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Who is Ben Rhodes?

Ben Rhodes
photo: U.S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

Everyone is wondering who is Ben Rhodes, a 30-something who ascended from literally nowhere to be what seems a main driving force behind Obama's foreign policy. He is credited with convincing the president to embrace the Arab Spring, convincing the president to bomb Libya, and, now, convincing the president to start yet another war, this time against Syria.

Who is he? How did a 24-year old aspiring fiction-writer in 2002 suddenly become one of the drafters of not only the 9/11 Commission report but also the Iraq Study Group Report? Then move on to Obama's presidential campaign as a speechwriter and then to Deputy National Security Advisor, from where he announced the beginning of a US war on Syria while the president met with supporters in the East Room of the White House? Those familiar with Washington know that such miraculous ascents rarely happen on their own and are equally rarely the result of pure, raw talent.


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Chemical Weapons 'Discovery' in Syria Opens Door for US Bombs

Barely a week after President Obama announced the ascendance of the left-neocon, humanitarian interventionist cultists Susan Rice and Samantha Power to the top of his foreign policy team, and in a time of choking scandal, alas a light at the end of the tunnel has appeared for the Obama regime: his old friend war!
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Are Internal Passports Next?

J.D. Tuccille relates at reason.com the sad history of dramatic deterioration in the United States government's respect for the freedom to travel.

Tucille begins:
Last week, my vacationing family was stopped at not one, but two, internal checkpoints along Interstate 8 in Arizona and California and questioned about our citizenship.

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RPI Director on Traces of Reality Radio

RPI's Executive Director was interviewed yesterday on the Traces of Reality radio program by host Guillermo Jimenez. As the website explains:
"During the second hour of the program, Daniel McAdams, The Executive Director of The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, joins me to discuss the national security state, the NSA surveillance, and how our country’s foreign policy in the warfare state helps to drive the police state at home. We get into Turkey, Syria, and the various programs and goals of the newly formed Ron Paul Institute."
You can listen to the interview here.
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US Government Spying: Constructing a 'Turnkey Totalitarian State'?

The Washington Post reports that the ranking minority member of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence seems not too concerned about the United States government collecting information about our phone conversations:
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, said, “This is nothing particularly new.... Every member of the United States Senate has been advised of this.”

He added: “It is simply what we call metadata that is never utilized by any government agency” unless an agency goes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges for further review of the information.

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Smoke Begins to Clear in Turkey

Turkey is fascinating and confusing. What is happening? A protest over a new shopping mall turns into the spark of a revolution? Is Taksim Square the new Tahrir Square?

As ever it is complicated and there are many lines and strains and competing interest groups. However the smoke is starting to clear a bit.


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What if They Did it to Us?

Peter Hitchens writing at the Daily Mail poses a question that most supporters of interventionism -- be it of the liberal "humanitarian" variety or the imperialist variety -- never ask themselves: What if they did it to us?

In Hitchens scenario, the question is posed to his UK readership, but the scenario could very well be translated to the United States. What if a foreign power or a conspiracy of foreign powers cooked up a scenario to undermine and ultimately to overthrow our society and system of government.

What if the "Syria-scenario" were unfolded onto us?

An excerpt from his excellent article:
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What Might Have Been...and What Is!

Writing in The Hill newspaper, Bernie Quigley points out what could have been, had RPI Chairman Ron Paul been successful in his 2012 run for the presidency. He also points out that the original Tea Party was a very different animal from what it became after being hacked by rapacious Republlican politicos:
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Orwell Reigns Over Raw Milk Trial

The trial of Vernon Hershberger for the crime of selling healthy, unprocessed milk to informed and willing customers is sadly a damning commentary on the times in which we currently live.

This humble yet learned Amish farmer faces the ruin of his farm, his family, and jail time in a trial that highlights the utter depravity of the so-called authorities who claim the right to rule over the rest of us.

Over and over thugs raided the peaceful Hershberger's farm, destroying his property and terrorizing his ten children. His crime was selling a product that has been consumed from time immemorial and which thousands upon thousands of families (including this writer's) increasingly swear by as healthful and wholesome: unprocessed, fresh milk.


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