Foreign Policy

By Sarah Knuckey, Ole Solvang, Jonathan Horowitz and Radhya Almutawakel
Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 2:55 PM

In a transcript of a Pentagon Press Briefing, released this week by Airwars, Central Command’s Deputy Director for Operations made a striking admission about U.S. investigations into civilian casualties in Syria:

Q: Okay. So, you didn’t talk to anybody on the ground and nobody visited the site. Is that — that correct, right?

GEN. BONTRAGER: That is correct, Bill, and that’s common. It’s a rare thing with strikes like this that we can get on the ground in person, or that we can talk to anybody on the ground is not uncommon at all.

read more at https://www.justsecurity.org/42675/pentagon-admits-rarely-talks-air-strike-witnesses-victims/

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There are so many holes in the US pre-emptive claim of a chemical attack by Assad in Syria, Dr. Ron Paul makes a legitimate comparison to George W Bush’s weapons of mass destruction.

By
Claire Bernish

June 28, 2017

In a peculiar move, the White House announced Monday evening a chemical weapons attack in Syria will be carried out soon by the regime of Bashar al-Assad against civilians — the second government-launched attack on his own people in the past few months — and that the U.S. would pulverize Syrian forces as retribution.

read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/ron-paul-cnn-trump-syria/

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26 June 2017

(Updated below)

Veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, the man who exposed the Mai Lai massacre during the Vietnam War and the US military’s abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib in 2004, is probably the most influential journalist of the modern era, with the possible exception of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the pair who exposed Watergate.

read more at http://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2017-06-26/hershs-new-syria-revelations-hidden-from-view/

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By
Marko Marjanović

June 23, 2017 not over yet.

If Trump admin officials have their way, the next US war will be to block the Syrian army from retaking Syria’s Euphrates valley

When the US shot down the Syrian Su-22 jet Sunday this may have been intended as a warning to Syria that US intends to take eastern Syria for itself — and that a Syrian push into eastern Syria will be violently opposed.

read more at
https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/first-shots-americas-new-war-eastern-syria-already-fired/

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Another Middle East debacle

By GARETH PORTERJune 22, 2017

Three-term Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a member of both the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees, has proposed legislation that would prohibit any U.S. assistance to terrorist organizations in Syria as well as to any organization working directly with them. Equally important, it would prohibit U.S. military sales and other forms of military cooperation with other countries that provide arms or financing to those terrorists and their collaborators.

read further at http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-america-armed-terrorists-in-syria/

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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/

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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

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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/

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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/

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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/

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