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Rep. Walter Jones: No More Dollars for Afghanistan

US Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), an RPI Board Member, took to the House Floor yesterday to criticize the new Republican budget for its increased spending in Afghanistan. Spending on that "graveyard of empires," said Walter Jones, is an "absolute waste of taxpayers' money."

Rep. Jones cites the absurd situation, recently reported, that US money for places like Afghanistan is — even if inadvertently — winding up in the hands of al-Qaeda and other groups. The CIA, he pointed out, has been sending money to the Afghan leadership that ended up in a slush fund used by the Afghans to pay off al-Qaeda to ransom Afghan officials.
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Ron Paul: 'I Am Not Pro-Putin, I Am Not Pro-Russia, I Am Pro-Facts'

Ron Paul was a keynote speaker at the International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C. this weekend, where he enjoyed his usual enthusiastic reception among America's youth, but found himself grilled by several east European visitors about his position on the civil war in Ukraine. "Why are you pro-Putin," asked the foreign participants in the conference, who seek a more robust US military "solution" against the secession movement in east Ukraine. Dr. Paul replied with his usual, consistent position on these foreign conflicts: "I Am Not Pro-Putin, I Am Not Pro-Russia, I Am Pro-Facts," he said. "The Ukraine coup was planned by NATO and EU... The best thing we can do for Ukraine is get the foreigners out," he explained.
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Yemen Today: Another 'Fall of Saigon' Moment for US

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The US government was forced to flee yet another US facility overseas today, as the last of the US personnel at its embassy in Yemen were whisked out of country and the building was abandoned.

With the announcement last week that the rebel Houthi movement would form a government in Yemen, the country's second coup in just four years was finalized. Then-President Hadi had been put into place with US blessing after an “Arab Spring” coup deposed previously pro-US dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011. But last month it was Hadi’s turn to be overthrown. He had been a loyal partner and supporter of the US drone program in his country, which had racked up untold numbers of “collateral damage” kills in addition to killing members of al-Qaeda’s Yemen franchise.

In September, President Obama heralded the US drone program in Yemen as the “model” for future US counter-terrorism operations.
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Mini-Maidan Picks Up Steam in Budapest

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Hungarians are supposed to be good at math. After all, the father of the hydrogen bomb, the inventor of the Rubik's Cube, and a whole lot of really brilliant mathematicians are all Hungarian. Indeed mathematics and the arts derived from it are seemingly endemic to the Hungarian DNA -- have a look at all the Hungarian chess masters.

However when it comes to the science of regime change, mathematics can most often be an impediment rather than an advantage. 

For example, a rally which took place over the weekend -- the latest attempt to overthrow the democratically-elected government in Hungary -- drew only an estimated 3,000 protesters. 

Nevertheless, rally organizer Balazs Gulyas is convinced that 3,000 constitutes an absolute majority in a country of ten million people. Said Gulyas, a former politician of the opposition Hungarian Socialist (formerly Communist) Party, "We want to show that the country is not equal to Orban, that the majority does not support his policies going closer to Vladimir Putin." 

In the seemingly non-mathematical mind of Gulyas, 3,000 is a majority in 10 million.
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Will New US Training Program Produce More ISIS Fighters in Syria?

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US involvement in Iraq War 3.0 was initially sold as a limited, humanitarian rescue operation to save members of a religious minority the administration claimed were threatened by ISIS's long march through northern Iraq. Who could object to rescuing a poor religious minority without sounding like a complete monster? 

As expected, many otherwise suspicious of the use of military force in the US embraced this mission as an example of how the US military can be used as a force for good. Principled non-interventionists found themselves surrounded on all sides by those clamoring for a humanitarian rescue mission. Opposition having been mostly neutralized, the mission, of course, was launched.

The foot was in the door.

