War Dividends: The Pentagon Budget Keeps Soaring Up, Up, and Away!

Reprinted from Bracing Views with the author’s permission.

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 and the Cold War ended, I heard a lot about peace dividends. It was time to become a normal country in normal (more peaceful) times, said Jeanne Kirkpatrick, an early neocon who served under Ronald Reagan. More than thirty years later, America still awaits its peace dividends from the Cold War.

When the Afghan War came to a sputtering and ignominious end in 2021, I didn’t hear much at all about peace dividends. Even though the Afghan War was costing the United States almost $50 billion a year before it crashed and burned, the Pentagon budget for 2022 went up by that amount rather than down. You’d think the end of wars would lead to a decrease in military spending, but not in America.

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Ukraine In NATO? Foreign Ministers Flex Jaw Muscles in Bucharest

On Today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

At the NATO foreign ministers summit in Bucharest this week, Member states talked tough about endless support for Ukraine “whatever it takes.” They also reiterated a 2008 pledge to eventually welcome Ukraine as a Member. Are they serious? Also today: Biden’s neocons are reportedly considering sending Patriot missiles to Ukraine despite Russian warnings that it would be a major escalation. How far will they go?

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

Conflicts of Interest: An Early Look at Ron DeSantis’ Foreign Policy

On COI #353, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman cover recent escalations against China, North Korea, and Iran.

Kyle breaks down Kamala Harris’ Philippines trip including her provocative display onboard a coast guard ship at Palawan, an island province with a coast on the disputed South China Sea. Harris made hawkish statements and threats against China, promising to further entrench Washington’s southeast Asian military footprint.

Kyle also updates the tense situation on the Korean peninsula, discussing Pyongyang’s latest ICBM test as well as massive shows of force carried out by South Korean and American warplanes.

Connor talks about the baseless claims, made by Israel and the US, that Iran was behind a drone attack on a tanker off the coast of Oman and how its being used to bolster increased intervention in the region.

Connor also analyzes the latest IAEA Board of Governors’ censure against Tehran and the neoconservative, anti-Iran policies supported by Ron DeSantis.

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Ron Paul Says: Finally! MSM Outlets Call for Charges Against Assange To Be Dropped

On Today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Five major mainstream media outlets, including the New York Times, have issued a letter calling the US Administration to drop the charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Assange has been a political prisoner in the UK since 2019.

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

Intervention Still Isn’t the Answer in Haiti

The New York Times ran a long article today on Haiti and the Biden administration’s push for a foreign intervention force. The article leans heavily to the pro-intervention side in the debate and makes it seem as if it is the only option, and in the process it makes some remarkable omissions. All in all, it reads much more like an interventionist advocacy piece than a straight report of what is happening. This is the sort of “do somethingist” coverage that has often preceded unwise and unnecessary interventions in the past.

One of the most significant omissions concerns the former U.S. special envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote, who is quoted just once near the start of the piece and whose vocal opposition to the proposed military intervention in Haiti is never mentioned. Foote has publicly spoken out against the idea of an intervention, and has warned against sending troops to Haiti in the strongest terms. He has said that he fears an intervention could provoke a popular uprising, and in another interview he warned that it could lead to a “bloodbath.” It would have also been worth mentioning that Foote resigned in protest over Biden administration policy in Haiti. That seems like a relevant piece of information to include about someone that is being quoted in an article about the Biden administration and Haiti, but it is not there.

The article briefly mentions Haitian opposition to foreign intervention, but does so almost in passing and tries to paint a picture of broad support for the introduction of a foreign force. This stands in sharp contrast to a report from NPR that ran just a few weeks ago that finds the prospect of a new intervention to be deeply unpopular:

But talk to people in the streets of Haiti, and the overwhelming response is emphatic against another foreign intervention.

There are almost daily protests calling for Prime Minister Henry to resign. And there’s a new chant: "Down with the prime minister! Down with the occupation!"

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Daniel Larison is a weekly columnist for Antiwar.com and maintains his own site at Eunomia. He is former senior editor at The American Conservative. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.