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This podcast is for individual interviews on the Scott Horton Show. See the Q & A show feed to hear Scott answer listener questions and for the full show archives. Scott Horton is the author of Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, and is the host of the Scott Horton Show podcast. He has conducted over 5,000 interviews with authors, journalists, activists, and whistleblowers on the most important foreign policy issues since 2003.

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This podcast is for individual interviews on the Scott Horton Show. See the Q & A show feed to hear Scott answer listener questions and for the full show archives. Scott Horton is the author of Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, and is the host of the Scott Horton Show podcast. He has conducted over 5,000 interviews with authors, journalists, activists, and whistleblowers on the most important foreign policy issues since 2003.

    2/14/20 Cliff Maloney on the Defend the Guard Movement

    2/14/20 Cliff Maloney on the Defend the Guard Movement

    Cliff Maloney of Young Americans for Liberty joins the show to talk about the “Defend the Guard” movement popping up in state legislatures around the country. The legislation on which the movement is based calls for an end to the calling up of states’ national guard troops to federal service without an explicit declaration by congress. These “Defend the Guard Acts” are one avenue by which Maloney’s organization hopes to reduce the scope of the federal government’s abusive overreach and help build a grassroots antiwar movement among American conservatives.







    Cliff Maloney is President of Young Americans for Liberty. Before serving as President of YAL he was the National Youth Director for the Rand Paul Presidential Campaign. Follow him on Twitter @LibertyCliff.







    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; Listen and Think Audio; TheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com.







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    2/7/20 Danny Sjursen on America’s Coming Battle for Eurasia

    2/7/20 Danny Sjursen on America’s Coming Battle for Eurasia

    Danny Sjursen is back for part two of his conversation with Scott about America’s foreign policy disasters, this time focusing on what Sjursen calls “the coming battle for Eurasia.” According to an old theory of geopolitics, the power that controls central Eurasia—that is, eastern Europe and parts of the Middle East, with all its natural resources and strategic position—will be the dominant global hegemon. Obviously, certain figures in the American government would like to be in that position. The problem, Sjursen points out, is that America is way too far away to have any business trying to do this, especially while countries like Russia and China might have an interest in trying to stop us. He says that based on his experience in the military, people seem to think the U.S. could wage a conventional war with tanks, infantry, and aircraft carriers against other world powers, without resorting to nuclear weapons. He thinks this is almost certainly untrue, and to gamble on it is to risk the survival of all humanity.







    Discussed on the show:







    “Beyond Ukraine: America’s Coming (Losing) Battle for Eurasia” (Antiwar.com Original)Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless WarLittle America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan“War Machine (2017)” (IMDb)







    Danny Sjursen is a retired U.S. army major 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: NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.com; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Listen and Think Audio; TheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com.







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    2/7/20 Danny Sjursen on Middle East Politics and the Missing Antiwar Left

    2/7/20 Danny Sjursen on Middle East Politics and the Missing Antiwar Left

    Scott talks to Danny Sjursen about the many catastrophic failures of American foreign policy, and most recently the proposed plan to carve out an autonomous Sunni region in western Iraq, which the U.S. could use to help control the Middle East and prevent Iranian influence from spreading to the eastern Mediterranean. The plan, says Scott, would be a reversal of everything the American military has spent much of this century doing in its wars in Iraq, and could lead to the deaths of thousands of U.S. troops. Sjursen also brings up the utter failure of the American Left to show up in important ways in the antiwar movement, something that in theory they are actually supposed to be good on. Most “activists” today seem content to post on social media about gender politics and let the political elites forge ahead with their bipartisan pro-war agenda.







    Discussed on the show:







    “US seeking to carve out Sunni state as its influence in Iraq wanes” (Middle East Eye)“2/7/20 Suadad al-Salhy on the Insane Plan to Divide Iraq in Two” (The Libertarian Institute)Britain and France conclude Sykes-Picot agreementA Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm“Coping with Crumbling States: A Western and Israeli Balance of Power Strategy for the Levant by David Wurmser 1996” (The Scott Horton Show)Tyranny’s Ally: AMERICA’S FAILURE TO DEFEAT SADDAM HUSSEIN“The New Yorker” (The New Yorker)Yinon PlanOslo AccordsPerils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam“World War I as Fulfillment: Power and the Intellectuals” (Mises Institute)The War State: The Cold War Origins Of The Military-Industrial Complex And The Power Elite, 1945-1963







    Danny Sjursen is a retired U.S. army major 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: NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.com; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Listen and Think Audio; TheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com.







