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follow in welcome the crosstalk firing people about what is happening to the anti-war movement there are plenty of wars being fought though with far fewer protesters was the anti-war movement just really about the presidency of george w. bush and not necessarily against war. came. to cross talk of the anti-war movement has vanished i'm joined by angela keaton in los angeles she is antiwar dot com development director and anti-war radio producer also in los angeles we have various russell he's a historian and author of a renegade history of the united states and in ann arbor we cross to michael heaney he's assistant professor of organizational studies and political science at the university of michigan ok cross talk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want but first let's have a look at the anti-war movement then and now. what
happened so the answer will movement still just drives a war in iraq mass demonstrations in the straits city squares and in front of the white house whereas a gray fires. at cities adamantly opposed to military interventions have always sleights a reflect public opinion and. makers how much has changed the answer the one movement major impact but i don't hundred sixty eight faced with widespread public opposition to. the war in troubling prospects in vietnam the johnson administration halted the bombing of north vietnam in stabilize the ground war this policy reversal was the meter turning point. it would appear it's difficult to witness history repeat itself numbers so answer war rallies have significantly decreased over the past years some claim this is because of the election of barack
obama to the us presidency as a democrat he rose to power opposing the war in iraq and promising so and by august thirty first two thousand and ten. our combat mission in iraq what expectations were high when i bought answered office and after he was awarded the nobel peace prize number less on the sidelines of the nobel committee sorry loni and somewhat after this expressed their concern this priest prizes a slap in the face to. sacrificing for true peace for years after two years in office many do not see a difference between barack obama and joe it's w. bush at least in terms of foreign policy. neither will leitch has
ended and the united states is now involved in the military action in libya it would appear that the once a day was going on a war that you know for across the artsy. i usually like to reward the first met had to get up early as for this program but we have two people from watching angeles today but i'm going to go to angela anyway i really antiwar dot com every single day many times a day and you do a wonderful service but you know antiwar dot com that was something the really brought people together when bush was going to war i mean legal war that he was pushing and mainstream following along and now and i think you're a wonderful success but where is the anti-war movement today we have a lot more war if you read antiwar dot com the united states is complex contemplating military action even more places right now beyond libya so actually what happened. well and i know that i own one of these answers to one of our
guests here today but this sobering one fortune answer is the neoconservatives a nationalist a right it was an anti bush movement more than it was an anti-war movement and that's where it went i mean barack obama partisanship is so strong in the u.s. and democrats are so wedded to barack obama and so afraid of weakening him they will put up with any number of moral indecency to allow him to keep his vaunted position including including the situation and also because barack obama had no lead there is no lead a public lead up to libya's there's no chance for organization either the fact that democrats are free to criticize obama in fact or so little public debate on libya says really terrible things about the future of democracy in the u.s. so this is a very it's actually that the whole the whole situation is a bit of a i think a microcosm a reflection of what's actually going on in the u.s. right now that he is defying the you also in los angeles. the empire he has no it's appetite for war is insatiable so was the anti-war movement really all about george
w. bush is angela pointed out and i'm sure michael is going to tell us in a few minutes go ahead. i agree with everything that angela said i think that in large part the anti-war movement during bush was really. unfortunate about personality i sense i mean he was seen as sort of this disreputable low brow texan who's very crude in his in his ways well we've gotten is an imperialist he's actually very refined and very articulate and very effective i would just say liberals now are basically the more effective and always have been the more effective imperialists then conservatives who usually tend to use brute force in very crude rhetoric and so that i think is one reason that we can talk about many others for why there is no anti-war movement and why there are actually more wars now than before well michael you've written probably the most authoritative report on this to date if you could give our my audience the title of that report but i mean you basically say it's about is really just about bush right. well i think
