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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.

They Lied Us Into War, All of Them

And I don't just mean Iraq War II. A friend wanted a list, so I whipped one up real quick. Gulf of Tonkin 1967: McNamara knew it was a mistake before LBJ used it as an excuse to escalate. Daniel Ellsberg's firsthand account from inside the Pentagon:...

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Recent Episodes of the Scott Horton Show

4/17/18 Grant F. Smith on Americans’ overstated support for Israel

Grant Smith returns to the show to discuss his latest articles, “Why Gallup Overstates American Sympathy for Israel” and “Israel Advocacy Groups Demand Questionable Changes to Virginia Textbooks.” Smith explains the problems with Gallup’s polling methodology and why the real sentiments of Americans are less favorable to Israel than they’re made out out to be by Gallup. Smith then touches on his second article about how a group of pro-Israel groups are trying to pressure the Department of Education into changing the maps of the Middle East to reflect Israeli political goals and propaganda.

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.

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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4/14/18 Gareth Porter on Trump’s bombing of Damascus

Investigative reporter and historian Gareth Porter returns to the show to discuss Donald Trump’s decision to bomb the Assad government in Damascus. Porter explains how the evidence has been repeatedly massaged to misconstrue what is ambiguous as what is clear—and that this case, of all the previous, might be the most egregious. Scott and Porter then discuss the ways in which Trump’s strikes differ from one another and how the Trump policy toward Syria compares with Obama’s. Finally they discuss the origins of American intervention in Syria and the role anti-Iran sentiments play at the heart of it all.

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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4/10/18 Rick Sterling on the supposed Assad chemical attack in Syria

Investigative journalist Rick Sterling joins Scott to discuss his latest article for Consortium News, “Taking the World to the Brink.” Sterling describes what he’s seen in his time in Syria and shares his perspective on the war and the most recent chemical attack in Douma. Sterling then explains why he’s very skeptical, once again, that the Syrian government is responsible for the latest chemical attack. Scott and Sterling discuss the failures of U.S. foreign policy generally, and then consider why the reception to ridding Mosul of Islamist terrorists was received so differently form Syria.

Rick Sterling is an investigative journalist and member of Syria Solidarity Movement. Read more of his work at Consortium News.

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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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4/6/18 Daniel McAdams on Russian spies, Trump’s Syria policy, and Kosovo lies

Co-host of the Ron Paul Liberty Report Daniel McAdams returns to the Scott Horton Show. McAdams shares what he knows about the ex-Russian spy poisoned in London, how the details of the story have continually changed with one glaring exception—the certainty that the Russian government is responsible. Scott then transitions to Trump’s Syria policy and the ridiculous position many democrats and liberals hold that the United States will limit the sphere of its influence if it pulls its troops out of Syria. McAdams then explains the absurdity of the United States’ role in arming and fighting both sides in the war. Finally Scott and McAdams turn the clock back to Kosovo and the lies that led to the NATO bombing campaign.

Daniel McAdams is the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and the co-host of the Ron Paul Liberty Report. Follow him on Twitter @DanielLMcAdams and read all of his work over at Antiwar.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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3/30/18 Trita Parsi on how Trump is pushing Iran toward a nuclear bomb

Trita Parsi returns to the show to discuss his latest article for Foreign Policy, “Blame Trump When Iran Races for the Bomb.” Parsi says Trump is using the Iran Deal as a negotiating chip with North Korea and explains how the message might incentivize other countries—and Iran in particular—to further develop their nuclear programs in the future. Parsi then goes through the common misconceptions and the real consequences of the Iran Deal and how much good diplomacy could be undone if the deal is destroyed. Finally Parsi discusses the Iranian political landscape and the potential fallout if the Iran Deal is undone.

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.

Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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3/30/18 David Collum on the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in London and Austrian Business Cycle

Cornell professor of organic chemistry David Collum joins Scott to discuss the recent poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in London. Collum explains why Theresa May’s initial comments about the chemical’s properties set off his skeptic alarms and what the alternative possibilities to the accepted narrative are. Collum then explains why he’s a believer in Austrian Business Cycle theory and argues that, had the criminals of the 2008 recession been justly prosecuted and imprisoned, the American political landscape would be far saner. Lastly Collum does his best to forecast the next crash and explains why he thinks it could be even worse than the last.

