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Matthew Hoh Talks About The Struggles Of Veteran Hood, Treatment Of Veterans & Common Problems

Matthew Hoh returned to the show for the 5th time, this time for a conversation about Veteran Hood. We spoke about Matt's own personal struggles, general treatment of Veterans in the US, common reasons and struggles for post war veterans. Matt was of course involved in both Iraq and Afghanistan, so he has personal insight into the subject, which we discuss throughout the episode. I hope this video was helpful if you are a veteran, or if you are close to one.

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Bio - Matthew has been a Senior Fellow with the Center for International Policy since 2010. In 2009, Matthew resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan with the State Department over the American escalation of the war. Prior to his assignment in Afghanistan, Matthew took part in the American occupation of Iraq; first in 2004-5 in Salah ad Din Province with a State Department reconstruction and governance team and then in 2006-7 in Anbar Province as a Marine Corps company commander. When not deployed, Matthew worked on Afghanistan and Iraq war policy and operations issues at the Pentagon and State Department from 2002-8. - Center for International Policy | Matthew Hoh

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Show Notes

The U.S. Should Be a Force for Peace in the World Eisenhower Media Network NYT Ukraine

JUNE 9, 2023 A War Long Wanted: Diplomatic Malpractice in Ukraine BY MATTHEW HOH Counter Punch

"A new partnership of nations has begun, and we stand today at a unique and extraordinary moment. The crisis in the Persian Gulf, as grave as it is, also offers a rare opportunity to move toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective -- a new world order -- can emerge: A new era -- freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice and more secure in the quest for peace. An era in which the nations of the world, east and west, north and south, can prosper and live in harmony." Address Before a Joint Session of the Congress on the Persian Gulf Crisis and the Federal Budget Deficit 1990-09-11 speech, Toward A New World Order - CSPAN Clip

"It was also interesting to confirm that President Carter gave the Iraqis a green light to launch the war against Iran through Fahd.” Talking Points, State Department, "Talking Points" [for Alexander Haig meeting with Ronald Reagan], Top Secret/Sensitive, circa April 1981

"Mr Kelly: We have no defense treaty relationship with any Gulf country. That is clear. We support the security and independence of friendly states in the region. Ever since the Truman administration, we have maintained Naval forces in the Gulf because of our interest in stability in that region. We are calling for a peaceful resolution of any differences in that area and we hope and trust and believe that the sovereignty of every state in the Gulf ought to be respected.

Mr. HAMILTION: Do we have a commitment to our friends in the Gulf in the event that they are engaged in oil or territorial disputes with their neighbors ?

Mr. KELLY: As I said, Mr. Chairman, we have no defense treaty relationships with any of the countries. We have historically avoided taking a position on border disputes or on internal OPEC deliberations, but we have certainly, as have all administrations, resoundingly called for the peaceful settlement of disputes and differences in the area.

Mr. HAMILTON: If Iraq, for example, charged across the border into Kuwait, for whatever reason, what would be our position with regard to the use of U.S. forces ?

Mr. KELLY: That, Mr. Chairman, is a hypothetical or a contingency, the kind of which I can't get into. Suffice it to say we would be extremely concerned, but I cannot get into the realm of '' what if answers.

Mr. HAMILTON: In that circumstance, it is correct to say, however, that we do not have a treaty commitment which would obligate us to engage U.S. forces ?

Mr. KELLY: That is correct.

Mr. HAMILTON: That is correct, is it not ?

Mr. KELLY: That is correct , sir ..” Developments in the Middle East, July 1990: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred First Congress, Second Session, July 31, 1990, Volume 4 Page 14

Monroe Doctrine

Nayirah testimony

Russel Company Opium

Forbes Family

Opium Wars

"Warhorse" Soldiers participate in Military Salute to Service; attend Denver Bronco game By (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sergeant Andrew Porch, 2nd BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.) Army Mill November 20, 2012

President Obama claims rise of Isis is 'unintended consequence' of George W. Bush’s invasion in Iraq Mr Obama says rise is an example of 'why we should aim before we shoot' Heather Saul Wednesday 18 March 2015 The Independent

President Barack Obama Speaks With VICE News VICE News 16 March 2015 Min 12

Unethical human experimentation in the United States

More Retired Generals Call for Rumsfeld's Resignation Give this article By David S. Cloud and Eric Schmitt April 14, 2006 NYT

Eric Shinseki

Veteran Affairs Budget

NATIONAL VETERAN SUICIDE PREVENTION ANNUAL REPORT VA Suicide Prevention 2022 Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention September 2022 Page 5

‘A Poison in the System’: The Epidemic of Military Sexual Assault Nearly one in four U.S. servicewomen reports being sexually assaulted in the military. Why has it been so difficult to change the culture? NYT By Melinda Wenner Moyer Published Aug. 3, 2021

A review of post-traumatic stress disorder. Part I: Historical development and classification NIH

Survey: Veterans say Afghanistan, Iraq wars not worth it Moni Basu, CNN October 5, 2011

JULY 10, 2019 Majorities of U.S. veterans, public say the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting BY RUTH IGIELNIK AND KIM PARKER

AT WAR WITH THE TRUTH U.S. officials constantly said they were making progress. They were not, and they knew it, an exclusive Post investigation found. By Craig Whitlock Dec. 9, 2019

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