2020-06-25 14:09:03

Un-American: A Soldier’s Reckoning Of Our Longest War



Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with Erick Edstorm.

Just as there is a national conversation around defunding the police as we see the human toll of a domestic war by law enforcement against people of color, some have begun linking that idea to defunding the US military. After all, we spend a massive chunk of our federal tax dollars to outfit troops and purchase weapons of mass destruction which are mostly used to terrorize and bomb people of color in other nations – nations like Afghanistan where the US’s longest war continues – slipping in and out of the American public’s consciousness.

Now a veteran of the longest official war in US history has written a scathing indictment of that never-ending battle. Writing in his new book Un-American author Erik Edstrom says, “In American parlance, ‘Never Forget’ is tacitly—and exclusively—reserved for Americans to serve in their role as righteous victims, never as aggressors. Instead, let us ‘Never Forget’ the far larger costs of America’s permanent war posture and realize that humanity’s greatest problems will not be solved by the military.”

Rising Up with Sonali is a radio and television show that brings progressive news coverage rooted in gender and racial justice to a wide audience. 

Rising Up With Sonali was built on the foundation of Sonali Kolhatkar's earlier show, Uprising, which became the longest-running drive-time radio show on KPFK in Los Angeles hosted by a woman. 

RUS airs on Free Speech TV every weekday.

Missed an episode?  Check out Rising Up on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling and online at freespeech.org.

Afghanistan Domestic war Erick Edstorm Free Speech TV Law Enforcement Police Rising Up with Sonali Sonali Kolhatkar Un-American United Sttes US Military

War and Peace

Democracy Now!

African Nations Reliant on Grain Imports Seek Ukraine Diplomacy as U.S., Europe Align Against Russia

African Nations Reliant on Grain Imports Seek Ukraine Diplomacy as U.S., Europe Align Against Russia

Democracy Now!

Ukraine "Skeptical" of Ceasefire Russia Could Use to Cement Occupation, Even as Grain Exports Resume

Ukraine "Skeptical" of Ceasefire Russia Could Use to Cement Occupation, Even as Grain Exports Resume

Democracy Now!

How to End the War in Ukraine: Matt Duss and Ray McGovern Debate U.S. Policy on Russia, NATO & More

How to End the War in Ukraine: Matt Duss and Ray McGovern Debate U.S. Policy on Russia, NATO & More

Democracy Now!

"Promoting Stability or Fueling Conflict?": Biden’s U.S. Arms Sales Boom, Ukraine to Saudi Arabia

"Promoting Stability or Fueling Conflict?": Biden’s U.S. Arms Sales Boom, Ukraine to Saudi Arabia

Related

Democracy Now!

Oath Keepers Founder Guilty of Seditious Conspiracy for Plotting to Violently Overthrow U.S. Gov't

Oath Keepers Founder Guilty of Seditious Conspiracy for Plotting to Violently Overthrow U.S. Gov't

Democracy Now!

Top U.S. & World Headlines — December 1, 2022

Top U.S. & World Headlines — December 1, 2022

Democracy Now!

"A Near-Death Experience": U.K.-Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah Nearly Dies on Hunger Strike

"A Near-Death Experience": U.K.-Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah Nearly Dies on Hunger Strike

Democracy Now!

Top U.S. & World Headlines — November 16, 2022

Top U.S. & World Headlines — November 16, 2022

Proud Partners