Fred Kaplan

McCain: Wrong About Much


Fred Kaplan, columnist for Slate and author of Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power, discusses his recent article: “How Much Does John McCain Really Know About Foreign Policy? Not As Much As He’d Like You To Think” which lays out McCain’s many foreign policy misstatements and mistakes including wanting to kick Russia out of the G8 and start a “League of Democracies” to bypass the U.N., his wish to take policy back to the early years of the Bush administration and how the McCain/neocon view falsely assumes the U.S. can and should rule the world.

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Fred Kaplan is a journalist and a contributor to Slate magazine. Prior to writing for Slate, Kaplan was a correspondent at the Boston Globe. He has also written for other publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and Scientific American. In 2008, Kaplan published the book, Daydream Believers.

Chalmers Johnson

Public-Private Imperial Police State


Chalmers Johnson, former CIA analyst and author of the Blowback Trilogy, discusses his recent article: “The Military-Industrial Complex-It’s Much Later Than You Think” explaining the pervasive privatization of the intelligence industry, the history of corporatism and empire in America, total corruption of Congress and the inevitable end of empire.

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Chalmers Johnson is an author and professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego. He is also president and co-founder of the Japan Policy Research Institute, an organization promoting public education about Japan and Asia. He is the author of Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic.

Philip Giraldi

Beware False Flag Attack In Iraq


Philip Giraldi, former CIA counter-terrorism officer and columnist for, discusses the possibility of and precedents for an Israeli “False Flag” operation in Iraq to frame Iran and draw the U.S. into attacking, the conflicts within the administration over Iran policy, the likely catastrophic consequences of any attack, U.S. covert operations within Iran, America’s support of the Iranian Islamic Revolution back in 1979, how real conservative principles apply to foreign policy, the extensive databases of “dangerous” Americans kept by the government, total lack of accountability in Washington, provocative stance toward Russia and demented neocon view of the world.

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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

Pat Buchanan

The Good War a Big Mistake?


Pat Buchanan, political analyst, columnist and author of Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, discusses the British politicians’ colossal blunders that led them into World War I and II and the collapse of their empire, the consequences of American intervention in WWI and imposition of the Versailles Treaty, Hitler’s motive to regain the lands lost in the east and willingness to forsake former German provinces in the west out of his desire to avoid war with England and France, what really happened at Munich, the folly of the British war guarantee to Poland during their dispute with Hitler over Danzig and the real lessons of the second World War.

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Pat Buchanan is an American politician, author, syndicated columnist and broadcaster. Buchanan was a senior adviser to American presidents, Nixon, Ford and Reagan, and was an original host on CNN’s Crossfire. He sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1992 and 1996. He ran on the Reform Party ticket in the 2000 presidential election. He co-founded The American Conservative magazine and launched a foundation named The American Cause. He has been published in Human Events, National Review, The Nation and Rolling Stone. His new book is called Churchill, Hitler, and The Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World.

Doug Bandow

War Powers and Foreign Follies


Doug Bandow, author of Foreign Follies: America’s New Global Empire and regular columnist for, discusses Congress’s abdication of its responsibility in declaring war to the president, the lawlessness of a wartime president, how the ignorant warmonger John McCain, missile “defense” on Russia’s border, the pending “Law of the Sea Treaty” and the War Party’s self-fulfilling attitude toward conflict with China.

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Doug Bandow is the Robert A. Taft Fellow at the American Conservative Defense Alliance and author of Foreign Follies: America’s New Global Empire (Xulon Press). A former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, he is a graduate of Stanford Law School.

David Bromwich

The War Party and the Times


David Bromwich, Sterling professor of English at Yale University and blogger at the Huffington Post, discusses the op-ed in the New York Times by Benny Morris advocating an American/Israeli attack on Iran, numerous reasons not to attack Iran, the difference between pre-emptive and preventive wars, the constant warmongering of the New York Times, the War Party and the media’s ignoring of the opinions of the American and the Iraqi citizenry and the usefulness of impeachment.

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David Bromwich teaches literature at Yale. He has written on politics and culture for The New Republic, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, and other magazines. He is editor of Edmund Burke’s selected writings On Empire, Liberty, And Reform and co-editor of the Yale University Press edition of On Liberty.

