Trump Unveils New, Dramatic Afghanistan Strategy: “We Aren’t Nation-Building Again, We Are Killing Terrorists”

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Video Emerges Of US Allowing ISIS Fighters To Escape Safely in Syria

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Trump Unveils New, Dramatic Afghanistan Strategy: “We Aren’t Nation-Building Again, We Are Killing Terrorists”: 

In a widely anticipated national address, President Donald Trump on Monday announced that he will not pull out U.S. troops from Afghanistan, saying he’s committed to a new strategy aimed at winning the nation’s longest war, now in its 17th year. Admitting that his “original instinct was to pull out” of Afghanistan – Trump’s core campaign pledge was to reduce US intervention in offshore conflicts – Trump effectively admitted he had been wrong, and said he’s arrived at three “fundamental conclusions” about America’s core interests in Afghanistan:

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In Angry Tweetstorm, Ron Paul Lashes Out At “Neocon” Trump

In Angry Tweetstorm, Ron Paul Lashes Out At “Neocon” Trump:

Roughly around the time Trump started his Afghanistan speech, Ron Paul tweeted out a cautiously optimistic note: “Hoping for the best in tonight’s @realDonaldTrump speech but fearful that foreign intervention is only going to get worse.  #Afghanistan.” Alas it was not meant to be, and over 20 tweets later in what proved to be the angriest tweetstorm of the night, Ron Paul had come to a conclusion: Trump is now nothing more than the latest neocon, one whom even Lindsey Graham applauded.

Below is a chronological rundown of Ron Paul’s progressively angier tweets, as he was live commenting on Trump’s speech:

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Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: “There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here”

Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: “There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here”:

“The indictment undertakes to describe in detail four counts of bank-fraud conspiracy, false statements on credit applications, and unlawful monetary transactions, yet leaves out the most damning evidence of guilt.  There is something very strange going on here.”

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A Furious China Responds To Latest Sanctions: Demands “U.S. Immediately Correct Its Mistake” Or Suffer Retaliation

A Furious China Responds To Latest Sanctions: Demands “U.S. Immediately Correct Its Mistake” Or Suffer Retaliation:

Less than 4 hours ago, the US Treasury announced that in the the latest set of actions targeting North Korea’s “WMD program”, among the entities sanctioned would be several Chinese and Russian companies and individuals. We said that “what this latest round of sanctions will achieve, is to further anger Beijing and the local population.” Well, we didn’t even have to wait all day for China to respond on the next morning as it traditionally does, and according to Reuters citing an embassy spokesman, Beijing was so furious with the US “provocation” it scrapped its own protocol of waiting during a “cooldown” period, and instead ripped right back, “urging” the U.S. to “immediately correct its mistake”‘ of sanctioning Chinese firms over North Korea, to avoid impact on bilateral cooperation.

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Mnuchin’s Trophy Wife Blasted After Instagram Spat Goes Viral

Mnuchin’s Trophy Wife Blasted After Instagram Spat Goes Viral:

“Cute! Aw!!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable! Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol. Have you given more to the economy than me and my husband? Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country? I’m pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day ‘trip’ than you did.”

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College Professors Begin Direct Support For AntiFa Groups On Campuses

College Professors Begin Direct Support For AntiFa Groups On Campuses: 

Authored by Jacob Grandstaff via Campus Reform,

  • Two professors, one from Purdue University and the other from Stanford University, are assembling a “Campus Antifascist Network” (CAN) to serve as a “big tent” for “anyone committed to fighting fascism.”
  • Despite the reputation Antifa groups have cultivated for employing violence to shut down opposing speakers, the professors insist that they only support “self-defense” by “those who are being threatened by fascists.”

Two professors are organizing a campus Antifa (Anti-Fascist Action) organization with the goal of confronting groups it considers fascist and “driv[ing] racists off campuses.”

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Ron Paul To America: “Oppose Fascism of the Right and the Left”

Oppose Fascism of the Right and the Left:

By Ron Paul

Following the recent clashes between the alt-right and the group antifa, some libertarians have debated which group they should support. The answer is simple: neither. The alt-right and its leftist opponents are two sides of the same authoritarian coin.

The alt-right elevates racial identity over individual identity. The obsession with race leads them to support massive government interference in the economy in order to benefit members of the favored race. They also favor massive welfare and entitlement spending, as long as it functions as a racial spoils system. Some prominent alt-right leaders even support abortion as a way of limiting the minority population. No one who sincerely supports individual liberty, property rights, or the right to life can have any sympathy for this type of racial collectivism.

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How a Cop Shooting a Dog Led to an FBI Sniper Killing an Innocent Woman Holding Her Baby

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How a Cop Shooting a Dog Led to an FBI Sniper Killing an Innocent Woman Holding Her Baby:

For many years now, The Free Thought Project has been bringing you story after story of police killings of citizens’ pets. Many times when an owner’s dog is killed it is because they have called police for an unrelated incident. On other occasions, the police simply show up at someone’s property, and shoot the dog when they begin to feel uncomfortable with the dog’s behavior or barking. So, we felt it would be appropriate to remind our readers of one occasion where the shooting of an owner’s animal ended up costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

Randall C. Weaver was a green beret. Weaver reportedly became restless with city life and sought to build himself a homestead. He and his family purchased property in Northern Idaho, in the middle of what some would consider nowhere, and began to live the homesteading lifestyle.

Motivated by their deep Christian faith, the family of six built a cabin, and began to cultivate the land, even harvesting deer to eat from time to time. Being somewhat isolated from society, the family would sometimes venture out and mingle with others in the community.

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Steven Mnuchin Visits Fort Knox, Says “Gold Is Safe”

And would a former Goldman Sachs partner and George Soros employee ever lie?

Mnuchin Visits Fort Knox, Says “Gold Is Safe”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had a busy day today: shortly after warning once again that a US debt ceiling deal has to be done by late September or else the country would run out of cash and suffer a technical default, roughly around the time he hinted that Trump may keep carried interest tax breaks for some firms that create jobs (while eliminating it for hedge fund managers), the former hedge fund manager and Hollywood producer paid a rare official visit to Fort Knox to check out the nation’s gold stash on Monday, while – as Bloomberg put it – keeping an open mind for future film projects.

“I assume the gold is still there,” Mnuchin told an audience in Louisville, Kentucky some 40 miles north of the biggest U.S. Bullion Depository (except of course for the foreign gold stash at the NY Fed). “It would really be quite a movie if we walked in and there was no gold.” It’s unclear if Mnuchin was envisioning a comedy or a drama.

After the visit, Mnuchin who was the first US Treasury Secretary to visit Fort Knox in nearly 70 years, playfullyreassured Americans the treasure was still secure.

“Glad gold is safe!” he wrote in a post on Twitter.

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Mike Krieger: The Imperial Collapse Clock Ticks Closer to Midnight

The Imperial Collapse Clock Ticks Closer to Midnight:

As I noted in last Friday’s piece, Donald Trump Finally Comes Out of the Closet, the firing of Steve Bannon represents the most significant event to occur during the Trump administration thus far. For the purposes of this piece, it’s important to review some of what I wrote:

Irrespective of what you think of Bannon, him being out means Wall Street and the military-industrial complex is now 100% in control of the Trump administration. Prepare for an escalation of imperial war around the world and an expansion of brutal oligarchy.

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Secret Service Reportedly Going Broke Protecting Trump Family

Secret Service Reportedly Going Broke Protecting Trump Family:

The Secret Service is going broke trying to protect President Donald Trump and his family, according to an exclusive report by USA Today. After Trump released his first budget outline, mainstream media outlets seized the opportunity to attack the president by reporting on the exorbitant cost of protecting First Lady Melania Trump, and son Barron Trump, who had remained behind at the Trumps’ suite in Trump Tower after the president moved to the White House so Barron could finish the school year.

In an interview with USA Today, Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles said more than 1,000 agents have already hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances that were meant to last the entire year.

