Scott Horton Interviews Doug Bandow

Scott Horton, May 01, 2011

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Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, discusses his articles “Whiners at War” and “Libya: Resisting the Siren Call of Creeping Intervention;” the bogus pretexts for war, from Saddam Hussein’s nonexistent WMD cache to Col. Gadhafi’s supposed threat of a massacre in Benghazi; why “antiwar” is an overly-provocative word for the Left; why it’s hard to imagine a war the US isn’t involved in; and the god-complex developed by government officials possessing secret information.

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Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. He worked as special assistant to President Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry. He writes regularly for leading publications such as Fortune magazine, National Interest, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Times. Bandow speaks frequently at academic conferences, on college campuses, and to business groups. Bandow has been a regular commentator on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He holds a J.D. from Stanford University.

9 Responses to “Doug Bandow”

  1. My long-time one-liner on this subject is that the diff betw the Ds and the Rs is that the Ds want to bomb them for humanitarian reasons too.

  2. The point about U.S. controlling supply of oil is to keep it off the market to keep prices high. Oil corps make more profits by raising prices (costless) than by drilling for oil, which costs a lot.

    See Armed Madhouse by Palast. There a whole section on the huge Iraqi reserves in the Sunni triangle which has successfully been kept from development since the Brits were there in the 20s.

  3. What makes our borders sensible? Why stop with Libya? What gives any American the right to comment on other countries' borders. The wealth of Libya was being used for national development – giving Libyan's the highest income in Africa…The better question to ask is why Libyan's would support Gadaffi and fight to maintain the integrity of their country. Why wouldn't they embrace a future resembling Iraq or Afghanistan – the current US-NATO models.

  4. What is going on in Libya maybe morphing into a civil war but was in fact a failing armed CIA instigated coup d'etat. When Hillary met with one of their "representatives" and forced the no-fly resolution through the United Nations security council libyan government forces were about to take Bengazi. At that point the fighting would have been over. I think it is a good idea to review Congressman Kucinich's presentation to Congress on Libya concerning Colonel Kalifa Hiftar and the Libyan National Front.

  5. It is not true that we have nothing at stake in Libya. As Paul Craig Roberts points out, America is cutting off China's access to Libyan oil in its continuing attempt to place a stranglehold on China's access to foreign raw materials worldwide. Mr. Horton might consider interviewing somebody who actually has a grasp on world affairs and America's foreign policy. How about interviewing Paul Craig Roberts? Now there's an idea!

  6. The central issue is Gaddafi's plan to institute a gold-based currency. Apparently he had already lined up 30 countries to join Libya in converting. This would have broken the stranglehold of the central banks like the Federal Reserve upon national wealth and welfare. While most European countries are suffering from the "Sovereign Debt Crisis" Libya is suffering from a "National Asset Crisis" because its sovereign wealth funds have been frozen by western banks.

  7. I don't pretend to know the minds of my oppressors. I just know these 'event's are not random – [ I would have been more impressed had the 'event' happened during the Royal Wedding - "We interrupt our normal programming to bring you this ".....]

    No such luck… everything in its own time, no?

    Jesus I hate these people. Obama has purchases another term from those who matter. and the Tea Party types are going to put on a great show for independents who think they matter.

    I had to take a late night trip to the airport last night…. I happened to hear 5 minutes of Michael Savage.. instructing his listeners to 'give credit where it's due'…. same phrase used by Hannity, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Dennis Miller yesterday… and I wasn't even listening… I was just passing through American media…. tidbits here and there…. and I saw the patterns.

    Jesus I hate these people….. where are the tsunamis for DC? … earthquakes? tornadoes? something that will just wipe the place clean.

  8. Africana
    What the American are doing to the world deserves them all the happenings: tonadoes, earthquakes,Tsunamis …… name it. What had the Iraqis done to deserve all the pain they're going thru????? Where are the WMD???????

  9. The worst of it is that the Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming first strike capability. Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-resigned for that reason 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 in Romania and Poland by 2015: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike". This leads to Launch On Warning and Nuclear War may happen by mistake/accident because the stupid, crazy, bloody fools in the Pentagon aim to achieve an unanswerable first strike capability.

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