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Weapons to Ukraine? Assad Overthrow? RPI's Daniel McAdams Speaks With Jay Taylor

Indications that the US is looking to accelerate the conflict in Ukraine, with Vice President Biden in Kiev followed by NATO's Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. Pressure to provide US weapons to the Kiev regime is mounting. Also, what does departure of US Defense Secretary Hagel mean for US war plans in the Middle East? Will the neocons get their way in their push to overthrow Syria's Assad? RPI Director Daniel McAdams is back with Jay Taylor to discuss the pressing foreign policy headlines of the week.
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Gen. Breedlove Announces More Aid to Ukraine Military, Denounces Russian 'Militarization'

On the heels of US Vice President Joseph Biden's trip to Ukraine this week, NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, Gen. Philip Breedlove, is in Kiev today pledging increased military assistance to the US-backed government there. As the Kiev regime readies another assault on breakaway regions in the east of the country, General Breedlove announced today that:
We are going to help Ukraine's military to increase its capacities ... [to] make them ever more interoperable with our forces.
Breedlove again repeated NATO's assertion that the Russian military is operating in east Ukraine, claiming the Russians are providing the "backbone" for the forces seeking independence from rule by Kiev.
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Breaking: Hagel Out, Assad Next

Washington is abuzz with news that Chuck Hagel is out as President Obama's Secretary of Defense. The Secretary was said to have never meshed with the rest of Obama's foreign policy team, led by National Security Advisor Susan Rice and flanked by US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power and others. Differences over how to handle the rapidly-escalating US war in Syria and Iraq are said to be the breaking point.

The president's closest national security advisors embrace a policy of worldwide US intervention -- often dubbed "humanitarian" -- while micro-managing the Pentagon's means to achieve the demanded objectives.  Indeed, Hagel, a two-time recipient of the Purple Heart as a combat veteran in Vietnam, found himself and the Pentagon's top military leaders at odds with the president's national security advisors, who were enthusiastic about the use of US force abroad but possessed virtually no military experience themselves.
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Obama's Stealth Surge in Afghanistan

It is a pattern for President Obama: posing as a peacemaker who ends the wars of the previous administration, while expanding the US use of force in areas the Bush gang could not have even imagined. 

In Iraq, for example, a miniscule US humanitarian operation to rescue a small religious minority in Iraq -- starting with just 20 troops -- has transformed to another large-scale US war in the region. Two countries, Iraq and Syria, are regularly bombed by the US military. Billions have already been spent. No end is in sight and in fact escalation continues, as the president recently announced a doubling of US troops to Iraq.
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Fmr. Bush National Security Advisor: Start WWIII With Russia!

Stephen Hadley, who served as National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, believes that the United States should begin delivering lethal military equipment  to the US-backed government in Ukraine as that government moves ever-closer to another assault on eastern territories seeking independence.

Thus far, more than 4,000 have been killed in Kiev's attack on the breakaway Lugansk and Donetsk regions, many if not most civilians. That is not enough for Hadley.
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Dennis Kucinich: Support for War and National Security State is Reason for Democrat Election Losses

Dennis Kucinich, the former Democratic United States House of Representatives member from Ohio and two-time presidential candidate, pins blame for Democrats’ 2014 midterm elections “debacle” on Democrat politicians in the last eight years advancing war and the national security state. Kucinich’s analysis is presented Thursday in a Common Dreams article by Deidre Fulton.
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Ed Mullins Returns with More Marijuana Nonsense Talk

With the recent announcement of the particulars of the New York City Police Department policy change intended to reduce marijuana arrests, Sergeants Benevolent Association police union leader Ed Mullins, who previously lamented that reducing marijuana arrests in the city would be “clearly the beginning of the breakdown of a civilized society,” is back with more nonsense talk about marijuana.

Under the new NYPD operations order effective November 19, marijuana arrests are expected to drop dramatically. The new policy directs that police generally should not arrest a person who has 25 grams (about 9/10 of an ounce) or less of marijuana “consistent with personal use” in public view in a public place. Instead, the marijuana may be confiscated and the individual fined up to $100 for a first offense and up to $250 for a later offense. Police are instructed, though, to continue to arrest individuals who are in public with lit marijuana.
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Another US-Supported Group Goes Over to ISIS

Yet again a US-backed group in the Middle East/South Asia region has thrown in their lot with ISIS. Antiwar.com blog reports  that Jundallah, a terrorist organization based in southern Iran and western Pakistan which fights to overthrow the Iranian government, has pledged loyalty to ISIS and will back "any plans they have."

The CIA has long backed Jundallah as part of the US regime change strategy against Iran. The organization is responsible for terrorist attacks spanning more than a decade that have claimed the lives of more than 100 people. Relations between Iran and Pakistan have been strained because of cross-border attacks by the Pakistan-based faction of Jundallah and the cross-border response from Iran.

The group has an Israel connection as well. In 2012, the popular website Foreign Policy featured an article outlining a secret operation by Israel's Mossad to have agents pose as American spies in attempt to recruit fighters into Jundallah.
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