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Obama ignores largest National Security threat – the Pentagon

Posted by Jesse on February 5, 2009

From antiwar.com radio:

Chalmers Johnson, author of Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic, discusses the enormous and expanding U.S. defense budget amidst a general economic collapse, the army of defense lobbyists ready to fight against any spending cuts, how military spending diverts economic resources away from beneficial uses and how defense contractors make the largest and most dubious defense projects into sacred cows by spreading production to as many congressional districts as possible.

MP3 here. (22:46)

Chalmers Johnson is the author of Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire, The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic. His latest article, “Economic Death Spiral at the Pentagon”, co-written with Tom Engelhardt, is at Tomdispatch.com and at Antiwar.com.

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See: The Political Economy of Fear:

At every point, opportunists latch onto existing fears and strive to invent new ones to feather their own nests. Thus, public-school teachers and administrators agree that the nation faces an “education crisis.” Police departments and temperance crusaders insist that the nation faces a generalized “drug crisis” or at times a specific drug crisis, such as “an epidemic of crack cocaine use.” Public-health interests foster fears of “epidemics” that in reality consist not of the spread of contagious pathogens but of the lack of personal control and self-responsibility, such as the “epidemic of obesity” or the “epidemic of juvenile homicides.” By means of this tactic, a host of personal peccadilloes has been medicalized and consigned to the “therapeutic state” (Nolan 1998, Szasz 2001, Higgs 1999).

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For a good exposition on why the “Left” is just as bad (if not worse) as the “Right” on the subject of militarism, have a listen:

Justin Raimondo, the editorial director of Antiwar.com, discusses his article “Beware the New Globalism,” the shift in U.S. empire from Bush’s unilaterism to Obama’s multilateralism, how the economic meltdown is only the latest justification for global regulation, the appeal of smaller and more efficient regional governments, the likelihood of increased international cooperation on Iran sanctions and intervention in Africa under the Obama administration and how the U.S. is eschewing a democratic republic in favor of plutocratic socialism.

MP3 here. (53:44)

Justin Raimondo is the editorial director of Antiwar.com. He is the author of An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard (Prometheus Books, 2000). He is also the author of Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement (with an Introduction by Patrick J. Buchanan), (Center for Libertarian Studies, 1993), and Into the Bosnian Quagmire: The Case Against U.S. Intervention in the Balkans (1996).

He is a contributing editor for The American Conservative, a Senior Fellow at the Randolph Bourne Institute, and an Adjunct Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and writes frequently for Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.

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Campaign for Liberty’s Foreign Policy Reading List

Posted by Jesse on November 18, 2008

An Overview

Core:
The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul, ch. 2 (audiobook)
A Foreign Policy of Freedom: ‘Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship’ by Ron Paul
Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire by Chalmers Johnson
Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror by Michael Scheuer
The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War by Andrew J. Bacevich
The Old Right and War:
Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle American Anti-Imperialism by Bill Kauffman
Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement by Justin Raimondo
The Betrayal of the American Right by Murray N. Rothbard; online here
Prophets on the Right: Profiles of Conservative Critics of American Globalism by Ronald Radosh
Other Important Books:
Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson
Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic by Chalmers Johnson
Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism by Robert A. Pape
American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy by Andrew J. Bacevich
The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew J. Bacevich
War Is a Racket by Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler; online here
The War for Righteousness: Progressive Christianity, the Great War and the Rise of the Messianic Nation by Richard Gamble
The Costs of War: America’s Pyrrhic Victories, ed. John V. Denson
We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing From 1812 to Now by Murray Polner and Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy by Murray N. Rothbard; online here
Articles:
“Our Own Strength Against Us: The War on Terror as a Self-Inflicted Disaster” (.pdf) by Ian S. Lustick
“What Do the Terrorists Want?” (.pdf) by James L. Payne
Audio:
Scott Horton’s Antiwar Radio has featured some of the most important intellectuals, journalists, and political figures of our day, and its archive is a treasure trove of knowledge. Scott suggests the following as some of his best and most informative interviews. Access his full archive, subscribe to his podcast, and listen live from 12:00pm-2:00pm Eastern.

Michael Scheuer, 22-year CIA veteran, former head of the agency’s Osama bin Laden unit,
and author of Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror
Robert Pape, author, Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism
Chalmers Johnson, author and professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego
Philip Giraldi, former CIA officer and columnist, The American Conservative
Ron Paul on Terrorism and more
Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for the Independent
John Cusack, actor, on his film War, Inc.
Jim Powell, author, Wilson’s War
Ron Paul on Iraq and Afghanistan
Chris Hedges, author, War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning
Carah Ong, Iran Policy Analyst, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector
Larry Velvel, dean, Massachusetts School of Law
Gareth Porter, reporter, IPS News

The Economics of Foreign Policy

Articles:
“We Spend $1 Trillion a Year in Defense” by Robert Higgs
“The Neglected Costs of the Warfare State” (.pdf) by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
“Military Spending / Gross Domestic Product = Nonsense for Budget Policymaking” (.pdf) by Robert Higgs
“Military-Economic Fascism: How Business Corrupts Government, and Vice Versa” by Robert Higgs
“Do We Need to go to War for Oil?” (.pdf) by David R. Henderson
Audio and Video:
“The Myth of War Prosperity” by Robert Higgs
“Taxation, Inflation, and War” by Joseph T. Salerno (video here)
“War and Inflation: The Monetary Process and Implications” by Joseph T. Salerno
“War and the Money Machine” by Joseph T. Salerno
Books:
Depression, War, and Cold War by Robert Higgs
Pentagon Capitalism by Seymour Melman

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Michael Scheuer: Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station.mp3

Posted by Jesse on January 17, 2008

Have a listen to Scott Horton interviewing Michael Scheuer here.

Here is the Wikipedia link on Scheuer and also for his book, Imperial Hubris. This is one of the 5 books Ron Paul suggested Giuliani read.

One of the books is Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson

You can listen to the Horton/Johnson interview here.

Take a gander at Chalmers’: Republic or Empire: A National Intelligence Estimate on the US

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