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Guess How Many 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels Have Been Trained With Congress-Approved $500 Million?

Nope, it's not a trick question. The number is zero

A year ago Congress granted a White House request for half a billion dollars to identify, train, and equip "moderate" Syrians to accomplish the dual US goal of defeating ISIS as well as overthrowing those fighting against ISIS, the Syrian government. 

As with most foreign policy moves sold by the neocons and interventionists, grandiose promises of success have found themselves at odds with reality. Advocates of the program claimed that it would produce 5,400 US-trained and armed fighters per year. In fact since the money was approved last May, less than 100 are actually being trained and none has yet completed the course.
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Armenia Color Revolution? Germany Urged to Build Up Military. Week in Review with McAdams and Taylor

Is a color revolution underway in Armenia? The US and EU have long wanted to break Armenia from its free trade agreement with Russia and it looks like US-sponsored NGOs are behind the protests in the capital. Plus, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter urges Germany to re-militarize and the US may be provoking a dollar crisis by pushing the Russians toward the Chinese. The foreign policy week in review with RPI's Daniel McAdams and Jay Taylor.
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Sec Def Carter to Russia: 'Don't Drag Us Back to the Past'

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter comes (back) to government service via the military-industrial complex. Whether in the "private" sector or in government military positions, Carter has made his fortune (and those of others) pushing an aggressive and interventionist US foreign policy. 

Secretary Carter was in Berlin yesterday, pushing the idea that Germany needs to massively increase its military spending to counter what he calls "Russian aggression" in Europe. Currently Germany spends approximately one percent of its GDP on the military and Carter would like to see that amount doubled.
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Judge Napolitano: What if the US Consulate in Benghazi was a Terrorist Weapons Warehouse?

Judge Andrew Napolitano, in a new riveting two-minute video monologue, is asking important questions regarding the killings of the US ambassador to Libya, another diplomat, and CIA contractors in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. Napolitano is also asking about the connection between these killings and a secret US program to provide weapons to terrorists.

Was the United States government handing out weapons in Libya to groups the US government had identified as terrorist organizations? Was the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi due to this illegal weapons transfer program? Napolitano wants answers, and he seems optimistic that answers will be revealed soon.
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South Dakota Native American Tribe Legalizes Marijuana

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe became last week the first South Dakota American Indian tribe to approve marijuana legalization. The approval came via the tribe’s executive committee voting on Thursday to adopt a legalization ordinance. 

The tribe’s reservation is located in South Dakota, a state that still outlaws medical and recreational marijuana.
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