Scott Horton Interviews Tom Hayden

Scott Horton, May 14, 2009

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Former California State Senator Tom Hayden discusses the newest wave of think-tanks competing for influence in the White House, the U.S. trend of fighting generational “long wars” instead of short decisive conflicts, the increased secrecy and ruthlessness Gen. McChrystal will surely bring to AfPak and how special operations forces use PR to maintain public support while behaving badly abroad.

MP3 here. (29:59)

Senator Tom Hayden, the Nation Institute’s Carey McWilliams Fellow, has played an active role in American politics and history for over three decades, beginning with the student, civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s.

2 Responses to “Tom Hayden”

  1. Re: Military dominance of U.S. foreign policy. Read House of War by James Carroll for the post-WWII history of how that developed. The self-perpetuating aspect has many examples in that history.

    Are special ops what the U.S. would call unlawful combatants if they were on the other side?

    The only difference between the Rs and the Ds is that the latter want to use war to solve humanitarian problems too.

  2. One of the main tenets of the americanist religion ( mostly regardless of party affiliation or Christian or quasi-christian denomination is that once america commits to a war then victory must be achieved ( whatever the cost even if we ” have to ” nuke civilians..even though that island country had no Navy left, almost no air force-we were bombing their capitol at will )…and if TOTAL victory isn’t achieved it’s an affront before God because we are the shining city on a hill, the indispensable nation of the new millenium…This won’t change until the ignorant hillbilly redneck followers of John Hagee and co. become actual Christians.

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