Gareth Porter, an independent investigative journalist and historian writing on US national security policy, discusses two new revelations that contradict the Trump administration’s certainty that a Syrian airstrike using sarin gas deliberately targeted civilians in Khan Sheikhoun on April 4th. First, a former US official claims that the Russians informed their US counterparts of plans to strike a warehouse in Khan Sheikhoun 24 hours in advance, and advised that toxic chemicals were held there. Second, MIT Professor Theodore Postol says that the weapon casing alleged to have held the sarin gas was an improvised dispersal device detonated on the ground, and was not air-delivered.
Rick Sterling, an investigative journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, discusses the three competing narratives about the Syrian gas attack; and why the one favored by mainstream US media – that the Syrian government is absolutely guilty – has more facts working against it than for it.
Robert Murphy, an author, scholar, and professor, discusses the core premises of Austrian economics; the artificial business cycle of booms and busts; fractional reserve banking and the Federal Reserve System; and lending policy and business decisions.
Matthew Hoh, a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy and a former State Department official, discusses why he resigned his post in protest over Afghanistan policy in September 2009; the continuing futility of 16 years of US occupation in a country that never was an important terrorist safe-haven; the startling ignorance of super-hawks John McCain and Lindsey Graham; and how informal veterans groups are stepping up to help prevent suicides among their vulnerable peers, since the VA isn’t up to the job.
Reese Erlich, author of Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect, discusses the deadly chemical gas attack/release in Syria’s Idlib province – which has been widely blamed on Assad’s forces – and Trump’s decision to launch dozens of missiles in response; and the similar chemical attack in Ghouta in 2013 that nearly prompted a major escalation from Obama.More Interviews
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I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart as you have changed my life for the better. Today I resigned my commission in the United States Army as I can no longer be part of a death machine that does no good for any part of a peaceful, productive society. Your website and podcast have turned me from a vengeful, war loving person to a man of peaceful voluntarism. I cannot thank you enough as you have made me a better person, thus making me a better husband, father, and human.
I became a Christian before a libertarian and was still the typical American Christian. One that says I like peace but at the same time supporting the killing of innocents in horrible, unnecessary conflicts that spend money we don’t have and kill people we have no business killing. I found your site and podcasts, along with Lew Rockwell and Mr. Tom Woods, and I became a Christian that is a libertarian. I am so thankful for the work you have done and my life has been changed in ways that benefit me more than I can ever express. Your interviews with former military members and conscientious objectors gave me the confidence that there are others out there like me and they are living a free and happy life!
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