Rep. Adam Smith Backtracks on Support for NDAA Amendment to End War in Yemen

One of the leading co-sponsors of an amendment to the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would end US support for Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen appears to be withdrawing his support.

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) spoke at an American Enterprise Institute event on Thursday. When Smith took a question about his efforts to end US support for the war, he said, "There is nothing we are going to pass in Congress that’s going to stop the war in Yemen." Smith said Iran’s involvement in the war cannot be ignored and that he does not want to "cut off Saudi Arabia’s and UAE’s ability to deal with Iran."

In April, President Trump vetoed a bipartisan effort to end US support for the war in Yemen. In June, Trump vetoed resolutions that would have blocked arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Experts agree that the best way to end the war in Yemen is through this amendment to the NDAA.

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New Poll Shows Americans Favor Non-Intervention

A new poll conducted by the Eurasia Group Foundation shows Americans are losing their belief in American exceptionalism, and tend to favor a more non-interventionist foreign policy. The participants were asked a range of foreign policy questions.

Over 1,200 people across the country were surveyed for the Eurasia Group poll. Here are some of its findings:

Most of the participants believe that America is an exceptional nation. 42.4 percent believe America is exceptional for what it represents, and 18.2 percent believe the nation is exceptional for what it has done in the world. 39.5 percent of the participants believe America is not exceptional, just another country acting on behalf of its own interests. That number is up 6.1 percent from the previous year.

Looking at the different age groups shows younger people do not think America is anything special. In the 18-29-year age bracket, just 45.1 percent find America to be exceptional. Those who are 60 and over find America to be the most exceptional, at 75.2 percent.

The participants were asked how peace is best achieved and sustained by the US and were given the choice of four responses. The most popular response was "keeping a focus on domestic needs" which was chosen by 34.4 percent. The second most popular choice "establishing, encouraging, and reinforcing global economic integration" came in at 28.3 percent. Third was "promoting and defending democracy" which received 19 percent of the vote. The fourth and most hawkish sounding response "maintaining overwhelming strength" came in last with 18.3 percent.

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Democrats and Liberals Trust the CIA More Than Republicans

One of the many negative consequences of the Russiagate craze was the rehabilitation of U.S. intelligence agencies in the eyes of Liberals and Democrats. A new poll from Fox News shows that they are the group that trusts the CIA and FBI the most, compared to Republicans and Independents.

According to the poll 73 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of Hillary Clinton voters and 74 percent of liberals have confidence in the CIA. When it comes to the FBI, the agency of their patron saint Robert Mueller, its 77 percent across the board.

NBC News did a poll in December 2016 that showed Democrats favored the CIA more than Republicans since they started asking that question in 2002. That was around the time the CIA decided the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election.

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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.

Call Your Senators, Urge Them To Override Trump’s Arms Sale Veto

On Monday July 29th, at 5:30 pm ET, the Senate will be voting on the three resolutions to block Trump’s emergency arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Trump vetoed the resolutions last week, the Senate needs two-thirds of the vote to override the veto.

The three resolutions make Trump’s third, fourth and fifth Vetoes this year. Earlier in the year he vetoed a bill that would have required him to withdraw troops from Yemen. Meaning four out of five of his vetoes this year have been used to continue the genocidal war on Yemen.

There is no lobby in Washington to defend the starving children of Yemen from the brutal bombing campaign and blockade on the country. It’s up to the American people to hound their representatives to put an end to this war.

Call your Senator and urge them to vote to override Trump’s veto on these resolutions.

Call them directly (see directory here) or call the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

MSM Lies About Iran Deal and Repeats Unfound State Department Claims

Iran announced last week they will be enriching uranium to 5% which is over the 3.67% limit set by the Joint Comprehension Plan of Action signed in 2015 under the Obama administration. Iran has every right to go over that cap, since the US pulled out of the deal over a year ago and reinstated crippling sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

But if you look at headlines in the mainstream media, you would never know Iran was exercising its right as per the JCPOA.

Reuters July 7, 2019: Iran ratchets up tensions with higher enrichment, draws warnings

BBC July 7, 2019: Iran nuclear deal: Government announces enrichment breach

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