MATTHEW HOH

Former Marine and USG Official

Expert on America's Wars

Matthew has nearly twelve years experience with America’s wars overseas with the United States Marine Corps, Department of Defense and State Department. He 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. Matthew’s writings have appeared in online and print periodicals such as the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Defense News, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He has been a guest on many news programs on radio and television networks including the BBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, MSNBC, NPR, Pacifica. and RT. The Council on Foreign Relations has cited Matthew’s resignation letter from his post in Afghanistan as an Essential Document. In 2010, Matthew was named the Ridenhour Prize Recipient for Truth Telling. Matthew is a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Public Accuracy, an Advisory Board Member for Expose Facts, North Carolina Committee to Investigate Torture, Veterans For Peace and World Beyond War, and is an Associate Member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). He has been certified by North Carolina as a Peer Support Specialist for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder. View Matt's website at: https://matthewhoh.com/

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We Are Combat Vets, and We Want America to Reboot Memorial Day

by Matthew Hoh

May-25-2020

Senior Fellows

Just as the coronavirus has exposed systemic rot, this moment also reveals how obsolete common conceptions of U.S. warfare truly are—raising core questions about the holiday devoted to its sacrifices.

“Worth the Price?” New Film Shows How Biden Played Leading Role in Push for U.S. to Invade Iraq (Transcript of film)

Matthew Hoh interviewed

Feb-18-2020

Senior Fellows

when you look at the number killed, you have to look at, say, 9,000, rather than almost than 4,500. That does not take into account the suicides. The suicides from these wars, based upon Veterans Administration data, runs between 9,000 and 10,000 killed by suicide.

Worth the Price? Joe Biden and the Launch of the Iraq War

Matthew Hoh interviewed

Feb-18-2020

Senior Fellows

Worth the Price? Joe Biden and the Launch of the Iraq War is a documentary short reviewing the role of then-Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) in leading the United States into the most devastating foreign policy blunder of the last twenty years. Produced and directed by Mark Weisbrot and narrated by Danny Glover, the film features archival footage, as well as policy experts who provide insight and testimony with regard to Joe Biden’s role as the Chair of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in 2002.

The Liars that Led Us to War

Matthew Hoh interviewed

Jan-10-2020

Senior Fellows

Matt Hoh and another veteran explains why Congress has failed to stop the endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and say the United States needs to learn from its imperialist history if anything is going to change.

Iran-US: On Brink of War?

Matthew Hoh interviewed

Jan-6-2020

Senior Fellows

Hundreds of thousands in Iran have been mourning the death of Qasem Soleimani. The Iranian general was killed by a US drone on the orders of President Donald Trump. Washington says Soleimani’s death has saved American lives, but has it actually set two bitter foes on the path to war?

The Killing of General Soleimani: Hail Mars! Hail Pluto!

by Matthew Hoh

Jan-3-2020

Senior Fellows

The equivalent of the killing of General Soleimani would be as if the Iranians assassinated General Richard Clarke, the US four star general in charge of all US special operations, but only if General Clarke had the name recognition of Colin Powell and the competency of Dwight Eisenhower. Those Iranians in government and civil society who want restraint, de-escalation and dialogue will find it hard to argue against retaliation.

Unimpeachable: Congress Backing Unconstitutional Wars “with the Truth”

Matthew Hoh mentioned

Dec-10-2019

Senior Fellows

The Washington Post on Monday published “The Afghanistan Papers: A secret history of the war” based on the U.S. government’s own documents. The main piece is titled “At War with the Truth: U.S. officials constantly said they were making progress. They were not, and they knew it.”

Authorizations for Madness; The Effects and Consequences of Congress’ Endless Permissions for War

by Matthew Hoh

Dec-06-2019

Senior Fellows

For the first time in decades, passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been delayed due to disagreements between Democrats and Republicans. The disagreements at the center of the delay in Congress are, as usual, partisan in nature: funding for the President’s border wall with Mexico, a Space Force the Pentagon doesn’t want, the impeachment hearings, and other domestic political issues. This delay in passage of a reconciled NDAA between the two houses of Congress, however offers an opportunity, because buried within the NDAA are possibilities to repeal the pieces of legislation that have brought mass human, financial and moral consequences to the US, have wrecked entire nations and societies abroad, and have made the United States less safe.