Here’s USA Today with more:

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Europe Is Committing Demographic Suicide

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Related info:

I expect the real figure is higher now: “Germans Will Soon Become a Minority in Germany: Nearly 40% of Under 5’s Are Foreigners”

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Europe Is Committing Demographic Suicide:

Authored by Giulio Meotti via The Gatestone Institute,

  • The Archbishop of Strasbourg Luc Ravel, nominated by Pope Francis in February, just declared that “Muslim believers know very well that their fertility is such today, that they call it… the Great Replacement. They tell you in a very calm, very positive way: One day all this, all this will be ours…”
  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán just warned against a “Muslimized Europe”. According to him, “the question of the upcoming decades is whether Europe will continue to belong to Europeans”.
  • “In the coming 30 years, the number of Africans will grow by more than one billion people. That is twice the population of the entire European Union… The demographic pressure will be enormous. Last year, more than 180,000 people crossed in shabby boats from Libya. And this is just the beginning. According to EU Commissioner Avramopoulos, at this very moment, 3 million migrants are waiting to enter Europe”. — Geert Wilders, MP, The Netherlands, and leader of the Party for Freedom and Democracy (PVV).

This week, yet another Islamic terrorist attack targeted the Spanish city of Barcelona. As it was for many years under Muslim rule, it is, therefore, like Israel, land which many Islamists believe they are entitled to repossess.

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The American Ideal – “I believe in the American ideal, and that’s why I don’t live there.”

The American Ideal:

I believe in the American ideal, and that’s why I don’t live there.

Back in the late 18th century, the American colonies were made up largely of self-reliant people who had a strong work ethic. Most had either been born in the UK, or their parents or grandparents were born there. What set them apart from their fellow Britons was that they didn’t simply accept their lot in life back in the UK. They chose the more uncertain outcome of life in the colonies. They therefore had the courage, imagination, and desire to create their own destiny, traits that their fellow Britons did not possess.

Not surprising, then, that they carved out thirteen very productive and prosperous colonies, without the burden of a top-heavy, overreaching government. When the UK government sought to increase taxation and control (i.e., enslave) the colonists, there was rebellion. The tax being exacted by King George was miniscule by today’s standards, but that wasn’t the point. They fought against enslavement, and, in their talks of independence, they emphasized this point.

The American ideal, first and foremost, was freedom.

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If you think the government, its friends, and those who pull its strings have your best interests at heart, that they tell the truth, that they can be trusted…

“Probably 20 percent of Americans will tell you their life stories in a grocery store checkout line, and 50 percent over a cup of coffee. Many trade information about themselves as freely as they trade their money for groceries or coffee. Ask those who have escaped life in a totalitarian regime about it and they will marvel at the foolishness.

The oppressed learn to trust no one other than those who have demonstrated they deserve to be trusted, usually family or long-time friends. In response to disclosures that the government is monitoring them 24/7 and knows virtually everything they do and say, many Americans breezily assert that they’re not worried; they have nothing to hide. Behind omerta was the Sicilian peasant’s reality that any information, no matter how trivial or innocuous, was a weapon that could be used against him by the hostile and corrupt regime. American openness and trusting insouciance is quaintly naive—anachronisms from a better time—and pitiably foolish.

If you think the government, its friends, and those who pull its strings have your best interests at heart, that they tell the truth, that they can be trusted, you are living in a fool’s paradise and deserve whatever you get from your “benevolent” masters. For the rest of us, it’s time to go Sicilian, to start thinking like a Corleone. The dangers will intensify as things get much worse, before collapse offers the prospect of rebuilding something better.

The times demand caution, skepticism, less talking, more listening, alertness, wariness, hiding one’s strengths, remedying one’s weaknesses, self-sufficiency, cunning, and drawing closer to those few people in your life you know you can trust. Your survival is at stake and there are no guarantees. All you can do is better your odds. Indiscriminate trust and hoping for the best—without thinking about and preparing for the worse—will dramatically lower those odds.”

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“The Perfect Storm Is Brewing”: Goldman Sachs Warns Italy Has The Lowest Capacity To Absorb Migrants

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“The Perfect Storm Is Brewing”: Goldman Warns Italy Has The Lowest Capacity To Absorb Migrants:

“We find that overall, Italy has the lowest capacity to absorb migrants among the major EU economies…. Our analysis casts doubts over Italy’s capacity to achieve the economic benefits from migration and suggests the ‘perfect storm’ is brewing.” – Goldman Sachs

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