Conflicts of Interest: George W. Bush Finally Says Something True About Iraq

On COI #278, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman cover former President George W. Bush’s viral confession- by-gaffe to war crimes in Iraq, President Joe Biden’s resistance to Kiev’s demands for long range rocket launchers, U.S./Israeli war drills aimed at Tehran, and the latest news on the Iran nuclear deal.

Kyle and Connor watch and discuss Bush’s Freudian slip rapidly making the rounds where he is giving a speech denouncing an illegal, brutal, unprovoked war in Iraq when he meant to say Ukraine. Bush was trying to paint Russian President Vladimir Putin as the ultimate mass murderer, Hitler du jour, but subconsciously realized he could just as easily be reading his own criminal charges. Bush writes this off as him just losing it in his old age. However, it is a blatant example of the fetish for projection fashionable in Washington these days, particularly among those like Bush himself who is forever covered in the blood of a million dead Iraqis.

Kyle breaks down Biden’s apparent reluctance to send Ukraine the long range rocket launchers they have requested, namely the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems. These weapons would enable Kiev to launch strikes deeper beyond Russia’s borders, attacks on Russia have become an increasingly more common occurrence and threaten to uncontrollably escalate and expand the conflict.

Connor talks about a series of ongoing Israeli military exercises called Chariots of Fire. The exercises largely eye an attack on Iran and also include preparation for contingencies of a wider regional war with the Resistance Axis. U.S. Air Force refueling aircraft will soon be joining Israeli fighter jets over the Mediterranean Sea to simulate a wide scale assault on Iran. The simulation will practice how to enter Iranian territory and conduct repeated airstrikes. This comes as Israel just recently bombed Syria, killing as many as five people. Defense Minister Benny Gantz claimed they were targeting advanced Iranian military assets. This latest strike is also notable because it is the first time the Russians fired back at Israeli warplanes using the S-300 air defense systems they have provided Damascus. The new development will likely change the Israeli strategy in Syria, given that, for many years, they have taken for granted that they can bomb the country on a weekly basis virtually without consequences.

Connor continues the Iran news by detailing a series of talks with the European Union’s nuclear negotiator in Tehran. The EU has reportedly made enough progress, breaking the two months long deadlock, and relaunched indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran. Though no date for new Vienna talks has been set yet, Josep Borrell, the EU Foreign Policy Chief, says a deal is now within reach. The Iranians and the Americans have put the onus on each other to do what needs to be done politically to move things forward. Though Tehran says they now await U.S. responses to new proposals they put forward presumably during last week’s talks with Mora.

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Why the Blob Backs Ukrainian Resistance and Israeli Apartheid

On COI #274, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman cover Tel Aviv’s murder of an internationally renowned journalist in the occupied West Bank as well as the latest Iran deal news.

Kyle breaks down the Israeli occupation forces’ brutal killing of Al Jazeera’s Shireen Abu Akleh during a raid on the Jenin refugee camp. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his apartheid regime attempted to blame the shooting on Palestinian gunmen, this absurd claim was immediately debunked by Israel’s top human rights organization. The bullet that was lodged in Abu Akleh’s brain was of a type used by the Israeli military. Washington has predictably issued cheap, tepid condolences and has expressed support for an investigation that is to be partly led by Tel Aviv. The reaction to the murder highlights the U.S. government’s double standards and the mainstream press’ rank hypocrisy.

Connor discusses a hawkish Senate motion passed by a bipartisan majority that, though non-binding, sends a powerful message to the Joe Biden administration and Tehran that any attempted return to the deal will face insurmountable opposition. The supporters of the motion advocate for the much of the same “longer and stronger” measures the Trump administration demanded previously including putting Iran’s ballistic missiles on the table and refusing to lift the IRGC’s Foreign Terrorist Organization designation. There is growing anti-Iran deal sentiment even among members of Biden’s own party.

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Conflicts of Interest: Opposing America’s War in Ukraine guest Brandan P. Buck

Brandan P. Buck joins host Kyle Anzalone to discuss the war in Ukraine and the antiwar movement.

Brandan P. Buck is a Ph.D. candidate in history and Digital History Fellow at George Mason University. Brandan previously served in both the U.S. Army and Virginia Army National Guard and completed multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan as both an infantryman and intelligence professional.

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