Conflicts of Interest: An Overextended Empire

On COI #103, Kyle Anzalone discusses America’s overextended empire. The Coast Guard just deployed the USCGS Hamilton to the Black Sea. A US Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian ships in the Persian Gulf. China reports US operations in its territorial waters have increased since Biden took office. The US has a warship trailing a Chinese aircraft carrier group that is doing military drills.

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The Attack on Pearl Harbor Was No Surprise (video)

Researchers about the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor know that President Franklin Roosevelt provoked a Japanese attack to justify America’s entry into World War II. Most Americans were against joining the war, but the attack on Pearl Harbor provided the excuse needed to declare war. The best book on this topic is Day of Deceit by former World War II Navy officer Robert Stinnett. The topics he covers are controversial because most people refuse to accept that Roosevelt and top military leaders in Washington DC failed to inform the commanders in Hawaii that a Japanese fleet was coming to attack, and restricted operations to ensure its success.

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Aaron Maté interviews Scott Horton: Despite Afghan Withdrawal Pledge, US May Find New Ways To Extend the War

From The Grayzone:

As Vice-President, Joe Biden pledged that all US troops would be out of Afghanistan by 2014. Seven years later, is President Biden’s new withdrawal pledge any different? Scott Horton, editorial director of Antiwar.com and author of Enough Already, discusses how the US has previously extended the war in Afghanistan and how it might continue it in new forms.

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Scott Horton Dismantles the War Party Narrative

For the 100th episode of Conflicts of Interest, Scott Horton of Antiwar.com joined Kyle and Will to discuss Joe Biden’s declared plan for a full withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 11. Scott also gives his read on mounting tensions in Ukraine, where the government has threatened a new offensive on separatist elements in the eastern Donbas region, risking a wider conflict that pulls in Moscow and Washington.

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Can a Formula 1 Star Send a Message to the Saudi Government?

For human rights advocates who also enjoy the sport of car racing, a great opportunity awaits us. Lewis Hamilton, the only Black driver in the history of Formula 1 racing, has been bravely and consistently supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. In the wake of the protests against the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Hamilton started to call Formula 1 out for its lack of diversity, even saying he would trade his 7th world championship for more diversity in the sport. Accused of bringing politics into the sporting world, he refused to back down, saying that his support for Black Lives Matter was a matter of supporting basic human rights.

Hamilton describes his concern for human rights as being global, and has expressed concern about human rights violations taking place in countries that Formula 1 travels to. During the tail end of the 2020 season when an F1 race was scheduled to take place in Bahrain, Hamilton received a letter from the young son of a man facing the death penalty in Bahrain. Moved by the plea by 11-year-old Ahmed Ramadhan to "please save my father," Hamilton replied that he "definitely won’t let it go unnoticed.”

Hamilton had plans to address the Bahraini Crown Prince about Ahmed Ramadhan’s father, as well as Bahrain’s use of torture, but unfortunately he contracted COVID-19 and was unable to travel to and race in the country. Still, Hamilton promised “When I get some time now, I will definitely try and speak to those [people] and see how I can positively impact that [race] weekend [in future].”

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