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Iraq War II: A History Lesson

It's been 15 years since they lied us into Iraq War II. So I did a couple of long, in-depth interviews with Jonathan Schwarz about how and why they lied us into it, and Gareth Porter about how the war played out. Especially for those of you who were too young or wrong...

Retired USSC Justice Stevens: Repeal the 2nd Amendment

Other than conservatives, is there a group of people anywhere dumber than American liberals? How childish is this thinking?: Change the law and all the guns will vanish and then shooting will decrease. Here’s a more likely result: the second America Civil War, mass...

New Jersey Speech This Weekend

Saturday the 24th I'm giving a talk about Afghanistan to the Libertarian Party of New Jersey state convention. It's at the University Inn on the campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Find out more here.

Recent Episodes of the Scott Horton Show

5/23/18 Nadine Dahan on the on-going siege of the Libyan city of Derna

British journalist Nadine Dahan joins Scott to discuss her article for Middle East Eye, “Haftar forces launch fresh attack on besieged Libyan city of Derna.” Dahan discusses the factional politics and power struggle within Libya, and the power grab by the American-Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar. Scott then asks, “Will Libya ever be truly unified again?” In response Dahan details the many pitfalls in unifying the country, chief among which is the fact that everyone in the country is armed. Dahan then describes the horrors on the ground in the city of Derna, which has been under siege for more than two years by the Libyan National Army—after helping to expel ISIS from the country.

Nadine Dahan is a British journalist who writes regularly for the Middle East Eye. Follow her on Twitter @NadineDahan.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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5/21/18 Eric Margolis on the latest massacre of Palestinians and the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict

Foreign correspondent Eric Margolis joins Scott to discuss Israel-Palestine, the history of Palestinian suffering, how the future of the conflict might be resolved or exaggerated. Margolis recalls his mother’s reporting on Israel-Palestine, and the consequences and threats she endured, takes up the possibility that Trump’s overwhelming support for Israel could turn it into a bipartisan issue, and discusses the close relationship between Israel’s right wing and American Evangelists. Finally Scott and Margolis discuss the latest developments in the U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen.

Eric Margolis is a foreign affairs correspondent and author of “War at the Top of the World” and “American Raj.” Follow him on Twitter @EricMargolis and visit his website, ericmargolis.com.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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5/21/18 Peter van Buren reports on his recent trip to Iran

Peter van Buren returns to the show to discuss his recent trip to Iran during which Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran Deal and the United States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Van Buren wrote about his experience in a commentary piece for Reuters, “I just visited Iran. Here’s what I heard about the U.S.” Van Buren discusses his experience in Iran and the conversations he had, the consequences of withdrawing from the Iran Deal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech at the Heritage Foundation, and whether the Iranian regime is under real threat from a popular uprising.

Peter Van Buren worked for 24 years at the Department of State including a year in Iraq. He is the author of “We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People” and the novel “Hooper’s War.” He is now a contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine. Follow him on Twitter @WeMeantWell.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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5/18/18 Richard Garfield on the excess death rate of the 1990s U.S. sanctions in Iraq

Richard Garfield, author of “Morbidity and Mortality among IraqiChildren from 1990 through 1998” joins Scott to set the record straight about the true consequences of American economic warfare in Iraq during the Clinton-era sanctions. Garfield describes the different methodologies of determining mortality rates and their respective limitations. He then addresses the shortcomings and major criticisms of UNICEF’s findings that the sanctions led to half-a-million excess deaths. Finally Scott and Garfield discuss the efficaciousness of the Oil-For-Food program.

Richard Garfield is a professor emeritus of nursing at Columbia University. He currently works at the Center for Disease Control.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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5/18/18 Elijah Magnier on the Iraqi Parliamentary Election in the Aftermath of Sectarian War

Elijah Magnier returns to the show to discuss the results of the recent Iraqi parliamentary election and the possible coalitions that could form in order to determine who will be the next Iraqi prime minister. Magnier discusses how the Iraqi civil war has affected voting turnout, who really holds the key to power, and why sectarianism in Iraq is receding into the background.

