Conflicts of Interest: America’s War on Drugs Wreaks Havoc in Central ​and South America

On COI #126 Brian Saady, author and host of the Rackets podcast, comes on the show to explain how the ‘war on drugs’ is a deadly foreign policy. Brian breaks down the countries most impacted by the drug war: Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Honduras. Each country plays a critical war in the multi-billion dollar cocaine market. Brian explains how the American anti-drug efforts in these countries increase violence and death.

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Freedom of Press? US Govt. Seizes Dozens of Foreign News Websites

Apparently the “rules-based order” that the Biden Administration touts does not apply to the United States, as the Justice Department announced yesterday it was seizing the websites of dozens of foreign news outlets, including the Iranian government-funded PressTV. Is taking down foreign news sites a good look for the US? This and more on today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

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Conflicts of Interest: Repealing the 2002 Iraq War Authority Won’t End the War on Terror

On COI #125, Kyle Anzalone and Will Porter explain recent efforts in Congress to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), which gave legal authority for the US invasion of Iraq. Kyle argues that while the 2002 authorization has been invoked a few times since the invasion, it’s really the 2001 AUMF that’s allowed the War on Terror to continue. Far less attention has been paid to the broader 2001 authorities, however.

Israel briefly renewed airstrikes on the Gaza Strip last week, after Palestinians sent incendiary balloons into Israeli cities. The exchange followed clashes that sparked during a controversial ‘Flag March’ through Jerusalem, arranged by Israeli nationalist groups last week. The two sides are now attempting to deescalate, as a new coalition government in Israel cuts its teeth on its first bout of conflict with the blockaded Palestinian enclave.

General Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, made uncharacteristically reasonable comments about China and Taiwan during a recent congressional hearing. Despite near-constant warnings about an imminent Chinese invasion from lawmakers and military officials, Milley downplayed those concerns, questioning whether Beijing has any intention or interest in taking over the island.

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Say What? US Planning New Sanctions… On Russia!

President Biden has announced new sanctions are pending on Russia over the alleged poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny last year. This move comes less than a week after what has been billed as a successful Biden/Putin meeting. Also today – “insurrectionists” to the gulag while rioters and looters are set free. Mayor Lightfoot declares “racism” a health crisis and passes out $10 million in Covid funds to fight it. On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

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Conflicts of Interest: An Afghan War Vet Weighs in on the Withdrawal

Scott Spaulding, host of ‘Why I am Antiwar’ and an Afghan War vet, returns to the show to discuss the withdrawal from Afghanistan. As thousands of troops and contractors make their exit, Scott gives his unique perspective on what the pullout will mean for the Afghan people. Scott and Kyle break down how the withdrawal has progressed and how the conflict is evolving. Scott explains how the geopolitics of Central Asia will make it difficult for the US to carry out major operations in Afghanistan after ending its longest war.

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Biden/Putin Summit: Why Media and Politicos Get It All Wrong

Most of the media and politicians of all stripes are apoplectic that President Biden sat down with his Russian counterpart without wrestling him to the ground or pounding him. The reaction by US elites – from Trump to CNN – to the largely successful summit tells us everything that’s wrong with US foreign policy. Also today: Biden does say the stupidest thing ever at the summit. Watch today’s Liberty Report:

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