Peter Van Buren, former foreign service officer for the State Department, is interviewed on We Meant Well, his book on the Iraq War, and Hooper’s War, his new novel about war and PTSD. In a wide ranging interview, Van Buren discusses moral injury and responsibility for the Iraq War in the United States. The long term psychological effects of wartime combat service among veterans and how that correlates to a high suicide rate is just one of many subjects that are discussed in this interview.
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Ted Galen Carpenter from the Cato Institute is interviewed on the Bosnian conflict and the deterioration of Western relations with Russia. United States government interference with a potential peace deal that was being formulated to end the conflict is also detailed. The final border lines and how the Dayton Accords ultimately ended up displacing more people than the civil war did is also discussed, as is the history of Western Russian relations and the dangerous new cold war that has already set it with the Russian Federation.
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Center for International Policy’s William Hartung, author of “The American Way of War is a Budget Breaker”, is interviewed about his new article “There’s Less Than Meets The Eye in Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal” on defenseone.com, on the huge new arms deal, which he writes is “a mix of offers already made and promises yet to be kept”. Hartung also talks at length about how these deals have an implied US security guarantee, and how the Saudi military has historically been a Potemkin army. Also discussed is the defense budget, how money is appropriated, and whether there is any hope to ever reign in the military industrial complex.
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Scott interviews Jacob Hornberger with the Future of Freedom Foundation at FFF.org. Jacob talks about his upcoming conference, “The National Security State and JFK”, at the Dulles Airport Marriot in Northern Virginia on June 3rd, 2017, which both Ron Paul and Oliver Stone will speak at.
Hornberger also talks about the ongoing drug war in Mexico and how the laws of supply and demand can’t be overridden by a drug crackdown, even one as extensive as in Mexico, which involved the Mexican military going after drug lords. The total and absolute failure of the drug war is spoken about at length, including why the conventional thinking is flawed and the approach of most people in the country to this issue doesn’t address the core problem of drug addiction or the drug trade.
Co-Founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity and former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern is on the show to discuss his new article Not Remembering the USS Liberty and the new book by Philip Nelson, “Remembering the Liberty”. Scott and Ray discuss the audio of the ship to aircraft communications between the attacking aircraft and their commander, the story of the Israeli attack on the Liberty, and the incredible story of how the attack was ultimately ended, and how the captain of the USS Liberty received a Medal of Honor. Also discussed is the 2013 chemical weapons attack in Syria and Obama’s response, and a great story of how Ray gave Joe Lieberman a lesson in constitutional law.More Interviews
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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!
In fact, I am in the process of becoming a Paramedic as penance for my time hurting people. I read your site every day and I share it with others often. You are one of my heroes for your consistent views and sacrifice for what you believe. I hope to be able to help others as you have helped me. By the way, your website is blocked on government computers so you must have them scared.
I feel a weight is lifted off my shoulders as the dichotomy of my views is no longer. I thank you so much and look forward to spending my time with my children and living my life as free as possible. Thank you and I am anxiously awaiting your book!