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10/18/19 Doug Bandow on Avoiding Another Cold War

Doug Bandow comes back on the show to explain the importance of America taking a backseat with Ukraine, particularly with respect to its dispute with Russia over Crimea. Bandow reminds us that Crimea has historically always been a part of Russia, and that it was seized back from Ukraine with relatively little violence and general support of the population. Bandow sees it as oddly selective to vehemently oppose Russia's authoritarianism when the U.S. seems perfectly willing to support other oppressive governments, like Saudi Arabia, and thinks it's extremely dangerous to stoke up essentially unnecessary conflicts with nuclear-armed countries. Discussed on the show: "Time to Extricate From Ukraine" (The American Conservative) Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at theCato Instituteand a regular contributor at Forbes Magazine, theNational Interest, and elsewhere. He’s on Twitter@Doug_Bandow. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.com; Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Washinton Babylon; Liberty Under Attack Publications; Listen and Think Audio; TheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com. Donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal, or Bitcoin: 1Ct2FmcGrAGX56RnDtN9HncYghXfvF2GAh.

20 MIN3 h ago
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10/18/19 Doug Bandow on Avoiding Another Cold War

10/18/19 Dan McAdams on Partisan Outrage over Syria

Scott talks to Dan McAdams about the U.S. withdrawal from northeastern Syria, and the ensuing negotiations between Assad, the Kurds, and Turkey. McAdams reminds us that the whole crisis was only precipitated by America's decision to intervene in Syria's civil war, a thinly-veiled attempt to overthrow the Assad regime. Scott reminds us that, as usual, it's really all about limiting Iran's influence in the Middle East. Discussed on the show: "Veterans doubt value of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan in new poll" (Military Times) Daniel McAdams is the executive director of theRon Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperityand the co-host of theRon Paul Liberty Report. Follow him on Twitter@DanielLMcAdamsand read all of his work over atAntiwar.com. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.com; Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Washinton Babylon; Liberty Under Attack Publications; Listen and Think Audio; TheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com. Donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal, or Bitcoin: 1Ct2FmcGrAGX56RnDtN9HncYghXfvF2GAh.

27 MIN4 h ago
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10/18/19 Dan McAdams on Partisan Outrage over Syria

10/18/19 Elizabeth McAlister on Nuclear Winter and the Kings Bay Plowshares 7

Elizabeth McAlister of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 updates Scott on her legal situation, following an April 2018 incident in which she and other members of her organization broke into a Nuclear Submarine facility. The Kings Bay Plowshares are a group of Catholics dedicated to peacefully protesting America's use of nuclear weapons, which, as McAlister reminds us, have the potential to end all life on Earth. McAlister was recently released from jail, and continues to await her trial. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.com; Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Washinton Babylon; Liberty Under Attack Publications; Listen and Think Audio; TheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com. Donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal, or Bitcoin: 1Ct2FmcGrAGX56RnDtN9HncYghXfvF2GAh.

14 MIN5 h ago
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10/18/19 Elizabeth McAlister on Nuclear Winter and the Kings Bay Plowshares 7

10/14/19 Ramzy Baroud on Israel’s Torture and Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians

Ramzy Baroud joins the show for an update on Israel and Palestine. He wants to dispel some common misconceptions about Israel, starting with the fact that the country didn't even exist before 1948, while Palestine has a history that goes back thousands of years. Today, Israel is commonly held to be the sole bastion of civilized liberal democracy in a sea of primitive radical Islamism, but Baroud says this too is incorrect. While Israel might be more advanced by certain metrics, they purposely obfuscate aspects of their government, like institutionalized torture of Palestinians and the history of ethnic cleansing, that we should all recognize as barbaric and medieval. Discussed on the show: "Palestinians Face Torture in Israeli Administrative Detention" (Antiwar.com Original) "71 more Gaza protesters injured, 33 by live fire" (Mondoweiss) Ramzy Baroud is aUS-Arab journalist and is the editor-in-chief of thePalestine Chronicle. He is the author ofMy Father Was A Freedom Fighter: The U...

