Scott Horton Interviews Michael Hastings

Scott Horton, November 18, 2009

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Michael Hastings, author of the article “Afghanistan: Does this make Obama a chickenhawk?” discusses MoveOn‘s halfhearted criticism of Obama’s Afghanistan War escalation, how hawkish rhetoric fails to disassociate Democrats from their “mommy party” image, jargon-filled war policy discussions that ignore real-life suffering and why the seemingly mysterious motivations of U.S. occupation are best understood as a convergence of self-interested parties.

MP3 here. (36:06)

Michael Hastings is the author of I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story. In 2008, he covered the U.S. presidential elections for Newsweek, and before that he was the magazine’s Baghdad correspondent. His articles have appeared in GQ, Slate, Salon, Foreign Policy, the LA Times, and other publications. His blog The Hastings Report focuses on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other foreign policy topics.

6 Responses to “Michael Hastings”

  1. The fact that China has just received a massive oil contract is no proof that the Iraq war was not motivated by the need to control oil. I cannot imagine the US, given its present economic predicament and relations with China, is able object to any moves by China on Iraq oil. It is another reason to consider the Bush's foray into the middle east as an utter failure.

  2. The real problem is that the Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability. Bob Aldridge-http://www.plrc.org. the Trident missile engineer (Nuclear Empire, ch. 9) resigned because it´s suicidal – leading inevitably to Launch On Warning.

  3. "chicken-dove". heh, I like that term I'll be using that if you don't mind.

  4. There is no left or right. Americans talk about left or right out of vanity. Lobbyists rule America.

  5. [...] Obama and Liberal Chickenhawks Michael Hasting interviewed by Scott Horton [...]

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