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House Freedom Caucus Gets Tough On Immigration, Calls To End Diversity Visa Lottery

The House Freedom Caucus, an organization consisting of staunchly conservative representatives, has thrown its support behind a bill that would end the diversity visa lottery program. This program has come under fire after it was revealed that the primary suspect of a recent terror attack in New York City came to America using this program back in 2010. Sayfullo Saipov used the diversity visa lottery to enter America, and then allegedly barreled into a bunch of innocent people on a bike trail in New York City last Tuesday. Eight people were killed because of these terrorist acts, and as a… Keep Reading

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Recent Dossier Revelations Show Democrats To Be Hypocrites On Foreign Influence

The narrative has been fairly consistent since businessman Donald Trump was elected to the White House. At best, he was boosted by a foreign government and his inner associates may have sought the help of the Russians. At worst, the President himself could be compromised. These are very real concerns Democrats have had for months. News such as Donald Trump Jr. meeting with Russian officials to gain dirt on Hillary Clinton provoked national outrage. The mainstream media lost its mind as prominent Democratic politicians and progressive activists all sounded the alarm. Regardless of whether Trump Jr’s move was right or… Keep Reading

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Pentagon Advocates For Drafting Women In New Report

The topics of the draft and selective service enrollment, as well as military service in general, have become hot button issues. As military intervention abroad has escalated in recent decades and shows no sign of slowing down, there has been a debate about who should be able to serve. Should women be given more military roles? Should transgenders be allowed in the military at all? In terms of women and the draft, a new report believes that there should be equality in enrolling in the selective service. The report comes as part of a greater study into how to increase… Keep Reading

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Gen. Kelly Responds To Rep. Wilson’s Claims Of Trump’s “Insensitive” Call

Absolute silence fell over the White House Press Briefing room as White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly addressed the media on Thursday afternoon. His appearance comes after the controversy between Trump and Congresswomen Frederica Wilson, who made claims that President Trump’s phone call remarks to the Gold Star widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson were “insensitive.” Kelly expressed that he was “heartbroken and stunned” to hear the claims made by Wilson. Kelly went through the process for a soldier that dies in combat and the tradition that Presidents typically write letters to the families of the fallen… Keep Reading

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Trump Practices Non-Interventionism In Sudan, Removes Economic Sanctions

President Donald Trump has had a mixed record in many ways pertaining to foreign policy. He has taken measures to reduce hostilities in Syria while doubling down on his predecessor’s troop surge in Afghanistan and offering a belligerent approach toward relations with North Korea. In Sudan, Trump is once again embracing his ‘America First’ mandate by removing crippling economic sanctions on the African nation. “The government of Sudan’s actions during the last nine months show that it is serious about cooperating with the United States and has taken significant steps to stop conflict and improve humanitarian access within Sudan, and… Keep Reading

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North Korea Releases Doctored Propaganda Depicting Attack On United States

Tensions between the United States and North Korea are without question at an all-time high. After years of diplomatic concessions to the North Koreans, the Trump Administration has altered course on foreign policy and adopted a much more aggressive approach. “Rocket Man,” as President Donald Trump has dubbed North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, has not responded well. With missiles being shot over Japan and the United States flying jets over North Korean territory as demonstrations of force, tensions are escalating to dangerous levels. The possibility for military action or even full scale war has appeared possible for some time… Keep Reading

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Trump’s Latest Travel Ban Targets Eight Countries With New Restrictions

Donald Trump has been voicing his opinions on professional football rather loudly these days, but he has not lost focus on the Presidency. To help fulfill his mandate of protecting Americans from foreign threats, Trump announced a new travel ban impacting foreign nationals in Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen this weekend. “Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet,” Trump said in a tweet released shortly after the details of the new restrictions were revealed Sunday night. The new restrictions will come into… Keep Reading

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Re-Elected To Fourth Term

It was a big day for Germany as election day rolled around. Many expected that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would secure a fourth election, but the bigger question was how the other results would come in. Would the populist uprising that is taking place throughout the world gain more momentum with the results? Chancellor Merkel ultimately secured her fourth term, but the damage was done to her coalition as the right wing had its biggest surge in decades. The Alternative for Germany (AfD) holds 13 percent of the seats in Parliament and has already promised to complicate life for the… Keep Reading

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US Success Against ISIS In Syria Comes With Steep Human Cost

In Raqqa, Syria, the US military and allied forces are advancing rapidly against ISIS. They estimate that the ISIS forces remaining in the city are between 500 and 900, down sharply from the totals in June. With Donald Trump replacing Barack Obama as US President, terrorists no longer have a safe haven in Syria and other parts of the Middle East. “We have almost completed our job – Daesh (ISIS) now only controls less than 15 per cent of Raqqa,” said Haval Kané, a warrior with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said to The Sun. “They are holding out in… Keep Reading

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Trump’s ‘Art Of The Deal’ In South Korea

Amidst seemingly unprecedented global crises, President Donald Trump is having his legendary deal-making ability put to the test. Perhaps his most difficult balancing act will come with South Korea, as Trump must work in tandem to quell the possibility of North Korean aggression while simultaneously being on the opposing end of negotiations pertaining to trade. A common Trump talking point has been that America is getting a raw deal when it comes to global trade. While Trump has softened his rhetoric since the fire-breathing days of campaign season last year, correcting the U.S. trade imbalance has remained a priority for… Keep Reading

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U.S. Severely Underestimates Civilian Deaths From Military Interventions In Iraq, Syria

President Donald Trump criticized unnecessary foreign military intervention frequently as a candidate and even while serving in the oval office, but the reality of his policies is not much different than what occurred under his predecessors. The Trump administration is severely underestimating civilian causalities from the warfare being conducted against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. For the month of July, the Pentagon only counted 13 of the 37 reports of civilian casualties as valid in their official statement. From these 13 “credible” reports, the Pentagon estimated that there were 61 unintentional civilian deaths that came as the result of their… Keep Reading

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Sen. Rand Paul Calls For An End To The Longest War In American History

For well over a decade and a half, the United States military has occupied the Middle Eastern country of Afghanistan. It began in the aftermath of the unprecedented terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th, 2001. With terrorists bringing down the Twin Towers and striking the Pentagon, then-President George W. Bush sought to strike back. But what started as an invasion for the purpose of vengeance has evolved into an endless occupation without realistic goals. Our strike against terrorists to ensure these attacks would never happen again changed into a rebuilding effort, one dedicated to forcing democracy on an undemocratic region and… Keep Reading

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CIA Used Diplomatic Flights As Cover To Arm Terrorists In Middle East

The U.S. government, aided by Saudi Arabia, has been staging phony diplomatic flights in order to smuggle weapons to terror groups. A Bulgarian reporter uncovered that at least 350 flights were used for these purposes, resulting in $1 billion worth of illicit weapons being funneled into the hands of terrorists. Azerbaijan’s state-run Silk Way Airlines were used to transport these weapons with the knowledge of government officials. Labeled diplomatic so the flights would not be searched, the culprits were moving weapons largely purchased from Eastern Europe. The CIA has been assisting Syrian terrorists in this manner as they attempt to… Keep Reading

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As Socialist Venezuela Crumbles, Their Military Dictator Grovels Beneath The U.S.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been arrogantly thumbing his nose in the faces of Americans for years, but he is changing his tune after getting hit with economic sanctions. As he struggles to maintain power amidst the collapse of his socialist regime, he suddenly wants to talk to President Trump. “If he (Trump) is so interested in Venezuela, here I am,” Maduro said during a recent three-hour speech. “Mr Donald Trump, here is my hand.” Previously, the socialist despot had been an angry critic of the Trump administration. He even referred to Trump contemptuously as an emperor just last month… Keep Reading

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The Military-Industrial Complex Salivates At Prospect Of War With North Korea

For the military-industrial complex, business is booming during the Trump administration. Trump’s deescalation of tensions in Syria is apparently an outlier, as Trump has continued or ramped up the militaristic policies of his predecessor on every other front–most notably, North Korea. These policies have defense giants such as Lockheed Martin swimming in profits. “The level of dialogue around missile defense is now at the prime minister and minister of defense level,” Tim Cahill, who serves as vice president of Lockheed’s Air and Missile Defense division, said to Reuters during an interview. Trump’s declaration that North Korea would be “met with… Keep Reading

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Rex Tillerson: Trump’s Voice Of Reason On North Korea

As tensions with North Korea continue to be stoked by belligerent members of the Trump administration (as well as by Trump himself on occasion), one man has stood strong as the voice of reason: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He is still advocating diplomacy, even after US Ambassador Nikki Haley declared “the time for talk is over” with regards to North Korea. “The best signal that North Korea can give us that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches,” Tillerson said, according to a Reuters report. Tillerson went on to add that “other means of… Keep Reading

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A Neocon Unhinged: Crazed McMaster Threatens Aggressive War Against North Korea

When President Donald Trump pledged to drain the swamp on the campaign trail last year, his supporters certainly figured that this meant no swamp rats would be included in his administration. Of course, they would inevitably be disappointed. Many members of the reviled political establishment found their way into the Trump administration, none of them more odious than National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. McMaster replaced Michael Flynn in his role, who was ousted for omitting information to Vice President Mike Pence. Flynn bucked the Washington D.C. foreign policy consensus in key ways, but his successor, McMaster is a fierce proponent… Keep Reading

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Trump Clashes With Pelosi Over “Clearly Unconstitutional” Russian Sanctions

Congress is dead set against making America great again, and they prove it time after time. Most recently, they overwhelmingly passed a bill to place sanctions on Russia and hamstring the President into complying with them against his better judgment. Although Trump signed the bill into law, he expressed his dismay through a signing statement. “While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed,” Trump said in the statement. “In its haste to pass this legislation, the Congress included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions.”… Keep Reading

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Trump Administration Mulls Afghanistan Drawback After Prior Indications Of Expansion

President Donald Trump’s foreign policy may not always be coherent, but it is proving to be less belligerent than that of his predecessors. After previously indicating that troop totals would likely be expanding in Afghanistan, the Trump administration is considering reversing that policy after the Pentagon failed to rally much support behind their initial proposal. “It’s a macro question as to whether the U.S., this administration, and this president are committed to staying,” a senior Trump administration official said to the Wall Street Journal. “It doesn’t work unless we are there for a long time, and if we don’t have… Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Makes Principled Stand To Stall NDAA Vote, Earning Him John McCain’s Ire

Despite all of the wackiness going on in Washington D.C. right now, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has not lost sight of what is important. Indefinite detention of any American citizen deemed a terrorist by the federal government was codified into law in the 2012 NDAA signed by former President Obama, and remains in effect today. Paul was able to stall an expedited vote proposed by Senate leadership for this year’s NDAA so an amendment to repeal indefinite detention could be considered. Paul’s move will likely stall the bill from being considered until September. Predictably, Paul’s fidelity to civil liberties has… Keep Reading

Politics/World

Like Trump, Nixon Also Wanted Allies To Supply Their Own Protection

Once upon a time, a Republican president formulated a doctrine that had little to do with regime change, and demanded that countries previously protected by the US military look to their own defense. Quickly into his first term, then-President Richard Nixon in 1969 announced “the Nixon Doctrine” which asserted that the nation’s Cold War allies in Asia would have to provide for their own protection. This policy, which reversed the thrust of US foreign policy for the last 20 years, was linked to the president’s campaign promise for “peace with honor” regarding US forces in Vietnam. By 1968, even some… Keep Reading

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On Russia Sanctions, Only Three Republican Legislators Stand Courageously With Trump

