Scott Horton Interviews David Swanson

Scott Horton, November 27, 2010

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David Swanson, author of War is a Lie, discusses the lies routinely made before, during and after a war; how FDR provoked and allowed the Pearl Harbor attack out of desperation to get the US into WWII; the contradictory narratives required to convince both the Left and the Right a particular war is worth fighting; how continued popular reverence for military service keeps the war machine going; why courage and valor are not commendable attributes when used for evil purposes; how private government and military deliberations on war never consider troop support but public appeals always do; and how Americans routinely underestimate the depravity of their imperial government.

MP3 here. (19:51)

David Swanson is Co-Founder of, creator of, Washington Director of and a board member of Progressive Democrats of America, the Backbone Campaign, Voters for Peace and the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution. He was the press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and worked three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

14 Responses to “David Swanson”

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  2. Thanks for the fantastic blog post and it is nice to see such a postive blog that offers so much value so thank you for that. Awesome and interesting article. Great things you’ve always shared with us. Thanks again.

  3. Remember the Maine – wow – the boiler of the Maine battleship blew up BUT we LIED about that; blamed Spain; and it LIED the U.S. into a war.
    The Turner Joy and Mddox were NOT attacked by North Vietnam – BUT – we LIED about that it LIED the U.S. into war.
    Afterall – the first casualty of war is always the truth!

  4. Scott, I'd really love to hear someone good deconstruct the Korean war.

  5. The Maine had no business being in Cuba. The other ships had no business being in, or near, Vietnam.

  6. Thanks a lot for the article. I really love to read such articles for you share different body of knowledge that people should know. I admire writers like you on providing great post that you dedicate your time in doing so. Thanks again and keep up the great work!

  7. Bill Maher trashes religion and so do i. Its called atheism or agnosticism.

  8. It has always been a lie even during the stone age and it always ends up the same way – the dominant empire(s) behind the war machine end up running out of resources to sustain their wars and collapse. It was true yesterday and will be true tomorrow.

  9. Bill Maher trashes Christianity and Islam (both easy targets) but never Judaism – for some reason.

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