David Collum is a professor of organic chemistry at Cornell University. Follow him on Twitter @DavidBCollum.

 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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3/28/18 Gareth Porter on the history of Iraq War 2

Investigative journalist and historian Gareth Porter returns to the show to do a deep dive on the history of the Iraq War. Porter begins by detailing the role of the air force in propagating the neoconservatives’ goals and the behind-the-scenes struggle for power that took place between the army and the air force. Scott then asks Porter: how could the neoconservatives not realize that overthrowing Saddam Hussein would empower the Iranians? On their way through the history of the Iraq War Scott and Porter land on the brutal torture carried out by American allies, the myriad failures of David Petraeus, and how the first sign of democracy ripped the country apart. The two then discuss the conditions that led to the Sunni-based insurgency, the creation of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and the sectarian civil war that followed. Porter then recalls his first appearance on the Scott Horton Show, which was to discuss the pre-conditions the United States was creating in Iraq for war with Iran. Finally Scott asks Porter about the Obama years and how a new president who ran against the record of the former president managed to make the same mistakes.

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:

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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3/28/18 Nasser Arrabyee on the 3-year anniversary of the U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen

Yemeni journalist Nasser Arrabyee returns to the show to discuss the U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen, which is now entering its fourth year. Arrabyee describes the mood on the ground in Yemen, how things have changed since the beginning of the war, and what a political solution might look like. Scott then asks about the role of the UAE in the conflict and its alliance with the separatists of Southern Yemen and what Arrabyee’s thoughts are on the recent failed Senate resolution to invoke the War Powers act to stop U.S. aid to the Saudis. Arrabyee then gives his best estimate of the total casualties that have been amassed since the beginning of the war.

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 Twiiter @narrabyee.

Discussed on the show:

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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3/23/18 Patrick Cockburn on the fighting in Afrin and Eastern Ghouta

Patrick Cockburn, Middle East reporter for the Independent, returns to the show to discuss the fighting in Syria, focusing on the conflicts in Afrin and East Ghouta where much of the killing of civilians has taken place. Cockburn details the tangled maze of allegiance in Syria and how the United States will likely deal with its warring allies. Cockburn then shares what he knows about where the surviving displaced ISIS fighters have re-surfaced. Cockburn says that despite considerable bias in the coverage from the mainstream press, all the different cities of Syria look the same, regardless of which power they’re being bombed by. Lastly Cockburn gives his best estimate of how the conflict will unfold going forward and whether there’s a legitimate exit strategy for the United States.

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

Discussed on the show:

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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3/21/18 Andrew Cockburn on how the United States boosts the Afghan opium trade

Washington editor of Harper’s magazine Andrew Cockburn returns to the show to discuss his latest article “Mobbed Up: How America boosts the Afghan opium trade.” Cockburn explains how Trump’s major contribution to the war in Afghanistan has been to take the existing restraints off the air force so they can, Cockburn says, “try to pacify Afghanistan from 20,000 feet.” Cockburn and Scott then discuss the war on drugs in Afghanistan and Cockburn outlines why the narrative that the Taliban relies on opium for its power is overblown. Finally Scott and Cockburn discuss what Trump once got right about Afghanistan and why things went wrong.

Andrew Cockburn is the Washington editor of Harper’s magazine and the author of Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins. Follow him on Twitter @andrewmcockburn.

 Discussed on the show:

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

4/14/18 Gareth Porter on Trump’s bombing of Damascus

Investigative reporter and historian Gareth Porter returns to the show to discuss Donald Trump’s decision to bomb the Assad government in Damascus. Porter explains how the evidence has been repeatedly massaged to misconstrue what is ambiguous as what is clear—and that...

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...

3/28/18 Gareth Porter on the history of Iraq War 2

Investigative journalist and historian Gareth Porter returns to the show to do a deep dive on the history of the Iraq War. Porter begins by detailing the role of the air force in propagating the neoconservatives’ goals and the behind-the-scenes struggle for power that...

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