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Foreign Policy Focus

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.

Aug 17, 2018

Scott Horton returns to FPF to discuss the first year of Trump's policy for the Afghan War. Scott explains how the drug war in Afghanistan has been a failure. He looks at the US goal of securing the capital Kabul and how the additional US troops have been unable to curb violence in the city. Scott gives his analysis of the recent talks between the US and Afghanistan.

Scott argues that the US efforts in the Afghan War are futile and we should just come home. 

Links 

Scott's book Fool Errand 

SHS - Eric Margolis on Imran Khan

SHS - Andrew Cockburn on the Afghan opium trade 

Scott Horton on the Ron Paul Liberty Report

Aug 15, 2018

On FPF #233, I discuss Trump signing the 2019 John McCain National Defense Authorization Act. The overly costly and hawkish Pentagon spending bill is a perfect reflection of John McCain's horrific foreign policy record. I explain how parts of the bill will move the US towards more war. 

I also update the Syrian Civil War and recent US reports on the strength of ISIS. 

Links

FPF #228 - A $700 Billion Waste

UN report on ISIS fighters

Russia supports bilateral trade in national currencies

Aug 13, 2018

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss a Saudi massacre of Yemeni children on a school bus. The US continues to back Saudi's slaughter of Yemen children. Will discuss his updated numbers of Yemenis killed in the civil war. Will and Kyle also debunk the most common myths of the Yemen Civil War. 

Links

SHS - Nasser Arrabyee

SHS - Iona Craig

 

 

 

Aug 10, 2018

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss renewed US sanctions on Iran. Will explains the logistics of sanctions and what could happen if states defy US demands. Will and Kyle review the history of American sanctions against Iran and the Iran Nuclear Agreement. They provide analysis on the potential effectiveness of the new sanctions and what could happen if other states, including allies, don't comply.

Will Porter is a freelance journalist who focuses on Mid East affairs and US foreign policy. His work can be found at Consortium News, AntiWar.com, and LibertarianInstitute.org.

Links

Iranian Sanctions Aren't Just Counterproductive, But an Act of War - Will Porter

Aug 8, 2018

On FPF #230, I discuss Senator Rand Pau's recent trip to Russia. Rand's trip to Russia is a good thing and could help lawmakers in both countries realize their common goals. 

I also break down Saudi's diplomatic split with Canada. The Saudis have kicked the Canadian ambassador out of the kingdom and announced that Saudi students would be moved out of Canada. 

Links

Saudi provocative Tweet

SHS - Andrew Cockburn

Aug 6, 2018

On FPF #229, I look at the difference between the US media portrayal of the Korean peace process and what is actually happening in the region. The US media has focused on stories that indicate North Korea and Trump are ruining the peace process. However, North and South Korea military leaders are meeting to discuss reducing conventional weapons near the DMZ. Japan is removing anti-missile systems citing a reduction in the threat from North Korea. 

Links 

SHS - Nassar Arraybee

Aug 3, 2018

On FPF #228, I discuss the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Congress recently passed the 2019 NDAA, authorizing $716 billion in defense spending. The spending is largely for offensive purposes and does not benefit the protect the American people. I break down some of the mandates Congress placed on the money. 

Links 

FPF #226 - NDAA with Will Porter

 

Aug 1, 2018

On FPF #227, I discuss Trump's foreign policy. It appears Trump is using the same plan with Iran that he believes brought North Korea to agree to denuclearize. I explain how Trump misunderstands how the peace process developed in North Korea and why a similar US policy in Iran will have far different results. 

I break down recent talks between the US and the Taliban and how Pakistan's new prime minister may impact the Afghan War. 

Links

Moon of Alabama - Afghan Talks

Rand Paul's Middle East Peace Plan

Moon of Alabama - Imran Khan

SHS - Eric Margolis on Imran Khan

Jul 30, 2018

On FPF #226, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss Israel's continued bombing of Assad's forces in Syria. The Syrian Civil War has continued to drag on, and the Israeli actions are effectively protecting ISIS. The Syrian Kurds are looking to make a deal with Assad. Will provides the analysis. 

