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Foreign Policy Focus is a podcast hosted by me, Kyle! It covers current events overseas and how those events affect you at home. While US military operations in the Middle East seem like they are on the other side of the world, they have real impacts on the everyday lives of Americans. Wars are the most costly of all US government actions and politicians use them to strip away rights of Americans. Knowing what your government is doing around the globe will give you insight into what they are doing at home.
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Foreign Policy Focus is a podcast hosted by me, Kyle! It covers current events overseas and how those events affect you at home. While US military operations in the Middle East seem like they are on the other side of the world, they have real impacts on the everyday lives of Americans. Wars are the most costly of all US government actions and politicians use them to strip away rights of Americans. Knowing what your government is doing around the globe will give you insight into what they are doing at home.

Mar 22, 2019

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss the New Zealand shooter's motive. The shooter wanted a war on the 'Grey Zone' in an attempt to try to drive cultures further apart. He was willing to commit disgusting acts of violence to achieve those ends. Will compares the shooter's attack on the 'Grey Zone' to Islamic jihadists. We argue that exposing the shooter's ideological target can help to expose and reject it. 

Mar 20, 2019

On FPF #325, I cover several recent news stories. In 2020, the Trump Administration is seeking an $85 billion budget for intelligence agencies. US sanctions against Venezuela and Iran combined with OPEC oil production cuts could cause gas prices to rise. Secretary of State Pompeo claims that withdrawing from the Yemen War would empower Iran. 

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Forbes - Sanctions 

Ron Paul Liberty Report - Spy Budget

Mar 18, 2019

On FPF #324, I break down several important news stories. An IG report shows billions of dollars were spent on the F-35 without oversight, and the US is planning to invest over $300 million on space lasers. The US will allow Citgo to make debt payments to Venezuela. South Korea is looking to hold talks with North Korea to save denuclearization negotiations with the US. Trump is going to keep 1,000 US troops in Syria.

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Russia's economy adapts to sanctions

Moon of Alabama - NK Embassy Breakin

 

Mar 14, 2019

On FPF #323, I discuss Congress passing the Yemen War Powers Bill. The bill calls for an end of the US involvement in the Saudi-led war against Yemen. The bill continues to face hurdles and Trump has threatened to veto the bill. I explain what is in the bill and why it is so important to end the US role in this war. 

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Ted Carpenter - CAR

Glenn Greenwald - Venezuela 

Mar 13, 2019

On FPF #322, I discuss a report finding that the US sold more weapons than any other country. I explain how the elites behind the military-industrial complex benefit from the US welling weapons to 98 countries in 2018. The weapon makers buy influence in the US to help facilitate weapon sales. However, the policy is immoral and hurts the American people. 

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Daniel Larison - John Bolton's Dangerous Korea Policy

Mar 11, 2019

On FPF #321, I discuss Chelsea Manning's heroic refusal to testify in a secret federal court and her return to prison. Chelsea refused to testify in an unfair court by invoking her 1st, 4th, and 6th Amendment rights. Her rights were ignored, and she was thrown in jail. I explain why Chelsea's stand is so important for freedom, truth, and ending wars. 

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Mar 8, 2019

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss the final OPCW report on the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria. Will reviews all the evidence and timeline of the events. Will argues a lot of the evidence contradicts the establishment narrative. Will presents the case for a false flag attack. 

Mar 6, 2019

On FPF #319, I discuss the endless US War on Terror. The US has issued a $1 million reward for information on the son of Osama bin Laden. The younger bin Laden is rising through the ranks of al-Qaeda. Americans are born before 9/11 are starting to enlist in the military and will soon be fighting al-Qaeda. I explain how the first generation of the 'War on Terror' has been a failure for the US and continuing the fight will bankrupt the US. 

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Rackets - Nathen Smith

Intercept - Chelsea Manning

Mar 4, 2019

On FPF #318, I break down what happened between Trump and Kim in Hanoi. The meeting ended without an agreement. However, Kim likely offered Trump a deal to shut down parts of North Korea's nuclear program in exchange for civilian sanctions relief. Jeffery Lewis argues Trump missed a good opportunity by passing on the deal. 

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Mar 1, 2019

On FPF #317, I discuss Trump's meeting with Kim Jong-un and US talks with the Taliban. The meeting with Kim ended early and without a peace agreement. Trump said the talks were positive. In Qatar, US officials are meeting with Taliban leadership. The talks will be centered on US troops withdrawing from Afghanistan. 

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Justin Raimondo - Venezuela

 

Feb 27, 2019

On FPF #316, Adam Graham joins the show to discuss his recent article about the lies that led to the Spanish American War. Adam breaks down the prewar history and the lies in the media to sell the war to the American people. Adam and Kyle discuss how the war party's exploitation of the sinking of the Maine resembles many current American wars. 

Adam Graham is a writer. He blogs at NoKingButChrist.Com. He writing appears at The Libertarian Institute.

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Adam Graham - Remeber the Maine 

Feb 25, 2019

On FPF #315, Brian Saady returns to the show to discuss the trial of El Chapo. Brian explains who El Chapo is and how he rose to power and gives important details from the trial. He argues that the arrest of El Chapo does nothing to with the drug war. Brian and Kyle talk about the big problems with the drug war. Brian also gives his take on the situation in Venezuela. 

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. 

