Flynt Leverett, author of Going to Tehran, discusses why the US got so involved in Syria after the Arab Spring; the lousy record of US-backed regime changes in the Middle East and beyond; how support for Syria’s rebels draws out the stalemate and creates a humanitarian disaster; Obama’s commitment (or lack thereof) to an Iran [...]
Ray McGovern, a retired CIA officer turned political activist, discusses how the US intelligence community helped prevent military intervention in Syria; John Kerry’s repeated lies about the Sarin gas attack and an “unbelievably short war” scenario; Obama’s surprising resolve to defy the neoconservatives and the Israel lobby; and why the rift with Russia shouldn’t nix [...]
Robert Blumen, an independent enterprise software consultant based in San Francisco, discusses his article “Say’s Law and the Permanent Recession” at Mises.org; the macroeconomic balance of supply and demand; Keynes’ thoughts on recessions and stimulus spending; the merits of social support in a kleptocratic economy; and Robert Higgs’ “regime uncertainty” theory.
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh discusses his article on the Pentagon’s skepticism about going to war in Syria following the Sarin gas attack in August 2013; evidence that the attack was carried out by Turkish-backed rebels, not the Assad government; and why Obama backed down on his “red line” in Syria after going full-bore [...]
Major Todd E. Pierce, a former JAG defense attorney at Guantanamo, discusses why we’re all Cheneyites now; the post-Cold War US policy of military domination abroad and authoritarianism at home; why conservatives don’t really mind one-world government – so long as they’re in charge of it; and how the Law of War is displacing the [...]
Nearly six hours of audio in one file, now with fewer commercials! For those wanting to tackle the subject in a piecemeal fashion, here are the 10 individual parts of my interview series with Gareth Porter on his new book Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare: Part 1 Part 2 Part [...]
Blogger Marcy Wheeler discusses the Senate Intelligence Committee’s vote to release the CIA torture report; the long list of CIA lies about its torture program, with more to follow; and why the media takes government officials at their word instead of delving deeply into the documents to find the truth.
Nick Giambruno, senior editor at InternationalMan.com, discusses why Turkey was planning a false flag operation in Syria; domestic backlash against the Erdogan government’s strong support for the Syrian rebels; dangers of NATO intervention if Turkey goes to war; and the divergent regional interests of Israel and the US.