US Troops Back To Saudi Arabia – To Provoke Iran?

For the first time in 17 years, US troops are moving back to Prince Sultan Airbase in Saudi Arabia. The troops were removed in 2003 because they were serving as a recruiting tool for al-Qaeda. The Trump Administration claims they are returning to “deter” Iran…but are they telling the truth? Watch today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

Trillion Dollar Nuke ‘Upgrade’ – Not An Arms Race?

The Trump Administration continues to spend billions developing and “upgrading” the nuclear weapons arsenal, claiming at the same time that it’s in response to Russian moves and that it’s “not an arms race.” Is there solid evidence to back US claims…or is this just another high-paid jobs program for the military-industrial complex? Watch today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

Let the Assange Show (Trial) Begin

As the second day of the extradition hearing for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange continues in London, the lines of argumentation of both sides are taking shape. While the US tries to argue that Wikileaks publishing harmed individuals who aided the US government, there is little evidence to back the claim. Will the UK courts roll over for a Washington that would like to see, as former FBI Director Comey suggested, “Assange’s head on a pike”? Watch today’s Liberty Report:

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

February 26 in Washington DC: Talk by Grant Smith on The Israel Lobby Enters State Government

Thursday, February 26

Middle East Books & More
1902 18th St. NW
Washington, DC – 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

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What happens when a major Israel lobbying organization actually becomes part of the government? It has already happened in Virginia! Author Grant F. Smith presents findings from his new book, The Israel Lobby Enters State Government: Rise of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board. Smith will explore:

  1. What is the Virginia Israel Advisory Board (VIAB) and where did it come from?
  2. Is it really an advisory board, or stealth, taxpayer-funded Israeli export promotion board?
  3. In what ways do VIAB board members participate in the supposed "job generating" investment projects they bring to Virginia?
  4. What is the track record of VIAB’s secret, code named projects such as "Jonah, " "Turbine," and "Biofuels?"
  5. What Israeli companies are actually behind the projects and what state funding have they received?
  6. Which code-named projects have been listed on the UNHCR list of entities profiting from the Israeli occupation?
  7. Is VIAB the harbinger of a near future of Israel and its lobby operating inside other state governments?

Join us for a lively presentation, Q&A and opportunity to purchase author signed paperback copies of the book exposing the expanding state corruption scandal that nobody is talking about!

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The ‘Well-Meaning’ Warmongers

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

Samuel Moyn reviews Samantha Power’s memoir to devastating effect. He begins his essay with a withering observation and never lets up:

At her first dinner with future president Barack Obama, a forty-five-minute meet and greet that turned into a four-hour mind­meld, the then senator from Illinois told Samantha Power he admired her first book, “A Problem from Hell”, an already classic study of genocide prevention. But, he added, it “seemed like malpractice to judge one’s prospects by one’s intentions, rather than making a strenuous effort to anticipate and weigh potential consequences.”

Power went on to serve as a National Security Council staffer for multilateral affairs and human rights during Obama’s first term. During his second, she became America’s ambassador to the United Nations. But her recently released memoir, The Education of an Idealist, reveals that she never learned her boss’s first lesson.

Interventionists rarely anticipate and weigh potential consequences, because if they did that it would be much harder for them to get the interventions they want. Advocates for military action routinely minimize the risks and costs of war in order to reduce opposition to it, but “humanitarian” interventionists have another incentive to downplay negative consequences and preferably to ignore consequences in their entirety. If a “humanitarian” intervention creates worse conditions than existed prior to the intervention, it has to be declared a failure on its own terms. That is why “humanitarian” interventionists go to such lengths to turn a blind eye to the destructive effects of their interference. After all, they see themselves as defending the legitimacy of “humanitarian” intervention and preserving the possibility of future interventions. To admit that one of their interventions failed and made things worse, especially when it was one that they sold so aggressively as “good” and successful, would be to bring discredit on the entire project.

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