Phil Donahue

Body of War


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.

MP3 here. (20:51)

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.

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  1. Loved the interview with Donahue. The only statement I cringed at concerned the draft. I never want to hear “If we are going to use the draft, then we need to draft the rich, too…” No, no, no!!!!!!!!! No draft for anyone; no insane wars all over the planet.

  2. Mr Donahue, thank you for your willingness to stick to your principles at the risk of your career. You’re right about the risk to our civil liberties and how far we’ve gotten from the Jeffersonian Democracy that we both appreciate and hold in high esteem. You’re also right that if you give the executive branch a bunch of powerful weapons an excuse will be found to use them, sadly, that’s also true of a large army, whether draftee or not.

    I’d like to suggest that Thomas Jefferson would probably have been against a military draft, as Jefferson was uncomfortable with a permanent army altogether for just the reasons you made clear. I realize your main point was that the rich and the instigators send the sons of the poor off to war and suffer no personal consequences. Of course that’s abhorrent.

    However tempting it might be to try to visit some of the consequences of war on the families of those who instigated it, and however much that might encourage a more careful and realistic foreign policy, it’s still wrong. It’s wrong that ANY third parties should suffer for a war instigated by the “chickenhawks”, even if the third parties happen to be the sons of the chickenhawks.

    Later in the interview, you note that the draft always seems to have loopholes for the rich and powerful. Given human nature and the horribly imperfect results that government always produces, I fear that we can expect no less from future drafts.

    I think we should try impeachment again, and not the sort of impeachment over nothing under which President Clinton was charged (don’t get me wrong, President Clinton was eminently impeachable, but it should have been for HIS undeclared wars of aggression, not for being a horn-dog). Let’s have some SUBSTANTIVE impeachments for starting war on false pretenses. Let’s impeach over legislating from the oval office via signing statements. Let’s impeach over violating the 4th amendment via illegal wiretapping. Let’s impeach over failure to keep and honor the oath of office. Let’s impeach over going to war without a congressional declaration of war (and yes, that means many in congress should also be impeached for not fulfilling their OWN constitutional responsibilities.)

    Hopefully that would get their attention.


    Impeach Bush and Cheney NOW

    Defense of the Constitution Knows No Party

    The Bush administration has illegally seized and imprisoned Americans without benefit of their trial by jury, has spied on Americans without warrant in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, has lied America into a disastrous war, and has betrayed an American intelligence officer, who was working on weapons of mass destruction networks, to our enemies (Valerie Plame.)

    Impeachment hearings against Vice President Dick Cheney are now a distinct possibility, thanks to a recent outpouring of public support for impeachment by Americans across the political spectrum. Your calls and faxes to House Judiciary Committee members are needed to keep up the pressure.

    Leave a message for your Congressman, to demand he obey his oath to “defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Act now to restore your rights and the rule of law bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers, which brave men have died defending throughout our history.

    Call the House Judiciary Committee

    and demand that Impeachment hearings begin ASAP!

    *What Happened to Make This All Possible?

    On November 6, 2007, Rep. Dennis Kucinich brought H.Res.799, for the impeachment of Cheney, to the House Floor for debate. It was broadcast on CSPAN. A sudden outpouring of public support for impeachment forced lawmakers to keep the resolution alive. Democrats, most of whom currently resist demands for impeachment, were unwilling to kill the bill with the public watching. Republicans and some Democrats, mindful of impeachment sentiment, voted to debate the bill, but failed. At the end of the day, Americans of both parties had made it clear whose “table” this is, and that they want to see impeachment on it.

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    WE NEED A NATIONAL FAST FROM CONSUMERISM !! If you want to literally do a FAST from eating- that is your choice- Make sure Congress knows you are also calling for NATIONAL CONSUMER FAST asap – AND A NATIONAL STRIKE !! this is the perfect opportunity to grow the movement !!!!

    They dont care if we don’t eat, they care if we dont BUY FOOD, GAS, and products that make these corporations money !!! THEY CARE ABOUT THE STOCK MARKET CRASHING ANOTHER 300 POINTS TODAY !!!

  4. Phil Donoghue, I was watching your show fifteen years ago and I always thought you were different. Always thought you were different. You always had interesting topics.. But now I can only say you are a very brave man, But I think there is no future for you in the states, Let me suggest some countries for you. Iceland, the Netherlands(where I was born, and still hold their passport Belgium or Luxembourg and there is always France. Get out of the states they do not deserve a man of your calibre.

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