Category: Interviews

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Antiwar Radio: Fred Branfman

Fred Branfman, author of the Alternet article “Mass Assassinations Lie at the Heart of America’s Military Strategy in the Muslim World,” discusses several common-sense reasons “why they hate us” (it isn’t our freedom), how the “McChrystal ratio” exposes the bankruptcy of COIN strategy, the incredibly broad scope – both in number of forces employed and geographic space – of U.S. assassination policy, why (unlike CIA ops) these killings don’t require Presidential approval or reports to Congress, how Petraeus’s strategy seems focused on his short term career goals, why taking on 1.3 billion Muslims is national suicide and how the upcoming Republican midterm election sweep will hasten U.S. economic and societal collapse.

Here is the 3 minute video of John Pilger interviewing former CIA officer Duane Clarridge, who is presently advising CIA assassination efforts in Pakistan.

Antiwar Radio: Phyllis Bennis

Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses the mosque hysteria ginned up to bolster Iraq and Afghan War support, Ground Zero’s rhetorical conversion into hallowed ground – encouraging religious fervor and holy war, what Bush should have said and done after 9/11, why the only uncertainty of new Israel/Palestine peace talks is what Obama will do when they fail and how the negotiations are grounded in juvenile conflict resolution instead of international law.

Antiwar Radio: Rep. Ron Paul

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) discusses his article “Mosque Demagoguery Is Bipartisan” and the linkage between property rights and First Amendment rights, why the abandonment of the dollar will lead to an inflationary depression and why Dennis Kucinich’s anti-assassination bill is a redundancy (but deserving of support nonetheless).

Antiwar Radio: Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses Obama’s refusal to declare a “red line” on Iran’s nuclear program, Robert Gates’s insistence that Iran’s low enriched uranium is tantamount to a nuclear weapon, the abundance of evidence that Obama is not a secret dove and how Gates’s bipartisan tenure allows him to contradict Obama without consequence.

Antiwar Radio: Robert Higgs

Robert Higgs, senior fellow at the Independent Institute, discusses the widening gap between public and private sector pay, an increase in affluent military towns, the disappearance of traditional checks on state power and predation and the incremental “ratchet effect” of governmental authority that increases “temporarily” during wartime but never fully recedes.

Antiwar Radio: Alexander Abdo

Alexander Abdo, a Fellow in the ACLU’s National Security Project, discusses the “new normal” of institutionalized Bush administration lawlessness, why we should expect other countries to mimic U.S. assertions of authority to commit international extrajudicial killings, the government’s failure to cite a legal justification for killing U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, the media disclosures from Leon Panetta and John Brennan about a government hit list of American citizens and why cops now have the right to use GPS to track anyone’s car for any (or no) reason.

Antiwar Radio: Cindy Sheehan

This interview is excerpted from the KPFK broadcast of August 26. The entire show can be heard here.

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan discusses the Iraq War’s continuation even after the withdrawal of all “combat” troops, the antiwar movement mesmerized by “hopenosis” and the 75th anniversary edition of Major General Smedley Butler’s War is a Racket with a forward by Sheehan.

Antiwar Radio: Hannah Gurman

Hannah Gurman, author of the article “The Iraq withdrawal: An Orwellian success,” discusses the U.S. deliberations on Iraq’s future that fail to ask what Iraqis want, measuring the outcome of war in terms of “success” rather than victory or defeat, how Iraq’s inability to form a parliament is delaying the approval of lucrative oil contracts and why the Sons of Iraq who were never integrated into the army are returning to the insurgency.

Antiwar Radio: Charles Featherstone

Charles Featherstone, regular writer at, discusses his article “The Littlest Liberal Warmonger,” why Saudi Arabia isn’t nearly as repressed and despotic as most people think, how the mosque protests are as much about despair over failing wars as a Republican election year ploy to rally the base, why al Qaeda’s social agenda and use of violence is exceedingly unpopular in the Muslim world and author Frantz Fanon‘s definitive 1961 work on how violent resistance can defeat Western colonialism/imperialism.

Antiwar Radio: Philip Giraldi

Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses recent Mossad intelligence operations in America based out of the Israel mission to the U.N. in New York , the one-way street intelligence sharing between the CIA and Israel, why FBI and DOJ espionage investigations never go anywhere and the evidence that Israeli agents in America had foreknowledge of 9/11.

Antiwar Radio: Patrick Cockburn

Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, discusses the revival of al-Qaeda in Iraq (and its minimal relation to bin Laden’s group), how the Sadrists are the only grass roots political movement in Iraq, how Prime Minister Maliki’s grip on power is an impediment to a coalition government and why the decisive outcome of Iraq’s civil war greatly decreases the chance of another major conflict

Antiwar Radio: Anand Gopal

Independent journalist Anand Gopal discusses the Taliban’s lucrative protection racket on U.S. supply convoys, Pakistan’s refusal to allow a bilateral peace deal between Hamid Karzai and the Taliban, Colin Powell’s disinterest in regime change in Afghanistan (in September 2001), the Afghan army’s inability to secure the country or fight the Taliban, how the Marjah screw-up has made the military cautious on the Kandahar offensive and why Gen. Petraeus’s “success” in Iraq was easy: allow majority (Shia) to rule and bribe minority (Sunni) to stop fighting – while in Afghanistan the opposite is proposed.

Antiwar Radio: Glenn Greenwald

Glenn Greenwald, blogger and former constitutional lawyer, discusses the NYC anti-mosque/anti-Islam rally sponsored by neocon crazy Frank Gaffney (scroll down to update III), how the public’s fear of an Islamic bogeyman must be constantly stoked to justify a U.S. foreign policy of war and aggression, how Israel benefits from increasing anti-Islam bigotry in the U.S. and the most suppressed truth in American political discourse: that U.S. policy and behavior generate grievances that inspire acts of terrorism – including 9/11.

Antiwar Radio: Grant F. Smith

Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C., discusses the boon of documents released in a Senate investigation of Israel’s covert lobbying and PR campaigns, threats to the continued freedom to practice (out of favor) religions in America, how neocons use their unchallenged talking points in mainstream media to push for war with Iran, The Atlantic magazine’s history of shilling for Israel and how AIPAC wields power by withholding campaign contributions to wayward congressmen.

Antiwar Radio: Juan Cole

Juan Cole, Professor of History and author of Engaging the Muslim World, discusses Rafic Hariri’s rise to power and prominence in Lebanon before his 2005 assassination, initial suspicions cast on Syria due to its efforts in maintaining political dominance in Lebanon, how Hezbollah filled the political vacuum created by Syria’s withdrawal – much to the chagrin of Israel and the Bush administration and why the current investigation’s focus on Hezbollah could destabilize the fragile Lebanese government.

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