Q & A Shows

4/13/17 Goodbye Will Grigg

Will Grigg, our good friend, and the Institute's Managing Editor, has died. Here's a little thing I recorded about it. To help support Will’s large family, you can donate to his family...

The Stress Blog

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:...

Upcoming Events and Speeches

Wed Feb 7th at 7:30 I’m doing a presentation on the terror wars for Thaddeus Russel’s Renegade University. (My previous talk on Afghanistan for Renegade University is here.) Feb 24th at 7:00 PM I’m giving a talk at Austin, Anarchy and Action at Treasure City Thrift...

Recent Episodes of the Scott Horton Show

10/28/18 Lecture for the Committee for Responsible Foreign Policy

Listen to Scott’s lecture at a recent Committee for Responsible Foreign Policy event, where he discusses his book and the background of the war on terror.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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10/20/18 Danny Sjursen on the War in Afghanistan

Major Danny Sjursen comes back on the show to discuss the killing of General Raziq in a recent “green-on-blue” attack. Sjursen explains that these killings are not new—there have been dozens throughout the war in Afghanistan—but they should be a wake-up call. If American and allied troops aren’t even safe from each other, after all, how can the U.S. hope to win a war against its enemies? Sjursen is adamant that we’ve already lost the war and we should just pull out as soon as possible without wasting any more lives.

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Danny Sjursen is a major in the U.S. army and former history instructor at West Point. He writes regularly for TomDispatch.com and he’s the author of “Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge.” Follow him on Twitter @SkepticalVet.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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10/20/18 Martha Mundy Gives an Update on Yemen

Martha Mundy talks about the ongoing war in Yemen, with a particular focus on some of the more barbaric Coalition tactics, including the deliberate bombing of humanitarian and agricultural targets. Scott explains some of the United States and IMF policies that led to Yemen replacing many food crops with cash crops, which they could sell to Saudi Arabia and the rest of the U.S., which of course is a sensible policy until those countries start deliberately blockading you. These and dozens of other policies have contributed to the current crisis, all of which the American media seems bent on not mentioning.

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Martha Mundy is a professor emeritus of anthropology at the London School of Economics and the author of Governing Property, Making the Modern State: Law, Administration and Production in Ottoman Syria.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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10/19/18 Sheldon Richman on Saudi Arabia and the Disappearance of Khashoggi

Sheldon Richman talks about his latest TGIF article, “The Insidious Wiles of Foreign Influence: Trump, Bin Salman, and Netanyahu”. Scott and Sheldon bemoan the fact that the killing of Khashoggi has received far more outrage from journalists, politicians, and the public than the outrageous war in Yemen has. Although not exactly surprising, it’s still disturbing. Sheldon maintains that Saudi Arabia is probably the worst possible regime for the United States to count among its allies.

Discussed on the show:

Sheldon Richman is the executive editor of the Libertarian Institute and the author of America’s Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited. Follow him on Twitter @SheldonRichman.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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10/19/18 Justin Elliott on Sheldon Adelson

Journalist Justin Elliott comes on the show to talk about casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who has become one of President Trump’s biggest donors. Although Trump derided him early in his campaign, the two have formed a close partnership with Adelson providing tens of millions in funding so long as Trump continues the correct policies with respect to Israel, Palestine, and Iran. Elliott and others have also speculated that Trump is trying to get Adelson approval to open a casino in Japan, helping him to expand his gambling empire in Asia.

Discussed on the show:

Justin Elliott is a reporter for ProPublica. He has produced stories for The New York Times and National Public Radio, and his reporting with NPR on the Red Cross’ troubled post-earthquake reconstruction efforts in Haiti won a 2015 Investigative Reporters and Editors award. Follow him on Twitter @JustinElliott.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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10/17/18 Ben Freeman on the Saudi Lobby

Ben Freeman explains why and how Saudi Arabia has so much influence in U.S. politics. Even though it’s illegal for foreigners to donate to American political campaigns, he explains that it is perfectly legal for them to hire a lobbying firm in Washington, which can then turn around and immediately donate on their behalf. This type of payoff—which also extends to members of the press and even to some professors—puts Saudi influence on par with Israel’s. Freeman and Scott also discuss the disappearance and probable murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and what that will mean for American relations with Saudi Arabia.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Tomgram: Ben Freeman, The Saudi Lobby Juggernaut” (TomDispatch.com)
  • Jamal Khashoggi
  • “The Washington Post, as It Shames Others, Continues to Pay and Publish Undisclosed Saudi Lobbyists and Other Regime Propagandists” (The Intercept)
  • “Will you work for a murderer? That’s the question a host of ex-generals, diplomats and spies may soon face.” (Washington Post)
  • H.Con.Res.138

Ben Freeman is director of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative with the Center for International Policy. Read his work at Antiwar.com and follow him on Twitter @BenFreemanDC.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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10/17/18 Joseph Margulies on the Innocence of Abu Zubaydah

Attorney Joseph Margulies comes on the show to discuss his recent article about his client, Abu Zubaydah, who is currently being held by the CIA without charges. Zubaydah was one of the first men caught up in the chaos after 9/11, in this case mistakenly identified as a high ranking member of Al-Qaeda. Zubaydah is a former Mujahideen fighter but has no affiliation to Al-Qaeda or 9/11, maintaining that they, along with ISIS, are violating the teachings of Islam. He has been tortured extensively and has never gotten a trial.

