Heroes and Patriots Show: June 19th, 2017
John Sakowicz interviews Melvin Goodman, on KMEC Radio. Discussing Goodman’s book, A Whistleblower at the CIA.
Goodman was a CIA analyst for 24 years and is now director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy. He is a professor of government at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Goodman is the author of Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA and National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism. His latest book is titled A Whistleblower at the CIA.
Here in the Bay Area, Goodman and Daniel Ellsberg will appear together on Wednesday, June 21, at 7:30 pm, Pacific Time, at the First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana, Berkeley, CA.
Goodman and Ellsberg will also appear together on June 22 at 7pm at City Lights Bookstore at 261 Columbus Avenue in San Francisco,
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Recent News and Latest Book
More Bloat For Bloated Defense Spending
The justification for additional defense spending is reminiscent of traditional Cold War justifications. The Senate’s defense authorization act even empowers the Pentagon to establish a “strategic competition initiative” for the U.S. African Command, which would lead to an expanded U.S. military presence in Africa. The United States has already trained leaders of coups in Mali and Guinea, and provided aid to repressive regimes in Uganda and Niger. The Pentagon can’t even provide an accurate inventory of the military equipment it has provided to African countries.
American Exceptionalism: Our Gun Culture at Home and Abroad
There is an insidious and unspoken connection between our gun culture at home and abroad. U.S. politicians and pundits believe that huge defense budgets provide international security for the United States, and many Americans believe that personal weapons provide safety at home. We don’t question the use of deadly weaponry in unnecessary wars overseas; Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan are the most recent examples. At home, there are more guns than people — 120 guns for every 100 people. The United States is exceptional because some of the same weapons designed for war are available to teenagers fighting their personal demons.