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East Ghouta: Obama's Last Stand In Syria?

US-backed rebels in East Ghouta are facing defeat. As none of Washington's predictions about the "fall" of the region have come true, the State Department and Pentagon have grown strangely quiet. Given the opportunity to leave, tens of thousands are evacuating to government-controlled areas. Why would they do that if Assad gasses his own people, as the US claims? Even arch-neocon Max Boot says we should stop trying to overthrow Assad because after the liberation of Aleppo by Assad's forces people seem to be getting back to normal lives. Will Trump have the courage and wisdom to end Obama's idiotic Syria policy? Tune in to today's Liberty Report...
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Defense Secretary Mattis Makes Mad Dog Arguments Against Congress Barring Yemen War Support


Interviewed Monday at The Real News, College of William & Mary Professor and retired United States Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson strongly criticized arguments Secretary of Defense James Mattis presented, in a letter to congressional leaders last week, in opposition to there being a vote on S.J.Res. 54 or other congressional measures to end or restrain the US government’s support for the Saudi Arabia–led war on Yemen. 

Wilkerson was asked by host Sharmini Peries about what she termed “three main arguments” in Mattis’ letter: that Saudi Arabia is acting in self-defense, that absent US support Saudi Arabia would kill more civilians, and that the US must support an ally such as Saudi Arabia. “All three of them are nonsense, and I am really ashamed of Jim Mattis for making them,” Wilkerson replied.
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Lawrence Wilkerson Is Not So Optimistic about a Meeting of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un

“We’ve been here before,” College of William & Mary Professor Lawrence Wilkerson declared in a Monday The Real News interview in which he relates his less-than-optimistic take on an anticipated meeting between North Korea leader Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump. The meeting’s purposes would apparently include reducing tensions between the two nations and preventing a major military conflict from arising in the Korean region.
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What is Driving New Drive for AUMF?

After years of sitting back and letting Congressional authority to declare war transfer to the Executive Branch, it appears that some leading Members of the House and Senate are finally waking up to the consequences of their failure.  On February 27, the House Progressive Caucus and the House Liberty Caucus joined forces to hold a hearing on the illegal wars raging in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and Iraq, demanding that Congress take back the war powers authority.  The succession of regime change wars of the post 9/11 period have all been justified by the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) that was passed in the immediate aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon.
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State Department's War on Political Dissent

The US State Department is spending millions of dollars spreading its own disinformation and propping up NGOs to destroy any individual or organization that does not toe the official US government line on the US global military empire. Through its "Global Engagement Center" the State Department establishes in fact -- in the open -- what it accuses the Russian government of doing without any evidence. Social media companies are colluding with the US government to make organizations who oppose the US global military empire disappear. RPI's Daniel McAdams joins the Corbett Report to discuss the neocon/Washington war on dissent in America...
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Ron Paul: It Looks Like the US will be in Iraq until the US is Bankrupt

Questioned, in a Wednesday RT interview, about North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s recent comment that there is no intention to stay in Iraq “longer than necessary,” libertarian communicator Ron Paul quipped that “their definition of ‘necessary’ is a lot different than a lot of other peoples’.” In contrast to the foreign intervention proponents, including those in the United States government, Paul notes that the Iraq parliament has voted that the US military should leave Iraq — something Paul wrote about in an editorial earlier this week.
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