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    Yesterday, 10:00 PM
    Yes but when Bush came to office we hadn't been at war for 15 straight years. The longest war in American history. Millions of innocent people dead. Endless troop "heroism" jammed down our throats wherever we turn in life -- taking my Dad to an Orioles game and the whole thank the troops bs on the ballfield, going to church and having to "pray for the troops", going to a local restaurant and being asked to donate to the troops... always a need to "thank the troops" for their "heroism". This crap makes me want to vomit. The only thing the vaunted "troops" have accomplished is making millions of more enemies for everyday Americans -- people that have seen their families blown apart by U.S. trained "rebels", people that have lost everything-- their lives, their families, their homes, their businesses. All because of "the troops" and the idiots that give them their "orders". I'm not disappointed in Raimondo because he's only human and he has a driving force inside him that wants to see these wars end. As does any sane person. And Trump offered hope -- at least temporarily during the debates -- until later we found that he actually supported going into both Iraq and Libya. I just can't fault Raimondo for that.
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    05-25-2016, 08:39 AM
    https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/russia-gives-rebel-groups-one-last-warning-back-away-nusra https://www.rt.com/news/344341-syria-russia-airstrikes-nusra/
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    05-22-2016, 11:16 AM
    This was from another post a week or so ago but it relates to this: Obama Broke Pledge to Demand Syrian Opposition's Separation From Nusra Front: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/35984-obama-broke-pledge-to-demand-syrian-opposition-s-separation-from-nusra-front
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    05-21-2016, 09:43 PM
    US Rejects Russia’s Call for Joint Strikes Against Syria’s al-Qaeda Forces; appears Russia will act on May 25:
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    05-20-2016, 03:35 PM
    I know there will be argument on this board regarding Buchanan's viewpoints, however, just wanted to share because Buchanan, as always, has a wealth of knowledge and always carefully weaves historical perspective into articles about current policy issues. (So don't be mad at me if you disagree with this :p.) "Who’s the Conservative Heretic?:"
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    05-19-2016, 08:08 PM
    House Rejects Bill That Would Lead to Debate on ISIS War Authorization:
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    05-19-2016, 07:27 PM
    No, Yemen’s Houthis actually aren’t Iranian puppets:
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    05-17-2016, 08:25 PM
    Love this guy! Thanks for sharing...
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    05-17-2016, 07:00 PM
    What does al-Qaeda and Bin Laden have to do with Albania? Back then I was not on the internet and got my news in total from my city's paper. I remember reading every word in each release of that paper on their coverage of Yugoslavia throughout that whole war. And the problem, according to that coverage, was the monstrous Serbs who became ultranationalists and massacred thousands of muslims. And I wonder about that. Was there another side to this that my city newspapers did not cover? Was Serb Nationalism the start of the unraveling of Yugoslavia? I think many here know much more about this and i'd be obliged to hearing other viewpoints.
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    05-14-2016, 07:05 PM
    Obama Broke Pledge to Demand Syrian Opposition's Separation From Nusra Front: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/35984-obama-broke-pledge-to-demand-syrian-opposition-s-separation-from-nusra-front
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    05-14-2016, 01:34 PM
    How so?
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    05-14-2016, 01:30 PM
    From that article: It just seems like a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Actually in this case much moreso because Dilma herself, according to what I read, didn't do anything more than all the governments historically before her had done (it apparently was common practice)-- she took money out of a public bank to make the deficit appear smaller but all of that was paid back. And she didn't enrich herself at all. It appears the majority of Brazil's congress who voted for her impeachment are the actual criminals. How do they even have a right to vote on her impeachment? Only those not proven to be corrupt should have been allowed to vote on her impeachment imho. Would be interesting to know if you took away all the votes of those in Brazil's congress who are corrupt and just used the votes of those who are not criminals, if Dilma would have still been impeached? In any case what goes on in Brazil is Brazil's business. My biggest concern is that the U.S. Gov't is not involved in this at all. In so many countries it has been USAID, NED, IRI, PNAC, Soro's Open Society, etc. that have worked with the CIA to use U.S. taxpayer monies to foment the protests, even pay protesters, and fan the flames that create the mass protests. I'm wondering if there is any proof that this is occurring here? ...and hoping that it is not...
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    05-11-2016, 08:29 PM
    Tortured, Killed & Driven to Suicide: Whistleblower Exposes Abuse of Mentally Ill in FL Prison: Here's from the article:
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    05-11-2016, 07:41 PM
    I agree. That's why I post everything "Public" in Facebook so anyone can see it. Most journalists and activists do the same. However, I would think that those in the so-called "security" and "policing" agencies would be using algorithms in a Facebook computer database to try to find people that are actual criminals. I share news articles from antiwar.com and the intercept, etc. on my wall and am friends with others who do the same. That fills news feeds up with articles people may otherwise miss. But this is a big step further imho. Five people tried to "friend" me that were obviously not real people. This is apparently being done to chill speech. As if to say I have no right to post news articles that indicate what a bunch of sociopaths those controlling U.S. foreign policy are. This just seems unconstitutional to me. Because it's harassment and it's sole purpose is to chill speech.
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    05-11-2016, 07:03 PM
    Well this is scary. Most of my Facebook posts are the same posts I post to this board. To keep up with news, I friend journalists like Glenn Greenwald, Trevor Timm, Eric Margolis, etc., as well as anti-war activists and libertarians. About 3 months ago I had about 5 friend requests - not all at once. (I had one request, denied it, then another a few days later, denied it, etc.). Upon looking at their pages it was exactly the description from the OP's article: very few photos --many only have one photo for the profile and one cover photo, they had no likes of any pages, no history, little if anything on their timeline. So I immediately de-friended after friending to look at their page. I post everything "Public" on Facebook because I figure they're looking at everything anyway: If we try to get the government's attention about unnecessary wars, etc., they ignore us so I figure if they're spying, they get to see exactly how I feel about U.S. foreign policy. But to go the step further and try to friend a person is really creepy. And it's a suppression of our First Amendment Rights. We have a right to have a political opinion without being watched for nothing more than speech. Guess there's nothing we can do about it except deny friendship, but we should not be paying taxpayer money for people messing around on Facebook and trying to suppress speech.
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    05-11-2016, 06:10 PM
    Rep. Thomas Massie: 'Republicans Want to Spend More Money Just as Much as Democrats Do.':
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    05-06-2016, 08:46 PM
    http://news.antiwar.com/2016/05/05/us-shipping-tanks-to-georgia-for-drills/ More information here: https://www.yahoo.com/news/nato-aims-destabilise-caucasus-georgia-drills-moscow-200248981.html
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    05-06-2016, 05:32 PM
    A new book being published today paints a very different picture of the U.S. drone program. It’s titled The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program. It’s written by Jeremy Scahill and the staff of The Intercept, based on leaked government documents provided by a whistleblower. The documents undermine government claims that drone strikes have been precise. Part of the book looks at a program called Operation Haymaker in northeastern Afghanistan. During one five-month period, nearly 90 percent of the people killed in airstrikes were not the intended targets. The book is based on articles published by The Intercept last year. It also includes new contributions from NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden and The Intercept's Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald. Snowden's introduction to the book has just been published on The Intercept’s website.
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    05-05-2016, 06:43 PM
    Well the private ""defense"" industries are not really private since its the U.S. taxpayer who pays for all the R&D before weapons ever hit the assembly line. I've always opposed the ""defense"" industries being allowed to sell their munitions to other countries. And if they do, the U.S. taxpayer should get partially reimbursed for it since we funded the most expensive R&D part of the life cycle. But then we have so many countries (Egypt, Pakistan, Israel, etc.) where the U.S. taxpayer not only doesn't get reimbursed, but actually pays for the weapons systems being sent to these countries. I'm completely at odds how anyone can think this benefits the average American who doesn't work for a defense company or own defense company stock. As for the military, my personal opinion is that if the U.S. military or CIA is sent anywhere to ""train"", arm, assist or fund non-U.S. mercenaries, that the U.S. Congress should have to vote on it even if it isn't formally called a "war". Because most often this "training" is what causes civil wars in countries. And if Congress would have to vote on it, then we the people could have a greater voice in this process.
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    05-04-2016, 08:38 PM
    Congress should vote to go to war. But how about the much more predominant U.S. intervention where U.S. soldiers ""train"", arm, and fund one group of people in a country against another group and cause a civil war? That's normally how the U.S. goes to war. Does the Constitution require Congress to vote on that if U.S. soldiers are merely in the "training" position?
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    05-03-2016, 06:35 PM
    Ted Cruz Suspends Presidential Campaign http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/03/ Edit: They updated their link. Jan2017 has the correct link (thanks Jan2017) which is: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/03/ted-cruz-suspends-campaign.html
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    05-03-2016, 10:30 AM
    On this site, even those of us who don't wholeheartedly embrace some implementation of a gold standard are somewhat familiar with the arguments advanced in favor of gold as money, as a unit of value, as a bulwark against inflation and hidden taxation, etc. Historically, even those who have agreed that pure fiat monetary regimes are unacceptable have differed on specific policies when it comes to sound money (bimetallic standards, for example). Is gold an ideal store of value? Or could we imagine a better substance on which to build a currency regime? I'd like to see what criteria people would set for an ideal non-fiat system. Here's what I've come up with so far: 1. Durable; 2. Limited in natural supply, all natural reserves discovered, and impossible to produce artificially; 3. Following on (2), widely perceived as valuable or even essential for reasons not dependent on the current state of technology (other than the technology to theoretically create it, which per (2) should be impossible; 4. Distinguishable from other substances; 5. Easily transported, yet difficult to confiscate. Would anyone else disagree with or add anything to the above? I'm wondering whether cryptocurrencies are not superior to gold.
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    04-30-2016, 02:42 PM
    Might it be Jan Brewer who was Governor of Arizona?
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    04-28-2016, 04:47 PM
    Why Kasich Flopped -- His Hawkish Foreign Policy:
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