Scott Horton Interviews Jeff Huber

Scott Horton, November 26, 2009

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Regular Antiwar.com writer Jeff Huber discusses his article “Dumb and Dumber Wars,” the vulnerability of remote military outposts in Afghanistan, the folly of sending additional troops to support the corrupt Karzai government, the U.S. bombing campaign that eviscerated al-Qaeda and how Obama’s unwise campaign rhetoric tied his hands on foreign policy.

MP3 here. (26:29)

Commander Jeff Huber, U.S. Navy (Retired) commanded an E-2C Hawkeye squadron and was operations officer of a Navy air wing and an aircraft carrier. Jeff’s essays have been required reading at the U.S. Naval War College where he earned a master of arts degree in neoconservative studies in 1995. His satires on military and foreign policy affairs appear at Antiwar.com, Aviation Week and Pen and Sword. Jeff’s novel Bathtub Admirals, a lampoon of America’s rise to global dominance, is on sale now.

22 Responses to “Jeff Huber”

  1. According to former Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge-http://www.plrc.org-the Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability. Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 D5 linked to GPS obtain a CEP (Circular Error Probability – - the radius centered on the target in which half the warheads are expected to hit) of 30 meters or less, enough to destroy any hard target. And according to Bob Aldridge the US Navy can track and destroy all enemy submarines simultaneously. Please see Robert C. Aldridge: Nuclear Empire, ch. 9. Even if the Pentagon´s First-Strike Capability is only for blackmail, the Russians may have no choice but implementing Launch On Warning. Bob Aldridge resigned because a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability is suicidal.
    I hope you agree that the Pentagon´s First-Strike Capability is the most urgent problem because it inevitably leads to Launch On Warning.

  2. Dammit guys, you remind me of Statler & Waldorf. Put some starch in your collars!

  3. Stale bureaucratic inertia rules! People (capitalists, basically) who make money on fear- mongering, enemy creation, and market fetishism face no countervailing power in amerika.
    Von Mises offers no real alternative.
    Semper Fi and god bless Smedley Butler.

  4. Maybe full-bore economic collapse will save the rest of the world, esp. if the people at home start blaming each other and fighting to punish each other.

  5. I do agree with you , This is not Obama's fualt , as both of the two previous administrations develped this philosophy , thinking we were the only remaining super power . Wesley Clark issued orders to shoot the Russian soldiers helping NATO in Yugoslavia , Russia was so weak they let NATO destroy Yugoslavia .The NATO bombing of Yugoslavia brought a end to Yelsin's new liberal democracy in Russia . Russia found Putin and only a little over a year ago Russia invited all of NATO to come to Georgia if you want to rumble .
    It Seems nobody wanted to fight that way accept Russia . The good lord seems to have blessed Russia again at least with courage ,and last year they built 30,000 christian churches

  6. Claus Hamle , I have contacted my congressmen on this braging about a first strike philosophy sveral yrs ago . If you intend to strike first dont anounce it . I believe Russia still has plenty of nuclear bombs . We already did strike first with nuclear bombs when we bombed Japan . And if I remember right they will have enough for a retaillitory strike even if they have been hit first . It sounds more like we have become the worlds stupid power . Russia should have been treated with a little more respect all along . As they are probabley the only country that could concieviabley competley destroy us . Ever since the 1990s United States and NATO has been picking a fight with bankrupt Russia . Now Russia is a 1000 times wealthier than the soviet Union , and I believe a much more United country with better weapons too . NATO thought they were going to do to Russia what they did to Yugoslavia . I dont think NATO plans that anymore . NATO forced Russia to find other friends , Iran was one of those friends .

  7. You understand I do not like NATO

  8. We're an empire. Deal with it. It's no more nefarious than any other historical order.

  9. It´s just that Bob Aldridge mailed me just days ago and agreed with my view that the Pentagon is still seeking a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability – even if it doesn´t make any sense whatsoever – and he agreed with me on the above text.

  10. Is Jeff Huber sober during this interview?

  11. A good–and fun!–interview.

    I don’t know where the hell Commander Huber picked up that iconoclastic, irreverent streak, but it’s a good quality for anyone–and, yes, military men!–to have.

    Piss on Michael O’Hanlon, that paper-shuffling armchair commando. Let him and his fellow chickenhawks flap their wings and head to Afghanistan.

    Yes, all indications are that President Obama The Divine, aka the One from Whom all blessings flow, will throw 30,000+ American bodies into the Afghan cauldron.

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  13. Jeff and Scott give military stupidity too much credit here. It is important to distinguish between the lack of current political clarity — which excuse to offer, in other words — with the impetus for the invasion of Afghanistan, namely key adviser Brzezinski's "geostrategic imperative" — 9/11 was merely the public excuse. So I for one would hold that the original drive was to "check" China and Russia. To maintain that this is nothing but a conspiracy theory is to overlook the available details and background.

  14. We'll keep fighting wars as long as Israel tells us to.

  15. Seconded. It has become obsolete and is a bully. I regard the bombing of Serbia as a war crime by the way.

  16. Then don't complain about the consequences of being an empire, like 9/11 for example.

  17. Can someone point me to the Bob Dreyfuss article in the Nation magazine that Scott mentioned toward the end of the interview? I have searched their website but cannot find it.

    thanks.

  18. This is the one I meant:
    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/115985

    –Scott

  19. Thanks! I think the fact that AQ has been virtually wiped out is important to keep in mind when in discussions about the justifications for war. AQ, while highly polarizing, still offer an attractive idealogy to fight the invaders. Are we winning "hearts and minds" yet?

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