Recent Episodes of the Scott Horton Show

1/24/20 Jim Bovard on Washington’s Oppressive REAL ID Act

Jim Bovard talks about the federal pressure for states to comply with their “REAL ID” laws, which place higher standards on proving one’s identity and may require the submission of fingerprints or even DNA samples. Bovard reminds us that even if the requirements...

1/20/20 Ramzy Baroud on the Israeli Siege of Gaza

Scott talks to Ramzy Baroud about the Israeli occupation of Gaza, where Palestinian civilians continue to be killed and otherwise oppressed by Israeli forces. Baroud describes the many ways in which Israel has twisted the mainstream narrative and manipulated their...

Iran’s ‘Golden Offer’ of 2003

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Refuting Iran Myths

Pete Quinones interviews me about the common narratives about Iran in Iraq and so forth; specifically addressing a hawk's interview on the Joe Rogan show and a recent hawkish piece in the Wall Street Journal.

1/17/20 Doug Bandow: America Wrecked Libya for a Generation

Doug Bandow talks about the legacy of the war in Libya, which many Americans seem already to have forgotten. Bandow says Qaddafi was supposed to be the test case for a dictator agreeing to U.S. terms of peaceful nuclear disarmament. Instead, as soon as he disarmed...

1/17/20 Ryan McMaken on America’s Petrodollar Addiction

Ryan McMaken discusses his recent articles for the Mises Institute about the future of U.S. dollar hegemony. He walks us through the dollar’s history as global reserve currency, which began in the mid 20th century as an alternative to a direct gold standard. Still,...

1/10/20 Andy Worthington on Closing Guantanamo Bay

Scott talks to Andy Worthington about Guantanamo Bay, where dozens of prisoners are still detained without charges under suspicion of involvement in terrorism. Worthington reminds us that President Obama campaigned on closing the prison, but quickly gave up after...

Q & A Shows

Refuting Iran Myths

Pete Quinones interviews me about the common narratives about Iran in Iraq and so forth; specifically addressing a hawk's interview on the Joe Rogan show and a recent hawkish piece in the Wall Street Journal.

10/20/19 Q&A Show

Scott talks about Syria and Hillary's accusations against Tulsi Gabbard.

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Recent Episodes of the Scott Horton Show

1/24/20 Dan Caldwell on America’s Conservative Antiwar Veterans

Dan Caldwell of Concerned Veterans for America talks to Scott about his organization’s latest efforts to change the conversation about support for America’s wars in the Middle East. Their new ad campaign emphasizes the fact that even most veterans simply want to end the wars. Caldwell hopes to remind Americans that a truly conservative foreign policy would be much more restrained than the current neoconservative status quo.

Discussed on the show:

Dan Caldwell is the Executive Director of Concerned Veterans for America. Find him on Twitter @dandcaldwell.

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1/24/20 Jim Bovard on Washington’s Oppressive REAL ID Act

Jim Bovard talks about the federal pressure for states to comply with their “REAL ID” laws, which place higher standards on proving one’s identity and may require the submission of fingerprints or even DNA samples. Bovard reminds us that even if the requirements aren’t so onerous at first, these laws could easily be used as a precedent to ram through more Orwellian standards in the future. Bovard also comments on the recent rallies in Virginia against the state’s proposed gun control measures.

Discussed on the show:

Jim Bovard is a columnist for USA Today and the author of Public Policy Hooligan: Rollicking and Wrangling from Helltown to Washington. Find all of his books and read his work on his website and follow him on Twitter @JimBovard.

