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The two-plus year great hoax has come to an end. Trump is not Putin’s puppet, as the vast majority of the mainstream media and Democrats have claimed. There was no “collusion” with Russia. So after so much wasted time and money, where do US/Russia relations stand and where should they be heading... Blog - 2019-03-25 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

This week marks the fourth year since the beginning of the Saudi coalition’s war on Yemen. In the last four years, the coalition has destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure, devastated its economy, driven millions to the edge of... Blog - 2019-03-25 - Original post - cached version

From Bring Our Troops Home Kentucky:

When USA Today says that 10 of America’s 25 worst counties to live in are in Mitch McConnell’s back yard, it seems he should stop funding tens of billions of dollars into things like NATO and endless foreign wars… and Commit to Us!!!

... Blog - 2019-03-22 - Original post - cached version

The Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference Live Stream is happening now:

Sponsored by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy

The post The Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference Live Stream appeared first on Blog. Blog - 2019-03-21 - Original post - cached version

This week marks 16 years since the US attacked an Iraq that had neither attacked nor threatened us. Claims that Iraq had WMDs were lies and the Bush Administration knew they were lies. So 16 years later who is coming out on top after the US attack? Here’s a hint: the most unintended of... Blog - 2019-03-20 - Original post - cached version

Less than a month after Brazil made it clear that it wants no part in a military invasion of neighboring Venezuela, its president, Jair Bolsonaro, is in Washington this week to be feted by Trump and his neocon advisors. First stop was an unprecedented visit to the CIA for a “briefing” on... Blog - 2019-03-19 - Original post - cached version

The Trump Administration has requested a huge increase in the US spy budget, including a whopping $23 billion for the “black” budget. The reasons given are the increasing threats from Russia and China. Does all this spy spending really protect us…or is it just welfare for the Beltway bandits and... Blog - 2019-03-19 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

The Trump administration’s destructive Iran policy may be about to get even worse:

Under plans recommended by Mr. Pompeo and some White House officials, the State Department would designate Iran’s military Islamic Revolutionary... Blog - 2019-03-18 - Original post - cached version

The president has backpedaled yet again. Instead of seeing American troops return home from Syria “very soon,” as President Trump promised, his neocon advisors have made sure that it’s not going to happen. On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for... Blog - 2019-03-14 - Original post - cached version

The Senate has passed “war powers” legislation ordering the president to cease and desist his cooperation with Saudi Arabia in the destruction of Yemen. A House vote is expected soon, which would throw the issue to the president who has promised a veto. Will there be political fallout for a... Blog - 2019-03-14 - Original post - cached version

On March 13, a diverse group of 42 organizations from across the political spectrum sent a letter to Chairman Elliot Engel (NY-16) and Ranking Member Michael McCaul (TX-10) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urging them to bring up Rep. Barbara Lee’s (CA-13) legislation to repeal the 2001... Blog - 2019-03-14 - Original post - cached version

Moments ago, the US Senate approved the War Powers Act challenge to US support for the Saudi war on Yemen.

CNN is talking about Paul Manafort.

MSNBC has “breaking news” about Paul Manafort.

FoxNews is explaining why we have to invade Venezuela.

Very sad.

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Letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi from Just Foreign Policy:

March 13th, 2019

Dear Speaker Pelosi:

We write to request your support for the bipartisan measure, H.R.1004 – Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Act, introduced by Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode... Blog - 2019-03-12 - Original post - cached version

Secretary of State Pompeo has ordered all US diplomats to return from Venezuela. Their presence in country is “constraining” US foreign policy, he says. Is this the pre-cursor to a US attack? What about the power outages in Venezuela? A US cyber-attack? Are the neocons about to pull the trigger... Blog - 2019-03-11 - Original post - cached version

Former Trump campaign official Paul Manafort has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for acting as an unregistered agent for Ukraine. But looking at the media coverage of the case one would never know that “taking down” Manafort was not all about Russia collusion. Reporting… or... Blog - 2019-03-09 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

Andrew Sullivan comments on the U.S.-Israel relationship and the role of “pro-Israel” lobbying groups in our politics in a new essay. There are several things that I think Sullivan gets wrong, but perhaps the most significant and pervasive... Blog - 2019-03-08 - Original post - cached version

The post US Orthodox Jews Express Support for Rep. Ilhan Omar appeared first on Blog. Blog - 2019-03-07 - Original post - cached version

In a call to C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.