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    2/7/20 Suadad al-Salhy on the Insane Plan to Divide Iraq in Two

    2/7/20 Suadad al-Salhy on the Insane Plan to Divide Iraq in Two

    Scott interviews Suadad al-Salhy about her recent piece on the proposed U.S. plan to create an autonomous Sunni state in western Iraq. This would theoretically allow the U.S. to continue to exert control in the country, preventing the dreaded “land bridge” connecting Iran to Syria and other allies in the Mediterranean. But this plan is idiotic for a number of reasons, say Scott and al-Salhy, not least of which being that America has been fighting on behalf of the Iraqi Shiites for years, and would have to turn on them to ally themselves with the Sunnis who used to rule the country. This is likely to put the U.S. troops who are still in Iraq at great risk, which al-Salhy fears in turn could be used as further justification for more intervention.







    Discussed on the show:







    “US seeking to carve out Sunni state as its influence in Iraq wanes” (Middle East Eye)“Was U.S. Wrong About Attack That Nearly Started a War With Iran?” (The New York Times)“The Redirection” (The New Yorker)A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm







    Suadad al-Salhy is freelance journalist covering Iraq’s politics and security. She is a former Reuters correspondent who has written for Al Jazeera, Newsweek and Lebanon’s Daily Star. Follow her on Twitter @suadadalsalhy.







    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; Listen and Think Audio; TheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com.







    Donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal, or Bitcoin: 1Ct2FmcGrAGX56RnDtN9HncYghXfvF2GAh.









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    2/7/20 Peter Van Buren on Impeachment, Iowa, and Chelsea Manning

    2/7/20 Peter Van Buren on Impeachment, Iowa, and Chelsea Manning

    Scott talks to Peter Van Buren about impeachment and the fiasco at the Iowa Caucuses, and what they mean for the Democrats’ political prospects heading into the election. Van Buren says that although President Trump’s behavior with respect to Ukraine seems a little sleazy, nothing even remotely impeachable happened, and the trials in the House and Senate were little more than shows of partisan hatred or loyalty. He also says this victory for Trump will clearly be detrimental to the democrats in 2020, as will the complete screw-up of the recent presidential voting in Iowa. He and Scott discuss the way these two events demonstrate America’s failure to even pretend to be a free, liberal democracy anymore, instead letting pretty much everyone know that the country is controlled by political elites who get their way no matter what. When someone does defy the will of the deep state, they are thrown in prison and shunned by the media, as in the cases of Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.







    Discussed on the show:







    “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun” (The Washington Post)“Dems Don’t Realize How Much Impeachment Hurts Them” (The American Conservative)“Clinton Remark on Kennedy’s Killing Stirs Uproar” (The New York Times)“Who’s Got the Rocks to Stand Up to Government?” (Peter Van Buren)Collateral MurderBaghdad War Diary







    Peter Van Buren worked for 24 years at the Department of State including a year in Iraq. He is the author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People and the novel Hooper’s War. He is now a contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine.







    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; Listen and Think Audio; TheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com.







    Donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal, or Bitcoin: 1Ct2FmcGrAGX56RnDtN9HncYghXfvF2GAh.









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    1/31/20 Sheldon Richman on Trump’s New Apartheid Vision for Israel/Palestine

    1/31/20 Sheldon Richman on Trump’s New Apartheid Vision for Israel/Palestine

    Sheldon Richman discusses President Trump’s new “Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People,” which is really just an update of last year’s “Deal of the Century.” The plan presents itself as generous and fair, but really, says Richman, it simply codifies much of the settlement and annexation of Palestinian land that Israel has been engaged in for decades, and would create what in practice would be an apartheid state. Richman says this plan is, for the most part, probably a ploy to paint the Palestinians as unwilling to cooperate after they inevitably refuse. Indeed, Palestinian authorities have thus far not even been involved in the negotiations.







    Discussed on the show:







    “Trump Lays an Egg: The Israel/Palestine Vision” (The Libertarian Institute)“Trump Would Make Palestinian Subjugation Permanent” (Antiwar.com Original)Oslo AccordsThe Invention of the Jewish People“Israel can no longer shake off the Apartheid label ” (Mondoweiss)







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







    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; Listen and Think Audio; TheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com.







    Donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal, or Bitcoin: 1Ct2FmcGrAGX56RnDtN9HncYghXfvF2GAh.









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