Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told an audience at the Atlantic Council this week that the US is ready for direct talks with North Korea without preconditions. This seems to be a major shift for the Trump Administration, however the US president’s spokesperson insisted US policy has not changed. What’s going on here? We have a few theories. On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:
With ISIS defeated in Syria, Russian President Putin announced this week that he was withdrawing the bulk of Russian military equipment and personnel. Russian assistance was requested by the Syrian government as ISIS and al-Qaeda appeared poised to take control of the country. Meanwhile, the US has just admitted it has more than four times the number of troops in Syria than it earlier claimed. And Defense Secretary Mattis said the US, though illegally in Syria, would not be leaving. Why? On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:
It was a bad week for two former puppets of the American Empire.
In Ukraine, former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili was chased out of his apartment onto the roof where he threatened to jump. Police arrested him, but Saakashvili’s supporters surrounded the police van, smashed the front window, and pulled Saakashvili from the vehicle. Immediately afterwards, Saakashvili led a march on parliament in Kiev where he encouraged his supporters to topple the current Ukrainian leadership. Eventually, though, Saakashvili was re-arrested on Friday and now faces the prospect of having no passport and no support from the entity that brought him to power – the United States.
Saakashvili was America’s choice to run the country of Georgia following the dubious Rose Revolution in 2003. Having been educated in the U.S., Saakashvili was a favorite of the neoconservative war machine, in part because of his disdain for Russia. In 2008, Saakashvili initiated a conflict with Russia over the issue of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The Georgian military, despite support from the US, was quickly defeated by Russia, and Saakashvili and his US counterparts suffered an embarrassing loss, as Abkhazia and South Ossetia became independent states.
On December 7, 2017 I moderated an event at the NPC in which Gilbert Doctorow addressed the wider, Russia-related issues in his new book, Does America Have a Future? Gil is an American historian of Russia, whose academic and business credentials simply won’t quit. Gil asked me not only to moderate but also to chime in at will. I found it difficult to avoid abusing the privilege; it all made for a lively Q&A.
Are they really going to audit the Pentagon? That’s what the new Comptroller has promised. Will they find the estimated $6 trillion the Pentagon itself admits is missing? Don’t hold your breath! More likely it will be another example of the government covering up government malfeasance. Our view on what will likely come from it in today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report: