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AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-23 - Original post - cached version

It’s a helluva question: “Tell me how this ends.”

It was a good question in 2003 when then Major General David Petraeus asked it as the United States invaded Iraq, an ironic one in 2011 when the US withdrew, worth revisiting in 2014 when the US reinvaded Iraq, and again in 2017 as Islamic...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-23 - Original post - cached version

About a hundred miles north of Bangalore, India, in the village of Thimmamma Marrimanu grows an eponymous banyan tree. There are all kinds of records for trees: the tallest, the stoutest, the oldest, and so on, but the record for the largest canopy, at an astounding five acres, is held by this...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-22 - Original post - cached version

The Russia/Iran sanctions bill passed earlier this month in the Senate has stalled in the House on a procedural issue: bills dealing with revenue must originate in the House. Is there a chance the bill may be scuttled? Don’t hold your breath! Ron Paul reports:

Reprinted from The Ron...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-21 - Original post - cached version

That’s the claim, anyway. And, not knowing for sure if the DM was on the plane or not, it looks plausible. ABC News is treating it so.

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-21 - Original post - cached version

What does former NSA analyst turned whistleblower Edward Snowden have to tell us about liberty? About trading a little freedom for government promises of security? Does he feel that his historic release of government documents showing how the NSA spies on all of us, constantly, without a warrant...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-21 - Original post - cached version

This week, in New York City, representatives from more than 100 countries will begin collaborating on an international treaty, first proposed in 2016, to ban nuclear weapons forever. It makes sense for every country in the world to seek a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons. It would make...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-20 - Original post - cached version

“It was not immediately clear how close the U.S. military recon jet was flying near Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave between NATO allies Poland and Lithuania. This fall, Russia moved nuclear-capable ballistic missiles to Kaliningrad, putting some European capitals in strike range.” — Armed Russian...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-20 - Original post - cached version

I’ve visited Hiroshima many times.

The thing that always struck me about Hiroshima was simply being there. The train pulled into the station under an announcement that you had arrived in Hiroshima. It was another stop on the bullet train’s long run from Osaka to Fukuoka, so they called...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-20 - Original post - cached version

A US Navy F-18 shot down a Syrian military aircraft over Syrian territory Sunday, marking the first time the US has engaged in air to air combat since the US attack on Yugoslavia in 1999. US claims that the Syrians were targeting US-backed rebels were undermined by reporting by the generally pro...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-19 - Original post - cached version

Because we traded the smooth talking guy for the clumsy boob with no manners, it is popular to bleat that America has given up its role as leader of the free world, to say other nations don’t respect us anymore, or look to us for moral guidance – in the extreme, that we are no longer that...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-18 - Original post - cached version

As research for Hooper’s War: A Novel of WWII Japan I encountered people suffering in ways they had a hard time describing but which they wrestled with God over everyday. They told me they went away to fight with an idea “we’re the good guys, they’re not” that did not always survive the test of...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-17 - Original post - cached version

When I was young, there was a joke: "There is no one like you – and that’s a good thing!"

The joke applies now to Donald Trump. He is unique. That’s good, indeed.

But is he unique? As a worldwide phenomenon, or at least in the Western world, is he without parallel?

As a...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-16 - Original post - cached version

On June 15, 2017, the New York Times reported that the government of Saudi Arabia aims to ease the concerns of some U.S. legislators over US weapon sales to Saudi Arabia. The Saudis plan to engage in “a $750 million multiyear training program through the American military to help prevent the...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-15 - Original post - cached version

A concept that you learn quickly in the military is that you can delegate authority but not responsibility. The buck stops with the guy or gal in charge, and when it’s policy at the national level, that guy is the commander-in-chief, currently Donald Trump. Yet when it comes to the Afghan war,...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-15 - Original post - cached version

When it comes to bad foreign policy, the House and Senate are completely bipartisan. Yesterday’s 97-2 Senate vote for more Russia sanctions was a perfect case in point. What justifies yet more sanctions on Russia? Violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine, meddling in the US election, and...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-15 - Original post - cached version