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10/14/19 Ramzy Baroud on Israel’s Torture and Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians

10/14/19 Ben Freeman: How the UAE Wins in Washington

Ben Freeman joins Scott to talk about his new study on the Emirati lobby, which wields enormous power in Washington D.C. The UAE generally has a good reputation in America, usually being associated with glamor, cosmopolitanism, and vast oil wealth. In reality, their government—corrupt like Saudi Arabia—isn't afraid to use torture and child soldiers, and is every bit as responsible for the genocide in Yemen. The reason for this difference in perception, says Freeman, is that the UAE has a huge lobby that spends millions on their public image, in addition to paying for influence in nearly every congressional office in Washington. Discussed on the show: The Emirati Lobby: How the UAE Wins in Washington "In Yemen's secret prisons, UAE tortures and US interrogates" (AP News) Foreign Agents Registration Act Ben Freeman is director of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative with the Center for International Policy. Read his work atAntiWar.comand follow him on Twitter@BenFreemanDC. ...

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10/14/19 Ben Freeman: How the UAE Wins in Washington

10/14/19 David Stockman on the Media and Establishment Hysteria over Syria

David Stockman discusses the outrage that has followed President Trump's movement of a few dozen troops out of northeastern Syria. Stockman is quick to clarify that this is not even a withdrawal of troops, just a relocation from one part of the country into another, safer area. With this much hand-wringing from the mainstream media and the Israel lobby, how could Trump ever actually end a war? Scott and Stockman agree that the situation certainly looks grim, but remind us that Trump really does seem to have a knack for popular politics, meaning that he might realize his best avenue toward a second term would be steadily withdrawing U.S. troops around the world between now and the election. Discussed on the show: "Bravo Donald! A War Washington Might Finally Leave" (Antiwar.com Original) "Can Israel trust the U.S. after Syria withdrawal?" (Jerusalem Post) "Sen. Lindsey Graham calls troop withdrawal from northern Syria a ‘nightmare for Israel’" (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) "Israel un...

45 MIN5 d ago
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10/14/19 David Stockman on the Media and Establishment Hysteria over Syria

10/11/19 Joe Lauria on The New Yorker’s Partisan Disinformation on Biden and Ukraine

Scott interviews Joe Lauria about his recent Consortium News piece calling out the failures of The New Yorker's Jane Mayer and the rest of the mainstream media's "investigative journalists" to actually do any investigative journalism with respect to the Ukraine impeachment inquiry. Lauria points out that at the very least, Joe Biden is guilty of a level of nepotism that should be totally unacceptable—and he recently even admitted this himself. But Lauria also reminds us that the Obama administration backed a neo-Nazi coup in Ukraine in 2014, and then placed multiple friendly Americans in high-level government and business positions. Mayer's "investigation" points none of this out, opting instead to dismiss all concerns as wild conspiracy theory. Like "Russiagate" before, she and the rest of the mainstream media show little interest in discovering the truth behind "Ukrainegate", happy instead to let their own partisanship get in the way of what should be their jobs. Discussed on the...

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10/11/19 Joe Lauria on The New Yorker’s Partisan Disinformation on Biden and Ukraine

10/11/19 Matt Taibbi on the Fake ‘Ukrainegate’ Whistleblower

Matt Taibbi talks about the bizarre origins of the Ukraine impeachment inquiry being conducted in Congress. He carefully explains the distinction between real whistleblowers like Edward Snowden or Chelsea Manning, who risked their lives and freedom to expose genuine atrocities, and this anonymous, possibly coordinated, leak, where the figures in question face little consequence, and in fact have strong political incentive to side with those who might come to power as a result of their actions. Like Scott, Taibbi is no fan of Trump, but he is adamant that we should all criticize the president for what he's actually doing wrong—like the genocide in Yemen—and not made-up deep state schemes to oust a man that they find personally odious. Discussed on the show: "The Ukrainegate ‘Whisteblower’ Isn’t a Real Whistleblower" (Rolling Stone) Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and winner of the 2008 National Magazine Award for columns and commentary. He is the author of...