Will and Kyle update the horrific situation in Israel for the Palestinians. The Israelis continue to carry out a bombing campaign against Gaza. In some rare good news, Ahed Tamimi has been released from prison.

Links

Will Porter's FPF YouTube Playlist  

Jul 27, 2018

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss Donald Trump and foreign policy. Inflicted with Trump derangement syndrome, the mainstream media is writing headings suggesting the soccer ball Putin gave Trump had a device inside of it. The dishonesty of the headlines pushes America's policy away from peace with Russia. 

Kyle and Will break down the proposed 2019 NDAA. The NDAA has several new mandates that impact Turkey, Yemen, and Syria. 

Will Porter is a freelance journalist who covers US foreign policy and Mideast affairs. Will's work can be found at AntiWar.com, ConsortiumNews.com, and the Libertarian Institute.  

Jul 25, 2018

On FPF #224, I discuss the reports that Julian Assange will soon be handed over to British authorities. Assange has been targeted for the important information his organizations, Wikileaks, has released to the public and his sympathy for the Catalan independence movement. I explain the importance of Assange's work. 

I also discuss an article written by a US Veteran. The vet explains how he signed up in the US Army to be a hero and, in his role as a US soldier, became a villain. 

Links

 

Jul 23, 2018

On FPF #223, Brian Saady returns to the show to discuss the roots of the immigration crisis. In the US, the focus of the immigration issue is focused on what the should happen when people reach the US Southern border. However, US policy in Central America has caused many people to seek refuge in the US. Brian explains how immigration crisis has its roots in US intervention in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. 

Brian is a writer and podcast host. His books and podcast can be found at BrianSaady.com.

Jul 20, 2018

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss the Trump/Putin Summit. Will breaks down the Mueller probe indictment of 12 Russians. Will provides analysis on the press conference following the talks between Trump and Putin. Will and Kyle dive into the hysterical reaction of the media and establishment politicians to the talks. 

Links

SHS - Peter Van Buren

Adam Carter on the Mueller indictments

Jul 18, 2018

On FPF #221, I discuss potential peace talks between the US and the Taliban. The US signaled its willingness to directly talk with the Taliban in statements from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan General Nicholson. Talks could finally bring an end to America's longest war. 

Links

SHS - Jason Ditz

Report on killing of Palestinian Medic

 

Jul 16, 2018

On FPF #220, I break down a Jake Tapper interview of Rand Paul. Tapper presents the establishment position on NATO, Russian Aggression, and Russiagate. Senator Paul pushes back on Tapper's hawkish position. I explain where why NATO is not essential to security, that Russia is not an expansionist power, and the Mueller investigation still lacks evidence to prove Russia changed the outcome of the 2016 election. 

Links

Jake Tapper interviews 

Analysis of Indictments 

Jul 13, 2018

On FPF#219, I discuss how Americans apathy towards our foreign policy leads to unnecessary deaths. America's longest war has tried the same failed policies over and over with only death and destruction as a result. However, Americans continue to elect leaders and representatives who carry on with the same failed policies. 

Links

FPF # 209 - Killing Yemen

Moon of Alabam - North Korea talks

Jul 11, 2018

On FPF #218, I refute Max Boot's article title Trump wants to Finiadize the United States. In the articles, Boot scrutinizes Trump for his antagonism towards traditional American alliances and Trump's desire to get along with Russia. Boot romanticizes about the usefulness of NATO and he portrays Russia as a world evil. I debunk the usefulness of NATO and explain Russia is no threat to the world. 

Jul 9, 2018

On FPF #217, I discuss peace talks taking place. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited North Korea for talks on North Korean denuclearization. The North Korean Foreign Minister said the talks were regrettable, while Pompeo called the talks productive. The mainstream media continues to complain that Trump will sell out Americans at his upcoming summit with Putin. Ethiopia and Eritrea are engaging in peace talks to normalize relations between the two African nations. I also update Syria, Afghanistan, and Trump's hostility towards Venezuela. 

