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Obama’s Phony Foreign-Aid Reform
Four years ago, President Obama promised in a United Nations speech to “change the way we do business” with foreign aid and “seek partners who want to build their own capacity to provide for their people.” A year earlier, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton complained that “a lot of these aid programs don’t work” and lamented their “heartbreaking” record of failure. However, Mr. Obama, like numerous prior presidents, is more devoted to boosting aid spending than to fixing its flaws.

29 October 2014read on...

Putin’s Complaint: Is Washington a Revisionist Power?
The idea that the United States must exercise "global leadership" is rationalized by our interventionists as a necessary perquisite for maintaining some type of "world order."Who will guard the sea lanes? Who will deter "aggression"? Who will defend the "rules" against those "rogue states" just waiting for an opportunity to wreak havoc, if not the United States of America?

29 October 2014read on...

Time Mag to Ron Paul: Stop Telling The Truth!
Time
 Magazine is very angry with Ron Paul. How dare he point out that the media has been over-reacting to the Ebola outbreak? How dare he mention that Canada's 13 years of bombing Muslim countries has irritated plenty of people on the receiving end of those bombs? How dare he tell the truth about US history: that if the colonies were told they could never leave it is unlikely there would ever have been a United States?

28 October 2014read on...

Don't Let Lunatics Make Our Policies
Things seemed crazy in the US and Canada last week, with a shooting on normally tranquil Parliament Hill in Ottawa and a grisly hatchet attack on two New York City policemen.

27 October 2014read on...

Once-Peaceful Canada Turns Militaristic; Blowback Follows
In 1968 the government of Canada decided to openly admit Americans seeking to avoid being drafted into the US war on Vietnam. Before, would-be immigrants were technically required to prove that they had been discharged from US military service. This move made it easier for Americans to escape President Johnson’s war machine by heading north.

26 October 2014read on...

Anti-Assad Warmongers Drag in the Holocaust
“The irony is that the Nazi holocaust has now become the main ideological weapon for launching wars of aggression,” Norman Finkelstein tells Yoav Shamir in “Defamation,” the Israeli filmmaker’s award-winning 2009 documentary on how perceptions of anti-Semitism affect Israeli and U.S. politics. “Every time you want to launch a war of aggression, drag in the Nazi holocaust.” If you’re looking for evidence in support of Finkelstein’s thesis today, you need look no further than the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s exhibit of images of emaciated and mutilated bodies from contemporary Syria.

25 October 2014read on...

Fragile Fact-Checking: How The Media Fell in And Out of Love With The Sikorski ‘Revelations’

What’s worse than a junior neocon? A junior neocon trying to make a name for himself. Ben Judah’s meteoric rise, aided by his staunch anti-Russian credentials in a climate of fear, has imploded as quickly as it began.



23 October 2014read on...

Hollow Justice and Courts of Order in an Age of Government-Sanctioned Tyranny

Justice in America makes less sense with each passing day. A Michigan couple that has been raising chickens in their backyard as a source of healthy food for their family could get up to 90 days in jail for violating a local ban on backyard hens. A Kentucky prison guard who was charged with 25 counts of sexual abuse against female inmates, trafficking controlled substances, and 50 counts of official misconduct walks away with no jail time and seven years’ probation.



22 October 2014read on...

The Cuban Embargo is an Attack on Both Cubans And Americans

In its October 11 Sunday edition, the New York Times published an editorial calling for the lifting of the 45-year-old Cold War-era economic embargo against Cuba.



20 October 2014read on...

National Service is Anti-Liberty and Un-American

 

Former Clinton Administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich recently called on the government to force young people to spend two years either “serving” in the military or performing some other type of government-directed “community service.” Neoconservative Senator John McCain has introduced legislation creating a mandatory national service program very similar to Reich’s proposal. It is not surprising that both a prominent progressive and a leading neocon would support mandatory national service, as this is an issue that has long united authoritarians on the left and right. 



19 October 2014read on...

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The Interventionist Failures and How To Fix Them


Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Peace and Prosperity Internet page, where Ron Paul’s Institute for Peace and Prosperity will provide information, analysis, tools, and perspectives to help guide and promote the coming non-intervention moment in the United States.

A look at latest opinion polls clearly demonstrates that an increasing number of Americans – in some categories a critical mass – have lost faith in the aggressive interventionist policies of the recent era. Bombings, drones, invasions of numerous countries overseas have not been received by the residents of those countries with gratitude.

There are no flowers in the streets to greet the US military when boots hit the ground. Sadly, what they have most often been greeted with is roadside bombs and other horrors.

As for those living under constant threat of a US drone attack, for example in Pakistan where Senator Lindsay Graham claims we have killed some 4,700 individuals by drone, we see the simmering hatred threatening to boil over daily. In Pakistan, one of the world’s most unstable and potentially dangerous countries is further destabilized daily largely due to US drone policy. Considering the overwhelming percentage of civilians killed by drone versus bona fide terrorists, it is unsurprising that nearly 100 percent of those recently polled in Pakistan view the US government as their enemy.

In Iraq, the liberated government has not quite become the compliant subject that the war-planners promised. Instead, leaders have begun to pursue an independent foreign policy that is often at odds with the desires of the US administration. Instead of ushering in a more peaceful and secure Iraq, after ten years the truth is Iraq is a much more violent and deadly place than when the first US bombs fell. No one in his right mind would look at the carnage, murder, bombings, and mayhem in Iraq and deem the 2003 invasion a success story.

The same is true in places like Libya, where the US led a weeks-long bombing campaign to remove a secular authoritarian government. Now that the smoke has cleared we see a devastated country where no American or Westerner dare travel. We see a country governed by roving gangs of extremists and an economy thoroughly destroyed. This are the success stories of the neo-conservatives, be they right-wing hawks or left-leaning “humanitarian interventionists.”

The foreign policy planners and their neo-conservative Rasputins have turned the dream of a more peaceful world after the end of the Cold War into a nightmare. They have had their way with US foreign policy, drowning out the realists and the non-interventionists, screaming into every available microphone that only their way will bring us peace and security. But they have failed. We are not more secure at home, despite spending trillions. We have seen that recently. But when the government fails to protect us they can only demand more of our money and more of our freedoms for more empty promises. The US is not even by their standards in a strategically advantaged position overseas, as everywhere there is distrust and suspicion.

This is the beginning of a new era. I am grateful to Dr. Paul for allowing me to be a part of his plans. I am humbled. And we are ready to work.

Daniel McAdams is the Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.


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