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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.

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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 ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/ScottListen and Think AudioTheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com.

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  • In Iraq, twenty-five years of carnage, suffering, horror, privation, devastation, and we see the results today. After all, it was 1990 when the U.S. government decided it could improve Iraq by bombing the country, followed by a decades of crushing sanctions. But it wasn’t enough so the U.S. overthrew the government and installed a puppet regime. Here we are a quarter century later from the beginnings of war, and every bit of anything the U.S. ever claimed to achieve is gone, as the country is ripped in every direction by civil war and the U.S. installed regime looks to be a goner. And what now? The only thing that everyone seems to really really hate is the U.S. and anyone who was rewarded for their cooperation. I don’t see any real way for Obama to do anything here at all. But it is hard to imagine that the U.S. would just sit by and let whatever happens just happen. What’s next?

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  • Link: http://thefederalist.com/2016/05/02/why-arent-we-having-a-national-conversation-about-leftist-violence/ Thoughts?

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  • How do you think a non-aggressionist should think about what is happening in the Ukraine?

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  • The Drone Papers The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama’s drone wars.

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  • Hey All, We will be having an #AntiwarHaiku contest this holiday season to show our support for peace and Antiwar.com. We will announce the full details and prizes on Monday the 16th and the contest will run until the 16th of December. An email address will be used for official entry but simply use the hashtag #AntiwarHaiku to have your entry seen and shared on twitter. Look for the full details on BitcoinNotBombs.com on Monday. Peace! ~Drew

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