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Yemen Coup and the Week in Review -- McAdams and Taylor
A quick review of the Sunni vs. Shia split and how that drives violence in the Middle East. What does the ascendence of a Shia insurgency to power in Yemen last week mean for the balance in the region, especially with the death of the Saudi king?

25 January 2015read on...

Foreign Troops in Ukraine? You Bet!
US-backed president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, was among the elites gathering in Davos, Switzerland this week to attend the 2015 World Economic Forum. During his speech he made the remarkable claim that 9,000 Russian troops were currently fighting in Ukraine on behalf of the independence-seeking areas of the country. These 9,000 troops have brought with them tanks, heavy artillery, and armored vehicles, he claimed. "Is this not aggression?" he asked the gathered elites.

23 January 2015read on...

Kucinich: Obama’s Wars Stand in Way of His SOTU Wish List
Commenting Wednesday in a Sky News panel discussion, Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Advisory Board Member Dennis Kucinich questioned how President Barack Obama planned to pay for the “wish list” of government programs Obama presented in the State of the Union speech of the previous night while the US spends trillions of dollars on empire.

22 January 2015read on...

Breaking the Mold: Rick Sanchez Interviews Ron Paul
In his recent appearance on the Rick Sanchez Show, RPI Chairman Ron Paul discussed why the Founders favored liberty and were very skeptical of democracy. Also, is Obama finally starting to get Cuba policy right? Ron Paul made the point that when he was campaigning down in Miami last time it was the young people who agreed with him most about the futility of maintaining the US embargo of Cuba. What about the drug war? All this and more in a very interesting 20 minute discussion.

22 January 2015read on...

Is The FBI Busting Terror Plots or Creating Terror Plots?
Last week's arrest of 20 year old Ohio resident Christopher Lee Cornell for allegedly plotting to shoot up the US Capitol was yet another in dozens of spectacular FBI takedowns of dangerous terrorists out to do all of us harm. Or was it?

20 January 2015read on...

Free Speech, Paris, False Flag, US Training to Syrian Rebels - McAdams and Taylor's Foreign Policy Week in Review
RPI Director Daniel McAdams joins Jay Taylor to look back on the week in foreign affairs. The hypocrisy of the Paris "unity" march, the free speech crackdown in France, free speech in the US, the US decision to begin training Syrian rebels with US troops, Ukraine civil war hotting up, and why on earth did RPI run the Paul Craig Roberts article questioning whether the Paris shooting was a false flag?

17 January 2015read on...

Ron Paul: What is Really Behind Violent Police Confrontations in US Cities?
Ron Paul is a well-known opponent of the militarization and nationalization of local police in America. Yet, he cautions against looking at this development in isolation. On the Alex Jones Show on Tuesday, Paul discussed the economic policies of the US government and the provocations by people such as Al Sharpton that have, together with the nationalization of militarization of police, helped create a very dangerous situation in US cities.

14 January 2015read on...

After Free Speech Rally, France Cracks Down on Free Speech
Well that didn't take long. Just three days after the French government hosted dozens of foreign leaders in a "unity rally" to defend free speech in the wake of last week's shooting at the Charlie Hebdo magazine, France has begun arresting its citizens for actually exercising free speech.

14 January 2015read on...

Civilian Bus Attacked in Ukraine, Washington Blames Rebels
On Tuesday a civilian bus was attacked in the breakaway region of eastern Ukraine. Some 12 people were killed in what was initially reported to be a grad missile attack but that looks much more like the work of some sort of small arms fire or anti-personnel mine. After weeks of a shaky ceasefire -- which was not much of a ceasefire to the 1,300+ killed in the breakaway region since it was announced -- it appears a return to open combat is increasingly likely.

14 January 2015read on...

Hypocrisy of the Paris Marchers
The Paris "unity rally" to stand up for free speech in the face of last week's magazine shooting in Paris was an exercise in hypocrisy by the western political leaders who rushed in for the photo-op, RPI Director Daniel McAdams told Sputnik News today. France, Germany, and the United Kingdom routinely jail their own citizens who express opinions their governments object to, he added.