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Brian Saady - El Chapo

Feb 22, 2019

On FPF #314, I discuss recent polling that shows Americans want a less aggressive foreign policy. The polling showed that Americans prefer diplomacy and trade. However, foreign policy 'experts' are committed to a more militaristic policy. I explain how this data can impact the 2020 race. I also update Russiagate, a nuclear sale to Russia, and the upcoming talks between Trump and Kim. 

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Feb 20, 2019

On FPF #313, I cover the controversy surrounding statements made by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. She called out AIPAC's influence over US policy and Elliott Abrams' nefarious history. In response, the foreign policy establishment has condemned the Congresswoman. 

I break down the unrest in Kashmir and the Indian/Pakistani relationship. A recent suicide bombing has caused increased friction between the nuclear powers and ethnic tensions in India. 

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Ady Bankan - AIPAC

 

Feb 18, 2019

Scott Horton returns to the Foreign Policy Focus podcast to talk about nukes, regime change, and ending the war in Afghanistan. Scott breaks down the US effort to replace Maduro as president of Venezuela and the likelihood of a US regime change effort in Iran. He discusses how developing low yield nukes and leaving the INF Treaty increases the risk of nuclear weapons being used. We also cover the potential withdraw of US troops from Afghanistan

Scott Horton is the Managing Director of The Libertarian Institute, Editorial Director at AntiWar.com, and host of the Scott Horton Show. Scott is the author of Fools Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan

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Feb 15, 2019

On FPF #311, I discuss the Pentagon looking to grow the Overseas Contingency Operation. The OCO is considered to be a slush fund for the Pentagon. Growing instability in Africa and a lack of Congressional oversight on war powers allow the Pentagon to expand wars. 

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Amanda Sperber - Somalia

James Bamford - Maria Butina

Scott Horton Show - Tom Eddlem

Feb 13, 2019

On FPF #310, I discuss Trump's Iran policy. In the first two years of Trump's presidency, his Iran policy has been a massive failure. Many of his top advisers are life-long Iran hawks who believe the key to American security regime change in Iran. I examine the possibility of the US taking an active role in overthrowing the government of Iran.

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Feb 11, 2019

On FPF #309, I discuss the next meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. The meeting will take place at the end of February in Vietnam. Trump's tweets suggest the talks could take important steps in Korean Peace. I give my take on what could come from the talks. 

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Free Man Beyond the Wall - Scott Horton

Jason Ditz - SOTU

Feb 8, 2019

On FPF #308, Mike Maharrey returns to the show to talk about fighting the empire from within. Mike explains how his work at the Tenth Amendment Center has worked to fight access military weapons from going to local police forces. Mike discusses why passing Defend the Guard laws on a state level can help to end wars overseas. He is also working to prevent the US from engaging in torture with state laws. 

Mike Maharrey is the author of Our Last Hope. He is the host of the Thoughts from Maharrey Head podcast and the Friday Gold Wrap. Mike is the managing editor at Schiff Gold and the communications director at The Tenth Amendment Center

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FPF #134 - Mike Maharrey
Tenth Amendment Center sample legislation 
Mike Maharrey's: michael.maharrey@tenthamendmentcenter.com

Feb 6, 2019

On FPF #307, I discuss the intelligence community's assessment that Russia and China are the biggest threats to the US. I breakdown the alleged areas of conflict between the American people and Great Power Rivals. I also update recent events in Venezuela.

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Feb 4, 2019

On FPF #306, I update the political uncertainty in Venezuela. Maduro appears to be retaining control over the country. However international actors continue to push the Juan Guaido government. I discuss the regime change effort coming from the United States. 

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Max Blumenthal & Dan Cohen on Venezuela

The Drive - USS Ford

FPF #262 - INF Treaty

Feb 1, 2019

On FPF #305, I breakdown war state efforts to create and expand wars. Factions of the Trump administration continue to push regime change efforts in Venezuela. DNI Dan Coats is attempting to throw cold water on a deal with North Korea. Max Boot is arguing that the US should remain in Afghanistan and Syria for 100 years. The Trump Administration is in a dangerous state that could lead to a conflict with Iran. 

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Peter Van Buren - Venezuela

Jim Lobe Ben Armbruster - Iran

Jan 30, 2019

On FPF #304, Will Porter returns to the show for part two of the year-end review show. We discuss the worst of Trump's foreign policy decisions in 2018. Will breaks down the important events in Yemen, Russia, Iran, and China. We examine the influence that John Bolton and Mike Pompeo had on US foreign policy in 2018. 

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Jan 28, 2019

On FPF #303, I discuss the potential change of government in Venezuela. The leader of the country's opposition, Juan Guaido has declared himself the interim president. The move has been backed by the US and several other nations. The Maduro government still claims to be the rightful leadership of the country and has cut ties with the US. I breakdown all the reporting on the issue. 

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Jan 25, 2019

On FPF #302, Brian Saady returns to the show to talk about the huge crime problem in the UAE. Brian explains how the organized crime of the UAE creates opportunities for terror groups around the Middle East. He discusses how the crime in the UAE has ties to gold smuggling, nuclear proliferation, and the PKK. Brian also gives an update on the Colombia peace process with the FARC. 

Brian Saady is an author and podcast host. His articles, podcasts, and books can be found at his website BrianSaady.com. 

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Brian's talk at Freedom Foundation 

Gupta Brothers

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