After a successful North/South Korea meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un surprised the world by suggesting that he might give up his nuclear program under certain conditions. Will the US play ball, or will the neocons once again block any chance of peace?
From Ukraine to Syria to Africa, the consistency in the Trump Administration's foreign policy is that it is consistently chaotic. One minute there is talk of peace, the next minute there are threats of war. Is there any benefit to such a seemingly incoherent approach to the world? What about the dangers?
By Liberty Report Staff
The Federal Reserve has created market distortions that are bigger than ever before. Never has the world experienced a time where a few central planners can create money-out-of-thin-air by the trillions in an attempt to centrally plan our economic lives. Central planning cannot, and does not, work. We should have learned that from the Soviets.
Unfortunately, the return to economic reality has to be a painful one.
Ron Paul explains on CNBC:
By Ron Paul
This month marks the 15th anniversary of the US war on Iraq. The “shock and awe” attack was launched based on “stove-piped” intelligence fed from the CIA and Pentagon through an uncritical and compliant US mainstream media. The US media was a willing accomplice to this crime of aggression committed by the George W. Bush Administration.
Despite the lies we were constantly bombarded with, Iraq never presented a threat to the United States. Iraq never had the weapons of mass destruction that the neocons used to frighten Americans into supporting the war. How many of them knew all along that there were no WMDs? We’ll never know. Attacking Iraq and overthrowing its leader was long a plan in the neocon playbook and they used the 9/11 attack on the US as an excuse to pull the plan off the shelf and put it into action.
The US “regime change” war on Iraq has directly resulted in the death of at least a quarter of a million civilians, and indirectly perhaps a million Iraqis have been killed. The Iraqi infrastructure was destroyed and the country was set back many decades in development. Far from the democratization we were promised, Iraq has been turned into a hell on earth. Due to the US use of depleted uranium and other chemical weapons like white phosphorus, Iraqis will continue to suffer from birth defects and other related illnesses for generations.
How did we get there? War propaganda was essential in paving the way for the Iraq war. Americans are generally skeptical about launching new wars, so it takes a steady media bombardment about the alleged depravities of any targeted regime before public opinion begins to shift in favor of war.
Because the neocons who helped launch the war have never had to face the consequences of their actions, they continue to promote war with impunity. Just this past week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was pushing for a US attack on North Korea in which millions may be killed. He said this weekend, "All the damage that would come from a war would be worth it in terms of long-term stability and national security.” That’s just what they said before the US attacked Iraq, and how did that turn out? I find it disgusting that the media continues to give airtime almost exclusively to those who promote more US disasters like Iraq.
The Iraqi parliament did something extraordinary last week. A majority of elected Iraqi representatives voted to demand that their prime minister draw up a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops from the country. President Obama had withdrawn US troops from Iraq in 2011, after a status of forces agreement could not be reached with the Iraqi government, but he returned the US military to Iraq under the auspices of fighting ISIS.
We had no business going into Iraq in the first place and we have no business remaining in Iraq. Al-Qaeda and ISIS emerged in Iraq because our attack and occupation of the country 15 years ago created fertile fields for extremism. Nothing will be achieved if we remain. Let’s listen to the Iraqis and just come home!
Over the weekend, President Trump said that the US attack on Iraq was like "throwing a brick at a hornet's nest." He called it a massive mistake. He's right, but what's he going to do about it? We take a look at the Iraq war at 15 years...
Every special interest has a pitch on how to get government benefits at the expense of everyone else. This week we get the steel industry pitch. Americans are supposedly going to "Beat China" by paying a tax to the U.S. government. With enough propaganda, Americans will go along with it. But Ron Paul will tell the truth instead.
At a press conference yesterday, President Trump dismissed the idea of due process before police confiscate private firearms. He even suggested that police ignore restrictions on such gun grabs. Will government use the latest "crisis" to grab more of our liberties?
By Tyler Durden
Apple CEO Tim Cook has one big hope for the future - that he lives to see the end of money.
"...I'm hoping that I'm still going to be alive to see the elimination of money."
Speaking at a meeting for Apple shareholders in Cupertino, California earlier this month, Cook made it clear that he is firmly on the side of the war-on-cash establishment.
"Because why would you have this stuff! Why go through all the expense of printing this stuff and then some people steal it, and you've got to worry about counterfeits and all these things," he continued.
As Apple's CEO talked about the downsides of cash, BI reported that he became more animated, revealing his real passion about the topic...
"We can provide a solution for the customer that's simpler, more convenient, you don't carry around a wallet with a bunch of cards in it, or a purse with a bunch of cards in it," Cook said.
Until now, it has tended to be politicians and central bankers leading the call for a cashless society... for your own good.
The enemies of cash claim that only crooks and cranks need large-denomination bills. They want large transactions to be made electronically so government can follow them. Yet these are some of the same European politicians who blew a gasket when they learned that U.S. counterterrorist officials were monitoring money through the Swift global system. Criminals will find a way, large bills or not.
The Pentagon announced last week that it was sending $40 million to the State Department's "Global Engagement Center" to "counter foreign disinformation." Much of the money will go to creating US disinformation, to meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, and to more jobs at neocon NGOs pushing pro-war propaganda. It's a massive rip-off and worse -- we are the targets.
By Adam Dick
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences missed its opportunity to award libertarian communicator Ron Paul an Oscar after his small roles in the 2014 movies Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? and Alongside Night. But, on Tuesday — a week before the awarding of this year’s Oscars — Paul did receive a Stosscar for “Lifetime Achievement.”
The Stosscars, a creation of libertarian commentator John Stossel, are awarded to politicians. As Stossel notes in explaining his awards, “politicians deceive people just like actors do.” Indeed, some of the awards presented by Stossel are for bad actions over the past year, such as the joint award for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for “Worst Act of Bipartisanship” in recognition of their advancing of debt-boosting spending legislation. But, other Stosscars, such as the one for Paul, as well as those for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, commend admirable political actions.
Watch here Stossel’s entertaining announcement of this year’s Stosscars: