Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity All Blogs 2017 http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/rss.aspx?blogid=5 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:34:23 GMT Five Minutes Five Issues: Poland Troops, Marijuana Crackdown, Jail Time, Mohammed’s Letter, Symposium Speakers Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/february/26/five-minutes-five-issues-poland-troops-marijuana-crackdown-jail-time-mohammed-s-letter-symposium-speakers/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.


Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

The build-up of United States troops near Russia appears to be continuing.

In previous episodes of Five Minutes Five Issues I have talked about US troops arriving in the first weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency in Estonia, Latvia, Bulgaria, and Romania. DW reported on Sunday that one thousand more US troops will be on their way in March to a Polish town 85 miles from the Kaliningrad region of Russia, located between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea.

Issue two.

If you are hoping marijuana will be largely excluded from the “ruthless” drug war President Trump has promised, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s Thursday press briefing should provide you with three types of news: good, bad, and confusing.

Good news first: Spicer appeared to say that the Trump administration, looking to an appropriations provision regarding respecting state medical marijuana laws, will not prosecute people complying with state medical marijuana laws.

Next the bad news: Spicer said he expects “greater enforcement” of US laws regarding recreational marijuana is on the way.

Now the confusing news: Asked to clarify what he means by “greater enforcement,” Spicer said:
No, no. I know. I know what I -- I think -- then that’s what I said. But I think the Department of Justice is the lead on that. It is something that you should follow up with them, but I believe that they are going to continue to enforce the laws on the books with respect to recreational marijuana versus –
And that’s it. In short, Spicer’s guidance regarding recreational marijuana turns out to be very murky.

Trump, on the campaign trail in October of 2015, provided more clear guidance. Trump said:
In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state.
Issue three.

Imagine spending a year in jail because you are unable to pay bail. That is the situation described by the Editorial Board of the San Antonio Express News in an editorial last month criticizing the bail situation in some parts of Texas. The editorial board writes that “about 20 percent of felony cases take more than a year to go to court and 56 percent of misdemeanor cases are pending more than six months.” The editorial notes that the threat of long pretrial detention leads many people to “plead guilty just to reduce their jail stays.”

Texas provides this one example among many of the pretrial detention problems in America.

Issue four.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks in America who is imprisoned at Guantanamo, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama that was delivered just before Obama left the presidency. The attacks, Mohammed wrote “were a natural reaction to your destructive policies towards the Islamic world; your unlimited support to Israel, the Jewish Zionist State; and your continued support and protection for dictatorial rulers in the Islamic world aimed at protecting your own interests.”

Absent from Mohammed’s letter is any mention of hating Americans because of their freedom.

Issue five.

Two more speakers have joined the lineup for the upcoming symposium on the topic of “War and Peace in the Age of Trump.” Ron Paul Institute Academic and Advisory Board Members Eric Margolis and David Stockman will join previously announced speakers Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell, and Daniel McAdams.

The event, which RPI is joining the Ludwig von Mises Institute in hosting, will take place on April 8 in Lake Jackson, Texas. To find out more about the event and purchase tickets, open the Mises Institute website at mises.org — that’s M-I-S-E-S dot org — and click on the “events” tab at the top of the page.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley: We Must Sanction Assad Over Chemical Weapons! Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/february/24/us-ambassador-to-un-nikki-haley-we-must-sanction-assad-over-chemical-weapons/

Recently, we had a look at the ways President Trump's Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, is making her predecessor, Samantha "humanitarian bomber" Power, look like a model diplomat by comparison. It turns out Haley's ghastly performance at the UN thus far is no fluke. Each time she opens her mouth she spews not the kind of foreign policy that President Trump campaigned on, but rather the boot-in-the-face know-nothingness that we have grown accustomed to in recent years. 

In the latest "Haley Alert," the Ambassador is furious over a Russia-threatened veto of a UN Security Council resolution offered by the US, UK, and France to impose new sanctions on the Syrian government over unproven allegations that Syria used chemical weapons against its own population.

Yes, under Ambassador Haley we have entered a time machine back to 2013, where the US is ready to deploy its entire diplomatic (and perhaps military) arsenal against the one government in the Middle East actually fighting President Trump's sworn enemies: ISIS and al-Qaeda.

President Trump, in one of his first interviews after the November election, starkly contrasted his position with those both of the outgoing Obama Administration and his defeated opponent, Hillary Clinton:
I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria. ...My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIS, and you have to get rid of ISIS. Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria... Now we’re backing rebels against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are.
His employee, the US Ambassador to the UN, clearly does not share her boss's "opposite view" on Syria. And she is not afraid to contradict her boss's position on a regular basis. Today the US Mission to the UN released Ambassador Haley's remarks condemning the threatened Russian veto of new sanctions against Syria, and her comments do not in any way suggest a diplomat remotely well-informed about the complex matters at hand:
I think what we saw in there was pretty amazing, because you had unity in the fact that we needed to be concerned about chemical weapons being used in Syria. You had an overwhelming vote to say we need an investigative mechanism that would prove that these chemical weapons were being done by the Syrian regime. Now you’ve got the results that have come out, and people don’t like what the results are. It is ridiculous. How much longer is Russia going to continue to babysit and make excuses for the Syrian regime? People have died by being suffocated to death. That’s barbaric.

So what we’re going to do is – we were given all these reasons on why we shouldn’t propose the resolution. We were given all these reasons on why the timing was wrong. That is exactly why the timing is right. That is exactly why this resolution needs to happen. Whether people are going to veto it or not, you are either for chemical weapons or you’re against it. People died because of this, and the United States isn’t going to be quiet. Thank you.
Let's unpack this head-scratcher of a statement. First off, "we need an investigative mechanism that would prove that these chemical weapons were being done by the Syrian regime." So she is stating that there must be an investigation to prove what she has pre-determined to be true before the investigation took place? Does that sound like "innocent until proven guilty"? Or does it sound like Hoxha-era revolutionary justice? "We must have a trial to prove comrade X guilty so we can execute him!"

And this from Haley: "How much longer is Russia going to continue to babysit and make excuses for the Syrian regime?"

Ms. Ambassador: Do you mean the regime that just liberated Aleppo from its murderous occupation by al-Qaeda? You know, those guys who attacked the US on 9/11?

If Assad is using chemical weapons against his own people (Why? Presumably for fun?) then why once Aleppo was cleansed of the al-Qaeda occupiers have former residents flocked to return to an Aleppo under Assad's control? Do they enjoy being gassed?

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is an absolute train wreck. She embodies the worst traits of her predecessors with a much lower level of understanding of foreign affairs or diplomacy. Will President Trump recognize his mistake in appointing her to represent the US at the UN and replace her with someone who will actually carry out his foreign policy? Or was he simply lying when he said he had an "opposite view" from the conventional Washington wisdom on Syria (and Russia as well)?]]>
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Ron Paul Rewind: Discussing Foreign Policy with Alan Colmes Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/february/24/ron-paul-rewind-discussing-foreign-policy-with-alan-colmes/
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Andrew Napolitano: Rescinding of School Bathrooms Mandate is a ‘Win for the Constitution’ Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/february/23/andrew-napolitano-rescinding-of-school-bathrooms-mandate-is-a-win-for-the-constitution/
Napolitano, who is a Ron Paul Institute Advisory Board member, elaborates:
The concept … of federal bureaucrats telling local school boards how to construct the school, how to build bathrooms, and how to run the school finds no comfort in the Constitution whatsoever. If anything is local and should be out of the hands of the feds, it’s the education of children.
Watch Napolitano’s complete interview here:

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The War Hawks Rolled Donald Trump Moon of Alabama http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/february/23/the-war-hawks-rolled-donald-trump/

President Trump's first National Security Advisor Mike Flynn got kicked out of office for talking with Russian officials. Such talks were completely inline with Trump's declared policies of détente with Russia. (I agree that Flynn should have never gotten the NSA job. But the reasons for that have nothing to do with his Russian connections.)

Allegedly Flynn did not fully inform Vice-President Pence about his talk with the Russian ambassador. But that can not be a serious reason. The talks were rather informal, they were not transcribed. The first call is said to have reached Flynn on vacation in the Dominican Republic. Why would a Vice-President need to know each and every word of it?

With Flynn out, the war-on-Russia hawks, that is about everyone of the "serious people" in Washington DC, had the second most important person out of the way that would probably hinder their plans.

