We are excited to sit down (metaphorically) with veteran, whistleblower, peace activist, and foreign policy dissident Matthew Hoh. He has spent the last few years helping to build the Eisenhower Media Network, which is designed to promote and give voice to veterans with a critical point of view of U.S. wars, foreign policy, and the military-industrial complex. Hoh has been at the forefront of the anti-war movement since serving as a Marine in Iraq and as a State Department officer in Afghanistan during the post-9/11 wars. In this episode, we talk about the challenges of the current peace movement in regard to the Ukraine War and how folks who may have initially supported the one-track Washington policy may be seeing the benefits of pushing for more diplomacy and fewer weapons or else prolonging a conflict that is ultimately more destructive for Ukrainians.
In the first segment, Kelley and Dan discuss the absolute chaos in Syria, with U.S. troops and a befuddled Washington policy right at the center. Here’s a primer from reporter and Middle East analyst Matthew Petti.
More from Matthew Hoh:
Red Meat to the Ravenous Dogs, substack, 7/27/23
Destroying Ukraine to Save it, Counterpunch, 6/30/23