Scott Horton Interviews Ivan Eland

Scott Horton, January 03, 2011

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Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute and regular contributor to Antiwar.com, discusses how the US nuclear umbrella puts American cities at risk of nuclear attack while protecting Taiwan and Middle Eastern client states; how over-broad security guarantees can escalate regional conflicts into world wars; the lack of progress toward abolition of nuclear weapons since the Cold War’s end; and why a (potential) Iranian nuke poses a threat to US hegemony but not security.

MP3 here. (19:28)

Ivan Eland is Senior Fellow at the The Independent Institute and a regular Antiwar.com 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.

One Response to “Ivan Eland”

  1. Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-resigned because the Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming first strike capability and wrote First Strike! The Pentagon´s Strategy For Nuclear War and Nuclear Empire (ch. 9 on anti-submarine warfare). Bob Aldridge wrote on the missiles to be deployed on ships in the Black Sea in Bulgaria and on land in Romania and Poland by 2015: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike". Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 D5 have an accuracy of 30 meters or less and both are designed to minimize nuclear winter effects when used against hard targets like missile silos according to Professor Paul Rogers. The Russian answer will probably be Launch On Warning. Who knows, maybe it´s not only for blackmail ? It´s a suicidal kind of madness. So, Bob Aldridge resigned.

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