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Lawrence Wilkerson: Expect New Afghanistan War Policy to ‘Deepen the Failure’

“The professional predilection of military,” says retired Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson in a Thursday Real News Network interview with host Paul Jay regarding the Afghanistan War policy President Donald Trump announced last week, “is to keep the war going, not to end it, because that's where you get your rank, that's where you get your progression, your notoriety, your fame, your fortune, and so forth.” This has been the case, Wilkerson argues, for the last 5,000 years and has “just gotten a little more sophisticated” over time.
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Trump and the War Party: RPI's Daniel McAdams on Mises Weekends

The costs of our wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria—human and economic—keep piling up. How do such deeply unpopular wars go on so long? Why do sensible notions of peace and non-intervention fail to gain a foothold in Congress or the White House? How does the War Party in DC plays both sides? And, how do they silence anti-war voices like Tulsi Gabbard? This is a no-holds-barred discussion of the grim realities behind US foreign policy...
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Blowback: Israel Threatens Syria Over Iran

US and allied interventionism in Iraq and Syria has not produced the promised results. An Iraq government close to Iran, a Syria saved from a jihadist takeover by Russia and Iran, and so on. Israel was firmly aboard the "regime change" train but suddenly sees the shake-out not looking in its favor. That is the problem with regime-change and interventionism: it does not work as promised. Now Israel feels threatened by the result. What's next? Threats are flying from Netanyahu over Iranians in Syria. We discuss blowback in today's Liberty Report...
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Senate Declares War On Wikileaks - With Philip Giraldi

The US Senate Intelligence Committee has passed an Authorization bill that specifically targets Wikileaks and its senior personnel as a "hostile non-state intelligence agency" that receives assistance from foreign state intelligence services. This designation would green-light all manner of US overt and covert action against the news organization and its employees, in blatant violation of the First Amendment. Is the US, under a president that said "I love Wikileaks," about to go to war with Wikileaks? Former CIA officer Phil Giraldi brings his vast experience to bear in today's Liberty Report. What might we expect?
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Ron Paul Says President Trump’s Afghanistan War Plan Calls for Perpetual War and is a Recipe for Disaster

What does prominent nonintervention advocate and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul think of President Donald Trump’s Monday night announcement of the Trump administration’s policy regarding the Afghanistan War? Paul said in a Tuesday interview at RT that the Trump plan calls for perpetual war and is a “recipe for disaster.”
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Pentagon Attacks Extremists At Home...But Finances Them Overseas

After the violence in Charlottesville last week, the Pentagon took the unusual step of publicly denouncing the racial bigotry of the neo-Nazis who participated in the violent rallies. The Pentagon has had a good record of helping integrate Americans even in the dark days of government-enforced Jim Crow laws. But at nearly the same time that Pentagon top brass was making this denunciation it was preparing to ship millions of dollars of weapons to a Ukrainian government dominated by outright Nazis and Nazi sympathizers. Isn't there more than a little hypocrisy in that? In fact, US interventionist foreign policy relies on extremist groups overseas to do Washington's bidding. Look no further than Syria, Afghanistan (in the 1970s), Latin America (1980s), Saudi Arabia, etc...
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Trump of Afghanistan

Last night, the prez announced that as Caesar of the greatest military empire in the history of the world, he needed to kill more Afghans in an unlimited war. That meant, of course, more US troops to “train” the Afghans.
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Trump's 'New' Afghan Strategy: Protect The Empire!

President Trump said his gut tells him to get out of Afghanistan, but after giving it some more thought -- with the help of his generals --  he's decided to expand US military actions rather than to wind the war down. Were the conclusions leading him to make this decision based on solid analysis and fact? Not at all! The only thing really "new" about this new strategy is that it is now official policy to never tell what US objectives are in the country! Our take on the President's speech in today's Liberty Report...
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The Afghanistan Speech President Trump Should Deliver Tonight

President Donald Trump is expected to deliver a speech tonight in which he announces the deployment of more United States troops to Afghanistan to take part in America’s longest war. Over at The Intercept today Jon Schwarz and Robert Mackey document many of Trump’s pronouncements over the last few years, largely on Twitter, opposing continuation of the war and proposing that the US troops leave Afghanistan. Included in Schwarz and Mackey’s article is a video Trump made in March of 2012 in which Trump emphatically declared “Afghanistan is a total and complete disaster.”
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