Robert Naiman, Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy, discusses his article “Yes, Virginia, We Can Do Something About the Drone Strikes;” the US government’s determination that military-age males killed by drones are always enemy combatants; targeting people for assassination that aren’t even on the “kill list” (as if the list itself wasn’t bad enough); opposition to Obama’s drone program from within his own administration and Congress; how regular people can (indirectly) change federal policy; and how drone strikes have become the best recruitment tool for anti-US militants since Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.
Robert Naiman, Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy, discusses his article “Does AIPAC Want War? Lieberman ‘Capability’ Red Line May Tip AIPAC’s Hand;” how Joe Lieberman’s senate bill lowers the threshold for military action by adopting Israeli policy on Iran’s nuclear breakout capability; the dangerous ambiguity of the terms “vital national interest” and “nuclear weapons capability;” and how US diplomats have abandoned compromise in favor of “do what we say or else” bullying.
Robert Naiman, Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy, discusses Gen. David Petraeus’s “progress” report (contradicted by US intelligence analysts) to Congress for the Afghan War review; polls that show Americans are turning against the war as the Paul-Kucinich-Jones resolution gains support; rhetoric vs. reality on the July 2011 troop drawdown; and why measurements of “success” are only cynically manipulated statistics, as everyone – especially Petraeus – knows the war is a lost cause.
Robert Naiman, Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy, discusses Obamaâ€™s commendable follow-through on reducing troop levels in Iraq and (at least rhetorically) standing by the 2011 withdrawal date, the huge increase in troop numbers and casualties in Afghanistan since the Bush administration, the end of finite wars as U.S. foreign policy remains on a permanent war footing and the much-exaggerated death of the antiwar movement.