They replaced him with a militaristic anti-Russian hawk:
In a 2016 speech to the Virginia Military Institute, McMaster stressed the need for the US to have "strategic vision" in its fight against "hostile revisionist powers" — such as Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran — that "annex territory, intimidate our allies, develop nuclear weapons, and use proxies under the cover of modernized conventional militaries."
General McMaster, the new National Security Advisor, gets sold as a somewhat rebellious, scholar-warrior wunderkind. When the now disgraced former General Petraeus came into sight he was sold with the same marketing profile.

Petraeus was McMaster's boss. McMaster is partially his creature:
He was passed over for brigadier general twice, until then-Gen. David Petraeus personally flew back to Washington, D.C., from Iraq to chair the Army’s promotion board in 2008.
When Petraeus took over in the war on Afghanistan he selected McMaster as his staff leader for strategy. McMaster was peddled to the White House by Senator Tom Cotton, one of the most outlandish Republican neocon war hawks.

McMaster's best known book is "Dereliction of Duty" about the way the US involved itself into the Vietnam War. McMaster criticizes the Generals of that time for not having resisted then President Johnson's policies.

He is the main author of an Army study on how to militarily counter Russia. McMaster is likely to "resist" when President Trump orders him to pursue better relations with Moscow.

Trump has now been boxed in by hawkish, anti-Russian military in his cabinet and by a hawkish Vice-President. The only ally he still may have in the White House is his consigliere Steve Bannon. The next onslaught of the "serious people" is against Bennon and especially against his role in the NSC. It will only recede when he is fired.

It seems to me that Trump has been rolled with the attacks on Flynn and the insertion of McMaster into his inner circle. I wonder if he, and Bannon, recognize the same problematic development and have a strategy against it.

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Ron Paul: End Unlimited Presidential War Power Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/february/22/ron-paul-end-unlimited-presidential-war-power/
Noting congressional leadership’s opposition to reining in presidential war powers, Paul advises that House and Senate members can still exercise “the power of the purse” to end wars by refusing to approve legislation funding the wars.

Watch Paul’s complete interview here:


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Liberty and Wealth in Jeopardy: Donald Trump’s Law and Order Presidency Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/february/22/liberty-and-wealth-in-jeopardy-donald-trump-s-law-and-order-presidency/
Listen to the complete interview, in which Bennett and I also discuss other matters including the Trump administration’s foreign policy, here:


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Say Goodbye to 'Getting Along With Russia' - Trump's NSC Pick McMaster is a Major Hawk Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/february/20/say-goodbye-to-getting-along-with-russia-trumps-nsc-pick-mcmaster-is-a-major-hawk/

Earlier today, President Trump selected Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his National Security Advisor, replacing the short-lived Gen. Michael Flynn. Those breathing a sigh of relief that the rumored favorite John Bolton didn't get the nod may want to hold that thought -- and their breath. McMaster is not the man to guide President Trump toward better relations with Russia and less US interference in the internal affairs of others.

In fact, he believes the opposite.

In a speech delivered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies just last May, Gen. McMaster blamed the lack of sufficient US military presence overseas for what he calls a more aggressive Russian geostrategic posturing.

Said the General:
Even though it may have been apparent, at least since 2008, that Russia was changing its geostrategic behavior and engaging in...probing, probing at the far reaches of American power, our strategic response was to accelerate our withdrawal of...army forces from Europe. And what we're seeing now is we've awakened to obviously this threat from Russia who is waging limited war for limited objectives. Annexing Crimea. Invading Ukraine. At zero cost. And consolidating gains over that territory, and portraying the reaction by us and partners as escalatory. ... What is required is forward deterrence. To be able to ratchet up the cost at the frontier.
The General also made the completely fallacious assertion that Russia invaded Georgia in 2008. Even the highly critical if not overtly anti-Russia European Union concluded that Georgia was to blame for launching an ill-advised attack on Russian peacekeeping forces that were part of an international mission in South Ossetia.

Does this sound like someone who is going to work to help President Trump improve relations with Russia?

No wonder neocons Max Boot and Sen. John McCain are absolutely thrilled with Trump's choice of McMaster to be National Security Advisor. 

Sen. McCain, who just returned from attacking President Trump at the Munich Security Conference for not being harder on Russia, said today that McMaster:
...knows how to succeed. I give President Trump great credit for this decision, as well as his national security cabinet choices. I could not imagine a better, more capable national security team than the one we have right now.
Max Boot had a similar reaction:
H.R. McMaster is one of the most impressive army officers of his generation—a rare combination of soldier and scholar.
McMaster's claim to fame was the 1997 Dereliction of Duty, which is billed as a brave attack on the mistake of the Vietnam war, but was in fact largely focused on the failure to devote enough resources to actually winning the war -- a typical neocon critique of failed military interventions.

Is McMaster a worse choice than John Bolton? Perhaps. Whereas Bolton would have been under the microscope, McMaster may just be able, due to his military history, be able to avoid close scrutiny. 

Whatever the case, McMaster is all about conflict with Russia. Will his boss keep him in check?]]>
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Governor Kucinich? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/february/18/governor-kucinich/

Might Dennis Kucinich, who represented an Ohio district as a Democrat in the US House of Representatives for eight terms, be elected the next governor of Ohio? Henry J. Gomez reported Friday at Cleveland.com that “the names of more than a dozen Ohio Democrats swirl in the speculation about the 2018 race for governor.” It will be an open contest, with term limits preventing current Ohio Governor John Kasich from seeking reelection. And, writes Gomez, the potential of Kucinich entering the Democratic primary contest is “the subject of increasing chatter among party insiders.”

So far, Kucinich is neither ruling out nor committing to a run for governor. Gomez writes:
Kucinich, when asked this week about running for governor, did not offer a direct answer.

'I'll certainly get back to you,' he wrote in an email, 'if I have anything to say which would be worth your time.'
Three years ago there was also speculation that Kucinich may enter the 2014 Ohio governor race. But, Kucinich stayed out of the race. Maybe he will decide otherwise this time. Indeed, in 2015, Kucinich suggested he has an interest in running for office in Ohio again, saying the following in an interview:
…I think that I’ll probably be back in elected office. I don’t have any immediate plans, but you know, as I make my way around the Cleveland area and around Ohio, I have people who keep asking, well, when are you going next? And I just tell them, stay tuned.
While many people know of Kucinich because of his work in the US House and his two runs for president in the Democratic primary, Kucinich’s earlier involvement in politics includes holding office in Ohio as a Cleveland City Council Member, Cleveland Mayor, and Ohio State Senator.

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The Cancer of War: US Used Depleted Uranium in Syria Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/february/17/the-cancer-of-war-us-used-depleted-uranium-in-syria/

Despite vowing not to use depleted uranium (DU) weapons in its military action in Syria, the US government has now admitted that it has fired thousands of the deadly rounds into Syrian territory. As Foreign Policy Magazine reports:
US Central Command (CENTCOM) spokesman Maj. Josh Jacques told Airwars and Foreign Policy that 5,265 armor-piercing 30 mm rounds containing depleted uranium (DU) were shot from Air Force A-10 fixed-wing aircraft on Nov. 16 and Nov. 22, 2015, destroying about 350 vehicles in the country’s eastern desert.
Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman John Moore said in 2015 that:
US and coalition aircraft have not been and will not be using depleted uranium munitions in Iraq or Syria during Operation Inherent Resolve.
Now we know that is not true. 

Numerous studies have found that depleted uranium is particularly harmful when the dust is inhaled by the victim. A University of Southern Maine study discovered that:
...DU damages DNA in human lung cells. The team, led by John Pierce Wise, exposed cultures of the cells to uranium compounds at different concentrations.

The compounds caused breaks in the chromosomes within cells and stopped them from growing and dividing healthily. 'These data suggest that exposure to particulate DU may pose a significant [DNA damage] risk and could possibly result in lung cancer,' the team wrote in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology.
We should remember that the United States is engaged in military activities in Syria in violation of international and US law. There is no Congressional authorization for US military action against ISIS in Syria and the United Nations has not authorized military force in violation of Syria's sovereignty either. 

