Foreign Policy

By DANIEL LARISONJune 19, 2017, 12:39 PM

I mentioned the illegality of U.S. actions in Syria in an earlier post, but I wanted to say a bit more on that point. There has never been a Congressional vote authorizing U.S. military operations in Syria against anyone, and there has been scant debate over any of the goals that the U.S. claims to be pursuing there. The U.S. launches attacks inside Syria with no legal authority from the U.N. or Congress, and it strains credulity that any of these operations have anything to do with individual or collective self-defense. The U.S. wages war in Syria simply because it can.

read more at
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/syria-and-our-illegal-acts-of-war/

summary via R3publican

How ungrateful!

Free West Media
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

After everything Russia did!

Ordinary Americans are not buying the “Russian meddling” nonsense, with 57 percent agreeing that “the media has prematurely declared President Trump and his allies guilty of collusion with Russia” despite a lack of evidence. Only 39 percent disagreed.

read more at http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/americans-refuse-credit-russia-saving-them-hillary-presidency/ri20116

summary via R3publican

Says It Would Be a ‘Crummy World’ If America Wasn’t Constantly Intervening Jason Ditz

Speaking over the weekend at a conference in Singapore, Defense Secretary James Mattis urged the world to “bear with” the US as they adjust to the election of a new president, insisting that the US remains committed to engaging in global intervention, and that it is “very deeply rooted in the American psyche.”

read more at http://news.antiwar.com/2017/06/04/mattis-us-remains-committed-to-global-intervention/

summary via R3publican

BY IWB · PUBLISHED JUNE 1, 2017 · UPDATED JUNE 2, 2017

by Tesseract

Last year Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, ordered US troops to leave his country, cutting 65 years of military ties. This dispute has been bubbling up for awhile, and Duterte has finally had enough of US Imperialists treating him like a “doormat”. His decision was a major blow to the US Military Industrial Complex as the Philippines was a key stronghold to put pressure on China in the South China Sea dispute.

read more at http://investmentwatchblog.com/us-deep-state-trying-to-overthrow-filipino-government/

summary via R3publican

C-SPAN will be recording “The National Security State & JFK” conference in its entirety. This is a testament to the conference’s impressive line-up of speakers and the ideas that they are presenting. Set your DVRs or watch the conference live.

The conference will begin with an analysis by the noted economist Jeffrey Sachs of Kennedy’s famous “Peace Speech” at American University in June 1963 and end with a panel presentation on President Kennedy featuring Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone. You will hear some of the most insightful and thought-provoking talks on the national-security state, including one by former GOP Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul, and Stephen Kinzer (former New York Times reporter and author of Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq); Douglas Horne (author of Inside the Assassination Records Review Board: The U.S. Government’s Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination of JFK); Michael Glennon (author of National Security and Double Government); Peter Janney (author of Mary’s Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace); Jefferson Morley (author of CIA & JFK: The Secret Assassination Files); James DiEugenio (author of The Assassinations and Reclaiming Parkland), Michael Swanson (author of The War State), and Jacob G. Hornberger (FFF president and author of The Kennedy Autopsy).

At this conference you will learn how and why America was converted from a limited-government republic to a national-security state, how America’s foreign policy of regime-change has adversely impacted our country and others, and how the United States became the premier country in the area of assassination.

You will also learn about President John F. Kennedy’s policies during the Cold War, his dramatic decision to reach out to the Soviet Union and communist world in a spirit of friendship and peaceful coexistence, and the enormously adverse, negative, and volatile reaction to JFK’s plans to change the direction of our country.

 

via email from Charles Burris June 2, 2017

Charles A. Burris [send him mail] teaches history in the Murray N. Rothbard Room at Memorial High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. See more of his work here.

Event information here: https://www.fff.org/event/national-security-state-jfk-2/

summary via R3publican

US Is Killing More Civilians in Syria Air War Than Assad Is

US Coalition Strikes Are Causing Soaring Casualties

by Jason Ditz, May 26, 2017

Exemplified by the hundred and some odd people they’ve killed in the last 48 hours, the US is struggling mightily with the narrative that they are taking extraordinary care to limit the number of civilian casualties in the air war in Syria, and are rapidly losing any pretense of a moral high ground.

read more at http://news.antiwar.com/2017/05/26/us-is-killing-more-civilians-in-syria-air-war-than-assad-is/

summary via R3publican

Top NSA Whistleblower: “Every time there is a terrorist attack, what We really need to do is demand that they CUT the budgets of all the intelligence agencies”

Posted on December 3, 2015 by WashingtonsBlog

The highest-level NSA whistleblower in history – William Binney – the high-level NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information, 36-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a “legend” within the agency, who served as the senior technical director within the agency, and managed thousands of NSA employees – has a great suggestion for motivating U.S. intelligence agencies to prevent terrorism.

read further at http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/12/top-nsa-whistleblower-every-time-terrorist-attack-really-need-demand-cut-budgets-intelligence-agencies.html

summary via R3publican

My Armenian Uber driver today – who only spoke passable English – went into a tirade about U.S. foreign policy since the 1950’s. He told me about the Shah of Iran, the Iraq/Iran war, Libya, funding the Taliban, and how all the destabilization has lead to the growth of ISIS. I told him that maybe…

President Trump’s Disappearance

EDITOR’S CHOICE | 21.04.2017

President Trump’s Disappearance

Paul Craig ROBERTS

In my long experience in Washington, vice presidents did not make major foreign policy announcements or threaten other countries with war. Not even Dick Cheney stole this role from the weak president George W. Bush.

But yesterday the world witnessed VP Pence threaten North Korea with war. “The sword stands ready,” said Pence as if he is the commander in chief.

Perhaps he is.

read further at http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/04/21/president-trump-disappearance.html

Summary via R3publican