Stephen Zunes

Obama’s War Cabinet


Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, discusses his recent article “Obama Gathering a Flock of Hawks to Oversee U.S. Foreign Policy,” the mixed-bag of appointments from holdover Bush Republicans to recycled Clinton-era staffers, the particularly terrible work history of Richard Holbrooke and the importance of organized political pressure in ensuring that Obama is the agent of change he claims to be.

MP3 here. (39:39)

Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. He serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, and chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. His website is

2 thoughts on “Stephen Zunes”

  1. Foreign Policy= Militry Intervention= Presidency vs needs of US populace.

    What is the reality today of the position of the common citizenry from those of citizens who live under Royalty, Dictatorships, or Tyrannical regimes of past?

    Much is made of the vote but it is patently obvious no matter whom is put into office the policys of government do not basicly change; wether it be one tyrannt or a group of tyrants, the populace has no say in how they are governed.

    The populace pay for the policys that keep the system in place but each year we see less and less return to populace from their investment.

    There is no progressive or liberal party we have one central policy with aberations and restrictions upon the popualce but not upon those who govern.

    When the economy of this country is dependent upon foreign investors and they in turn profit as much, if not more, from those policys, then of course they have a say in the direction and in whom the cost of those actions must be paid by; the US citizen.

    The financial returns to US from the policy decisions do not benefit other than a very small sector of the populace, so while the burden of payments is upon the citizen the rewards go to the investors.

    In order to fiance such adventuaism we had inflated monetary system, primarily the housing bubble but also the fiancial methodology of investment groups, while at same time removing our domestic ability and means of real wealth creation, goods and services, there is no other choice left but a continuance of a militaristic foreign policy in order to keep the governing bodies in place.

    it makes no diference if we use Clintons soft Diplomacy it is all still done with intent of increaseing US hegonaomy over every continent.

    It is not the US Nation as a world power that is at failing it is the populace of the nation who are funding their own falling lifestyles

  2. Gates and Obama say Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. The CIA and the UN inspectors in Iran say Iran IS NOT pursuing nuclear weapons. ARE GATES AND OBAMA MAD ???

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