Against Intervention and Regime Change: A Debate with Bill Kristol

The following essay is adapted from Antiwar.com editorial director Scott Horton’s statement in his October 4, 2021 Soho Forum debate with William Kristol, director of the Foreign Policy Initiative and editor of the Bulwark. The resolution was, "A willingness to intervene, and seek regime change, is key to an American foreign policy that benefits America." … Continue reading “Against Intervention and Regime Change: A Debate with Bill Kristol”

Peter Bergen is Mistaken About Bin Laden’s Strategy

Famous journalist and terrorism expert Peter Bergen is making a big mistake. Give the man credit: he had the courage to travel to Tora Bora with Peter Arnett to interview bin Laden in person back in 1997.However, as seen in this clip from his appearance on C-SPAN 2’s Book TV on August 22, Bergen believes … Continue reading “Peter Bergen is Mistaken About Bin Laden’s Strategy”

Blame Bush and Obama for the Afghan Disaster

Former President Trump, President Biden and their partisans are rushing to blame each other for the debacle unfolding now in Afghanistan. The “National Unity Government” and its military and police forces have completely evaporated in the face of the Taliban’s rapid takeover of the entire country in the last few weeks. This culminated in President … Continue reading “Blame Bush and Obama for the Afghan Disaster”

Another Failed 20-Year War: America vs. Somalia

This essay is adapted from Antiwar.com editorial director Scott Horton’s new book, Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism. Freedom Works The name "Somalia" has somehow become a slur against Americans who prioritize political liberty. "Oh, you think freedom works, huh? Well, why don’t you just move to Somalia?" This nonsense may have … Continue reading “Another Failed 20-Year War: America vs. Somalia”

How America Destroyed the Middle East

The following is the Introduction to Antiwar.com editorial director Scott Horton’s new book, Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism. The Middle East, North Africa and South-Central Asia are in chaos. Populations have been riven by sectarian civil war in what remains of the former states of Iraq, Syria, Libya and Mali, across … Continue reading “How America Destroyed the Middle East”

How’s the War on Terrorism Going?

On Thursday, February 25, the Joe Biden administration bombed Iraqi Shi’ite militias in Syria, killing between 1–22 depending on who’s doing the reporting. Why did Biden order this strike? On February 15, there was a rocket attack in Erbil, the capital city of semi-autonomous northern Iraqi Kurdistan, which killed a Filipino contractor working for the … Continue reading “How’s the War on Terrorism Going?”

Matt Taibbi on the Origins of the Russiagate Hoax

This interview was recorded August 13, 2020. The computer garbled the audio terribly, but at least the auto-transcriber was able to make sense of it. The following is edited for clarity and minor mess-ups. Scott Horton: Alright you guys, introducing Matt Taibbi, formerly at Rolling Stone and now just doing his own thing over there … Continue reading “Matt Taibbi on the Origins of the Russiagate Hoax”

The Russian Bounties Hoax

There’s no reason for you to accept the story about the Russian military paying Afghan militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post all started this controversy late last week with incredibly thin stories. They did not even pretend to claim that it was true the … Continue reading “The Russian Bounties Hoax”

Coming Apart at the Seams

America is burning. Quite literally. The most destructive riots in America in a very long time have hit more than two dozen cities, as opportunistic thieves and arsonists hijack massive peaceful protests and acts of peaceful civil disobedience sparked by the senseless murder of a man named George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25. … Continue reading “Coming Apart at the Seams”

America, We Have To End the Wars Now

Can anyone think what our society might have spent six and a half trillion dollars on instead of 20 years of war in the Middle East for nothing? How about the trillion dollars per year we keep spending on the military on top of that? Invading, dominating and remaking the Arab world to serve the … Continue reading “America, We Have To End the Wars Now”