Lew Rockwell

Bill Buckley and the Return of the Old Right

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Lew Rockwell, president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and proprietor of LewRockwell.com, discusses the life and death of William F. Buckley, his early CIA ties, exile of the antiwar Right from the conservative movement, the centrality of militarism and imperialism to modern conservative thinking, the real political spectrum, paleo-libertarianism, the American complex of fear and vaunting, the reality of red state fascism, the coming National Service Corps, whether or not war is good for the economy and the hope inspired by the Ron Paul Revolution and the New York Philharmonic’s recent visit to the DPRK.

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Lew Rockwell is the founder and President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, Vice President of the Center for Libertarian Studies in Burlingame, California, and publisher of the political Web site LewRockwell.com. He served as Ron Paul’s congressional chief of staff between 1978 and 1982.

Gen. Robert Gard

Deal With Iran

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Army Lt. Gen. Robert G. Gard Jr. (Ret.), senior military fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-proliferation, discusses the possibility of war with Iran in the wake of the National Intelligence Estimate, the unreasonable demands of the U.S. State Department in order for negotiations to even begin, whether the Iranian leadership is too “crazy” to deal with, the hopefully slight possibility that the U.S. would use nuclear weapons in an air war against Iran, the Israeli bombing of Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981 and it’s counterproductive results, the status Iran’s relationship with the IAEA, Iran’s various offers for peace negotiations during the Bush years, America’s relationship with the Mujahideen e Khalq and their front the NCRI, possible consequences for American interests in the region in the event of war and the thin excuses for and enormous costs of putting a “missile defense system” in Eastern Europe.

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Lt. General Robert G. Gard, Jr. is the Senior Military Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where his work focuses on nuclear nonproliferation, missile defense, Iraq, Iran, military policy, nuclear terrorism, and other national security issues.

During his military career, Gard fought in both Korea and Vietnam, and served a three year tour in Germany. He also served as Executive Assistant to two secretaries of defense; the first Director of Human Resources Development for the U.S. Army, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, and President of National Defense University (NDU).

Steve Clemons

Middle East, Cuba, Humanitarian War

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Steve Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation and author of the influential blog The Washington Note, discusses his view that there will not be a war against Iran barring the creation of some sort of incident, al Qaeda’s goals in the region, the end of Castro’s reign in Cuba, Ron Paul and Chris Dodd’s position in favor of normalizing relations with them and the differences and sames between the neocons, realists and liberal internationalists.

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Steven Clemons directs the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, which aims to promote a new American internationalism that combines a tough-minded realism about America’s interests in the world with a pragmatic idealism about the kind of world order best suited to America’s democratic way of life. He is also a Senior Fellow at New America, and previously served as Executive Vice President.

Publisher of the popular political blog The Washington Note, Mr. Clemons is a long-term policy practitioner and entrepreneur in Washington, D.C. He has served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, Senior Policy Advisor on Economic and International Affairs to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and was the first Executive Director of the Nixon Center.

Daniel Ellsberg

Deliso and Ellsberg Talk Corruption

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Daniel Ellsberg, famous leaker of the Pentagon Papers, and Chris Deliso, of Balkanalysis.com, discuss the case of FBI translator-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds and the international crime rings she exposed.

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Balkanalysis.com director Christopher Deliso has lived and traveled widely in SE Europe and has a master’s degree with distinction in Byzantine Studies from Oxford University (1999). His two new books, The Coming Balkan Caliphate: The Threat of Radical Islam to Europe and the West and Hidden Macedonia: The Mystic Lakes of Ohrid and Prespa will appeal to readers interested in, respectively, the major security issues involving the region today, and travel in one of Europe’s most fascinating but least visited areas.

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Daniel Ellsberg is the author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers. He was born in Detroit in 1931. After graduating from Harvard in 1952 with a B.A. Summa cum Laude in Economics, he studied for a year at King’s College, Cambridge University, on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

Between 1954 and 1957, Ellsberg spent three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as rifle platoon leader, operations officer, and rifle company commander.

From 1957-59 he was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows, Harvard University. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard in 1962 with his thesis, Risk, Ambiguity and Decision.

In 1959, he became a strategic analyst at the RAND Corporation, and consultant to the Department of Defense and the White House, specializing in problems of the command and control of nuclear weapons, nuclear war plans, and crisis decision-making.

He joined the Defense Department in 1964 as Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs) John McNaughton, working on Vietnam. He transferred to the State Department in 1965 to serve two years at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, evaluating pacification on the front lines.

