Scott Horton Interviews Ivan Eland

Scott Horton, July 31, 2010

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Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute and regular contributor to, discusses the U.S. fight for diplomatic leverage in Afghanistan, why extreme militarization signals the final stage of empire, the many tragedies created by Democrats acting tough and why we need a president like Eisenhower who won’t jump headfirst into every foreign conflict.

MP3 here. (21:48)

Ivan Eland is Senior Fellow at the The Independent Institute and a regular columnist. He is the author of Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty, The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed, Partitioning for Peace: An Exit Strategy for Iraq and Putting “Defense” Back into U.S. Defense Policy: Rethinking U.S. Security in the Post-Cold War World.

5 Responses to “Ivan Eland”

  1. Would that be the 'Reporting for duty' Kerry, or the 'Who will be the last person to die for a mistake' Kerry? (Rhetorical Q)

  2. BTW, O already has a new strategy which is 'sure to work.' Targeted killing.' He surely needs another 3-4 Friedman units to make it work. Of course, targeted killing means that you keep killing people you might be able to negotiate with, which is probably the point of the exercise.

  3. I seriously doubt it was "fear of the Republican Right" that kept O in Afghanistan. "Fear of the MIC" and "fear of the Israel lobby" maybe. Or more likely he really believes in the warfare state too.

  4. Arrhhh. Those breaks!

  5. A little too much apologizing for LBJ, who was totally into the war until it was too late to get out.

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