Category: Interviews

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Antiwar Radio: Grant F. Smith, John Feffer and Anand Gopal

This interview of Grant F. Smith, John Feffer and Anand Gopal is from the KPFK Los Angeles 90.7 FM broadcast of Friday, November 26. The unedited segment can be heard here.

Grant F. Smith of IRMEP.org discusses Steven Rosen’s defamation lawsuit against his former employer AIPAC and what a renewed FBI criminal investigation could mean for the premiere Israel lobby in America.

John Feffer of Foreign Policy in Focus discusses (starting at 19:45 in the recording) the military conflict between North and South Korea and how joint US-S. Korea naval exercises near disputed maritime borders will only increase the tension.

Independent journalist Anand Gopal discusses (starting at 45:30 in the recording) the nine-year US boondoggle in Afghanistan that has now exceeded the Soviet occupation’s duration and the early missed opportunities in Kandahar when the US failed to take advantage of the Taliban’s surrender.

Antiwar Radio: David Swanson

David Swanson, author of War is a Lie, discusses the lies routinely made before, during and after a war; how FDR provoked and allowed the Pearl Harbor attack out of desperation to get the US into WWII; the contradictory narratives required to convince both the Left and the Right a particular war is worth fighting; how continued popular reverence for military service keeps the war machine going; why courage and valor are not commendable attributes when used for evil purposes; how private government and military deliberations on war never consider troop support but public appeals always do; and how Americans routinely underestimate the depravity of their imperial government.

Antiwar Radio: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz, managing news editor at Antiwar.com, discusses the very different newspaper headlines describing the 105-page biannual Pentagon report to Congress on Afghanistan; why the renaming of insurgent attacks to “kinetic events” must have George Carlin spinning in his grave; US forces stuck halfway through clear, build and hold; and the rampant election fraud in Afghanistan that has significantly reduced Pashtun representation in government (pushing them further toward the insurgency).

Antiwar Radio: Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses the newly-released IAEA Iran report that “continues to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran” but can’t verify the Rumsfeldian “absence of undeclared nuclear activities” as mandated by the UN Security Council; the IAEA’s far-more stringent enforcement of NPT obligations in Iran as compared to South Korea (which was guilty of serious violations); North Korea’s significant new uranium enrichment capability and the challenge of educating Americans about the intricacies of nuclear power and IAEA inspection protocols so they aren’t so easily misled about Iran.

Antiwar Radio: Angela Keaton

Angela Keaton, Antiwar.com Development Director and Antiwar Radio producer, discusses how using a Capital One credit card and/or shopping at Amazon.com (which has everything from vegan jerky to foot massagers) can help Antiwar.com raise money for operations; how money orders and other forms of payment can be sent via snail mail to 1017 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063; the availability of matching funds for donations $100 and up until November 29th and how you can reach Angela directly at 323-512-7095.

Antiwar Radio: Charles Armstrong

Charles K. Armstrong, Professor of Korean Studies at Columbia University, discusses the heavily militarized Korean DMZ and disputed borders that make North/South conflicts unavoidable; how the N. Korean bombardment was a response (justified or not) to provocative S. Korean war games; how US interference – including a significant military presence in the South – hobbles reunification talks; Seoul’s risk of annihilation by an artillery barrage from the North and why N. Korean dictator Kim Jong-il is not nearly as crazy as Western media would have us believe.

Antiwar Radio: Anand Gopal

Independent journalist Anand Gopal discusses the embarrassing revelation that a Taliban impostor was involved in high-level negotiations with ISAF officials; how constantly-shifting goals and deadlines show the US is clueless in Afghanistan; how the clear, hold and build strategy is degenerating into the collective punishment of civilians and how the failure to peacefully integrate the surrendered Taliban leadership back into Afghan society gave rise to the insurgency.

Antiwar Radio: Rep. Ron Paul

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) discusses his preferred Korea policy in light of the North/South military clash: pull out all US forces and let the regional powers mediate if necessary; how Osama bin Laden’s plan to bankrupt the US empire (as he did to the USSR before) seems to be working perfectly; how government programs (like Obamacare) are incredibly difficult to repeal once enacted, the devastation wrought on Iraqi Christian communities since the US invastion and the groundswell of Americans who are angered by TSA screenings but fail to make the connection between US foreign policy and terrorism.

Antiwar Radio: Becky Akers

Becky Akers, columnist at Lewrockwell.com, discusses the Transportation Security Administration’s dual purpose: to give air travelers a good show of security theater and to inure Americans to a police state, why engaging in protest is the only good reason left to visit an airport, the superficial proposals to “privatize” TSA screeners without changing their operating methods and why it isn’t possible to prevent terrorism in a free society (but the threat can be decreased with a peaceful foreign policy).

Antiwar Radio: Grant F. Smith

Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C., discusses Steve Rosen’s $20 million defamation lawsuit against AIPAC, a reminder that the whole Larry Franklin/Rosen/AIPAC cloak and dagger operation was to determine (and front-run) the Bush administration’s internal deliberations on Iran policy, how Rosen’s frenzied rush to warn Israel’s embassy about his FBI encounter shows where AIPAC’s loyalties are and why all the pretrial mudslinging is probably a fight for leverage in an eventual out-of-court settlement that will leave AIPAC unscathed – apart from its declining financial fortunes.

Antiwar Radio: Angela Keaton

Angela Keaton, Antiwar.com Development Director and Antiwar Radio producer, discusses the $23 thousand in matching funds available for donations of $100 or more through Novemeber 29th and the death of Libertarian Party founder and Antiwar.com friend David Nolan.

Antiwar Radio: Tom Engelhardt

Tom Engelhardt, author of The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s, discusses the legacy of Blowback author Chalmers Johnson who died November 20, how Johnson changed from a self-described “spear carrier for empire” to a sharp and authoritative critic of US foreign policy, learning from Blowback that covert ops have real consequences even if Americans don’t realize what is being done in their names, how positive initial book reviews of The Sorrows of Empire somehow failed to mention the US empire of bases (which is the central focus of book), how Johnson spent the last few months of his life thinking about dismantling the US empire and wondering what a bankrupt superpower would look like and why Americans are facing a stark choice: either give up your empire or live under it.

Antiwar Radio: Eric Margolis

Eric Margolis, foreign correspondent and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj, discusses the escalated tensions between the US and Yemen following the bizarre toner cartridge bomb plot, drone strikes and CIA intrigue in Yemen going back to 2005, how the proliferation of anti-US groups is causing a “national nervous breakdown,” increased intervention in Africa that will soon create a new Southern Sudan nation and why the primary concern about Yemen is the threat it poses to the Saudi royal family.

Antiwar Radio: Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses the fraudulent evidence that is cited as proof Iran had a nuclear weapons program and how outdated missile schematics in the MEK (or Mossad)-sourced “smoking laptop” cast suspicion on the rest of the purloined (or fabricated) documents.

Antiwar Radio: Karen Tostado

Karen Tostado of United We Strike discusses the environmental destruction caused by US Navy war games and how she is organizing a worldwide strike against “governments gone wild.” Further information about the military impact on the environment can be found at the Agriculture Defense Coalition.

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