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Report: Afghanistan War Reaches $1 Trillion And Will Require Hundreds of Billions More
Despite the public pledge of President Obama to pull out of Afghanistan, we continue to spend huge amounts of money in the war and the Obama Administration has fought to keep U.S. troops in the country. Now an estimate from the Financial Times and independent researchers put the cost of the war at roughly $1 trillion with a commitment of hundreds of billions more in the coming years. There continues to be no serious debate over our ongoing losses both in personnel and money in this war.

15 December 2014read on...

New US Bill Arms Ukraine, Adds Sanctions — RPI's McAdams on RT
The House and Senate late last week passed legislation authorizing $350 million in US lethal aid to Ukraine and imposing a new round of sanctions on Russia. Co-author of the bill, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), claims the bill is in response to the "Russian invasion of Ukraine." RPI's Daniel McAdams appeared on RT over the weekend to discuss the new legislation as US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a hastily-arranged meeting Sunday in Rome...

15 December 2014read on...

Meaning of Torture Report: Simply a Catharsis? - Daniel McAdams and Jay Taylor
What is the final meaning of the Senate's recent release of its report on CIA torture activities? We know that no one will be prosecuted, as they have already been given immunity by the president. We have no reason to believe the out-of-control CIA will have its wings clipped after release of the report. Just as the NSA did not cease, but rather increased, its spying on the rest of us after the Snowden revelations.

14 December 2014read on...

Rep. Walter Jones: Omnibus Bill? Are You Kidding? I Don't Even Know What's In It!
Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), an RPI Board Member, again demonstrates why he is one of the few exemplary Members of Congress left in the House. Asked by CNSNews whether he would be voting for the monstrous omnibus continuing resolution on the House this past week, he replied...

13 December 2014read on...

The US Must Purge Itself
CIA Director Brennan's self administered auto-de-fé fell flat.  He met with the president this morning and was evidently told to get his statement in line with the president's position "or else." The "else" is pretty clear. He could easily find himself doing the "Hagel Two Step."  As a result the gospel according to Brennan backed away from any real defense of the deeds of CIA in its tormented and torturing history since 9/11.

11 December 2014read on...

House Russia Bill, New SecDef, Hungary Regime Change: Foreign Policy Week in Review
RPI's Daniel McAdams joins Jay Taylor again to look back over the top foreign policy stories of the past week. Why is Ukraine naming a former State Department employee to head its finance ministry? Is Ukraine the 51st state? What about Congress flexing its muscles at Russia? What is the origin of the notion of "color revolution," and why does it seem Hungary is next on the US list for regime change?

7 December 2014read on...

The Anatomy of Regime Change
What do all regime change operations have in common? RPI Board Member John Laughland explains to the "World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations" conference last month that all such interventions essentially include the criminal prosecution of the vanquished party. We have seen this most recently in Ukraine, Libya, Ivory Coast, against ISIS, and elsewhere.

6 December 2014read on...

State Spokesperson: 'Our Line is Ridiculous...'
Every time State Department spokespersons proclaim the Department position on critical trouble spots like Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Russia, we have the feeling they are shoveling a line of bovine excrement and well know it. And know we know it. And don't care.

5 December 2014read on...

What Would SecDef Ashton Carter Mean for the Military?
We know from RPI Chairman Ron Paul that President Obama's choice to be the next Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter, will mean no big changes in current US foreign and military policy.

4 December 2014read on...

ISIS: Another Chapter in the Forever War
US politicians and officials keep upping the number of years the US will be at war in Iraq, with Sen. John McCain claiming we must remain for 100 years! In the latest podcast with Ron Paul and Charles Goyette, Dr. Paul shares his concerns that a new and "wildly hawkish" Senate will likely pursue "much more war, more killing, and more spending." It appears that the war will go on until we are entirely bankrupt.

4 December 2014read on...

Peace and Prosperity

Islamist Rise and The Fall of Tripoli Airport


Libya Plane

Today Islamist fighters of the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) have taken control of the international airport in Tripoli, Libya, after weeks of intense fighting.

Adding to the chaos in Tripoli, mystery war planes, possibly belonging to former Libyan general Khalifa Haftar, have repeatedly struck at Islamist positions. Haftar is widely suspected of having CIA ties, so his personal army fighting for power in Libya adds a curious dimension to the chaos.

The elected parliament of Libya has been unable to manage these attacks from both sides, pleading with the United Nations earlier this month to intervene and dismantle the various militias fighting for control of the country.

The US government position has, not surprisingly, reflected the cognitive dissonance that is at the center of US foreign policy, deploring the violence but maintaining that a "democratic transition" is still in process. The State Department stated in response to the fast-motion destruction of Libya:
We are in particular deeply concerned by the increasing toll the violence is taking on Libya's civilian population and institutions, as well as the threat it poses to Libya's democratic transition.
Their "democratic transition" lies in ashes today on the tarmac of the Tripoli International Airport. 

US intervention in Syria has produced ISIS, which US officials tell us is the most dangerous threat to the United States imaginable. US interventionism in Libya has resulted in a practical takeover of the country by a similarly-oriented Islamist militia. 

This isn't what they promised.

They promised us the US attack on Libya would usher in democracy, prosperity, and freedom from tyranny. When Gaddafi was sodomized and murdered by US-backed thugs, the US government rejoiced. Said President Obama:
[This] is a momentous day in the history of Libya. The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted. And with this enormous promise, the Libyan people now have a great responsibility -- to build an inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke to Qaddafi’s dictatorship. We look forward to the announcement of the country’s liberation, the quick formation of an interim government, and a stable transition to Libya’s first free and fair elections.
Then-secretary of State Hillary Clinton was even more succinct about US regime change in Libya: "We came, we saw, he died," she laughed on network television.

Is she still laughing today? Does Obama look at the destruction of Libya, the armed goons dancing on top of airplanes, and think "oops"? Don't count on it. They have plenty more "liberations in mind."
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