Memo to the Next Administration: Defense Spending Must Be For Actual Defense
The military budget is something very different from the defense budget. The military budget is the money spent each year not to defend the United States, but to enrich the military-industrial complex, benefit special interests, regime-change countries overseas, maintain a global US military empire, and provide defense to favored allies.
Monday, November 16, 2015(13 comments)
Paris and What Should Be Done
It may not be popular to say this as emotions run high and calls ring out for more bombing in the Middle East, but there is another way to address the problem. There is an alternative to using more military intervention to address a problem that was caused by military intervention in the first place. That solution is to reject the militarists and isolationists.
Monday, October 5, 2015(2 comments)
I Wish Nobody Was Bombing Syria
The neocon solution to this failure to overthrow Assad and "degrade and destroy" ISIS is to increase the bombing and lead a ground invasion of Syria. The confusing policy of fighting Assad and also fighting his enemies does not seem to bother the neocons. They want us to forget all about their recent failures in Libya and Iraq and to try the same failed strategy one more time.
Sunday, September 20, 2015(2 comments)
Blame America? No, Blame Neocons!
I don't blame America. I am America, you are America. I don't blame you. I blame bad policy. I blame the interventionists. I blame the neoconservatives who preach this stuff, who believe in it like a religion -- that they have to promote American goodness even if you have to bomb and kill people. I don't blame America; I blame neocons.
Monday, September 7, 2015(7 comments)
The Real Refugee Problem -- And How To Solve It
The reason so many are fleeing places like Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq is that US and European interventionist foreign policy has left these countries destabilized with no hopes of economic recovery. This mass migration from the Middle East and beyond is a direct result of the neocon foreign policy of regime change, invasion, and pushing "democracy" at the barrel of a gun.
Monday, December 8, 2014(4 comments)
House Chooses New Cold War With Russia
Last week the US House voted overwhelmingly in favor of an anti-Russia resolution so full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from the chilliest era of the Cold War. Ironically, much of the bill condemns Russia for doing exactly what the US government has been doing for years in Syria and Ukraine!
Monday, December 2, 2013(2 comments)
You Cannot Negotiate With Iran?
Even as US negotiators were reaching agreement with their Iranian counterparts, US representatives and Senators were drafting legislation to increase sanctions on Iran. Instead of listening to the American people, many in Congress seem attached to special interests like the Israel and Saudi lobbies, which oppose anything less than full Iranian capitulation.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012(5 comments)
How to End the Tragedy in Gaza
US foreign policy being so one-sided actually results in more loss of life and of security on both sides. Surely Israelis do not enjoy the threat of missiles from Gaza nor do the Palestinians enjoy their Israel-imposed inhuman conditions in Gaza. But as long asIsrael can count on its destructive policies being underwritten by the US taxpayer it can continue to engage in reckless behavior.
Friday, November 16, 2012(29 comments)
Ron Paul's farewell address to Congress
At the end of the year I'll leave Congress after 23 years in office over a 36 year period. My goals in 1976 were the same as they are today: promote peace and prosperity by a strict adherence to the principles of individual liberty.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012(43 comments)
U.S. Moving Towards War in Syria
The United States has no business at all being involved in the Syrian civil war. In the 1980s we supported a resistance movement in Afghanistan that later gave birth to elements of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. When will we learn our lesson and stop intervening in conflicts we don't truly understand, conflicts that have nothing to do with American national interests?
Tuesday, June 19, 2012(3 comments)
Unconstitutional Uses of Drones Must Stop
The use of drones overseas may have become so convenient, operated as they are from a great distance, that far more "collateral damage" has become acceptable. Collateral damage is a polite way of saying killing innocent civilians. Is the ease of drone use a slippery slope to disregard for justice, and if so what might that mean for us as they become more widely used on American soil against American citizens?
Tuesday, June 5, 2012(3 comments)
War Drums for Syria?
First, we were told that the killings were caused by government shelling, but then it was discovered that most were killed at close range with handgun fire and knives. No one has explained why government forces would take the time to go house to house binding the hands of the victims before shooting them, and then retreat to allow the rebels in to record the gruesome details.
Thursday, June 23, 2011(11 comments)
Obama's Orwellian Logic in Libya
10 Congressmen from opposite ends of the political spectrum are suing the President over the illegal war in Libya. In a remarkable act of chutzpah, the administration responded, in a nutshell, that the War Powers Resolution is not relevant because US armed forces are not actually engaged in hostilities because Libya is so militarily weak it cannot fight back!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Real Respect for the Constitution
There is no authority in the Constitution for warrantless searches, for the TSA, for the War on Drugs, for secret prisons or detention without trial. When will we reverse this vast, invasive expansion of Federal powers?
Saturday, December 11, 2010(9 comments)
Assange has Given us a Gift
Information so far released, though classified, has caused no known harm to any individual, but it has caused plenty of embarrassment to our government. Losing a grip on our empire is not welcomed by the neo-conservatives in charge. Wikileaks has exposed the lie of the Iraq war, just as the Pentagon Papers exposed the lie of Vietnam forty years ago.