This week’s show takes a look at the latest from Egypt and the history of assassinations by US administrations.
- Egypt at another Cross Roads, an interview with Adil Shamoo
- American Assassination for Dummies, an interview with Mark Ames
More about this week’s guests:
Adil E. Shamoo
Adil E. Shamoo is an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, a senior analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, and the author of Equal Worth – When Humanity Will Have Peace. He is a biochemist with an interest in biomedical ethics and foreign policy. He is currently a professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Maryland. His website is www.forwarorpeace.com
Egypt is rapidly approaching its most acute political and economic crisis since the 2011 revolution that swept dictator Hosni Mubarak from power.
Poverty is at an all-time high of 25 percent, with youth unemployment at a record 40 percent. Foreign currency reserves are on a rapid decline. President Mohamed Morsi is losing the most important commodity he possesses — the people’s confidence and trust. Conditions seem ripe for either a new uprising from below or a new military coup from above.
Instead of cementing his new regime’s democratic credentials, Morsi has undermined the legitimacy of his rule in word and deed.
Mark Ames is a writer known for his work as a Moscow-based expatriate American journalist and editor. He is Senior editor at NSFW CORP, a new publication based in Las Vegas, and founding editor of the defunct satirical Moscow newspaper The eXile and author of Going Postal: Rage, Murder and Rebellion: From Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine.
It’s hard to have a serious conversation about America’s drone assassination policy when no one seems to have a basic grasp of recent history. This cultural amnesia epidemic is starting to get me down— which is partly my fault for paying more than two minutes’ attention to Twitter at a single go.
The problem starts with Reagan, as problems so often do. Most people on the left take for granted that Reagan’s executive order 12333 “banned assassinations” — which is not just a false interpretation, but really awful mangling of one of the dark turning points in modern American history.
That same ignorance of the history of assassination policy runs right through today, with the repetition of another myth: That President Obama’s extrajudicial drone-assassinations of American citizens is “unprecedented” and “radical” and that “not even George Bush targeted American citizens.”
The truth is a lot worse and a lot more depressing.