Scott Horton returns to Foreign Policy Focus to discuss the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Scott breaks down Iraqi Shia politics and how the recent Iraqi election played out. Scott explains the connections between the Shia leaders, Iran, and the US.
Scott also updates the status of the war in Afghanistan. Scott demonstrates the futility of the war and why the US policy continues to fail.
Scott Horton is the Managing Director of The Libertarian Institute, View Points Editor at AntiWar.com, and host of the Scott Horton Show. Scott is the author of Fools Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan.
On FPF #199, joins the show Antony Sammeroff discusses the nature of war. Antony presents his views through the libertarian philosophy. During the show, Antony explains the morality of war and the impacts of the war at home.
Antony Sammeroff is the host of the Scottish Liberty Podcast and the Be Yourself and Love It Podcast. Antony is the author of Procrastination Annihilation.
On FPF #198, I discuss the 12 demands the US gave Iran in a speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Many of the demands are based on false information or where agreed to in the JCPOA. Other demands require Iran to completely dissolve Iranian sovereignty. I show how Iran is not the enemy that Mike Pompeo claims them to be.
On FPF #197, I discuss John Bolton's plan for North Korea to undergo Libyan style denuclearization. In December 2003 Libya quickly gave up a nuclear weapons program. In 2011, NATO, led by the US, went to war with Libya. The war was based on myths pushed by Hillary Clinton. The war ended in the brutal killing of Libyan Leader Gadaffi forces that included al-Qaeda.
The Trump Administration has announced it will place strict sanctions on Venezuela and Iran. I explain the dangers of Trump believing his maximum pressure campaign led to North Korea's offer to denuclearize.
On FPF #196, I discuss a young Palestinian in Gaza setting himself on fire and the confirmation of Gina Haspel as CIA Director. The Israeli government, with the help of the US government, has created one of the worst situations in the world for the people who live in Gaza. The Senate confirmed Gina Haspel, who has an extensive involvement with the torture program. I also update Syria, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia.
On FPF #195, I discuss new offensives in Afghanistan and Yemen. In Afghanistan, the Taliban have begun their Spring Offensive. The Taliban killed over 100 Afghan soldiers in a week and seized two district headquarters. In Yemen, Saudi backed forces started an offensive towards the Port of Hodeida. Humanitarian organizations have repeatedly warned that a battle for the port will lead to famine in Yemen. I also update Iran, North Korea, and Iraq.
Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to discuss the Nakba and the protests in Gaza. Will gives the historical background for the Great Return March Protests. We discuss the Israeli reaction to the protest and review the morality of using lethal force against the protesters.
On FPF #193, I briefly cover the US interventions in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
On FPF #192, I discuss Gina Haspel's nomination to become CIA Director and the new AUMF bill. Ray McGovern heroically stood up at a hearing with Gina Haspel to recount her history of torture. I look at the proposed AUMF and Senator Rand Paul's warning it gives the president ultimate war powers. I also discuss North Korea, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and Afghanistan.
On FPF #191, I breakdown Trump's announcement that the US is withdrawing from the JCPOA.
On FPF #190, I look at Trump's coming decision on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Trump has called the agreement the "worst deal ever." I explain the options for European countries and Iran if Trump decides to leave the deal. I discuss the consequences leaving the deal for Israel, Syria, and North Korea. I also update Haspel's nomination, Gaza, and Yemen.
On FPF #189, I debunk the myth of Russian Aggression. Western leaders continue to push the narrative that revisionist powers are looking to destroy the world order and are a threat to the people in the West. By providing disinformation about Crimea, Syria, and chemical weapons, people are tricked into believing Russia is a threat. I set the record on all of these matters. I also update Libya, Afghanistan, Niger, and Yemen.
On FPF #188, I look at the relationship between Iran and Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu gave a talk claiming to have proof Iran is in violation of the nuclear deal. Israel has bombed several Iranian targets in Syria. I examine the impact these developments will have on the US policy for Iran with the recertification of the Iran Nuclear Agreement looming. I also discuss the VA and North Korea.
On FPF #187, I cover Trump's policy on North Korea and Iran. The Korean leaders had a historic summit on Friday and talks of denuclearizing the Korean Penisula continue to move forward. Trump is now in a position to make a deal with North Korea for denuclearization.
On May 12th, Trump will be faced with a decision to sign a waiver to continue sanctions relief against Iran or break the P5+1 Nuclear Agreement. The IAEA has certified Iran is living up to the deal. Trump claims Iran is violating the "spirit of the deal." Trump's new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US is unlikely to remain in the deal past May.
