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Keep your eye on Pompeo! President Trump is understandably distracted by the coronavirus outbreak in the US but in the “never let a good crisis go to waste” mode, the neocons in his Administration – led by Pompeo – are launching their war plots without the normal scrutiny. Venezuela, Iran, Syria... Blog - 2020-03-31 - Original post - cached version

This is not a question that figures in our Western commentary and analysis, since it is universally assumed that one man, Vladimir Putin, dominates Russian political life for a good reason: his unique ability to tame the contending factions at the center of power in Russia. He is the... Blog - 2020-03-30 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

Jackson Diehl comments on Mike Pompeo’s terrible performance during the coronavirus crisis:

Has any secretary of state been worse in an emergency? It’s impossible to think of a more feckless performance since World War II. Pompeo’s... Blog - 2020-03-28 - Original post - cached version

As is his custom, this afternoon Vladimir Putin delivered a well-constructed speech to the nation in which, after expressing the nation’s gratitude to its medical cadres and other front-line personnel dealing with the coming epidemic, he spoke next about the issue that everyone knew was at the... Blog - 2020-03-26 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

The Wall Street Journal predictably rejects sanctions relief for Iran, but it is worth noting that they have to tell a lot of lies to make their argument:

Easing sanctions would shore up the regime’s shaky position without providing... Blog - 2020-03-26 - Original post - cached version

Dan McKnight, of explains that we have to stop fighting endless wars. They are promoting bills before state legislatures around the country to stop deployments of national guard troops to these unconstitutional wars.

BringOurTroopsHome.US is dedicated to ending the... Blog - 2020-03-25 - Original post - cached version

This morning the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service (NCMNPS) released its final report, recommending that Congress amend the Military Selective Service Act to require that young women, as well as young men, register for the draft when they reach 18 years of age, and... Blog - 2020-03-24 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the start of the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. The war has not ended, and the humanitarian crisis created by the war has only grown worse over time. I have to apologize to... Blog - 2020-03-24 - Original post - cached version

If you haven’t read my tribute to my long-time great friend Jon Utley, please do. Jon was not only a close and dear friend, but he was a dedicated fighter for peace and one of the earliest supporters of

American Conservative editor Kelley Vlahos just published a wonderful... Blog - 2020-03-24 - Original post - cached version

Anonymous stenciling found on sidewalks outside entrances to Selective Service System headquarters on the day of a nonviolent antidraft blockade of the SSS, October 18, 1982

This week the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service (NCMNPS) plans to release its final... Blog - 2020-03-23 - Original post - cached version

My good friend Jon Basil Utley died on Friday. Jon had been fighting lymphoma for a few years. I believe he was 87. He was one of the sweetest men I ever met. For the last several years, he served as Publisher of The American Conservative magazine and website. Last year, he wrote a brief... Blog - 2020-03-21 - Original post - cached version

Scott interviews William Arkin about his recent Newsweek article discussing the the government’s various contingency plans—both public and secret—to keep a functioning, constitutional government alive during a national crisis. He is not so concerned about the introduction of martial law as... Blog - 2020-03-17 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

Barbara Slavin comments on the dire situation in Iran that has been made worse by U.S. economic warfare:

Iranian animosity toward the US is understandable, given the Trump administration’s decision to quit the 2015 Iran nuclear deal... Blog - 2020-03-17 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

U.S. forces in Iraq continues to come under fire with another rocket attack Saturday that targeted the same base that was hit earlier in the week. Iraqi officials are insisting that our troops withdraw from the country:

The US... Blog - 2020-03-14 - Original post - cached version

There are many in mainstream media who insist that the dissonant voices about Vladimir Putin’s Russia whom they derogatively call “useful idiots” are no more than propagandists for the Kremlin.

As a card-carrying member of the “friends of Russia” club, I have in the past never hesitated... Blog - 2020-03-14 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

The New York Times reports that U.S. “retaliatory” strikes in Iraq ended up killing regular Iraqi soldiers and policemen and one civilian:

Iraqi military officials strongly condemned the United States military on Friday for... Blog - 2020-03-13 - Original post - cached version

Win Without War Executive Director Stephen Miles released the following statement regarding the recent escalation of military action in Iraq:

“We are in the midst of a pandemic. But instead of addressing it — instead of ensuring that there are adequate tests, that everyone has access to... Blog - 2020-03-13 - Original post - cached version

The heroic Chelsea Manning was released from jail yesterday after spending almost a year behind bars for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks in front of a grand jury. For every day she refused to testify, the judge ordered Manning to pay $1,000 in fines, which added up to $256,000.

