President of the National Iranian American Council Trita Parsi returns to the show to discuss the Iran Nuclear Deal and what’s at stake should the Trump administration attempt to nix the deal and why his bellicose approach to Iran could have significant consequences. Parsi explains Congress’s role in the life of the deal, and why even a Republican-controlled Congress might be hesitant to kill the deal.
Trita Parsi is the president of the National Iranian American Council and the author of “Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy.” Parsi is the recipient of the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Follow him on Twitter: @tparsi.
Discussed on the show:
- Iran Nuclear Deal
- “Iran’s Swift Release of U.S. Sailors Hailed as a Sign of Warmer Relations” (New York Times)
- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, by Gareth Porter
- Mao Zedong
- “Obama to Iran and Israel: ‘As President of the United States, I Don’t Bluff’,” by Jeffrey Goldberg (The Atlantic)
- “Quiet Support for Saudis Entangles U.S. in Yemen” (New York Times)
- Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy, by Trita Parsi
Gareth Porter returns to the show to discuss his latest story for Alternet, “Have We Been Deceived Over Syrian Sarin Attack?” Porter takes a deep dive into the evidence of the supposed Khan Sheikoun sarin attack and explains why we have good reason to doubt the narrative and evidence presented by the Trump administration, what’s still in dispute, and raises questions that still need answering.
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.
Discussed on the show:
- “4/6/17 Philip Giraldi says IC-Military Doubt Assad Gas Narrative” (The Scott Horton Show)
- Khan Shaykhun chemical attack
- Elliott Higgins
- “Mounting Evidence Syrian Forces Were Behind Khan Sheikhoun Attack,” by Ole Solvang (Human Rights Watch)
- “Trump’s Red Line in Syria,” by Sy Hersch (Die Welt)
- Aluminum phosphide
- “ISIS used chemical weapons against the Kurds, US officials say” (The Hill)
- “Yet another video shows U.S.-funded white helmets assisting public-held executions in rebel-held Syria,” by Ben Norton (Salon.com)
- “OPCW Fact-Finding Mission Confirms Use of Chemical Weapons in Khan Shaykhun on 4 April 2017” (OPCW)
- “Assad forces carried out sarin attack, says French intelligence”
- “Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013” (The White House)
- “Regime change in Syria is one of many priorities, says Nikki Haley” (The Telegraph)
Scott interviews May Jeong on her featured article “The U.S.-Trained Warlords Committing Atrocities in Afghanistan” for In These Times. Jeong discusses her time reporting in Afghanistan, why the Afghanistan War is really the American War, and details how the same dynamics at work in Iraq exist in Afghanistan. Jeong explains what she thinks might happen when the United States leaves Afghanistan, but why she believes that the Taliban doesn’t have the manpower to rule the entire country.
May Jeong is a visiting scholar at the NYU school of Journalism and a Logan Fellow at the Carey Institute. Follow her on Twitter @mayjeong.
Discussed on the show:
- Leahy Amendment
- “The Afghan Bank Heist,” by David Filkins (The New Yorker)
- Hamid Karzai
- Khataba Massacre
- “Woes mount for beleaguered Afghan security forces” (The Daily Mail)
- “Trump’s 100 days: US air campaign hammers Yemen with almost a strike a day” (The Bureau of Investigative Journalism)
- Mullah Omar
Jeff Stein joins the show to discuss his latest article “Vietnam War: New Ken Burns Documentary Dismisses the Origins of the Futile, Disastrous Conflict” critiquing Ken Burns’s latest documentary series “The Vietnam War.” Stein reflects on his time in Vietnam as an army intelligence case officer and reviews and critiques Burns’s documentary series, which he says is well worth watching, but is not without its flaws. Stein then explains why French colonialism in Vietnam created a false premise in Vietnam—that there was ever a good reason to join the conflict—dooming the war from the outset and explains why the same parallel exists in the ongoing war in Afghanistan.
