Category Archives: Interviews

1/12/18 James Carden on the popularity of non-interventionism and the new Cold War

James Carden returns to the show to discuss his latest article “A New Poll Shows the Public Is Overwhelmingly Opposed to Endless US Military Interventions.” Carden breaks down the different findings of the poll, including that a vast majority of people think military intervention should be used only as a last resort, that a preponderance of people think that military aid to foreign countries is counterproductive, and that there’s particular antipathy directed at support for Saudi Arabia. Scott and Carden then discuss how the failed strategies of the Hillary Clinton campaign have been adopted by the “Resistance” movement during Trump’s presidency. Carden says that the question people need to ask is: Is the world better off if the U.S. and Russia can find a way to cooperate or if they are enemies? He then reviews the history of NATO expansion toward Russia and the lies and broken promises that have accompanied it. Lastly Scott asks—what level of crisis do we have with Russia right now?

James Carden is the executive editor for the American Committee for East-West Accord and former adviser on Russia policy at the US State Department. He is a contributing writer at The Nation.

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1/12/18 Dan Gifford on the truth and lies of Waco

Documentary film maker Dan Gifford joins Scott to discuss the new television show documenting the Waco massacre, recalls how he became interested in revealing the truth of what happened at Waco, and says if there’s one thing people take away from the interview it’s this: never talk to the police without a lawyer present. Gifford then explains the role that gun control and religion played in the standoff negotiations and raid and the subsequent destruction and corruption of evidence in the aftermath. Finally Gifford describes the setting of the final day of the standoff and the actions of the government forces during the raid and the setting of the fire—and then the cover ups that followed. Gifford’s latest article is “Will ABC really tell us what happened at Waco in 1993?

Dan Gifford is the Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated producer of Waco: The Rules of Engagement and a former investigative reporter for CNN, The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, and other news outlets.

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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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1/5/18 JP Sottile on the welfare/warfare state and Trump’s presidency

JP Sottile, editor of NewsVandal.com , returns to the show to discuss his latest article, “The US Military is the biggest Big Government” entitlement program on the planet.” Sottile argues that the U.S. military has developed constituencies throughout the country by employing millions of Americans and that Donald Trump’s presidential victory was the result of paradoxically promising to grow the military and reducing U.S. intervention around the globe. (Guess which promise he kept.) Sottile then looks at American prospects for the future—whether the fall of the dollar may not come sooner than people expect, Michael Wolff’s new book and the Trump phenomenon, and whether the United States’ hard power approach to the world is being overtaken by the soft power approach of China. Finally Sottile looks forward to the coming 2018 and 2020 elections and explains why he’s optimistic that a true third party might be on the horizon.

JP Sottile is a freelance journalist, published historian, radio co-host and documentary filmmaker. He runs the site NewsVandal.com. Follow him on Twitter @newsvandal and sign up for his email list.

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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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1/5/18 The UN’s Jamie McGoldrick on the state of affairs in Yemen

Jamie McGoldrick of the United Nations joins Scott to discuss the latest developments in Yemen. McGoldrick gives an overview of the Yemeni political, sociological, and economic situation, explains why the official death count is certainly too low, and outlines what needs to be done to alleviate the suffering of the people of Yemen.

McGoldrick is the United Nations Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for the Republic of Yemen. Follow him on Twitter @jamiemcgoldric8.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Yemen critically short of food, fuel imports as war cuts supply lines” (Reuters)
  • “Yemen death toll has reached 10,000, UN says” (The Guardian)
  • “Yemen cholera cases reach one million – ICRC” (BBC)
  • “Yemen hospitals on the brink of closure as health system collapses leaving 8 million children without access to healthcare” (Relief Web)
  • “Suspected diphtheria cases in Yemen near 500: WHO” (Reuters)
  • “11/16/17 Scott Paul on the latest devastating Saudi blockade in Yemen” (The Scott Horton Show)
  • “Yemen’s Hidden War,” by Matthieu Aikins (Rolling Stone)
  • “Trump is ‘fired up’ about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen” (CNN)

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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1/5/18 Elijah Magnier on U.S. occupation of eastern Syria following fight against ISIS

Middle east correspondent Elijah Magnier returns to the show to discuss the U.S. presence in eastern Syria. Magnier explains what the United States’ goals are, why they won’t leave without guaranteeing a political transition and how they’ve, for the time being, partitioned the country along the Euphrates river. Magnier then details how the United States is essentially acting as the undeclared protector of the Islamic State for the time being as they’ve stopped bombing the Northeastern region of the country and barred other forces from doing so. Magnier also details the history of Iranian-Syrian diplomacy and the Iranian-Hezbollah presence that has been long established in Syria. Scott then asks about the al-Nusra Front and whether the CIA’s role in aiding the so-called moderate rebels is truly over. Finally Magnier explains why the al-Qaeda in Syria is as formidable a fighting group as he’s seen in the region.

