Ron Paul believes that rough times are ahead, but liberty can still win.
Brandon Smith has another enlightening article, The Psychological Warfare Behind Economic Collapse. Enjoy.
Gareth Porter says that Trump needs to replace his national security team with truly dissident figures.
Alan Macleod on our poor, defenseless military industrial complex.
Max Blumenthal says that critics of Syria withdrawal fueled the rise of ISIS.
Eric Boehm says that Trump has already abandoned his half-hearted attempt to cut military spending.
And Zero Hedge with an article on Giuliani wanting Mueller investigated for destruction of FBI evidence.
Former State Department official Peter van Buren says that the quitting “defense” (sic) secretary James Mattis marks the end of the global war on terror.
Former Reagan budget director David Stockman comments on fiscal and economic matters, but he also has strong yet commonsensical views on war and foreign policy. His latest is Good Riddance to General Mattis and the Rest of Washington’s Mad Dogs of War.
Becky Akers has this very nice Merry Christmas message, including a link to George F. Smith’s video of the Christmas Truce of 1914 around the beginning of World War I on or near Christmas to initiate peace. After all, was Jesus Christ not the “Prince of Peace”? She also quotes from an article with a Christmastime pro-life message.
Becky writes: “Mr. Smith’s video gently prompts viewers to question the identity of the soldiers’ actual enemies (hint: it’s not the poor slobs firing away at them). The film is a riveting introduction to the philosophy of freedom, and since it’s especially apropos now, you might want to forward it with your greetings to friends and family.”
George Smith points out that after all the death and destruction that governments have caused, the bureaucrats and politicians themselves survive and have enriched themselves off the wars. “Never forget the spirit of ’14.” I think I’ll post the video below.
After “defense” (sic) secretary James Mattis handed in his resignation to Donald Trump that included Mattis’s criticism of Trump’s wanting to take U.S. troops out of Syria and Afghanistan, it seems that Trump is telling Mattis to leave on December 31st, rather than the end of February as Mattis had planned.
Well, good for Trump. (It is doubtful, though, that Trump will fire the other warmongers including Mile Pompeo and John Bolton and others there who believe that the U.S. military must be all over the world being put in harm’s way for no good reason.)
But the guy that Trump is temporarily replacing Mattis with, deputy “defense” (sic) secretary Patrick Shanahan, is from the “military industrial complex,” having been with Boeing for 30 years. According to Wikipedia, Shanahan was “vice president and general manager for Boeing Rotorcraft Systems … responsible for all U.S. Army Aviation programs,” and “vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems … overseeing the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, Airborne Laser and Advanced Tactical Laser programs…”
“Revolving door” much?
(He might as well work for the Clinton Foundation…)
Ray McGovern says, Send the Mad Dog to the corporate kennel.
Jacob Hornberger on Maria Boutina’s prosecution: a disgrace.
Ryan McMaken on governments targeting private religious schools.
Jack Burns on child slavery in Amerika: kid gets arrested, handcuffed, thrown in jail for missing school.
Lawrence Reed says that C.S. Lewis saw government as a poor substitute for God.
Laurence Vance says that no one should receive federal grants for college.
Thomas Knapp on a GoFundMe campaign to privately finance Donald Trump’s border wall.
And Richard Ebeling asks, The Brexit dilemma: markets or politics?