The innocent citizens of Syria will be forced to endure increased risks of cancer, birth defects, and other disease related to exposure to radioactive materials. Depleted uranium is the byproduct of the enrichment of uranium to fuel nuclear power plants and has a half-life in the hundreds of millions of years. Damage to Syrian territory will thus continue long after anyone involved in current hostilities is dead.]]>
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Poland Troops, Marijuana Crackdown, Jail Time, Mohammed’s Letter, Symposium Speakers Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/february/26/five-minutes-five-issues-poland-troops-marijuana-crackdown-jail-time-mohammed-s-letter-symposium-speakers/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.


Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

The build-up of United States troops near Russia appears to be continuing.

In previous episodes of Five Minutes Five Issues I have talked about US troops arriving in the first weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency in Estonia, Latvia, Bulgaria, and Romania. DW reported on Sunday that one thousand more US troops will be on their way in March to a Polish town 85 miles from the Kaliningrad region of Russia, located between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea.

Issue two.

If you are hoping marijuana will be largely excluded from the “ruthless” drug war President Trump has promised, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s Thursday press briefing should provide you with three types of news: good, bad, and confusing.

Good news first: Spicer appeared to say that the Trump administration, looking to an appropriations provision regarding respecting state medical marijuana laws, will not prosecute people complying with state medical marijuana laws.

Next the bad news: Spicer said he expects “greater enforcement” of US laws regarding recreational marijuana is on the way.

Now the confusing news: Asked to clarify what he means by “greater enforcement,” Spicer said:
No, no. I know. I know what I -- I think -- then that’s what I said. But I think the Department of Justice is the lead on that. It is something that you should follow up with them, but I believe that they are going to continue to enforce the laws on the books with respect to recreational marijuana versus –
And that’s it. In short, Spicer’s guidance regarding recreational marijuana turns out to be very murky.

Trump, on the campaign trail in October of 2015, provided more clear guidance. Trump said:
In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state.
Issue three.

Imagine spending a year in jail because you are unable to pay bail. That is the situation described by the Editorial Board of the San Antonio Express News in an editorial last month criticizing the bail situation in some parts of Texas. The editorial board writes that “about 20 percent of felony cases take more than a year to go to court and 56 percent of misdemeanor cases are pending more than six months.” The editorial notes that the threat of long pretrial detention leads many people to “plead guilty just to reduce their jail stays.”

Texas provides this one example among many of the pretrial detention problems in America.

Issue four.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks in America who is imprisoned at Guantanamo, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama that was delivered just before Obama left the presidency. The attacks, Mohammed wrote “were a natural reaction to your destructive policies towards the Islamic world; your unlimited support to Israel, the Jewish Zionist State; and your continued support and protection for dictatorial rulers in the Islamic world aimed at protecting your own interests.”

Absent from Mohammed’s letter is any mention of hating Americans because of their freedom.

Issue five.

Two more speakers have joined the lineup for the upcoming symposium on the topic of “War and Peace in the Age of Trump.” Ron Paul Institute Academic and Advisory Board Members Eric Margolis and David Stockman will join previously announced speakers Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell, and Daniel McAdams.

The event, which RPI is joining the Ludwig von Mises Institute in hosting, will take place on April 8 in Lake Jackson, Texas. To find out more about the event and purchase tickets, open the Mises Institute website at mises.org — that’s M-I-S-E-S dot org — and click on the “events” tab at the top of the page.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley: We Must Sanction Assad Over Chemical Weapons! Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/february/24/us-ambassador-to-un-nikki-haley-we-must-sanction-assad-over-chemical-weapons/

Recently, we had a look at the ways President Trump's Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, is making her predecessor, Samantha "humanitarian bomber" Power, look like a model diplomat by comparison. It turns out Haley's ghastly performance at the UN thus far is no fluke. Each time she opens her mouth she spews not the kind of foreign policy that President Trump campaigned on, but rather the boot-in-the-face know-nothingness that we have grown accustomed to in recent years. 

In the latest "Haley Alert," the Ambassador is furious over a Russia-threatened veto of a UN Security Council resolution offered by the US, UK, and France to impose new sanctions on the Syrian government over unproven allegations that Syria used chemical weapons against its own population.

Yes, under Ambassador Haley we have entered a time machine back to 2013, where the US is ready to deploy its entire diplomatic (and perhaps military) arsenal against the one government in the Middle East actually fighting President Trump's sworn enemies: ISIS and al-Qaeda.

President Trump, in one of his first interviews after the November election, starkly contrasted his position with those both of the outgoing Obama Administration and his defeated opponent, Hillary Clinton:
I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria. ...My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIS, and you have to get rid of ISIS. Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria... Now we’re backing rebels against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are.
His employee, the US Ambassador to the UN, clearly does not share her boss's "opposite view" on Syria. And she is not afraid to contradict her boss's position on a regular basis. Today the US Mission to the UN released Ambassador Haley's remarks condemning the threatened Russian veto of new sanctions against Syria, and her comments do not in any way suggest a diplomat remotely well-informed about the complex matters at hand:
I think what we saw in there was pretty amazing, because you had unity in the fact that we needed to be concerned about chemical weapons being used in Syria. You had an overwhelming vote to say we need an investigative mechanism that would prove that these chemical weapons were being done by the Syrian regime. Now you’ve got the results that have come out, and people don’t like what the results are. It is ridiculous. How much longer is Russia going to continue to babysit and make excuses for the Syrian regime? People have died by being suffocated to death. That’s barbaric.

So what we’re going to do is – we were given all these reasons on why we shouldn’t propose the resolution. We were given all these reasons on why the timing was wrong. That is exactly why the timing is right. That is exactly why this resolution needs to happen. Whether people are going to veto it or not, you are either for chemical weapons or you’re against it. People died because of this, and the United States isn’t going to be quiet. Thank you.
Let's unpack this head-scratcher of a statement. First off, "we need an investigative mechanism that would prove that these chemical weapons were being done by the Syrian regime." So she is stating that there must be an investigation to prove what she has pre-determined to be true before the investigation took place? Does that sound like "innocent until proven guilty"? Or does it sound like Hoxha-era revolutionary justice? "We must have a trial to prove comrade X guilty so we can execute him!"

And this from Haley: "How much longer is Russia going to continue to babysit and make excuses for the Syrian regime?"

Ms. Ambassador: Do you mean the regime that just liberated Aleppo from its murderous occupation by al-Qaeda? You know, those guys who attacked the US on 9/11?

If Assad is using chemical weapons against his own people (Why? Presumably for fun?) then why once Aleppo was cleansed of the al-Qaeda occupiers have former residents flocked to return to an Aleppo under Assad's control? Do they enjoy being gassed?

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is an absolute train wreck. She embodies the worst traits of her predecessors with a much lower level of understanding of foreign affairs or diplomacy. Will President Trump recognize his mistake in appointing her to represent the US at the UN and replace her with someone who will actually carry out his foreign policy? Or was he simply lying when he said he had an "opposite view" from the conventional Washington wisdom on Syria (and Russia as well)?]]>
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Ron Paul Rewind: Discussing Foreign Policy with Alan Colmes Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/february/24/ron-paul-rewind-discussing-foreign-policy-with-alan-colmes/
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Andrew Napolitano: Rescinding of School Bathrooms Mandate is a ‘Win for the Constitution’ Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/february/23/andrew-napolitano-rescinding-of-school-bathrooms-mandate-is-a-win-for-the-constitution/
Napolitano, who is a Ron Paul Institute Advisory Board member, elaborates:
The concept … of federal bureaucrats telling local school boards how to construct the school, how to build bathrooms, and how to run the school finds no comfort in the Constitution whatsoever. If anything is local and should be out of the hands of the feds, it’s the education of children.
Watch Napolitano’s complete interview here:

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The War Hawks Rolled Donald Trump Moon of Alabama http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/february/23/the-war-hawks-rolled-donald-trump/

President Trump's first National Security Advisor Mike Flynn got kicked out of office for talking with Russian officials. Such talks were completely inline with Trump's declared policies of détente with Russia. (I agree that Flynn should have never gotten the NSA job. But the reasons for that have nothing to do with his Russian connections.)

Allegedly Flynn did not fully inform Vice-President Pence about his talk with the Russian ambassador. But that can not be a serious reason. The talks were rather informal, they were not transcribed. The first call is said to have reached Flynn on vacation in the Dominican Republic. Why would a Vice-President need to know each and every word of it?

With Flynn out, the war-on-Russia hawks, that is about everyone of the "serious people" in Washington DC, had the second most important person out of the way that would probably hinder their plans.