Veteran Suicide Risks

by Matthew Hoh

Dec-03-2019

Senior Fellows

The Veterans Administration’s Veterans Crisis Line fields, on average, just under one thousand distress calls a day from veterans thinking about suicide. Add to that about one thousand online chats or text conversations aimed at avoiding suicide every week.

Here and There with Dave Marash

Matthew Hoh interviewed

Dec-03-2019

Senior Fellows

The US military is being hit with a rising tide of suicides, especially among young veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. One veteran of both, analyst Matthew Hoh of the Center for International Policy, says official statistics show -- the risk of suicide rises with exposure to combat, and even more for those who have killed. What this points to, Hoh says, is suicide from what he calls “moral injury,” the sense that your wartime experience led you to betray your personal standards of morality or conduct.

Time to end Congress’ permissions for war

by Matthew Hoh

Dec-01-2019

Senior Fellows

In 2001 and in 2002 Congress passed authorizations for war. While not declarations of war, these mandates, each titled as an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), provided the legal framework for attacks against al-Qaeda and then for the Iraq War.

Point of view: Repeal needed of 2001, 2002 AUMFs

by Matthew Hoh

Nov-24-2019

Senior Fellows

In 2001 and 2002, Congress passed authorizations for war. While not declarations of war, these mandates, each titled as an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) provided the legal framework for attacks against al-Qaida in 2001 and in 2002 for the Iraq War. Both AUMFs are still in effect. As Congress considers its annual authorization to fund the Pentagon, Sen. Jim Inhofe, as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is in a position of responsibility and ability to repeal these AUMFs.

Risking lives in endless wars is morally wrong and a strategic failure

Matthew Hoh quoted

Nov-11-2019

Senior Fellows

The famous Vietnam Memorial, [Hoh] writes, “is a wall that contains 58,000 names. It would have to lengthened by some 2,000 feet to include the 100,000 to 200,000 plus Vietnam vets who are estimated to have been lost to suicide, while keeping space for those yet to come. VA data reveals that almost two Afghan and Iraq veterans die by suicide each day on average. That adds to an estimated 7,300 veterans who have killed themselves since just 2009, after coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq, a number greater than the 7,012 service members killed in those wars since 2001.”

And the Armies That Remained Suffer’d: Veterans, Moral Injury and Suicide

by Matthew Hoh

Nov-8-2019

Senior Fellows

The reality is that deaths by suicide often kill veterans at a level greater than combat, while the primary reason for these deaths lie in the immoral and ghastly nature of war itself.

“These Negotiations Have Not Been About the Afghan People”: Trump Calls Off Peace Talks with Taliban

Matthew Hoh interviewed

Sept-09-2019

Senior Fellows

The United States and Taliban had appeared close to signing an agreement after holding nine rounds of talks in Doha, but the negotiations took a surprise turn when President Trump suggested a Camp David meeting that included Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who had not been involved in the previous talks.

C-SPAN: Q&A with Matthew Hoh

Matthew Hoh interviewed

Mar-01-2019

Senior Fellows

Matthew Hoh, an Iraq War veteran and former State Department official, talked about his Counterpunch.com article, “Time for Peace in Afghanistan and an End to the Lies.”...

Time for Peace in Afghanistan and an End to the Lies

by Matthew Hoh

Feb-18-2019

Senior Fellows

It has been more than nine years since I resigned in protest over the escalation of the Afghan War from my position as a Political Officer with the US State Department in Afghanistan...

Will Congress Stop the Endless Wars?

Matthew Hoh quoted

Nov-30-2018

Senior Fellows

Lawmakers in both parties had plenty of reasons to advance a Senate resolution this week that would end the United States’ participation in Yemen’s bloody civil war...

US Bombing Kills 30 Civilians in Afghanistan as US-Led War Enters its 18th Year

Matthew Hoh interviewed

Nov-30-2018

Senior Fellows

Casualties in the 17-year US war effort in Afghanistan is higher now than any time since 2009. Former marine and state department official Matthew Hoh says that there still is no end in sight...

The Divine in the Resistance

by Matthew Hoh

Sep-12-2017

Senior Fellows

The fight to end racism, greed and militarism that foster America’s wars at home and abroad... READ MORE »

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