The post IRmep’s Grant F. Smith Explains the Motives Behind the Israel Lobby’s Smears of Rep. Omar appeared first on Blog. Blog - 2019-03-07 - Original post - cached version

A surprise revelation from a staffer in House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) office has everyone talking about whether the NSA has really ended its metadata collection of our phone calls and texts, which was authorized by the 2015 USA FREEDOM Act. They say they no longer need the data... Blog - 2019-03-02 - Original post - cached version


The following is Ray McGovern’s commetary on this important article.

Thinking back, President Barack Obama dropped a huge hint two days before he left office, using his last press conference to point out that the “... Blog - 2019-03-01 - Original post - cached version

War is government at its very worst, not only in terms of destruction, but in the powers that it arbitrarily assumes as it capitalizes on widespread fear. Military conscription presumes that the government owns your body and may direct it as it pleases. Both men and women should be vehemently... Blog - 2019-03-01 - Original post - cached version

The media is gloating today over the “failed” Trump/Kim summit. Was the summit really a failure? If so, who is at fault? The media and pundits as usual get it wrong. It was both a success and a failure, but not for the reasons they are reporting. Tune in to today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report for... Blog - 2019-02-27 - Original post - cached version

An excellent 13-minute video on America’s wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Syria, etc. Featuring Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Cato Institute Fellow Emma Ashford. Produced by Free The People.

The post State of War Video on America’s Forever Wars... Blog - 2019-02-27 - Original post - cached version

While all eyes are on the Trump/Kim talks in Hanoi, the US Administration is continuing peace talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban in Qatar. Will the US withdraw all troops from Afghanistan in exchange for Taliban promises to keep fighting ISIS and al-Qaeda? On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:... Blog - 2019-02-26 - Original post - cached version

The weekend stand-off between the US aid trucks on the Colombian side of the border and the Venezuelan government did not go quite as planned by the US. The aid did not get through, the military did not defect, and US-selected “president” Guaido was nowhere to be seen. But the aid trucks did... Blog - 2019-02-25 - Original post - cached version

A Road Map for peace between the two Koreas now exists. An agreement signed by both countries on September 19, 2018, provides a model that President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may follow at Hanoi. The agreement, in turn, is similar to the Road Map that normalized relations... Blog - 2019-02-24 - Original post - cached version

Sundays in Russia, like Sundays in most of the Western world, are usually not news generating days. However, today Moscow broke that rule and provided Russia-watchers with a couple of very weighty international affairs developments that I will analyze in this article on Japan and in another... Blog - 2019-02-22 - Original post - cached version contributing editor Lucy Steigerwald testified today before the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service (NCMNPS). Her testimony is here:

Thanks to Tom Knapp for creating the clip.

The post Lucy Steigerwald Testifies Before the National... Blog - 2019-02-20 - Original post - cached version

In an astonishing Washington Times article this week, unnamed Trump Administration officials (who may or may not be called “John Bolton”) are claiming that Iran, which has been battling al-Qaeda in Syria for nearly four years, is actually secretly allied with al-Qaeda and therefore Iran can be... Blog - 2019-02-20 - Original post - cached version

Stephanie Savell, Costs of War Project, originally published in the February issue of Smithsonian magazine (click for larger version)

Most Americans would say we have a military for national defense and security. But our military is not a defensive force. Defense is not its ethos, nor is... Blog - 2019-02-20 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

The Trump administration is running into the stubborn reality that the “government” they recognize in Venezuela doesn’t actually control anything:

It is a risky gamble for Mr. Maduro’s adversaries, who say they are unclear as to how... Blog - 2019-02-20 - Original post - cached version

The recent Warsaw and Munich summits have proven disastrous to Trump’s foreign policy as pursued by his neocon top advisors. They were supposed to line up for war on Iran and further isolation of Russia and China, yet none of the war bugles sounded. Have the Europeans had enough of “US global... Blog - 2019-02-19 - Original post - cached version

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard released this 30-second video in her campaign for the White House. It is one of the most clear and unequivocal statements I have ever heard from a presidential candidate:

Please note that this is not an endorsement or statement of support. is a... Blog - 2019-02-18 - Original post - cached version

Sen. Rubio (R-FL) traveled down to the Colombia/Venezuela border over the weekend to threaten a US invasion of Venezuela if a US “aid” convoy is not allowed to cross the bridge. Rubio’s sudden concern for the humanitarian situation in Venezuela smacks of hypocrisy, as he supported all US... Blog - 2019-02-15 - Original post - cached version

In his work opposing United States wars overseas, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), before his death Sunday, put much effort into seeking a repeal of the 2001 authorization for use of military force (AUMF) that has been used by successive presidents as a basis for intervention and war across the world... Blog - 2019-02-14 - Original post - cached version

Democratic US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) set off a firestorm on Sunday with a one-line Tweet on a third rail topic. The aftermath continues four days later. Canadian philosopher and public intellectual Marshal McLuhan famously observed that “the medium is the message.” How is messaging changing with... Blog - 2019-02-14 - Original post - cached version

Trident II D5 Missile Launch. No matter how “small” the warhead, you never want to see one of these launch under “real world” conditions

As a young captain in the Air Force, I visited Los Alamos National Lab in 1992. The mood there was grim. What use for a lab that develops and tests... Blog - 2019-02-13 - Original post - cached version

Hossein, a member of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APV), which hosted my recent visit to Afghanistan, rolled up his sleeve to show me a still-healing three-inch wound. Thieves had broken into his family home in Kabul. When they were discovered, one of the robbers stabbed Hossein.

An APV... Blog - 2019-02-13 - Original post - cached version

Most drone-strike images show technology, e.g. drones, missiles, or targeting crosshairs with foreigners appearing as ant-like creatures in infrared cameras. Rarely do we see damage, and, rarer still, the shredded and blasted bodies of innocents

When do humans count in drone warfare, and... Blog - 2019-02-12 - Original post - cached version

The Trump Administration is twisting arms in Europe and in the Middle East in its ongoing determination to crush Iran. It seems a singular obsession. But the push-back is coming from and EU that remains (for now) dedicated to the Iran nuclear deal and from places like Iraq, which is being asked... Blog - 2019-02-11 - Original post - cached version

Rep. Walter Jones, Jr. turned from pro-war to an antiwar firebrand after he discovered how Administrations lie us into war. His passing yesterday is deeply mourned by all who value peace and honesty over war and deception. He was an original Board Member of the Ron Paul Institute. What kind of a... Blog - 2019-02-11 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

Ariane Tabatabai reviews Iran’s foreign policy ahead of the 40th anniversary of the revolution, and explains that Tehran’s foreign policy isn’t as ideologically-driven as the administration thinks:

This is because, contrary to what... Blog - 2019-02-11 - Original post - cached version

Rep. Walter Jones, one of the most consistently antiwar members of Congress, has died at age 75 after an extended illness.

The Republican lawmaker had battled a series of ailments in recent years and was granted a leave of absence from Congress late last year after missing a number of... Blog - 2019-02-09 - Original post - cached version

"Raytheon go home!" chanted a group of protesters.

While Raytheon quietly held a career fair at Northeastern University to recruit students to work for them, they were also met with some pushback.

In an attempt to reach out to students who might be tempted to work at Raytheon,... Blog - 2019-02-08 - Original post - cached version

The first Senate bill of the year has taken on those who seek to boycott Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. In a complicated maneuver, the Senate has voted to allow states to boycott the boycotters. Is it a free speech/First Amendment issue? Supporters of the bill say no. Many civil... Blog - 2019-02-06 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

A new survey finds broad public support for staying in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that Trump is killing:

Two-thirds of survey respondents oppose abandoning the treaty, and instead favor pursuing diplomacy to... Blog - 2019-02-05 - Original post - cached version

Joe Rogan tries to get her to explain, Jimmy Dore narrates:

The post <I>New York Times</I> Opinion Editor Bari Weiss Hates Tulsi Gabbard, but Can’t Remember Why appeared first on Blog. Blog - 2019-02-05 - Original post - cached version

The Trump Administration, led by President National Security Advisor John Bolton, has announced that it would be sending humanitarian aid to the pro-rebel factions in Venezuela while tightening sanctions on pro-government civilians. The goal is obvious: use hunger to get people to turn against... Blog - 2019-02-05 - Original post - cached version

From a Jimmy Dore comedy show, an amazing segment on Rachel Maddow’s unbridled warmongering over Russia and her committed support for the Deep State:

The post Rachel Maddow Russian Fear Mongering Goes Off Rails! appeared first on Blog. Blog - 2019-02-04 - Original post - cached version

Have we reached “peak Trump”? Is there no way out of the swamp? Former Reagan Administration senior official David Stockman joins today’s Liberty Report to discuss his upcoming book, Peak Trump: The Undrainable Swamp and the Fantasy of MAGA. Why are we in such a mess? How have the neocons taken...


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