They replaced him with a militaristic anti-Russian hawk:
In a 2016 speech to the Virginia Military Institute, McMaster stressed the need for the US to have "strategic vision" in its fight against "hostile revisionist powers" — such as Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran — that "annex territory, intimidate our allies, develop nuclear weapons, and use proxies under the cover of modernized conventional militaries."
General McMaster, the new National Security Advisor, gets sold as a somewhat rebellious, scholar-warrior wunderkind. When the now disgraced former General Petraeus came into sight he was sold with the same marketing profile.

Petraeus was McMaster's boss. McMaster is partially his creature:
He was passed over for brigadier general twice, until then-Gen. David Petraeus personally flew back to Washington, D.C., from Iraq to chair the Army’s promotion board in 2008.
When Petraeus took over in the war on Afghanistan he selected McMaster as his staff leader for strategy. McMaster was peddled to the White House by Senator Tom Cotton, one of the most outlandish Republican neocon war hawks.

McMaster's best known book is "Dereliction of Duty" about the way the US involved itself into the Vietnam War. McMaster criticizes the Generals of that time for not having resisted then President Johnson's policies.

He is the main author of an Army study on how to militarily counter Russia. McMaster is likely to "resist" when President Trump orders him to pursue better relations with Moscow.

Trump has now been boxed in by hawkish, anti-Russian military in his cabinet and by a hawkish Vice-President. The only ally he still may have in the White House is his consigliere Steve Bannon. The next onslaught of the "serious people" is against Bennon and especially against his role in the NSC. It will only recede when he is fired.

It seems to me that Trump has been rolled with the attacks on Flynn and the insertion of McMaster into his inner circle. I wonder if he, and Bannon, recognize the same problematic development and have a strategy against it.

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Ron Paul: End Unlimited Presidential War Power Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/february/22/ron-paul-end-unlimited-presidential-war-power/
Noting congressional leadership’s opposition to reining in presidential war powers, Paul advises that House and Senate members can still exercise “the power of the purse” to end wars by refusing to approve legislation funding the wars.

Watch Paul’s complete interview here:


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Liberty and Wealth in Jeopardy: Donald Trump’s Law and Order Presidency Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/february/22/liberty-and-wealth-in-jeopardy-donald-trump-s-law-and-order-presidency/
Listen to the complete interview, in which Bennett and I also discuss other matters including the Trump administration’s foreign policy, here:


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Say Goodbye to 'Getting Along With Russia' - Trump's NSC Pick McMaster is a Major Hawk Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/february/20/say-goodbye-to-getting-along-with-russia-trumps-nsc-pick-mcmaster-is-a-major-hawk/

Earlier today, President Trump selected Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his National Security Advisor, replacing the short-lived Gen. Michael Flynn. Those breathing a sigh of relief that the rumored favorite John Bolton didn't get the nod may want to hold that thought -- and their breath. McMaster is not the man to guide President Trump toward better relations with Russia and less US interference in the internal affairs of others.

In fact, he believes the opposite.

In a speech delivered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies just last May, Gen. McMaster blamed the lack of sufficient US military presence overseas for what he calls a more aggressive Russian geostrategic posturing.

Said the General:
Even though it may have been apparent, at least since 2008, that Russia was changing its geostrategic behavior and engaging in...probing, probing at the far reaches of American power, our strategic response was to accelerate our withdrawal of...army forces from Europe. And what we're seeing now is we've awakened to obviously this threat from Russia who is waging limited war for limited objectives. Annexing Crimea. Invading Ukraine. At zero cost. And consolidating gains over that territory, and portraying the reaction by us and partners as escalatory. ... What is required is forward deterrence. To be able to ratchet up the cost at the frontier.
The General also made the completely fallacious assertion that Russia invaded Georgia in 2008. Even the highly critical if not overtly anti-Russia European Union concluded that Georgia was to blame for launching an ill-advised attack on Russian peacekeeping forces that were part of an international mission in South Ossetia.

Does this sound like someone who is going to work to help President Trump improve relations with Russia?

No wonder neocons Max Boot and Sen. John McCain are absolutely thrilled with Trump's choice of McMaster to be National Security Advisor. 

Sen. McCain, who just returned from attacking President Trump at the Munich Security Conference for not being harder on Russia, said today that McMaster:
...knows how to succeed. I give President Trump great credit for this decision, as well as his national security cabinet choices. I could not imagine a better, more capable national security team than the one we have right now.
Max Boot had a similar reaction:
H.R. McMaster is one of the most impressive army officers of his generation—a rare combination of soldier and scholar.
McMaster's claim to fame was the 1997 Dereliction of Duty, which is billed as a brave attack on the mistake of the Vietnam war, but was in fact largely focused on the failure to devote enough resources to actually winning the war -- a typical neocon critique of failed military interventions.

Is McMaster a worse choice than John Bolton? Perhaps. Whereas Bolton would have been under the microscope, McMaster may just be able, due to his military history, be able to avoid close scrutiny. 

Whatever the case, McMaster is all about conflict with Russia. Will his boss keep him in check?]]>
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Governor Kucinich? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/february/18/governor-kucinich/

Might Dennis Kucinich, who represented an Ohio district as a Democrat in the US House of Representatives for eight terms, be elected the next governor of Ohio? Henry J. Gomez reported Friday at Cleveland.com that “the names of more than a dozen Ohio Democrats swirl in the speculation about the 2018 race for governor.” It will be an open contest, with term limits preventing current Ohio Governor John Kasich from seeking reelection. And, writes Gomez, the potential of Kucinich entering the Democratic primary contest is “the subject of increasing chatter among party insiders.”

So far, Kucinich is neither ruling out nor committing to a run for governor. Gomez writes:
Kucinich, when asked this week about running for governor, did not offer a direct answer.

'I'll certainly get back to you,' he wrote in an email, 'if I have anything to say which would be worth your time.'
Three years ago there was also speculation that Kucinich may enter the 2014 Ohio governor race. But, Kucinich stayed out of the race. Maybe he will decide otherwise this time. Indeed, in 2015, Kucinich suggested he has an interest in running for office in Ohio again, saying the following in an interview:
…I think that I’ll probably be back in elected office. I don’t have any immediate plans, but you know, as I make my way around the Cleveland area and around Ohio, I have people who keep asking, well, when are you going next? And I just tell them, stay tuned.
While many people know of Kucinich because of his work in the US House and his two runs for president in the Democratic primary, Kucinich’s earlier involvement in politics includes holding office in Ohio as a Cleveland City Council Member, Cleveland Mayor, and Ohio State Senator.

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The Cancer of War: US Used Depleted Uranium in Syria Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/february/17/the-cancer-of-war-us-used-depleted-uranium-in-syria/

Despite vowing not to use depleted uranium (DU) weapons in its military action in Syria, the US government has now admitted that it has fired thousands of the deadly rounds into Syrian territory. As Foreign Policy Magazine reports:
US Central Command (CENTCOM) spokesman Maj. Josh Jacques told Airwars and Foreign Policy that 5,265 armor-piercing 30 mm rounds containing depleted uranium (DU) were shot from Air Force A-10 fixed-wing aircraft on Nov. 16 and Nov. 22, 2015, destroying about 350 vehicles in the country’s eastern desert.
Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman John Moore said in 2015 that:
US and coalition aircraft have not been and will not be using depleted uranium munitions in Iraq or Syria during Operation Inherent Resolve.
Now we know that is not true. 

Numerous studies have found that depleted uranium is particularly harmful when the dust is inhaled by the victim. A University of Southern Maine study discovered that:
...DU damages DNA in human lung cells. The team, led by John Pierce Wise, exposed cultures of the cells to uranium compounds at different concentrations.

The compounds caused breaks in the chromosomes within cells and stopped them from growing and dividing healthily. 'These data suggest that exposure to particulate DU may pose a significant [DNA damage] risk and could possibly result in lung cancer,' the team wrote in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology.
We should remember that the United States is engaged in military activities in Syria in violation of international and US law. There is no Congressional authorization for US military action against ISIS in Syria and the United Nations has not authorized military force in violation of Syria's sovereignty either. 

