The Chicago Council on Global Affairs recently released the results of a new survey on U.S. public opinion on arms sales and the U.S.-Saudi relationship:
As Congress weighs the decision by the Trump Administration to sell additional weapons to Saudi Arabia, a newly completed survey of US public opinion finds that most Americans oppose the US sale of weapons in general, and they are fairly divided on whether the US relationship with Riyadh makes a positive or negative contribution to US national security.
The survey found that a large majority of Americans (70%) believes that arms sales to other governments makes the US less safe, and 50% believe that the relationship with the Saudis weakens US national security. Somewhat surprisingly, there were large majorities that said arms sales made the US less safe regardless of political affiliation. Republicans were a little less likely to give that answer and Democrats were a little more likely, but there is broad consensus among Americans that arms sales are bad for US security.
Yesterday CNN was the sole source of an article accusing Iran’s Revolutionary Guard of trying to seize a UK tanker in the Persian Gulf. Though CNN claimed there was video of the attempt, none has surfaced. Iran strongly denies any such attempt. Is this another psy-op to drum up support for a US attack on Iran? Bonus topic: A new Pew Poll shows that US military members do not believe recent wars have been “worth it.” Maybe we should listen to them. On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:
What a shame. You know, it didn’t have to be this way at all.
Forget that crank Al Gore winning instead. If Bush had only had anyone but Dick Cheney for VP and Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz over at Defense, then Colin Powell would have been his man on foreign policy and the whole damn thing would have ended in 2002.
Don’t get me wrong, Powell is still a war criminal for going along and lying us into war, but it wasn’t his policy to expand the war.
No Iraq War II means no war in Libya, Mali, Syria, no Islamic State or Iraq War III. He probably would have wanted to stay in Afghanistan though, and who knows what else, but it definitely didn’t have to be like this: 7,000 dead Americans; a million-plus dead innocent people who had nothing to do with attacking us; as many widows and orphans; Christian, Druze, Yazidi, Turkmen, Kurds, Tuaregs, and millions more Sunni and Shia Arabs displaced and “cleansed” from their homes where their tribes had lived for thousands of years; domestic police state solidified; budget completely busted; capitalism completely corrupted; lost everything anyway; America disgraced permanently.
I am overjoyed by this. I started my antiwar activities when I was in high school during the Vietnam War. It is so great to see these teenagers who have a better understanding than the average American adult of what we are doing to innocent Yemenis.
President Trump has threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2020 if Congress adopts the House version of the bill, which increases military spending by $16 billion but does not come close to the $33 billion increase the Administration demands. When it comes to military spending…how much is enough? On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report: