US President Barack Obama gave a speech that was meant to contextualise the global drone war that has escalated under his presidency, outline the framework for future targeted killing, and address concerns about the continued operation of Guantanamo Bay. But did he succeed? To discuss this, Inside Story Americas, with presenter Shihab Rattansi, is joined by guests: Carlos Warner, a lawyer for Guantanamo detainees; and Hina Shamsi, the director of the ACLU’s National Security Project.
More than 12 years after the September 11 attacks, and the US military establishes that the current american president, and his successors, do have all the authority they need to wage wars around the world, for many more years to come, and they can do so without approval from Congress.
We speak with investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill about his latest book “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield”.
It has been 10 years since the US-led invasion of Iraq, which marked a turning point in the West’s so-called war on terror. The pretext of the Iraq war was security and freedom, but the bombastic and openly pronounced objective was no less than remaking the greater Middle East region. For the US, Iraq became a quagmire and a humiliation – a strategic and moral failure that the country has spent the last four years trying to forget. As Africa now becomes the new front line in the ‘war on terror’, Empire asks: have the Europeans learned from America’s mistakes?
Guests: John Nagl: retired Lieutenant Colonel and co-author of US army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual; Jean Marie Guehenno: director of the Center of International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University and and former United Nations under secretary general for Peacekeeping Operations; Barbara Bodine: professor and former US Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen; and Christopher Hedges: Former New York Times Middle East bureau chief and author of “Empire of Illusion.”
The spectre of wide-reaching budget cuts is looming in the US, unless Congress can agree on how to reduce the deficit. The cuts, dubbed the “sequester,” are part of a debt deal that was made two years ago. If the cuts are not reversed, the military could face a nine percent across-the-board budget cut, about $55bn per year. As Al Jazeera’s Rosiland Jordan reports from Washington, the Pentagon is leading the fight against the cuts.