On FPF #210, I discuss a brief ceasefire in Afghanistan. The ceasefire held for three days at the end of the Islamic holy month. After the ceasefire expired, fighting resumed with the Taliban killing as many as 50 Afghan soldiers.
I address the massive Department of Defense. The DoD will grow as Trump announced the creation of the Space Force. Amazon is a front-runner for getting a $10 billion contract to provide cloud services to the Pentagon. The Pentagon has expanded and is carrying out more offensives in cyber warfare.
On FPF#209, I recap the Yemeni Civil War. The war has raged since the Saudi-led coalition began its bombing campaign in 2015. The war has devastated the people of Yemen and sparked the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet. The people of Yemen are subject to a blockade that prevents food, fuel, medicine, and even journalists from entering the country. The blockade is supplemented by an indiscriminate air war on Yemen’s civilian infrastructure. I break down the humanitarian crisis, the critical US role in the war, and the ongoing catastrophic attack on Hodeida.
On FPF #208, Marko Marjanovic joins the show to discuss the failures of Stalin's centrally planned military leading up to WWII. The failures amount to the USSR having the most losses on one side of a war. While the Red Army had the equipment and technology to defend against the German invasion, poor strategic decision making allowed the Germans to have early success on the battlefield. Marko and Kyle discuss how the centrally planned military created the environment where the USSR took devastating losses during 1941.
In the show, we discuss Marko's article Stalin Gifted Hitler Victory in 1941 and it Cost Millions of Russian Lives. Marko is the deputy editor at Russia-Insider.com. His website is CheckPointAsia.Net.
On FPF #207, Brian Saady returns to the show to help us understand Colombia. The Colombian government is in the process a peace process to end a decades-long war with the FARC and is in the middle of a presidential election. The first round of voting has narrowed the field, and a new president will be elected Sunday. Brian explains the history of the conflict with the FARC, the role of the US in the civil war, and the current peace agreement. Brian gives his analysis of what the outcome of the election will have on peace in Colombia.
Brian Saady is the author of Rackets and the host of Rackets Podcast. Brian's books and podcast can be found at his website BrianSaady.com. His articles have been published at AntiWar.com and The American Conservative.
On FPF #206, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss Yemen and North Korea. Will recaps the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. He explains the importance of the Port of Hodeida and how an attack on the port will have catastrophic consequences for Yemen. Kyle and Will argue the term genocide accurately describes the plight of the people of Yemen.
Will and Kyle break down the Trump/Kim summit and explain the media's bias and pessimism in its coverage of the talks. Will reviews the results of the summit, including Trump's pledge to end war games and commitment to a denuclearized North Korea.
Will Porter is a journalist who specializes in US foreign policy and Mid East Affairs. His work can be found at AntiWar.com, The Libertarian Institute, and Consortium News.
On FPF #205, I breakdown Trump's press conference after the G7. Trump said that Russia should rejoin the G7 without giving Crimea back to Ukraine. Trump stated that a successful summit with Kim Jong Un would be a minimum of establishing a dialog. He also said he expects the diplomatic process with North Korea to be slow. I explain how these statements show Trump bucking the establishment policy North Korean and Russian diplomacy.
On FPF #204, Patrick MacFarlane joins the show to discuss entrapment. The FBI has a history of using sting operations to generate terrorism charges against young Muslim men. Patrick breaks down the history and principles with entrapments. We then discuss how the entrapments drive the war state.
Patrick MacFarlane is a law school graduate. He is the host of Liberty Weekly.
On FPF #203, I discuss recent news showing the Afghanistan War is lost. The Trump policy has been in place since August, but the militant groups continue to control a significant portion of the country. After 17 years of US intervention, only 44% of Afghani children go to school, and militant groups continue to carry out high profile attacks. Casualties from the war were up 42% in May.
On FPF #202, I discuss Trump decision to recommit to the Summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12th. A North Korean official, Kim Yong Chol, traveled to the US to meet with Mike Pompeo, then met with President Trump. After the meeting, Trump said he planned to attend the Summit, and North Korea can have fast or slow denuclearization.
I update the war in Yemen. Saudi backed forces continue to advance towards the critical port in Hodeida as the humanitarian crisis in Yemen continues to worsen.
On FPF #201, Mance Rayder joins the show to discuss Pulse, Palestine, and memes. Mance updates the story of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting. The shooter's wife was found innocent at trial a trial that included shocking admissions from the prosecution. Mance explains his position on the Israeli occupation of Palestine and who the clear aggressor is.
On Twitter, Mance is the king of antiwar memes and we discuss some of our favorite antiwar memes.