10/27/22 Kyle Anzalone on Washington’s Incompetent Imperialism

Download Episode. Kyle Anzalone joins Scott this week on Antiwar Radio to provide a quick insight into the status of the American empire’s foreign adventurism. They first look to North Korea, where the Biden administration has reversed Trump’s policy of de-escalation and is instead undertaking nuclear brinksmanship for no good reason. Next, they turn to Taiwan and examine the push in Congress to abandon the stable status quo. They then look to Iran where the JCPOA is dead and Washington...

10/24/22 Ted Snider on America’s Obligation to Stop the War in Ukraine

Download Episode. Scott talks with Ted Snider about some of his recent articles at Antiwar.com. Snider makes the argument that, by deliberately ignoring off-ramps, the U.S. bears just as much responsibility for the ongoing war as any other party. But beyond that, Scott and Snider examine the ways the U.S. and NATO sabotaged Russo-Ukrainian negotiations shortly after the invasion — which Snider argues gives the U.S. an obligation to stop the war before more blood is needlessly spilled. ...

10/22/22 Patrick MacFarlane on the Populist Right’s Taiwan Hypocrisy

Download Episode. Scott is joined by Patrick MacFarlane, the Justin Raimondo Fellow at the Libertarian Institute, to discuss an article he wrote recently as well as the new direction he’s taking his podcast Vital Dissent. Scott and MacFarlane first dig into the growing tension between Washington and Beijing over Taiwan's sovereignty. MacFarlane points out that some of the best opposition to both the policies that provoked Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and NATO’s subsequent response is from...

10/21/22 James Carden on the Need for Strategic Empathy

Download Episode. This week on Antiwar Radio, Scott talked with James Carden about an article he co-wrote recently with Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation. The article compares the current level of tension between the U.S. and Russia with the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis sixty years ago. They argue that two factors make today’s flare-up more dangerous: a lack of communication channels and an absence of empathy for the other side. Carden explains why we do not need to sympathize with the...

10/21/22 Annelle Sheline: Mad at the Saudis? End the War in Yemen

Download Episode. Scott talks with Quincy Institute research fellow Annelle Sheline about the recent anti-Saudi sentiment in the Democratic Party and the effort to end the war in Yemen. After some tension between the Biden Administration and OPEC+, many Democrats have been directing anger toward the Saudi Regime. Scott and Sheline discuss how this came about and why the energy should be directed toward ending the war in Yemen.  Discussed on the show: “Five ways Biden can ‘re-evaluate’ the...

10/21/22 Daniel Davis on the Looming Battle for Kherson

Download Episode. Scott talks with Daniel Davis about the evolving situation on the ground in Ukraine. Davis has his eyes on the southern city of Kherson where the Russian forces are digging in for a Ukrainian attack. Clearly the Ukrainian forces have benefited from NATO weapons, but Davis thinks they’re in for a tough winter as Russia gets reinforcements and Ukraine’s armored divisions wither away. And so he expects the Ukrainians to try and take control of as much ground as possible before...

10/20/22 Peter Van Buren: How Close to the Brink Are We Really?

Download Episode. Scott interviews Peter Van Buren to talk through the risk of a nuclear detonation related to the war in Ukraine. Both Scott and Van Buren think the use of nuclear weapons is unlikely, but they dig into the differences in their views of the situation. They also explore how a conventional escalation could play out. Lastly, they turn to North Korea where Van Buren sees the greatest chance of nuclear disaster originating.  Discussed on the show: “Nuclear Chicken Is Overrated”...

10/17/22 Richard Booth on Why the OKC Bombing is Still Important

Download Episode. Richard Booth joins Scott to discuss the Oklahoma City bombing. The two go back to the beginning and talk about what originally got them interested in the bombing and how they later joined up to create the largest online archive of relevant documents. They then dig into why this story remains important almost thirty years later. Scott plays a number of audio clips to help the listener understand why there is clearly more to the story than the official conclusion would have us...

10/14/22 Ben Mckelvey on Australia’s Crimes and Struggles in Afghanistan

Download Episode. Scott interviews author and freelance journalist Ben Mckelvey about a book he recently published which explores the controversies and challenges of Australian special operations in Afghanistan. Scott and Mckelvey dig into the war crime allegations and subsequent defamation lawsuits that have defined this chapter of Australian SASR history. They also take a step back and reflect on how the realities on the ground made Coalition success in the war impossible.  Discussed on the...

10/16/22 Katie Halper on how Speaking the Truth Got Her Fired

Download Episode. Scott interviews journalist and political commentator Katie Halper who just got fired from The Hill for calling Israel an apartheid state. Halper walks Scott through the timeline of events that resulted in her termination as well as what she was fired for saying. Halper and Scott also discuss what they see as the most important things for Americans to understand about the Israeli occupation of Palestine.  Discussed on the show: This is What Got Katie Halper Censored &...

10/14/22 Ted Galen Carpenter on the Danger of America’s Involvement in Ukraine

Download Episode. Scott interviews author and Cato Institute senior fellow Ted Galen Carpenter about the dangerous situation in Ukraine. Carpenter has been paying close attention to the social psychology behind America’s response to Russia’s invasion. He talks with Scott about how dishonest journalism, partisanship and neo-McCarthyism have poisoned people’s ability to see the war for what it is and have made many Americans completely dismissive of the danger posed by war with Russia. Carpenter...

10/7/22 Boltzmann Booty on the CIA Asset who Funded the OKC Bombing

Download Episode. Scott interviews Boltzmann Booty, a writer who recently wrote an article about possible CIA ties to the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. It’s well known that Timothy McVeigh and accomplice Terry Nichols used money stolen from a man named Roger Moore to help fund the bombing. Later on, some research suggested that the robbery of Roger Moore was fake — that Moore used the theft to help fund the attack while keeping his hands clean. In this interview, Booty lays out some of the...

10/10/22 Medea Benjamin on the Need for Peace in Ukraine

Download Episode. Scott interviews co-founder of CODEPINK Medea Benjamin about the antiwar movement and the risks brought about by the war in Ukraine. They start out with a discussion of how the antiwar movement has evolved since the George W. Bush years before digging into the need for off-ramps in the conflict against Russia. Benjamin argues the war fever in Washington is blinding the establishment to the risks and that the war-caused economic turmoil which lies ahead will breed unrest...

10/7/22 Matt Taibbi on the State of Journalism Today

Download Episode. Scott talks with journalist Matt Taibbi about a number of articles and videos posted recently at his substack publication TK News. First, they talk about the misleading journalism behind stories of Russia granting whistleblower Edward Snowden citizenship. They also talk about the abundance of former intelligence officials and agents who have taken jobs at major media outlets and the quiet tyranny of a de-ranking approach to censorship.  Discussed on the show: “The Washington...

10/7/22 William Astore: There’s Something Rotten in the US Military

Download Episode. Scott talks with William Astore about an article he penned recently in TomDispatch about the inner rot plaguing today’s U.S. military. Astore, who served as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, has observed an existential flaw that threatens the military from within — lies are rewarded while truthtellers are punished. In this interview, he and Scott take a step back and examine how this sprawling government bureaucracy has hijacked the noble instinct to protect one's...