30 MIN1 w ago
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10/11/19 Matt Taibbi on the Fake ‘Ukrainegate’ Whistleblower

10/11/19 Danny Sjursen on Syria and the End of America’s Forever-Wars

Scott talks to Danny Sjursen about President Trump's withdrawal of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria, which Sjursen views as the first instance of him actually following through on a major promise made on Twitter. Sjursen says that to surprise the generals and war planners with this kind of announcement is exactly what they deserve, and may be the only way Trump can actually pull back from any of our military operations without getting stymied by the deep state. Sjursen reminds us that what the neocon outcry is really about, of course, is keeping an American base in Syria to "check Iran." He adds that although we often hear claims about the need to protect women and minority rights in places like Afghanistan, the same arguments are not made with respect to Syria, where Assad is clearly a better steward of these causes than his enemies would be. Discussed on the show: "The United States of Betrayal" (Antiwar.com Original) "Secretary of Defense, Incorporated" (Truthdig) "IDF chief f...

55 MIN1 w ago
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10/11/19 Danny Sjursen on Syria and the End of America’s Forever-Wars

10/11/19 Chas Freeman on the Erosion of US-Sino Diplomacy

Chas Freeman talks about America's relationship with Taiwan, which the U.S. has long considered an official part of China. Since 2018, however, our stance has begun to change in what Freeman considers a dangerous way. Because American policy prevents direct arms sales to China, it's in the interest of the military-industrial complex to promote Taiwan as a sovereign entity. This might be fine if all one cares about is democracy and self-governance, but it could be extremely hazardous in the event of a war between Taiwan and mainland China, where the U.S. has pledged military support to Taiwan. Freeman says the domestic unpopularity such a war would vastly eclipse Vietnam, with the added problem that China has nuclear weapons capable of hitting any American city. Discussed on the show: "Taiwan Arms Sales and the Erosion of US-Sino Diplomacy" (Antiwar.com Original) Taiwan Relations Act Taiwan Travel Act Chas W. Freeman was Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affai...

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10/11/19 Chas Freeman on the Erosion of US-Sino Diplomacy
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Latest Episodes

10/18/19 Doug Bandow on Avoiding Another Cold War

Doug Bandow comes back on the show to explain the importance of America taking a backseat with Ukraine, particularly with respect to its dispute with Russia over Crimea. Bandow reminds us that Crimea has historically always been a part of Russia, and that it was seized back from Ukraine with relatively little violence and general support of the population. Bandow sees it as oddly selective to vehemently oppose Russia's authoritarianism when the U.S. seems perfectly willing to support other oppressive governments, like Saudi Arabia, and thinks it's extremely dangerous to stoke up essentially unnecessary conflicts with nuclear-armed countries. Discussed on the show: "Time to Extricate From Ukraine" (The American Conservative) Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at theCato Instituteand a regular contributor at Forbes Magazine, theNational Interest, and elsewhere. He’s on Twitter@Doug_Bandow. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.com; Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Washinton Babylon; Liberty Under Attack Publications; Listen and Think Audio; TheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com. Donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal, or Bitcoin: 1Ct2FmcGrAGX56RnDtN9HncYghXfvF2GAh.

20 MIN3 h ago
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10/18/19 Doug Bandow on Avoiding Another Cold War

10/18/19 Dan McAdams on Partisan Outrage over Syria

Scott talks to Dan McAdams about the U.S. withdrawal from northeastern Syria, and the ensuing negotiations between Assad, the Kurds, and Turkey. McAdams reminds us that the whole crisis was only precipitated by America's decision to intervene in Syria's civil war, a thinly-veiled attempt to overthrow the Assad regime. Scott reminds us that, as usual, it's really all about limiting Iran's influence in the Middle East. Discussed on the show: "Veterans doubt value of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan in new poll" (Military Times) Daniel McAdams is the executive director of theRon Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperityand the co-host of theRon Paul Liberty Report. Follow him on Twitter@DanielLMcAdamsand read all of his work over atAntiwar.com. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.com; Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Washinton Babylon; Liberty Under Attack Publications; Listen and Think Audio; TheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com. Donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal, or Bitcoin: 1Ct2FmcGrAGX56RnDtN9HncYghXfvF2GAh.