Jeff Stein is a national security correspondent and author of the SpyTalk column at Newsweek. He has written three books including “A Murder in Wartime: The Untold Spy Story That Changed the Course of the Vietnam War.” Stein spent a year as an army intelligence officer in Vietnam where he was awarded the bronze star. Follow Jeff on Twitter @SpyTalker.
Discussed on the show:
- North Vietnamese Army (People’s Army of Vietnam)
- Viet Cong
- U.S. Army intelligence School (Fort Holabird)
- Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam, by Nick Turse
- “Nixon Tried to Spoil Johnson’s Vietnam Peace Talks in ’68, Notes Show” (New York Times)
Famed whistleblower John Kiriakou, the former chief of counter-terrorism operations in Pakistan, returns to the show to discuss his latest book on Abu Zubaydah “The Convenient Terrorist” which he co-authored with Guantanamo whistleblower Joseph Hickman. Kiriakou retells his history at the CIA and explains why the crux of the Abu Zubaydah saga were Zubaydah’s lies about supposed ties between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, which helped the U.S. spin the lies that led to the Iraq War. Kiriakou explains the American fetish with torture and his role in blowing the whistle on the torture network within the CIA and explains how the United States made the decision to invade Iraq long before the invasion. Finally Kiriakou discusses how the drone program is the greatest recruitment tool for Islamic terrorists.
John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer and author of Doing Time Like A Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison. Kiriakou was the only CIA officer to be jailed over the CIA’s torture regime—for telling the truth. Follow him on Twitter @JohnKiriakou.
Discussed on the show:
- Abu Zubaydah
- Joseph Hickman
- Scott Horton (attorney)
- “Abu Zubaydah and the Futility of Torture” (Future Freedom Foundation)
- Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
- “Qaeda-Iraq Link U.S. Cited Is Tied to Coercion Claim” (New York Times)
- Richard Perle
- Enhanced interrogation techniques
- “Donald Trump on waterboarding: ‘Even if it doesn’t work they deserve it'” (The Guardian)
- “The road to torture: How the CIA’s ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ became legal after 9/11,” by Joseph Hickman and John Kiriakou (Salon.com)
- Kiriakou to NBC News: “I think somebody would admit to kidnapping the Lindbergh baby under water-boarding.” (Hardball with Chris Matthews)
- Ramzi bin al-Shibh
- “Israeli settlers raid two Palestinian villages, destroying 70 olive trees” (Mondoweiss.com)
- Donald Rumsfeld
- “Yes, We Did Execute Japanese Soldiers for Waterboarding American POWs” (Mother Jones)
- “Waterboarding Historically Controversial” (Washington Post)
- The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror, by John Kiriakou
- “Perle Five Days After 9/11: ‘We Do Know Saddam Hussein Has Ties To Osama Bin Laden’” (ThinkProgress)
- Houthi insurgency in Yemen
- “A horrifying look into the mind of 9/11’s mastermind, in his own words” by Marc Thiesen (Washington Post)
- “Timeline: Messages from Bin Laden” (al Jazeera)
Hey I finally did another one. Sorry about the delay.
It’s just the same old shit really, but new for some of yall I guess.
Update: sorry: I guess I put this out over the wrong feed last week…
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I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart as you have changed my life for the better. Today I resigned my commission in the United States Army as I can no longer be part of a death machine that does no good for any part of a peaceful, productive society. Your website and podcast have turned me from a vengeful, war loving person to a man of peaceful voluntarism. I cannot thank you enough as you have made me a better person, thus making me a better husband, father, and human.
I became a Christian before a libertarian and was still the typical American Christian. One that says I like peace but at the same time supporting the killing of innocents in horrible, unnecessary conflicts that spend money we don’t have and kill people we have no business killing. I found your site and podcasts, along with Lew Rockwell and Mr. Tom Woods, and I became a Christian that is a libertarian. I am so thankful for the work you have done and my life has been changed in ways that benefit me more than I can ever express. Your interviews with former military members and conscientious objectors gave me the confidence that there are others out there like me and they are living a free and happy life!
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