13 January 2015read on...

Peace and Prosperity

Senate Votes Unanimously Toward War Against Iran


Today the US Senate voted unanimously in favor of a Lindsey Graham resolution, S.Res.65, which "[s]trongly support(s) the full implementation of United States and international sanctions on Iran and urg[es] the President to continue to strengthen enforcement of sanctions legislation."

The legislation, as expected from a Lindsey Graham product, is full of misstatements, historical revisionism, and war-drum-beating hyperbole. Particularly revolting is the distortion and lies about Iran's not being in compliance with IAEA nuclear safeguards requirements and the irony of Graham's using Iran's refusal to implement UN resolutions as evidence of its rogue status. Also deceptive is the sleight of hand claiming that Iran pursuing a "nuclear weapons capability" is the real violation, rather than an Iranian failure to uphold its agreed upon obligation to not actually divert fissile material to build a nuclear weapon. It is a unilateral lowering of the bar, which is in fact itself a US violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Most alarming, however, is that this resolution contains among the clearest legislative language to date promising that should Israel decide to attack Iran, the US would back Israel militarily. It is breathtakingly foolhardy for the US Senate to give such carte blanche permission to any foreign country to attack another nation as it sees fit with the promise of the backing of the United States military. The move will likely embolden Israel to continue recent escalation of military action in the region and will likely propel Israel closer to an attack on Iran. In economic theory this is known as "moral hazard."

The resolved clauses of the resolution must be seen to be believed, so I reproduce them here (see especially the original point (8), which was apparently even too over-the-top for the Senators -- the substitute language is just as bad but it adds a layer of vagueness as a fig leaf):

Congress--
(1) reaffirms the special bonds of friendship and cooperation that have existed between the United States and the State of Israel for more than sixty years and that enjoy overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress and among the people of the United States;

(2) strongly supports the close military, intelligence, and security cooperation that President Obama has pursued with Israel and urges this cooperation to continue and deepen;

(3) deplores and condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the reprehensible statements and policies of the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran threatening the security and existence of Israel;

(4) recognizes the tremendous threat posed to the United States, the West, and Israel by the Government of Iran's continuing pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability;

(5) reiterates that the policy of the United States is to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon capability and to take such action as may be necessary to implement this policy;

(6) reaffirms its strong support for the full implementation of United States and international sanctions on Iran and urges the President to continue and strengthen enforcement of sanctions legislation;

(7) declares that the United States has a vital national interest in, and unbreakable commitment to, ensuring the existence, survival, and security of the State of Israel, and reaffirms United States support for Israel's right to self-defense; and

[Struck out->] (8) urges that, if the Government of Israel is compelled to take military action in self-defense, the United States Government should stand with Israel and provide diplomatic, military, and economic support to the Government of Israel in its defense of its territory, people, and existence. [< -Struck out]

(8) urges that, if the Government of Israel is compelled to take military action in legitimate self-defense against Iran's nuclear weapons program, the United States Government should stand with Israel and provide, in accordance with United States law and the constitutional responsibility of Congress to authorize the use of military force, diplomatic, military, and economic support to the Government of Israel in its defense of its territory, people, and existence.

A meaningless statement is added at the end which likely guaranteed unanimous support:

SEC. 2. RULES OF CONSTRUCTION.

Nothing in this resolution shall be construed as an authorization for the use of force or a declaration of war.

This last part is Congressional weasel language, as the point was not to declare war but rather to define the circumstances under which war would be authorized. Point (8) lays down those circumstances, which is a trap for any Senator who voted for this bill. Imagine if the criteria in point (8) are satisfied by an Israeli attack on Iran claiming self-defense. Any Senator hesitating to authorize the US military to join Israel's war would be shown his vote on this resolution and told that he is already on record supporting war in these circumstances. That is how it works on the Hill.

This is an important vote.


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