2/2/18 Major Danny Sjursen on the Vietnam War’s legacy in Iraq and Afghanistan

U.S. army major Daniel A. Sjursen joins Scott to talk about his experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, the supposed military tactics of "The Surge," and his latest piece on the legacy of the Vietnam War, "The War That Never Ends (for the U.S. Military High Command)." Sjursen draws parallels between the Vietnam War and the Iraq and Afghan Wars and makes the case that misconceptions about the Vietnam War have persisted into the tactical approach to the forever wars of the present. Finally Sjursen...

2/2/18 May Jeong on the latest murderous U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan

May Jeong returns to the show to discuss her article for The Intercept, "Losing Sight" about a four-year-old Afghan girl, Aisha Rashid, who was the sole survivor of a drone strike in a remote village in Afghanistan. Aisha miraculously survived. Then she disappeared. Jeong goes in depth into her reporting, the horrors of drone warfare, and details the ISIS presence in Afghanistan. Scott and Jeong then talk about the paradox of humanitarian aid and the satellite charity organizations. May Jeong...

10/27/17 Matthew Hoh reflects on Afghanistan then and now

Whistleblower Matthew Hoh returns to the show to discuss the Afghanistan War, what's changed and what's stayed the same. Hoh recalls how he challenged the U.S. war party by speaking out against the Afghan War during Obama's surge, why Obama's—and every other president's—Afghan policy has failed, and how the failings were obvious from the outset. Hoh then touches on the reportedly expanded role of the CIA in tracking the Taliban and the United States's disastrous partnership with the Afghan...

10/6/17 Greg Lovett on his documentary “Delay, Deny, Hope You Die: How America Poisoned Its Soldiers”

Gregory Lovett joins Scott to discuss his new documentary, "Delay, Deny, Hope You Die: How America Poisoned Its Soldiers" which opens Monday in Los Angeles and across the country over the next month. Buy tickets for an upcoming screening in your area here and watch the extended trailer. Lovett shares the backstory of the documentary, which he was inspired to make after reading Joseph Hickman's book "The Burn Pits." He explains why the United States military decided to burn the massive amounts...

10/3/17 Anne Jones on Trump taking his turn to fail in Afghanistan

Ann Jones, author of "Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan," returns to the show to discuss her latest article at TomDispatch.com "Afghanistan, Again?" Jones explains how every president repeats the actions of his predecessor in an attempt to "break the stalemate," why trying to train the Afghan army has been an utter disaster, and how the Afghan people, despite considerable infighting, have made it clear over and over again that they will not give in to foreign invaders. Jones...

9/20/17 May Jeong on the atrocities of U.S.-backed warlords in Afghanistan

Scott interviews May Jeong on her featured article "The U.S.-Trained Warlords Committing Atrocities in Afghanistan" for In These Times. Jeong discusses her time reporting in Afghanistan, why the Afghanistan War is really the American War, and details how the same dynamics at work in Iraq exist in Afghanistan. Jeong explains what she thinks might happen when the United States leaves Afghanistan, but why she believes that the Taliban doesn't have the manpower to rule the entire country. May...

9/20/17 Jeff Stein reviews Ken Burns’s “The Vietnam War”

Jeff Stein joins the show to discuss his latest article "Vietnam War: New Ken Burns Documentary Dismisses the Origins of the Futile, Disastrous Conflict" critiquing Ken Burns's latest documentary series "The Vietnam War." Stein reflects on his time in Vietnam as an army intelligence case officer and reviews and critiques Burns's documentary series, which he says is well worth watching, but is not without its flaws. Stein then explains why French colonialism in Vietnam created a false premise...

9/3/17 Peter van Buren interviews Scott about Fool’s Errand

Famed whistleblower Peter van Buren joins Scott on KPFK radio where van Buren interviews Scott about his book "Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan." Van Buren is the author of "We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People." Follow him on Twitter @WeMeantWell.

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April 8

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Guests: Malalai Joya, Peter Hart, Will Grigg, Gareth Porter

CIA: How to Bullshit People Into Supporting War

Are you struggling with a population reluctant to send their sons off to murder people and perhaps get exploded in someone else's campaign of imperial aggression? Are there brave, patriotic Michael New types in your country who refuse to fight under the flag of another power? Well, just tell them it's for the good of the women-folk and that they could get killed by terrorists at home if they don't fight them "over there." Sound familiar? Well, it's the CIA manual on how to keep the French and...