What Happened to Putting Americans First?

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

Trump repeated his outrageous anti-Semitic statement yesterday:

President Trump said Wednesday that Jewish Americans who vote for Democratic candidates are “very disloyal to Israel,” expanding on his remarks from the previous day and dismissing criticism that his remarks were anti-Semitic.

“I think if you vote for a Democrat, you are very, very disloyal to Israel and to the Jewish people,” Trump said in an exchange with reporters outside the White House before departing for an event in Kentucky.

There wasn’t really any doubt about what Trump meant the first time when he launched this attack on the vast majority of American Jews, and now he has removed any doubt that might have remained. The president is using explicit anti-Semitic rhetoric here, and he is attacking most American Jews because they are not loyal to a foreign country. Because Trump has made a habit of indulging the Israeli government and giving Netanyahu everything he wants regardless of the consequences for the U.S., he apparently assumes that this is the attitude everyone else should have. This is the twisted logic of the “pro-Israel” hawk who assumes that Jewish people everywhere should be “loyal” to Israel and should be condemned if they are deemed not to be. It turns the old anti-Semitic attack upside down, but retains the same ugly core of singling out fellow citizens as disloyal because of their identity and vilifying them for political purposes. In one of the more disgraceful episodes of Trump’s presidency, he once again denounces Jewish Americans for putting America and our values first.

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Burn Pits Are Killing Our Veterans: Video with Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

Veterans are coming home from the War on Terror and suffering from the horrific effects of burn pits. Instead of receiving support from the VA—America’s veterans have found they need to fight a new battle at home with an unexpected enemy—bureaucracy.

Free the People sat down with Kelley Beaucar Vlahos of The American Conservative, who has written extensively on the effects of burn pits on America’s veterans, to get to the bottom of the story.

Trump’s Foreign Policy: All Coercion, No Diplomacy

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

Matt Lee reports on the Trump administration obsessive use of sanctions:

Call it the diplomacy of coercion.

The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims.

It is true that the Trump administration is using economic coercion as its default approach to almost everything, but there doesn’t appear to be any diplomacy involved. There is such a thing as “coercive diplomacy,” but there is no evidence that Trump and his officials understand the first thing about it. An administration that genuinely wanted to secure lasting diplomatic agreements with other states would apply pressure only as a means to a specific, achievable goal, but with this administration they are waging purely destructive economic wars that the targeted states cannot end without capitulating. The “maximum pressure” description implies an unwillingness to relieve pressure short of the other side’s surrender.

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Trump Administration Wants Permanent Repeal of the 4th Amendment

Departing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats sent Congress a letter requesting that several features of the misnamed USA FREEDOM Act be made permanent, allowing the US government to spy in Americans in perpetuity. The Trump Administration wants to be able to intercept phone calls and text messages as well as snoop into business records and other violations of the Fourth Amendment. The FREEDOM Act was passed after Ed Snowden revealed that the NSA was illegally spying on American citizens. Falsely advertised as “reform,” the replacement bill only made “legal” the illegality of the PATRIOT Act. Will Americans find the will to oppose this creeping tyranny? Tune in to today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

Watch Abby Martin’s New Documentary on Great March of Return

Abby Martin and Mike Prysner of the Empire Files teamed up with Palestinian journalists on the ground in Gaza to produce Gaza Fights For Freedom. The documentary covers the Great March of Return protests at the Gaza border that have been going on since March 2018. Martin does an excellent job as the narrator and cuts through the propaganda the mainstream media has been selling on these protests.

The shocking footage shows undeniably that the Israeli Defense Force is guilty of war crimes. Martin goes over specific incidents of children, people with disabilities, journalists and medics all being shot by Israeli snipers.

The documentary is a must watch. The Israel-Palestine issue is reported so one-sided by all the mainstream outlets that voices like Martins and the Palestinians she works with need to be heard. Share this with as many people as you can. US-funded Israeli war crimes need to be exposed. The horrors of the occupation need to be exposed.

The documentary can be purchased or rented on Vimeo here.

US Sanctions Killing Innocent Iranians… Just ‘Collateral Damage’?

The US government claim that US sanctions do not affect medicines and humanitarian assistance to Iran is a bold-faced lie. They make the manufacture of medicines in Iran nearly impossible and they make the cost of medicines beyond the reach of Iranians by disrupting the supply chain of raw materials. US sanctions policy kills innocents under the guise of being “humanitarian.” On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.