9/11/20 Danny Sjursen: America in the Age of Endless War

9/11/20 Danny Sjursen: America in the Age of Endless War

Scott interviews Danny Sjursen about his new book, which chronicles his own story of disillusionment with America’s endless wars, in addition to outlining what he believes should be the new attitude of true American patriotism. He calls this type of patriotism “patriotic dissent,” explaining that when one’s country has become an empire of military adventurism founded on lies, the truly patriotic thing to do is to oppose these trends. Part of the way he does so is by offering historical examples of figures often held up as champions of militarism, like Eisenhower and Grant, and showing that their true opinions were more nuanced. He believes that a multifaceted approach is required in order to build a broad coalition of true patriots who can change America’s military culture for the better.

Discussed on the show:

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.

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9/11/20 Danny Sjursen: America in the Age of Endless War

Russiagate is Horseshit

A fan of the show wrote wanting to know how can I not see what a Russian agent Trump is? Well:

Popodopolous had no knowledge of any Russian anything. The guy who set him up was not a Russian agent, but MI-6.

Carter Page was a CIA asset, not a Russian one. And they knew that all along but pretended not to while using him as the basis of the investigation.

Sessions was a piece of shit, but not a traitor. He met with the ambassador in his senate office in front of his staff of all retired Army officers, and at a public speech, formalities only.

Flynn was entrapped by the FBI who even rehearsed how to set him up. He never received a single instruction from Russia. He was a 3 star general not a traitor. (The foreign powers he represented were Turkey and Israel.)

The Trump Tower meeting was a setup. It was Glenn Simpson who told the lady to pretend to have dirt on Clinton which she did not have. No intelligence agency involved whatsoever.

Simpson is the same one who commissioned the entirely fake Dossier that claimed Trump was compromised for years by Russia and through Page and Manafort. And the fake piss tape.

Maria Butina was a gun rights activist. Period. Not part of any plot at all.

The meaningless platform statement re Ukraine was changed at the behest of local GOPs, not Russia.

The Facebook ads were mostly AFTER the election and amounted to a few hundred views out of TRILLIONS. The ads were meaningless and the few small rallies they organized were tiny. And there is no reason whatsoever to believe that ANY of that was an intel op, just a clickbait farm like a million others. And Michael Cohen never went to Prauge to arrange them.

There is no evidence the Russians hacked the DNC and the accusers, Crowdstrike, secretly admitted that to congress a year and a half ago. NONE.

There is no evidence Wikileaks got ANYTHING from Russia ever, and Mueller didn’t even try to claim it.

Roger Stone had no backchannel to Wikileaks and they aren’t Russia anyway.

And Manafort — if anything he was an American agent trying to get the leader of Russia to lean west. His “ledger” was a fraud, and his buddy Kilimnik was NOT a Russian agent. He worked for McCain’s National Republican Institute for years. Neither were taking orders from Russia and the polling data was part of no plot at all.

There was no secret communication between Trump and the Russian Alfa bank — it was a spam bot.

The FBI knew every bit of this BEFORE they ever launched the Special Council investigation.

It was a CIA-FBI putsch against the elected president of the United States, no matter what else you think of him.

And they would have done the same thing to Bernie, and I’d have defended him too.

And fuck NATO. You know why Germany is not arming up right now? Because they know that Russia AIN’T COMING. USA is the USSR now.

Meanwhile, did you know that Trump has added two countries to NATO? Did you know he’s sent troops to Poland and is planning permanent bases there? That he’s sent troops to train and parade just yards from Russia’s borders in the Baltics? That he’s sent weapons Obama was afraid to sent to Ukraine, that he’s withdrawn from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty and Open Skies and is about to leave New START, all while he’s stepped up Air Force and Navy harassment of Russian assets in the Black and Baltic seas?

Some secret Russian agent.

Russiagate is Q-Anon-level conspiratard horseshit. Get it right.

9/11/20 Danny Sjursen: America in the Age of Endless War

9/11/20 Clive Stafford Smith on Julian Assange’s Political Show Trial

Clive Stafford Smith, expert witness in Julian Assange’s extradition hearing, talks about the outrageous scandal that is the U.S. government’s attempted prosecution of Assange and Wikileaks. Smith begins by making the obvious point that as a recipient of classified leaks, and not a leaker himself, Assange is no different than any journalist who writes stories containing classified information. To prosecute Wikileaks, in other words, the government would have to admit that they could prosecute the New York Times and The Washington Post as well. The focus of Smith’s testimony was on the many heroic and salutary effects Assange’s exposure of U.S. government malfeasance has had, including illegal torture of terrorism suspects, whom Smith has spent part of his legal career defending. Smith argues that these misdeeds must be exposed, since their continuation puts thousands of innocent lives at risk from blowback.

Discussed on the show:

Clive Stafford Smith is founder and director of Reprieve, and the author of Bad Men: Guantánamo Bay and the Secret Prisons and Injustice: Life and Death in the Courtrooms of America. Follow him on Twitter @CliveSSmith.
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9/11/20 Danny Sjursen: America in the Age of Endless War

9/11/20 Ted Snider on the Israel-UAE Normalization Agreement

Ted Snider discusses the details of the recent “peace deal” between the UAE and Israel. President Trump, who helped broker the deal, has been bragging that this is a groundbreaking normalization of two hostile nations—most likely, says Snider, in an effort to score political points before the election. In reality, Snider explains, Israel and the UAE have had an unofficially friendly relationship for at least a decade, and really going back to the middle of the twentieth century. Champions of the deal have also promoted the claim that it stops Israeli annexation of Palestinian territory, but again, Snider says this is just public relations packaging: Israel had already announced a temporary suspension of official annexation prior to this deal, and has made no promises that annexation won’t resume in the near future. Finally, all of this talk ignores the fact that in practice Israel annexed all of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank years ago, administering a de facto military occupation of the Palestinians who live there that is unlikely to anytime soon.

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 Truthout, MondoWeiss and antiwar.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; Listen and Think Audio; TheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com.

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9/11/20 Danny Sjursen: America in the Age of Endless War

9/11/20 David Vine on the Tens of Millions Displaced by America’s Terror Wars

Scott interviews David Vine about his research into the effects of America’s decades-long wars on terror. Vine and his team have recently estimated that at minimum, 37 million people have been displaced as a direct result of the war on terror, with roughly 8 million of these fleeing across international borders as refugees. He adds, moreover, that at least 800,000 people have been killed just in combat, along with probably 3–4 million more due to deprivation and destruction of infrastructure as a direct consequence of the fighting. Although immediate culpability cannot be placed at the feet of American troops for all of these dead and displaced, without question it is ultimately American policies and actions that have allowed these destructive conflicts to take place, and allow them to continue today.

Discussed on the show:

David Vine is a professor of Anthropology at American University and the author of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia. He also writes for the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Guardian, among others. Follow him on Twitter @davidsvine.

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9/11/20 Danny Sjursen: America in the Age of Endless War

Cops Frame Dozens of Innocent People With Fake Heroin

In Raleigh, NC.

Oh well though that’s just “collateral damage” in the great drug war right folks?

Like my friend’s sister who they killed with an “experimental” new pain killer since her doctors were afraid of what the federal cops might do if they found out he was giving her what she needed.

How dare any of you people not hate government as much as I do? What the hell is wrong with you anyway?

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