it's a little bit more than that i would say that is both about being anti-war and about being inside bush so i believe that the people who participated in the anti-war movement were genuinely in earnestly anti-war and that was the reason why they participated but it was president george w. bush that made the events seem so threatening and once president bush went away people felt less threatened and were thus less likely to participate i guess i would also add that the anti-war movement has not gone away completely or rather it has gotten very small so that what is really left is the hard core highly organized dedicated people in other words it's become a movement in abeyance now rather than a really mass movement michel thank you staying with you i mean and i want to just kind of press you a little bit i mean if they if it's really really diminished in its numbers i mean
how can you say these people the anti-war element to it seems a bit thin really they're i mean you're just slightly against the war or you know i'm against the war this war i mean what i'm saying is that you know the united states is constantly at war it is bankrupting itself while others are making a fortune and misery unspeakable misery that we caused united states causes so many places and used to say people kind of walk away from it. yeah i think that's right i mean i think it's important to understand what motivates people's participation ordinary people's participation in sort of mass protest events and what gets them. mobilized to get involved in politics and really it's a sense of threat and it was during the bush years that people felt very strongly cute things threatened and they felt the strong need to do something about
it whereas now they don't feel quite as threatened and that's why they don't participate as much angelino like to excel is keeping people i'm sorry go ahead but the way that i like to explain it is that there are a lot of issues that i take positions on where i disagree with my government so for example i might disagree with my government's policies on criminal justice and i do and i disagree with my government's policies on the environment but i often don't find myself mobilized to action on those issues now that the war was an issue that i personally was very mobilized against and but that was because of the stronger sense of threat in that area than in others and what do you think about that because i i guess you could argue that the average american citizen is probably even more threatened now by more wars but the perception isn't there how do we how do we you know square the circle on that. well think about it first second the beginning of the end of two thousand i'm going to have two thousand and ten sixty
three percent of americans were theoretically against the war in afghanistan and don't actually ask people what they vote on only two and a half percent wrote it voted in would vote the war being a deciding factor in how and in what they do in the ballot box this is not a grand butter issues this is the anti-war movement this is the post vietnam era anti-war movement has no draft to coalesce around people don't know anyone who died in afghanistan or iraq it's not it's not real people are going to when they actually political action ultimately is about the pocketbook and their home life and this just doesn't this doesn't it's just not that important you don't have to pay attention you don't have to watch the war the news the news in and out every day it's not it's not even in people's faces so i mean it's just it's not it doesn't galvanize and grab people so what michael is saying about they're just not there people are just not going to be moved to action on it that he said are you going to come in a court appointed angel just me there i mean it's an empire you can find its wars but it does it doesn't have to necessarily
a stir up anybody's emotions because that's exactly what they want to do. i slightly disagree with angela all the way agree with her in general on almost everything. i i do think there was a significant anti-war movement during the bush administration i was at many demonstrations in new york that had hundreds of thousands of people at them they were less than what happened during vietnam and she's absolutely right that a draft certainly provokes an anti-war movement great numbers of casualties provoke an anti-war movement but what the point i want to make here today and i think this is very important is it's really about what happened with the left and liberals which is that they merged their identity with the head of empire during the campaign and since and that is why they have left the anti-war movement in droves because now they are part of the empire they have become a part of this global effort to remake the world in our image and that is really the tragedy the left and the liberals in this country need to really take a close look at what they did with obama and begin to psychologically distance
themselves from him they need to start start saying not in our name which is what they used to say during push and during vietnam and they no longer say ok michael i'm going to if you go to you right before the break here is it really a crisis of the left. that he has just pointed out. i agree i think it is a crisis and i think that this is a real problem for obama because i think that a lot of actually i mean i think a lot of liberals liberals are actually quite unhappy with obama i don't feel like they've really gotten what they bargained for and even though they may not be on the streets anymore they are still dissatisfied and that obviously cost obama in the two thousand and ten midterm elections and i think there's a really good chance it's going to cost him in the presidential election ok i'm going to jump in here after a short break we'll continue our discussion on the end i want to stay with her. and to.
