Daniel Lazare, author of The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution Is Paralyzing Democracy, discusses the beheading of a 12 year old boy by US-backed Syrian “moderate” rebels; the Obama administration’s PR spin to deflect blame and run out the clock until the story is forgotten; and the many questions regarding Saudi Arabia’s involvement in 9/11 that weren’t answered by the “28 pages.”
Air Force Lt. Col. Sterling Thomas, a lawyer representing Guantanamo prisoner Abdul Zahir, discusses his client’s pending release after 14 years in custody without a trial or being charged with a crime in a case of mistaken identity.
Christopher Preble, the vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, discusses Donald Trump’s suggestion that the US shouldn’t necessarily defend NATO allies if they were attacked by Russia; how a US security guarantee encourages other NATO countries to act more recklessly and neglect their own military spending; and the outcry against Trump’s comment by Republicans, Democrats and European leaders.
Marc Hyden, a coordinator at Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, discusses the libertarian/conservative case for abolishing capital punishment; and the big difference between the death penalty in theory (killing the worst, absolutely guilty criminals) and in actual practice (a badly flawed government program that wastes millions and makes mistakes).
Eric Margolis, a journalist and author of American Raj, discusses the coup and counter-coup in Turkey; French President Hollande’s doubling down on foreign intervention following France’s “Bastille Day from hell;” and the finally-released 28 pages documenting Saudi Arabia’s direct links to the 9/11 hijackers.More Interviews
Scott talks about Donald Trump’s mixed foreign policy signals and why Hillary Clinton is the worst of all the presidential candidates.More Shows
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