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Robert Higgs: The Many Costs of War
The deaths, injuries, and property destruction of battles are obvious costs of war as is all the money spent on weapons, soldiers, and other expenses directly related to battles. Less well understood by many people are the many other war costs, including costs imposed on people who may never be near a battlefield but just live in a nation at war.

27 July 2014read on...

Eric Margolis: ‘Blame for this Bloodbath Sits as Much With the US as it Does With Israel’
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.”

24 July 2014read on...

Fixing Facts Around The Policy: Is the US Government Manipulating Social Media?
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.

23 July 2014read on...

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.

23 July 2014read on...

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.

22 July 2014read on...

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! 



21 July 2014read on...

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: Reject ‘Raving Maniac’ John McCain; Cooler Heads Can Create Ukraine Peace
While Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is using the downed Malaysia Airlines passenger airplane to justify his call for escalating US military support for the Ukraine government, RPI Academic Board Member Lawrence Wilkerson counters that the key to creating a neutral, at peace, and more prosperous Ukraine is for “cooler heads” to prevail over the calls for military escalation made by people including McCain, whom Wilkerson calls a “raving maniac.”

21 July 2014read on...

RPI's Daniel McAdams on Laura Ingraham Show
RPI Director Daniel McAdams was on the Laura Ingraham Show this past week with guest host the great Charles Goyette. Daniel and Charles discussed the real costs of the US interventionist foreign policy. What will be the economic fallout of the new round of US sanctions on Russia? McAdams pointed out the socialism and corporatism at the core of the of the US military keeping sea lanes open for corporations. We pay for their security, they privatize their profits.

20 July 2014read on...

New Post
The real reason we have this mess on the border  with thousands of kids streaming over  says Ron Paul, is foolish government policies on both sides of the border. Most of the problem from the US side, he says, stems from the US drug war and the violent gangs it spawns.

20 July 2014read on...

Ron Paul: Don't Blame Putin For Malaysian Jet Shoot Down
RPI Chairman Ron Paul was on NewsMax today to discuss yesterday's apparent shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine. While the US media and the Obama administration have jumped to the conclusion that the Russians (or their "proxies") must have done it, Dr. Paul says, "not so fast!"

18 July 2014read on...

Peace and Prosperity

The Real Elizabeth O'Bagy Scandal


Syria Task Force

So now we know that Elizabeth O'Bagy, the "expert" cited by Secretary Kerry, Senator McCain, and others as an important impartial source claiming that moderates, not radicals, dominate among Syrian insurgents is a liar.

Her padded resume was a convenient excuse for her termination from her main job at Kimberly Kagan's Institute for the Study of War (where arch-neocon William Kristol is Chairman). 

However the real scandal is not O'Bagy's falsely claimed PhD, but rather that at her other job, for the Syrian Emergency Task Force, she had been at the enter of a massive propaganda and influence campaign aimed at the American people, pushing the idea that there were moderates in Syria who the US should be supporting. O'Bagy played a key role in that influence campaign and she was being paid to lie about the insurgents by the US government itself! Yes, the real scandal is that O'Bagy was being paid as a State Department contractor to pose as a Syria expert and convince Americans that the Syrian insurgents should be supported.

The media largely ignores this huge story preferring the easier and less dangerous story that she faked her PhD.

O'Bagy has a senior position in the US-government funded Syrian Emergency Task Force, headed by the very shady Mouaz Moustafa. Moustafa's SETF is the organization that organized Senator McCain's disastrous visit to Syria in May, where he met with thugs and kidnappers while claiming that they were moderates who deserved support. McCain was so taken by the Syrian insurgent kidnappers he met that he proposed a pajama party at their house and had to be dragged away by his security detail. You can see McCain and Moustafa, along with the Syrian insurgent kidnappers, in this now-famous photo.

Moustafa has a bizarre resume of his own. Before heading up the US-government funded Syria regime change lobbying group, he was Executive Director of the Libyan Council of North America, pushing for regime change in Libya. Was he on the US government payroll in that position as well?

More strange -- or not -- he has a long history with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), known as "AIPAC's think tank," even once (since scrubbed) being listed as an "expert" for that pro-Israel neoconservative "policy institute."

Who are these people and why is Washington paying them to covertly influence public opinion in the United States in favor of regime change overseas?

And more importantly, now that their lies about the non-existent "moderates" among the insurgent groups fighting to overthrow the Syrian government have been exposed, why is the US government delivering weapons anyway to the radicals, jihadists, and criminals fighting in Syria?

How many of these new US-provided weapons will end up in the hands of the vicious jihadist thugs now laying siege to Maaloula, home of some of the last people on earth to still speak the native tongue of Jesus Christ? However, small arms are not as useful to them in their ethnic cleansing of Christians. They prefer dull knives for beheadings.

We are being lied to about Syria, and to add insult to injury we are being forced to pay for the privilege. The myriad of cut-out NGOs pose as independent voices but in fact are on the payroll of the US government. That is the scandal. Not fake PhD's.


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