The president is on Martha’s Vineyard, managing the crises:
IPS scholar Phyllis Bennis is quoted in this morning New York Times’ story on ISIS by Peter Baker. She joined me for an interview on her criticism of President Obama’s very minimalist use of force in Iraq as the IS rampage accelerates.
HH: Joined now by Phyllis Bennis. Phyllis is at the Institute for Policy Studies. She’s a fellow there. She directs the New Internationalism Project at IPS, and she is quoted in the Peter Baker article I was just talking about with Charles Krauthammer in today’s New York Times in which she said about President Obama’s decision to bomb IS in Iraq, “This is a slippery slope if I ever saw one. Whatever else we may have learned from the President’s ‘dumb war’, it should be eminently clear that we cannot bomb Islamist extremists into submission or disappearance. Every bomb recruits more supporters.” Phyllis, welcome, thank you for joining me.
PB: Good to be with you.
HH: You know, I am now fascinated by you, because I read that quote, and I went and watched your great interview with Peter Slen, who’s a friend of mine. I’ve been through that marathon thing over at C-SPAN. And I went and I watched your interview with Reality Asserts Itself from early December. And you have a remarkable career, and we don’t agree on anything, but this will be very, very polite.
PB: Well, I’m glad of that.
HH: Yeah, to summarize for people, they can go and look at those. I’ll put the links up. You’re a classic West side, liberal Jewish upbringing, you go to the University of California at Santa Barbara, you join SDS, and then you become an activist. I love your quote to Reality Asserts Itself, that “suddenly, school was not about going to classes. None of us went to class very much.” Now the statute of limitations is passed. Just as a matter of curiosity, were you involved in the bombing of the Faculty Club?
PB: Of course not. There was no bombing of the Faculty Club where I went to school.
HH: How about…
PB: And I certainly wouldn’t have been involved with it if there was.
HH: Well, I didn’t hear that, Phyllis?
PB: I said and I certainly wouldn’t have been involved with it if there was.
HH: There was a bombing at the school’s Faculty Club in ’69 by the SDS, according to what I looked up.
PB: I don’t remember that, but okay, I’ll take your word for it. I have no recollection of it. I certainly wouldn’t have… Continue Reading
I interviewed Charles Krauthammer today to begin the program:
HH: 40 years ago tonight, Richard Nixon delivered that address. 40 years ago tomorrow, he resigned the presidency. Joining me on this anniversary, Dr. Charles Krauthammer, author, of course, of Things That Matter, 10 months on the New York Times bestseller list. If I recall correctly, Charles, you probably were not unhappy with that decision 40 years ago.
CK: Well, I do agree that I was young once. Yes, I did have my idiosyncrasies. I think I was 24. I think I remember hearing it while driving a car on the West Side Highway. But as I understand it, Hugh, we’re now about to wallow in Watergate? Is that where we’re going now?
HH: No, I was going to point out that Nixon’s resignation led to a very weakened presidency…
HH: …which followed the Vietnam collapse, which led to a genocide. Now, we have an intentionally weakened presidency abroad, not at home, and it looks like we’re staring at yet another genocide. Any parallels here, Charles?
CK: Well, weak presidencies, it is ironic, of course, because Nixon was one tough hombre when it came to facing down enemies. You remember during the Yom Kippur War in 1973… Continue Reading
by Brian Fahy & Garrett Fahy
Amidst another tense cease fire in Gaza this week, the world stopped to assess the reality on the ground. Israel estimates it has killed 900 Hamas terrorists – a redundancy – and destroyed 32 tunnels that Hamas previously used to infiltrate Israel and launch terror attacks against Israelis. 64 Israeli soldiers – fighting for their right to exist – and three civilians have died in the fighting. Continue Reading