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House Russia Bill, New SecDef, Hungary Regime Change: Foreign Policy Week in Review

RPI's Daniel McAdams joins Jay Taylor again to look back over the top foreign policy stories of the past week. Why is Ukraine naming a former State Department employee to head its finance ministry? Is Ukraine the 51st state? What about Congress flexing its muscles at Russia? What is the origin of the notion of "color revolution," and why does it seem Hungary is next on the US list for regime change?
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The Anatomy of Regime Change

What do all regime change operations have in common? RPI Board Member John Laughland explains to the "World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations" conference last month that all such interventions essentially include the criminal prosecution of the vanquished party. We have seen this most recently in Ukraine, Libya, Ivory Coast, against ISIS, and elsewhere.
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State Spokesperson: 'Our Line is Ridiculous...'

Every time State Department spokespersons proclaim the Department position on critical trouble spots like Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Russia, we have the feeling they are shoveling a line of bovine excrement and well know it. And know we know it. And don't care.

Jen Psaki in particular has demonstrated a great talent for doublespeak, saying one thing and its exact opposite at the same time without missing a beat.
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What Would SecDef Ashton Carter Mean for the Military?

We know from RPI Chairman Ron Paul that President Obama's choice to be the next Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter, will mean no big changes in current US foreign and military policy. 

International correspondent Pepe Escobar informs us that Carter is:
...the typical Beltway apparatchik – profiting from the revolving door between the military, heavy industry and academia.

He was and remains a key actor in the ever evolving “policy” of demonization of Russia.
Carter was also panicking about (non-existent) Iraqi and Iranian WMDs as long ago as 1996, and he supported a military strike against North Korea if they tested a ballistic missile.
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ISIS: Another Chapter in the Forever War

US politicians and officials keep upping the number of years the US will be at war in Iraq, with Sen. John McCain claiming we must remain for 100 years! In the latest podcast with Ron Paul and Charles Goyette, Dr. Paul shares his concerns that a new and "wildly hawkish" Senate will likely pursue "much more war, more killing, and more spending." It appears that the war will go on until we are entirely bankrupt.

Dr. Paul points out that Obama's first choice to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Hagel was Michelle Flournoy, whose Center for a New American Security is entirely funded by defense contractors. That is the kind of thinking in Washington. Bankrupting the country on useless wars that enrich the well-connected.
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Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: Want to Help Injured Veterans? Stop Interminable War

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, interviewed Tuesday by Jessica Desvarieux on the Real News Network, explains that stopping the United States’ “interminable war” is one important way to help “millions of Americans, who were sent off to do their nation's business and who are now back seriously harmed, seriously injured psychologically and physically, sometimes both.”

Wilkerson, a College of William & Mary professor and a Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity academic board member, points to the trouble caused for veterans when they have fought for “a nation that is interminably at war, and arguably at war that many of these veterans don't understand the purpose of.”
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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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