David Swanson joins the show to talk about the decline in military recruitment, which the secretary of the navy recently tried to explain away by falsely claiming that thousands of high schools have started denying access to recruiters, something they are legally barred from doing. Swanson points out, however, that the real reason for low recruitment is that the American people are getting fed up with the endless wars. The young people coming of age today were born during the wars we’re still fighting, so they grew up with a sense of their futility and an understanding that they might never end.
Discussed on the show:
- “The Secretary of the Navy Lied to Congress – Let’s Try Democracy” (davidswanson.org)
- “Do US High Schools Bar Military Recruiters? Activists Try to Call Pentagon’s Bluff” (Military.com)
- “Former Director of Selective Service Says It’s Time To End Draft Registration” (Antiwar.com)
- National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy
- Downing Street memo
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Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of Antiwar.com, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from this website. He’s the author of the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan. Visit https://scotthorton.org