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Robert Higgs: The Many Costs of War
The deaths, injuries, and property destruction of battles are obvious costs of war as is all the money spent on weapons, soldiers, and other expenses directly related to battles. Less well understood by many people are the many other war costs, including costs imposed on people who may never be near a battlefield but just live in a nation at war.

27 July 2014read on...

Eric Margolis: ‘Blame for this Bloodbath Sits as Much With the US as it Does With Israel’
International affairs writer and RPI Academic Board Member Eric Margolis, interviewed Monday on the Scott Horton Show, concludes regarding Israel’s military attack on and invasion of Gaza that “the blame for this bloodbath sits as much with the US as it does with Israel” and that the US government could end the war “in a minute” if it had the “political will.”

24 July 2014read on...

Fixing Facts Around The Policy: Is the US Government Manipulating Social Media?
The US government and in particular the State Department have come under some scrutiny — and even been subject to some ridicule — over increasing reliance on "social media" as evidence to back up US foreign policy positions or conclusions about international events. Many find it shocking that a government which spends some $100 billion on a vast and worldwide intelligence network would really pore over YouTube and Twitter to present user-uploaded items as if finished intelligence products.

23 July 2014read on...

US Support For Ukraine Regime Change — Daniel McAdams With Jay Taylor
RPI Director Daniel McAdams is back with Jay Taylor discussing the disasters of US foreign policy -- from Libya to Iraq to Ukraine. Being interested in facts and not supporting any government makes us suspect according to the interventionists. Pravda of today is in the US. But non-interventionism continues to grow.

23 July 2014read on...

Attacking Ron Paul, National Journal Hits New Lows What a bizarre article about Dr. Paul from the National Journal! Begining from the title, the piece read like something from a high school newspaper.

22 July 2014read on...

We Made It To A Million!
This week marked a milestone for the Ron Paul Institute's Facebook page. For the first time in our short 15 months of existence we chalked up one million people reached over a one week period! 



21 July 2014read on...

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: Reject ‘Raving Maniac’ John McCain; Cooler Heads Can Create Ukraine Peace
While Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is using the downed Malaysia Airlines passenger airplane to justify his call for escalating US military support for the Ukraine government, RPI Academic Board Member Lawrence Wilkerson counters that the key to creating a neutral, at peace, and more prosperous Ukraine is for “cooler heads” to prevail over the calls for military escalation made by people including McCain, whom Wilkerson calls a “raving maniac.”

21 July 2014read on...

RPI's Daniel McAdams on Laura Ingraham Show
RPI Director Daniel McAdams was on the Laura Ingraham Show this past week with guest host the great Charles Goyette. Daniel and Charles discussed the real costs of the US interventionist foreign policy. What will be the economic fallout of the new round of US sanctions on Russia? McAdams pointed out the socialism and corporatism at the core of the of the US military keeping sea lanes open for corporations. We pay for their security, they privatize their profits.

20 July 2014read on...

New Post
The real reason we have this mess on the border  with thousands of kids streaming over  says Ron Paul, is foolish government policies on both sides of the border. Most of the problem from the US side, he says, stems from the US drug war and the violent gangs it spawns.

20 July 2014read on...

Ron Paul: Don't Blame Putin For Malaysian Jet Shoot Down
RPI Chairman Ron Paul was on NewsMax today to discuss yesterday's apparent shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine. While the US media and the Obama administration have jumped to the conclusion that the Russians (or their "proxies") must have done it, Dr. Paul says, "not so fast!"

18 July 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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