Andy Worthington

Torture and Bogus “Trials”


Andy Worthington, author of The Guantánamo Files, discusses the recently released footage of Omar Khadr, the Canadian juvenile being held in Guantanamo, the dubious “charges” against him, the legal black hole of the made-up “enemy combatant” status, the evil and counterproductive nature of torture and the kangaroo court system in Guantanamo.

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Andy Worthington is a historian based in London. He is the author of The Guantánamo Files, the first book to tell the stories of all the detainees in Guantanámo. He writes regularly on issues related to Guantánamo and the “War on Terror” on his Web site.

Gareth Porter

Seismic Shift or Non-Decision on Iran?


Gareth Porter, reporter for IPS News, discusses the fight between the “realists” and hawks in the Bush administration, the routine where Rice gets what she wants, but then Cheney makes her efforts meaningless – as in the case of William Burns’ trip to Geneva, George Bush Jr.’s complete inability to lead – thank goodness, crying wolf, the public’s distracted impotence to stop a war they oppose, the relative influence of the Israeli Lobby on Middle East policy in Congress and the White House, Ariel Sharon’s preference for the order of future regime changes, speculation that Cheney may have “learned” a bunch of nonsense about a necessary clash of civilizations from Prinston historian Bernard Lewis after 9/11, the War Party’s former(?) belief in regime change from the air.

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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.

Peter Crail

Dealing with North Korea


Peter Crail discusses the ongoing negotiations with North Korea to understand and dismantle their nuclear programs, the dubious allegations about a DPRK secret uranium enrichment program and accusations about their involvement with the Syrians on plutonium production.

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Peter Crail is a arms control analyst with the Arms Control Association.

Ray McGovern

War With Iran to Keep Us in Iraq?


Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern discusses his recent article on the probable Israeli/U.S. attack on Iran, Israel’s need for new war in Iran to keep the U.S. military in the Mideast due to the failure in Iraq, the outspokenness of the military brass against an attack on Iran, AIPAC’s drafting of the new Iran war resolutions, Bush and Cheney’s loyalty to Israel, the never-ending conflicts created by the Israel occupation of Palestine, the need for the American people and Congress to understand the catastrophe that would ensue from attacking Iran and the urgency of impeachment.

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Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years – from the John F. Kennedy administration to that of George H. W. Bush and is a co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

Robert Gard

Hands Off Iran!


Lt. Gen. Robert Gard (Ret,) discusses his recent letter to Congress urging their abandonment of the pending House Resolution 362, Congress’s insistence that the resolution is not threatening violence while demanding a military blockade – an act of war, the predictable repercussions of an on Iran for our troops in Iraq, the failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the refusal of the War Party to compromise – unlike Iran.

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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).

Jon Eisenberg

Federal Judge Rules Bush a Felon


Jon B. Eisenberg, partner in the law firm of Eisenberg and Hancock, discusses his article Suing George W. Bush: A Bizarre and Troubling Tale;” his clients’ lawsuit against the Bush administration for illegally tapping their phone, how the feds accidentally handed them evidence proving that the NSA illegally spied on his clients and their standing to sue, the Kafkaesque states’ secrets runaround insisted upon by the government in order to try to evade justice, his teams various successes and the path ahead.

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Jon Eisenberg is a partner at the law firm, Eisenberg and Hancock, LLP in San Francisco. He is the author of Using Terri: The Religious Right’s Conspiracy to Take Away Our Rights and The Right vs. the Right to Die: Lessons from the Terri Schiavo Case and How to Stop It from Happening Again.

Scott Ritter

Reality Vs. the War Party


Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter discusses the likelihood of a U.S. attack on Iran and the smokescreen of diplomatic progress, how Iran’s recent promise of retaliation has raised the stakes by ensuring limited U.S. strikes would be inadequate, how facts and reason are irrelevant since the neocons in command believe they can generate their own realities, the need for Congress to reduce the level of tension not increase it with their current pending Iran war resolutions, how the War Party’s aggressive rhetoric towards Iran only helps their hardliners, Iran’s nuclear program as pretext for regime change, the dubious origins of the “smoking laptop,” the possibility of the use of nuclear weapons by the U.S. against Iran and the need for American business to demand Congress put an end to the march to war.