Links

Ray McGovern on FBIgate

SHS-Ray McGovern

Moon of Alabama on OPWC report for Douma Link 1 Link 2

 

Jul 6, 2018

On FPF #216, I update the Korean Peace Process. The Koreans are in talks to move North Korean artillery out of the range of Seoul and playing basketball games. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be visiting North Korea on Friday to discuss denuclearization. Despite all the positive news, National Security Advisor John Bolton continues to try to introduce poison pills into the peace process by calling for rapid North Korean denuclearization. I also discuss the OPCW, Syrian Civil War, and Afghanistan. 

Links

SHS - Kathy Kelly on Afghanistan

Jul 4, 2018

On FPF #215, Will Porter returns to the show to cover the impacts of our foreign policy on veterans of the wars. Will give the numbers of vets committing suicide and some of the causes of those suicides. Will discusses Peter Van Buren's explanation for moral injury. Will and Kyle discuss the glorification of the US military and Independence Day.

Will Porter is a journalist who writes on US foreign policy and Mid East affairs. Will's work can be found at AntiWar.com, Consortium News, and The Libertarian institute. 

Links

At War With Ourselves - Will Porter 

Hooper's War - Peter Van Buren 

Dangerous History - BT

Jul 2, 2018

On FPF #214, I breakdown Saudi's misleading explanation for their bombing of a Doctors Without Borders cholera treatment facility in Yemen. Saudi Arabia attempted to use an email from a low-level DWB official to claim DWB was at fault for the bombing. However, the facility was marked, and DWB informed Saudi Arabia 12 times about the location of the facility. 

I also discuss John Bolton setting up a summit between Trump and Putin. I explain the status of the US/Russian relationship and what could come out of these talks. I also update North Korean denuclearization and Turkey. 

Links

FPF #177 - Will Porter discusses John Bolton

Jun 29, 2018

On FPF #213, Joanne Leon and Dan Wright join the show for the third in a three-part series covering the many claims that Russia colluded with the Trump campaign to win the 2016 election. In part three, Joanne and Dan break down the FBI IG report on the Hillary email investigation. They explain the biased activities of the FBI. We give our final thoughts on Russiagate and how all the current evidence fails to prove the claims of Russiagate. 

Joanne Leon and Dan Wright are the cohosts of the Around the Empire podcast. 

Links

AroundtheEmpire.com

Around the Empire #57 - Garland Nixon

Around the Empire #54 - Crossfire Hurrican 

Aaron Mate - No proof of collusion 

Jun 27, 2018

On FPF #212, Joanne Leon and Dan Wright join the show for the second in a three-part series covering the many claims that Russia colluded with the Trump campaign to win the 2016 election. In part two, Joanne and Dan break down the FBI Crossfire Hurricane investigation. They explain how the FBI spied on and attempted to put informants into the Trump campaign. We also discuss the role of Carter Page, Peter Strzok, and John Brennan. 

Joanne Leon and Dan Wright are the cohosts of the Around the Empire podcast. 

Links

AroundtheEmpire.com

Around the Empire #57 - Garland Nixon

Around the Empire #54 - Crossfire Hurrican 

Aaron Mate - No proof of collusion 

 

Jun 25, 2018

On FPF #211, Joanne Leon and Dan Wright join the show for the first in a three-part series covering the many claims that Russia colluded with the Trump campaign to win the 2016 election. In part one, Joanne and Dan break down the indictments of Flynn, Manafort/Gates, Papadopoulos, and Internet Research Agency. They explain how every indictment is unrelated to the 2016 claims of Russiagate and in some cases work to disprove the Russia collusion claims. We also discuss the Trump Tower meeting and the role of Fusion GPS's Steele dossier. 

Joanne Leon and Dan Wright are the cohosts of the Around the Empire podcast. 

Links

AroundtheEmpire.com

Around the Empire #57 - Garland Nixon

Around the Empire #54 - Crossfire Hurrican 

Aaron Mate - No proof of collusion 

Moon of Alabama - Internet Research Agency 

Jun 22, 2018

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. 

Links

FPF #209 - Killing Yemen

FPF #207 - Understanding Colombia with Brian Saady

Vets for Peace - Palestine 

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