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Another 'Saigon': US Evacuates From Libya

Daniel McAdams Jul 26, 2014

Saigon Hubert Van Es

One month ago today, President Obama was congratulating Libya on a "milestone" election -- even though the disintegration of the country after the 2011 US invasion was ongoing. 

Said Obama in June:
I congratulate the Libyan people on the conclusion of the elections for a new Council of Representatives, a milestone in their courageous efforts to transition from four decades of dictatorship toward a full democracy.
Today, the US announced it has evacuated all US personnel from Libya. They piled into vehicles and escaped to Tunisia.
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‘Hard-Core Libertarian’ Austin Petersen's Advice for 'Soviet' Ron Paul

Adam Dick Jul 25, 2014

Austin Petersen

Austin Petersen, who describes himself in the introduction to his Freedom Report Podcast as a “hard-core libertarian” who cares about “pure freedom,” is upset that Ron Paul wrote an editorial expressing skepticism regarding the US government’s and media’s line on the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight in Ukraine.

Petersen, indeed, provides in his Wednesday podcast some advice for Paul: No more of that saying what you think stuff. If you do that, you might make some people uncomfortable, and the media might even run negative headlines!

Petersen’s advice brings to mind former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani challenging Paul to “withdraw that comment and tell us that he didn’t really mean it,” when Paul discussed “blowback” from US foreign intervention during a 2007 presidential debate. By answering Giuliani with more education about the history of US foreign interventions and blowback instead of backing down, Paul, then a US House of Representatives member from Texas, took the limelight of the debate in a manner that strengthened his campaign and expanded his educational reach.
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What Does the U.S. Support When It Supports Israel?

Michael S. Rozeff Jul 26, 2014

Palestine Child

According to the Congressional Budget Office, “Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. To date, the United States has provided Israel $121 billion (current, or non-inflation-adjusted, dollars) in bilateral assistance. Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance, although in the past Israel also received significant economic assistance.” 

Other special benefits also flow to the Israeli military. Each year, the U.S. pays for about 20 percent of Israel’s overall military spending, and the total places Israel as the 16th largest military spender in the world. “In 2007, the Bush Administration and the Israeli government agreed to a 10-year, $30 billion military aid package for the period from FY2009 to FY2018.” Obama has renewed that pledge.

The U.S. routinely supports Israel’s policies and avoids condemning Israel for its rights violations against Palestinians. It may never have done so. This week, for example, the U.S. cast the sole vote against the U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution concerning the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The vote was 29-1. A link to the full text of the resolution is here. (The texts vary slightly in different reports.)
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Ron Paul: 'I Don't Blame America, I Blame Neocons'

July 25 - Facing a grilling on Fox Business's The Independents over his recent comments on Ukraine and the downing of a Malaysia Air plane, Ron Paul fires back that the US government wants to blame Russia for the shoot-down while providing no evidence for its conclusion. But the best moment was when one of the hosts trotted out the old "you're blaming America" line against Dr. Paul, which was previously used against him by the likes of Giuliani and the other neocons over the 9/11 attacks. Watch how he answers the attack:



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International affairs writer and RPI Academic Board Member Eric Margolis, interviewed Monday on the Scott Horton Show, concludes regarding Israel’s military attack on and invasion of Gaza that “the blame for this bloodbath sits as much with the US as it does with Israel” and that the US government could end the war “in a minute” if it had the “political will.”
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The US government and in particular the State Department have come under some scrutiny — and even been subject to some ridicule — over increasing reliance on "social media" as evidence to back up US foreign policy positions or conclusions about international events. Many find it shocking that a government which spends some $100 billion on a vast and worldwide intelligence network would really pore over YouTube and Twitter to present user-uploaded items as if finished intelligence products.
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US Support For Ukraine Regime Change — Daniel McAdams With Jay Taylor
RPI Director Daniel McAdams is back with Jay Taylor discussing the disasters of US foreign policy -- from Libya to Iraq to Ukraine. Being interested in facts and not supporting any government makes us suspect according to the interventionists. Pravda of today is in the US. But non-interventionism continues to grow.
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Attacking Ron Paul, National Journal Hits New Lows What a bizarre article about Dr. Paul from the National Journal! Begining from the title, the piece read like something from a high school newspaper.
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We Made It To A Million!
This week marked a milestone for the Ron Paul Institute's Facebook page. For the first time in our short 15 months of existence we chalked up one million people reached over a one week period! 


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