When President Donald Trump complained recently about how few prominent Republicans had his back, he was not kidding. A recent House vote to tie up the President, undermine his foreign policy, and partially remove his discretion pertaining to Russia passed with only three GOP legislators objecting. Reps. Jimmy Duncan (R-TN), Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Justin Amash (R-MI) were the three lone “no” votes against a successful measure limiting Trump’s ability to remove sanctions on Russia that were approved by Congress. This maneuver may harm Trump’s ability to conduct diplomacy with Russia, and further jeopardize tenuous relations with the nation. Hiding… Keep Reading

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U.S. Remains Silent After Iran And Iraq Sign Agreement To Strengthen Military Alliance

The Defense Ministers of Iraq and Iran have united to sign a pact to fight in a joint effort against “terrorism and extremism,” and the Trump administration–a hostile critic of the Iranian regime–is silent thus far. Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan and Iraqi Defense Minister Erfan al-Hiyali came together on Sunday to sign a memorandum of understanding pertaining not only to fighting terror but also other shared common goals such as border security and logistics. This marks a watershed moment of diplomacy between the frequently hostile nations. “Extending cooperation and exchanging experiences in fighting terrorism and extremism, border security, and… Keep Reading

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Truman Would Have Agreed With Trump On The CIA In Syria

Said the president: “For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and, at times, a policy-making arm of the Government. … [T]his quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue.” This dire warning about the propensity of the Central Intelligence Agency to go rogue did not come from Trump, but rather Harry S. Truman. Truman’s call to “limit the CIA role to intelligence” was published… Keep Reading

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The “Free Syrian Army” Whines After President Trump Cuts Off Their Federal Aid

It is no secret that Syrian terrorists were, more or less, on the federal payroll during the Obama administration. Former President Obama, with support from partisan Democrats and neoconservatives, followed the policy of encouraging terrorists to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. This would have created a situation analogous to what occurred in Libya or Iraq after American foreign interventions rocked those countries. But the so-called “Free Syrian Army” got a rude awakening this week that there is a new sheriff in town after news broke that Trump ended a CIA program designed to help them overthrow the Assad government. “Certainly… Keep Reading

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Liberal Media Shrieks In Horror As Trump Cuts Off ISIS’ Aid In Syria

The liberal media is once again crying foul after President Donald Trump terminated a CIA program to help Syrian President Bashir al-Assad’s opposition in Syria. The media cares more about the fact that Russian President Vladmir Putin supported this move than the fact that terrorists such as ISIS and the Al Nusra–jihadis literally at war with the United States–were directly aided by this CIA program. Trump met with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and CIA Director Mike Pompeo before ultimately making the decision to cut off the program that began in 2013 under his predecessor. This follows news of a… Keep Reading

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Top Pentagon General: North Korean Military Lacks Capability To Strike The United States

While North Korea–led by the childish and deranged dictator Kim Jong-un–clearly wants to be taken seriously on the global stage as a world power, the United States military is not buying it. They see North Korea as little more than a paper tiger, and do not believe that the nation has the ability to accurately hit the United States with missiles. Pyongyang’s state-controlled media organs reported that North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile tests conducted on July 4 were successful, and demonstrated to the world that the small nation actually has the capability to attack the United States. However, General Paul… Keep Reading

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Trump Announces New Iranian Sanctions That May Jeopardize Obama’s Nuclear Deal

The Trump administration has announced a new regime of sanctions against Iran to push back against their ballistic missile program. Critics believe these new sanctions may jeopardize the Iranian nuclear deal that was one of former President Obama’s signature accomplishments. “Even as we continue to work to prevent Iran from ever obtaining a nuclear weapon, we cannot look away while Iran threatens our country and our allies in ways beyond their nuclear threat,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said to reporters today. The sanctions will be aimed at 18 entities and people who the United States believes to be… Keep Reading

