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Daddy Warbucks Seeks President

Much is made of money in politics and how the process is shaped by big donors. While RPI does not concern itself with politics or elections, there is a disturbing related phenomenon that does indeed concern our mission: big money purchasing war. 

Take casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, for example. As Pat Buchanan points out today, the pro-war billionaire snapped his fingers last week and potential Republican presidential candidates came running to his self-styled "Sheldon" primary. Their purpose was to out-compete each other on Adelson's favorite issues so as to curry favor and thereby earn his millions for their campaign coffers. And Adelson's biggest issue is not even in the US -- it's Israel.
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Infantile Diplomacy and Double Standards

Frank Furedi at Spiked Online has published one of the best pieces we have seen on the remarkable inability of American and Western diplomats, NGO employees, and others to see US foreign policy as those on the receiving end might see it. 

In the toxic religion of "American exceptionalism" the key liturgical feature is no matter what is done to others by US policy it is only for their own good. The US knows best how to manage the affairs of others, and if you happen to be one of those "others" and disagree, well you simply hate America and are therefore "against us." 

How remarkable that George W. Bush's bluster "either you are with us or you are with the terrorists" has become our national motto all these years later -- even as the author of the global war aphorism remains an embarrassment in exile. More ironic even, those "sophisticates" who laughed at the inarticulate Bush now have adopted his core values as their own in the mad push to war with Russia.
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Obama's War On History

President Obama's speech in Brussels this week was a shocking mélange of ignorance and arrogance masquerading as foreign policy. 

Attempting to justify placing the US on war footing with Russia over the recent referendum in Crimea, the president stated:
Kosovo only left Serbia after a referendum was organized not outside the boundaries of international law, but in careful cooperation with the United Nations and with Kosovo’s neighbors. None of that even came close to happening in Crimea.
Of course anyone who followed the Kosovo fiasco knows that never happened. There was no such thing. Made up. The Kosovo parliament declared independence unilaterally backed up by US/NATO military power to ensure the change of borders.
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Col. Wilkerson: 'What American Wants to Die for Kiev?'

RPI academic advisor Col. Lawrence Wilkerson appears in a thought-provoking interview on MSNBC, where he expresses his hopes that President Obama can find a way to walk back from the increasing US/Russia war footing. Asked by the host about the neocons who are increasingly critical of the president over what they see as his lack of aggression toward Russia, Wilkerson replies with a blast.
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The TSA PreCheck Extortion Racket

Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole touted on Tuesday the expansion of TSA's extortion racket-style program known as the PreCheck. Pistole’s comments were part of his testimony at the US House of Representatives before the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee.

Under PreCheck, travelers in airports who have taken steps including paying $85, giving over their fingerprints, and obtaining TSA approval of their background checks have a chance -- but no guarantee -- that TSA employees will, over a five year term, harass them a bit less than other travelers.
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Ron Paul: 'The Neocons Are Hysterical'

In advance of his scheduled speech Wednesday at Syracuse University, RPI Chairman Ron Paul answers a few reader-supplied questions to the online newspaper Syracuse.com. The questions cover a variety of topics, but here is an excerpt of interest to RPI readers, the recent dispute over Crimea. Dr. Paul points out the surge of interest in his Institute, where so many are turning for a factual alternative to the US mainstream media.
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Ron Paul: A New Cold War?

This week on the Ron Paul Weekly Podcast, Dr. Paul and host Charles Goyette discuss the US government's bizarre re-igniting of the Cold War through interventionism and hypocrisy in Ukraine.

The interventionists try to stoke up another cold -- or even hot -- war with Russia. But on a brighter note, Dr. Paul points out that global trade and business ties are the best defense against the warmongers. The more we trade and engage, the less likely governments will start wars.
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Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: How to Avoid War Over Ukraine

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, speaking with Chris Hayes on MSNBC this week, details steps the United States government can take to avoid war over Ukraine. Wilkerson suggests:
Ukraine needs to be a buffer state between what is now an alliance that Russia hates -- NATO -- and a country that NATO has a problem with -- Russia… Crimea needs to be exactly where it is -- with Russia where it has been for over 350 years. And we need to stop the passionate statements and get down to business and work this out. We don’t need a war.

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Foiled in Crimea, Is Obama Eyeing Syria Strike?

There is danger in making dramatic but idle threats. President Obama and his administration have been given to extremely muscular rhetoric to warn adversaries away from certain actions only to back down when their warnings are not heeded.

The neocons pounce on such unwise habits, attempting to trap the administration by its own rhetoric into fulfilling its wildest threats. It is a lose-lose with the administration but for some reason they keep it up.
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