Soon we were told that the operation needed to expand a bit to protect US diplomatic and military facilities in northern Iraq from the marauding hordes of ISIS. Who could object to using the military to protect US diplomatic and military personnel? Skeptics were accused of not caring about American citizens or perhaps even wishing them harm. No thought was given to simply evacuating US government personnel from northern Iraq in the face of danger, as the US did recently in Libya when US-sponsored "liberation" didn't work out as planned and terrorists took over the country.
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'Do You Believe it Was a False Flag?' Ron Paul on Paul Craig Roberts' Controversial Article

RPI Chairman Ron Paul was on NewsMax's "Midpoint" program today to discuss how blowback should be considered a big factor in the recent attacks in Paris. French and US foreign policy has been very aggressive in the Middle East and the idea that there are no consequences to such actions makes little sense.

Dr. Paul was also questioned about the Ron Paul Institute's decision to publish an essay by Paul Craig Roberts that highlighted some of the very unusual facts about the Paris attacks that the mainstream media has chosen to ignore. The attacks have "many of the characteristics" of a false flag operation, wrote Roberts.
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Ron Paul: Paris Attack 'Obscene,' But Blowback for French Interventionism

RPI Chairman Ron Paul was on NewsMax today to discuss the attack on a Paris-based satirical magazine that left 12 people dead. The attackers are said to be radical Islamists who objected to the magazine's vulgar depictions of their faith and of Muhammad, Islam's prophet. 

Dr. Paul made it clear that libertarians reject all such initiation of force, which he described as "obscene," but he also pointed out that these kinds of attacks do not happen in a vacuum.
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Should You Condemn the CIA for Torture If You Don't Condemn the Iraq War?

For Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, an RPI academic board member, the CIA has botched its mission, post 9/11, and has reached what he called "the pinnacle of incompetence," to where it has become a detriment to the United States. In a recent interview on the Real News Network, Wilkerson advised that this incompetence was not only about the recent Senate torture report. The Senate report, according to Wilkerson, gives us only a very limited view of how the CIA botched its mission, but even that glimpse is a good start if the mistakes are to be corrected.
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Why Millions of Christians Will Mourn This Christmas

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It will be a miserable Christmas for the overseas victims of US interventions this year. Though "regime change" proponents talk of bringing freedom and democracy to the countries they target, the end result is quite the opposite: the rise of extremism, famine, ethnic cleansing, and economic destruction are what the US government has left behind in places like Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine.

The neoconservatives who pushed for war in Iraq are incapable of self-reflection, but the numbers do not lie. For the first time in more than 1,000 years, reports the Washington Post today, "the plains of Nineveh and its provincial capital of Mosul have been virtually emptied of Christians." Where there had been religious and cultural diversity for centuries, the destruction of Iraqi society brought about by US intervention has left only the most hardened of extremists to terrorize what is left of the population. Already six in ten Christians have fled Iraq, leaving churches empty and a way of life that dates to the time of Christ a distant memory.

Father Miyassir al-Mokhlasee of Baghdad's St. George’s Chaldean Catholic Church is struggling to keep his flock, as every Christian who is able is fleeing. “We believe that God wants us here for diversity in the region," Fr. Mokhlasee said. “We are becoming fewer in number... We ask God that we can keep our churches, keep our country," he added in an Advent sermon.
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Bombs Away! Obama Signs Lethal Aid to Ukraine Bill

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President Obama made good today on his promise to sign the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014, which had passed Congress last week. Dubbed by former Rep. Dennis Kucinich the bill that "reignited the Cold War while no one was looking," the Act imposes new sanctions on the Russian defense and energy industries, authorizes $350 million in lethal military assistance to the US-backed government in Kiev, urges that government to resume its deadly military operations against the Russian-speaking areas of east Ukraine seeking to break away from Kiev's rule, and authorizes millions of dollars to fund increased US government propaganda broadcasts to the countries of the former Soviet Union. Just days before Christmas, this bill is a massive gift to the US defense industry from which Ukraine will be required to purchase its lethal wish list.

Perhaps as disturbing as the bill itself is the shocking process by which it passed the US House of Representatives. Three Members of the House, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), planned to be on the House Floor after the business of the day (passage of the massive omnibus spending bill) was completed and Members had left the Floor. 

Under a parliamentary move called "unanimous consent" the normal rules of the House can be suspended provided not a single other Member objects. The solution for these three Members was to ensure that no other Members were present. It would have been difficult for other Members to object anyway, as no one else in the House had even seen the bill! It had only just been introduced and the text was not available.
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