On return to the RAND Corporation in 1967, he worked on the Top Secret McNamara study of U.S. Decision-making in Vietnam, 1945-68, which later came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. In 1969, he photocopied the 7,000 page study and gave it to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; in 1971 he gave it to the New York Times, Washington Post and 17 other newspapers. His trial, on twelve felony counts posing a possible sentence of 115 years, was dismissed in 1973 on grounds of governmental misconduct against him, which led to the convictions of several White House aides and figured in the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon.

Since the end of the Vietnam War he has been a lecturer, writer and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era and unlawful interventions.

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Chris Deliso

US Imports Jihad to Balkans

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Chris Deliso, the only western journalist in Macedonia, longtime contributor to Antiwar.com, proprietor of Balkanalysis.com and author of The Coming Balkan Caliphate: The Threat of Radical Islam to Europe and the West, discusses the problems of ethnic and religious differences, crime and corruption in the former Yugoslavia, the rise of Saudi-financed Wahaabi Islam in Albania, Kosovo and Bosnia and the compromised and ineffectual “humanitarians” from the UN who’ve been running Kosovo.

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Balkanalysis.com director Christopher Deliso has lived and traveled widely in SE Europe and has a master’s degree with distinction in Byzantine Studies from Oxford University (1999). His two new books, The Coming Balkan Caliphate: The Threat of Radical Islam to Europe and the West and Hidden Macedonia: The Mystic Lakes of Ohrid and Prespa will appeal to readers interested in, respectively, the major security issues involving the region today, and travel in one of Europe’s most fascinating but least visited areas.

Since 2001, he has published many articles on Balkan politics, economics, security issues, travel, history and culture in US and world newspapers, analysis firms such as the Economist Intelligence Unit, and in numerous magazines and websites. He is also a travel writer for Lonely Planet, covering SE Europe.

Gareth Porter

They’re Still Lying About Iran

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Independent historian and journalist, Gareth Porter, discusses relations between Shi’ite factions in Iraq, their relations with Iran, accusations that the Iranians are supplying weapons to those killing Americans in Iraq, the State Department’s insistence that Iran “admit” to the accusation in the recent NIE that they used to have a nuclear weapons program, the complicity of the mainstream media in promoting the government’s propaganda and the consequences of American intervention in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Dr. Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy who has been independent since a brief period of university teaching in the 1980s. Dr. Porter is the author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam (University of California Press, 2005). He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005.

Dr. Porter was both a Vietnam specialist and an anti-war activist during the Vietnam War and was Co-Director of Indochina Resource Center in Washington. Dr. Porter taught international studies at City College of New York and American University. He was the first Academic Director for Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Washington Semester program at American University.

Philip Cunliffe

Kosovo’s Pseudo-Secession

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Philip Cunliffe, freelance writer and researcher at King’s College in London, England, discusses the new “supervised independence” of Kosovo under the authority of the European Union, the fallacy of benevolent international humanitarian intervention and its consequences in Sudan and Iraq as well as the Balkans.

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Philip Cunliffe is co-editor of Politics without Sovereignty: A critique of contemporary international relations (UCL Press, 2007). Read more about the book here.

Fred Kaplan

Empire Weakens America

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Fred Kaplan, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for Slate and author of Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power argues that America lost much of its influence with the end of the Cold War and that the War Party has weakened what’s left of our empire by overplaying it and overspending and his profile of Robert Gates.

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Fred Kaplan is Slate’s “War Stories” columnist and the author of Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power.

Michael Scheuer

Osama’s Indispensable Ally: US Foreign Policy

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Michael Scheuer, former chief of the CIA’s bin Laden Unit and author of Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror and Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq, discusses the politicians’ willful ignorance about al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden’s one indispensable ally: American foreign policy and the danger of future attacks.

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Michael Scheuer is a 22-year veteran of the CIA and the author ofThrough Our Enemies Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America and Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror. His newest book is Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq.

Jonathan Schwarz

Bill Kristol: Wrong

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Jonathan Schwarz, co-author of Our Kamf and the blog A Tiny Revolution, discusses the fun he had upon finding a tape of Bill Kristol and Daniel Ellsberg on “Washington Journal” just after the Iraq invasion.

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Jonathan Schwarz has written for many publications, including the New Yorker, New York Times, Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, Slate, Esquire and Village Voice. He’s also contributed material to Saturday Night Live and National Public Radio.

