Gregory Lovett joins Scott to discuss his new documentary, “Delay, Deny, Hope You Die: How America Poisoned Its Soldiers” which opens Monday in Los Angeles and across the country over the next month. Buy tickets for an upcoming screening in your area here and watch the extended trailer.
Lovett shares the backstory of the documentary, which he was inspired to make after reading Joseph Hickman’s book “The Burn Pits.” He explains why the United States military decided to burn the massive amounts of garbage produced by its soldiers in massive burn pits with carcinogenic jet fuel, details the subsequent denial and cover up, and exposes the crony businesses that profited off it all. Lovett then describes the problems that veterans have seeking care from the VA and the heartbreaking stories of suffering of soldiers who return home.
“Delay, Deny, Hope You Die: How America Poisoned Its Soldiers” received Honorable Mention at the FilmOneFest and an Award of Merit from the Impact Doc Awards.
Discussed on the show:
- Kelley B. Vlahos’s stories on the burn pits (The American Conservative Magazine)
- The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America’s Soldiers, by Joseph Hickman
- Dick Cheney
- Tom Udall
- “The Things They Burned” (The New Republic)
- Iraqi Crud
- “Judge dismisses veterans’ suit over Iraq, Afghan burn pits” (Seattle Times)
- “US military burn pits built on chemical weapons facilities tied to soldiers’ illness” (The Guardian)
Gareth Porter returns to the show to discuss his article for The American Conservative Magazine, “When Did Congress Vote to Aid the Saudi’s Yemen War?” Porter explains why, despite there being zero national security interest at stake, the U.S. is involved in the aerial war in Yemen. He and Scott then discuss the clearly misleading fatality figures which they suspect are being vastly underreported by the U.N. Porter then gets to the crux of his article: how members of Congress are attempting to use the War Powers act to end U.S. involvement in Yemen. Scott delves into the history of the War Powers Act and explains why it’s been utterly misinterpreted. Finally, Porter touches on the Saudi blockade which, with help from the U.S. Navy, is stopping needed supplies from arriving to help the desperate Yemenis.
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:
- “Quiet Support for Saudis Entangles U.S. in Yemen” (New York Times)
- Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
- “‘It is not a war, it is kinetic military action’: National security adviser finally puts title on Libya” (The Daily Mail)
- “Bipartisan Group to Force Vote on U.S. Involvement in Yemen War” (The Intercept)
- The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF)
- War Powers Act
- “Yemen cholera cases exceed half a million as civil war prevents effective aid” (The Independent)
- “The Hurricanes You Control Vs. The Hurricanes You Don’t,” by Jason Ditz (The Daily Caller)
- “US involvement in the Yemen war just got deeper” (PRI.org)
- “The Houthis Are Not Hezbollah,” by Joost Hilterman (ForeignPolicy.com)
- Walter Jones
- Thomas Massie
Thomas Harrington joins Scott to discuss his latest article on Catalonia for Antiwar.com “Last Sunday In Catalonia: Pirates 1, The Invincible Armada 0.” Harrington breaks down the history of Catalonia, how we’ve gotten to where we are today, and what the vote means for Catalonia and Spain. Harrington also explains who stands to gain from Catalonian independence and who doesn’t. Ultimately, despite the brewing conflict, Harrington has some optimism that negotiation and a peaceful settlement will still be the outcome.
Thomas Harrington is professor of Hispanic Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and the author of Public Intellectuals and Nation Building in the Iberian Peninsula, 1900–1925: The Alchemy of Identity.
Discussed on the show:
- “Melee in Catalonia as Spanish police violently attack voters, injuring at least 760 civilians” (New York Daily News)
- “Catalonia Government Declares Overwhelming Vote for Independence” (New York Times)
- Kingdom of Aragon
- “Catalonia’s Independence Referendum: What’s at Stake?” (New York Times)
- Isabella I of Castile
- “Spain Through Orwell’s Eyes” (Jacobin Magazine)
- José María Aznar
- “Why Should Catalonia Not be Free?” by Matt Purple (American Conservative Magazine)
- “Catalonia vote: Pro-independence parties win elections” (BBC)
- “Catalonia’s Leader Seeks Talks in Standoff With Spain” (New York Times)
- “King of Spain accuses Catalan leaders of ‘unacceptable disloyalty'” (CNN)
Ann Jones, author of “Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan,” returns to the show to discuss her latest article at TomDispatch.com “Afghanistan, Again?” Jones explains how every president repeats the actions of his predecessor in an attempt to “break the stalemate,” why trying to train the Afghan army has been an utter disaster, and how the Afghan people, despite considerable infighting, have made it clear over and over again that they will not give in to foreign invaders. Jones stresses, above all, that the Afghanis are tired of fighting and are ready to go home—so long as the United States will let them.
Ann Jones is a regular contributor at TomDispatch.com and most recently the author of “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars.” Follow her on Twitter:
Discussed on the show:
- Afghan National Army
- “Afghanistan Sees 20 Percent Rise in Casualties of Security Forces, Police” (NBC News)
- “9/20/17 May Jeong on the atrocities of U.S.-backed warlords in Afghanistan” (Scott Horton Show)
- “Female Afghan politician Shukria Barakzai survives suicide bomb attack on her car” (The Independent)
- Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
- “Return of warlord Hekmatyar adds to Afghan political tensions” (Washington Post)
- “The ‘Butcher Of Kabul’ Is Welcomed Back In Kabul” (NPR)
Joe Lauria returns to update the situation in Iraqi Kurdistan after the referendum for an independent Kurdish state passed. Lauria describes the escalating tensions, explains why believes the referendum was a mistake, and how despite the vote, the Kurds are no closer to independence than they were before. Lauria details the history of Kurdish suffering throughout the decades and suggests that this referendum could lead to another precarious situation for the Kurds. Then Lauria touches on how the Kurdish referendum compares to the ongoing situation in Catalonia. Finally Scott and Lauria discuss the most contentious point of Kurdish independence, the disputed city of Kirkuk.
Joe Lauria is a contributing writer at Consortium News. He is a former UN correspondent and wrote at the Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal. You can follow him on Twitter @unjoe.
Discussed on the show:
- “Iraq imposes flight ban on Kurdish region after poll” (Al Jazeera)
- “Kurdistan votes for independence from Iraq with 93% saying ‘yes'” (The Telegraph)
- Masoud Barzani
- “Iraq refuses talks with Kurds about referendum results” (Al Jazeera)
- Treaty of Sèvres
- Iraqi-Kurdish Conflict
- Iraqi Kurdistan-Israel Relations
- Halabja Chemical Attack
- “Kurds in Turkey atone for their role in the Armenian genocide” (PRI)
- “Hundreds injured as Spain cracks down on Catalan referendum” (CNN)
- Battle of Tal Afar
- “Kurdish Paramilitary Forces Now Control City of Kirkuk as Iraqi Civil War Escalates” (Slate)
- Israel endorses independent Kurdish state
- Montivideo Convention
- Joel Wing: “Oct 3 2005 Pres Tabalani accued UnitedIraqiAlliance of not giving Kurds govt positions neglecting Kurd ministries not dealing with Kirkuk” (@JoelWing2)
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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