Japan absorbed WWII. The collective memory was tidied up. Little is taught about the war in modern Japanese schools, and even less of what is taught is true. There seems no reason to bring up all those bad deeds and rotten memories. For the most part, the Japanese created their own...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-15 - Original post - cached version

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) and his legislation (HR 1666) to end the US government’s war in Afghanistan were the subject of a short and informative report on WNCT-TV in Greenville, North Carolina this week. “Here we are sworn by the Constitution to have the responsibility to debate to send our...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-14 - Original post - cached version

Defense Secretary James Mattis was grilled before the Senate yesterday, with Sen. McCain expressing his frustration that there is no new strategy yet to “win” in Afghanistan. Mattis promised a new approach by July, but the real question is that after the 2009 surge of 100,000 US troops, what...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-13 - Original post - cached version

The new world ranking of peaceful and non-peaceful countries is out, and the results present the best case imaginable against US interventionism overseas. Of the ten least peaceful countries, nine of them have been on the receiving end of US destabilization, “regime change,” or “liberation”...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-12 - Original post - cached version

Shortly after President Trump returned from his Middle East trip, Saudi Arabia and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) broke diplomatic relations with fellow GCC member Qatar and established a blockade around the tiny country. The Saudi pretext was that Qatar supported terrorism...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-12 - Original post - cached version

“My guilt will never go away,” former Marine Matthew Hoh explained to me. “There is a significant portion of me that doesn’t believe it should be allowed to go away, that this pain is fair.”

If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept something else as...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-09 - Original post - cached version

Someone just shoot me.

In between doing lines of ground kopi luwak and practicing visualization techniques that are supposed to keep me from slashing the tires of my enemies, I spent my afternoon today brushing up on some current legislation. One focal point was S. 532, a bill introduced...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-09 - Original post - cached version

There are basically only two messages in propaganda: our side is good, strong and will win, and their side is evil, weak and will lose. Everything else is just music and narration.

So to demonstrate how little propaganda statements towards whomever happens to be America’s enemy of the...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-08 - Original post - cached version

Will the Comey Senate testimony put an end to the “Russiagate” scandal and the issue of whether President Trump will continue to be hobbled by suggestions he pressured the FBI to drop investigations? Don’t count on it, but we break down today’s explosive hearing in today’s Ron Paul Liberty...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-08 - Original post - cached version

When activists like me return from visiting the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, Afghanistan, young seamstresses there often entrust each of us with about fifty sky-blue scarves. The word “Borderfree” is carefully embroidered, in English, on one end of each scarf; on the opposite side, they’ve...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-08 - Original post - cached version

Tuesday marked the second time US military forces have attacked Syrian government-allied forces fighting ISIS inside Syria near the Iraqi border. The US government, which maintains an illegal base on Syrian soil, claims any Syrian encroachment within 50km of the facility will be met with US...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-08 - Original post - cached version

It is particularly bloody to use an official statement of sympathy over a terrorist attack as a vehicle to promote war against the victim country, but that is exactly what the Trump White House did today after dual attacks in Iran left at least a dozen civilians dead.

In a breathtaking...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-07 - Original post - cached version

An NSA document purporting to show Russian military hacker attempts to access a Florida company which makes voter registration software is sent anonymously to The Intercept. A low-level NSA contractor, Reality Winner, above, is arrested almost immediately. What’s wrong with this picture? A lot...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-06 - Original post - cached version

Rep. Walter Jones, Jr. (R-NC) has looked at war from both sides. As he has readily shared with us, he was hoodwinked by the US intelligence community in the run-up to the Iraq war. He attended the briefings and he trusted the "professionals." As the neocon promised "cakewalk" turned out to be a...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-05 - Original post - cached version

The Trump administration has already done enormous harm to the United States and the planet. Along the way, Trump has also caused many prominent progressives to degrade their own political discourse. It’s up to us to challenge the corrosive effects of routine hyperbole and outright demagoguery...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-05 - Original post - cached version

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wants to blame YouTube for yesterday’s deadly London attack. She thinks terrorism can be stopped by pushing the “superiority” of British values…and more bombs on the Middle East. President Trump wants to ban people from seven countries – even though no one from...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-03 - Original post - cached version

