Joshua Snyder, American English Professor in South Korea, discusses American involvement with North and South Korea since World War II, how the UN gave Truman the excuse to enter the conflict without declaring war, how the defeat of Robert Taft marked the end of the Old Right until Ron Paul, how 106 of America’s 700+ military bases are in South Korea, how the many billions of American tax dollars being wasted on the occupation are subsidizing the booming South Korean economy, how if we left, South Korea could easily defend itself from the North, how reunification would be an economic nightmare for the South to absorb the North, the wide spread dislike of George Bush in Korea and questions surrounding the Syrian/ North Korean nuclear allegations.
An American Catholic son-in-law of Korea, Joshua Snyder lives with his wife and two children in Pohang, where he serves as an assistant visiting professor of English at a science and technology university. He blogs at The Western Confucian.
Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, discusses the hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars being spent to weaponize space, the 1997 blueprint to control space, “Vision 2020,” how the corporations are our overlords and control society, the proposed mining of Mars by Halliburton, how the military will control who can or can’t travel in space, the economic fascism of socializing costs while privatizing profits, how “Operation Paper Clip” brought 1500 top Nazis to America to start our space program; the CIA; and the MK Ultra mind control experiments, how the Downlink Listening Stations, controlled by STRATCOM, spy on Americans, the danger of the United Command, the future war between the U.S. and China for the world’s resources, the arms race that America has caused by threatening China and Russia, how the “economic draft” will supply endless soldiers for endless war, Rods from God and the necessity of dismantling the military industrial complex.
Philip Giraldi, former DIA and CIA officer and columnist for Antiwar.com, discusses his scoop for the American Conservative magazine that the information leading the FBI to Ben Ami Kadish came from inside the Israeli government, speculation that it may have been an attempt by antiwar factions in Israel to thwart scheduled testimony by Israeli intelligence agents in favor of the bogus story of the North Korea/Syria nuclear weapons program, the promotion of Gen. Petraeus to commander of Centcom, the remaining danger of war with Iran given a suitable pretext, the detriment of the narrative of the indivisibility of Israeli and American interests, the natural divisions between groups like Hezbollah, al Qaeda, the Iranian Mullahs, the War Party’s claims about their cooperation, the FBI’s bogus terrorism prosecutions since 9/11, America’s regime change in Somalia, the case for immediate withdrawal from Iraq and the McCain prescription for confrontation with Russia and China.
Philip Giraldi is a former DIA and CIA officer, partner at Cannistraro Associates, Francis Walsingham Fellow for the American Conservative Defense Alliance, contributing editor at the American Conservative magazine and columnist at Antiwar.com.
Mark Vonnegut, an American pediatrician and writer, talks about a new collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s works titled Armageddon in Retrospect, discusses the legacy of his father’s career as a writer, his father’s life and his father’s love of writing, his father’s writing on political and societal issues, and Kurt’s opinion of the Iraq war.
Gareth Porter, historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses the recent/ongoing battle between “Iraqi government” forces and the Mahdi Army in Basra and Baghdad, how Maliki jumped the gun and thwarted Cheney, Hakim and Petraeus’s plan for a much larger effort against the Sadrists this summer, Maliki’s plain explanation that having his guys attack with Americans would have only weakened his position even more than happened anyway, Maliki’s desperate escape from Basra, Iran’s role in negotiating a cease fire in Basra, the retirement of the “special groups” talking point, the fact that the Iranian regime still supports the Da’wa/ISCI/Maliki regime over Sadr’s forces as the U.S. regime prefers, Ayman al-Zawahiri’s accusations that the U.S. is in cahoots with the Iranians even as the U.S. backs al Qaeda allied groups in Lebanon and Iraq, the continuing danger of war with Iran and full scale war against the Shi’ites of Iraq and ultimate defeat.
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.
William Astore, professor of history at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, discusses his career at Cheyenne Mountain Missile Warning Center, the 15 separate buildings within it, its turning from a protective space to target with improvements in nuclear yield and missile accuracy, the continuing danger of accidental nuclear war with Russia, the necessity of the abolition of these obsolete weapons of indiscriminate killing, the dangerous mindset of the average government job-holder, Ronald Reagan’s desire and failure to make a deal for total abolition at Reykjavik and America’s current aggressive stance toward Russia.
William J. Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF), has taught at the Air Force Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School. He teaches history at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. He is co-author of Hindenburg: Icon of German Militarism.
John Dean, White House Counsel for Richard Nixon and author of Pure Goldwater, discusses the corruption and war crimes of the Bush administration, the process of researching the book, Goldwater’s personal discussions with Richard Nixon regarding becoming U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Goldwater turning down the vice presidency from Gerald Ford, his personal intelligence, feelings on running for the presidency, the subject matter of his journals and relationship with John McCain.
John Dean was White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon from July 1970 to April 1973. As White House Counsel, he was involved with the events leading to the Watergate scandal. Some of Dean’s books are Unmasking Deep Throat, Worse than Watergate, and Conservatives without Conscience.
Glenn Greenwald, a former American attorney and current political and legal blogger, discusses his new book, Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics, the Republican party’s lack of fiscal discipline, the growth of the surveillance state and government power, the exploitation of fear, hypocrisy of the Republicans on family values, Senator John McCain’s hypocrisy on security issues, the rule of law and takes questions from listeners.
Glenn Greenwald is a former attorney and current political and legal blogger and columnist at Salon.com. He is the author of How Would a Patriot Act? and A Tragic Legacy both New York Times bestsellers.
Phil Donahue, American media personality and former talk show host, discusses his new movie, Body of War, the challenges of disabled Iraq war veterans, the media’s coverage of the Iraq war, the sanitization and marketing of the Iraq war by the Bush administration, the status of dissent in America, the debate of the Iraq war in Congress, the spending of the Iraq war, the loss of civil liberties, war profiteering, the timing of the Iraq war resolution in Congress and the impossibility of supporting both the war and the troops.
Phil Donahue is an American media personality, writer, and best known as the creator and star of The Phil Donahue Show, which ran for 26 years.Donahue hosted a talk show on MSNBC from 2002-2003. Donahue served as executive producer for the documentary, Body of War.
Pamela Schwartz, communications director from the National Priorities Project, discusses the outrageous amounts of military spending while spending on domestic priorities and international diplomacy are neglected, the mission of the National Priorities Project and its impact on discussing the federal budget, the promise of the expansion of military spending by the major presidential candidates, the scandal of corporate welfare, and the complexity of the tax code.
Pamela Schwartz is the communications director of the National Priorities Project.The National Priorities Project is a research organization that clarifies the federal budget process and data so that people can understand and influence how tax dollars are spent.The National Priorities Project is located in Northhampton, Massachusetts.
Michael Scheuer, former chief of the CIA’s bin Laden unit and author of Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq, discusses his view that the U.S. betrayal of loyal dictator Musharraf is terrible for Pakistan and U.S. interests in the region, the rising hatred of U.S. foreign policy in the Muslim World, the detrimental effect of the U.S. government’s Israel-centric foreign policy, Ron Paul’s effort to explain to the American people why al Qaeda attacked us on 9/11, why a Ron Paul-style foreign policy would be the worst thing for them, energy independence, future war for oil in Nigeria, Cheney’s argument that al Qaeda in Iraq could ever take over that land, the failure of the media to challenge politicians on this point, his view that Obama, McCain and Clinton – due to their Israel-first stances – will stay in Iraq for at least the next four years, the danger to Israel posed by the neocons’ stupid policies, the extraordinary rendition program and his role in creating it, the necessity of figuring out a way to apply the rule of law to those detained in the terror war, torture, al Libbi’s tortured accusations of ties between Saddam and Osama, his CIA team’s proving that there were no such ties before the war, the strategy behind the September 11th attacks, the fact that Osama has explained exactly what that strategy is for 10 years, and a brief sketch of his new book.
Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent of The Independent, has been visiting Iraq since 1978. He was awarded the 2005 Martha Gellhorn prize for war reporting in recognition of his writing on Iraq. He is the author of, his memoir, The Broken Boy (Jonathan Cape, 2005), and with Andrew Cockburn, Saddam Hussein: An American Obsession (Verso, 2000), The Occupation: War, Resistance and Daily Life in Iraq (Verso, 2006) and Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia revival and the Struggle for Iraq.
Ray McGovern, veteran intelligence analyst for the CIA, joins Charles in studio to discuss George Bush’s criminal “authorization” of the torture of human beings, the arrogance of those who hold unlimited power, the details of the conspiracy between Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, Condoleezza Rice, and George Tenet to get it done, the Democrats’ refusal to do a thing about it, how the retroactive immunity in and the Military Commissions Act of 2006 makes it easier for foreign courts to indict these war criminals, the difference between the analytical and “Gestapo” side of the CIA, the recent ABC News torture conspiracy revelations, the question of retroactive immunity in the torture and NSA domestic spying cases, the supreme war crime and “accumulated evils” of aggressive war, the urgency of impeachment as a preventive measure against war with Iran, John McCain’s insane neocon crew and their desire for war with Iran, Elliot Abrams dangerous role in Iran policy and the centrality of Israel to the neocon agenda, the lies about Iran’s role in Iraq and his giving back of his commendation medal given to him by George H.W. Bush.
Diane Benson, an antiwar Democrat running for Congress in Alaska, discusses the stop loss and severe injuries suffered by her son, the invisibility of the tens of thousands of wounded American soldiers from the Iraq war, the unfairness of the stop loss system, the cowardice of all those who “support” the war with stickers on their truck while others fight for them, the belief of young soldiers that they’d be off to fight bin Laden, the VA’s directing of soldiers to other welfare programs for medical care, the true cost of war in human and financial terms, her son’s partial recovery from his injuries, economic worries, the premium she puts on dialog over military action to deal with terrorism problems and the danger to al Qaeda in Iraq if the U.S. withdraws.
Diane Benson is an Alaskan politician, inspirational speaker, video production consultant, published writer and dramatist. She contracts in film/video production, research, and writing. Benson has appeared in Disney’s White Fang, the award winning Box of Daylight, and the International Film Festival award winning Sacajawea from 1989. Benson has one foster daughter and one son. Her son, Latseen Benson, is an army veteran, who was severely wounded in Iraq in November 2005. Benson has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, a Bachelor’s degree in Theater, and is working on a Master’s in Public Policy at the New England College.
Bruce Schneier, cryptographer, computer security specialist, writer, and author, discusses the Justice Department’s bogus prosecutions of barely-terrorists in the JFK, Ft. Dix, Lackawanna, Miami and other cases, the increasing danger to Americans’ liberties due to the large numbers of new Joint Terrorism Task Forces across the country and their temptation to entrap the innocent, the rise of the domestic security industrial complex, the economics of airline security, information as the answer to the problem of consolidated power, the government’s data mining programs and the death of the Real ID.
Bruce Schneier is an American cryptographer, computer security specialist, writer, and author. He is the author of several books on computer security and cryptography including Applied Cryptography and Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World. He is the founder and chief technology officer of BT Counterpane.
Will Grigg, founder and editor of The Right Source and author of Liberty in Eclipse: The Rise of the Homeland Security State, discusses the legal underpinnings of the modern American torture regime, the Yoo-Bybee memo which allowed for the torture of terrorist suspects – including to death, the predictable consequences of institutionalizing torture, the sickness of the Congress demanding the Iraqis pay for the reconstruction of their country that this one destroyed and the shame in the refusal of the American people to hold our public servants accountable.
Catherine Lutz, professor of anthropology at Brown University, editor of the new book, The Bases of Empire: The Global Struggle Against US Military Posts and proprietor of the Website No-Bases.net, discusses the recent agreement for permanent bases in Iraq, the empire of American military bases all over the world, the resentment of the general populations despite official cooperation, the myth that U.S. troops provide stability in the world, the indefinite occupation of Bosnia and the doctrine of preventive war.
Catherine Lutz is a Watson Institute professor (research) and holds a joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology. Professor Lutz received her BA in sociology and anthropology from Swarthmore College and her PhD in social anthropology from Harvard University. Her most recent books include Local Democracy Under Siege: Activism, Public Interests, and Private Politics and Homefront: A Military City and the American 20th Century, winner of the Leeds Prize and the Victor Turner Prize). Others include Reading National Geographic with Jane Collins, and Unnatural Emotions: Everyday Sentiments on a Micronesian Atoll and their Challenge to Western Theory. She is the immediate past of the American Ethnological Society, the largest organization of cultural anthropologists in the U.S.
Ira Chernus, professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, discusses Americans’ religious devotion to the state and its wars, the narratives of victory and defeat which supplant the facts as the terms of debate over foreign policy – including within the highest circles of power, the Democrats’ fear of being portrayed as weak and inability to control the debate, the magic word “stability” for calling people into line, the long history of American dissent against war despite all the pressure to rally around the nation and the government, the neoconservative and liberal belief in war abroad to improve society at home and the realignment against empire here at home.
Ira Chernus is a professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research focuses on the discourse of peace, war, foreign policy, and nationalism in the United States. His published books include American Nonviolence: The History of an Idea.
Aran S. MacKinnon, associate professor of South African History at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, discusses the history of the Rhodesian independence movement, the post-colonial period in Zimbabwe and the rise of the Mugabe regime, disputes between different ethnic and tribal groups and white landowners, the relative legitimacy of different factions to land claims, Mugabe’s distribution of confiscated land to political cronies and their inability to make productive use of them, the horribly destructive hyperinflation, the brutal crackdowns on residents of shanty towns that had been created by government economic policies, life expectancy statistics, how the predatory nature of the World Bank and IMF help gives Mugabe a credible excuse for the country’s problems, offers by various governments to let Mugabe to seek exile in their countries, the likelihood that he will resort to strong arm tactics to stay in power no matter what the actual results of the recent elections and the opposition leader Tsvangirai’s calls for US/UK/South African intervention.
Aran MacKinnon is an associate professor of South African History, African Rural Political Economy, and Zulu Ethnicity at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia. Dr. MacKinnon has studied and taught history in Canada, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. He is the author of The Making of South Africa: Culture and Politics.
Glenn Greenwald, civil libertarian, blogger and author, discusses the themes in his new book Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics, conservatives’ bogus anti-government rhetoric as they preside over the biggest growth of government ever, their contempt for the Constitution they claim to venerate as they consolidate all power constitutional and otherwise in the presidency, the legacy of William F. Buckley in destroying what was once conservatism with the ex-communism of the neoconservatives, the cowardice of the War Party’s leaders, the parallels between the media’s love for Bush in 2000 and for McCain today, the shallowness and self-serving narcissism of American media figures, Attorney General Mukasey’s lies about what the law says and does and fictional versions of phone calls between terrorists before 9/11 in order to justify further expansions of power over us. (Warning: Bill Hicks clip at the end includes bad language.)
Historian Howard Zinn, author of the new People’s History of American Empire, discusses the long history of American imperialism from the genocide of the American Indians to the wars against Mexico, Spain, the Good War, and the “war on terrorism,” and the long and proud history of the American antiwar movement too.
Howard Zinn is a highly acclaimed American historian, political scientist, social critic, activist, and playwright. He is best known for his bestseller A People’s History of the United States, is Professor Emeritus in the Political Science Department at Boston University.
Philip Giraldi, former DIA and CIA officer and columnist for Antiwar.com, discusses the administration’s renewed line that Iranian-controlled “special groups” of the Mahdi Army are at war with the U.S. in Iraq, Sadr and Badr’s relative ties to Iran, Iranian objectives in Iraq, indications that Cheney ordered Maliki to attack Sadr’s forces last week and his again waxing influence in the administration, the continuing influence of the neconservatives at AEI on Iran policy and danger that they may still start a war before the current presidential term is up, former CentCom commander Fallon’s thwarted attempt to set up a “red phone”-type hotline with the Iranians to diffuse any tensions, the danger to U.S. troops in Iraq in the event of war with Iran and Ayman al-Zawahiri’s stated goal of provoking such a war and the case for immediate withdrawal from Iraq.
Philip Giraldi is a former DIA and CIA officer, partner at Cannistraro Associates, Francis Walsingham Fellow for the American Conservative Defense Alliance, contributing editor at the American Conservative magazine and columnist at Antiwar.com.
