the failure of the educational system to teach the Constitution and limitations on government power and how colonial era rebellion against writs of assistance inspired the Fourth Amendment.
Robert Greenwald, producer of the documentary Rethink Afghanistan, discusses the false premise used to justify the war in Afghanistan, the usefulness of breaking down war costs into broadly understandable terms, why war opponents need to speak out to their Congressional Representatives and the failure of the occupying forces in their mission (some would say) to liberate Afghan women.
Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses the counterproductive coercive diplomacy in U.S./Iran talks, political pressure brought to bear by U.S. allies on the 2007 Iran NIE, new evidence of manufactured controversy about the Qom facility and Iran’s well-reasoned decision to halt disclosure under the additional protocol to their Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA in 2007.
Tim Wise, director of the movie Soldiers of Peace, discusses the worldwide outbreak of peace (really!), reconciliation of Christians and Muslims in Nigeria, ending the vicious cycle of tribal retribution, ranking the benevolence of nations with a Global Peace Index and how free trade and open communication decrease the likelihood of war.
Donald Losman, professor of economics at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, discusses the secondary role OPEC played in 1970s U.S. economic problems, U.S. government intervention in oil prices that encouraged poor consumer choices in the broader economy, the numerous real costs not included in a barrel of oil and why military coercion is not needed to spur international trade.
Gabriel Kolko, author of the article “Israel: A Stalemated Action of History” at Counterpunch.org, discusses post WWII immigration restrictions that encouraged many European Jews to settle in Israel, the limited tolerance of Israeli citizens toward unrelenting state militarism, how Jews are more culturally defined by nationality than religion and the end of the U.S.-dominated unipolar world.
Tom Hayden, author of the article “Kilcullen’s Long War” in The Nation, discusses David Kilcullen’s advocacy for a global Phoenix Program, the emerging narrative that counterintelligence is just community policing and nation building, problems with making a 50 year war commitment in a (nominally) democratic country, Mullah Omar’s power sharing proposal and how useless wars are continued simply to avoid defeat.
Martin Smith, producer of the PBS Frontline documentary Obama’s War, discusses the incredible scope of a full-blown global counterinsurgency, new COIN strategies that supposedly reduce the troop levels needed to pacify Afghanistan, the missed window of opportunity for successful nation-building and the difficulty of persuading Afghan civilians to entrust their safety to foreign troops rather than the Taliban.
Will Grigg, author of Liberty in Eclipse, discusses media indifference to police violence, the failed experiment in prosperity via incarceration in Hardin, Montana, the Constitutionalist principles of “Oath Keepers” members, the final looting of America by the rich and the fetishism of government uniforms.