President Trump’s robust intervention on behalf of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher has drawn widespread criticism, even and especially among members of the military. Should he be honored with the right to keep his status as a SEAL, as Trump contends, or does military discipline demand that war crimes be punished? Watch today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:
A startling development in the alleged gas attack in Douma, Syria in April, 2018: Whistleblowing inspectors from the OPCW – the UN Agency that investigated the attack – have come forward to claim that the original report has been doctored and distorted to falsely blame the Syrian government. Will the mainstream media touch this scandal with a ten foot pole? Watch today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:
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.
We may be months away from ending the US military draft, once and for all. After a court ruled that the male-only draft was unconstitutional, a Congress-appointed Commission has been studying whether or not to draft women into the US military. They make their report in March, and will likely either advocate for expanding draft registration to women or abolishing the draft, once and for all.
Instead of expanding the draft to women, it’s time to end the draft for all genders.
Drafting women is a deeply unpopular idea. For months, people have been testifying against it to the Commission. Even the former director of the Selective Service thinks it’s time to get rid of draft registration altogether. Currently, the US military draft is in a state of dysfunction. For decades, millions of men have refused and/or failed to register. The consequences can and do impact men’s lives, including everything from being barred from government jobs to being denied drivers licenses. This situation is deeply unjust and has been opposed for decades by several generations of draft resisters.
While the media and American public remain glued to the ongoing impeachment circus, Congress hid an extension of the Patriot Act on page 25 of a “must pass” continuing resolution. The move was bipartisan and widely supported. Watch the Ron Paul Liberty Report: