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The Scott Horton Show 9/10/12

Today on The Scott Horton ShowListen Live  – Author and scholar John Feffer will be on to discuss the dumbing down of U.S. foreign policy. The Scott Horton Show airs 12-2 PM EST.

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Antiwar Radio: John Feffer

John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses the China-Phillipines fight over natural resources in the South China Sea; how China weakened its international legal position by signing the UN Law of the Sea treaty, ceding historical territorial claims to a new exclusive economic zone standard; US interest in protecting shipping lanes, especially for oil tankers; how collective security agreements seem like a good idea until a world war breaks out over a minor squabble; and planning Pentagon and defense contractor make-work projects (before big budget cuts come due) in a new Pacific Pivot policy.

Antiwar Radio: John Feffer

John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses his article North Koreas Failed Fireworks; the UN Security Councils condemnation of their dual-use missiles (even Iran is able to launch satellites without comment); North Koreas commitment to spending a big chunk of their meager GDP on a single failed satellite launch; the known unknowns about Kim Jong Un (except he likes basketball); how an increasingly worldly and foreign-educated North Korean elite could open up the hermit kingdom; and their blossoming IT and animation industries aside from the usual mineral and energy extraction.

Antiwar Radio: John Feffer

John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses his new bookCrusade 2.0: The Wests Resurgent War on Islam; how the Obama administration is bribing Israel with offers of bunker buster bombs and long range aircraft if Israel will wait until after the election to attack Iran; looking at the pros and cons for Iran in pursuing a nuclear weapon; and the lack of resolve in US policy on Syria.

Antiwar Radio: John Feffer

John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses his article Two Leaders, Two Deaths, comparing the legacies of former Czech president Vaclav Havel and N. Korean dear leader Kim Jong Il; Czechoslovakias Velvet Revolution and Havels mixed-bag presidency, where his aspiration of moral government fell short in implementation; Kim Jong Ils ability to defy the US and maintain his hermit kingdom (paid for by Koreans who suffered a repressive police state and starved to death by the millions); and the chance for food-for-nukes negotiations between the US and N. Koreas successor regime.

Antiwar Radio: John Feffer

John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses his article Closing Overseas Bases Is Good Policy and Good Politics; why chances for peace on the Korean peninsula should improve after the next (Korean) election; the known unknowns on North Koreas nuclear arsenal; why a mass closure of foreign US military bases would almost certainly result in Japans militarization; and the bipartisan Congressional proposals to close bases and cut military spending.

Antiwar Radio: John Feffer

John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses his article The End of Americas Pacific Century; North Koreas attempt to increase its stature among nations, both militarily and economically which requires regional allies with deep pockets; N. Koreas deals with S. Korean industry and Russian energy concerns; the Bush administrations overtures to N. Korea in 2006-07, followed up by Obamas silent treatment; and the debate about whether the US needs to maintain a permanent military presence in East Asia to preserve the status quo and prevent old enemies from clashing again.

Antiwar Radio: John Feffer

John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses the Afghanistan debate following Osama bin Ladens death; his disagreement with Jonathan Landay, who says we cant withdraw for fear of the terrible consequences; the sea-change in public opinion (and even in Congress and among elite opinion-makers) on the wisdom of staying in Afghanistan; why Syria may be a bridge too far for US intervention; the failed kill the chicken to scare the monkey US strategy in Libya; bin Ladens partial victory, wherein the US empire is bankrupt and failing, but Islamic radicalization was eschewed in favor of a democratic, non-fundamentalist Arab Spring; how neoconservatives and antiwar libertarians are close cousins with similar backgrounds who have arrived at diametrically opposed worldviews; whether the US empire is a stabilizing force globally, or an impediment to ending unhealthy stalemates (as on the Korean peninsula); and the complex (wonkish even) history of N. Koreas uranium enrichment program, plutonium nuclear weapons, and broken deals with successive US administrations.

May 19 – Today on Antiwar Radio

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John Feffer, Mark Sheffield, Angela Keaton, Steven Greenhut

Today on Antiwar radio with Scott Horton.

Mark Sheffield will be on to discuss his latest piece, Screwing the Swedes: Lockheed vs. SAAB. Read it here.

Bio: Mark Sheffield runs the Policy on Point blog.

John Feffer will be on to discuss Afghanistan. Read his latest here.

Bio: John Feffer is the co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. He is the author of several books and numerous articles. He has been a Writing Fellow at Provisions Library in Washington, DC and a PanTech fellow in Korean Studies at Stanford University. He is a former associate editor of World Policy Journal. He has worked as an international affairs representative in Eastern Europe and East Asia for the American Friends Service Committee. He has also worked for the AFSC on such issues as the global economy, gun control, women and workplace, and domestic politics. He has served as a consultant for Foreign Policy in Focus, the Institute for Policy Studies, and the Friends Committee on National Legislation, among other organizations.

Angela Keaton will be on to discuss how you can help support Antiwar.com. See how you can help here.

Bio: Angela Keaton is the Development Director for Antiwar.com

Steven Greenhut will be on to disuss the sad passing of Alan Bock.

Background:

Bio: Steven Greenhut is director of Pacific Research Institute’s Journalism Center, which was launched d in January 2010 to provide in-depth news coverage of California government, with a focus on uncovering waste, fraud and misuse of taxpayer dollars. Most recently, Greenhut was senior editorial writer for the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif. He is a frequent contributer to LewRockwell.com

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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: John Feffer

John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy In Fo13cus at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses the original Islamic caliphate that was hardly world-conquering even at its peak around 1000 years ago, how periodic US alliances with “radical” Islam (in opposition to the USSR for example) shows that realpolitik transcends religious concerns, the multiple schisms between different sects and state-less/national powers in Islamic countries and the broad divergence between rhetoric and reality on Islam in America today.

Antiwar Radio: John Feffer

John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses the diplomatic fallout following S. Korea’s conclusion that N. Korea sunk its battleship, indications that – despite the heated rhetoric – war will be avoided on the Korean peninsula, the breakdown of N. Korea’s prior NPT commitment thanks to the US government and the Japanese Prime Minister’s change of heart on a US military base on Okinawa.

Antiwar Radio: John Feffer

John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses the US influence in remaking the Japanese government after WWII, the enduring popularity of Japan’s Peace Constitution, the Pentagon’s recognition that US military bases eventually overstay their welcome even in allied countries, the continued symbolic significance of US gestures of regret for Hiroshima and Nagasaki and how Japanese foreign policy is influenced by antipathy toward N. Korea.

Antiwar Radio: John Feffer

John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus, discusses a Jeffersonian-era U.S. navy suicide attack against Barbary pirates, the Western tradition of self-sacrifice for a “greater good,” how suicide attacks are usually a desperate tactic taken against foreign occupation and not exclusive to Islam and the inability of Western claims of moral superiority to withstand scrutiny.

Antiwar Radio: John Feffer

John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus, discusses the new arms race in North Asia, Japan’s abandonment of their tradition of non intervention since WWII, “containment” policy toward China, the status of the nuclear deal with the DPRK and the possibilities and obstacles to Korean reunification.