9/23/22 Chip Gibbons on the CIA’s War on Assange

Download Episode. Scott talks with journalist Chip Gibbons about an article he wrote for Jacobin that details the CIA’s 2019 plots to surveil, kidnap and even poison Julian Assange. First, Scott and Gibbons reflect on the impact of Assange and Wikileaks. They then discuss the CIA’s 2019 activities and the pair of protests happening next weekend in London and DC against the illegal prosecution of Assange.  Discussed on the show: “Secret Documents Have Exposed the CIA’s Julian Assange Obsession”...

9/23/22 Douglas Macgregor on the Russian Escalation

Download Episode. Scott is once again joined by Douglas Macgregor Col. (ret.) to discuss developments in Ukraine. Macgregor has been working hard to keep track of what’s actually happening on the ground, and the result is a very different narrative than what you’d find in most media outlets. Despite a very public “defeat” in northeastern Ukraine, Macgregor is convinced the Russians are dominating this war. He argues that Russia’s focus appears fixed on the southern coast, which may soon become...

9/20/22 Nasser Arrabyee on Why He’s Optimistic About the Yemen Ceasefire

 Download Episode. Scott speaks to Yemeni journalist Nasser Arrabyee. From the ground in Sana’a, Arrabyee gives his account of how six months of ceasefire has changed life in Yemen. He walks Scott through some of the improvements he’s observed. Most notably, he explains how the overall tone has changed, with parties from all sides feeling that it’s pointless to continue fighting. Although the agreed end date for the ceasefire is nearly here, Arrabyee is optimistic that the truce will not only...

9/19/22 William Hartung: The Arms Industry is Scamming You

Download Episode. Scott speaks with William Hartung from the Quincy Institute about ways the arms industry is ripping off American taxpayers. They take a close look at a few cases such as the F-35 and the Littoral Combat Ship. Both weapons systems don’t work, but have made the manufacturers and their friends a lot of money. Scott and Hartung also take a step back and examine the overall dynamics of the military-industrial-congressional complex and how they use threat inflation and bad economic...

9/19/22 Roger Waters on Palestine, Assange and Ukraine

Download Episode. Scott interviews Roger Waters, co-founder of the band Pink Floyd. They begin with a look back at how Waters first woke up to the plight of the Palestinians. That leads to a discussion about the persecution of Julian Assange, which Waters has been actively speaking out against. Next, they look to the war in Ukraine and discuss Waters’ public back and forth with the first lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska. Lastly, Scott brings Waters up to speed on the effort to end the war in...

9/19/22 Philip Weiss on the Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

Download Episode. Scott talks with Philip Weiss about Shireen Abu Akleh, the Palestinian-American journalist slain by Israeli soldiers back in May. Likely because of her profession, the media has taken an unusually honest look at the events leading up to Abu Akleh’s death. Though it was always clear that she was unjustifiably killed by an Israeli sniper, further investigations have only made the IDF look worse. Weiss details what we now know, and lays out how the Israeli and American...

9/17/22 Hassan El-Tayyab: Our Yemen Campaign is Working, It’s Time to Double Down

Download Episode. Hassan El-Tayyab of the Friend's Committee on National Legislation was back again for last Sunday's Antiwar Radio show. El-Tayyab was fresh off a strategy call between many of the organizations and activists leading a campaign to pass War Powers Resolutions through Congress that will withdraw U.S. support from the war in Yemen. He talks with Scott about the progress that’s been made. With the truce’s end date fast approaching, El-Tayyab and Scott emphasize the importance of...

9/19/22 Daniel Davis on Ukraine’s Twin Offensives

Download Episode. Scott talks with Daniel Davis about the situation on the ground in Ukraine. The news has been highlighting the recent Russian defeat in Northeastern Ukraine near Kharkiv. It has been less focused on the failed Ukrainian offensive in Southern Ukraine near Kherson. Davis has been working hard to sift through the media spin and state propaganda to determine what’s really happening on the front lines. In this interview, he shares some of what he’s found with Scott.  Discussed on...

9/16/22 Michael Tracey on America First, NATO Expansion and the Shortage of Dissent in American Foreign Policy

Download Episode. Scott talks with journalist Michael Tracey about the politics behind America’s foreign policy. Tracey recently attended a conference put on by the America First Policy Institute. Many Trump-friendly right-wing populists have defined their foreign policy philosophy as being “America First” with mixed understandings of the historical context behind that phrase. In many ways, this camp has represented a shift away from foreign interventionism within the American Right, at least...

9/6/22 Ramzy Baroud on the Deliberate Misrepresentation of Palestinians and the Siege of Gaza

Download Episode. Scott interviews Ramzy Baroud about two articles he wrote recently for Antiwar.com. The first examines the media’s role in distorting the truth about Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory. Scott and Baroud get specific, looking at how the subjugation is often falsely framed as a conflict where both sides are on equal footing. Next, they look at how the current situation in Gaza came about, which Baroud describes as a literal siege right out of the middle ages. ...

9/2/22 Hassan El-Tayyab Explains the War in Yemen and How We Can End It

Download Episode. Hassan El-Tayyab of the Friend's Committee on National Legislation joined Scott for this Sunday's Antiwar Radio show. El-Tayyab runs through the history of how the Saudi war on Yemen began. He and Scott then stress some of the most important things everybody should understand about the war. As Congress returns from recess, El-Tayyab explains where the War Powers Resolutions to withdraw U.S. support stand and how you can help get them over the finish line.   Discussed on the...

8/27/22 Trita Parsi on Biden’s Last Chance to Save the JCPOA

Download Episode. Scott was joined by Trita Parsi to discuss JCPOA negotiations on yesterday’s Antiwar Radio show. Parsi recently published a piece in Foreign Affairs arguing that the U.S. should return to the deal and that the current negotiations are the final chance to reach an agreement. He observes that even if we don’t care at all about the well-being of the Iranian people, staying out of the deal is costing American taxpayers and businesses. Scott and Parsi examine the common arguments...

8/22/22 Hunter DeRensis on Loser Liz Cheney’s Awful Legacy

Download Episode. Scott speaks with Hunter DeRensis about the legacy of Liz Cheney. Although the Wyoming Congresswoman recently lost her primary, she seems determined to take a shot at national office. But even if we’re not done with her yet, it’s still worth taking a look back at how terrible she’s been throughout her career. Scott and DeRensis explore some of her worst episodes: things like throwing her sister under the bus on gay marriage, aggressively defending torture, telling McCain to...

8/19/22 Peter Van Buren’s “Neopracticalist” Take on Taiwan

Download Episode. Scott interviews writer and State Department veteran Peter Van Buren about Taiwan. Van Buren is sticking with his assessment that a Chinese invasion of Taiwan will not happen because there’s too much money to be lost if trade between China, Taiwan and the U.S. takes a hit. However, he does fault the American government for doing its best to escalate the conflict. In this interview, he talks with Scott about Pelosi’s visit, the early history of the Taiwan conflict, China’s...

8/19/22 Shane McCarver Debunks Petraeus’s Lies in the Atlantic

Download Episode. Scott talks with Shane McCarver about an article he published last week at Antiwar.com challenging the wild assertions David Petraeus made in his Atlantic article earlier this month. Despite its length, Petraeus makes almost no concrete claims in his piece. Instead, he spends 10,000 words to make vague notions about grit and commitment that conveniently protect him from blame. One of the few specific arguments he does make, however, is that the U.S. should have supplied the...