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US Sanctions: The Source Of Imperial Executive Power

Sanctions are the foreign policy of choice for the United States. There are sanctions on sanctions and sub-sanctions. Sanctions on countries, companies, individuals, and more. While we have long argued that sanctions never work and only make life miserable for civilians, they also empower an imperial US presidency totally out of reach of Congress. Tune in to today's Liberty Report...
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Hunger Games: Four Years Of Saudi/US Aggression In Yemen

For four years the Saudis (with US backup) have been bombing neighboring Yemen to force them to accept a Saudi-backed president that was overthrown. Due to Saudi bombs and a total blockade, millions face starvation and tens of thousands of children have already died of starvation. It is the worst humanitarian catastrophe on the globe, yet the US Congress cannot muster the will to tell President Trump that he does not have authority to continue backing up Saudi aggression with US military power. Is there any light at the end of the tunnel? Tune in to today's Liberty Report...
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Escalation: Is Russia In Venezuela A New Cuban Missile Crisis?

A Russian military transport arrived in Venezuela this past week bringing tons of aid and also nearly 100 Russian military advisors. Reportedly this included cybersecurity experts. Moscow claimed this was pre-planned and related to a nearly 20 year old cooperation agreement with Caracas. US neocons looking for regime change are claiming it is a new Cuban Missile Crisis. Who's right? Is Venezuela about to escalate out of control? Tune in to the Liberty Report...
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Trump's Syria Envoy: 'War Will Continue'

In a press conference yesterday, President Trump's point man for Syria, Jim Jeffrey, said that the defeat of ISIS will not result in a US withdrawal from its illegal occupation of Syrian territory. In fact, he said, the US would continue to support the anti-Assad "vetted Syrian opposition" fighters and would even commit resources to double the number of Kurdish "Syrian Democratic Forces" troops. Meanwhile, US NATO partner Turkey says "over our dead body!" The US Syria policy makes no sense! Tune in to today's Liberty Report...
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Mueller Report Decimates 'Russiagate' Hoax - What's Next?

The two-plus year great hoax has come to an end. Trump is not Putin's puppet, as the vast majority of the mainstream media and Democrats have claimed. There was no "collusion" with Russia. So after so much wasted time and money, where do US/Russia relations stand and where should they be heading? What does it mean for the Venezuela regime change operation? Tune in to today's Liberty Report...
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'Shock & Awe'? 16 Years Later, Who Won The Iraq War?

This week marks 16 years since the US attacked an Iraq that had neither attacked nor threatened us. Claims that Iraq had WMDs were lies and the Bush Administration knew they were lies. So 16 years later who is coming out on top after the US attack? Here's a hint: the most unintended of consequences. Today on the Liberty Report...
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Trump Wants Brazil In NATO...To Help Oust Maduro?

Less than a month after Brazil made it clear that it wants no part in a military invasion of neighboring Venezuela, its president, Jair Bolsonaro, is in Washington this week to be feted by Trump and his neocon advisors. First stop was an unprecedented visit to the CIA for a "briefing" on Venezuela. Then it was off to a visit with Trump, where the US president promised at the least a path to NATO membership for the South American country. Are the neocons turning Bolsonaro in favor of an attack on Venezuela? Tune in to today's Liberty Report...
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Trump's Record Spy Budget - What Do We Really Get For $86 Billion?

The Trump Administration has requested a huge increase in the US spy budget, including a whopping $23 billion for the "black" budget. The reasons given are the increasing threats from Russia and China. Does all this spy spending really protect us...or is it just welfare for the Beltway bandits and scaremongers? Tune in to today's Liberty Report...
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Trump To Leave 1,000 Troops In Syria? What’s The Strategy?

Over the weekend the Wall Street Journal reported that the Trump Administration had decided to keep 1,000 US military personnel stationed (illegally) in Syria, even though just three months ago the president said he would be bringing home all US troops in the country. That was followed by an announcement that 200, then 400, would remain. What's the point of the US occupation of part of Syria - especially now that al-Qaeda/ISIS is defeated? Tune in to today's Liberty Report...
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Senate Votes To End Yemen War...Will Trump Veto?

The Senate has passed "war powers" legislation ordering the president to cease and desist his cooperation with Saudi Arabia in the destruction of Yemen. A House vote is expected soon, which would throw the issue to the president who has promised a veto. Will there be political fallout for a president failing to accede to the will of Congress on matters of war and peace? Tune in to the Liberty Report...
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