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Scott Ritter was a Marine Corps intelligence officer from 1984 to 1991 and a United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998. He is the author of numerous books, including Iraq Confidential (Nation Books, 2005), Target Iran (Nation Books, 2006) and his latest, Waging Peace: The Art of War for the Antiwar Movement (Nation Books, April 2007).

Philip Weiss

The Israel Lobby


Philip Weiss, syndicated columnist, author of the blog MondoWeiss and the book American Taboo: A Murder in the Peace Corps, discusses the touchy subject of the Israel Lobby and Jewish power in American politics, the difficulty Americans face in criticizing Israel due to the smear of “antisemitism,” the centrality of Israel policy to the neoconservatives, majority Jewish-American support for the takeover of Jerusalem, Barack Obama’s pandering to the Lobby, the relative peace position of the Olmert government compared to the U.S. War Party, the Lobby-Christian Zionist alliance, the brutality of Israeli settlers in the West Bank, the cause of the media blackout on the occupation, the new J-Street lobby and Israel’s conflict with Iran.

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The New York Observer, The Nation and The American Conservative and in the past has written for the National Review, Washington Monthly, New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Harper’s Magazine, and Jewish World Review.

Alan Bock

US Military Opposes Iran War


Alan Bock, author of the weekly column Eye on the Empire for, discusses the question of whether the U.S. will attack Iran, the hurdles put up by the military brass, the dismal shape of the military, the likely disaster to unfold in the event of war, William Odom, the shaky relationship between Russia and the U.S., how Russia may react to an attack on Iran and the debacles of American intervention throughout Africa.

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Alan Bock is a columnist and the senior writer for the editorial page at the Orange County Register and writes the weekly column, Eye on the Empire for He is the author of Ambush at Ruby Ridge as well as Waiting to Inhale: The Politics of Medical Marijuana.

Wade Boese

Missile ‘Defense’ in Eastern Europe


Wade Boese, research director of the Arms Control Association and contributing writer to Arms Control Today, discusses the missile defense system being implemented in Poland and the Czech Republic, under the facade of defense from Iran while actually threatening Russia and China, the current and future status of Iran’s missile capabilities, the reality that Iran has no reason to attack the west anyway, the threat still posed by U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals, the unwillingness of the Bush war party to reduce U.S. nuclear weapons despite the START Treaty with Russia initiating the process, possible changes to U.S. nuclear posture by the two presidential candidates, the futility of missile countermeasures and how an effective missile defense system would likely only increase U.S. aggressiveness.

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Wade Boese is the research director of the Arms Control Association. Boese writes for Arms Control Today, prepares ACA fact sheets, and maintains contact with the press and public on these issues. His work has been published in The American Prospect Online, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Defense News, The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Times, and Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. He also contributed to Challenging Conventional Wisdom: Debunking the Myths and Exposing the Risks of Arms Export Reform.

Michael Ostrolenk

Conservative Arguments for Peace


The Liberty Coalition’s Michael Ostrolenk of the American Conservative Defense Alliance explains ten reasons why conservatives should oppose any U.S. attack on Iran and discusses the Campaign for New Policy With Iran.

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Michael Ostrolenk is founder and president of the American Conservative Defense Alliance. He is a public policy consultant who works on health, education, privacy, foreign policy, and national security issues, Mr. Ostrolenk is the co-founder of the Liberty Coalition, focusing on protecting civil liberties and promoting national security.

James Bovard

Attention Deficit Police State


James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, discusses the outrageous new FISA amendments, relative criminality of Nixon’s wiretapping crimes to Bush’s and relative courage of the Congress then to now, the lack of outrage among the population at large, the massive imperial court surrounding Washington DC and America’s massive warfare-welfare-police state.

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James Bovard is the author of Attention Deficit Democracy (St. Martin’s/Palgrave, January 2006), and eight other books. He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New Republic, Reader’s Digest, and many other publications. His books have been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, and Korean.

The Wall 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.

Gareth Porter

Renewed Talks With Iran?


