Gareth Porter, an award-winning journalist and author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, discusses the Obama administration’s support for Syrian regime change even though they knew it would become a disastrous sectarian war; and the gaggle of ideologues, defense contractors and military officials intent on starting new wars and escalating old ones for fun and profit.
Jason Ditz, news editor at Antiwar.com, discusses the deployment of US troops in Iraq, where they are supervising the operationally-challenged Iraqi army as preparations continue for a year end assault on the Islamic State stronghold in Mosul; and the newest lies about Iran’s nuclear program that need debunking.
Nasser Arrabyee, a Yemeni journalist based in Sanaa, discusses why the war in Yemen is likely to worsen after Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Saudi Arabia, where he pledged US support for the kingdom and gave the Saudis an implicit pass on war crimes.
Rick Sterling, an investigative journalist and member of Syria Solidarity Movement, discusses the propaganda campaign to keep Syrian regime change policy on the table long enough for Hillary Clinton to get elected president and get a real war started; and how Bernie Sanders can help get deluded leftists off the Clinton bandwagon and focused on stopping the neocons and liberal hawks running US foreign policy.
Bette Dam, a Dutch journalist and author of A Man and A Motorcycle: How Hamid Karzai Came to Power, discusses her work on a biography of Taliban leader Mullah Omar; how the US can spend 15 years in Afghanistan without making any progress on a military or political resolution; and the media’s overblown estimation of the Taliban’s strength and unity.
Daniel Davis, a retired Lt. Col. in the US Army, discusses his firsthand account of life in Iraq from Irbil in Kurdistan, where the people want an end to war and sectarian strife; and why the supposedly imminent attack on Mosul could be delayed by refugee concerns and a lack of operational agreement between the many factions involved.
Daniel Lazare, author of The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution Is Paralyzing Democracy, discusses the US’s imposition of a no-fly zone in northern Syria to protect Kurdish allies fighting Syrian government-allied forces; and how this marks a dangerous escalation in the war.
Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), discusses former CIA deputy director Michael Morrell’s suggestion that the US military should engage in state-sponsored terrorism to make Russia, Iran, and Assad amenable to a US-approved regime change in Syria.
Ramzy Baroud, a US-Arab journalist, media consultant, and author, discusses Israel’s different excuses over the years for their never-ending blockade on Gaza – which has nothing to do with radical Islam or Hamas.
Andrew Cockburn, author of Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins, discusses how the US is aiding and abetting Saudi Arabia’s brutal war in Yemen by supplying planes, bombs and missiles in a $60 billion arms sale – the largest in US history.
Reuters journalist Jonathan Landay discusses the US’s inability to stop Shi’ite militias from massacring Sunni civilians when Falluja was retaken from the Islamic State in June; and why a future campaign to take Mosul could result in the sectarian-cleansing of Sunnis from the city.
Kelley Vlahos, a contributing editor for The American Conservative, discusses the bellicose warmongers sure to be appointed to Hillary Clinton’s incoming war cabinet; and the prevailing myth that COIN doctrine and the surges in Iraq and Afghanistan were successful.
Gareth Porter, an award-winning journalist and historian, discusses the agreement between Turkey and Iran to make peace in Syria, and why the Kurds will get the short end of the stick as usual.
Jeffrey Carr, a cyber intelligence expert and CEO of Taia Global, Inc., discusses the hack of an NSA server containing powerful hacking tools and malware used to infect computers around the world; the vulnerabilities in computer and networking hardware made by US tech companies like Cisco; and how cyber warfare between the US and Russia could escalate.