Tag Archives: Scott-Horton

9/4/12 Kelley Vlahos

Kelley Vlahos, contributing editor at The American Conservative, discusses the rise and fall of the COINdinistas (Lt. Col John Nagl especially); how “surge” strategies are designed for domestic political concerns, not military successes; the brutal civilian-slaughtering nature of real counterinsurgency campaigns; the revolving door between think tanks and government; the ongoing debacle in Afghanistan; and the perseverance of military apologists who still can’t imagine criticizing anyone in a government uniform.

9/4/12 John Glaser

Antiwar.com editor John Glaser discusses the details of a reported (and denied) back-channel offer from the White House to Iran; why the US is still largely responsible for Israel’s military endeavors, even if the US doesn’t fire a shot; how Benjamin Netanyahu has bluffed his way to irrelevance; Zbig Brzezinski’s take on rational actors and messianic zealots among Middle East heads of state; and a comparison of world-dominating US foreign policy strategies.

9/3/12 Gareth Porter

IPS News journalist Gareth Porter discusses his article “IAEA Report Shows Iran Reduced Its Breakout Capacity;” the typical misleading news headlines on Iran’s uranium enrichment program; how sanctions – designed to kill and injure civilians – are both immoral and ineffective at producing regime change; and the Obama administration’s stubborn refusal to change its outdated negotiating position on Iran.

9/3/12 The Other Scott Horton

The Other Scott Horton, international human rights lawyer and Harper’s journalist, discusses the official end to any chance Bush administration torture crimes will be prosecuted; why there was plenty of good evidence to get convictions, despite AG Eric Holder’s contrary claims; effective immunity for CIA-employed torturers/murderers, whose defense lawyers would finger Donald Rumsfeld and others in the Bush White House; Obama’s outright contempt for the rule of law; and a nostalgic look back at the Reagan years when the Executive was still accountable to Congress.

9/3/12 Stephen Zunes

Stephen Zunes, Professor of politics and international studies, discusses why the “U.S. Shares Responsibility for Rachel Corrie’s Death;” how the Bush administration vetoed UN observers in Gaza – leaving the job to NGOs and volunteers like Corrie; the State Department’s lack of concern for US citizens killed by Israeli soldiers; the California State Assembly’s resolution equating criticism of Israel to anti-semitism; and how Libyan regime change sparked civil war in Mali and helped Al-Qaeda upgrade their arsenal of weapons.

8/29/12 Craig Corrie

Craig Corrie, father of murdered activist Rachel Corrie, discusses the Israeli court’s rejection of his family’s lawsuit because Gaza was a “war zone” where anything goes; Israel’s responsibility to protect civilians in occupied territory; the British civilians killed around the same time by the same shoot-to-kill IDF policy; and why Rachel put herself between an armored bulldozer and a Palestinian house in Gaza.

8/28/12 Mark Sheffield

Mark Sheffield of Policy on Point discusses the phased build-up of the US missile defense system in Europe; why the system is obviously aimed at Russia, not non-existent Iranian nukes; how Raytheon’s corporate welfare endangers everyone on earth; and Mitt Romney’s gaffe about Russia being “our number one geopolitical foe.”

8/28/12 Scott Horton

This is my speech at the P.A.U.L. Festival in Tampa, FL, on August 26th. Imagine a real two-party presidential election between the “centrist” extremists Obama and Romney, vs. the anti-war, pro-civil liberties duo of Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich.

8/24/12 Eric Margolis

American Raj author Eric Margolis discusses what Ethiopian Prime Minister/Dictator Meles Zenawi’s death means for the country’s future; the US’s “mission creep” of fighting terrorism in Africa; why third world revolutionaries would benefit from studying Western public relations strategies; and how US intervention in Syria risks serious conflict with Russia, and should be avoided.

8/24/12 David Enders

David Enders of McClatchy Newspapers discusses the extreme dangers journalists face in Syria; how Syria’s rebels are acting like guerrilla fighters, waging a war of attrition that may last for years; weapons sent by Iraqi Sunnis to aid the Syrian rebels; Turkey’s steadfast and mystifying support for the rebellion; prospects for Kurdish autonomy outside Iraq; and Syria’s serious-and-growing refugee problem.

8/22/12 Giorgio Cafiero

Giorgio Cafiero of Foreign Policy in Focus discusses how Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s support for Syria’s rebellion has alienated Turkey’s own religious minorities; how Syrian President Assad uses the Kurds to retaliate and stir up trouble for Turkey; US interest in realpolitik, not humanitarian relief, in Syria; how a Sunni-dominated government in Syria would tilt regional power toward Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood, marginalizing Iran; why Syria’s rebels should have used nonviolent opposition instead of taking up arms; and the Iraqi refugees in Syria returning home – and not because Iraq is suddenly prosperous and safe.

8/22/12 Pepe Escobar

Asia Times journalist Pepe Escobar discusses why war and foreign policy aren’t issues in this year’s presidential election; how Syria has become a battleground in Middle East power politics; the Arab Spring hijacking; US fears about high-level Egypt/Iran talks and improving relations; indications President Obama has ruled out direct US intervention in Syria; how a Greater Kurdistan would balkanize four countries and aid the US/Israel divide and conquer strategy for the region; and the Turkish army’s questionable loyalty and effectiveness.

8/21/12 Gigi Bowman

Gigi Bowman discusses the Paul Festival on August 24-26 in Tampa, FL; bringing together the liberty movement to celebrate and honor Ron Paul and look ahead to the future; ticket promotions and the guest speaker lineup (which includes Scott Horton); and how the Liberty Candidates organization vets and promotes aspiring public officials who uphold Ron Paul’s ideals.

8/15/12 Flynt Leverett

Former State Department, CIA and NSC official Flynt Leverett discusses US policy on Syria and Iran; why most Syrians don’t support the radical Islamic rebellion; how US interference prevents a power sharing agreement and an end to violence; the Obama administration’s ideological blinders; delusions of post-Cold War American hegemony in the Middle East; why secular liberal governments rarely come to power after regime changes; and Bibi Netanyahu’s game of brinksmanship on war with Iran.