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across the archive you know all about to remind you we're talking about the antiwar movement today. taking. it before we went to the break it was pointed out it is the andean michael pointed out of the anti-war movement isn't gone it's just gotten to spin it's been diminished in numbers and you'll find go to you do you think it's getting a fair enough amount of coverage in the media is the media interested in this story because you could if we could say commercial media would be interested in the story against bush because it was a story and you could spin it you could spin in a lot of different ways which they did but it's not really something it's not a product for commercial media in the united states really to look at it anymore. well what would be a product i mean the anti-war movement needs to also be self-critical here actually take a hard look at what it's done in its own practices to exclude as many people as possible
and marginalize itself both and i mean no disrespect either groups but both answer and united for peace and justice have both policies and practices that have made it very very difficult for a broad based mainstream anti-war movement to develop one that has enough numbers to justify media coverage and answer rally the answer at least now the last one i went to would have been march march twentieth here in hollywood the numbers aren't there and when people from the outside try to work with groups openly and there's no room for ron paul people there there's no room for christians there's no room for many different groups because answer answer no for peace and justice try to make the events too much about every other issue and not enough about a narrowly focused and serious anti-war movement and that would be you that would be an anti-war movement that carter's media coverage that is what you do you agree with and that is i mean you know what is it i'm not a socialist because i don't like ruling by committee i mean it sounds like again
everything's connected to everything i mean if you don't stand on the right issue i guess but generic food well then you know you can't be part of the anti-war movement it's just destroyed some of well ok i think what angela saying is very very important and it's the one very exciting development in the last few years although it's just beginning so i'm a man of the left i was raised by socialists in berkeley i've always been on the left and but i stumbled upon antiwar dot com about three years ago and was blown away i said this is what the left should be doing this is what the left should be saying libertarians and sort of paleo cons but especially libertarians like antiwar dot com like ron have been the leading voices of the anti-war movement they've been the most principled the most consistent no matter who's president they've been saying again and again and again these wars are disasters of the empire and. and and the left shuns them because they think they're either shills for corporations or they're racists or don't care about people how could they not care about people
if they are the leading voices against killing people in our name so i think that this is what angela saying is a very important i think the left wing groups that used to dominate the anti-war movement need to welcome these very principled very strong willed people into the movement because they're our allies and they're the best allies right now it's a very exciting political dynamic i was on i'm going to show with ron paul than i in which he and i talk about this that libertarians of his ilk and the left must come together it is the only way in fact i believe that these wars will and that the empire will be brought home the only way that will happen is if left and libertarians come together around these issues michael trying to you i mean you know i never would have put a years ago i never would have thought i'd turn into a fan of pat buchanan you know i mean a lot of issues domestic issues but when he talks about foreign policy i kind of stand up and listen i mean if we have some unlikely bedfellows here but i've been to echo are two other guests here i mean they there are commonalities we don't know
that you wouldn't see very obvious in the beginning but the very different ideological points of view can actually work together they have enormous commonalities and synergies if they did work together. well that's definitely true and the anti-war movement has not only failed to reach out to these people but it's failed to reach out to many demographic constituencies in the united states that have been opposed to war so for example with tino's that african-americans are overwhelmingly opposed to war in public opinion but the anti-war movement is done in an adequate job of integrating these groups into their into the mass movement the one thing that i would say if i could leave one message to the anti-war movement that i think that it should change its approach is to put more emphasis on trying to get real expertise and facts out to the mass media about war probably my favorite anti-war scholar is a phyllis bennis and i think that one of the things that we probably need is more
people like phil more people like phyllis bennis i think the anti-war movement needs to do a much better job of getting the facts out to mainstream media and in fact i think the mainstream media does a decent job of covering the anti-war protests themselves and what they don't do a good job of covering is the wars and what actually the united states military is actually doing and i think if if more people really understood what was going on with u.s. military it would be easier to galvanize public opinion against what we're doing angela i guess you probably get in trouble for saying this but you know we're always antiwar dot com t.v. i mean is it just really about resources of me just being able to have those i tell reasons very expensive believe me i know that ok but you know to echo michael's point i mean that's a very good point you know you can't if you look hard to find what these wars really look like but when it's really sanitized in mainstream media with all the patriotism and military mention all of this other so they've got something going
