Daily Archives: February 10, 2018

Noam Chomsky on Donald Trump and the prospect of nuclear war

ABC News (Australia)

Published on Feb 7, 2018

American intellectual and public figure Noam Chomksy is well-known for his articulate criticisms of US politics, foreign interference, and the global economy. Professor Chomsky is a long-time professor of linguistics and philosophy at MIT and more recently the University of Arizona. He sat down to discuss the rise of US President Donald Trump with the ABC’s The World program, as well as the tough decisions Australia must make moving forward.

Directorate S: Steve Coll on the CIA & America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan & Pakistan

Democracy Now!

Published on Feb 8, 2018

https://democracynow.org – The U.S. is intensifying its air war in Afghanistan as U.S. Central Command has announced it is shifting military resources from Iraq and Syria back to Afghanistan, where the United States has been fighting for over 16 years in the longest war in U.S. history. U.S. Air Force Major General James Hecker recently said Afghanistan has “become CENTCOM’s main effort.” The news comes after a particularly bloody period in Afghanistan. Despite the spiraling violence, President Trump recently ruled out negotiations with the Taliban during a meeting of members of the United Nations Security Council. We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll about his new book, “Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

Lawrence Wilkerson: I Helped Sell the False Choice of War with Iraq; It’ s Happening Again with Iran

Democracy Now!

Published on Feb 9, 2018

https://democracynow.org – Fifteen years ago this week, Secretary of State General Colin Powell gave a speech to the United Nations arguing for war with Iraq, saying the evidence was clear: Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. It was a speech Powell would later call a blot on his career. Is President Trump doing the same thing now with Iran? We speak to Powell’s former chief of staff, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson. He recently wrote a piece titled “I Helped Sell the False Choice of War Once. It’s Happening Again.”