David Vine is Professor of Anthropology at American University whose books include Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World. David Vine’s latest book is called The United States of War: A Global History of America’s Endless Conflicts, From Columbus to the Islamic State.
Armistice / Remembrance Day #103 is November 11, 2020 — 102 years since World War I was ended at a scheduled moment (11 o’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 — killing an extra 11,000 people after the decision to end the war had been reached early in the morning).
November 11, 2020, is Armistice Day 103 — which is 102 years since World War I was ended at a scheduled moment (11 o’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 — killing an extra 11,000 people after the decision to end the war had been reached early in the morning).
The US presidential election is just weeks away and the prospects for peace are far from rosy. The choice for Americans is largely between two candidates with firm ties to the military establishment who have both sanctioned aggressive US foreign policy whilst in office. But there is also much more to it than that.
Trump, despite having bombed numerous countries during his presidency, is the first US president not to have started a foreign war in the 21st century. As Vice President, Biden argued against the overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya but had previously played an instrumental role in facilitating the war in Iraq as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
With US foreign policy now decisively focused on China both candidates are trying to outdo each other’s rhetoric regarding the other global superpower. With Trump accusing China of 'infecting the world' with Coronavirus and Biden making the unbelievably hypocritical boast that he would 'be firm on China’s militarisation in the South China Sea'. As Taiwan becomes increasingly embroiled in rising tensions there could not be more at stake.
To join us in discussing the prospects for war and peace in view of November's US election we will be joined by writer and activist Tariq Ali and CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin. We will also be hearing from Alexander Zevin, an editor at New Left Review and Stop the War's Lindsey German.
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