something worked there it is really hard to galvanize people when they don't really know the see the reality on the ground you can read it and antiwar dot com you don't always see it. you know you're right any it's it's a much more intellectual experience it's not as easy quick easy with the fact that we push and people spaces but over the past few years there's been other major stories that completely knock knock the war off the front page michael had mentioned another interview i mean the first thing that happens of course is the health care situation well that was six months without real any real discussion about afghanistan in the mainstream press anti-war t.v. that's a wonderful idea i just don't know how you know where it is that people would know how to watch anti-war t.v. one has to be looking for that information actively seeking it out and given that we're in a terrible terrible economic crisis it may be people's first priority to say gee i wonder what's going on today in yemen it's a very good point that is if i go to you again i knew i was talking about strange bedfellows i mean. when people mention the tea party movement i get
a little worried because i hear some really really nasty stuff but fiscal conservatism and that's something i'll listen to i'll sit down with any one of them and talk about it ok might not agree with them but why can't the anti-war movement find that group of people or some of them a strange bedfellow i would honestly agree but you know that's one way to get people to wake up to the cost of war it's bad rock did not bankrupting bankrupted the country is that a strategy. oh sure absolutely i mean and that's certainly what ron paul is and saying i will say that ron paul and ralph nader and then excuse and and bernie sanders and cindy sheehan have all worked together cindy sheehan and i was friends with angela in the antiwar dot com people here it is happening and it can happen and they come together around not just the atrocities of war and the human cost of it but also the economic cost of it i do want to say i want to come
back to one point we were talking about earlier which is that how do you mobilize people well you can't go into the ghetto and to and sort of convince people that they should be forced against something i find that to be sort of paternalistic actually what is really to me the problem is obama because that is most americans are not political they're their version of politics of the way they interact with politics is really through the head of states they don't actually pay much attention to anything else there is a tremendous amount i would come back to this again of psychological identification with the president of the united states now he is extremely popular among his base which is large enough to get him elected and they simply will go along to get along when he said that libya is a huge humanitarian intervention they believe him because he's a good guy they believe we have to attack him on that basis during vietnam. every single day much more liberal much more liberal democratic president was being attacked a daily by the anti-war movement where they said hey hey l.b.j.
how many kids you killed today we have to start doing that kind of thing in the streets the thing that has happened in san francisco where protesters finally confronted obama about the torture of bradley manning i thought was a wonderful thing but that's really the first time people were sort of brazen and in his face we have to start doing that we have to start getting americans to disassociate themselves from the head of empire what do you think about that michael it's a very interesting point and i i can see the handlers of obama showing him is a still not george w. bush and showing a very powerful. well card they still play because you have to admit if you like the man or not he is at least eloquent and some of the things he about his liberal . intervention humanitarian intervention which is really hogwash if you really look at it carefully if you watched antiwar dot com read there you would have known that but how do we get away from that i just really addressed the michael's question well it's really hard to know what you can do to oppose somebody like obama in
a very direct way because i think the left is very confused about what to do with right now and so really i think that you know the opposition to obama on his war policies if it comes both from the left and from the right that may be the most effective way of dealing with the issues so you may see that the left doesn't come out in full force against obama's war policies but if the some of the more reasonable elements of the right also do then there will be a general erosion of support and as obama looks forward to two thousand and twelve he may see the handwriting on the wall and that may be what he needs to try to to try to make a change ok and i'm going to give you the last word on this program what should the anti-war movement do now. to the two thousand and twelve presidential election. move past partisan politics i'm not actually certain that electing a can't be that not exactly certain that our particular solutions can be addressed
with heads of state it's clear that whoever is in that seat is going to continue to i mean it has something invested in the idea of empire so i'm not sure if it can and i'm not sure of mobile i mean mobilization is an important i'm not sure that what role that's going to play in actual retail politics ok michael i'm going to be the last last word what do you think the anti-war movement should do. i think it needs to focus more on getting real facts out to people through the mass media. i don't know if that's an optimistic or pessimistic now there are many thanks to my guests today in los angeles and in ann arbor and thanks to our viewers for watching us here are to see you next time and remember across top rules. and you can start. to.
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