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Eric Margolis: US Manipulating Afghanistan Election to Extend US Military Presence
Much American public attention is focused on the US military escalation in Iraq and, to some extent, the rivalry for leadership in that nation where Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has worn out his US government welcome. Among other offenses, Maliki failed to ensure Iraq agreed in 2011 to a status of forces agreement that would have enabled the continued presence of thousands of US troops by protecting them from liability for violations of Iraqi laws.

19 August 2014read on...

Who’s Zoomin’ Who in Novorossiya?
I share Paul Craig Roberts’ disgust for the behavior of Western media in their coverage of the war in Ukraine. Not only does Western reporting show these “newspeople” to be nothing more than a pack of idiots and whores, as Roberts suggests, but the heavy handed propaganda effort makes it damned near impossible for most of us to gain an informed idea of what is actually happening in Ukraine. What is happening? I will try to sort out the true situation and establish a framework for discussing the many facets of the “riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” that is the war in eastern Ukraine.

19 August 2014read on...

To Stop War, Set Money Free!
In his new book, Set Money Free, RPI contributing writer Chris Rossini has managed to explore the dark nexus between the United States’ dishonest monetary system and that system’s usefulness in financing the US military empire.

19 August 2014read on...

Dennis Kucinich: US Fueled Christian Persecution in Iraq; More Intervention Is Not the Answer
Former US House of Representatives member and Democratic Party presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, speaking Wednesday with Bill Hemmer on Fox News, explained that “Christians, in effect, are receiving the blowback from the US war against Iraq,” and that further US intervention in that country is not the answer.

13 August 2014read on...

Selective Humanitarianism and the Week in War -- McAdams and Taylor Discuss
Is Russia sending a Trojan horse convoy into Ukraine? Is Putin hiding S-300s in with medicine and blankets to the displaced in eastern Ukraine? That is how it is reported in the western media. How close is the government in Kiev to economic suicide by cutting off gas to western and central Europe? Also on the menu: back to Iraq, libertarians for war, how some humanitarian disasters are more equal than others. Daniel McAdams is again with Jay Taylor to digest the week in war...

12 August 2014read on...

Did 'Non-Interventionists' Drink the 'Bomb Iraq' Kool-Aid? -- Daniel McAdams on Tom Woods Show
Why are so many of those who call themselves "non-interventionist" suddenly jumping on the "bomb Iraq" bandwagon with the latest dose of US government propaganda about the critical need to "save the Kurds"? Do people really believe the US government is telling the truth this time and, more importantly, that bombs will solve the problem?

11 August 2014read on...

Cold Winter: Will Ukraine Cut Off Russian Oil to Europe?
Will the Ukrainian government vote to freeze the trans-shipment of oil from Russia to the European Union? What will it mean to Poland, the Baltics, and much of central Europe to suddenly be cut off from their main supply natural gas with cold weather just a couple of months away? RPI Director Daniel McAdams discusses what happens when sanctions bite both ways...

11 August 2014read on...

US Sends Humanitarian Bombs to Iraq as it Warns Russia Against Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine
The US administration began bombing Iraq today, with hopes that the disaster created by the 2003 Iraq War II could be rectified by starting Iraq War III. The pretext was to rescue a religious minority trapped by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters. It was called a “humanitarian” intervention.

8 August 2014read on...

NY Times Truncated Ron Paul History Puts Libertarians in Republican Box
As libertarians participate in a trans-ideological and trans-partisan effort that may overturn the warfare-police-surveillance state, the old media leaders seem to be taking on a mission to tame libertarianism’s adherents by defining them as mainly a subgroup in the Republican Party.

8 August 2014read on...

Big PR's Info Wars
Thanks to the Guardian, we can all get our daily dose of full-spectrum fascism in one easy swallow.  The high-minded, omniscient people from among others and for example, Burson Marsteller, who brought you Russian Economic Reform nonstop starring Anatoli Chubais in the 1990s, Kuwaiti soldiers running through incubator preemies with their bayonets in Gulf War I (co-starring with the Kuwaiti Ambassador’s daughter appearing one-time-only in the role of Nurse Trainee at one very special congressional screening), and many, many other FedGov misadventures, have come to a collective decision for the betterment of all mankind.

8 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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