Foreign Policy

Haunted by his vote to authorize the Iraq War, the Republican congressman is standing up against US military actions.

By Barry Yeoman

On the day in late January that I interviewed Walter Jones Jr. in his office in Greenville, North Carolina, the Republican congressman was feeling particularly apocalyptic. He had just read a Fox Business story detailing how three Wall Street private-equity firms, whose members had ponied up $1.3 million for GOP lawmakers in 2017, persuaded Congress to preserve a tax loophole for high-end money managers. On Jones’s desk, awaiting his signature, was a condolence letter to the family of US Army Spc. Javion Shavonte Sullivan, who had died two weeks earlier in Iraq. And on the muted TV, a chyron stated that President Donald Trump had ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller last June, only to be foiled by the White House counsel.

read more at https://www.thenation.com/article/walter-jones-jr-is-a-voice-of-dissent-in-the-gop/

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This is great TV:

I still look at the attack and say, you know, either Assad must be the dumbest dictator on the planet — or maybe he didn’t do it. I have yet to see evidence that he did do it,”

“The only thing that would galvanize the world to attack Assad directly is a chemical attack. It killed relatively few people compared to what can be killed with traditional bombs… and so you wonder really what logic would there be for Assad to be using chemical weapons,”

We have a feeling this bombing is going to turn into a major scandal as it becomes clear what is intuitively obvious – it was a false flag, and this time they’re going to get caught on it.

Was the whole thing 3D chess on Trump’s part? Did he deliberately go along with the hoax knowing that he would make sure the hoaxers get caught?, and finally free himself from the neocon morons in Washington?

Stay tuned …!

This is his moment

read more at https://russia-insider.com/en/breaking-rand-paul-tells-wolf-blitzer-he-thinks-syria-gassing-was-false-flag-video/ri23194

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R3publicans:  Trump Lied to the American People Last Night, 23 Times in 7 Minutes

It was clear from the first few minutes of War secretary Mattis’s press conference last night that these strikes were going to be symbolic. They change nothing on the ground militarily. Russia’s threat to respond worked – the US essentially backed down.

Far more important is the damage Trump did to himself politically. One can only guess at the pressures brought to bear on him to take this suicidal (politically) act. I’m starting to think that this whole charade, starting with the Skripal poisoning a month ago, was an elaborate plot to mortally damage his presidency, not to achieve anything in Syria – well, if so, the plotters have succeeded.

On the Threshhold of War

“There was NO chemical attack by Syria. … I would bet my life on it.”

Paul Craig Roberts

The author is a former Assistant Secretary for the Treasury in the Reagan administration, and former editor at the Wall Street Journal and Businessweek.

As Americans we must face the possibility that we have a criminally insane government in Washington that is leading the world to destruction.

read more at https://russia-insider.com/en/threshhold-war/ri23043

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by Ray McGovern Posted on April 06, 2018

John Bolton’s March 22 appointment-by-tweet as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser has given “March Madness” a new and ominous meaning. There is less than a week left to batten down the hatches before Bolton makes U.S. foreign policy worse than it already is.

read more at https://original.antiwar.com/mcgovern/2018/04/05/coming-attraction-lunatic-loose-in-west-wing/

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R3publicans/Ron Paul: Bring troops home from Syria now

I was disappointed to hear President Trump so quickly reverse his position on removing U.S. troops from Syria. “We’re going to get back to our country, where we belong,” he told an Ohio audience just a week ago. That sounded refreshingly like candidate Trump’s promises of no more nation-building. Then he flipped his position and announced we’d stay.

read more at https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/05/ron-paul-bring-troops-home-syria-now-editorials-debates/33584443/

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Old Pretexts for Mass-Murderous Aggression: A New War Against Russia in Ukraine Unfolding Before Our Eyes?

By Prof. John McMurtry
Global Research, March 28, 2018

We are now entering yet another US-UK led war build-up against the cornerstone of Western ideology, the designated Enemy Russia.

As usual there is amnesia of the ever-recurring big-lie pretext, the need for another crisis to keep the two-billion-dollar a day NATO war machine going, the baleful puppet moves of Canada in the process, the crisis of legitimacy of the lead attacker’s government, and the silent diversion from the whole nightmare scenario unfolding by all NATO-member governments, mass media and even ‘peace activist’ organisations.

read more at https://www.globalresearch.ca/old-pretexts-for-mass-murderous-aggression-a-new-war-against-russia-in-ukraine-unfolding-before-our-eyes/5633802

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R3publicans:  Was Vietnam a Holocaust for Zion?

The latest Steven Spielberg film, The Pentagon Papers, made me wonder about the historical significance of this glorious episode of whistleblowing and victorious struggle for freedom of the press. The leaking and publishing in 1971, by the New York Times then the Washington Post, of excerpts from this 7000-page classified report on the Vietnam War (requested by Robert McNamara before leaving the Department of Defense in 1967) is comparable to the exposure by the same Washington Post of the Watergate scandal one year later. The Watergate scandal passes today as evidence of the independence of the American media as a necessary counter-power against government abuses. But in reality, it simply illustrates the increasing involvement of the media in deep political warfare. Likewise we must go beyond the public and Spielbergian narratives on the Pentagon Papers to understand what was really at stake. In both scandals, I believe the leadership of both the New York Times and the Washington Post, the two biggest propaganda machines in the US, were acting not only in the service of truth, but also in service of a power deeper than the deep state they were exposing. After all, there are so many truths to choose from to make the front pages. And in matters of foreign policy, many suspect that the final choice is often determined by the ultimate question: Is it good for Israel?

read more at http://www.unz.com/article/was-vietnam-a-holocaust-for-zion/

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