May 25, 2007
Akrasia in Iraq
The other day Gary Kamiya had an insightful essay at Salon to the effect that Bush hasn't been impeached because his "warmongering spoke to something deep in our national psyche." I think that's right — not enough people have made the connection between the pervasive tinpot militarism of American society and the persistence of gangsters successfully masquerading as national leaders. One way to undo the damage is to think clearly about what is actually happening in our wars of choice; to help us do that I turned once again to Wayne White, a former senior officer in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the State Department. What ensues is pretty much a high level briefing. I'm very grateful to Wayne for taking the time and consider it a privilege to talk with him. And it's nice to have had him back, which I hope to do again. Total runtime here of an hour and forty three minutes. Listen and think.