Scott talks to Danny Sjursen about the latest in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, where Sjursen says about 5,000 people have likely been killed. The media narrative about this situation, explains Sjursen, has always been that Russia is providing material support to Armenia, and encourages the fighting for their own geopolitical purposes. In reality though, Russia supports both sides to some extent, and really only has an interest in peace, since these countries are so close to Russia’s own borders. Most of the existing peace talks during this decades-long conflict, in fact, have been brokered by the Russian government. Scott also asks about Sjursen’s time in Afghanistan, and the ineffective strategy the U.S. has tried to employ against the Taliban throughout the war, despite failure after failure.
Discussed on the show:
- “10/9/20 Daniel Davis on the Failures of American Foreign Policy Since the Gulf War” (The Libertarian Institute)
- “19h Anniversary of Boots on the Ground in Afghanistan: With Danny Sjursen, Dan McKnight, and Scott Horton” (Antiwar.com Blog)
- War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier
- “10/2/20 Danny Sjursen on the Latest Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict” (The Libertarian Institute)
- “The US is Covertly Helping the Taliban Fight ISIS in Afghanistan” (News From Antiwar.com)
- “The U.S. is secretly helping the Taliban fight ISIS in Afghanistan” (The Hour)
- Eleventh Hour in 2020 America: How America’s foreign policy got jacked up – and how the next Administration can fix it
- “The Hunt for Red October (1990)” (IMDb)
- Fear: Trump in the White House
Danny Sjursen is a retired U.S. army major and former history instructor at West Point. He is the author of Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge and Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War. Follow him on Twitter @SkepticalVet.
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