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Empire Has No Clothes
42 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Biden Bombs Syria
This week on Empire Has No Clothes, Kelley, Dan, and Matt discussed Joe Biden's decision to bomb Syria and what it means for his foreign policy going forward. We also talked with David Sterman of New America about what it means to have an endless war and how to stop them.
42 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Robert Kagan's Neo-Imperialism
This week on Empire Has No Clothes, Kelley, Dan, and I discussed neoconservative Robert Kagan's new essay embracing endless war. We also talked with John Ghazvinian of the Middle East Center about the future of American policy in Iran.
46 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Whither the Antiwar Left?
This week on Empire Has No Clothes, Kelley, Dan, and I discussed the war in Afghanistan and why it's lost. We also talked with journalist James Carden about the state of the antiwar left and whether Joe Biden might do some good on foreign policy.
48 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Can Joe Biden Save Yemen?
This week on Empire Has No Clothes, Kelley, Dan, and I discussed Joe Biden's announcement that he would withdraw all American support for the war in Yemen. We also talked with Michael Brenes at Yale's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs about how the military-industrial complex came to be.
42 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Myanmar, Genocide, and the Responsibility to Protect
This week on Empire Has No Clothes, Kelley, Matt, and I discussed the situation in Myanmar and how far the so-called "responsibility to protect" might extend. We also talked with John Allen Gay of the John Quincy Adams Society about why young people are embracing foreign policy restraint.
45 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Can Joe Biden End the War in Yemen?
This week on Empire Has No Clothes, Kelley, Dan, and I discussed the war in Yemen and whether Joe Biden will make good on his pledge to end it. We also talked with Lindsey O'Rourke at Boston College about why covert regime change fails and why we cling to it nonetheless.
47 minutes | Jan 24, 2021
Trump's Legacy: Realism or Wrecking Ball?
This week on Empire Has No Clothes, Kelley, Dan, and I discussed the president's final moves on foreign policy and how Mike Pompeo is maneuvering to be his heir. We also talked with John Glaser at the Cato Institute about Donald Trump's legacy and whether he's done more harm than good.
42 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Insurrection and the 9/11 Temptation
This week on Empire Has No Clothes, Kelley, Dan, and I discussed the insurrection at the Capitol building and how we can avoid making the mistakes we made after 9/11. We also talked with Jonathan Bydlak of the R Street Institute about the Pentagon budget and why the taxpayer seems to get so little for so much.
40 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
The Madness in the Defense Bill
This week on Empire Has No Clothes, we talked with Barbara Slavin of the Atlantic Council about Iran and whether Joe Biden can ease our tensions with Tehran. Kelley, Dan, and I also discussed the latest defense authorization bill and all the terrible provisions therein.
40 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
A General Running the Pentagon?
On the latest Empire Has No Clothes, Matt, Kelley, and Dan speak with William Astore, retired lieutenant colonel (USAF), who teaches history at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. We discuss the Lloyd Austin appointment as Joe Biden's defense secretary, America’s endless wars, the missing antiwar movement, and the need for greater public engagement with foreign policy.
46 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
Iran Versus Israel—and Everyone Else
On this edition of Empire Has No Clothes, Matt, Kelley, and Daniel speak to Rachel Esplin Odell of the Quincy Institute. She discusses China, what a Biden administration policy will look like, and the real nature of the threat from Beijing. We also talk about the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist and Israel's likely involvement.
43 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
The Last Days of President Trump
On this edition of Empire Has No Clothes, Matt, Kelley, and Daniel speak to Justin Logan of the Center for the Study of Statesmanship. He discusses why the Middle East isn't that important and whether anyone has the faintest idea what to do about China. We also talk about the final days of Donald Trump's presidency, troop withdrawals and a possible bombing of Iran.
43 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Will a President Biden Welcome the Hawks in?
On this edition of Empire Has No Clothes, Matt, Kelley, and Daniel speak to Jack Hunter, the libertarian writer for the Washington Examiner. He discusses the likely election of Joe Biden and whether the hawks will find a home in his administration. We also talk about Donald Trump's post-election stand and whether it's good for America's relations with the world.
49 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
The Foreign Policy Debate That Wasn't
On this edition of Empire Has No Clothes, Matt, Kelley, and Daniel speak to Stephen Wertheim, deputy director of research and policy at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He discusses the rise of American global supremacy and why that idea is now breaking down. We also talk about the foreign policy presidential debate that wasn't and the upcoming election.
39 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
Gaming Out a Biden Administration Foreign Policy
On this edition of Empire Has No Clothes, Matt, Kelley, and Daniel speak to TAC foreign policy reporter Barbara Boland. She breaks down the upcoming election and the possible impacts on foreign policy of a Biden victory. We also talk about why Donald Trump's maximalist negotiating policy towards North Korea hasn't worked out so well.
47 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
Debunking the Deep State's Iran and Russia Narratives, with Gareth Porter
Investigative journalist Gareth Porter talks about why he’s spent so much time trying to debunk the Russian hacking story and Washington's institutional bias against Iran. In the first segment, Dan, Kelley, and Matt talk about throwback Vice President Pence and tough talking Democrat Kamala Harris.
45 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
The Missing Antiwar Movement with Bonnie Kristian
Matt, Kelley, and Dan spoke with Bonnie Kristian from Defense Priorities about the absence of an antiwar movement despite 19 years of endless war, the "snapback" debacle at the U.N., and the prospects for progressive/conservative cooperation in opposing wars in the future. We also discussed Charles Kupchan's distortions of American history in connection with "isolationism."
42 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Refugees Are Everywhere, but Who Takes the Blame? With David Vine.
This week, Kelley, Dan and Matt talk to David Vine, who co-wrote the Cost of War study that found that as many as 59,000 refugees were created in the wake of the U.S.-led 9/11 wars. We also hash out the pushback on the study’s methodology. In the first segment we talk about new U.S. threats to shutter our embassy in Iraq and why.
43 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Trump's Man in Afghanistan?
On this edition of Empire Has No Clothes, Matt, Kelley, and Daniel speak to Giorgio Cafiero of the Middle East Institute. He assesses what's going on with the Sunni Gulf states and whether Saudi power is waning. We also talk about Will Ruger, Trump's realist appointment to be ambassador to Afghanistan, and how hawks are endangering his Senate confirmation.
49 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
Fear and Loathing in the Imperial Capital
On this edition of Empire Has No Clothes, Matt, Kelley, and Daniel speak to Harry Kazianis of the Center of the National Interest. He explains why America's policy on North Korea has gone awry and whether there's hope yet for the Trump/Kim bromance. We also talk about the new Bob Woodward book and its implications for Donald Trump's foreign policy.
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