Help... Blog - 2020-03-12 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

Van Jackson comments on the comparisons being made between the wars in Vietnam and Afghanistan, especially in this article by George Herring. Jackson notes that ending U.S. involvement in these unwinnable wars has a long-term benefit (... Blog - 2020-03-12 - Original post - cached version

President Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, is driving the US closer to war with Russia over Turkey’s land grab in northern Syria. While Trump talks about removing US troops from the Middle East, Pompeo has turned his State Department into a second White House and second Pentagon to... Blog - 2020-03-10 - Original post - cached version

Biden made a series of false assertions on Iraq during an interview with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday night.

Biden claimed: “I didn’t believe he had those nuclear weapons, I didn’t believe he had those weapons of mass destruction” as MSNBC’s O’Donnell nodded approvingly.... Blog - 2020-03-10 - Original post - cached version

After a “Super Tuesday 2” campaign update from Ron Paul, today’s program looks at yet more US military deaths in Iraq. The 17 year war continues to take US (and Iraqi) lives even after the Iraqi parliament voted this year to remove foreign troops from Iraqi soil. What are they fighting for? Does... Blog - 2020-03-10 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

Stephen Wertheim considers Biden’s restorationist foreign policy and finds it seriously wanting:

Biden deserves credit for stating flatly that he would end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. But he does not acknowledge how... Blog - 2020-03-09 - Original post - cached version

In yet another example of President Trump continuing the bad policies of President Obama, the Administration announced it would grant $125 million in new anti-artillery radar and military patrol ships to Ukraine. Maybe a military distraction will take minds off of rocky financial waters and a... Blog - 2020-03-09 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

The Wall Street Journal reports on Mohammed bin Salman’s latest purge:

Saudi Arabian authorities detained two of the kingdom’s most prominent figures for an alleged coup attempt, further consolidating the power of the king’s son,... Blog - 2020-03-07 - Original post - cached version

The post Roger Waters Explains Julian Assange to Tucker Carlson appeared first on Blog. Blog - 2020-03-06 - Original post - cached version

Among the most immoral and destructive policies of the U.S. government are sanctions and embargoes. Join Future of Freedom Foundation president Jacob G. Hornberger and Citadel professor Richard M. Ebeling in this week’s Libertarian Angle as they examine why a free, prosperous, and moral society... Blog - 2020-03-06 - Original post - cached version

Three provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act are set to expire on March 15th and many in Congress are scrambling to keep government surveillance of innocent Americans alive. Others are pushing for reform. We are pushing for euthanasia. Today we look at what is expiring and what is likely to be done... Blog - 2020-03-04 - Original post - cached version

After a brief discussion of yesterday’s “Super Tuesday” and what it may mean for the markets, today’s Liberty Report will look into yet another round of US interference in the nine year war in Syria. While the Trump Administration has thus far avoided direct engagement with Russian and Syrian... Blog - 2020-03-04 - Original post - cached version Blog - 2020-03-03 - Original post - cached version

Will the just-signed Afghanistan deal mean a rapid US departure (after 19 years of war)? What about the “secret annexes” that Pompeo has admitted are in the agreement? How long will the US-backed Afghanistan government hold without US troops? On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Reprinted... Blog - 2020-03-03 - Original post - cached version

"An anti-Semite used to be a person who disliked Jews. Now it is a person who Jews dislike."
– Hajo Meyer, Jewish German-born Dutch physicist and Auschwitz survivor.

"Antisemitism is a trick we always use."
– Shulamit Aloni, Jewish Israeli, former Israeli Minister of Education,... Blog - 2020-03-02 - Original post - cached version

When Turkey found itself in a bit of trouble in Idlib, Syria last week – a Syrian army advance had taken back much of the province and a Syrian air force strike had killed Turkish soldiers embedded with jihadist fighters – Ankara signaled to Washington that it needed help, including Patriot... Blog - 2020-03-02 - Original post - cached version

As Congress prepares to debate the issue of the military draft, anti-draft activists are calling on Congress to enact legislation to end draft registration entirely.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear argument March 3, 2020, in New Orleans in a case in which a Federal District... Blog - 2020-03-01 - Original post - cached version

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sgt. Dan McKnight, Afghanistan war veteran and founder of BringOurTroopsHome.US, Saturday praised President Donald Trump’s announcement of a peace agreement with Taliban forces that could lead to total withdrawal of U.S. forces in Afghanistan some time next year. The... Blog - 2020-02-28 - Original post - cached version

This Saturday, editorial director Scott Horton will be giving a talk at the King County, Washington Libertarian Party convention.

