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Flashback: Whistleblowers Panel at Ron Paul Institute Conference 2017

Never before on YouTube, the 2017 Ron Paul Institute Washington conference featured an unprecedented group of US government whistleblowers, describing their cases, what led them to blow the whistle, and the consequences they faced for upholding their oath to the Constitution. Featured are Peter Van Buren, Thomas Drake, John Kiriakou, Jesselyn Radack, and Philip Giraldi. These are the kinds of great events your tax deductible donation to the Ron Paul Institute helps organize!
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Trump Selects Former Boeing Executive to Replace Former General Dynamics Board Member as Defense Secretary

The military-industrial complex revolving door keeps revolving. Sunday morning, President Donald Trump announced in a Twitter post that he plans to replace outgoing Secretary of Defense James Mattis, temporarily at least, with current Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan. Shanahan will assume the job on January 1 — two months before the departure date Mattis had proposed. Before taking on their current government jobs, Mattis and Shanahan worked for two of the largest military contractors — Mattis as a General Dynamics board of directors member and Shanahan as a Boeing senior vice president.
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Ron Paul: ‘Very Good’ that President Trump is Pulling Troops out of Syria

In a new interview at RT, Ron Paul, who ran for United States president three times with a pro-peace platform, commended as “very good” President Donald Trump’s decision announced on Wednesday to remove US troops from Syria. Paul further notes that the US government’s intervention in Syria has lacked “a moral or a constitutional justification.”
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Ron Paul Takes On the US Foreign Policy of Interventionism

Jesse Ventura dedicated the second half of the latest episode of his RT show The World According to Jesse to a foreign policy discussion with prominent libertarian communicator Ron Paul. Ventura and Paul’s discussion is focused on Paul’s criticisms of the United States government’s commitment to intervention overseas, as well as the potential benefits of instead pursuing a noninterventionist foreign policy.
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Lawrence Wilkerson: ‘Arrogance of Power’ Behind Arrest of Meng Wanzhou in Canada for US Extradition

In a new interview with Greg Wilpert at The Real News, Lawrence Wilkerson, a College of William & Mary professor and former chief of staff for United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, challenged the US government pushing the arrest in Canada of Meng Wanzhou. The arrest of the chief financial officer of major Chinese company Huawei Technologies to facilitate her extradition to the US on a charge related to the US government’s Iran sanctions is “an incompetent and unprofessional act,” says Wilkerson, that arose from “the arrogance of power.”
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Welcome to Trump Budget Management : A Week After Decrying a $716 Billion Defense Budget, Trump Agrees to $750 Billion Defense Budget

President Donald Trump has agreed to a request from Defense Secretary James Mattis to propose a defense budget of $750 billion for the coming year, reports CNN.

Last week, Trump appeared to call the Defense Department budget of $716 billion "crazy" in a tweet. I am certain that, at some time in the future, President Xi and I, together with President Putin of Russia, will start talking about a meaningful halt to what has become a major and uncontrollable Arms Race. The U.S. spent 716 Billion Dollars this year. Crazy!
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