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The Great Ron Paul, Smeared Again

So a staffer working for Ron Paul made a terrible mistake today and tweeted out a picture which included very ugly stereotype caricatures of Jews, blacks and I'm not sure who-all. They deleted it immediately after followers replied pointing out the caricatures at the...

Iraq War II: A History Lesson

It's been 15 years since they lied us into Iraq War II. So I did a couple of long, in-depth interviews with Jonathan Schwarz about how and why they lied us into it, and Gareth Porter about how the war played out. Especially for those of you who were too young or wrong...

Retired USSC Justice Stevens: Repeal the 2nd Amendment

Other than conservatives, is there a group of people anywhere dumber than American liberals? How childish is this thinking?: Change the law and all the guns will vanish and then shooting will decrease. Here’s a more likely result: the second America Civil War, mass...

New Jersey Speech This Weekend

Saturday the 24th I'm giving a talk about Afghanistan to the Libertarian Party of New Jersey state convention. It's at the University Inn on the campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Find out more here.

Recent Episodes of the Scott Horton Show

7/17/18 Peter van Buren on Trump-Russia Hysteria

Peter van Buren discusses the media reaction to President Trump’s recent meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. He compares the entire story of Russian collusion to the birther conspiracy movement, in that swaths of Americans have been swept up in a campaign against the president with very little real evidence presented to support the claims. Van Buren argues that the divisiveness about Trump being a Russian agent is harmful for the country, and at this point Robert Mueller and the intelligence community need to “put up or shut up”—either present the clear evidence that Trump worked with the Russians, or admit that there is no such evidence. He goes on to discuss the DNC email leak, Hillary Clinton’s private email server, and the recent indictment of 12 Russian operatives.

Discussed on the show:

Peter Van Buren worked for 24 years at the Department of State including a year in Iraq. He is the author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People and the novel Hooper’s War. He is now a contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine. Follow him on Twitter @WeMeantWell.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; LibertyStickers.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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7/16/18 Reese Erlich on Syria

Foreign correspondent Reese Erlich comes back on the show to discuss Syria, the deep state, and President Trump’s foreign policy so far. Erlich explains how the war in Syria has devastated the lives of the Syrian people, and that there are basically no good actors there—the U.S., Assad, Russia, and the rebels have all committed horrible atrocities. Still, lots of Syrians are glad to have Assad’s forces regain territory from the rebels, just because it means an end to the fighting. In this regard, reports of Aleppines happily “celebrating Christmas” have some truth behind them. Erlich goes on to describe an ideological split in the U.S. government: is the main enemy of the U.S. Sunni extremism, or is it Iran? Under President Obama the answer was Bin Laden, Al Qaeda, and ISIS—but for Trump, and more importantly the people he surrounds himself with, it seems to be Iran. This has consequences for United States policy toward Syria, because if you see Iran as the main threat, then pulling out of Syria and allowing Assad to reassert control in the region, as Trump has shown inclinations of doing, isn’t such a bad thing.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Netanyahu, Putin, and Trump — Jockeying for Power in Syria” (Common Dreams)
  • “Military to Military” (London Review of Books)
  • “Clinton: Arming Syrian rebels could help al Qaeda” (CBS)
  • “Obama to Iran and Israel: ‘As President of the United States, I Don’t Bluff’” (The Atlantic)

Reese Erlich is a nationally syndicated columnist and the author of Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect. Erlich’s revised edition of his book The Iran Agenda will be published in 2018. In the meantime read his work at his website and follow him on Twitter.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; LibertyStickers.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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7/11/18 Jason Ditz on the Syrian Conflict

Jason Ditz, news editor for Antiwar.com, discusses the Syrian conflict and what the current status of the fighting is between the Syrian Army and allied Russians, the rebels, and ISIS.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; LibertyStickers.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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7/13/18 Sheldon Richman on Gaza

Sheldon Richman, executive editor at the Libertarian Institute, comes on the show to talk about his recent article “Trump Turns to Gaza as Middle East Deal of the Century Collapses.” Richman explains the long history of Israelis trying to force Palestinians out of Palestine, which is not a new phenomenon. He goes so far as to say that this process is a genocide, as it is literally the destruction of a people and a nation. Luckily, it seems as though American Jews—young progressives in particular—are waking up to what the Israeli government is doing, and many no longer feel they can support Israel.

Discussed on the show:

Sheldon Richman is the executive editor of the Libertarian Institute and the author of America’s Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited. Follow him on Twitter @SheldonRichman.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; LibertyStickers.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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7/13/18 Gareth Porter on John Bolton and the North Korea Negotiations

Gareth Porter returns to the show to talk about North Korea’s nuclear program and the chances for denuclearization. One roadblock to denuclearization, he explains, is that the U.S. doesn’t know precisely how many nuclear weapons the North Koreans have, nor where they keep them, so it would be impossible to verify with any certainty that all the weapons were destroyed. Another roadblock is that John Bolton seems dead set on stopping a peace deal, going so far as to leak details of a DIA report to the press, perhaps in an attempt to turn the media against President Trump’s meeting with Kim.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Media, Hardliners Play Up North Korean Nuclear “Deception” Claim” (Truthout)
  • “The Media’s Brazen Dishonesty About North Korean Nuclear Violations” (The American Conservative)
  • “North Korea has increased nuclear production at secret sites, say U.S. officials” (NBC)
  • “North Korea working to conceal key aspects of its nuclear program, U.S. officials say” (Washington Post)
  • David Albright
  • A.Q. Khan
  • Ken Dilanian