History/Politics/World

Letter From England 1: Setting The Scene

I have been asked to write a weekly column on British politics. Since I am writing for a largely American readership, and since Americans mostly know little of what happens outside their own country, I think it would be best if I were to begin with a brief overview not only of what is happening here, but also of what has been happening for quite some time. David Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010 at the head of a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition. The Conservatives had won more seats than any other party in the House of Commons, but fallen short… Keep Reading

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Why Terrorists Don’t Need To Use Violence To Spread Panic

Terrorism, by definition, has always used violence to achieve its goal of destabilizing America and the rest of the Western world. In attacks on institutions and values, they hope to spread seeds of discontent or panic with the intent of catalyzing political change, jihad or an uprising against a government. Lone bombers and shooters make the headlines and derail the national conversation endlessly, and the terrorists get the headlines they want for their organization and their oft-horrifying message. As terrorism is better understood by the public, they are growing wise that panic is exactly the result terrorists want. Attacks certainly… Keep Reading

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The Doomsday Clock Just Moved Closer

True to form, North Korea yet again used July 4 to fire a missile, but this time it was more alarming and effective than merely sputtering and dropping into the ocean. This week, the missile test showed that the communist regime can, as threatened, hit the US mainland with a nuclear bomb. David Wright, a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, calculated the launch and ascertained had the missile followed a “normal trajectory,” it could have hit Alaska. In response, the US and South fired missiles into the sea, demonstrating the capability of the missiles to strike deep within… Keep Reading

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The North Korean Problem Exacerbates Tensions Between US And China

President Donald Trump’s bellicose approach to handling relations with North Korea does not appear to be paying off. China is unimpressed with Trump’s threats and saber-rattling, and is sticking with their diplomatic approach to handling the authoritarian regime. “There’s been a lot of wishful thinking on the U.S. side that China was coming around in its approach,” said John Delury, a Seoul professor who studies North Korean affairs. Trump previously made remarks that China was coming around on North Korea, and the nation was willing to mirror his tough approach toward the repressive dictatorship. Trump’s optimistic talk turned out to… Keep Reading

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By Meeting With Putin, President Trump Shows Democrats How Diplomacy Is Done

It has been a disappointing week for Democratic opponents of President Trump. After following up his Twitter war against the mainstream media with a speech in Poland proclaiming the supremacy of the West, Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier today for a diplomatic visit in Germany that went swimmingly for all parties. “President Putin and I are discussing various things, and I think it is going very well. We’ve had some very very good talks. We’re going to have a talk now, and obviously that will continue, but we look forward to a lot of very positive things… Keep Reading

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Rex Tillerson: US Presence To Be Limited In Syria, Fate Of Assad “Now Up To Russia”

The Trump administration has given a variety of mixed messages regarding foreign affairs, with different cabinet members and key advisors contradicting each other on an almost daily basis. However, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has remained constantly in favor of normalizing Russian relations and de-escalating tensions with Syria. He made remarks on Monday that should make all non-interventionists breathe a sigh of relief. Tillerson assured UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that U.S. policy in Syria would be reduced to “limited tactical goals” and that U.S. forces would not jeopardize the regime of embattled President Bashar al-Assad. Additionally, Tillerson handed off… Keep Reading

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Congress Will Make Sure Taxpayers Keep Sending Money To Terrorists

One of the few elected Democratic lawmakers with an extensive anti-war record, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), has combined forces with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) to push legislation that would ban federal agencies from using taxpayer-backed funds to provide weapons, training, intelligence, or any other type of support to terrorist cells such as al-Qaeda, ISIS, or any other group that is associated with them in any way. The Stop Arming Terrorists Act is so unique that it’s also the only bill of its kind that would also ban the government from funneling money and weapons through other countries that support, whether… Keep Reading

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As Sabers Continue To Rattle, Russia Stands With Syria Against Threats Of U.S. Aggression

