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Has Robert Gates Become One of Us?

Is former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates becoming a non-interventionist? Has he taken the hard road to conversion that begins with all faith in US power projection and coercive influence and ends up with frenzied and joyous clicking through the pages of LRC and RPI?

That is probably being too optimistic -- though our doors are always open. Nevertheless there is much to fascinate in what we have seen from his new memoir -- and no, it's not the silly personality conflicts and "dissing" Obama with which the mainstream media is obsessed.
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Back to Iraq? You Bet!

As usual, the interventionists who run the US foreign policy establishment are drawing all the wrong conclusions from the news that the former "al-Qaeda in Iraq" (now "al-Qaeda in Iraq and Syria") has set up shop in the notorious Fallujah. Sen. John McCain and his sidekick, Sen. Lindsey Graham, issued a joint statement over the weekend which unsurprisingly blamed the whole development on President Obama's decision to withdraw US forces form Iraq in 2011.
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Ron Paul and Stephen Kinzer: The History of Interventionism

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Today on the Ron Paul Channel, Dr. Paul interviews Stephen Kinzer, author of the fascinating new book on the Dulles brothers and their interventionist rampage through the 1950s.

As Kinzer tells Dr. Paul in the interview, the Dulles brothers -- John Foster as Secretary of State and Allen as CIA Director -- never paused for a moment to consider that the operations they were launching would have "huge terrible implications for American security, decades and even generations later."

From Iran to Iraq to Egypt to Syria to China to Africa to every hot spot we see in the news today, the Dulles brothers, with the blessing of President Eisenhower, inserted their covert and overt fingers. The brothers literally overflowed with their deep faith in American exceptionalism and the need to remake the world in their own image.
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The Real 'Blame America' Crowd

The Washington Post’s Walter Pincus loves to protect his sources in the Intelligence Community. In an awkward attempt to cast aspersions on the NSA leakers and the journalists who cover them, he posed “Questions for Snowden” earlier this year that were so off-base his employer was forced to publicly correct him. Pincus was outraged at the leaks rather than at the illegality they exposed, so he penned the piece questioning the motives of the leakers and suggesting that journalists who cover the leaks are part of a grand conspiracy.

Well Pincus is back, and again apparently doing the bidding of his sources in spookdom. In a column today titled “Good or not, change is coming to the NSA,” Pincus bemoans the anemic reforms suggested by the president’s hand-picked NSA review task force. This task force of course concluded that the mass collection program was completely legal. What else is to be expected when it contains people like former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell, who constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley pointed out actually wants to expand the NSA’s data collection program?
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Saudis to Buy French Weapons For Lebanon Army

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced yesterday that it would extend $3 billion to the Lebanese army to purchase weapons from France. This is no garden variety foreign aid. This is in part Saudi Arabia's response to Washington's recent reconsideration of its Syria policy.

The Obama Administration is finally realizing that its allies in Syria are far worse than its enemies. Saudi Arabia, which some estimate has committed tens of billions of dollars to overthrow Assad in Syria, has been furious with the US ever since the Obama Administration failed to attack Syria over a chemical attack that has subsequently been shown to be a false flag provocation.


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Judge Napolitano Applauds, Explains NSA Ruling

As usual, Judge Andrew Napolitano, an RPI Advisory Board Member, explains clearly and eloquently the real importance of US District Court Judge Richard Leon's ruling that the NSA's massive data collection program aimed at Americans may be unconstitutional.
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US Spies: 'Nothing is Beyond Our Reach!"

As the rest of the world -- the US public included -- reels from ongoing revelations that the NSA has infiltrated like a virus into the most private corners of our lives, the US Intelligence-Industrial-Complex presses on with a total absence of self-reflection.

Entrepreneur and privacy hero Kim Dotcom points out that the latest spy satellite launched yesterday by the megabillion dollar National Reconnaissance Office carries with it a kind of extended middle finger to the entire world.
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Join the EU? Are You Crazy?

Ten years ago Hungary joined the European Union. After a miserable 40 years under the  Soviet boot, EU membership was seen by Left and Right alike in Hungary as a watershed event demonstrating that the past had truly passed, and the country had retaken its historic position in the center of European cultural, economic, and political life.

After manipulation in Hungary's domestic politics, most infamously the "salami tactics" of the 1947-1948 period where Soviet agents saw to it that each non-communist party was sliced off into oblivion one by one until the Hungarian Communist Party remained the last party standing -- as well as the 1956 revolt against the Soviet occupiers -- Hungarians upon joining the European Union felt that they had finally emerged from the post-communist period as a sovereign nation.

One by one, the former communist countries of central Europe fell for the temptations of EU membership.
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Ukraine: Bullied and Blackmailed?

It has been called the most important news you may have missed. After a long consideration Ukraine has turned against a European Union offer of associated membership, refusing to sign an agreement that would have brought the former Soviet Republic into the EU political orbit.

As one might expect, the Western mainstream media has portrayed Ukraine's rejection of an "Eastern partnership" as a turn away from civilized democracy and toward the "autocracy" of Russia's Putin. In fact, one reads the Russian president's name in such articles more often than that of his Ukrainian counterpart. It was only Russian bullying and blackmail, they write, that has frightened Ukraine away from the EU's kind and generous offer.
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Eric Cantor Lies About the Iran Deal

Infuriated by the surprise agreement between the P5+1 countries and Iran on the first round of confidence-building measures, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has taken to out and out falsification to trash-talk the deal. And he lets loose with a couple of whoppers.

In a press release yesterday, Cantor wrote:
The text of the interim agreement with Iran explicitly and dangerously recognizes that Iran will be allowed to enrich uranium when it describes a 'mutually defined enrichment program' in a final, comprehensive deal. It is clear why the Iranians are claiming this deal recognizes their right to enrich.

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