I’m privileged to have Matthew Hoh as a guest. He’s a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, a former director of the Afghan Study Group. Matthew is also a former Marine Corps officer who took part in the Iraq war. In 2009, he resigned his state department position in Afghanistan in opposition to the escalation of the Afghan war. He’s now a member of Veterans for Peace. Welcome Matthew Hoh.
Matthew: Hi Blase, thank you for having me on.
Blase: How did you decide to become a Marine?
Matthew: Actually…you know, it kinda gets to a bigger story that people listening will identify with. When you’re younger and maybe afraid to follow what you know is true, perhaps getting lost along the way…when I was in grade school I wanted to go to West Point or Annapolis. I wanted to be in the military. But then I was a senior in a high school when the Gulf War happened, when Saddam Hussein and Iraq invaded Kuwait, and the US put all those troops in Saudi Arabia and had this moral crisis with it. I decided that I couldn’t square the killing that occurred there with who I was. And so I went to college and didn’t accept an ROTC scholarship, didn’t follow up on the opportunities to go to West Point.