Although President Trump claimed that his Syria policy was not going to change, the sharp rhetoric from key members of his administration indicate otherwise. Presenting without evidence the usual refrain that Assad was planning a chemical weapons attack this week, the saber-rattling immediately kicked into high gear. “Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people,” United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley said in a Tweet published on Monday. “The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the… Keep Reading

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Sen. Rand Paul Argues To Stop Communism In Cuba With Capitalism And Free Trade

While President Donald Trump was elected in large part to reverse the policies of his predecessor, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) thinks there is one area where former President Obama actually got it right: normalizing foreign relations with Cuba. “For over half a century, we have had an embargo with Cuba,” Paul wrote in a Reason Magazine op/ed published on Tuesday. “Not only did the Castros survive it, but they milked it for everything it was worth. As the only source of information on the island for decades, they stoked the nationalism of those Cubans who remained in Cuba to blame… Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Skewers The Military-Industrial Complex In Senate Committee Hearing

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is no happy camper when it comes to American foreign policy. Fresh off of a narrow defeat to partially stop President Trump’s Saudi weapons deal, Paul rallied against Syrian military intervention during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing this afternoon. “Are we going to limit the president’s power? Are we going to take back our power? I think a five-year sunset, is–you know, and I don’t mean to be mean, but–is essentially nothing. I mean, we’ve had millions of people die in five-year wars before, so I think it’s — it’s virtually meaningless,” Paul said. Paul… Keep Reading

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Trump Administration Revives The Bush Doctrine, Calls For Regime Change In Iran

Any person hoping that the Trump administration would depart from the long-standing foreign policy consensus of Washington D.C. should be sorely disappointed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s congressional testimony this week. “I would tell you that we certainly recognize Iran’s continued destabilizing presence in the region, their payment of foreign fighters, their export of militia forces in Syria, in Iraq, in Yemen,” Tillerson said to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Tillerson apparently finds it problematic that Iranian forces are working to fight ISIS throughout the Middle East. The Trump administration funnels weapons to states such as Saudi… Keep Reading

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Wei Qi In The Persian Gulf

Amidst increasingly heinous accusations of Russian election interference, growing dissidence amongst the domestic United States, and the ever-enduring Rodman-Kim romance saga hailed as soft diplomacy, President Trump finds himself beset on all sides by both danger and opportunity. None are more apparent than the growing regional tensions in the Persian Gulf. To achieve an early-term masterstroke of foreign policy acumen, Trump will not find success in playing the conventional role, but in playing wei qi. Let’s rewind a bit: On June 5, 2017, a joint action was issued by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and the Maldives… Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Channels His Father With Impassioned Plea On Behalf Of Saudi Terror Victims

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tried his darnedest to partially halt Trump’s Saudi weapons deal. He was able to raise a great deal of bipartisan support, but his amendment failed by a closer-than-anticipated 47-53 vote on Tuesday. However, Paul did not go down without a fight. He gave quick but powerful remarks hearkening back to his epic Drone filibuster of 2013 as well as his father’s legendary speeches delivered from the House floor. “[Saudi Arabia] bombed and killed 125 civilians at a funeral. They wounded 500. This was no mistake, there was no error. This was them pointedly dropping the bombs… Keep Reading

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Sen. Rand Paul Leads Bipartisan Charge Against Trump’s Saudi Weapons Deal

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has assembled an impressive bipartisan coalition in the Senate to block part of President Trump’s Saudi weapons deal. Paul is concerned that the deal may cause blowback due to an ongoing Saudi Arabian military conflict with Yemen, and prominent Democrats share his concerns. “We need to send the Saudis a message that they need to get serious about the humanitarian nightmare inside Yemen,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said. “Unfortunately, the administration has not used these weapons sales to apply that conditionality. But a strong message from the U.S. Senate that they don’t have a blank check… Keep Reading

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Military-Industrial Complex Pockets Tens Of Billions From Trump’s Saudi Weapons Deal

