May 9, 2018

Are Israel’s and Saudi Arabia’s Leaders Drawing the US Into Fighting Iran on Their Behalf?
Trump’s CIA Pick Refuses to Say Torture Was Morally Wrong
How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics
Program Notes

We begin with an assessment of what is widely seen as a strategic blunder and foreign policy malpractice by President Trump who yesterday tore up an agreement which the U.S. signed together with the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany just as Trump is poised to sign another agreement with North Korea. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, the former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, who now teaches at the College of William and Mary and has an article at The American Conservative “Gina Haspel and How Torture Deceived Us Into Iraq”, joins us. In the absence of any alternative policy or rational explanation for such a destabilizing and unnecessary act, we  discuss how much Trump is motivated by spite in undoing his predecessor’s achievements following his racist campaign of hatred towards Barack Obama whose birth certificate and legitimacy Trump rose to political prominence questioning. Or could it be Trump’s own ego-driven exaggerated sense of fulfilling his campaign promises, no matter how ridiculous, at the expense of U.S. National Security and global peace? With Iran now free to pursue nuclear weapons as the U.S. moves away from diplomacy towards military confrontation, are the leaders of Israel and Saudi Arabia hoping to draw the U.S. into fighting a war against Iran on their behalf?

Then with Gina Haspel, Trump’s nominee to head up the CIA, refusing to say in senate testimony today that the torture program she was involved in was morally wrong, we will speak with Stephen Soldz, an anti-torture advisor with Physicians for Human Rights who is the co-founder of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology and was a dissident psychologist inside the American Psychological Association who opposed their collaboration with the Bush/Cheney torture regime. We discuss America’s ill-fated journey to the dark side and how torture does not work.

Then finally we speak with David Faris, a professor of political science at Roosevelt University and the author of a new book just out “It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics”. He joins us to discuss how Democrats have got to battle for democracy as vigorously as Republicans fight for power and undo voter suppression, reverse gerrymandering and stop the capture of the courts by Federalist Society reactionaries by winning electoral power then using it to carry out the will of the majority.

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson | Stephen Soldz | David Faris