Regular Antiwar.com writer Jeff Huber discusses his article “Dumb and Dumber Wars,” the vulnerability of remote military outposts in Afghanistan, the folly of sending additional troops to support the corrupt Karzai government, the U.S. bombing campaign that eviscerated al-Qaeda and how Obama’s unwise campaign rhetoric tied his hands on foreign policy.
Environmental and political activist Robert Czernik discusses the RNC8 group of activists arrested and charged with violating the Minnesota PATRIOT Act during the 2008 Republican National Convention, the criminalization of political dissent, the use of conspiracy charges to justify preemptive arrests and the RNC8’s ongoing legal battle.
Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses Obama’s decision to send another 34,000 troops to Afghanistan, the inevitability of a negotiated settlement with the Taliban despite military escalation, how bureaucratic propagation and policy momentum keep the Afghanistan disaster moving along and the RAND Corporation’s role as think tank and cheerleader for the U.S. Air Force.
Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, discusses Obama’s broken promise to close Gitmo within a year, the enthusiastic U.S. embrace of rendition and torture after 9/11, the extralegal indefinite detention of innocent prisoners, endemic racism that makes torture less objectionable and the dangerous legal precedents established by failing to prosecute Bush administration crimes.
Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at the Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of The Freeman, discusses the French pre-Marxist origins of class war theory, how outrage at welfare handouts distracts attention from much larger corporate welfare payments, industry “watchdog” regulatory agencies that help favored businesses consolidate power and eliminate competition, the burden of eminent domain on the poor and powerless, how the 1930s labor laws designed to diminish the destabilizing effect of strikes on big business, and a recommendation of Gabriel Kolko’s Triumph of Conservatism.
The show is about an hour long and can be listened to here, beginning at 1:29 into the recording.
Scott Ritter discusses the Iranian nuclear program, James Bamford discusses the national surveillance state and Glenn Greenwald discusses what the upcoming Khalid Sheikh Muhammad trial in New York means for the rule of law.
David Swanson, author of Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union, discusses the myth of Constitutionally-derived presidential supremacy in foreign affairs, why Congress prefers acting like an executive advisory committee instead of a co-equal branch of government, the Tenth Amendment’s losing battle against the Commerce Clause, progress in civil and foreign court cases against Bush administration crimes that Obama steadfastly ignores, the neglected subpoena and impeachment powers of Congress and the public pressure that is the driving force behind the “Audit the Fed” amendment.
Leslie Lefkow, senior researcher for Human Rights Watch’s Africa division, discusses the worsening situation in Somalia since the 2006 Ethiopian invasion, the media’s preference for reporting on piracy instead of humanitarian disasters, the appearance that the U.S. helped destabilize Somalia simply to apprehend a few suspects from the 1998 embassy bombings, how the U.S. is more careful distributing food-aid than weapons, increasing Al Shabaab radicalism, Ethiopia’s hosting of extraordinary rendition victims and the extreme risks journalists and human rights activists take in Somalia.
Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses longstanding Iranian contingency plans for a U.S. attack on their nuclear industry, the Qom facility’s use as a symbol of deterrence to Israel and the U.S., the likely failure of multiple party uranium processing agreements and how Iran’s potential nuclear “breakout” capability creates leverage in U.S. negotiations.
Lawyer and freelance journalist Daphne Eviatar discusses the upcoming release of the DOJ misconduct investigation OCR report, the possible impeachment of federal judge (and former White House OLC lawyer) Jay Bybee, the numerous excuses Obama and Eric Holder invent to avoid prosecuting Bush administration officials, the Republican fear of public trials for terrorism suspects and how Holder’s guarantee of terrorist convictions suggests that the justice system is rigged.
Ray McGovern, former senior analyst at the CIA, discusses the embarrassing information likely to be revealed during Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s trial, the media’s willful ignorance of the motivation of 9/11 terrorists, the self-defeating U.S. anti-terrorism strategy of targeted assassination without regard for the underlying grievances and the need for regional diplomatic solutions to energy resource conflicts.
Jacob Hornberger, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses the 1845 annexation of Texas and subsequent Mexican-American War, President James K. Polk’s determination to acquire northern Mexico by conquest after his purchase offer was refused, the U.S. immigrants who defected from the army to fight on Mexico’s side as the San Patricio battalion, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo land grab and the longstanding open-borders policy after the war’s end.
Michael Hastings, author of the article “Afghanistan: Does this make Obama a chickenhawk?” discusses MoveOn’s halfhearted criticism of Obama’s Afghanistan War escalation, how hawkish rhetoric fails to disassociate Democrats from their “mommy party” image, jargon-filled war policy discussions that ignore real-life suffering and why the seemingly mysterious motivations of U.S. occupation are best understood as a convergence of self-interested parties.
Iraqi American antiwar activist Dahlia S. Wasfi discusses the Iraqi government’s dearth of accomplishments and continued reliance on U.S. support, the U.S. actions that exacerbated sectarian violence, drawing attention to the humanity and suffering of Iraqis and the lingering toxic effects of war in Iraq and the U.S.
Internationally syndicated columnist Eric Margolis discusses the corrupt and unpopular “Mr. 10 Percent” Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, his invasion – at Hillary’s insistence – of Waziristan, the possibility of a U.S. attempt to seize Pakistan’s nukes, and the ultimate stupidity of the Long War plan.