Gareth Porter discusses the new P5+1 agreement that Iran just agreed to by suspending their nuclear program expansion, the possible reasons the War Party is hesitant to attack Iran, the pending Iran War Resolution, the CIA whistleblower on Iran’s nuclear program, the shifts of influence in Iraq in 2008 and the ignorance and complicity of the American press in promoting the Iran threat.

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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.

Carah Ong

Softening on Iran?


Carah Ong, Iran Policy Analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, discusses the new offer to Iran by the P5+1, the War Party’s numerous propagandists, the current drum-beat towards war, the question of Iran’s pre-2003 nuclear weapons program, the cat and mouse game of accusations the U.S. is playing with the IAEA and Iran, the need for cross-cultural exchange with Iran and the sanction/blockade resolution pending in Congress.

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Carah Ong is the Iran Policy Analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where her work focuses on Iran, nuclear weapons, missile defense, and the greater Middle East. Since 1999, Ong has worked for non-governmental organizations on nuclear disarmament, arms control, nuclear energy and waste, and missile defense issues. In June 2004, she was a member of the first delegation of twelve Americans to visit Libya to promote establishing relations with the Libyan government and civil society after the U.S. lifted sanctions that had been in place for more than three decades. In February 2007, Ong spoke at and participated in the first international conference on French nuclear testing in Algeria and toured the French test site at In Ecker in the Sahara Desert. She is the proprietor of the blog, Iran Nuclear Watch.

Robert Dreyfuss

Obama and the Empire


Robert Dreyfuss discusses the failures of American intervention and it’s recent promotion by Barack Obama, what an Obama presidency might look like including the possibility of keeping Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense, the dynamics of the American struggle for strategic global dominance, how American power as an example rather than a threat works much better for building international relations and his belief that chances of war with Iran are quite low despite all the recent hype.

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Based in Alexandria, Va., Dreyfuss been writing for Rolling Stone for at least a decade, and currently covers national security for Rolling Stone’s National Affairs section. He’s a contributing editor at The Nation, a contributing writer at Mother Jones, and a senior correspondent for The American Prospect. His articles have also appeared in The Washington Monthly, The New Republic, Newsday, Worth, California Lawyer, The Texas Observer, E, In These Times, The Detroit Metro Times, Public Citizen, Extra!, and, in Japan, in Esquire, Foresight and Nikkei Business. His blog, The Dreyfuss Report, is now at The Nation.

Jacob Sullum

McCain’s Plenary Powers


Jacob Sullum, senior editor at Reason magazine, discusses his recent article “Would President McCain Obey The Law?”: the question of whether McCain will continue the criminal spying on its citizens as Bush has done and how he continues to flip-flop and squirm around to avoid answering the question.

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Jacob Sullum is a senior editor at Reason magazine and and a nationally syndicated columnist. Sullum is the author of two critically-acclaimed books: Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use and For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health. Sullum’s weekly column is carried by newspapers across the U.S. including the New York Post, Washington Times, and Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Robert Parry

25 Year War Against Journalism


Robert Parry, proprietor of and author of Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, discusses his new revelations on the Iran-Contra scandal how the Reagan administration used the CIA for a propaganda campaign against the American population, Iran-Contra was the pilot program for the neocon hijacking of the government, the legal black-hole of the Vice President’s office and the slippery semantics of the War Party, the history of covert tactics the right-wing uses to control the corporate media and its enemies, and the War Party’s view of the President’s total power.

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Robert Parry, who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek, runs, and is the author of Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and the brand new Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush.

Gareth Porter

No One to Stop Them Now


Dr. Gareth Porter discusses his recent article about how the War Party’s excuses to attack Iran are actually great reasons not to, how the U.S. and Israel share the common roles of being both dominate forces and fearful victims, U.S. manipulation of the IAEA against Iran, the many political ploys the war party is using to provoke Iran into retaliating, the two war resolutions in Congress that are about to be passed, the attacks on the U.S. military in Iraq that will take place if we assault Iran, Gen. Petraeus’s direct line to the vice president, the Israel Lobby’s vast influence over U.S. foreign policy, the impotence of Bush’s character and Khalilzad’s plan to switch back to the Sunnis.

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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.