Guest: Ray McGovern. Hosts: Joanne Leon and Kelley Lane. We talk about Ray’s recent article “Hold the Generals Accountable This Time,’ calling for military generals to be held accountable for this 20-year March of Folly, the war in Afghanistan. If they are not held accountable, there will be still worse to come. In a bonus episode, we talk about Biden’s battle with the media, the intelligence complex and the whole “MICIMATT” (an acronym that Ray has coined for the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank complex, the same complex that worked so hard to put him in the White House.Continue reading “Ep 233 Hold the Generals Accountable This Time feat Ray McGovern”
Guest: Doug Valentine. Doug talks about his latest book, “TDY” based on a story told to him by a veteran of the Vietnam war who was sent on a covert mission related to the CIA and military involvement in trafficking. This is a bonus segment about how and why the CIA uses trafficking for funding of covert operations Ep 177EXTRA TDY and War Trafficking.Continue reading “Ep 177EXTRA TDY and War Trafficking feat Doug Valentine”
Guest: Danny Sjursen. Swapcast: Around the Empire’s Joanne Leon and Foreign Policy Focus host Kyle Anzalone. We discuss Danny’s experience on the ground at the protests in Kansas City and the broader protest movement, whether this is an insurrection, the idea of calling in the military to act as a police force or worse, and the parallels between current policing practices and counterinsurgency missions.Continue reading “Ep 168 Insurrection? Military as Police Force feat Danny Sjursen (Swapcast)”
Guest: Gareth Porter. Both in 1918 and 2020 pandemics forced the US military to make changes in their operations but the Pentagon has also revealed a resistance to stand down even when it’s necessary to protect troops. We talk about the similarities and differences between the situations in 1918 during the Spanish Flu pandemic and World War I and today’s Coronavirus pandemic during never ending imperial wars. We also talk about the kinds of movements, changes and consequences that might be catalyzed by this latest crisis.Continue reading “Ep 159 Military Ambitions vs Pandemics in 1918 and 2020 feat Gareth Porter”
Guest: Dave Foster. We discuss the evolution of the military-industrial complex, Cold War weapons systems and “last war-ism.”Continue reading “Ep 107 Last War-ism, Cold War Military-Industrial Complex feat Dave Foster”
Dan and Joanne talk about the cost of the Empire, the War on Terror aka “Empire Preservation Wars,” current events and the new “Costs of War Project” done by Brown University.
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Recorded on January 17, 2018. Music by Fluorescent Grey.
- Costs of War Project, Brown University Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
- Seeing Our Wars for the First Time, TomDispatch
- KBOO interview with Costs of War Project co-director Neta C. Crawford
- Where in the World Is the U.S. Military? Everywhere, US News & World Report