His website is named after something George Orwell once said: “Every joke is a tiny revolution.”

John V. Walsh

Left, Right, Libertarians Unite Against War!

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John V. Walsh, regular contributor to CounterPunch laments the failures of the progressive Left, paleo Right and libertarians to get their act together in a real antiwar coalition.

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John V. Walsh, a frequent contributor to CounterPunch.com and Antiwar.com, is a member of the Green Rainbow Party of MA. He is also a member of Physicians for a National Health Program. Some years ago he ran for U.S. Congress and won the endorsement of the Boston Globe.

Scott Horton

Rule of Law Waterboarded

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The other Scott Horton (no relation), heroic anti-torture human rights lawyer, Columbia University lecturer and noted author of the blog “No Comment” at Harper’s magazine, discusses the erosion of the rule of law as binding on government power, the Senate’s attempt to push back by again outlawing torture, Justice Scalia’s scandalous view of “‘so-called’ torture,” the Taxi to the Dark Side, the “Kubark technique” of sensory deprivation/overload, the innocence of 92% of the Guantanamo detainees, hopes that the next administration will undo the Bush/Cheney torture policy, the difficulty of getting rid of the neocons like Cheney’s lawyer Jim Haynes, the military tribunal system, the persecution by the Justice Department of political opponents of the GOP and their refusal to prosecute rapes and murders committed by contractors in Iraq.

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Scott Horton is a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine and pens the blog No Comment. A New York attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict, Horton lectures at Columbia Law School. A life-long human rights advocate, Scott served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union. He is a co-founder of the American University in Central Asia, and has been involved in some of the most significant foreign investment projects in the Central Eurasian region. Scott recently led a number of studies of abuse issues associated with the conduct of the war on terror for the New York City Bar Association, where he has chaired several committees, including, most recently, the Committee on International Law. He is also a member of the board of the National Institute of Military Justice, the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, the EurasiaGroup and the American Branch of the International Law Association.

Christopher Ketcham

Break Up the USA

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Christopher Ketcham, a freelance reporter and writer for many venues including Antiwar.com, discusses modern American secessionist movements like the Second Vermont Republic, the drawbacks of centralized power and possible pitfalls of radical decentralization, his upcoming article for Radar about federal plans for martial law and upcoming movie about corruption in Brooklyn.

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Christopher Ketcham, a freelance reporter based in Moab, Utah, writes for Harper’s, Mother Jones, GQ, Salon and many other venues.

John Feffer

North East Asian Arms Race

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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.

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John Feffer is the co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. He is the author of North Korea, South Korea: U.S. Policy at a Time of Crisis (Seven Stories, 2003), among other books.

John Taylor

Bush, Abrams vs. Palestinians

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Middle East expert John Taylor discusses Bush and his lackey Elliot Abram‘s successful efforts to do nothing at all to help achieve peace in Palestine, the dishonest media, Tom Lantos’ participation of the “babies left to die on the cold floor” hoax of 1990 and Abram’s role in Iran-Contra.

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John Taylor received an A.B. in Near Eastern Languages from the University of Chicago, a B.A. and an M.A. in Oriental studies from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Columbia University. He served two years active duty in the United States Army, reaching the grade of sergeant, and spent six years in the reserves. Before making his career in the oil and gas business in Texas, he worked in the Middle East as an archaeologist, banker, and civil servant. Taylor is a life-long Republican.

Will Grigg

Picking Fights With, Becoming Like Russia

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Will Grigg, proprietor of RightSourceOnline and the blog Pro-Libertate and author of the new book Liberty In Eclipse: The Rise of the Homeland Security State, discusses the honesty of Ron Paul, his message of restrained government, U.S. instigation of newly increasing tensions with the Russians, the drug wars, torture, the dangerous centralization of police power since 9/11 and domestic “law enforcement”‘s increasing brutality and impunity.

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William Norman Grigg writes the Pro Libertate blog and is the founder and editor of The Right Source.

Glenn Greenwald

Tappin’ My Phone, Never Leave Me Alone

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Glenn Greenwald, author of A Tragic Legacy and blogger at Salon.com, discusses the “two” parties’ collaboration to gut the fourth amendment with the “Protect America Act” and hopes for a last ditch political realignment to save the Bill of Rights.

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Glenn Greenwald was previously a constitutional law and civil rights litigator in New York. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling book How Would a Patriot Act?, a critique of the Bush administration’s use of executive power, released in May 2006. His brand new book is A Tragic Legacy.