Trump’s America first policies are really paying off, at least if you are a multinational corporation in league with the military-industrial complex. Two of America’s most influential and well-connected defense contractors, Lockheed Martin and Boeing, stand to make tens of billions a piece from Trump’s recent weapons deal with Saudi Arabia. At a conference in New York last week, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson boasted that her company will likely receive up to $28 billion in new business from Trump’s record $110 billion dollar weapons deal with the Saudis. Dennis Muilenburg, CEO of Boeing, one-upped his counterpart by estimating his company… Keep Reading

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Inside Rand Paul’s Bipartisan Plan To Stop Weapons Deal For Radical Islamic Saudis

Recent news of President Trump’s $350 billion weapons deal with Saudi Arabia may have thrilled the Military-Industrial Complex and its Wall Street backers, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is not pleased. He thinks the deal may have unintended consequences in the Middle East and is reaching across the aisle in an attempt to partially block the agreement. Paul’s concerns mainly stem from the Islamic dictatorship’s ongoing war in Yemen. The Saudis have been committing bombing campaigns throughout Yemen for many years, specifically focusing on civilian targets. It is expected that the weapons being funneled to the Saudis through this agreement… Keep Reading

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The Military-Industrial Complex Cashes Out On Trump’s Saudi Weapons Deal

The big winners of the recent weapons deal that President Donald Trump brokered with Saudi Arabia appear to be the corporations serving the military-industrial complex. After the deal was announced, US defense contractors saw their stocks soar to record highs on Wall Street. Lockheed Martin was influential in setting up the deal with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner lobbying their CEO directly. They stand to profit the most from the agreement. According to Yahoo News, Lockheed will provide missile and air defense, combat ships, tactical aircraft, and rotary wing technologies and programs to the tune of $28 billion. “We are proud… Keep Reading

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North Korea Issues Demands, Orders Trump To Back Off As Precondition For Diplomacy

North Korea has issued an official response to President Donald Trump’s suggestion that he is open to talks “under certain circumstances.” The notoriously anti-American nation is open to meeting, but they have some preconditions of their own that the U.S. must follow to make it happen. “As everybody knows, the Americans have gestured [toward] dialogue,” North Korea’s Deputy UN Ambassador Kim In Ryong said on Friday as reported by Sky News. “But what is important is not words, but actions.” “The rolling back of the hostile policy towards DPRK is the prerequisite for solving all the problems in the Korean… Keep Reading

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First Duterte, Now Jong Un?: Trump Continues Diplomatic Outreach To Despots

Donald Trump has been criticized for a recent announcement that he has invited Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House. Duterte is known for a dismal human rights record, essentially legalizing the murder of suspected drug dealers. Trump is apparently not content to stop there, and is even extending an olive branch to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump said to Bloomberg News on Monday. “If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would… Keep Reading

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President Trump To Saudi Arabia: Time To Pay Your Fair Share!

Saudi Arabia has been a key strategic ally for the United States for many years, and President Donald Trump has been careful not to jeopardize that relationship. He approved a massive weapons deal with the Saudis and is carefully considering making a diplomatic visit to the country in the near future. However, Trump recently made it clear that this relationship must be a two-way street. “Frankly, Saudi Arabia has not treated us fairly, because we are losing a tremendous amount of money in defending Saudi Arabia,” Trump said in a Reuters interview last week. Previously, Trump had criticized Saudi Arabia on… Keep Reading

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‘Putin’ Her Place: Russian Foreign Minister Smacks Down Anti-Trump Media Hack

In an incredible display of tone-deaf arrogance, corporate media stalwart Andrea Mitchell complained about dishonesty and a lack of access from the Trump White House. Mitchell’s boisterousness even drew the ire of a Russian bureaucrat during a State Department press conference today. “I have never seen anything like this where people just flat-out lie,” NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell said in a recent Politico interview. “You know, black is white and white is black, and they mislead you. It’s really disconcerting to see the podium in the White House briefing room being used to mislead or misdirect… Keep Reading

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