Foreign Policy

R3publicans:  Mike Pompeo Has No Excuse

The secretary of state has accomplished almost nothing. At least Rex Tillerson could blame the president.

By Daniel R. DePetrisApril 2, 2019

When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the rounds on Capitol Hill last week to explain the Trump administration’s latest State Department budget request, he got a beating from both sides of the aisle. The request, a 21 percent reduction in funding from the previous fiscal year, was dead on arrival for members of the House Foreign Affairs and Appropriations committees. The same man who promised to bring “swagger” back to U.S. diplomacy was now trying to justify a $13 billion reduction to the department’s accounts. Members of Congress simply couldn’t square the circle.

read more at https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/mike-pompeo-has-no-excuse/

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Trump Tells the Truth: Sanctions Cause People to SufferWritten by Ron Paul
Monday April 1, 2019

This week President Trump admitted what the Washington policy establishment of both parties would rather be kept quiet. Asked why he intervened to block a new round of sanctions on North Korea, he told the media that he believes the people of North Korea have suffered enough. “They are suffering greatly in North Korea…And I just didn’t think additional sanctions at this time were necessary,” he said.

read more at http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/april/01/trump-tells-the-truth-sanctions-cause-people-to-suffer/

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Here is my Facebook post regarding the New Zealand shooter’s manifesto that got taken down for violating Facebook’s Community Standards:I’ve read at least a dozen articles that reference the New Zealand shooter’s manifesto.  They all follow the sa…

R3publicans:  How to Blow $700 Billion

It’s easier than you think

By Matt Taibbi

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 24: Aerial view of the Pentagon building photographed on Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Aerial view of the Pentagon building photographed on Sept. 24, 2017.

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

According to a study led by Michigan State University professor Mark Skidmore, some $21 trillion in Pentagon accounting transactions, made over a 17-year period, lack supporting data. This doesn’t mean the money is gone — the Pentagon only received roughly $9.2 trillion in budget money during that time — but it does mean the system is so choked with bad numbers, we have little idea of what mischief might be taking place at the Department of Defense.

read more at https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/how-to-blow-700-billion-809465/

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R3publicans:  The Empire -- Now or Never

The Empire: Now or Never
Fred Reed

Many people I talk to seem to think American foreign policy has something to do with democracy, human rights, national security, or maybe terrorism or freedom, or niceness, or something. It is a curious belief, Washington being interested in all of them. Other people are simply puzzled, seeing no pattern in America’s international behavior. Really, the explanation is simple.

read more at http://www.unz.com/freed/the-empire-now-or-never/

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