Former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel, now running for the Libertarian Party nomination for president, explains how he helped to force the expiration of America’s conscription program, the many views he holds in common with libertarians (eg: the war, the draft, the military industrial complex, empire, habeus corpus, renditions, the Patriot Act, Alaskan Oil and fair debates), democracy versus limited government, America’s belligerence toward Iran, his desire for an unlimited majoritarian world state under a reformed United Nations and his position on trade and trade agreements. (Edited for phone troubles with as much content spared as possible.)
Jonathan Schell, author of The Fate of the Earth, and The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger and visiting lecturer at Yale University, discusses the case against nuclear weapons, the destructive power and military obsolescence of America and Russia’s nuclear arsenals, the treaties the U.S. government has signed promising to dismantle our nukes, the administration’s war against the non-proliferation regime, missile “defense” in Eastern Europe and the first strike option, NATO expansion, the arguments that nukes are good for preventing war among great powers or that North Korea or terrorists could “hold us all hostage” if our governments ceased to hold nukes, nuclear winter, the end of the age of empire, what needs to be done to get going on abolition and Hillary Clinton’s belligerence.
Jonathan Schell is the author of The Fate of the Earth, and The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger. He is the Harold Willens Peace Fellow at The Nation Institute and a visiting lecturer at Yale University.
Update: Your host’s reference to Hillary Clinton’s denunciation of Barack Obama’s refusal to endorse Harry Truman’s nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was mistaken. I was thinking of this, but that (otherwise wonderful) author was apparently thinking of the time last summer when Clinton denounced Obama for promising not to attack our ally Pakistan with nuclear weapons, “just in time” for the 62nd anniversary of those horrible war crimes against the Japanese.
Bruce Falconer, Washington correspondent for Mother Jones magazine, discusses Eric Prince’s Blackwater mercenary force, the history of the company, their ties to the GOP, their work for the State Department in Iraq, the important role played by the Blackwater subsidiary Greystone in recruiting from third world countries, their vast capabilities, including helicopters, airlines, troop ships, intelligence agencies, the military’s increasing dependence on them, their move into the African “market” and the legal loopholes that provide them de facto immunity from the law.
Bruce Falconer is a reporter in Mother Jones‘ Washington bureau, where much of his work has focused on military contracting and the Iraq War. Originally from Chicago, he has also worked as a grocer, a cashier, a parking lot attendant, a middle school janitor, and an editor at the Atlantic Monthly.
Nick Turse, associate editor and research director of TomDispatch.com, discusses the future weaponization of animals by the Pentagon, the new cyborg-insects, moves by different local police agencies to deploy Predator drones, the “hey, it’s simply value-free research going on here” attitude of the DARPA researchers and the rise of the military industrial-everything complex.
The Other Scott Horton, international human rights lawyer, contributing writer for Harper’s magazine and author of their blog No Comment, discusses the release of the full text of the infamous Yoo-Bybee torturememo, the bogus defensive arguments invoking unlimited power contained therein, how the law is supposed to work instead, the Pinochet precedent for prosecution of the highest level officials in this case, the sad story of Dilawar the Afghan cab driver, the scapegoating of the lowest level torturers and the positions of McCain and Clinton on the issue.
The Other 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.
Charles Goyette and Scott Horton of Antiwar Radio discuss the use of the pejorative “conspiracy theorist,” to shut down debate of controversial issues, the continuing danger of war with Iran, the Federal Reserve Board’s war against the American people, their total lack of accountability, vast new power grab over ever larger sectors of the economy, the (un)willingness of most Americans to face up to the truth of the corruption in DC, the danger that when the economy really gets bad, the state will gain even more power and the story of his persecution by Clear Channel for doing the right thing.
Alan Bock, senior editorial writer at the Orange County Register and author of the regular column “Eye on the Empire” for Antiwar.com, discusses the media sycophants who got it wrong, why we got it right, the military’s resistance to Cheney’s war with Iran, how Somalia was before the American-Ethiopia invasion, the case against the central state, the counterproductive and unwinnable “war on terror,” John McCain’s militarist mindset, and the bogus excuses for staying in Iraq and the personal cowardice of the AEI crowd.
Lew Rockwell, president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, discusses, the connection between central banking and the modern warfare state, the Fed’s responsibility for the current global financial crisis, their new power grabs in the name of fixing the problems they’ve created, who benefits, the status of the Ron Paul campaign and his predictions for future consequences of Fed policy.