27 MIN4 h ago
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10/18/19 Dan McAdams on Partisan Outrage over Syria

10/18/19 Elizabeth McAlister on Nuclear Winter and the Kings Bay Plowshares 7

Elizabeth McAlister of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 updates Scott on her legal situation, following an April 2018 incident in which she and other members of her organization broke into a Nuclear Submarine facility. The Kings Bay Plowshares are a group of Catholics dedicated to peacefully protesting America's use of nuclear weapons, which, as McAlister reminds us, have the potential to end all life on Earth. McAlister was recently released from jail, and continues to await her trial. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.com; Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Washinton Babylon; Liberty Under Attack Publications; Listen and Think Audio; TheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com. Donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal, or Bitcoin: 1Ct2FmcGrAGX56RnDtN9HncYghXfvF2GAh.

14 MIN5 h ago
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10/18/19 Elizabeth McAlister on Nuclear Winter and the Kings Bay Plowshares 7

10/14/19 Ramzy Baroud on Israel’s Torture and Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians

Ramzy Baroud joins the show for an update on Israel and Palestine. He wants to dispel some common misconceptions about Israel, starting with the fact that the country didn't even exist before 1948, while Palestine has a history that goes back thousands of years. Today, Israel is commonly held to be the sole bastion of civilized liberal democracy in a sea of primitive radical Islamism, but Baroud says this too is incorrect. While Israel might be more advanced by certain metrics, they purposely obfuscate aspects of their government, like institutionalized torture of Palestinians and the history of ethnic cleansing, that we should all recognize as barbaric and medieval. Discussed on the show: "Palestinians Face Torture in Israeli Administrative Detention" (Antiwar.com Original) "71 more Gaza protesters injured, 33 by live fire" (Mondoweiss) Ramzy Baroud is aUS-Arab journalist and is the editor-in-chief of thePalestine Chronicle. He is the author ofMy Father Was A Freedom Fighter: The U...

34 MIN4 d ago
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10/14/19 Ramzy Baroud on Israel’s Torture and Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians

10/14/19 Ben Freeman: How the UAE Wins in Washington

Ben Freeman joins Scott to talk about his new study on the Emirati lobby, which wields enormous power in Washington D.C. The UAE generally has a good reputation in America, usually being associated with glamor, cosmopolitanism, and vast oil wealth. In reality, their government—corrupt like Saudi Arabia—isn't afraid to use torture and child soldiers, and is every bit as responsible for the genocide in Yemen. The reason for this difference in perception, says Freeman, is that the UAE has a huge lobby that spends millions on their public image, in addition to paying for influence in nearly every congressional office in Washington. Discussed on the show: The Emirati Lobby: How the UAE Wins in Washington "In Yemen's secret prisons, UAE tortures and US interrogates" (AP News) Foreign Agents Registration Act Ben Freeman is director of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative with the Center for International Policy. Read his work atAntiWar.comand follow him on Twitter@BenFreemanDC. ...

35 MIN5 d ago
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10/14/19 Ben Freeman: How the UAE Wins in Washington

10/14/19 David Stockman on the Media and Establishment Hysteria over Syria

David Stockman discusses the outrage that has followed President Trump's movement of a few dozen troops out of northeastern Syria. Stockman is quick to clarify that this is not even a withdrawal of troops, just a relocation from one part of the country into another, safer area. With this much hand-wringing from the mainstream media and the Israel lobby, how could Trump ever actually end a war? Scott and Stockman agree that the situation certainly looks grim, but remind us that Trump really does seem to have a knack for popular politics, meaning that he might realize his best avenue toward a second term would be steadily withdrawing U.S. troops around the world between now and the election. Discussed on the show: "Bravo Donald! A War Washington Might Finally Leave" (Antiwar.com Original) "Can Israel trust the U.S. after Syria withdrawal?" (Jerusalem Post) "Sen. Lindsey Graham calls troop withdrawal from northern Syria a ‘nightmare for Israel’" (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) "Israel un...

45 MIN5 d ago
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10/14/19 David Stockman on the Media and Establishment Hysteria over Syria

10/11/19 Joe Lauria on The New Yorker’s Partisan Disinformation on Biden and Ukraine

Scott interviews Joe Lauria about his recent Consortium News piece calling out the failures of The New Yorker's Jane Mayer and the rest of the mainstream media's "investigative journalists" to actually do any investigative journalism with respect to the Ukraine impeachment inquiry. Lauria points out that at the very least, Joe Biden is guilty of a level of nepotism that should be totally unacceptable—and he recently even admitted this himself. But Lauria also reminds us that the Obama administration backed a neo-Nazi coup in Ukraine in 2014, and then placed multiple friendly Americans in high-level government and business positions. Mayer's "investigation" points none of this out, opting instead to dismiss all concerns as wild conspiracy theory. Like "Russiagate" before, she and the rest of the mainstream media show little interest in discovering the truth behind "Ukrainegate", happy instead to let their own partisanship get in the way of what should be their jobs. Discussed on the...

45 MIN6 d ago
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10/11/19 Joe Lauria on The New Yorker’s Partisan Disinformation on Biden and Ukraine

10/11/19 Matt Taibbi on the Fake ‘Ukrainegate’ Whistleblower

Matt Taibbi talks about the bizarre origins of the Ukraine impeachment inquiry being conducted in Congress. He carefully explains the distinction between real whistleblowers like Edward Snowden or Chelsea Manning, who risked their lives and freedom to expose genuine atrocities, and this anonymous, possibly coordinated, leak, where the figures in question face little consequence, and in fact have strong political incentive to side with those who might come to power as a result of their actions. Like Scott, Taibbi is no fan of Trump, but he is adamant that we should all criticize the president for what he's actually doing wrong—like the genocide in Yemen—and not made-up deep state schemes to oust a man that they find personally odious. Discussed on the show: "The Ukrainegate ‘Whisteblower’ Isn’t a Real Whistleblower" (Rolling Stone) Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and winner of the 2008 National Magazine Award for columns and commentary. He is the author of...

30 MIN1 w ago
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10/11/19 Matt Taibbi on the Fake ‘Ukrainegate’ Whistleblower

10/11/19 Danny Sjursen on Syria and the End of America’s Forever-Wars

Scott talks to Danny Sjursen about President Trump's withdrawal of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria, which Sjursen views as the first instance of him actually following through on a major promise made on Twitter. Sjursen says that to surprise the generals and war planners with this kind of announcement is exactly what they deserve, and may be the only way Trump can actually pull back from any of our military operations without getting stymied by the deep state. Sjursen reminds us that what the neocon outcry is really about, of course, is keeping an American base in Syria to "check Iran." He adds that although we often hear claims about the need to protect women and minority rights in places like Afghanistan, the same arguments are not made with respect to Syria, where Assad is clearly a better steward of these causes than his enemies would be. Discussed on the show: "The United States of Betrayal" (Antiwar.com Original) "Secretary of Defense, Incorporated" (Truthdig) "IDF chief f...

55 MIN1 w ago
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10/11/19 Danny Sjursen on Syria and the End of America’s Forever-Wars

10/11/19 Chas Freeman on the Erosion of US-Sino Diplomacy

Chas Freeman talks about America's relationship with Taiwan, which the U.S. has long considered an official part of China. Since 2018, however, our stance has begun to change in what Freeman considers a dangerous way. Because American policy prevents direct arms sales to China, it's in the interest of the military-industrial complex to promote Taiwan as a sovereign entity. This might be fine if all one cares about is democracy and self-governance, but it could be extremely hazardous in the event of a war between Taiwan and mainland China, where the U.S. has pledged military support to Taiwan. Freeman says the domestic unpopularity such a war would vastly eclipse Vietnam, with the added problem that China has nuclear weapons capable of hitting any American city. Discussed on the show: "Taiwan Arms Sales and the Erosion of US-Sino Diplomacy" (Antiwar.com Original) Taiwan Relations Act Taiwan Travel Act Chas W. Freeman was Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affai...

30 MIN1 w ago
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10/11/19 Chas Freeman on the Erosion of US-Sino Diplomacy
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