The innocent citizens of Syria will be forced to endure increased risks of cancer, birth defects, and other disease related to exposure to radioactive materials. Depleted uranium is the byproduct of the enrichment of uranium to fuel nuclear power plants and has a half-life in the hundreds of millions of years. Damage to Syrian territory will thus continue long after anyone involved in current hostilities is dead.]]>
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Poland Troops, Marijuana Crackdown, Jail Time, Mohammed’s Letter, Symposium Speakers Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/february/26/five-minutes-five-issues-poland-troops-marijuana-crackdown-jail-time-mohammed-s-letter-symposium-speakers/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.


Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

The build-up of United States troops near Russia appears to be continuing.

In previous episodes of Five Minutes Five Issues I have talked about US troops arriving in the first weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency in Estonia, Latvia, Bulgaria, and Romania. DW reported on Sunday that one thousand more US troops will be on their way in March to a Polish town 85 miles from the Kaliningrad region of Russia, located between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea.

Issue two.

If you are hoping marijuana will be largely excluded from the “ruthless” drug war President Trump has promised, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s Thursday press briefing should provide you with three types of news: good, bad, and confusing.

Good news first: Spicer appeared to say that the Trump administration, looking to an appropriations provision regarding respecting state medical marijuana laws, will not prosecute people complying with state medical marijuana laws.

Next the bad news: Spicer said he expects “greater enforcement” of US laws regarding recreational marijuana is on the way.

Now the confusing news: Asked to clarify what he means by “greater enforcement,” Spicer said:
No, no. I know. I know what I -- I think -- then that’s what I said. But I think the Department of Justice is the lead on that. It is something that you should follow up with them, but I believe that they are going to continue to enforce the laws on the books with respect to recreational marijuana versus –
And that’s it. In short, Spicer’s guidance regarding recreational marijuana turns out to be very murky.

Trump, on the campaign trail in October of 2015, provided more clear guidance. Trump said:
In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state.
Issue three.

Imagine spending a year in jail because you are unable to pay bail. That is the situation described by the Editorial Board of the San Antonio Express News in an editorial last month criticizing the bail situation in some parts of Texas. The editorial board writes that “about 20 percent of felony cases take more than a year to go to court and 56 percent of misdemeanor cases are pending more than six months.” The editorial notes that the threat of long pretrial detention leads many people to “plead guilty just to reduce their jail stays.”

Texas provides this one example among many of the pretrial detention problems in America.

Issue four.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks in America who is imprisoned at Guantanamo, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama that was delivered just before Obama left the presidency. The attacks, Mohammed wrote “were a natural reaction to your destructive policies towards the Islamic world; your unlimited support to Israel, the Jewish Zionist State; and your continued support and protection for dictatorial rulers in the Islamic world aimed at protecting your own interests.”

Absent from Mohammed’s letter is any mention of hating Americans because of their freedom.

Issue five.

Two more speakers have joined the lineup for the upcoming symposium on the topic of “War and Peace in the Age of Trump.” Ron Paul Institute Academic and Advisory Board Members Eric Margolis and David Stockman will join previously announced speakers Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell, and Daniel McAdams.

The event, which RPI is joining the Ludwig von Mises Institute in hosting, will take place on April 8 in Lake Jackson, Texas. To find out more about the event and purchase tickets, open the Mises Institute website at mises.org — that’s M-I-S-E-S dot org — and click on the “events” tab at the top of the page.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley: We Must Sanction Assad Over Chemical Weapons! Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/february/24/us-ambassador-to-un-nikki-haley-we-must-sanction-assad-over-chemical-weapons/

Recently, we had a look at the ways President Trump's Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, is making her predecessor, Samantha "humanitarian bomber" Power, look like a model diplomat by comparison. It turns out Haley's ghastly performance at the UN thus far is no fluke. Each time she opens her mouth she spews not the kind of foreign policy that President Trump campaigned on, but rather the boot-in-the-face know-nothingness that we have grown accustomed to in recent years. 

In the latest "Haley Alert," the Ambassador is furious over a Russia-threatened veto of a UN Security Council resolution offered by the US, UK, and France to impose new sanctions on the Syrian government over unproven allegations that Syria used chemical weapons against its own population.

Yes, under Ambassador Haley we have entered a time machine back to 2013, where the US is ready to deploy its entire diplomatic (and perhaps military) arsenal against the one government in the Middle East actually fighting President Trump's sworn enemies: ISIS and al-Qaeda.

President Trump, in one of his first interviews after the November election, starkly contrasted his position with those both of the outgoing Obama Administration and his defeated opponent, Hillary Clinton:
I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria. ...My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIS, and you have to get rid of ISIS. Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria... Now we’re backing rebels against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are.
His employee, the US Ambassador to the UN, clearly does not share her boss's "opposite view" on Syria. And she is not afraid to contradict her boss's position on a regular basis. Today the US Mission to the UN released Ambassador Haley's remarks condemning the threatened Russian veto of new sanctions against Syria, and her comments do not in any way suggest a diplomat remotely well-informed about the complex matters at hand:
I think what we saw in there was pretty amazing, because you had unity in the fact that we needed to be concerned about chemical weapons being used in Syria. You had an overwhelming vote to say we need an investigative mechanism that would prove that these chemical weapons were being done by the Syrian regime. Now you’ve got the results that have come out, and people don’t like what the results are. It is ridiculous. How much longer is Russia going to continue to babysit and make excuses for the Syrian regime? People have died by being suffocated to death. That’s barbaric.

So what we’re going to do is – we were given all these reasons on why we shouldn’t propose the resolution. We were given all these reasons on why the timing was wrong. That is exactly why the timing is right. That is exactly why this resolution needs to happen. Whether people are going to veto it or not, you are either for chemical weapons or you’re against it. People died because of this, and the United States isn’t going to be quiet. Thank you.
Let's unpack this head-scratcher of a statement. First off, "we need an investigative mechanism that would prove that these chemical weapons were being done by the Syrian regime." So she is stating that there must be an investigation to prove what she has pre-determined to be true before the investigation took place? Does that sound like "innocent until proven guilty"? Or does it sound like Hoxha-era revolutionary justice? "We must have a trial to prove comrade X guilty so we can execute him!"

And this from Haley: "How much longer is Russia going to continue to babysit and make excuses for the Syrian regime?"

Ms. Ambassador: Do you mean the regime that just liberated Aleppo from its murderous occupation by al-Qaeda? You know, those guys who attacked the US on 9/11?

If Assad is using chemical weapons against his own people (Why? Presumably for fun?) then why once Aleppo was cleansed of the al-Qaeda occupiers have former residents flocked to return to an Aleppo under Assad's control? Do they enjoy being gassed?

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is an absolute train wreck. She embodies the worst traits of her predecessors with a much lower level of understanding of foreign affairs or diplomacy. Will President Trump recognize his mistake in appointing her to represent the US at the UN and replace her with someone who will actually carry out his foreign policy? Or was he simply lying when he said he had an "opposite view" from the conventional Washington wisdom on Syria (and Russia as well)?]]>
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Ron Paul Rewind: Discussing Foreign Policy with Alan Colmes Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/february/24/ron-paul-rewind-discussing-foreign-policy-with-alan-colmes/
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Andrew Napolitano: Rescinding of School Bathrooms Mandate is a ‘Win for the Constitution’ Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/february/23/andrew-napolitano-rescinding-of-school-bathrooms-mandate-is-a-win-for-the-constitution/
Napolitano, who is a Ron Paul Institute Advisory Board member, elaborates:
The concept … of federal bureaucrats telling local school boards how to construct the school, how to build bathrooms, and how to run the school finds no comfort in the Constitution whatsoever. If anything is local and should be out of the hands of the feds, it’s the education of children.
Watch Napolitano’s complete interview here:

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The War Hawks Rolled Donald Trump Moon of Alabama http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/february/23/the-war-hawks-rolled-donald-trump/

President Trump's first National Security Advisor Mike Flynn got kicked out of office for talking with Russian officials. Such talks were completely inline with Trump's declared policies of détente with Russia. (I agree that Flynn should have never gotten the NSA job. But the reasons for that have nothing to do with his Russian connections.)

Allegedly Flynn did not fully inform Vice-President Pence about his talk with the Russian ambassador. But that can not be a serious reason. The talks were rather informal, they were not transcribed. The first call is said to have reached Flynn on vacation in the Dominican Republic. Why would a Vice-President need to know each and every word of it?

With Flynn out, the war-on-Russia hawks, that is about everyone of the "serious people" in Washington DC, had the second most important person out of the way that would probably hinder their plans.

