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Lindsey Graham’s Blank Check. Why a Defense Agreement With Israel Would Be a Disaster for Americans

Philip Giraldi Aug 22, 2019

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Two world wars began because of unconditional pledges made by one country to come to assistance of another. On July 5, 1914, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany pledged his country’s complete support for whatever response Austria-Hungary would choose to make against Serbia after the June 28th assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by a Serbian nationalist during an official visit to Sarajevo, Bosnia. This fatal error went down in history as Germany’s carte blanche or “blank check,” assurance to Austria that led directly to WW I.
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US Ambassador Grenell’s Threat to Germany Has Backfired, Driving Germany Closer to Russia

21st Century Wire Aug 22, 2019

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Last week, German lawmakers sent a stark message to Washington. The argument escalated following a series of flippant comments made by US ambassador Richard Grenell who had demanded Germany increase its defense spending, claiming it was “really insulting to expect the US taxpayer to keep paying for over 50,000 Americans” stationed in Germany, and that the US would do well to move all of its military assets from Germany, and relocate eastward to Poland. 

Lawmakers in Berlin reacted by welcoming a US withdrawal from German soil – and proceeded to tell the US it can take its nuclear weapons with them.

Dietmar Bartsch, chairman of the Left Party, said, “The US ambassador is right: US taxpayers should not have to pay for US troops in Germany … If the Americans pull out their soldiers, they also have to pull out their nuclear weapons.”
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Trump Fine-Tunes Peace Deal With Taliban

Melkulangara Bhadrakumar Aug 22, 2019

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The US President Donald Trump’s remarks at the Oval Office in the White House on August 20 regarding the Afghan peace talks and related issues exuded an overall sense of satisfaction that the “endless war” is finally ending —although issues still remain to be sorted out before the deal is closed.

This was also Trump’s first public assessment of the meeting he took last week with top officials, including the secretaries of state and defence, CIA director and US special representative on Afghanistan Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad who leads the American team of negotiators at the Doha talks with the Taliban.

Trump said more than once during his remarks to the media on Tuesday that the talks with the Taliban are going well, and he made it a point to acknowledge publicly that the Taliban genuinely want to stop fighting with the US troops. As he put it,

I will say this: The Taliban would like to stop fighting us.  They would like to stop fighting us.  They’ve lost a lot.
Trump threw light on what to expect.
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Vince Vaughn Discusses Libertarianism and Ron Paul
When Vince Vaughn is not acting in or producing a movie, there is a good chance he is reading about, or otherwise giving some thought to, political ideas.
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Red Flag Laws Are Far from Harmless
When President Donald Trump presented on August 5 a collection of proposals for government actions to counter mass shootings, advancing red flag laws was part of the package. Briefly describing such laws that operate in several states, Trump said, “we must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms, and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process.”
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Neocons See Hong Kong as China’s ‘Soft Underbelly’ – Daniel McAdams
Are suggestions that the US government is involved with the Hong Kong protest just more Beijing paranoia? RPI's Daniel McAdams points out that US support for the Hong Kong separatists goes back years and US government officials' ties to the protest leaders are widely and openly established. How far is China willing to go to shut down the US-backed regime change operation? RPI's Daniel McAdams speaks to RT America about it...
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ISIS Comeback in Syria and Iraq? McAdams on RT America
Is ISIS really making a "comeback" in Syria and Iraq? RPI's Daniel McAdams talks to RT America about a new Pentagon Inspector General report finding that ISIS is transitioning from a territory-holding entity to an insurgency. US news media is seizing upon the report to argue that the US cannot continue its withdrawal from Syria, but do they really want the US to forever illegally occupy Syrian territory?
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President Trump’s Response to Shootings Includes an Internet Crackdown
After any mass shooting, you can expect many politicians to jump in front of reporters and voters to herald support for cracking down on the ability of people to obtain, keep, and carry guns. President Donald Trump fits that mold, expressing his continuing support for imposing red flag laws to deprive people of their guns in his Monday statement in response to killings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
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