David Gornoski Interviews Eric Garris About the War Machine

Eric Garris, founder of Antiwar.com, joins David Gornoski to discuss the media’s role as the government’s war propaganda front as well as how he started campaigning against wars waged by the power-hungry political establishment. Why has the left abandoned its critical stance on unjust wars? How credible are the stories of chemical attacks and Gaddafi “weaponizing rape” that were used as excuses for running airstrikes in Libya and Syria? Listen to the full episode for an intriguing conversation on how victim-garbed myth-making plays a vital part in leading men and women into the mass sacrifice of war.

David Gornoski’s show, “A Neighbor’s Choice”, is hosted on ABC’s NewsRadio 93.1 WFLA FM and 540 AM in Central Florida, and broadcast on the web.

The Pandemic Hasn’t Stopped the War Party… We Won’t Let It Stop Antiwar.com

Between the Covid-19 pandemic and the civil unrest here at home, even fewer eyes are on U.S. foreign policy than before. Unfortunately the Empire never sleeps.

The wars continue, from the new Cold War with China to the shadow war in Somalia, and Antiwar.com is here to cover them all.

The War Party never lets a good crisis go to waste, and the Covid-19 pandemic has served as a useful tool to ramp up tensions with Beijing. Besides the rhetoric coming from the Trump administration, the US has increased its military presence in the Indo-Pacific, with massive Navy drills in the South China Sea and US spy planes buzzing near China’s coast. While only the fiercest hawks in Washington want a hot war with China, the increased US presence in the region makes a military confrontation more likely.

The US maintains crippling economic sanctions on countries like Venezuela, Iran, and Syria. History shows that economic warfare does nothing to depose the governments the US wants to overthrow and only hurts the civilian populations. In the early days of the pandemic, there were international calls for the US to lift sanctions to help the world fight Covid-19. But Washington did not comply. Instead, it has increased sanctions, most notably on Syria where new measures were put in place to prevent the Arab country from rebuilding after nine years of brutal war.

Hopes of a global ceasefire to combat the pandemic are long gone, and bombs from the US and its allies continue to fall across the Middle East. The most dire situation is in Yemen, where the U.S.-Saudi coalition have recently ramped up airstrikes. In recent weeks, bombs have obliterated civilian homes, killing men, women, and children. The humanitarian situation on the ground in Yemen is dire, with millions facing famine.

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An Apology to Christine Assange

After review of Diana Johnstone’s piece, The Lynching of the Charismatic Geek, we agree that the assertions regarding Christine Assange are unnessarily provocative. While Ms. Johnstone was making a point about the nature of counter culture eccentrics against the mind numbing conformity required to maintain the world’s largest police state, we see how her portrayal can be used in service to the enemies of peace.

Mrs. Assange has been through enough heartache and horror to last several lifetimes. We in no way wish to add to this burden. Further, we at Antiwar.com stand unequivocally with Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and Chelsea Manning. The article has been pulled. We humbly apologize.

Peace,

Angela Keaton
Randolph Bourne Institute

Tyranny Comes Home: Again and Again and Again

The Free Thoughts Podcast published an excellent interview with the authors of Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of U.S. Militarism. Professors Christopher J. Coyne and Abigail R. Hall describe the corrupting and corrosive of the warfare state on the American psyche including permanent surveillance, use of drones by police departments and the overlap of militarism and far right extremism.

The transcript can be found here.

End the War In Yemen: Call Your Senators Today

Currently, US involvement in Yemen is under the authority of the Trump Administration without the consent or oversight of Congress. The US is not at war with Yemen but aiding Saudi Arabia with supplies, personnel, and a blockade that starves 130 children to death per day.

S.J.Res54 will end U.S. support in the Saudi Arabian led war in Yemen, crucial to ending this humanitarian disaster for up to 14 million men, women and children. The bill is before the full senate now.

Step one: Do not be intimidated by the telephone. Calling is more effective than emails or letters.

Step two: Find your individual senators’contact information by visiting here (or call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.)

Step three: When someone answers the phone, “Good morning, I’m [your name.] I am calling to urge [Senator’s name] to support S.J.Res 54, to keep us out of further involvement in Yemen.” Keep the call short. Be polite.

Call now: The vote is imminent.

How – and Why – We Do What We Do

Dear Antiwar.com Readers,

Every day readers send Antiwar.com fan mail and we are grateful for it. Thank you.

You know we appreciate it. Invariably, someone will ask "how do you do what you do?"

Usually I rattle off: With a shoestring budget, a core of loyal readers, and a small group of people who have made it their mission to end the violence that is endemic to U.S. foreign policy.

But that isn’t the full story.

I don’t take this daunting mission on alone.

Our News Editor, Jason Ditz, never sleeps. How could he? With USG intervention causing horrors for the people of Iraq, Somalia, Niger, Libya, the Philippines, Syria, Mali, and Yemen? With the militarization of the police state? Endless violations of our civil liberties? It would be too much for any mere mortal,but Jason isn’t a mere mortal. Our News Editor condenses and summarizes over 100 articles a day so we are never at a loss to explain the violence US foreign policy has caused all over the globe.

Our founder, Eric Garris, starts his work day at 6am and doesn’t stop until the page goes live at 9pm PT. He has done this every day for over 22 years — until the doctors said, NO MORE! Eric is finally taking part of Saturdays off (with constant nagging from me.)

When I tell him to slow down, He says, There are no days off from empire.

For the last 17 years the USG has been destroying, destabilizing, and occupying Afghanistan.

If you weren’t aware, our Editorial Director, Scott Horton, can tell you all about it. Scott spends days reading stacks of books, speaking to journalists, academics, and activists, and recording history in real time. It’s a thankless mission but one he does with grace.

Finally, our Editor-at-Large, Justin Raimondo, treats his cancer as he does the neoconservatives. Without pause or apprehension.

Why do we do it? Why would anyone do this? Behind many, many death counts are numerous stories. Many are stories of living breathing human beings just like you and me. They are people with hopes, dreams, and families who treasured them. Many of them were never a threat to the health or safety of any US citizen anywhere.

As for me, I have no tolerance for brutality. Give us the support we need to help Eric, Scott, Jason, and Justin sift through the best of the bad news.

Donate .

Peace,
Angela