Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute and regular contributor to Antiwar.com, discusses his new book No War For Oil: U.S. Dependency and the Middle East; why it isn’t necessary to secure oil supplies with military force; how US meddling in the Middle East increases oil prices and destabilizes regional governments; why national energy independence is a foolish pursuit; his article “Smoke and Mirrors in Energy Policy;” and how sanctions on Iranian oil exports help China and India get a discount on their energy needs.
Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute and regular contributor to Antiwar.com, discusses his prescient article “A Double Standard for the Ultimate Penalty” about the protests against convicted cop-killer Troy Davis’s execution and the stony silence about US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki’s inclusion on the government’s assassination list (without conviction or even charge); saying goodbye to Fifth Amendment protection against punishment without due process; why the government faces more accountability when wiretapping Americans than when killing them; and the insanity of trusting Barack Obama’s administration (or any other) with correctly identifying and punishing perpetrators of crimes, in the total absence of judicial review.
Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute and regular contributor to Antiwar.com, discusses the historical revisionists coming out of the woodwork for Ronald Reagan’s 100 birthday; Reagan’s overrated presidency, from foreign policy to the economy; why the Soviet collapse had more to do with a failed economic model than provocative US policy; how Iran Contra dealt a huge blow to Constitutional checks and balances, with the Executive branch doing an end-run around Congress and the Boland Amendment to secretly fund the Nicaraguan Contras; the persistence of Reagan’s “fake” tax cut model (cutting taxes without cutting spending simply hides the costs of government) evident in Dick Cheney’s “deficits don’t matter” mantra; why a better Cold War strategy would have been to let the USSR run amok in the empire-killing money pits of South and Central Asia and Latin America; and the Pentagon’s conflict of interest in making threat assessments (why would they ever not find one?)
Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute and regular contributor to Antiwar.com, discusses the U.S. fight for diplomatic leverage in Afghanistan, why extreme militarization signals the final stage of empire, the many tragedies created by Democrats acting tough and why we need a president like Eisenhower who wonâ€™t jump headfirst into every foreign conflict.
Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute, discusses the US contribution to violence and political instability in Somalia, how al Qaeda affiliate groups are primarily concerned with local issues and simply use the moniker for prominence and fundraising, nationalist movements that are mislabeled â€œIslamicâ€ because mosques are often the only available forum for political dissent and how the US government characterizes Osama bin Laden as irrational in order to dismiss his stated grievances.
Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute, discusses the China fear-mongering used to fend off U.S. defense budget cuts, the future of artificial intelligence warfare, the seeming normalcy of U.S. interventionist foreign policy and how Woodrow Wilson ruined the 20th century for everyone.
On the subject of his new book Recarving Rushmore.
Ivan Eland, author of The Empire Has No Clothes, Antiwar.com columnist and Director of the Center on Peace and Liberty at the Independent Institute explains Americaâ€™s policy toward Pakistan and how it has that country on the path to be taken over by religious types, the lack of a hunt for bin Laden and Zawahiri, the failures and fraud of American empire, why Ron Paul is right about the roots of anti-American terrorism, and hopes for a realignment among the Old Right and New Left in opposition to our countryâ€™s state of perpetual war.
Ivan Eland, Director of the Center on Peace and Liberty at the Independent Institute and author of The Empire Has No Clothes explains the “enemy combatant” status used to imprison Jose Padilla and now put him on trial and the implications for the rest of us.
Philip Dru interviews Ivan Eland about military tribunals, a proper response to terrorism and intervention in Haiti. He is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, the Director of The Center on Peace and Liberty, and OnPower.org. Mr. Eland also writes for Antiwar.com, and is the author of the book, Putting Defense Back into U.S. Defense Policy
Ivan Eland is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, the Director of The Center on Peace and Liberty, and OnPower.org. He is also the author of Putting Defense Back into U.S. Defense Policy. Unfortunately, Mr. Eland’s Interview was lost by the stupid computer. You will just have to read what he has to say.