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Twelve Years After Start of Iraq War, Neocons Still on Top

Obama blames the rise of ISIS and al-Qaeda in Iraq on US military action against Iraq in 2003. So what is his solution? More military action against Iraq! And what if ISIS continues to capture hundreds of millions of dollars of US military equipment to use against the US? Send in more equipment!

RPI's Daniel McAdams is interviewed by Ben Swann on the anniversary of the US attack on Iraq...
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So...Assad Can Stay?

In Washington DC, consistency is considered a vice, never a virtue. It is for this reason that many in Washington, especially the neoconservatives, consider their foreign policy one of virtue. You would think that our political leaders, both in the Republican and Democratic parties, would learn something from the devastating effects of our very inconsistent foreign policy, especially after the last 15 years. The chaos that we have brought to Iraq and Afghanistan should be a loud and clear message to anyone who has ears to hear.

We now get the message from our current Secretary of State John Kerry that it’s time to “reignite” negotiations with Assad for the purpose of ending the conflict in Syria. I guess it’s better late than never, but after more than four years of us needlessly meddling in the internal affairs of Syria, it’s about time. Of course we as Americans, as well as the entire Middle East, would have been better off if we had never adopted the policy in August 2011 that “Assad must go.” What is never realized is that, no matter whether we’re intervening with good intentions or not, our involvement in countries halfway around the world only makes things worse.
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Roll Call on Ron Paul's '76 Swagger

As part of its 60 year anniversary, Roll Call newspaper is looking back on its coverage over the years. Have a look at how they covered Ron Paul when he was first elected to Congress in 1976:

Roll Call Question: What freshman lawmaker was described as “somewhat cocky and questioning” in 1976?

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Al-Qaeda, Our Ally?

Generally speaking, if one were to argue that the US foreign policy elites secretly back al-Qaeda, that person would be accused of extreme stupidity and of wallowing in the conspiracy theory mud.

But what happens when a writer in the flagship journal of the foreign policy elites writes that we need to re-assess our 15 year war on the organization that attacked New York and Washington on 9/11, and instead start "accepting al-Qaeda"?

Writing in Foreign Affairs, the Council on Foreign Relations' publication, Barak Mendelsohn argues that because the United States has been (ill-advisedly in his opinion) reluctant to place a full contingent of US boots on the ground for Iraq-War-III-Plus-Syria against ISIS and Assad, the only remaining option is to embrace (and presumably provide assistance to) al-Qaeda in its dual fight against ISIS and the secular Assad government in Syria. 
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