Details can be found at their website here.

The post Scott Horton Speech This Saturday in King County, Washington appeared first on... Blog - 2020-02-27 - Original post - cached version

For the first time in 17 years, US troops are moving back to Prince Sultan Airbase in Saudi Arabia. The troops were removed in 2003 because they were serving as a recruiting tool for al-Qaeda. The Trump Administration claims they are returning to “deter” Iran…but are they telling the truth?... Blog - 2020-02-26 - Original post - cached version

The Trump Administration continues to spend billions developing and “upgrading” the nuclear weapons arsenal, claiming at the same time that it’s in response to Russian moves and that it’s “not an arms race.” Is there solid evidence to back US claims…or is this just another high-paid jobs program... Blog - 2020-02-25 - Original post - cached version

As the second day of the extradition hearing for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange continues in London, the lines of argumentation of both sides are taking shape. While the US tries to argue that Wikileaks publishing harmed individuals who aided the US government, there is little evidence to back... Blog - 2020-02-25 - Original post - cached version

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What happens when a major Israel lobbying organization actually becomes part of the government? It has already happened in Virginia... Blog - 2020-02-24 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

Samuel Moyn reviews Samantha Power’s memoir to devastating effect. He begins his essay with a withering observation and never lets up:

At her first dinner with future president Barack Obama, a forty-five-minute meet and greet that... Blog - 2020-02-21 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

As Rod Dreher has already observed, Warren destroyed Bloomberg in the debate last night with her attacks on him. She has shown would-be Bloomberg voters what a terrible candidate he is, and that does everyone a great service. I have no... Blog - 2020-02-20 - Original post - cached version

Nine years after a US-led attack on Libya and murder of its leader, the democracy and liberation promised by Hillary Clinton and her band of “humanitarian interventionists” has never arrived. Instead, the once-wealthiest African country is mired in civil war and the standard of living has... Blog - 2020-02-18 - Original post - cached version

The US and Taliban have reportedly arrived at a deal to begin drawing US troops down from the current 13,000 to 8,600 and then…well no one knows. The initial reduction of hostilities will begin on 22 February and if successful the drawdown will follow. Already neocons in Washington are warning... Blog - 2020-02-17 - Original post - cached version

Of all the things the CIA is good at, insecurely threatening people who may potentially wish to work with Russia and China is at the top of the list.

This insecure passive aggressiveness shined with blinding intensity on February 8 during an annual National Governors’ Association event... Blog - 2020-02-17 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

The Saudi coalition struck and killed dozens of civilians in response to the apparent downing of one of their jets:

Thirty-one people were killed in air strikes on Yemen Saturday, the United Nations said, the victims of an apparent... Blog - 2020-02-15 - Original post - cached version

The North Macedonian House of Representatives unanimously approved on Monday for their country to accept the NATO Accession Protocol, taking the former Yugoslav Republic a step closer towards accession into NATO which is expected to be completed and finalized in the spring. North Macedonia’s... Blog - 2020-02-13 - Original post - cached version

Sen. Rand Paul joins today’s Liberty Report with an exclusive report on recent Senate actions on War Powers and Iran. Plus – what’s happening on the Hill after the explosive “Afghanistan Papers” revealed the 18 year lie. Bonus: Rand on Snowden. Don’t miss this one! Watch today’s Ron Paul Liberty... Blog - 2020-02-13 - Original post - cached version

NATO is marketed as providing each member nation with the benefit that the other member nations are committed to coming to its aid militarily in the event of an attack by another nation, especially Russia. However, Pew Research Center poll results released Sunday indicate that the majority or... Blog - 2020-02-12 - Original post - cached version

President Trump’s State Department has for the first time cancelled US funding for Palestinian security forces who cooperate with their Israeli counterparts to reduce violence in the West Bank. As Israel appears poised to annex the West Bank, is this a pre-text for that action? Is there a quid...


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