Fred Branfman, a writer and longtime activist, discusses his article “Obama’s Secret Wars: How Our Shady Counter-Terrorism Policies Are More Dangerous Than Terrorism” at AlterNet; the “industrial-sized” US killing machine, purportedly used to win the war on terrorism, that strikes with impunity the world over; how drone strikes and assassinations create new enemies far faster than “terrorists” are killed, with the added bonus of destabilizing allied governments; the lack of a cohesive US foreign policy – instead each agency pursues its own agenda and fights for increased budgets; and why we’d be better off with a McCain victory in 2008 (same policy but a more vigorous Democratic opposition).
Fred Branfman, writer for Alternet.org, discusses how the WikiLeaks documents reveal, more than anything else, the â€œvast lying machineâ€ of our government and military; why the Cablegate disclosures alone are enough to justify a new Nuremberg-style war crimes tribunal; how US military escalations in Afghanistan and Pakistan are counterproductive when considering (Ret.) Gen. Stanley McChrystalâ€™s â€œinsurgent math;â€ and why the US government â€“ not WikiLeaks â€“ is a danger to national security and needs to be reigned in before another 9/11 attack makes the US a police state.
Fred Branfman, author of the Alternet article â€œMass Assassinations Lie at the Heart of Americaâ€™s Military Strategy in the Muslim World,â€ discusses several common-sense reasons â€œwhy they hate usâ€ (it isnâ€™t our freedom), how the â€œMcChrystal ratioâ€ exposes the bankruptcy of COIN strategy, the incredibly broad scope â€“ both in number of forces employed and geographic space â€“ of U.S. assassination policy, why (unlike CIA ops) these killings donâ€™t require Presidential approval or reports to Congress, how Petraeusâ€™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.
Fred Branfman, author of the article â€œ5 Million Iraqis Killed, Maimed, Tortured, Displaced â€” Think That Bothers War Boosters Like Christopher Hitchens?â€ discusses the demonstrably false assertion that Iraqis are â€œbetter offâ€ now than under Saddam Hussein, why liberal warhawks like Hitchens bear a moral burden for Iraqi civilian deaths, the ongoing class war in America (that the billionaires are winning) and why holding elections does not qualify Iraq as a democracy.