Jul 31 2015

Anand Gopal on Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum

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GUEST: Anand Gopal is the author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes. He served as an Afghanistan correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor, and has reported on the Middle East and South Asia for Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, and other publications.

*This segment was originally broadcast on July 7, 2015.

The issue of “National Security” is constantly invoked by politicians and the media as justifications for war and surveillance. Since the September 11th attacks, the US has launched endless wars that have ironically made us less safe and built an unprecedented network of intrusive surveillance. Today, as part of an on-going series of interviews I did with a number of experts, journalists, authors, and academics, we’ll explore what the US’s national security policies have really amounted to. The interviews were produced by Brave New Films, headed by the acclaimed film maker Robert Greenwald, and are called The Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum.

Henry A. Wallace was the 33rd Vice-President of the United States and served under Franklin D. Roosevelt during WW II. He ran for the presidency on the Progressive Party ticket in 1948 and was an agriculturalist, economist, author and businessman. Mr. Wallace was known as the champion of the “common man” in the struggle against the moneyed elites for control of government and the planet’s resources.

On today’s episode of the Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum, we present Sonali’s interview on how Afghans views the US’s obsession with National Security with Anand Gopal, author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes. Gopal served as an Afghanistan correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor, and has reported on the Middle East and South Asia for Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, and other publications.

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