GRITtv: Phyllis Bennis, Mark Bittman, and South Dakota’s Anti-Choice Legislation

“I wonder if those same people who asked for the intervention, when they ask for the intervention to end, will we listen to them?” asks GRITtv foreign affairs correspondent and author Phyllis Bennis. Who will the leadership that so swiftly made the decision to commit troops to Libya answer to? Phyllis joins us via Skype to discuss the continued presence of U.S. troops in the Middle East.

President Obama’s March 28 appearance framed U.S. intervention in Libya in terms of American exceptionalisn, and American tax dollars and military resources have all gone forth under the banner of a “moral imperative.” But, do we really know just who the good guys and the bad guys really are?

And, more disturbing news from Afghanistan as a small group of American troops gain more and more notoriety for their brutal behavior — notoriety brought on by their tendency to record and distribute the violence. A chilling new video turns actual footage of Afghans being killed into a music video. Phyllis discusses this high-profile violence in Afghanistan, and the possibility of it playing out again in Libya.

“It’s a matter of political will and a moral question: do you see the rest of the world as your brothers and sisters or not?” asks food writer and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food.

Spring is in the air, and the issues of planting and food supply — both local and global — are now in season. With dwindling varieties of crops, decreasing genetic variation amongst those left, and the rise of genetically modified crops, the global food supply may be poised for a takeover by corporate seed producers. Mark joins Laura to talk about the politics, power and control behind seed production and distribution worldwide.

And finally, a commentary from Laura on South Dakota’s new anti-choice legislation — what has the state done now to suppress the rights of women? Distributed by Tubemogul.