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11/22/17 Phil Giraldi on the deal struck between ISIS and the U.S. in Raqqa

Phil Giraldi is the executive director for the Council for the National Interest. His latest article for Unz.com is “Boy Is This Stupid or What?” Giraldi details how the fight against ISIS in east Syria took a strange turn after the U.S. and coalition forces had reduced Raqqa, the capital of the caliphate, to rubble. After backing ISIS into a corner the coalition struck a deal with the remaining local fighters to leave under a conditional truce. Scott worries that scattered ISIS fighters—many of whom returned to their home countries—only makes blowback more likely. Giraldi then addresses the wild situation in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia where the Prime Minister resigned under clear pressure from Saudi Arabia, all of serves only to increase the simmering tensions in the region.

Phil Giraldi is a former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer who spent twenty years overseas in Europe and the Middle East working terrorism cases. He is the executive director for the Council for the National Interest and writes regularly for Unz.com.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Raqqa’s Dirty Secret” (BBC)
  • “Lost in reverie: Mattis claims UN let US intervene in Syria, although it never did” (RT)
  • Washington’s Secret Wars, by Phil Giraldi (Antiwar.com)
  • NATO vs. Syria, by Phil Giraldi (The American Conservative)
  • “Trump erroneously says Lebanon is ‘on the front lines’ fighting Hezbollah, a partner in the Lebanese government” (Chicago Tribune)
  • “Arab League designates Hezbollah as terrorist organisation, increasing regional tensions” (The Independent)
  • “Lebanon PM forced by Saudis to resign, says Hezbollah” (BBC)

Today’s show is sponsored by: NoDev, NoOps, NotIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com3tediting.comExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and Darrin’s Coffee.

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11/21/17 John Duncan reflects on his 29 years in Congress

Representative John Duncan from the 2nd district of Tennessee joins Scott to discuss his impending retirement, his close friendship with Ron Paul, and how his antiwar views developed during his time in Congress. Duncan recalls his meetings leading up to the Iraq War with Condoleezza Rice and George Tennant and reflects on how his vote against the Iraq War went from being his least popular vote to his most popular vote. Duncan then discusses his article “There’s Nothing Patriotic or Conservative About our Bloated Defense Budget.”

Congressman John Duncan has represented the 2nd District of Tennessee since 1988. Follow him on Twitter @RepJohnDuncanJr.

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Today’s show is sponsored by: NoDev, NoOps, NotIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com3tediting.comExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and Darrin’s Coffee.

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11/20/17 Derek Davison on 60 Minutes’ glaring omission about Yemen

Derek Davison joins Scott to discuss his article “60 Minutes Imagines a Different War in Yemen.” Davison recalls how 60 Minutes described the reality of Yemeni suffering—but with one major exception: it never mentioned the United States’ crucial role in enabling the war and blockade. Davison explains why the United States is involved in Yemen at all and that, while it began under Obama, it’s only gotten worse under Donald Trump. Further, while it seems the tides of public opinion may be turning against Saudi Arabia, Davison is skeptical that it will have any effect on Washington policy. Scott and Davison then pivot to prince Mohammad bin Salman’s power play in Saudi Arabia.

Derek Davison is a freelance writer. His work appears at LobeLog and Jacobin. Learn more about his work at his site And That’s The Way It Was and follow him on Twitter.

Discussed on the show:

Today’s show is sponsored by: NoDev, NoOps, NotIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com3tediting.comExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and Darrin’s Coffee.

Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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11/16/17 Scott Paul on the latest devastating Saudi blockade in Yemen

Senior Humanitarian advisor at OxFam America Scott Paul returns to the show to discuss the latest developments in the U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen. Paul explains that the situation has gone from bad to gruesome with the latest Saudi blockade following the Houthi attempted missile strike of the Saudi airport at Ridyah. According to Paul seven million people are attempting to survive on one meal a day while cholera cases continue to soar. Paul says that aid is the first major step, but that a ceasefire and a political process are the only things that can allow for the market to provide for the Yemeni people.

Scott Paul is a senior policy advisor at OxFam. Follow him on Twitter: @ScottTPaul.

Discussed on the show:

Today’s show is sponsored by: NoDev, NoOps, NotIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com3tediting.comExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and Darrin’s Coffee.

Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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11/15/17 Grant Smith on Americans’ waning patience for military spending

Grant Smith, director of the Institute for Research Middle Eastern Policy returns to the show to discuss his latest article for Antiwar.com “Poll: Americans Would Cut Middle East War Spending.” Smith promotes the IRMEP’s upcoming 2018 conference and explains why he believes the organized Israel lobbying groups are, contrary to their claims, unrepresentative of American Jewish communities. Scott and Smith then discuss whether Israel needs the United States’ continual aid and why noninterventionism is the best policy. Smith then explains why the Saudis don’t need a considerable lobby like AIPAC to ensure their goals are met. Finally Smith addresses the free speech threats of the latest domestic pro-Israel policies.

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.

Discussed on the show:

Today’s show is sponsored by: NoDev, NoOps, NotIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com3tediting.comExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and Darrin’s Coffee.

Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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7/18/17 Q&A show

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.

To help support Will Grigg’s family, check out their GoFundMe here.

Update: sorry: I guess I put this out over the wrong feed last week…

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12/06/16 - 12/06/16 – Libertarian Institute Promotion & Fundraiser – The Scott Horton Show

Help support The Libertarian Institute and The Scott Horton Show.

For any donation of $100 or more you can get a one-ounce pure silver QR Coded Commodity Disc — which has a QR code instead of an engraved face value. Scan with your phone and it will tell you the instant spot price in real time.

And yes, you bet we accept Bitcoin too!

What is the Libertarian Institute?

The newly-created Libertarian Institute features Scott Horton, Will Grigg, Sheldon Richman, and Jared Labell. It is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization formed in association with TaxpayerEducation Foundation. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

What is our goal?

Our goal is to unite the libertarian movement and more importantly to realign American politics around our agenda — prioritizing opposition to the worst of state power: the permanent war state, the prison and police states, and the corporate welfare, corrupt contracts, and bank bailouts that rig the economy for the wealthy and politically connected.

Thank you for all your excitement and support! It really means a lot to us. Let’s see what we can do to convince Americans to care about freedom!

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10/14/16 - 10/14/16 – Big Announcement! – The Scott Horton Show

Scott, Will Grigg, Sheldon Richman and Jared Labell make a big announcement.

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09/11/16 - Thank You From a Military Officer

Scott,

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!

Sincerely,
Jason

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