Peacemongers,

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AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-06-02 - Original post - cached version

News Release from office of Rep. Justin Amash

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bipartisan group of six representatives, led by Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), today introduced a joint resolution of disapproval, H.J. Res. 102, to block proposed sales of precision-guided...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-05-31 - Original post - cached version

What’s the latest on Trump’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia? Senator Rand Paul visits Texas to be a live guest on today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report! We get an update on Rand’s bill to block the arms sale, as well as a thorough look of the U.S. government’s total lack of good judgement in providing...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-05-31 - Original post - cached version

Wars do terrible things to people who fight them. Physical injury and psychological injury are well known. Veterans commit suicide at an alarming rate. But perhaps less understood is the moral injury that goes along with war, especially unjust wars. Former State Department official Peter Van...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-05-30 - Original post - cached version

"War Is the Health of the State"

Today (May 30), as we mark Randolph Bourne’s 131st birthday, it seems an especially appropriate time to step back from the noisy distractions of the ongoing public debate over American foreign policy and reflect quietly for a few moments on the...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-05-29 - Original post - cached version

Memorial Day should not be a celebration of militarism. It is intended to be a day to memorialize those who have died in battle. What to memorialize? Watch today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report!

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-05-28 - Original post - cached version

In late 2009, I wrote the following article for Huff Post under the title, “One Grizzled Veteran’s Dream.” This Memorial Day Weekend, I’d like to remember the dream a veteran shared with me and lots of other high school juniors back in 1980. Sadly, that dream is even more distant today than it...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-05-28 - Original post - cached version

For Memorial Day, here’s an excerpt from my book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People. The name of the deceased has been changed and the exact location of the ceremony obscured out of respect.

Private First Class Brian Edward Hutson, in...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-05-27 - Original post - cached version

Veterans On the March!
Stop Endless War • Build for Peace!

“War is a racket: A few profit, the many pay!”
~ Major General Smedley Butler, USMC

May 29 and 30, 2017 in Washington DC

May 29, 2017: Letters to the Vietnam Memorial Wall • Martin Luther King Jr...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-05-26 - Original post - cached version

Ron Paul appeared on the Kennedy Show on Fox Business Channel.

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-05-26 - Original post - cached version

In October, 2016, the NSA was forced to admit that it had misused Sec. 702 of the FISA Amendments to spy on far more Americans than it should have. Even the normally very compliant FISA Court condemned the ramped up spying on Americans as raising serious Fourth Amendment issues. The NSA last...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-05-25 - Original post - cached version

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AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-05-25 - Original post - cached version

For military historians, walking a battlefield is a special experience. That’s where things previously locked away in books happened, the hill that blocked an advance, the river that defended an important city and altered the course of human history. Historians visit Waterloo, Gettysburg, and...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-05-25 - Original post - cached version

Today a news conference was held by co-sponsors of HR1666, to prohibit funds for activities in Afghanistan, and the importance of debating the 16-year war in Afghanistan, the longest war in America’s history.

Attending were
Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC)
...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-05-25 - Original post - cached version

Western intervention in Libya opened the country up to radical Islamist gangs which had been suppressed under Gaddafi. Just as Gaddafi warned. Same in Syria, where western destabilization efforts have led to an al-Qaeda and ISIS presence that was not there before the west had decided on “regime...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-05-24 - Original post - cached version

President Trump is hawking weapons in the Middle East. After concluding a deal with the Saudis for $110 billion in weaponry, he sought out the Emir of Qatar and said their discussions would focus on “the purchase of lots of beautiful military equipment.”

Trump’s reference to American...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Update: Here is the video of the news conference.

Wednesday, May 24: Congressmen Walter B. Jones (R-NC) and John Garamendi (D-CA), along with House cosponsors of H.R. 1666, will host a press conference regarding their bill to prohibit funds for activities in Afghanistan, and the...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday’s tragedy at a Manchester, UK music concert reminds us that the threat of terrorism remains with us. ISIS claimed responsibility and governments will no doubt respond. But will their response make future attacks more or less likely? Also, we must look at the attack in the context of...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version

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