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White House Sends Confusing Message on Syria Barrel Bombs

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s tendency to improvise when asked questions about US policy has sparked a new round of speculation about exactly where the Trump Administration stands of launching further attacks against Syria, after he declared barrel bombs to be a red line.

Asked about red lines by the press, Spicer insisted that “if you put a barrel bomb into innocent people you will see a response from this president.” He went on to brag about Trump’s decisiveness in having attacked Syria last week, and insisted that there were many red lines, but that Trump didn’t want to make them all public knowledge.
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Dennis Kucinich Asks, ‘Why Are We Helping ISIS?’

Former presidential candidate and United States House of Representatives Member Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is not buying the Trump administration line on the US missile attack last week in Syria. Interviewed at Fox News, Kucinich both rejects the reason offered for the attack and says the attack will help the Islamic State (ISIS), which President Donald Trump has said it is a high priority for the US to counter.
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War and Peace in the Age of Trump

Did you miss the Ron Paul Institute/Mises Institute joint conference in Lake Jackson, TX over the weekend? Held to discuss the possibility that President Trump might pursue a more peaceful foreign policy than his recent predecessors, the US attack on Syria just two days before the opening thrust the topic to the front of everyone's minds. In fact it could not have been a hotter topic. So what did Rep. Thomas Massie, David Stockman, Lew Rockwell, Ron Paul, Phil Giraldi, Prof. Hunt Tooley, Jeff Deist, and RPI's Daniel McAdams have to say about it? You can watch the entire conference from the comfort of your home (or mobile device) here...
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Rand Paul Calls For Congress To Demand War Powers Authorization . . . John McCain Says Paul Is 'Wrong' and Alone In The Senate

I have been discussing how the Congress is again willfully ignoring its constitutional duty on the declaration of war as our intervention in Syria expands.  Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have fallen over each other to praise the attacks even though Congress never authorized the action. Hillary Clinton was calling for attacks in Syria just hours before the attack, as she did in Iraq, Libya and other past conflicts.  The United States just attacked a foreign nation that had not attacked the United States.  It was done with little consultation and no authorization from Congress.

However, as with prior wars, the attacks remain politically popular so Congress is silent with the exception of a few members like Sen. Rand Paul.  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) however has gone further to denounce Paul as simply “wrong” and virtually mock him as a nonentity in calling for such congressional authority.  He is alone in the Senate, McCain insisted, in his demand that Congress fulfill its Article I duties. It is a sad moment for those who believe in a textualist or formalist approach to constitutional powers.  All of those textualists who proudly embraced Neil Gorsuch are now apparently living constitutionalists as the subject turns to yet another war.
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Syria Crisis Update: US Attack Imminent? And What You Can Do.

The alleged chemical weapon attack in Syria on Tuesday is propelling the United States toward a large-scale military attack on the Assad government. The mainstream media, neoconservatives, and “humanitarian” interventionists are creating a perfect storm pressuring President Trump to take military action. A major US attack on Syria may be imminent!
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Ron Paul Sees Susan Rice Revelations as a Big Deal

Are revelations that Susan Rice, as President Barack Obama’s national security advisor, was unmasking names of people related to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and transition in surveilled conversations a big deal? Yes, concludes former United States House of Representatives member and presidential candidate Ron Paul.
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Ron Paul: Don’t Increase the US Government’s Flow of Military Weapons to Police

Interviewed Wednesday at Fox Business by host Kennedy, libertarian communicator and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul praised former President Barack Obama for placing some restraints on the United States government transferring military weapons to local police and criticized the potential action by President Donald Trump to resume the full flow of military weapons. Says Paul, “this combination of the federal government and the military providing the weapons for local police, that’s a long way from what the Founders intended or the Constitution says; they’re not supposed to be involved in this.”
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NATO Wants to Bring Us ‘As Close as Humanly Possible’ to War

The Senate vote to admitting Montenegro to NATO was not at all about US security or the US national interest, according to the Senators who voted for it. It was all about Russia. It was all about the "Russian threat." It's all about creating momentum for new NATO members even close to Russia, like Ukraine or Georgia. RPI's Daniel McAdams is interviewed by RT America about the recent vote on Montenegro...
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