Gareth Porter on Trump's limited options for Iran
On FPF #186, I talk current events from the fronts of the American empire. At home, the US has introduced a new drone warship. In Libya, chaos continues to thrive as General Haftar returns to the country. Assad continues to reclaim territory in Syria. The Taliban have announced the start of their spring offensive. I also explain how war hawks will look to exploit the war in Yemen to demonize Iran.
On FPF #185, I give my take on the establishment's glorification of past presidents. Then, I address the most important stories in the news. Rand Paul endorsed Pompeo to be Secretary of State. The Koreans continue to move towards peace. In Afghanistan, a voter registration drive has spurred attacks by the Taliban and ISIS-K. I update Cuba, Syria, and Yemen.
On FPF #184, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss his recent articles. Will published Ukraine's NATO Bid Risks Even Worse US Russian Ties at Consortium News. He explains the history of NATO's expansion to the Russian border and reviews the events in Ukraine in 2014. Now Ukraine is on the path to NATO membership; Will explains what this could mean for the US/Russian relationship.
Will published Chemical Facility Hit in Syria Strike Cleared Twice by Inspectors in 2017 at Libertarian Insititute. On FPF #181, Will discussed his research into the past OPCW inspections at sites the US bombed in Syria. Wil updates us on his work on this story.
Will is a freelance journalist who specializes in US foreign policy and Mid East affairs. Will's work can be found at Consortium News, Antiwar.com, Libertarian Insitute, and the Daily Sheeple.
On FPF #183, I discuss the Korean peace process. Recently, South Korea said the Koreans will look end the Korean War and Trump gave his 'blessing' to Korean peace. Trump then announced CIA Director Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea to meet with Kim Jung Un. South Korean President Moon announced that North Korea will agree to denuclearization without US troops withdrawing from South Korea.
I breakdown Trump's interpretation of the Korean peace process he presented at a recent press conference. I also update Turkey's geopolitical position.
On FPF #182, I discuss a new AUMF that has been proposed in the Senate. The AUMF increase Trump's powers to wage expansive and endless war. The AUMF authorizes war against the Taliban, al-Qaeda, ISIS, and those associated groups. The AUMF authorizes war in Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. However, the President is not limited to only fighting war in those countries and against those groups. The President will be able to add any group or expand the war to any country just by notifying Congress. The AUMF has no sunset, and the power to wage war will only end if Congress passes a resolution ending it.
FPF #162 - Congress Moves on War
On FPF #181, Will Porter joins the show to discuss Trump ordering an attack on the Syrian government. Will and I breakdown speeches by Trump, Secretary of Defense Mattis, Pentagon spokesperson Dana White, and General McKenzie to explain the attack and give our analysis.
Will Porter is a freelance journalist who writes on American foreign policy. His work can be found at The Libertarian Institute, AntiWar.com, The Daily Sheeple, and Consortium News.
On FPF #180, I discuss the geopolitical fallout from the Western accusation that Assad used chemical weapons in Douma, Syria. The US has floated forming a coalition for military actions against Assad, with France and the UK suggesting they would be participants. Trump is looking to end the Gulf Corporation Council split between Saudi Arabia in Qatar signaling the US may be trying to align its Arab allies for an attack. I examine what the possible US military actions against Assad may be and the possible responses from Russia. I also break down some highlights of Mike Pompeo's confirmation hearing and the coming protests in Gaza.
On FPF #179, journalist Will Porter returns to the show to discuss Syria. Allegations that Assad used chemical weapons have presented the hawks with an opportunity to push Trump deeper into the Syrian quagmire. Trump seems to be taking the bait, as he says he believes Assad carried out the attack.
Will breaks down Trump's statement and explains the flaws in the president's argument. Will helps debunk common lies about the Syrian Civil War and chemical weapons by dissecting Nikki Haley's speech at the UN. Will and Kyle also discuss Tucker Carlson's recent heroic monolog.
Will is a freelance journalist who writes on Mid East Affairs and American Foreign Policy. His work has been published at AntiWar.com, The Libertarian Institute, The Daily Sheeple, and Consortium News.
On FPF #178, I discuss recent allegations that Assad used chemical weapons. The al-Qaeda linked White Helmets claims that over 40 people were killed in the attack. In response, Trump took to Twitter to call Assad an animal and blame the situation in Syria on Obama. I debunk past claims that Assad used chemical weapons. I also update the Gaza Protests, Taiwan, and Afghanistan.
On FPF #177, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss Syria, Russia, and North Korea. In an Ohio speech, Trump suggested the US should remove troops from Syria. Trump has since said US troops will remain in Syria for now. On a March 20th phone call, Trump suggested to Putin a arms control summit at the White House. Trump has committed to talks with North Korea. Will discusses how the appointment of John Bolton as NSA will impact Trump's instincts to do the right thing.
Will Porter is a freelance journalist whose work can be found at Libertarian Institute, Antiwar.com, and Consortiumnews.