John Glaser, editor for Antiwar.com, discusses the pursuit of US global domination and how the “Asia pivot” risks a trade war or shooting war with China.
Patrick Cockburn, a journalist with The Independent, discusses Muqtada al-Sadr’s warning of Iraq’s dark near-future; Sadr’s political coming-of-age under Saddam Hussein and the US occupation; the role of al-Qa’ida, Iran and Syria in Iraq; and why the sectarian divide between Sunni and Shia is as strong as ever.
Matthieu Aikins, a contributor to Rolling Stone, discusses the “A-Team killings” involving US special forces in Afghanistan; how withdrawing troops and foreign aid could collapse the Afghan government; and the lack of meaningful investigations of the routine abuse and murder of Afghan civilians.
Nima Shirazi, an editor for the online magazine Muftah, discusses the interim deal on Iran-P5+1 nuclear negotiations; the predictable hysterical reactions of Israeli lobbyists, Benjamin Netanyahu and Lindsey Graham; and why it isn’t true that “the sanctions worked” to get Iran to the negotiating table.
Sheldon Richman, vice president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses why the US isn’t leaving Afghanistan in 2014 as long expected; Benjamin Netanyahu’s appeal to all the world’s Jews to oppose US-Iran rapprochement; and the blatant lies told by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
Michael Ostrolenk, National Director of the Liberty Coalition, discusses the unlikely liberal-conservative alliance looking to tame the Pentagon’s enormous budget; why cutting spending doesn’t mean sacrificing national defense; and why you should call your senator and tell him/her to keep the sequester spending cuts in place.