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on the national security state, and author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. Follow him on Twitter @GarethPorter and listen to Gareth’s previous appearances on the Scott Horton Show.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; LibertyStickers.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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7/11/18 Franz-Stefan Gady on North Korea

Journalist Franz-Stefan Gady joins Scott to discuss his recent article, “How the ‘Deep State’ Stopped a US President From Withdrawing US Troops From Korea”, about President Carter’s efforts to demilitarize and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, before being stymied by an intelligence report claiming that North Korea’s military was much stronger than previously thought. Once the report made its way to congress, Grady explains, there was very little political will to follow through with Carter’s wishes, and he was only able to see through a small troop withdrawal. Grady applauds this reduction as a good thing, but thinks that removing the remaining troops too hastily would be a mistake. He explains that U.S. troops mainly act as a “tripwire,” ensuring that if the North were to attack, America would sustain casualties, and would have to respond militarily. This deterrent acts as a stabilizing force against North Korean aggression. Gady supports efforts at diplomacy, but ultimately is skeptical we will see a lasting peace.

Discussed on the show:

  • “How the ‘Deep State’ Stopped a US President From Withdrawing US Troops From Korea” (The Diplomat)
  • “How A.Q. Khan Helped Distort America’s DPRK Policy” (38north.org)

Franz-Stefan Gady is a Senior Editor at The Diplomat and a Senior Fellow at the EastWest Institute. He has reported from all over the Middle East. Follow him on Twitter @HoansSolo.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; LibertyStickers.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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7/11/18 Mark Perry on General Mattis and War With Iran

Mark Perry rejoins the show to talk about General Mattis’ position in the Trump administration, particularly in relation to Iran. Perry explains that although Mattis seems to have strong negative feelings toward Iran, he is unlikely to advocate military action there because he knows that it would be incredibly expensive in both lives and dollars, and probably still not have the desired effect of regime change. Trump has taken a more bellicose stance on Iran, but Mattis has shown that he’s willing to stand up to the president, on this and other issues.

Discussed on the show:

Mark Perry is the author of Talking to Terrorists: Why America Must Engage with its Enemies and The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthurHis most recent book, The Pentagon’s Wars was released in October. Read his work at The American Conservative Magazine and follow him on Twitter @MarkPerryDC.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; LibertyStickers.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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7/6/18 Max Blumenthal on on Obama and Trump’s Ukrainian Nazis

Max Blumenthal is interviewed on the Congressional meetings of Andriy Parubiy, Ukrainian Fascist Leader and Neo Nazi. Parubiy’s connections to Ukrainian Nationalists, Neo Nazis, and AntiSemitic groups is explored in detail, as is the history of the conflict and especially the US’s role in supporting these groups in Ukraine and the new Ukrainian state’s connections with these groups.

Max Blumenthal is the author of Goliath, on the Israeli Palestinian conflict, and made the documentary Killing Gaza with Ben Norton.

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This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; LibertyStickers.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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7/6/2018 James Dorsey on Possible War With Iran

James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, a syndicated columnist and the author of the blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer. He is interviewed on the wide ranging regional conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and how the Trump Administration fits in to all of the goings on.

James M. Dorsey is also A veteran, award-winning foreign correspondent whose career focused on ethnic and religious conflict, James focuses at RSIS on political and social change in the Middle East and North Africa, the impact of change in the Middle East and North Africa on Southeast and Central Asia and the nexus of sports, politics and society in the Middle East and North Africa and Asia.

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This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; LibertyStickers.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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7/6/2018 Sheldon Richman on the Trump – Kushner Delusion on Palestine

Sheldon Richman, Executive Editor of the Libertarian Institute, is interviewed on his new article for the Libertarian Institute, “The Trump-Kushner Delusion on Palestine“.  The history of the peace deals in between Israel and Palestine, Kushner’s connections to the conflict, and why the current deal is a poison pill is discussed.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; LibertyStickers.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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Recent Episodes of the Scott Horton Show

7/17/18 Peter van Buren on Trump-Russia Hysteria

Peter van Buren discusses the media reaction to President Trump’s recent meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. He compares the entire story of Russian collusion to the birther conspiracy movement, in that swaths of Americans have been swept up in a campaign against...

7/16/18 Reese Erlich on Syria

Foreign correspondent Reese Erlich comes back on the show to discuss Syria, the deep state, and President Trump’s foreign policy so far. Erlich explains how the war in Syria has devastated the lives of the Syrian people, and that there are basically no good actors...

7/11/18 Jason Ditz on the Syrian Conflict

Jason Ditz, news editor for Antiwar.com, discusses the Syrian conflict and what the current status of the fighting is between the Syrian Army and allied Russians, the rebels, and ISIS. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen Cash; The War State, by...

7/13/18 Sheldon Richman on Gaza

Sheldon Richman, executive editor at the Libertarian Institute, comes on the show to talk about his recent article “Trump Turns to Gaza as Middle East Deal of the Century Collapses.” Richman explains the long history of Israelis trying to force Palestinians out of...

7/11/18 Franz-Stefan Gady on North Korea

Journalist Franz-Stefan Gady joins Scott to discuss his recent article, “How the ‘Deep State’ Stopped a US President From Withdrawing US Troops From Korea”, about President Carter’s efforts to demilitarize and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, before being stymied by...

7/11/18 Mark Perry on General Mattis and War With Iran

Mark Perry rejoins the show to talk about General Mattis’ position in the Trump administration, particularly in relation to Iran. Perry explains that although Mattis seems to have strong negative feelings toward Iran, he is unlikely to advocate military action there...

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