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.

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1/3/18 Peter Van Buren on the end of Iraq War 3—and the history of the Iraq War

Heroic whistleblower Peter Van Buren returns to the Scott Horton Show to discuss his latest piece for the American Conservative, “2017: The Year the Iraq War Truly Ended.” Van Buren explains what he means by “the war is over” and why it doesn’t mean there won’t be continued conflict for locals in Iraq. Van Buren then discusses how he categorizes each of the different phases of the Iraq War, which has been going on for three decades. So what happens in Phase Four, once the shooting stops? Van Buren gives his best estimate of what’s next and how and why American attention in the Middle East is shifting away from control of oil. Van Buren then explains that, while the war may be over, it certainly doesn’t mean the troops are coming home. Scott then turns to Iran, and what their goals going forward with regard to Iraq. According to Van Buren they may be more modest than people think.

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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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1/3/18 Muhammad Sahimi on the protests in Iran

USC professor Muhammad Sahimi returns to the show to discuss the latest developments in the protests in Iran,  describes how the current regime is responsible for the justified grievances of the people protesting, and explains why some people fear regime change given the opportunistic nature of .the Trump administration, the aftermath of post-Gaddafi Libya, and the role of the Iranian far right in fomenting the protests. Sahimi then explains how the Iran Deal has backfired for Rouhani who over-promised and under-delivered on the economic benefits and the potential consequences of Trump killing the deal. Finally Sahimi explains why he thinks full-scale revolution is unnecessary, that the Supreme Leader is the problem with Iranian politics, and what he believes is necessary for peaceful reformation.

Muhammad Sahimi is the NIOC Chair in petroleum engineering at the University of Southern California and a contributor at Antiwar.com and the Huffington Post.

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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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12/29/17 Gareth Porter on how the Bush administration sabotaged potential peace with North Korea

Investigative journalist Gareth Porter returns to the Scott Horton Show to discuss his latest article “How Cheney and his allies created the North Korea nuclear missile crisis.” Porter explains how the North Koreans have historically used their nuclear program as a negotiation tool with the United States and how Dick Cheney and his allies in the Bush administrations sabotaged deals that would have reduced tension and also stalled development of North Korea’s nuclear program. Porter then goes into greater detail of the dynamics and tensions within the Bush administration onNorth Korea policy and how each U.S. administration has underestimated the staying power of the regime in Pyongyang. Scott then goes through the list of American provocations against North Korea leading them to leave the NPT. Finally, Porter compares Trump’s approach to North Korea with the previous administrations’ and gauges the likelihood of war.

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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12/29/17 Derek Davison on the latest neocon plans for confronting Iran

Derek Davison returns to the show to discuss his latest article, “Clean Break II: Iran Hawks Decide To Burn It All Down.” Davison details the latest neoconservative nightmare, explains his fear that Donald Trump is being quickly coopted by the neoconservatives, and considers what might happen if the U.S. walks away from the deal.

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.

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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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12/29/17 Nasser Arrabyee on the latest Saudi massacre of Yemeni civilians

Nasser Arrabyee returns to the show to discuss the latest war crimes committed by the U.S.-Saudi coalition, which included strikes on civilian areas in four different cities on markets, farms, and government buildings that killed entire families and more than 200 people. Arrabyee then explains why ISIS and Al Qaeda have been the big winners as a result of the U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen and why, on the ground in Yemen, ISIS and Al Qaeda are basically one entity.

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:

  • “At least 109 civilians killed by Saudi coalition’s raids, U.N. says” (Reuters)
  • “Airstrikes in Yemen kill dozens of civilians in one day. But that’s just part of the country’s misery.” (The Washington Post)
  • “Trump calls on Saudis to lift Yemen blockade ‘immediately'” (The Hill)
  • “Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Yemen” (White House)
  • “Al-Qaeda in Yemen Seen Stronger Than Ever as War Wears On” (Bloomberg)
  • Tawakkol Karman
  • “Yemen’s Salafi warlord – armed by Riyadh, branded a terrorist by Riyadh” (Middle East Eye)

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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12/22/17 Robert Viglione on the latest cryptocurrency Zen Cash and the Seasteading movement

Co-founder of cryptocurrency Zen Cash Robert Viglione joins Scott on the show—and as the latest sponsor of the Scott Horton Show—to discuss the future of cryptocurrencies and his project Zen Cash. Viglione believes that Zen Cash is leading the way in privacy and anti-censorship in cryptocurrency in the name of creating a virtual free society. Viglione outlines the mission of Zen Cash and how it is differentiated not only from fiat money but also from other cryptocurrencies. Scott and Viglione then discuss the potential dangers of total reliance on public cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Viglione discusses the future risk to cryptocurrencies from the state and why, in his estimation, the threat to cryptocurrencies generally is small, but that the individual is always at risk from the arbitrary force of the state. Viglione then turns to another leading project he’s working on: The Seasteading Institute, which aims to create voluntaryist communities offshore.