They replaced him with a militaristic anti-Russian hawk:
In a 2016 speech to the Virginia Military Institute, McMaster stressed the need for the US to have "strategic vision" in its fight against "hostile revisionist powers" — such as Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran — that "annex territory, intimidate our allies, develop nuclear weapons, and use proxies under the cover of modernized conventional militaries."
General McMaster, the new National Security Advisor, gets sold as a somewhat rebellious, scholar-warrior wunderkind. When the now disgraced former General Petraeus came into sight he was sold with the same marketing profile.

Petraeus was McMaster's boss. McMaster is partially his creature:
He was passed over for brigadier general twice, until then-Gen. David Petraeus personally flew back to Washington, D.C., from Iraq to chair the Army’s promotion board in 2008.
When Petraeus took over in the war on Afghanistan he selected McMaster as his staff leader for strategy. McMaster was peddled to the White House by Senator Tom Cotton, one of the most outlandish Republican neocon war hawks.

McMaster's best known book is "Dereliction of Duty" about the way the US involved itself into the Vietnam War. McMaster criticizes the Generals of that time for not having resisted then President Johnson's policies.

He is the main author of an Army study on how to militarily counter Russia. McMaster is likely to "resist" when President Trump orders him to pursue better relations with Moscow.

Trump has now been boxed in by hawkish, anti-Russian military in his cabinet and by a hawkish Vice-President. The only ally he still may have in the White House is his consigliere Steve Bannon. The next onslaught of the "serious people" is against Bennon and especially against his role in the NSC. It will only recede when he is fired.

It seems to me that Trump has been rolled with the attacks on Flynn and the insertion of McMaster into his inner circle. I wonder if he, and Bannon, recognize the same problematic development and have a strategy against it.

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Ron Paul: End Unlimited Presidential War Power Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/february/22/ron-paul-end-unlimited-presidential-war-power/
Noting congressional leadership’s opposition to reining in presidential war powers, Paul advises that House and Senate members can still exercise “the power of the purse” to end wars by refusing to approve legislation funding the wars.

Watch Paul’s complete interview here:


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Liberty and Wealth in Jeopardy: Donald Trump’s Law and Order Presidency Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/february/22/liberty-and-wealth-in-jeopardy-donald-trump-s-law-and-order-presidency/
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Say Goodbye to 'Getting Along With Russia' - Trump's NSC Pick McMaster is a Major Hawk Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/february/20/say-goodbye-to-getting-along-with-russia-trumps-nsc-pick-mcmaster-is-a-major-hawk/

Earlier today, President Trump selected Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his National Security Advisor, replacing the short-lived Gen. Michael Flynn. Those breathing a sigh of relief that the rumored favorite John Bolton didn't get the nod may want to hold that thought -- and their breath. McMaster is not the man to guide President Trump toward better relations with Russia and less US interference in the internal affairs of others.

In fact, he believes the opposite.

In a speech delivered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies just last May, Gen. McMaster blamed the lack of sufficient US military presence overseas for what he calls a more aggressive Russian geostrategic posturing.

Said the General:
Even though it may have been apparent, at least since 2008, that Russia was changing its geostrategic behavior and engaging in...probing, probing at the far reaches of American power, our strategic response was to accelerate our withdrawal of...army forces from Europe. And what we're seeing now is we've awakened to obviously this threat from Russia who is waging limited war for limited objectives. Annexing Crimea. Invading Ukraine. At zero cost. And consolidating gains over that territory, and portraying the reaction by us and partners as escalatory. ... What is required is forward deterrence. To be able to ratchet up the cost at the frontier.
The General also made the completely fallacious assertion that Russia invaded Georgia in 2008. Even the highly critical if not overtly anti-Russia European Union concluded that Georgia was to blame for launching an ill-advised attack on Russian peacekeeping forces that were part of an international mission in South Ossetia.

Does this sound like someone who is going to work to help President Trump improve relations with Russia?

No wonder neocons Max Boot and Sen. John McCain are absolutely thrilled with Trump's choice of McMaster to be National Security Advisor. 

Sen. McCain, who just returned from attacking President Trump at the Munich Security Conference for not being harder on Russia, said today that McMaster:
...knows how to succeed. I give President Trump great credit for this decision, as well as his national security cabinet choices. I could not imagine a better, more capable national security team than the one we have right now.
Max Boot had a similar reaction:
H.R. McMaster is one of the most impressive army officers of his generation—a rare combination of soldier and scholar.
McMaster's claim to fame was the 1997 Dereliction of Duty, which is billed as a brave attack on the mistake of the Vietnam war, but was in fact largely focused on the failure to devote enough resources to actually winning the war -- a typical neocon critique of failed military interventions.

Is McMaster a worse choice than John Bolton? Perhaps. Whereas Bolton would have been under the microscope, McMaster may just be able, due to his military history, be able to avoid close scrutiny. 

Whatever the case, McMaster is all about conflict with Russia. Will his boss keep him in check?]]>
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Governor Kucinich? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/february/18/governor-kucinich/

Might Dennis Kucinich, who represented an Ohio district as a Democrat in the US House of Representatives for eight terms, be elected the next governor of Ohio? Henry J. Gomez reported Friday at Cleveland.com that “the names of more than a dozen Ohio Democrats swirl in the speculation about the 2018 race for governor.” It will be an open contest, with term limits preventing current Ohio Governor John Kasich from seeking reelection. And, writes Gomez, the potential of Kucinich entering the Democratic primary contest is “the subject of increasing chatter among party insiders.”

So far, Kucinich is neither ruling out nor committing to a run for governor. Gomez writes:
Kucinich, when asked this week about running for governor, did not offer a direct answer.

'I'll certainly get back to you,' he wrote in an email, 'if I have anything to say which would be worth your time.'
Three years ago there was also speculation that Kucinich may enter the 2014 Ohio governor race. But, Kucinich stayed out of the race. Maybe he will decide otherwise this time. Indeed, in 2015, Kucinich suggested he has an interest in running for office in Ohio again, saying the following in an interview:
…I think that I’ll probably be back in elected office. I don’t have any immediate plans, but you know, as I make my way around the Cleveland area and around Ohio, I have people who keep asking, well, when are you going next? And I just tell them, stay tuned.
While many people know of Kucinich because of his work in the US House and his two runs for president in the Democratic primary, Kucinich’s earlier involvement in politics includes holding office in Ohio as a Cleveland City Council Member, Cleveland Mayor, and Ohio State Senator.

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The Cancer of War: US Used Depleted Uranium in Syria Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2017/february/17/the-cancer-of-war-us-used-depleted-uranium-in-syria/

Despite vowing not to use depleted uranium (DU) weapons in its military action in Syria, the US government has now admitted that it has fired thousands of the deadly rounds into Syrian territory. As Foreign Policy Magazine reports:
US Central Command (CENTCOM) spokesman Maj. Josh Jacques told Airwars and Foreign Policy that 5,265 armor-piercing 30 mm rounds containing depleted uranium (DU) were shot from Air Force A-10 fixed-wing aircraft on Nov. 16 and Nov. 22, 2015, destroying about 350 vehicles in the country’s eastern desert.
Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman John Moore said in 2015 that:
US and coalition aircraft have not been and will not be using depleted uranium munitions in Iraq or Syria during Operation Inherent Resolve.
Now we know that is not true. 

Numerous studies have found that depleted uranium is particularly harmful when the dust is inhaled by the victim. A University of Southern Maine study discovered that:
...DU damages DNA in human lung cells. The team, led by John Pierce Wise, exposed cultures of the cells to uranium compounds at different concentrations.

The compounds caused breaks in the chromosomes within cells and stopped them from growing and dividing healthily. 'These data suggest that exposure to particulate DU may pose a significant [DNA damage] risk and could possibly result in lung cancer,' the team wrote in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology.
We should remember that the United States is engaged in military activities in Syria in violation of international and US law. There is no Congressional authorization for US military action against ISIS in Syria and the United Nations has not authorized military force in violation of Syria's sovereignty either. 

The innocent citizens of Syria will be forced to endure increased risks of cancer, birth defects, and other disease related to exposure to radioactive materials. Depleted uranium is the byproduct of the enrichment of uranium to fuel nuclear power plants and has a half-life in the hundreds of millions of years. Damage to Syrian territory will thus continue long after anyone involved in current hostilities is dead.]]>
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Poland Troops, Marijuana Crackdown, Jail Time, Mohammed’s Letter, Symposium Speakers Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/february/26/five-minutes-five-issues-poland-troops-marijuana-crackdown-jail-time-mohammed-s-letter-symposium-speakers/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

Listen to the new episode here:



Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here:

The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.


Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

The build-up of United States troops near Russia appears to be continuing.

In previous episodes of Five Minutes Five Issues I have talked about US troops arriving in the first weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency in Estonia, Latvia, Bulgaria, and Romania. DW reported on Sunday that one thousand more US troops will be on their way in March to a Polish town 85 miles from the Kaliningrad region of Russia, located between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea.

Issue two.

If you are hoping marijuana will be largely excluded from the “ruthless” drug war President Trump has promised, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s Thursday press briefing should provide you with three types of news: good, bad, and confusing.

Good news first: Spicer appeared to say that the Trump administration, looking to an appropriations provision regarding respecting state medical marijuana laws, will not prosecute people complying with state medical marijuana laws.

Next the bad news: Spicer said he expects “greater enforcement” of US laws regarding recreational marijuana is on the way.

Now the confusing news: Asked to clarify what he means by “greater enforcement,” Spicer said:
No, no. I know. I know what I -- I think -- then that’s what I said. But I think the Department of Justice is the lead on that. It is something that you should follow up with them, but I believe that they are going to continue to enforce the laws on the books with respect to recreational marijuana versus –
And that’s it. In short, Spicer’s guidance regarding recreational marijuana turns out to be very murky.

Trump, on the campaign trail in October of 2015, provided more clear guidance. Trump said:
In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state.
Issue three.

Imagine spending a year in jail because you are unable to pay bail. That is the situation described by the Editorial Board of the San Antonio Express News in an editorial last month criticizing the bail situation in some parts of Texas. The editorial board writes that “about 20 percent of felony cases take more than a year to go to court and 56 percent of misdemeanor cases are pending more than six months.” The editorial notes that the threat of long pretrial detention leads many people to “plead guilty just to reduce their jail stays.”

Texas provides this one example among many of the pretrial detention problems in America.

Issue four.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks in America who is imprisoned at Guantanamo, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama that was delivered just before Obama left the presidency. The attacks, Mohammed wrote “were a natural reaction to your destructive policies towards the Islamic world; your unlimited support to Israel, the Jewish Zionist State; and your continued support and protection for dictatorial rulers in the Islamic world aimed at protecting your own interests.”

Absent from Mohammed’s letter is any mention of hating Americans because of their freedom.

Issue five.

Two more speakers have joined the lineup for the upcoming symposium on the topic of “War and Peace in the Age of Trump.” Ron Paul Institute Academic and Advisory Board Members Eric Margolis and David Stockman will join previously announced speakers Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell, and Daniel McAdams.

The event, which RPI is joining the Ludwig von Mises Institute in hosting, will take place on April 8 in Lake Jackson, Texas. To find out more about the event and purchase tickets, open the Mises Institute website at mises.org — that’s M-I-S-E-S dot org — and click on the “events” tab at the top of the page.

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That’s a wrap.

Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley: We Must Sanction Assad Over Chemical Weapons! Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/february/24/us-ambassador-to-un-nikki-haley-we-must-sanction-assad-over-chemical-weapons/

Recently, we had a look at the ways President Trump's Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, is making her predecessor, Samantha "humanitarian bomber" Power, look like a model diplomat by comparison. It turns out Haley's ghastly performance at the UN thus far is no fluke. Each time she opens her mouth she spews not the kind of foreign policy that President Trump campaigned on, but rather the boot-in-the-face know-nothingness that we have grown accustomed to in recent years. 

In the latest "Haley Alert," the Ambassador is furious over a Russia-threatened veto of a UN Security Council resolution offered by the US, UK, and France to impose new sanctions on the Syrian government over unproven allegations that Syria used chemical weapons against its own population.

Yes, under Ambassador Haley we have entered a time machine back to 2013, where the US is ready to deploy its entire diplomatic (and perhaps military) arsenal against the one government in the Middle East actually fighting President Trump's sworn enemies: ISIS and al-Qaeda.

President Trump, in one of his first interviews after the November election, starkly contrasted his position with those both of the outgoing Obama Administration and his defeated opponent, Hillary Clinton:
I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria. ...My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIS, and you have to get rid of ISIS. Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria... Now we’re backing rebels against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are.
His employee, the US Ambassador to the UN, clearly does not share her boss's "opposite view" on Syria. And she is not afraid to contradict her boss's position on a regular basis. Today the US Mission to the UN released Ambassador Haley's remarks condemning the threatened Russian veto of new sanctions against Syria, and her comments do not in any way suggest a diplomat remotely well-informed about the complex matters at hand:
I think what we saw in there was pretty amazing, because you had unity in the fact that we needed to be concerned about chemical weapons being used in Syria. You had an overwhelming vote to say we need an investigative mechanism that would prove that these chemical weapons were being done by the Syrian regime. Now you’ve got the results that have come out, and people don’t like what the results are. It is ridiculous. How much longer is Russia going to continue to babysit and make excuses for the Syrian regime? People have died by being suffocated to death. That’s barbaric.

So what we’re going to do is – we were given all these reasons on why we shouldn’t propose the resolution. We were given all these reasons on why the timing was wrong. That is exactly why the timing is right. That is exactly why this resolution needs to happen. Whether people are going to veto it or not, you are either for chemical weapons or you’re against it. People died because of this, and the United States isn’t going to be quiet. Thank you.
Let's unpack this head-scratcher of a statement. First off, "we need an investigative mechanism that would prove that these chemical weapons were being done by the Syrian regime." So she is stating that there must be an investigation to prove what she has pre-determined to be true before the investigation took place? Does that sound like "innocent until proven guilty"? Or does it sound like Hoxha-era revolutionary justice? "We must have a trial to prove comrade X guilty so we can execute him!"

And this from Haley: "How much longer is Russia going to continue to babysit and make excuses for the Syrian regime?"

Ms. Ambassador: Do you mean the regime that just liberated Aleppo from its murderous occupation by al-Qaeda? You know, those guys who attacked the US on 9/11?

If Assad is using chemical weapons against his own people (Why? Presumably for fun?) then why once Aleppo was cleansed of the al-Qaeda occupiers have former residents flocked to return to an Aleppo under Assad's control? Do they enjoy being gassed?

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is an absolute train wreck. She embodies the worst traits of her predecessors with a much lower level of understanding of foreign affairs or diplomacy. Will President Trump recognize his mistake in appointing her to represent the US at the UN and replace her with someone who will actually carry out his foreign policy? Or was he simply lying when he said he had an "opposite view" from the conventional Washington wisdom on Syria (and Russia as well)?]]>
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Ron Paul Rewind: Discussing Foreign Policy with Alan Colmes Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/february/24/ron-paul-rewind-discussing-foreign-policy-with-alan-colmes/
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Andrew Napolitano: Rescinding of School Bathrooms Mandate is a ‘Win for the Constitution’ Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/february/23/andrew-napolitano-rescinding-of-school-bathrooms-mandate-is-a-win-for-the-constitution/
Napolitano, who is a Ron Paul Institute Advisory Board member, elaborates:
The concept … of federal bureaucrats telling local school boards how to construct the school, how to build bathrooms, and how to run the school finds no comfort in the Constitution whatsoever. If anything is local and should be out of the hands of the feds, it’s the education of children.
Watch Napolitano’s complete interview here:

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The War Hawks Rolled Donald Trump Moon of Alabama http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/february/23/the-war-hawks-rolled-donald-trump/

President Trump's first National Security Advisor Mike Flynn got kicked out of office for talking with Russian officials. Such talks were completely inline with Trump's declared policies of détente with Russia. (I agree that Flynn should have never gotten the NSA job. But the reasons for that have nothing to do with his Russian connections.)

Allegedly Flynn did not fully inform Vice-President Pence about his talk with the Russian ambassador. But that can not be a serious reason. The talks were rather informal, they were not transcribed. The first call is said to have reached Flynn on vacation in the Dominican Republic. Why would a Vice-President need to know each and every word of it?

With Flynn out, the war-on-Russia hawks, that is about everyone of the "serious people" in Washington DC, had the second most important person out of the way that would probably hinder their plans.

