Bob had a great talk (Scott’s on assignment) with Professor Brandon Wolfe-Hunnicutt of Cal State-Stanislaus, author of “The Paranoid Style in American Diplomacy: Oil and Arab Nationalism in Iraq” about Iraqi history from the Ottoman Empire to the present, with an emphasis on the period from 1958 to the 1970s.
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Before Iraq became the target of a massive U.S. intervention, it was a British colony, and then a kingdom, which achieved sovereignty in a 1958 revolution led by Karim Kasim. However, the U.S., especially President John Kennedy, began to oppose the Kasim regime and helped engineer a 1963 coup against him and then sending support to the new regime to isolate and kill Kasim backers and others, especially communists.
Recently, Raytheon CEO Greg Hayes reported to his shareholders, “[W]e are seeing, I would say, opportunities for international sales. We just have to look to last week where we saw the drone attack in the UAE, which have attacked some of their other facilities. And of course, the tensions in Eastern Europe, the tensions in the South China Sea, all of those things are putting pressure on some of the defense spending over there. So I fully expect we’re going to see some benefit from it.” While lauded in the press for his comments, Hayes’ thinking embodies structures established by government and private industry for over a hundred years.
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The latest, and final for the semester, U.S. history lecture from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco.
Prof. Buzzanco goes into The U.S. and the Middle East and what put us on the road to September 11th. He discusses oil, Israel and Nationalism. Then Palestine, Mandates and Balfour. He covers Red Line Agreement, World War II, Holocaust, Israel and Nakba.
He then gets into Anti-Americanism, Mossadegh, Nasser, Suez and Iraq. It includes discussin on OPEC, the Palestinian Liberation Organization, the Six Day War and the Ramadan/Yom Kippur Wars. Getting in Arab-Israeli relations, he talks about Camp David and Oslo and the Intifada and conflict over the Settlements.
In this episode, Bob and Scott talk with anarchist, U.S. military veteran, environmentalist and direct action organizer Graham Clumpner.
We discuss movement politics and the military during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the rise of the far right since those wars and current politics and the military in the ages of Trump and COVID19.