Robert Viglione is the co-founder of Zen Cash, which is a new sponsor of the Scott Horton Show. Follow Viglione on Twitter @robviglione. Visit Zen Cash at zencash.comor zensystem.io.

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Quote of the show: “Rather than argue with Mao just go ahead and create a Hong Kong.” —Robert Viglione

Today’s 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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12/22/17 Roger Ver on the split between Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin Core

CEO of Bitcoin.com Roger Ver—aka “Bitcoin Jesus”—joins the show to discuss the explosion of bitcoin and the split in the bitcoin community between Bitcoin Core and Bitcoin Cash. Ver details the problems with Bitcoin Core and predicts that a year from now it will no longer be the top global cryptocurrency. He then explains how he became interested in bitcoin in 2011 when he realized it could be a true alternative to fiat currencies and explains the connection between Bitcoin and the anti-war movement. Finally Ver makes the case why Bitcoin really can change the world and threaten the state’s ability to wage war.

Roger Ver is an angel investor in Bitcoin who made the first investment in Bitcoin in 2011. He is now the CEO of Bitcoin.com and a thought leader in cryptocurrencies. Follow him on Twitter @rogerkver.

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Quote of the show: “I’m antiwar: Don’t go and kill people you’ve never met and certainly don’t go and kill you’ve never met with money stolen from people in the form of taxation.” —Roger Ver

Today’s 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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12/20/17 Matthew Hoh on Afghanistan and Trump’s newest National Security Strategy

Afghan war whistleblower Matthew Hoh returns to discuss the latest developments in Afghanistan, recalls his thought process when he blew the whistle in the lead up to Obama’s surge, and describes the perverse incentives created by the military for advancement. Hoh then discusses the brand new Trump security strategy and how it relates to the Untied States’ nuclear rivals, China and Russia. Hoh concludes by pointing out that, as delusional and malleable as Trump appears, his outlook on the world is really no different from those of presidents.

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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Today’s show is sponsored by: The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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12/22/17 John Feffer on North Korea, Iran, and the foreign policy of the Koch brothers

Co-director of FPIF.org John Feffer returns to the show to discuss his latest article, “North Korea: The Costs of War, Calculated.” Feffer agrees that North Korea is not President Trump’s Iraq War and explains why the geography of the Korean Peninsula make it clear what the consequences of a war with North Korea would be. Feffer explains why North Korea has little reason to trust American diplomatic guarantees, where sensible common ground for negotiations between the two countries should be, and considers whether a conventional conflict would necessarily lead to a nuclear conflict. Feffer then turns to the threat of war with Iran and how the Trump administration is clearly pushing toward war. Lastly Scott asks Feffer about his article on the Koch Brothers: “What Happens When Bad Money Supports Good Foreign Policy?

John Feffer is the co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus and author of the dystopian novel Splinterlands. Follow Feffer on Twitter @JohnFeffer.

Discussed on the show:

  • “North Korea Says It Might Negotiate on Nuclear Weapons. But the Washington Post Isn’t Reporting That.” by John Schwartz (The Intercept)
  • “US believed it would ‘undoubtedly win’ war with North Korea in 1994 – but with huge casualties” (The Guardian)
  • “The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook” (Politico)
  • “Have Hawks Won a Round on Iraq Escalation?” by Gareth Porter (Anitwar.com)
  • Charles Koch & David Koch
  • “11/13/17 Stephen Walt on Charles Koch’s new institute for foreign policy research” (The Scott Horton Show)
  • William Jennings Bryan

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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12/20/17 Eric Margolis on the history of NATO expansion towards Russia

Eric Margolis joins Scott to discuss his latest article, “Sorry, Chump, You Didn’t Have It In Writing” in which Margolis recalls the history of broken promises and lies made to Russia by NATO and the United States, and the subsequent increase in tension and near misses in Eastern Europe. Scott then asks Margolis: just how evil—and how ambitious—is Vladimir Putin? Margolis describes his visit in 1990 to the KGB headquarters and Putin-as-Russian-Pinochet, how U.S. corporate interests pillaged Russia after the fall of the wall, and how Vladimir Putin helped rebuild the country in the aftermath. Scott then transitions to Palestine and asks Margolis how he explains the Israel-Palestine conflict to people.

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.

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Today’s show is sponsored by: The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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