Discussed on the show:

Joseph Margulies is an attorney and law professor. He is the author of Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power and What Changed When Everything Changed: 9/11 and the Making of National Identity. Follow him on Twitter @JoeMargulies.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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10/17/18 Gareth Porter Debunks Russian Election Meddling

Gareth Porter’s latest article, The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election, takes on a recent New York Times piece claiming to outline how exactly Russian actors sought to undermine the 2016 presidential election. Porter explains that the Times implies a very misleading conclusion from the data, namely that the Russian government must have been involved just because Russian social media accounts were active during the election. In fact, since Russia is a primary source of for-sale “bot” accounts, both sides had significant engagement from such accounts. Porter also points out that most of the activity from fake accounts actually happened after the election, and that their overall share of political discourse was miniscule.

Discussed on the show:

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.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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10/17/18 Ted Snider on Israel’s New Foreign Policy

Ted Snider explains the “Periphery Doctrine”, a foreign policy strategy by which a nation, in this case Israel, can either ally itself with its immediate neighbors against its more distant ones, or “leapfrog” its neighbors to be friends with those on the periphery instead. The history of Israel’s foreign policy has been characterized by one of these two options, until now. Netanyahu, Snider explains, has created a new doctrine by which he tries to turn Palestinians and Arabs against each other at home, and uses alliances with countries like Egypt to help enforce “peace” with the Palestinians.

Discussed on the show:

Ted Snider has a graduate degree in philosophy and writes on analyzing patterns in U.S. foreign policy and history. He is a regular writer for AntiWar.com and ConsortiumNews.com.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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10/12/18 Eric Eikenberry on Stopping the War In Yemen

Scott talks to Eric Eikenberry about the war in Yemen and the various efforts to stop it. A small cadre in the House of Representatives has been trying to introduce resolutions that would invoke the War Powers Act, but so far have met with little success. Eikenberry thinks that popular opinion is beginning to turn sharply against the war, thanks in part to the American media beginning to focus on it. If this shift continues, he thinks the resolutions have a chance at success.

Discussed on the show:

Eric Eikenberry is the Director of Policy & Advocacy at the Yemen Peace Project and an advocacy associate at Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain. Follow him on Twitter @eric_eikenberry.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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Recent Episodes of the Scott Horton Show

11/9/18 Grant Smith on U.S. and Israeli Intelligence

Grant Smith comes on the show to talk about his latest article on the close ties between the U.S. and Israeli military intelligence communities. He reveals that not only do American agencies share pretty much all their intel with their counterparts in Israel, but also...

11/9/18 Hassan El-Tayyab on Efforts to Stop the War in Yemen

Hassan El-Tayyab talks about various movements to stop the U.S.-backed war in Yemen, and what we can all do to help. Tayyab explains that millions of civilians there are on the brink of the worst famine in 100 years. So far political will has not really been behind...

11/5/18 Danny Sjursen on a New Iraq War Report

Major Danny Sjursen comes back on the show to talk about the many errors of the various American wars in Iraq. Sjursen has written a new article discussing a recently leaked report that was commissioned during and about Iraq War 2, but was deliberately stymied and...

11/5/18 Scott Paul on Yemen

Scott Paul joins the show to talk about recent developments in the war in Yemen, where new casualty estimates claim at least 50,000 deaths just from direct violence. Oxfam estimates that the there are over 100 additional deaths from cholera and deprivation per day,...

11/5/18 Stephen Walt on a Realist Foreign Policy

Professor Stephen Walt comes on the show to talk about his new book on American foreign policy. He explains the doctrine of “foreign policy realism,” which tries to objectively evaluate the consequences of military endeavors, and not focus excessively on the morality...

11/4/18 Nasser Arrabyee With an Update on the War in Yemen

Frequent Scott Horton Show guest Nasser Arrabyee comes back for an update on the current situation in Yemen. He explains that Coalition goals there simply can’t be realized, and that the U.S. should just end its support for the Saudis as soon as possible. If America...

10/31/18 Conn Hallinan on the Syrian Chessboard

Conn Hallinan comes on to talk about the many players in Syria making the situation there almost incomprehensibly complicated. In fact Patrick Cockburn calls it “3-dimensional chess with no rules.” Scott and Hallinan also discuss the world’s various nuclear weapons...

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