On this week’s episode of Unauthorized Disclosure Kevin Gozstola and I speak with retired Army colonel and former US diplomat Ann Wright of CODEPINK Women for Peace about the group’s protests against the Obama administration’s ISIS bombing campaign. (Download the episode here or subscribe for free on iTunes here).
More about the episode from Kevin:
The past week was filled with officials coming before members of Congress to sell President Barack Obama’s strategy for escalating war in Iraq and Syria. It worked. Congress approved the arming and training of rebel forces in Syria to fight ISIS. However, this did not take place without members of Congress hearing some voices of dissent loud and clear.
CODEPINK Women for Peace managed to convince a group of people to be at almost all of the hearings on combating ISIS. They held up pink signs that could be seen behind officials like Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry. The group even provoked a lecture from Kerry, who scolded them for protesting the administration’s war plans.
It has been much more difficult to get people to protest than in 2005, when liberals were willing to flock to Washington, DC, to protest President George W. Bush’s administration. Although Obama’s war plans risk some of the same dangers Bush risked, there has been no massive demonstration in the streets.
This week on the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast retired Army colonel and former US diplomat Ann Wright, who resigned from the State Department in 2003 in protest against the Iraq War, is the show’s guest. She discusses her organizing with CODEPINK, which spent the past week demonstrating in congressional hearings on Capitol Hill on the Obama administration’s plans to combat ISIS. She reacts to Secretary of State John Kerry calling out CODEPINK and also discusses an op-ed written by Chelsea Manning on what the US should do to fight ISIS.
During the discussion portion of the show, we acknowledge the votes in Congress giving Obama the go-ahead to train and arm Syrian rebels. Co-host Rania Khalek highlights a story she wrote this week on an Israeli drone conference. We talk about Israel’s NSA scandal with Unit 8200 members blowing the whistle on spying against innocent Palestinians. Then, we move on to the Justice Department invoking the state secrets privilege to protect an anti-Iran advocacy group and wrap up our show covering the US responseto the spread of Ebola in north African countries.