February 5 - Will the West Arm Ukraine?; “The Road to Iraq: The Making of Neoconservative War” and How the Neocons May be Rewarded for Their Failures by a Clinton or Bush Presidencies

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Part 1

We begin with the unscheduled trip to Ukraine by the leaders of Germany and France to confer with the Secretary of State and Ukraine’s president before going on to Moscow to offer a peace plan to Vladimir Putin. A leading international expert on contemporary Ukraine at the Center for Political and Regional Studies in the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta, Taras Kuzio, joins us. He is the author of the new book “Ukraine: Democratization, Corruption, and the New Russian Imperialism” and we discuss his article at The Financial Times “Arm Ukraine and force Putin back to the negotiating table” as well as the apparent good cop-bad cop strategy underway to get Putin to the negotiating table, before the U.S. and NATO moves to arm Ukraine to defend itself in a war where Russia has already taken Crimea and a large area of Ukraine with the intervention of thousands of Russian troops with advanced military equipment in a blatant invasion that the ill-equipped and poorly trained Ukrainian military cannot match.



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Part 2

Then we go to the U.K. to speak with Idrees Ahmad, a London-based writer and political sociologist who is a Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Sterling, Scotland and the author of the new book, just out, “The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War”. We will discuss the history of the war party of neoconservatives behind the Iraq debacle who manufactured an unnecessary and disastrously counterproductive war, the cost and consequences of which continues to this day. We examine why the architects of this endless tragedy have never been held to account and how they may come back as a part of a President Hillary Clinton foreign policy team or in another Bush Administration assuming there is sufficient amnesia in America to elect as their next president the brother of the “decider” who took America head-first into one of its greatest economic, military and diplomatic catastrophes in history.  

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