The foreign policy history of Joe Biden – Ep 83

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It all comes down to this.  After around 18 months of speculation and primaries, the election is Tuesday.  The country is at a crossroads of immense proportions.  And to add to the leftist/progressive discussion and atmosphere of the 2020 presidential election, here is an analysis of the critical points of Joe Biden’s record concerning foreign policy anda brief examination of his domestic record relating to racial justice, to include a half dozen sound clips from the man himself.  This was a difficult episode to create, given the polarizing nature of Biden’s record and American politics today more generally, and it will be difficult to hear as well.  Please email us with your comments, let us know where you fall, whether you agree or disagree, and be sure to vote on Tuesday!

Worth The Price: Joe Biden and the launch of the Iraq War –

The Real News Network


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America: The Farewell Tour w/ Chris Hedges – Ep 60

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Chris Hedges is a columnist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a New York Times best-selling author, a professor in the college degree program offered to New Jersey state prisoners by Rutgers University, and an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 12 books, including “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” (2003) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.  His other notable books include: “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle” (2009), and his latest book is “America: The Farewell Tour” (2018).  He also hosts the show, “On Contact,” on RT America.

Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans.  Much of that work was for the New York Times, where he stood up to the corporate media by resigning after receiving a formal reprimand from the newspaper for publicly denouncing the George W. Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq.  Hedges holds a B.A. in English literature from Colgate University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. 


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The assassination of Qassem Suleimani – Ep 56

This is a different sort of episode from what you’ve come to expect from us.  The three of us are in utter shock at the brazen, cowardly, illegal assassination of IRGC General Qassem Suleimani and the potential aftershocks to the Middle East as a whole.  The U.S. is the closest it has ever been to all out war with Iran. This should scare you; it terrifies the fuck out of us.

And with that in mind, we want to remind our listeners, especially those who are still in the military, of one very important thing: you don’t have to do this.  You don’t have to deploy to the Middle East. You don’t have to sacrifice your own safety, nor those of your fellow troops, nor certainly the safety of the people of the Middle East (especially Iraqis and Iranians.)  If you need an ear, email us anytime. You can also call us, leave a message, and we will call you back. You also can contact the fine folks at the GI Rights Hotline. Their information is below.


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Why should I call 1-877-447-4487?

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Protests in Iraq & Iranian influence, veteran homelessness, and war criminal pardons – Ep 53

After an extended break, we are back!!!  We discuss the recent protests in Iraq and their relationship to Iranian influence, the current state of veteran homelessness, and the recent pardons President Trump gave to notorious war criminals.  

Iraqi Protesters Dying From Tear Gas Canisters To The Skull | NBC News Now

Amnesty International’s report on use of tear gas grenades against protesters in Iraq

The Trump Administration Gutted the Staff Overseeing $1 Billion in Aid to Iraq. A Watchdog Is Raising Red Flags – Propublica


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“The Long Road Home” with Tom Secker – Ep 36

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Today, I sit down with Tom Secker of spyculture.com to discuss the National Geographic series The Long Road Home.  Here, Tom and I note its lack of discussion on the historical and cultural questions surrounding the massive battle in Sadr City, known by veterans of the battle as Black Sunday, and the military questions I have as a soldier who was fighting against the same Mahdi militia in southern Iraq at the same time.

Thanks again to Tom for chatting with me.  He wrote an amazing piece of analysis with journalist Matthew Alford on the influence of the Pentagon and the CIA in American films and television.  It’s called National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood.  Definitely pick up a copy!!  And don’t forget to subscribe to Tom’s podcast, ClandesTime.  He recently did a review on Executive Decision, the Kurt Russell/Steven Seagal film from 1996.


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The hard path of resistance – conscientious objectors panel – Ep 35

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Conscientious objection is a time-honored part of military service.  After reading about its history a bit, I decided we needed a closer look from the only people who can tell it right from the horse’s mouth: objectors themselves.  Here, I chat with three of them, all with different backgrounds, but one overwhelming consensus among them: military service was unacceptable to their conscience. Here, we find out a few clues why.

Clifton Hicks enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of seventeen and served as an M1 Abrams tank crewman with C Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division in Iraq 2003-2004. In 2005 he was honorably discharged as a conscientious objector. He went on to earn a degree in anthropology from Appalachian State University and currently works as a musician and music teacher.

Rosa del Duca is a writer and musician. She grew up a tomboy in rural Montana, where she joined the Army National Guard when she was seventeen. During her six-year contract, she became not only a conscientious objector, but a feminist and unlikely rebel.  That tumultuous time is the focus of her memoir, Breaking Cadence: One Woman’s War Against the War, forthcoming from Ooligan Press in May, 2019, and her companion podcast, Breaking Cadence: Insights From a Modern-Day Conscientious Objector.

Jorge Javier (JJ) Rodriguez is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where his time spent as a cadet solidified his stance as a conscientious objector.  He is now stationed at Fort Campbell, KY, where he is going through the process of the Army’s conscientious objector program. For his full bio and a better look at his situation, click here.

Ramon Mejia enlisted in the Marine Corps out of economic necessity. He served in Supply Ops. and participated in the initial invasion of and deployment to Dhi Qar Province, Iraq in 2003. As a result of his experience in Iraq, he converted to Islam in 2008. He has been an active organizer in countering local manifestations of hate and racism by neo-Nazis and paramilitary groups in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Ramon is a Social Studies teacher and one of the founding organizers of #VetsVsHate, a national veteran grassroots initiative pushing back against racism and bigotry. He was recently recognized as part of the ‘MPower 100–Muslim Social Justice Leaders Building Power Across the United States.

RESOURCES

GI Rights Hotline – 18774474487

Quakers House of Fayetteville – 919-663-7122

Department of Defense Office of Inspector General800-424-9098

Center on Conscience and War – 1-800-379-2679

Code Pink – 202-248-2093

Vets For Peace – 314-725-6005

About Face (Veterans against the war) – 929-430-4988

Courage to Resist 510-488-3559

The Objector Church – 510-488-3559


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From Afghanistan with sorrowful results – Ep 29

It’s been WAY too long since we’ve done headlines, so we do our best to catch you up.  I break down the current situation in Yemen and discuss some updates, including the American contractors working as mercenaries there while Danny takes us back to the seventeen year old war in Afghanistan, showing the headlines missed during the week while the media was focused on a photo of the senior commander in Afghanistan carrying his rifle.


America Is Headed For Military Defeat in Afghanistan – Danny Sjursen – The American Conservative

Tank plant in Ohio that Trump “saved” – nothing in piece suggested he actually “saved” it.

1.3 million Iraqi children displaced by war with Islamic State

Al Qaeda commander gets numerous emergency surgeries while held at GITMO.

US exempts Iran’s Chabahar Port from sanctions – helpful to Afghanistan’s economy.

Iraq asks US to consider how sanctions will affect Iraq’s economy / etc.

Marine veteran protests Leupold at Blazers game

Think Progress on Leupold protest

Second Saudi journalist tortured and murdered by Saudi authorities

The Ministry of Defense in the UK is being petitioned to stop recruiting 16 and 17 year olds.

Low IQ draftees were chosen after Vietnam leaders couldn’t make numbers.

Rust costs 21 billion per year

Statistical connections between veterans and mass shooters

Army secretary says NCOs should visit barracks on weekends to prevent suicide

Hypertension linked to Agent Orange exposure

VA moving hundreds of docs from union admin spots back to providing care for veterans

1 in 5 generals couldn’t deploy for medical reasons in 2016

There’s a strong possibility that several of the northern Marianas Islands will become bombing ranges for the US Navy – ep from Chapo Traphouse

The Trump administration is demanding the Supreme Court immediately rule on the ban on transgender people serving in the military.

VA isn’t providing benefits correctly to veterans with ALS

85k children under believed to have died in the war in Yemen – CNN

Trump may declare the Houthis a terrorist organization

Finland and Denmark have joined Germany in ceasing all weapons sales to Saudi Arabia over their war crimes in Yemen, along with the continuing fallout from the assassination of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi

Yemenis killed in assassination by American contractors


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About Face 2018 campaign drive

Danny and I are proud members of About Face – Veterans Against The War.  The group is currently holding their fall fundraising drive, which provides funds for veterans to conduct outreach about militarism and endless war, to include protesting President and Mrs. Bush receiving the Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center.  I’m so proud of the great work they did in Philadelphia.  $5 is amazingly helpful, so please give and help About Face continue the fight!!

How to go for broke as an anti-war advocate – Scott Horton interview Part 1 – Ep 27

Today, Danny and I present part 1 of our sitdown with Scott Horton, host of Anti-War Radio on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, which is also known by its podcast name, the Scott Horton Show.  Scott has hosted Anti-War Radio since 2003 and has done several thousand interviews with war correspondents of all stripes.  His book, “Fool’s Errand: Time to end the war in Afghanistan” is an amazing collection on the history of war in Afghanistan, how presidential decisions from Carter to Trump have destroyed the greater Middle East, and how the American people were deceived by the leaders about both the premise of the war and the history of it, now just past its 17th anniversary.  Scott is also managing director of the Libertarian Institute at  LibertarianInstitute.org and editorial director of Anti-war.com, where both Danny and myself, but mostly Danny, have published pieces on the American war state.  The man has an amazing mind and recalls even the tiniest of details about his research and reporting on Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, and so forth.  Please do listen to his show on 90.7 if you’re in the Los Angeles area. If not, grab your podcatcher app and add the Scott Horton show to your podcasts.

2:59– Scott discusses how he got started on being an anti-war advocate

10:22– Scott discusses writing “Fool’s Errand”

17:14– Scott discusses the impact of high ranking US government officials, even cabinet members, keeping certain information away from the president to demonstrate a specific narrative on foreign policy

27:36– Scott on the current horrifying situation in Afghanistan

36:02– Scott on future predictions for Afghanistan    


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Nothing to see here…just take your war criticism and get out! – Ep 26

Going through the official government narratives of conflict, there’s a lot of learn, even knowing that you’re dealing with a certain percentage of deliberate obfuscation and outright falsehoods.  It’s important to discuss what the war planners of a given conflict knew, at what point they knew it, and how they acted on that information. A new Army report with heavy criticism over operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom will be released soon and while I expect to get irate while reading it, I also expect to learn a lot that I didn’t already know.  We’ll do a much longer episode on the full report when it’s released. Enjoy!

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2:00 – Syrian civil war update and America’s involvement

10:21 – Brain injuries from a roadside bomb


18:38 – Irresponsible general calls for war with China in 15 years

29:41 – Patron question on posse comitatus and habeas corpus

34:44 – New report critical of Army operations during the Iraq war

US war with China is likely in 15 years, retired general says – Vanessa Gera – Associated Press

Here’s Exactly What A Roadside Bomb Does To Your Head – Ronald Glasser – Task and Purpose

The Army Tried To Bury A Critical Report On All Its Failings In The Iraq War – Adam Linehan – Task and Purpose


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