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Hawks Resurgent in Washington

Philip Giraldi Mar 22, 2018


One of the most discouraging aspects of the musical chairs being played among the members of the White House inner circle is that every change reflects an inexorable move to the right in foreign policy, which means that the interventionists are back without anyone at the White House level remaining to say “no.” President Donald Trump, for all his international experience as a businessman, is a novice at the step-by-step process required in diplomacy and in the development of a coherent foreign policy, so he is inevitably being directed by individuals who have long American global leadership by force if necessary.
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Trump To Expel 'Dozens Of Russian Diplomats' In Response To Skripal Poisoning

Tyler Durden Mar 24, 2018


On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron and German leader Angela Merkel said that following a meeting of the European Council, that UK PM Theresa May had shared "proof" of Russia's involvement in the assassination attempt against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, "convincing" the two leaders that Russia was behind the attack. And yet, despite the "convincing" evidence, no "proof" has yet been publicly disclosed. Furthermore, even as all leaders said they are in agreement that Russia was "the only reasonable culprit", the EC opted not to take any immediate action against Moscow, except issue a harshly worded statement.

Here things get even more bizarre because the EC statement issued said that it "agrees with the United Kingdom government's assessmentthat it is highly likely that the Russian Federation is responsible and that there is no plausible alternative explanation."

Wait, there is either proof that Russia did (or did not do) the attack, or there isn't.

Claiming that something is "highly likely" and that "there is no plausible alternative explanation" is what you say when there is no proof, and when you send in Colin Powell to the United Nations to lie to the world that a vial of sand is really anthrax and one should immediately launch a war to crush an evil regime just because, well, a vial of sand.
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30 Questions That Journalists Should be Asking About the Skripal Case

Rob Slane Mar 22, 2018


There are a lot of issues around the case of Sergei and Yulia Skripal which, at the time of writing, are very unclear and rather odd. There may well be good and innocent explanations for some or even all of them. Then again there may not. This is why it is crucial for questions to be asked where, as yet, there are either no answers or deeply unsatisfactory ones.

Some people will assume that this is conspiracy theory territory. It is not that, for the simple reason that I have no credible theory — conspiracy or otherwise — to explain all the details of the incident in Salisbury from start to finish, and I am not attempting to forward one. I have no idea who was behind this incident, and I continue to keep an open mind to a good many possible explanations.

However, there are a number of oddities in the official narrative, which do demand answers and clarifications. You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist or a defender of the Russian state to see this. You just need a healthy scepticism, “of a type developed by all inquiring minds!”

Below are 30 of the most important questions regarding the case and the British Government’s response, which are currently either wholly unanswered, or which require clarification.
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Ron Paul and Jacob Hornberger to Speak at Foreign Policy Conference in Charleston, South Carolina

Ron Paul and Jocob G. Hornberger — two of the premier voices for peace in America — will speak at a foreign policy conference next month hosted jointly by Paul and Hornberger’s respective educational organizations — the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity (RPI) and the Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF). The Sunday, April 29 conference titled “Non-intervention: America’s Original Foreign Policy” will take place from 1:00pm to 5:00pm in Charleston, South Carolina.


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The Skripal Case: It Looks Like Mrs May Has Some Explaining to Do! On Monday 12th March, the Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Theresa May, stood up in Parliament and made the following claim as part of her 36-hour ultimatum to the Russian Federation...
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SPECIAL REPORT: Bolton To The White House - Pre-Emptive War On The Way?
President Trump's shocking decision to appoint arch-neocon John Bolton to be his National Security Advisor has us wondering whether the old discredited GW Bush policy of "pre-emptive" war is back on the menu. Not only did Bolton help lie us into the Iraq war...he still thinks it was a really good idea! He has published articles calling for US pre-emptive strikes on Iran and North Korea and even called once for a US attack on Cuba! For a president who campaigned on how stupid all the foreign wars have been, he is sure picking a strange cabinet. The Ron Paul Liberty Report is releasing this special report on Bolton, while encouraging all our readers and viewers to join us in Charleston, SC next month to discuss the importance of a non-interventionist foreign policy. Get your tickets for only $5.00 here. Do you want to help co-sponsor the conference? Make a $100 or more tax-deductible donation to the Ron Paul Institute between now and a week before the conference and you will be publicly thanked in our special Ron Paul newsletter and your name will roll in the credits of a post-conference Ron Paul Liberty Report!
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Why Are We Still In Syria?
According to recent reporting, the US is building another military base in Syria, this time near the Syrian oil fields in the north east of the country. Why does the US want to control Syrian oil production? Is it looking to steal Syrian resources? After all, ISIS is all but defeated and the reason given for US involvement no longer makes sense. Is the US looking for a direct conflict with Russia? Is Washington staging for a war on Iran? US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has repeatedly warned that the US is ready for a large-scale attack on the Assad government. Why are we still in Syria? Tune in to today's Liberty Report...
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Attend a Great Nonintervention Conference and See Beautiful, Historically Rich Charleston Too!
Have you secured your ticket to the April 29 “Non-Intervention: America’s Original Foreign Policy” conference in Charleston, South Carolina? You can watch a new video conversation of two of the people who will speak at the event — Jacob G. Hornberger, who is president of the Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF), and Richard M. Ebeling, who is a professor at The Citadel military college — for a preview of some of the discussion that will take place at the conference. Hornberger and Ebeling also provide reasons — from historical sites to beautiful beaches — why it may be wise to expand a trip to Charleston for the conference into a great vacation.
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East Ghouta: Obama's Last Stand In Syria?
US-backed rebels in East Ghouta are facing defeat. As none of Washington's predictions about the "fall" of the region have come true, the State Department and Pentagon have grown strangely quiet. Given the opportunity to leave, tens of thousands are evacuating to government-controlled areas. Why would they do that if Assad gasses his own people, as the US claims? Even arch-neocon Max Boot says we should stop trying to overthrow Assad because after the liberation of Aleppo by Assad's forces people seem to be getting back to normal lives. Will Trump have the courage and wisdom to end Obama's idiotic Syria policy? Tune in to today's Liberty Report...
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