David R. Henderson

Information, Intervention Problems

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David R. Henderson, Antiwar.com columnist and associate professor of economics in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School, discusses practical free market economic reasons for Americans to oppose empire and foreign interventionism.

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David R. Henderson is a research fellow with the Hoover Institution and an associate professor of economics in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is author of The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey and editor of The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, available online. His latest book, co-authored with Charles L. Hooper, is Making Great Decisions in Business and Life.

Isabel McDonald

Do-gooders Make Darfur Worse

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Isabel McDonald, communications director at FAIR, discusses how do-gooder liberals in the American media distort the truth about the situation in the Darfur region of Sudan, the negative consequences for the people there, the precedent set by the NATO intervention in Serbia/Kosovo in 1999 and the general implausibility of American intervention in Africa benefiting anyone.

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Isabel McDonald is communications director at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.

Seymour Hersh

Israel’s Sept. Attack on Syria

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Seymour Hersh from the New Yorker discusses his new article about the  Israeli air strike against Syria last September, U.S. complicity and the lies used to justify it.

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Seymour Hersh is an award winning investigative reporter currently writing for the New Yorker magazine.

James Bovard

Attention Deficit Democracy

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James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy discusses the similarities between the lies surrounding the Vietnam and Iraq wars, the Democrat Congress’ capitulation to the Bush administration, the new and improved “Protect America Act” and his disappointment in Ron Paul’s ad campaign.

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James Bovard is the author of Attention Deficit Democracy (St. Martin’s/Palgrave, 2006), and eight other books. He has written for the New York Times, War Street Journal, Washington Post, New Republic, Reader’s Digest, and many other publications. His books have been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, and Korean. He is a contributing editor for the American Conservative and a frequent contributor to Freedom Daily.

The War Street Journal called Bovard “the roving inspector general of the modern state,” and Washington Post columnist George Will called him a “one-man truth squad.” His 1994 book Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty received the Free Press Association’s Mencken Award as Book of the Year. His Terrorism and Tyranny won the Lysander Spooner Award for the Best Book on Liberty in 2003. He received the Thomas Szasz Award for Civil Liberties work, awarded by the Center for Independent Thought, and the Freedom Fund Award from the Firearms Civil Rights Defense Fund of the National Rifle Association.

His writings have been been publicly denounced by the chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the Postmaster General, and the chiefs of the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as by many congressmen and other malcontents.

Ann Wright

Voices of Conscience

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Former State Department diplomat Ann Wright discusses Bill O’Reilly, Powell’s UN speech 5 years ago, her resignation from the State Department before the invasion of Iraq, her new book Dissent: Voices of Conscience and the Sibel Edmonds case.

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Ann Wright served 29 years in the US Army and US Army Reserves and retired as a colonel. She served 16 years in the US diplomatic corps in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Micronesia and Mongolia. She resigned from the US Department of State in March, 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq.

Jim Lobe

The Neocons

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Jim Lobe, Washington correspondent for IPS News, discusses the neoconservative movement, their origins on the Trotskyite Left, their alliances with Scoop Jackson, the Christian Right, Rightwing nationalists and the Military Industrial Complex against the old eastern establishment, their lust for power and militaristic world view, their role in the war against Iraq and the realist resurgence.

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Jim Lobe, works as Inter Press Service’s correspondent in the Washington, D.C., bureau. He has followed the ups and downs of neoconservatives since well before their rise in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Allan Hyde

One Million Dead Iraqis

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Allan Hyde, director of Opinion Research Business, discusses his firm’s survey results indicating that approximately one million Iraqis have died violent deaths since the U.S. invasion in March 2003 and the differences between his results and those of some of the others attempting to keep track.

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Allan rejoined ORB as a Director in January 2005 having spent seven years at MORI where he led their business to business (B2B) and professional services division. Allan has nearly 20 years’ market research experience with a focus on business related research: business and consumer confidence, corporate finance, corporate image and communications and professional services. His extensive international experience includes running the 18 country Central & Eastern Eurobarometer and the primary research behind PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) global ValueReporting™ initiative. Allan has spoken at a number of conferences and seminars and his article on attitudes and responses to the collapse of Enron was recently published in the International Journal of Market Research (IJMR). He has a MSc in Social Research Methods from the University of Surrey and a BA (Hons) in Applied Social Science from Kingston Polytechnic. Allan is an associate member of the Market Research Society.