Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe has warned that due to China's activities in the South China Sea, the US should be preparing for World War III with China. Are Chinese actions in the Spratley Islands more threatening than the global US military presence? Is war the only solution? As usual...follow the money.
Appearing before the Senate, US intelligence community heads undermined each of President Trump's foreign policy positions and warned that foreign "enemies" would likely interfere in the 2020 elections. The Deep State, neocons, and the liberal #resistance all line up against peace and freedom.
Yesterday, Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton made the US position clear in a FoxNews interview: Washington will overthrow the Venezuelan government and take its oil for the benefit of US companies. This is "regime change" on steroids!
By Ron Paul
Last week President Trump announced that the United States would no longer recognize Nicholas Maduro as president of Venezuela and would recognize the head of its national assembly, Jose Guaido, as president instead. US thus openly backs regime change. But what has long been a dream of the neocons may well turn out to be a nightmare for President Trump.
Why did Trump declare that the Venezuelan president was no longer the president? According to the State Department, the Administration was acting to help enforce the Venezuelan constitution. If only they were so eager to enforce our own Constitution!
It’s ironic that a president who has spent the first two years in office fighting charges that a foreign country meddled in the US elections would turn around and not only meddle in foreign elections but actually demand the right to name a foreign country’s president! How would we react if the Chinese and Russians decided that President Trump was not upholding the US Constitution and recognized Speaker Nancy Pelosi as US president instead?
Even those who would like to see a change of government in Venezuela should reject any notion that the change must be “helped” by the United States. According to press reports, Vice President Mike Pence was so involved in internal Venezuelan affairs that he actually urged Guaido to name himself president and promised US support. This is not only foolish, it is very dangerous. A Venezuelan civil war would result in mass death and even more economic misery!
Regime change has long been US policy for Venezuela. The US has been conducting economic warfare practically since Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chavez, was first elected in 1998. The goal of US sanctions and other economic measures against Venezuela (and other countries in Washington’s crosshairs) is to make life so miserable for average citizens that they rise up and overthrow their leaders. But of course once they do so they must replace those leaders with someone approved by Washington. Remember after the “Arab Spring” in Egypt when the people did rise up and overthrow their leader, but they then elected the “wrong” candidate. The army moved in and deposed the elected president and replaced him with a Washington-approved politician. Then-Secretary of State John Kerry called it “restoring democracy.”
It is tragically comical that President Trump has named convicted criminal Elliot Abrams as his point person to “restore democracy” in Venezuela. Abrams played a key role in the Iran-Contra affair and went on to be one of the chief architects of the disastrous US invasion of Iraq in 2003. His role in helping promote the horrible violence in Latin America in the 1980s should disqualify him from ever holding public office again.
Instead of this ham-fisted coup d’etat, a better policy for Venezuela these past 20 years would have been engagement and trade. If we truly believe in the superiority of a free market system we must also believe that we can only lead by example, not by forcing our system on others.
Just four months ago President Trump said at the UN: “I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs, and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.” Sadly it seems that these were merely empty words. We know from Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc. that this will not end well for President Trump. Or for the United States. We must leave Venezuela alone!
The news cycle - and Congress - remains obsessed with the "will he" or "won't he" get funding for the wall. It's classic obfuscation on an issue of little immediate importance beyond raw politics. Meanwhile, from Venezuela to Syria to NATO, there is little or no debate at all...why?
By Liberty Report Staff
By Liberty Report Staff
By Ron Paul
Rand continues to be the leading voice in the Senate for the cause of liberty, peace, and sound money. Since the Fed’s creation, the value of the dollar has declined by over 90%, our economy has been plagued by a boom-and bust cycle with another major downturn on the horizon, and our system of free-markets and limited, constitutional government has been replaced with crony capitalism and a welfare-warfare state. Passing Audit the Fed is the first step toward changing this system.
Audit the Fed has been the signature issue of my Campaign for Liberty organization. Thanks to the efforts of Campaign for Liberty’s grassroots activists, Audit the Fed has gone from a fringe issue to the center of American politics, passing the House of Representatives twice by overwhelming majorities and coming within seven votes of breaking Harry Reid’s filibuster in 2016. Campaign for Liberty will continue to stand with Rand, Representative Thomas Massie, and the nearly 75% of Americans who support Audit the Fed, until Congress passes the bill and gives President Trump the chance to fulfill his campaign promise to sign the bill into law.
This statement was originally published at Campaign For Liberty.
Is it "moral" for there to be billionaires? Well, that depends on how they acquired their wealth. If it's done legitimately, by voluntary exchange, then of course it's moral! However, if government force or laws are used to acquire wealth, that's a different story. The Federal Reserve system creates an environment that favors the latter. Ron Paul discusses on today's Liberty Report!
President Trump yesterday recognized Venezuelan opposition legislator as the legitimate president of the country and warned that "all options are on the table" if Venezuela's elected president moves against protestors or expelled US embassy staff who refuse to leave Caracas. US neocons applaud Trump's move. Does the US president finally have his very own "Syria" on his hands?