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1/24/20 Stephen Zunes: Today’s US-Iran Crisis Is Rooted in the Decision to Invade Iraq

Stephen Zunes discusses the catastrophic mistake of the U.S. plan to invade Iraq, then “divide and rule” along sectarian lines. Zunes says that although the relationship between Iran and the Iraqi Shiite government is a problem for those who worry about Iranian influence in the Middle East, the irony that everyone seems to have forgotten is that it was the Bush Administration that overthrew the Sunni government there in the first place, essentially fighting against Saddam Hussein on behalf of Iran. Moreover, the only real threat from Iran is to the American soldiers who are there on foreign soil fighting a war we started. We would be far better off if we had just stayed away, a message that Zunes says nearly every Middle East scholar in America could have told you in 2001.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Today’s US-Iran Crisis Is Rooted in the Decision to Invade Iraq” (Truthout)
  • “US seeking to carve out Sunni state as its influence in Iraq wanes” (Middle East Eye)
  • “US Commander: Troops in Iraq Face More Threats From Shi’ites Than ISIS” (News From Antiwar.com)

Stephen Zunes is a professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco. He is the author of Western Sahara: War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution and Civil Resistance Against Coups: A Comparative and Historical Perspective. Find him on Twitter @SZunes.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.com; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/ScottListen and Think AudioTheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com.

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1/20/20 Ramzy Baroud on the Israeli Siege of Gaza

Scott talks to Ramzy Baroud about the Israeli occupation of Gaza, where Palestinian civilians continue to be killed and otherwise oppressed by Israeli forces. Baroud describes the many ways in which Israel has twisted the mainstream narrative and manipulated their supporters in the U.S., who are mostly ignorant of just how oppressive the regime is. Baroud says the outlook is bleak: only through continued resistance and international solidarity do Palestinians have any hope of changing the narrative and gaining full civil rights. Until then, they will continue to suffer and die under the Israeli siege of their homeland.

Discussed on the show:

Ramzy Baroud is a US-Arab journalist and is the editor-in-chief of the Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of My Father Was A Freedom Fighter: The Untold Story of Gaza and The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story. His new book is These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggle and Defiance in Israeli Prisons. Follow Ramzy on Twitter @RamzyBaroud and read his work at RamzyBaroud.net.

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1/17/20 Doug Bandow: America Wrecked Libya for a Generation

Doug Bandow talks about the legacy of the war in Libya, which many Americans seem already to have forgotten. Bandow says Qaddafi was supposed to be the test case for a dictator agreeing to U.S. terms of peaceful nuclear disarmament. Instead, as soon as he disarmed America sent troops in to overthrow him, creating an obvious chilling effect on any country of whom we make similar demands in the future. Bandow also reminds us of the blowback caused by the war there, and fears for the possibility of Yemeni terrorism against U.S. targets in the future, since what America is doing to the Yemenis is far worse even than what happened to the Libyans.

Discussed on the show:

  • “The Obama Administration Wrecked Libya for a Generation” (Cato Institute)
  • “Note to Trump: Iraq Is Not a U.S. Colony” (Cato Institute)
  • “Clinton on Qaddafi: We came, we saw, he died” (YouTube)

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and a regular contributor at Forbes Magazine, the National Interest, and elsewhere. He’s on Twitter @Doug_Bandow.

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1/17/20 Trita Parsi on Peace in the Middle East Without US Involvement

Trita Parsi explains why he thinks that President Trump’s clear signal that he doesn’t want to go to war with Iran has sent a message to American allies like Saudi Arabia that they should now pursue diplomacy instead of war. Some assume that without a strong U.S. military presence in the Middle East, the region will fall apart. Parsi says it is quite the opposite, and that these countries are perfectly capable of getting along with each other without our involvement. Most recently, the Iraqi government has voted to kick American troops out, as they desperately want to avoid becoming the battlefield for a war between the U.S. and Iran.

Discussed on the show:

  • “As the Assassination of Iran’s Suleimani Shows, the United States Is the Main Spoiler of Peace in the Middle East” (Foreign Policy)

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.

