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Judge Napolitano: Bundy Ranch Protestors’ Line in the Sand Stops Thieving Feds
Judge Andrew Napolitano, speaking Monday with Stuart Varney on Fox Business, explains the significance of the United States government backing off its raid of the Bundy ranch in Nevada after “suffering such a terrible PR loss” from its confrontation with protestors, explaining...

15 April 2014read on...

Washington's Outrageous Ukraine Double Standards
The Washington foreign policy establishment is furious. Protesters in eastern Ukraine, who feel threatened by the US-backed government in Kiev that has cancelled Russian-language television programming and installed oligarchs to rule over them, have poured out into main squares in many major eastern Ukrainian cities. Some have stormed government buildings and taken control of them. They favor a more federalized Ukraine, where more political decisions are made locally rather than dictated from the unelected rulers in Kiev.

12 April 2014read on...

Ron Paul: The Senate CIA Report And Torture
Ron Paul again joins Charles Goyette in a weekly podcast providing insight on the most critical issues of the day. Dr. Paul and Mr. Goyette discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the abuses of the CIA. But how many of the sordid details of this report will ever see the light of day, asks Goyette.

12 April 2014read on...

Ron Paul: US Threatens Challengers to Dollar Hegemony
In a commentary available to view from his Ron Paul Channel, RPI Chairman Ron Paul explains how the US has targeted any country that threaten to use currencies other than dollars with which to conduct international commerce. In Libya, Iraq, Iran, and elsewhere, says Dr. Paul, challenge the dollar as world reserve currency and you will risk regime change or outright invasion by the US military. Russia's threats to explore a barter or other systems that challenge the US dollar may well be behind the US push to apply sanctions and place NATO on a war footing, he says.

11 April 2014read on...

Lew Rockwell's Pessimistic Optimism
Today the US media is entirely the spokesmen for the government, said RPI Board Member Lew Rockwell on the Ben Swann radio show yesterday. Every country not totally controlled by the US must be destroyed, and the media is out front to provide propaganda for the empire. At the same time, Rockwell -- the ultimate optimist -- sees so much to cheer as entrepreneurs and small free market practitioners continue to find new ways to thrive amidst the oppressive government controls. He says that through his Mises Institute he comes into contact with so many young people who are so well-read and so astute, and who have in common that they do not believe the government lies. He is, though a short-term pessimist, a long-term optimist.

11 April 2014read on...

RPI Editorial Policy: A Note of Clarification
Throughout his career, Ron Paul has been known for his willingness and eagerness to build broad coalitions of people who may disagree on many issues, but who come together on the central issue of peace and prosperity.

10 April 2014read on...

How the State Department Spends Your Money
The US State Department under Secretary John Kerry has become a laughingstock. While Spokesperson Jen Psaki occupies herself by Tweeting mindless "selfies," her boss's "social media" team are busy putting together incomprehensible platitudes like the below. Can anyone in his right mind explain what this is supposed to mean? Are there any grown-ups left at the State Department?

9 April 2014read on...

'Foot-in-Mouth' Kerry's Nixonian Blunder
The US and EU appear incapable of distinguishing between action and reaction. The coup they backed in Kiev against the elected government has thrown off the delicate balance in Ukraine and left the pro-Russia eastern portion of the country feeling threatened.

9 April 2014read on...

Ron Paul: 'Hands Off Raw Milk!'
To Ron Paul, the raw milk issue is a matter of personal freedom, and he is very pleased that Rep. Thomas Massie has introduced two bills -- one quite sweeping and the other more incremental -- that would make it easier for individuals to make their own decisions about what kinds of food they would prefer to consume.

7 April 2014read on...

Eric Margolis: US Afghanistan Elections Not Up To Standard of Soviet Afghanistan Elections
While reviewing media reports of democracy in action in the Afghanistan election to select a replacement for President Hamid Karzai, consider the comments of RPI Academic Board member Eric Margolis on the Scott Horton Show on Friday. Margolis starts off the interview explaining that the United States Afghanistan elections, including what he calls the “latest Afghanistan election carnival,” are not even up to the low standard of the 1980s Soviet Afghanistan elections...

6 April 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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