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Are Libertarians the New Neocons?


There is a disturbing trend in some libertarian circles and among some libertarian organizations to be increasingly enamored with foreign interventionism and US government backed regime change overseas. For those focused on foreign affairs, this is particularly troubling as it is abandoning a key tenet of libertarianism: non-interventionism.
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The Fanatic Running Trump’s Foreign Policy

Dexter Filkins has written an extensive profile of John Bolton. The profile recounts many familiar stories from Bolton’s career, and it has a few interesting details I hadn’t read about before. Among many other things, it covers his ties to the MEK and the payment he has received from them for promoting their cause...
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Pompeo Appoints Fox News Neocon as Spokesperson

And the neocon-ization of the Trump administration continues. While The Donald is packing away Big Macs and Diet Cokes, his neocon secretary of state is appointing likeminded warmongers. 

Ortagus is a deep insider with connections to both sides of the war party and its “creative destruction” directors on Wall Street and within prominent neocon “think tanks.” 

From Bezos’ propaganda mill, The Washington Post:
Ortagus has been a fixture of the GOP foreign policy establishment for more than a decade. She has served as a press officer at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), a financial intelligence officer at the Treasury Department and an intelligence officer in the US Naval Reserve. She has also worked with several political campaigns, as well as a political action committee, and has experience working on Wall Street and in foreign policy consulting.
In addition to working with spooks and a federal agency that undermines elections and foments coups in foreign lands, Ortagus “served on the boards” at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a coven of warmongers run by Kimberly Kagan, wife of notorious neocon Frederick Kagan.
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Trump Blocks Bolton, Reverses New North Korea Sanctions

In a tweet on Friday, President Trump announced that “additional large-scale sanctions” by the US Treasury that had been added to already existing set of sanctions – were now off the table. It is not clear yet why the President has seemingly undercut his National Security Adviser John Bolton, but it’s possible we could be witnessing a serious fissure in the internal workings of the White House power structure.
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Nikki Haley Named to Boeing Board - Lew Rockwell 'Sickened'

"Mike Pence is known as the stupidest person in the Trump Administration, but Nikki Haley was known as the second-stupidest." So Lew Rockwell tells RT on the news that Trump's former Ambassador to the UN has been named to the board of US mega weapons manufacturer Boeing. Rockwell probably gets Haley right, so why on earth would this bomb-making behemoth want someone like that on their board? Rockwell speculates...
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Pompeo: US 'Absolutely Not' Getting Out of the Middle East

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that the United States is "absolutely not" getting out of the Middle East. "We’re a force for good," Pompeo said in an interview with Sinclair Broadcast Group according to The Hill. "The notion of get out doesn’t frankly – doesn’t capture what it is the Trump administration is intending to do. This is about protecting Americans, and we will do the things we need to do to protect America."
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