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1/17/20 Ryan McMaken on America’s Petrodollar Addiction

Ryan McMaken discusses his recent articles for the Mises Institute about the future of U.S. dollar hegemony. He walks us through the dollar’s history as global reserve currency, which began in the mid 20th century as an alternative to a direct gold standard. Still, the dollar was redeemable for gold in theory, until Nixon suspended the policy altogether and unchained debt and inflation to bring about the system we have today. McMaken describes the importance of keeping the dollar as the default currency for oil transactions, creating demand for not only the currency itself, but for dollar-denominated securities that can be purchased back with those dollars by oil producers like Saudi Arabia. He conjectures that a key factor in America’s aggressive foreign policy is to make sure the Middle East continues to agree to this system.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Huge Debt Got Us Hooked on Petrodollars — and on Saudi Arabia” (Mises Wire)
  • “The World Looks to Abandon the Dollar as US Sanctions Tighten Their Grip” (Mises Wire)

Ryan McMaken is a senior editor at the Mises Institute. He has degrees in economics and political science from the University of Colorado, and was the economist for the Colorado Division of Housing from 2009 to 2014. He is the author of Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.

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1/10/20 Andy Worthington on Closing Guantanamo Bay

Scott talks to Andy Worthington about Guantanamo Bay, where dozens of prisoners are still detained without charges under suspicion of involvement in terrorism. Worthington reminds us that President Obama campaigned on closing the prison, but quickly gave up after resistance from republicans. Trump, meanwhile, has kept his campaign promise not to release any more prisoners. Worthington fears that the plight of these men being detained with no hope of justice is simply not a cause most Americans care about. He continues to do what he can to keep the issue in the public consciousness.

Discussed on the show:

Andy Worthington is the author of Guantanamo Files and the director of “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo.” Read his work at the Future of Freedom Foundation and AndyWorthington.co.uk and follow him on Twitter @GuantanamoAndy.

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1/10/20 Grant Smith on the Rise of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board

Grant Smith discusses his new book, The Israel Lobby Enters State Government, which tells the scandalous story of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board, a branch of the Virginia state legislature tasked with promoting Israeli business interests in the state. Unlike a chamber of commerce, says Smith, VIAB is quite literally a part of Virginia’s government, so its members can use political power to obtain contracts for businesses that they choose, with special provisions that businesses in the free market would never get. This has led to failure after failure, with much of the taxpayer money that funds these companies simply lost forever.

Discussed on the show:

Grant F. Smith is the author of a number of books including Big Israel: How Israel’s Lobby Moves America and Divert!. He is director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C.

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1/10/20 Gareth Porter on Mike Pompeo’s Gulf of Tonkin Incident

Gareth Porter joins Scott once again to discuss what he calls Mike Pompeo’s “Gulf of Tonkin incident.” In the real Gulf of Tonkin incident, McNamara intentionally misled President Johnson in order to incite war between the U.S. and North Vietnam. Porter says that Pompeo pulled a similar maneuver in deceiving President Trump about the extent to which Soleimani and the Iranians were behind the recent embassy attacks in Iraq in order to persuade him to carry out Soleimani’s assassination. For the time being, at least, it appears that Trump is satisfied to let the Iranians save face with their missile strike and is not interested in further escalation.

Discussed on the show:

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.

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1/10/20 Cliff Maloney on Waking Americans up to the Liberty Message

Cliff Maloney of Young Americans for Liberty talks about the disaster of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, and how to bring more Americans around to the antiwar position. Luckily, he says, a great majority of people already oppose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when asked, the trouble is that they don’t make it a priority—and neither, therefore, do most politicians. In an effort to change this, Maloney’s organization vets liberty-focused, antiwar candidates and helps them get elected in local races all around the country.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Five lessons Afghanistan teaches us about Iran” (The Hill)
  • “The Afghanistan Papers” (Washington Post)
  • “Terrorism: Ron Paul vs. Giuliani @ SC Debate” (YouTube)
  • “For Liberty: How the Ron Paul Revolution Watered the Withered Tree of Liberty (2009)” (IMDb)
  • “Dan ‘McCain 2.0’ Crenshaw Says He NEVER Wants the Troops to Come Home From Afghanistan” (Big League Politics)
  • “Report: US Drone Strike Kills 60 Afghan Civilians, Taliban Commander” (Antiwar.com Original)
  • bringourtroopshome.us

Cliff Maloney is President of Young Americans for Liberty. Before serving as President of YAL he was the National Youth Director for the Rand Paul Presidential Campaign. Follow him on Twitter @LibertyCliff.

