Host Dave Lindorff interviews David Swanson, labor and peace activist, author of the book “War No More: The Case for Abolition” and the website warisacrime.org, about the rapidly expanding crises that the US ha been promoting in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, the Persian Gulf, and the many countries where the US is using attack drones. Swanson argues that the US has been working hard to make Russia into an enemy again, that after portraying Syrian leader Bushar al Assad as a “Hitler” and arming and training his islamic rebel enemies, now a year later, Washington sees Assad as the “good guy” and is gearing up to bomb and kill the rebels, both in Syria and in Iraq, where they have expanded their rebellion. At least two of the crises, in Ukraine and the Persian Gulf, where a Coast Guard vessel has fired at an Iranian vessel, there is a real risk of war, either against Russia or Iran, Swanson warns.
Ray McGovern, a 27-year veteran CIA analyst, talks with host Dave Lindorff about the controversial downing earlier this year of Malaysian airline Flight 17, and says his sources say the US knows full-well what happened, and that it was not Russia or the rebels in eastern Ukraine who did it. That leaves the Ukrainian military, and begs the question of why this atrocity was committed. But McGovern goes further and points out that it’s now clear the gas attack in Damascus that brought the US one day away from launching a massive air attack on Syria last summer was a “false flag” orchestrated by Turkey and the US-supplied Islamic rebels. He says analysts at the CIA, both then and now in the Ukraine case, are “refusing to be part of another Iraq WMD lie.” McGovern also talks with Dave about CIA director John Brennan and the CIA’s spying on and effort to intimidate staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee.