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Libertarianism and War: The Rothbard Rule

Justin Raimondo Sep 30, 2016

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The year was 1956: the icy winds of the cold war were blowing across the political landscape. And it was a presidential election year, pitting the internationalist Republican Dwight Eisenhower against Adlai Stevenson, the darling of the Democratic party’s left wing. The “isolationist” faction of the GOP, led by Sen. Robert A. Taft, had been finally defeated by what Phyllis Schlafly later called the Republican “kingmakers” of the Eastern Establishment. And the looming menace of the cold war turning hot was everywhere in the headlines. While Eisenhower was rallying the nation against the alleged Communist “threat,” Stevenson was calling for a nuclear test ban, negotiations with the Soviet Union, and an end to the military draft.
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Syria - The US Propaganda Shams Now Openly Fail

Moon of Alabama Sep 30, 2016

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The Obama administration, and especially the CIA and the State Department, seem to be in trouble. They shout everything they can against Russia and allege that the cleansing of east-Aleppo of al-Qaeda terrorist is genocidal. Meanwhile no mention is ever made of the famine of the Houthis in Yemen which the US and Saudi bombing and their blockade directly causes.

But more and more major news accounts support the Russian allegation that the "moderate rebels" the US is coddling in Syria are actually in cahoots with al-Qaeda if not al-Qaeda itself.

Reuters reports (though only at the end of a longer story):

In Aleppo, rebels in the Free Syrian Army are sharing operational planning with Jaish al-Fatah, an alliance of Islamist groups that includes the former Syrian wing of al Qaeda.

Meanwhile, in nearby Hama province, FSA groups armed with US-made anti-tank missiles are taking part in a major offensive with the al Qaeda-inspired Jund al-Aqsa group.

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The US is Your Know-it-All Friend Who Should Just Keep His Mouth Shut

Stephen Kinzer Sep 29, 2016

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When makers of American foreign policy dream of an ideal world, they fixate on one word: primacy. It used to be called “full-spectrum dominance.” On the street, it comes out as “Don’t even think about it.” Tough guys in Western movies put it differently: “This town ain’t big enough for both of us.”

However it is phrased, “primacy” is the view that the United States rules and all must accept our power. It is the new buzz word in Washington. Nothing about the idea, though, is new. The drive for global primacy is what sunk us into Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and all of our other overseas disasters. This pernicious doctrine — now summed up in a single word — has sapped American power and palpably weakened the United States. Nonetheless, it is widely accepted in the corridors of American power. That guarantees future failures on the scale of those that have already cost us dearly in blood and treasure.

Primacy is the demon spawn of “exceptionalism.” It is based on the belief that the United States is the “indispensable nation,” the only force standing between civilization and barbarism. Wherever there is conflict or trouble or upheaval in the world — and even where there is none — the pursuit of primacy requires that the United States intervene.
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Russia-US relations: Increased Tensions

Sept. 30 - A confrontation between Russia and the US over Syria seems all but inevitable after the end of a ceasefire early this month, a US attack on Syrian forces, an attack on a humanitarian aid convoy, and a renewed push by the Syrian army to re-take eastern Aleppo from al-Nusra Front troops. In the waning days of the Obama Administration, with forces beyond the president's control force a military exchange with Russia over the failed US regime-chance policy for Syria? RPI Director Daniel McAdams appears on RT's Crosstalk program to discuss:



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Oops They Did it Again: US 'Misdirected' Drone Strike on Somalia Kills 22 Civilians, Soldiers
In what the US is calling a "misdirected" airstrike, some 22 Somali citizens and soldiers were killed by a US missile fired from a drone intended to take out al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabab militia members. According to the BBC, the airstrike may have been a way for one region in Somalia to settle scores with another courtesy of US military might: "Officials in the semi-autonomous region of Galmudug accused neighboring Puntland of misleading the US into believing they had targeted extremists."
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Judge Napolitano: Donald Trump Supports ‘Authoritarian Police State’ Stop-and-Frisk
Constitutional scholar and former New Jersey state judge Andrew Napolitano, in an interview Wednesday with host Brian Thomas at KRC-Radio in Cincinnati, Ohio, decried as an authoritarian police state activity the now-discontinued New York City stop-and-frisk program that Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump praised in the Monday presidential debate.
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Five Minutes Five Issues: WaPo Betrayal, Tulsa Charge, NYPD Cash, Marijuana Defense, Boehner’s Bonanza
A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at StitcheriTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.
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Ron Paul: Clinton and Trump Support More Militarism, Mass Surveillance, and Drug War
Speaking Thursday with host Kennedy at Fox Business, former presidential candidate Ron Paul critiqued Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for their support of the continuation of militarism, mass surveillance, and the war on drugs as United States policy.
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In Kerry's Own Words: Syria Prohibited from Attacking al-Qaeda
No wonder the United States insisted that its Syria ceasefire deal with Russia remain secret! It turns out that one of the US demands was that the Syrian air force must be prohibited from attacking al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda in Syria). Crazy conspiracy theory? Listen to John Kerry's own words at the UN yesterday...
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