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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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War as a Crime Against Civilization

In her current article at Antiwar.com, Lucy Steigerwald reminds us that, while the deaths of tens of millions of innocent men, women, and children provide the strongest indictment of war, there are other costs that need to be accounted for; costs that can only be calculated in terms of the adverse consequences to peaceful, productive, and decent society — i.e., to civilization itself. Among the earliest casualties of the American attack on Iraq were the destruction and looting of archeological sites, museums, libraries, and other cultural locations that help a nation to define itself. The United States did not invent such ruinous forms of barbarism, nor has the practice abated in such cities as Mosul, where ISIS forces have eagerly and intentionally looted the local museum of its important collections. The fourth century burning of the library at Alexandria — then considered to be the greatest collection of the world’s literature – reveals the depths of insanity that inhere in the war system.
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German Intel: Breedlove is Bonkers!

What happens when a close friend starts acting so bizarrely that you need to gently extract yourself from his ravings lest you be tarred with the same brush -- or worse? That is the position in which Germany is increasingly finding itself, as the US government's strange pronouncements about Ukraine are getting too much to bear. The German establishment magazine Der Spiegel has just published a very important article, "Breedlove's Bellicosity: Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine," that lifts the lid on what official Germany really thinks about the US neocon push to war with Russia over Ukraine.

Der Spiegel starts by recalling an event last Wednesday. It was a time when the "Minsk II" ceasefire agreement had produced relative calm throughout eastern Ukraine. The weaponry was being withdrawn and an encouraging, if imperfect, ceasefire was holding. The deal, brokered personally by the German, French, Russian, and Ukrainian leadership, was producing results. Yet on that very day, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander for Europe (SACEUR), the American General Philip Breedlove, was spinning a completely different yarn.
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Nuland's Neocon Lies and McCain's Agony - McAdams and Taylor Week in Review

Victoria Nuland distorts the US role in the Ukraine coup before Congress. Isn't it supposed to be frowned upon to lie to Congress? Also Iran joins the fight against ISIS and John McCain is troubled by the development. He would rather have Americans on the ground fighting. RPI Director Daniel McAdams again joins Jay Taylor to look back on the main foreign policy events of the week.
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Hillary Mann Leverett on Netanyahu’s Nearly 20 Years of Scaremongering Americans

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday speech to the United States Congress is a continuation of his nearly 20 years of scaremongering the US government to encourage both US intervention in the Middle East and US military aid for Israel says Ron Paul Institute Academic Board Member Hillary Mann Leverett in a new CCTV interview. Instead of falling for the scare tactics again, Mann Leverett suggests the US move toward a policy approach that would include pulling back from repeated military invasions and occupations designed to achieve dominance in the Middle East.
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The Netanyahu Speech and the Neocons - A Discussion With Tom Woods and Daniel McAdams

What is the real story behind Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress this week? Who invited him and why? Are critics of the "Israel lobby" just anti-Semites? Why would Congress turn to Netanyahu for advice on foreign policy when he has been so wrong in the past -- his cheerleading for the US attack on Iraq, for example? Join RPI's Daniel McAdams and Tom Woods for a discussion of one of the most important foreign policy event of the year.
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Texas Legislator Introduces Bill to Treat Marijuana 'Like Tomatoes, Jalapeños, or Coffee'

Texas State Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) introduced a bill, HB 2165, on Monday that he says is intended to remove marijuana offenses entirely from Texas state law and replace them with nothing. Simpson, in a KETK-TV story, is quoted explaining that he is proposing with his legislation that marijuana “be regulated like tomatoes, jalapeños or coffee.” If Simpson’s bill is enacted, Texas would have the least government controls on marijuana of any state in America.
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On Marijuana, Young Republicans Say ‘Legalize it’ but Congressional Republicans Say ‘No’

According to Pew Research Center poll results released Friday, 63 percent of Millennial Generation Republicans support marijuana legalization. On this issue these Republicans born between 1981 and 1996 have more in common with Democrats than with Republicans generally. And these young Republicans are definitely at odds with the majority of Republicans in the United States House of Representatives who continue to vote “no” on rollbacks of the US government’s war on marijuana.

The further we look back through earlier generations of Republicans, the less support for legalization we see — 47 percent among Generation X (born in 1965 through 1980), 38 percent among the Baby Boom Generation (born in 1946 through 1964), and 17 percent among the Silent Generation (born in 1928 through 1945). In contrast, substantial majorities, ranging from 61 percent to 77 percent, support marijuana legalization in each of these generations of Democrats, except among the oldest polled generation — the Silent Generation — where support registers at 44 percent.
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Judge Napolitano: NSA Is Doing What American Colonists Fought Britain to End

Judge Andrew Napolitano provides a brief and excellent introduction to the US government’s mass spying program in a new video monologue this week at Fox News. In less than a minute and a half, Napolitano explains that the mass spying program of the National Security Agency (NSA) and other US agencies is a reincarnation, with a huge technological boost, of Britain’s use of general warrants in colonial America. Those despised general warrants helped drive Americans to fight for independence. After the war, Americans then demanded the protection of the Fourth Amendment in the US Constitution to ensure that such arbitrary and unjust government actions would not occur again.
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