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      by Published on 04-16-2014 08:15 AM

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinio...bc3_story.html

      I am not for containment in Iran. Let me repeat that, since no one seems to be listening closely: I am unequivocally not for containing Iran.

      I am also not for announcing that the United States should never contain Iran. That was the choice I was given a few months ago and is the scenario being misunderstood by some in the news.

      To be against a “we will never contain Iran” resolution is not the same as being for containment of a nuclear Iran. Rather, it means that foreign policy is complicated and doesn’t fit neatly within a bumper sticker, headline or tweet.

      Those who reduce it to
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      by Published on 04-07-2014 02:26 PM

      As the ex-veep blasts Paul for being an isolationist, old video shows the Kentucky senator charging that Cheney used 9/11 as an excuse to invade Iraq and benefit his former company.

      By David Corn | Mon Apr. 7, 2014 3:00 AM PDT

      Last week, continuing the sometimes catty intraparty feud between Republican hawks and GOPers skeptical of foreign intervention, former Vice President Dick Cheney took a shot at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). But Paul is not likely to be fazed by criticism from Cheney, for several years ago the Kentucky senator was pushing the conspiratorial notion that the former VP exploited the horrific 9/11 attacks to lead the nation into war in Iraq in order to benefit Halliburton, the enormous military contractor where Cheney had once been CEO.

      Speaking at a private Las Vegas gathering of Republican funders and activists on March 29, Cheney blasted what he termed isolationists within the GOP. "One of the things that concerns me first about the [2016] campaign, that I'm worried about," Cheney said, "is what I sense to be an increasing strain of isolationism, if I can put it in those terms, in our own party." He didn't name names, but he didn't have to—at least, in one case. He obviously had Rand Paul in mind. And Cheney, who also approvingly talked about bombing Iran, chided the unmentioned Paul and other less hawkish GOPers for having not learned the supposed lessons of 9/11.

      Cheney's remarks were the latest round in the tussle between the Republican Party's hawks and intervention skeptics. A year ago, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) referred to Paul, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), and other Republicans unenthusiastic about drone strikes as "wacko birds."

      But years before this dustup began, Paul was on the attack against Cheney. In not widely noticed appearances on the campaign trail, Paul claimed that Cheney's advocacy of the invasion of Iraq was partly nefarious and predicated on corporate self-interest, not national security priorities.

      more:
      http://www.motherjones.com/politics/...aq-halliburton
      by Published on 03-26-2014 04:34 PM

      US Senate Democrats bowed to Republican demands that reforms sought by the IMF be removed from a Ukraine aid package, acknowledging it could not pass with such measures intact. Lawmakers have spent weeks debating assistance to Kiev's new government and sanctions on Moscow over its Crimea aggression.

      While there was broad agreement on offering $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine and imposing some sanctions on Russia, it became clear that a bill which also included the International Monetary Fund changes that are strongly opposed by many Republicans would stall in the Republican-led House of Representatives.

      "I believe we need to act now, this week," Senate Democrat Robert Menendez, who spearheaded legislation that included Ukraine aid, Russian sanctions and IMF reforms, said on the floor of the chamber, on Tuesday
      Full story: http://news.yahoo.com/us-senate-drop...210429762.html
      by Published on 03-10-2014 10:16 PM

      Officially, US debt stands at more than $17 trillion. In reality, it is many times more. The cost of the US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq may be more than six trillion dollars. President Obama’s illegal invasion of Libya cost at least a billion dollars and left that country devastated. The costs of US regime change efforts in Syria are likely thus far enormous, both in dollars and lives. That’s still a secret.

      So who in his right mind would think it is a good time to start a war with Russia over Ukraine? And worse, who would commit the United States to bail out a Ukraine that will need at least $35 billion to survive the year?

      Who? The president and Congress, backed by the neocons and the so-called humanitarian interventionists!

      The House voted overwhelmingly last week to provide $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine. That is just the beginning, you can be sure. But let’s be clear: this is not money for the population of that impoverished country. The Administration is sending a billion dollars from US taxpayers to wealthy international bankers who hold Ukrainian debt. It is an international bank bailout, not aid to Ukrainians. And despite the escalating anti-Russia rhetoric, ironically some of that money will likely go to Russia for Ukraine’s two billion dollar unpaid gas bill!
      http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives...d-ukraine.aspx
      by Published on 02-04-2014 11:57 PM

      Sen. Ted Cruz’s disdain for President Obama’s policies is no less ardent than his advocacy of the 10th Amendment – the one protecting states’ rights.

      On Tuesday morning, he released a six-page report on “The Obama Administration’s Assault on Texas,” highlighting some of the legal friction points between the state and federal governments and warning that Obama has sought to expand federal power at the expense of states, especially Texas.

      This isn’t a scholarly legal analysis, though Cruz – a former law clerk to a chief justice of the United States – is certainly capable of that. Rather it’s more of a political indictment and set of talking points for anyone primed to be riled at Washington overreach, as Cruz fans tend to be.
      http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.c...medium=twitter
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