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Don't Blink, You'll Miss Another US Attack!
US bombs have been falling on Iraq for several weeks now, and an attack is also planned against Syria. At the NATO summit in Wales this weekend it was agreed to position thousands of troops on Russia's border to be prepared for an attack in a moment's notice.

2 September 2014read on...

Well Done Hillary, Islamists are Swimming in Our Pool!
Images from Libya today speak more clearly about the folly of US interventionism, US "regime change" operations, US-led bombing campaigns to "promote democracy" than anything else.

31 August 2014read on...

Russian 'Soldiers Mothers Committees' -- a US Covert Op?
A major component in the latest western government and media claims of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is protests of the various Russian "Soldiers' Mothers Committes" over the supposed disappearance of their soldier sons in Ukraine. Absent compelling visual evidence of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, these NGOs are said to provide the evidence that, as NATO claims, 1,000 young Russians have been forced to go fight in Ukraine.

30 August 2014read on...

About That Russian Invasion...
Day after day we hear new frantic claims of a Russian incursion into -- or now, invasion of -- Ukraine. Thousands of Russian troops are fighting in Ukraine, we are told. The "evidence" is an ambiguous satellite photo procured from a private satellite firm and offered up by a NATO whose member states surely have far more sophisticated satellite intelligence capabilities.

29 August 2014read on...

Ron Paul and Charles Goyette: Syria and Iraq the Fruits of Interventionism
It was only weeks ago that President Obama requested an extra $500 million dollars for Syrian rebels. Now we are told that the US must start bombing some of those rebels in Syria. The elective Bush war in Iraq for WMDs that never were is a good case history in the folly of U.S. interventionism. But the rise of ISIS is an even more compact representation of interventionism’s contradictions and failures.

29 August 2014read on...

Freedom and Moose on Patriot's Lament in Alaska
I joined Alaska freedom fighters Jim O'Connor and Joshua Bennett at the Patriot's Lament radio program this week and I really would love for you to hear this show! After a wonderful conversation with these great guys, I had the double pleasure of being sent plenty of amazing photos by Joshua of the real free life in Alaska! Moose anyone?!?

29 August 2014read on...

Is a Nationwide Local Government Backlash Against Police Militarization Beginning?
KCRA TV is reporting that the Davis, California City Council voted Tuesday evening, after hearing from concerned people at the city council’s meeting, to get rid of the police department’s Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected military vehicle. The police department had obtained the MRAP, which is valued at nearly $700,000, for free recently from the US government.

28 August 2014read on...

Liberty Across the Board: Ron Paul vs Boston Globe on The Right to Use Heroin
The Boston Globe published this week a guest editorial arguing, as RPI Chairman and Founder Ron Paul memorably did during a 2011 Republican presidential primary debate in South Carolina, that heroin should be legalized. While the Globe editorial presents strong arguments for heroin legalization, it shies away from discussing the right to use heroin. In contrast, when asked in the debate about legalizing heroin, Paul zeroed in on individual rights, saying that protecting the right to use heroin is part of his commitment to protecting liberty “across-the-board”...

28 August 2014read on...

Ron Paul Challenging Government Secrecy and the “Truther” Label
Ron Paul, speaking Friday with Charles Goyette in their weekly podcast discussion, decries the trend of the US government keeping more and more information secret. Paul also laments that people trying to discover the truth — whether about the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, or other matters regarding which the US government is keeping much information classified and thus out of sight — are disparagingly labeled “truthers.”

24 August 2014read on...

Against The Murder Machine: Daniel McAdams on the Lew Rockwell Show The wheels are coming off the US empire, RPI Director Daniel McAdams tells Lew Rockwell today. Chaos breaks out, unintended consequenses, blowback: ISIS, Kurds, PKK, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Libya, and more. 

In Kurdistan, the US arms the PKK, which is on its terrorist list, to fight the ISIS, which the US earlier armed and is also on the US terrorist list, McAdams points out.

23 August 2014read on...

Peace and Prosperity

Obama's Second Term Foreign Policy: A Full Tank or Running on Empty?


Stephen Walt

At the Ron Paul Institute, our job is to look critically at US foreign policy and point out the disasters of successive interventionist and empire-building administrations. But asked to more clearly define what this Administration is really up to thus far in its second term -- what are its goals, what values does it seek to convey worldwide, what are its motivations -- we often feel at a profound loss.

What does the president want to see happen in Egypt? Syria? What happens next in Afghanistan, Obama's "good war"? Russia re-set?

We non-interventionists are not alone in our confusion. Our cousins the realists are also scratching their heads. Even as they tend to support more government action overseas than we, they would like to at least have some idea what the end-goals might be.

One of the realist school's most consistently cogent personages, Harvard Professor Stephen Walt, joins us in our perplexity. He wonders in his Foreign Policy column today whether the Administration is just plain out of gas:
On Egypt, U.S. policy is neither hard-nosed realist nor a principled defense of democracy. Indeed, I can't quite figure out what the U.S. policy is except that the Egyptian generals are still going to get the customary U.S. baksheesh and the United States will do its best to nudge them into something it can plausibly defend as kinda, sorta democratic. On Syria, I'm glad the United States hasn't gone the Full McCain (defined as a blindfolded dive into a shark-infested pool), but it would be nice if someone explained to the world what U.S. policy is. On Iran, the arrival of a new, more moderate president -- something the administration was positively panting for back in 2009 -- seems to have elicited the most timid of policy responses. Instead of a serious diplomatic initiative, Americans just get to hear more lectures from Prime Minister-Who-Cries-Wolf Netanyahu, who seems to think the United States owes his country another Middle East war. (And while I'm at it, when did CBS News' Bob Schieffer forget how to ask serious questions? If he plans on retiring anytime soon, a second career hosting paid infomercials beckons).

Maybe I'm being too harsh. The transatlantic trade talks seem to have survived Edward Snowden's revelations about National Security Agency spying in Europe, though it will be a long slog before a deal is reached. Despite the sequester, the U.S. military (especially the Special Forces) is busy partnering with foreign militaries around the world. (But am I the only person worrying that the most extensive U.S. connection to a lot of countries seems to be through their generals?). The foreign-policy bureaucracy in Washington is still busy churning out talking points for the next set of summit(s), principals' meetings, or visits from foreign dignitaries. Of course, the vast, top-secret intelligence and counterterrorism empire created after the 9/11 attacks is continuing to burn up $billions, collect gazilla-bytes of data, and Keep Us Safe against a wildly overstated threat.



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