Elijah Magnier is the chief international correspondent at Al Rai and a political and terrorism/counterterrorism analyst. Find all his work at elijahjm.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter @ejmalrai.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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5/18/18 Trita Parsi on the Iran Deal and his Black Cube Ordeal

Trita Parsi returns to the show to discuss his experience as the target of a Black Cube investigation into the grounds of the JCPOA or Iran Nuclear Deal. Parsi sets the scene of the fishing phone call he received and what he found most disturbing about the entire experience. Scott and Parsi then discuss the consequences of Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Deal. According to Parsi, no one can fully appreciate the true importance of the deal and the expert diplomacy required to make the deal possible. He then shares his worry that, whether Trump knows it or not, this decision pushes the United States that much closer to war with Iran, and Iran that much closer to deciding to finally pursue a nuclear weapon.
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.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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5/16/18 Brett Wilkins on importance of History, not Hysteria, of U.S.-Iran Relations

Brett Wilkins, the editor-at-large for U.S. news at Digital Journal joins Scott to discuss his latest articles, “The Dark Side of Israeli Independence,” and “To Understand Iran, Try History, Not Hysteria.” Scott and Wilkins discuss the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, the Iran-Iraq War, and the utter ignorance most Americans, fed by media manipulations, have towards Iran. Wilkins then runs through the many acts of aggression the United States has taken against Iran, including the release of the Stuxnet virus, as documented by director Alex Gibney in his documentary Zero Days.

Brett Wilkins is the editor-at-large for US news at the Digital Journal and a contributor at The Daily Kos. Follow him on Twitter @MoralLowGround.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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5/16/18 Nasser Arrabyee on the latest developments in the U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen

Nasser Arrabyee returns to the show to discuss the most recent developments in the ongoing U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen. Arrabyee discusses the latest fighting along the coast of Hodeidah, the assassination of Houthi president Saleh al-Samad and its fallout, the UAE’s power grab to annex the island of Socotra, the presence of green berets in southern Yemen, and how the United States’ efforts have primarily helped Iran and al Qaeda.

Nasser Arrabyee is a Yemeni journalist based in Sana’a, Yemen. He is the owner and director of yemen-now.com. You can follow him on Twitter @narrabyee.
This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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5/16/18 Sheldon Richman on his grandfather, Judaism and the Zionist movement

Sheldon Richman returns to the show to discuss his latest article, “TGIF: Shabbos with Zaide” about his relationship with his grandfather, originally published in 1989. Richman describes his childhood growing up in conservative/orthodox community in Philadelphia and how his grandfather influenced his religious and political views. Richman then describes the history of the creation of Israel and the debate within the Jewish community over the legitimacy or expediency of the creation of a Jewish state. Richman then recalls the influence Roy Childs Jr. had on him as a thinker and writer and how learning about the Deir Yassin massacre opened his eyes to the reality of the creation of the state of Israel.

Sheldon Richman is the executive editor of the Libertarian Institute and the author of America’s Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited. Follow him on Twitter @SheldonRichman.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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5/14/18 Jason Ditz on the Iraqi parliamentary election, Palestinian protests, and the Iran deal

Antiwar.com’s Jason Ditz returns to the show to discuss the upcoming parliamentary election in Iraq where Moqtada al-Sadr’s bloc is leading, the Israeli’s violent suppression of Palestinian protests, and the history of the international struggle for political control of East Jerusalem. Ditz and Scott talk about the utter cognitive dissonance on the part of both liberals and republicans regarding Syria and Iran. Ditz then gives his best estimates on what he believes Israel’s goals in Syria are.

Jason Ditz is the news editor of Antiwar.com. Read all of his work at news.antiwar.comand follow him on Twitter @jasonditz.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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Recent Episodes of the Scott Horton Show

5/21/18 Peter van Buren reports on his recent trip to Iran

Peter van Buren returns to the show to discuss his recent trip to Iran during which Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran Deal and the United States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Van Buren wrote about his experience in a commentary piece for...

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