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1/10/20 Robert Naiman on the new War Powers Resolutions

Scott talks to Robert Naiman about the efforts in congress and the senate to oppose the war in Yemen and stymie any escalation in a conflict with Iran. Naiman is optimistic that a concurrent resolution against the war in Yemen, which Trump cannot veto, will have enough support to make it through congress. Republicans and many in the media maintain that a concurrent resolution is merely symbolic, with no power to bind the president. But Naiman assures us that the War Powers Resolution of 1973 specifically cites a concurrent resolution as the means by which congress can end an unauthorized war. Those who deny this, he says, are living in their own fantasy.

Robert Naiman is Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy and president of the board of Truthout. He helped write The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to US EmpireFind him on Twitter @naiman.

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1/10/20 Francis Boyle on the Real Reason to Impeach Trump

Francis Boyle explains why President Trump should be impeached—not for the charges of corruption and abuse of power in Ukraine, but for his war crimes in continuing the aggressive wars of the Bush and Obama administrations. Boyle thinks that Trump’s behavior with Ukraine probably constitutes an abuse of power, but mostly agrees that it’s just a continuation of the “Russiagate” witch hunt by the democrats. Clearly Trump’s real crime is allowing Saudi Arabia to perpetrate its war of genocide by starvation against Yemen, which is only possible with American equipment, intelligence, and consent. Scott and Boyle agree that Trump could end that war today simply by announcing that the U.S. will no longer support it. By not doing so, he is just as guilty as those waging the war.

Discussed on the show:

Francis Boyle is a human rights lawyer and a professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. He is the author of Defending Civil Resistance Under International Law and Protesting Power: War, Resistance, And Law.

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1/10/20 Matthew Hoh on Who’s Really Responsible for American Casualties in Iraq

Scott talks to Matthew Hoh about the claim that General Soleimani and the Iranians were directly responsible for 600 American deaths in the war in Iraq, which supposedly would justify the general’s recent assassination by President Trump. Hoh explains that although it’s generally true that some Iranian money supported certain militant groups that the U.S. fought against in Iraq, we have little to no concrete evidence of the Iranian military ordering, planning, or supporting any attacks on American soldiers. In fact by the evidentiary standards of the anti-Iran hawks, there is far more evidence for the guilt of gulf states like Saudi Arabia supporting America’s enemies, and these countries are supposed to be our allies. Those really responsible for these 600 dead Americans—and for the tens of thousands who come home with physical and psychological wounds, the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis, and the entire nations that have been destroyed in America’s war on terror—are our elected politicians and “selfless” public servants who advocate these policies and face little repercussion.

Discussed on the show:

Matthew Hoh is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and formerly worked for the U.S. State Department. Hoh received the Ridenhour Prize Recipient for Truth Telling in 2010. Hoh is a member of the Board of Directors for Council for a Livable World and is an Advisory Board Member for Expose Facts. He writes on issues of war, peace and post-traumatic stress disorder recovery at matthewhoh.com.

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1/3/20 Patrick Cockburn on Qassem Soleimani and America’s Proxy War With Iran in Iraq

Patrick Cockburn discusses the recent killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani at an airport in Baghdad. Cockburn is surprised by the boldness of the move, and thinks Iran will respond, though not necessarily in a dramatic or immediate way. More likely, he says, Iran will try to increase its influence in Iraq and force the U.S. out, which should be easier now that the killing of Soleimani—generally unpopular with Iraqis—has actually made him a martyr of American authoritarianism.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Iraq’s worst fears have come true – they are now at the centre of a proxy war between the US and Iran” (Independent)

Patrick Cockburn is the Middle East correspondent for The Independent and the author of The Age of Jihad and Chaos & Caliphate.

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