They replaced him with a militaristic anti-Russian hawk:
In a 2016 speech to the Virginia Military Institute, McMaster stressed the need for the US to have "strategic vision" in its fight against "hostile revisionist powers" — such as Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran — that "annex territory, intimidate our allies, develop nuclear weapons, and use proxies under the cover of modernized conventional militaries."
General McMaster, the new National Security Advisor, gets sold as a somewhat rebellious, scholar-warrior wunderkind. When the now disgraced former General Petraeus came into sight he was sold with the same marketing profile.

Petraeus was McMaster's boss. McMaster is partially his creature:
He was passed over for brigadier general twice, until then-Gen. David Petraeus personally flew back to Washington, D.C., from Iraq to chair the Army’s promotion board in 2008.
When Petraeus took over in the war on Afghanistan he selected McMaster as his staff leader for strategy. McMaster was peddled to the White House by Senator Tom Cotton, one of the most outlandish Republican neocon war hawks.

McMaster's best known book is "Dereliction of Duty" about the way the US involved itself into the Vietnam War. McMaster criticizes the Generals of that time for not having resisted then President Johnson's policies.

He is the main author of an Army study on how to militarily counter Russia. McMaster is likely to "resist" when President Trump orders him to pursue better relations with Moscow.

Trump has now been boxed in by hawkish, anti-Russian military in his cabinet and by a hawkish Vice-President. The only ally he still may have in the White House is his consigliere Steve Bannon. The next onslaught of the "serious people" is against Bennon and especially against his role in the NSC. It will only recede when he is fired.

It seems to me that Trump has been rolled with the attacks on Flynn and the insertion of McMaster into his inner circle. I wonder if he, and Bannon, recognize the same problematic development and have a strategy against it.

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Ron Paul: End Unlimited Presidential War Power Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/february/22/ron-paul-end-unlimited-presidential-war-power/
Noting congressional leadership’s opposition to reining in presidential war powers, Paul advises that House and Senate members can still exercise “the power of the purse” to end wars by refusing to approve legislation funding the wars.

Watch Paul’s complete interview here:


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Liberty and Wealth in Jeopardy: Donald Trump’s Law and Order Presidency Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/february/22/liberty-and-wealth-in-jeopardy-donald-trump-s-law-and-order-presidency/
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Say Goodbye to 'Getting Along With Russia' - Trump's NSC Pick McMaster is a Major Hawk Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/february/20/say-goodbye-to-getting-along-with-russia-trumps-nsc-pick-mcmaster-is-a-major-hawk/

Earlier today, President Trump selected Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his National Security Advisor, replacing the short-lived Gen. Michael Flynn. Those breathing a sigh of relief that the rumored favorite John Bolton didn't get the nod may want to hold that thought -- and their breath. McMaster is not the man to guide President Trump toward better relations with Russia and less US interference in the internal affairs of others.

In fact, he believes the opposite.

In a speech delivered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies just last May, Gen. McMaster blamed the lack of sufficient US military presence overseas for what he calls a more aggressive Russian geostrategic posturing.

Said the General:
Even though it may have been apparent, at least since 2008, that Russia was changing its geostrategic behavior and engaging in...probing, probing at the far reaches of American power, our strategic response was to accelerate our withdrawal of...army forces from Europe. And what we're seeing now is we've awakened to obviously this threat from Russia who is waging limited war for limited objectives. Annexing Crimea. Invading Ukraine. At zero cost. And consolidating gains over that territory, and portraying the reaction by us and partners as escalatory. ... What is required is forward deterrence. To be able to ratchet up the cost at the frontier.
The General also made the completely fallacious assertion that Russia invaded Georgia in 2008. Even the highly critical if not overtly anti-Russia European Union concluded that Georgia was to blame for launching an ill-advised attack on Russian peacekeeping forces that were part of an international mission in South Ossetia.

Does this sound like someone who is going to work to help President Trump improve relations with Russia?

No wonder neocons Max Boot and Sen. John McCain are absolutely thrilled with Trump's choice of McMaster to be National Security Advisor. 

Sen. McCain, who just returned from attacking President Trump at the Munich Security Conference for not being harder on Russia, said today that McMaster:
...knows how to succeed. I give President Trump great credit for this decision, as well as his national security cabinet choices. I could not imagine a better, more capable national security team than the one we have right now.
Max Boot had a similar reaction:
H.R. McMaster is one of the most impressive army officers of his generation—a rare combination of soldier and scholar.
McMaster's claim to fame was the 1997 Dereliction of Duty, which is billed as a brave attack on the mistake of the Vietnam war, but was in fact largely focused on the failure to devote enough resources to actually winning the war -- a typical neocon critique of failed military interventions.

Is McMaster a worse choice than John Bolton? Perhaps. Whereas Bolton would have been under the microscope, McMaster may just be able, due to his military history, be able to avoid close scrutiny. 

Whatever the case, McMaster is all about conflict with Russia. Will his boss keep him in check?]]>
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Governor Kucinich? Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/february/18/governor-kucinich/

Might Dennis Kucinich, who represented an Ohio district as a Democrat in the US House of Representatives for eight terms, be elected the next governor of Ohio? Henry J. Gomez reported Friday at Cleveland.com that “the names of more than a dozen Ohio Democrats swirl in the speculation about the 2018 race for governor.” It will be an open contest, with term limits preventing current Ohio Governor John Kasich from seeking reelection. And, writes Gomez, the potential of Kucinich entering the Democratic primary contest is “the subject of increasing chatter among party insiders.”

So far, Kucinich is neither ruling out nor committing to a run for governor. Gomez writes:
Kucinich, when asked this week about running for governor, did not offer a direct answer.

'I'll certainly get back to you,' he wrote in an email, 'if I have anything to say which would be worth your time.'
Three years ago there was also speculation that Kucinich may enter the 2014 Ohio governor race. But, Kucinich stayed out of the race. Maybe he will decide otherwise this time. Indeed, in 2015, Kucinich suggested he has an interest in running for office in Ohio again, saying the following in an interview:
…I think that I’ll probably be back in elected office. I don’t have any immediate plans, but you know, as I make my way around the Cleveland area and around Ohio, I have people who keep asking, well, when are you going next? And I just tell them, stay tuned.
While many people know of Kucinich because of his work in the US House and his two runs for president in the Democratic primary, Kucinich’s earlier involvement in politics includes holding office in Ohio as a Cleveland City Council Member, Cleveland Mayor, and Ohio State Senator.

Kucinich is a member of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Advisory Board.]]>
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The Cancer of War: US Used Depleted Uranium in Syria Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2017/february/17/the-cancer-of-war-us-used-depleted-uranium-in-syria/

Despite vowing not to use depleted uranium (DU) weapons in its military action in Syria, the US government has now admitted that it has fired thousands of the deadly rounds into Syrian territory. As Foreign Policy Magazine reports:
US Central Command (CENTCOM) spokesman Maj. Josh Jacques told Airwars and Foreign Policy that 5,265 armor-piercing 30 mm rounds containing depleted uranium (DU) were shot from Air Force A-10 fixed-wing aircraft on Nov. 16 and Nov. 22, 2015, destroying about 350 vehicles in the country’s eastern desert.
Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman John Moore said in 2015 that:
US and coalition aircraft have not been and will not be using depleted uranium munitions in Iraq or Syria during Operation Inherent Resolve.
Now we know that is not true. 

Numerous studies have found that depleted uranium is particularly harmful when the dust is inhaled by the victim. A University of Southern Maine study discovered that:
...DU damages DNA in human lung cells. The team, led by John Pierce Wise, exposed cultures of the cells to uranium compounds at different concentrations.

The compounds caused breaks in the chromosomes within cells and stopped them from growing and dividing healthily. 'These data suggest that exposure to particulate DU may pose a significant [DNA damage] risk and could possibly result in lung cancer,' the team wrote in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology.
We should remember that the United States is engaged in military activities in Syria in violation of international and US law. There is no Congressional authorization for US military action against ISIS in Syria and the United Nations has not authorized military force in violation of Syria's sovereignty either. 

The innocent citizens of Syria will be forced to endure increased risks of cancer, birth defects, and other disease related to exposure to radioactive materials. Depleted uranium is the byproduct of the enrichment of uranium to fuel nuclear power plants and has a half-life in the hundreds of millions of years. Damage to Syrian territory will thus continue long after anyone involved in current hostilities is dead.]]>
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