Scott Horton is Managing Director of The Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio for Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles and KUCR 88.3 in Riverside, podcasts the Scott Horton Show from scotthorton.org, and is the Editorial Director of Antiwar.com. He’s conducted more than 4,500 interviews since 2003. He is also the author of Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan (2017).
This morning on Antiwar Radio, I’ll be playing my interview of the Great Gareth Porter from Friday — interview #317 of Gareth, and number 5,000 overall since 2003 (including now my long-lost first interview from 1999.)
The indictment is garbage. It begins by citing public requests by Wikileaks for classified documents from a number of governments. As though this is different in kind from what any investigative reporter might do.
(Please assume the term “allegedly” throughout this Fisking. I’m taking the grand jury’s stated facts for granted for the sake of argument, but I don’t know that any of these specific claims about Assange are true.)
Then they say that Manning “responded to” Wikileaks’ Most Wanted Leaks list by attempting to find things on that list. Wowee, what an impressive case so far. …
After Manning turned over the stuff, Wikileaks took down one of its categories of wanted leaks. Oh my. The cause and effect outlined here is, again, no different in kind than what the DoJ could say about almost any national security beat reporter in the country.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claims that Iran killed 600 Americans during Iraq War II. The syllogism goes, Iran supplied EFP bombs to Sadr’s militia, the Mahdi Army, they then used those bombs on U.S. troops. Ergo “Iran,” meaning the ayatollah and his government, killed those troops.
Is that the case?
No. All through 2007, Gen. Petraeus and friends had insisted that all Shi’ite-placed, copper-core-having, “Explosively Formed Penetrators” were being made and supplied by Iran. They never demonstrated this.
In fact, if you check, you will find that over and over again, Western reporters found machine shops where the EFPs were being made in Iraq by Iraqis.
The liberals are bent on impeaching Trump. Utilitarian electoral calculations are their only considerations.
But how to impeach after he just got no-billed by the grand jury on the big collusion plot that never was, and no more than half-assed recommended for future possible charges on obstruction in the case of the big collusion plot that never was.
That’s some pretty thin gruel.
But I sympathize. All presidents should be impeached. And Trump is certainly no exception to that. But after the complete implosion of Russiagate, demands to impeach the president certainly ring partisan and shallow.
If you really want to remove Trump, there’s only one way to do it right and do it for real:
The Democrats are going to have to call for the prosecution of Barack H. Obama for waging an unauthorized, illegal, literally treasonous, genocidal war in Yemen.