‘Democracy Doesn’t Come in a Box’: Five US Veterans on Why the War in Afghanistan Is Unwinnable

The New York Times has an excellent video op-ed from five Afghanistan veterans, including Antiwar.com columnist Danny Sjursen.

The vets on the video: Lyle Jeremy Rubin served in the Marine Corps from 2006 to 2011. Donald White served in the Marines from 2005 to 2014 and had three tours in Afghanistan. Arti Walker-Peddakotla served in the Army from 2000 to 2006. Danny Sjursen served in the Army from 2001 to 2019, including combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Daniel L. Davis served in the Army for 21 years, including four combat tours, and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor in the first Gulf War and another for service in Afghanistan.

This Weekend, October 26-27, Scott Horton Will Be at the Texas Book Festival in Austin

Scott Horton will be at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, on Lavaca Street between 11th and 12th. He will have copies of all the Libertarian Institute books, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019 by Scott, No Quarter: The Ravings of William Norman Grigg and Coming to Palestine by Sheldon Richman.

Hillary Clinton Says Tulsi Gabbard Is a ‘Russian Asset’ Groomed To Ensure Trump Reelection


Hillary Clinton has never taken one iota of responsibility for losing the 2016 election. Instead, she blames Russia, WikiLeaks, John Brennan, Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, etc. She is truly amazing (in a terrible way).

Today she warned about a major threat in the 2020 race: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

Appearing on the Campaign HQ podcast hosted by David Plouffe (Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign manager), she said:

“They are also going to do third party again,” Clinton said. “I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Clinton said, referring to Gabbard, without mentioning the Hawaii representative by name.

“She is a favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far. That’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not because she is also a Russian asset.

Following the podcast, Nick Merrill, a top aide to Clinton was asked to clarify his boss’s comments on whether she was speaking about Gabbard:

“If the nesting doll fits,” Merrill told a CNN reporter. “This is not some outlandish claim. This is reality. If the Russian propaganda machine, both their state media and their bot and troll operations, is backing a candidate aligned with their interests, that is just a reality, it is not speculation.”

Recently, Clinton said she had considered entering the 2020 race:

“Maybe there does need to be a rematch,” Clinton said. “Obviously, I can beat him again.


Gabbard later replied to Clinton, tweeting: “Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose. It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.”