Veterans: Never Should Have Fought the Terror Wars

What a shame. You know, it didn’t have to be this way at all.

Forget that crank Al Gore winning instead. If Bush had only had anyone but Dick Cheney for VP and Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz over at Defense, then Colin Powell would have been his man on foreign policy and the whole damn thing would have ended in 2002.

Don’t get me wrong, Powell is still a war criminal for going along and lying us into war, but it wasn’t his policy to expand the war.

No Iraq War II means no war in Libya, Mali, Syria, no Islamic State or Iraq War III. He probably would have wanted to stay in Afghanistan though, and who knows what else, but it definitely didn’t have to be like this: 7,000 dead Americans; a million-plus dead innocent people who had nothing to do with attacking us; as many widows and orphans; Christian, Druze, Yazidi, Turkmen, Kurds, Tuaregs, and millions more Sunni and Shia Arabs displaced and “cleansed” from their homes where their tribes had lived for thousands of years; domestic police state solidified; budget completely busted; capitalism completely corrupted; lost everything anyway; America disgraced permanently.

That must be why the rest of yall drink so much.

Author: Scott Horton

Scott Horton is editorial director of, director of the Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from He’s the author of the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and editor of The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019. He’s conducted more than 5,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna Horton. He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper’s. Scott’s Twitter, YouTube, Patreon.