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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.

Jan 21, 2019

On FPF #300, Peter Van Buren joins the show to talk his books. Peter discusses his book Hooper's War and moral injury. Peter explains how war can do more than injure someone physically, their understanding of right and wrong can be damaged as well. 

I ask Peter about his time as a State Department official working on nation-building projects in Iraq, and his book about that time We Meant Well. He gives a few examples of why the nation-building projects failed. 

Peter Van Buren is a former State Department employee and is now a writer. He is the author of Hooper's War and We Meant Well. Peter's website is WeMeantWell.com.

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Jan 18, 2019

On FPF #299, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss news on Syria, Russia, and Yemen. We breakdown the death of four US soldiers by an ISIS suicide bomber in Syria. The Washington foreign policy establishment is trying to use the death of the soldiers to prevent the US from exiting Syria. We debunk all the myths the war party is using to try to keep US troops in Syria. 


Will Porter is a journalist who writes on Mid East Affairs and Foreign Policy. Will's work can be found at Antiwar.Com and LibertarianInstitute.Org.

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Will Porter FPF Archive 

Jan 16, 2019

On FPF #298, I discuss a recently reported FBI investigation of Trump in 2017. The investigation looked into possible Russian influence over Trump. The investigators found no evidence. However, Russiagate conspiracy theorists add the investigation as further proof that Trump is under the control of Putin. 

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Glenn Greenwald - FBI Investigation

Ron Paul Liberty Report - FBI Investigation

Navy Time - USS Fitz Report

Jan 14, 2019

On FPF #297, I review the new movie Vice. Vice is the story of warmonger Dick Chaney. The movie captures any of the most evil acts of Chaney. I expand on some of the stories that only were given brief attention. I also give my take on Tulsi Gabbard's 2020 presidential run. 

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Kelley Vlahos on the Pentagon revolving door

Return of the Neocons

Jan 11, 2019

On FPF #296, I explain how crickets caused the US to withdraw the majority of their diplomatic envoy to Cuba. The US alleged sonic weapons being used against US diplomats in Cuba. The US media even speculated that Russia was involved with the use of sonic weapons against diplomats. Scientific testing now shows the noise was caused by crickets. I examine how the allegations impacted US policy towards Cuba and how this event exemplifies the shortcomings of the US media. 

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FPF #263 - Nukes

Moon of Alabama on the cricket attack

Philip Giraldi - Trump 2019 Foreign Policy

Jan 9, 2019

On FPF #295, I discuss the US relationship with China. The acting Secretary of Defense said he will focus on "China, China, China." The US increasing looked at the great powers - Russia and China - the biggest threat to the US. The economic relationship with China is rocky, and the US continues to challenge Chinese territorial claims. I also discuss the coup attempt in Gabon and the changing US war in Somalia. 

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Eric Margolis on China 

Jan 7, 2019

On FPF #294, I discuss new updates in the Russiagate conspiracy theory and Syria. New information reveals Gen Flynn's trip to Russia in 2015 was in accordance with US intelligence. A court document shows an associate of John McCain gave he Steele Dossier to BuzzFeed in 2016. Bolton claims the US withdraws in Syria is conditioned on protection for the Kurds and the defeat of ISIS. The Assad government is now talking with the Syrian Kurds. The US and Russian military are also engaged in talks. 

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Mark Perry - Syria withdraw

Elijah Magnier - Syria updates 

Jan 4, 2019

On FPF #293, I discuss Trump seeming to waver on his decision for a rapid withdraw of US troops from Syria. CNN reports a Pentagon official says the US troop withdraw from Syria will take 120 days. 

I cover what we know about the arrest of US citizen Paul Whelan in Russia. Whelan has been charged with spying. 

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Jan 2, 2019

On FPF #292, Will Porter returns to discuss Trump's best foreign policy decisions of 2018. Trump met with North Koren leader Kim Jong-un. He ordered the withdraw of US forces from Syria. The president is reported to be planning the withdraw of US troops from Afghanistan. We also discuss the resignations of Nikki Haley and James Mattis.

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Dec 31, 2018

On FPF #291, Will Porter returns to the show do break down Josh Rogin's article in the Washington Post attacking Senator Rand Paul. Will and Kyle explain how Paul's influence over Trump is good. Will debunks the lies Rogin tells about Paul. 

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Josh Rogin

Dec 28, 2018

On FPF #290, I explain that the US Empire is operating as usual even though the mainstream media is focused on the shutdown. The US continues to slow the Korean Peace Process with sanctions. Defense Secretary James Mattis will be out on January 1st and weapon makers exec Patrick Shanahan will take over. I discuss the impact of the announced US troop withdrawal from Syria. 

Dec 26, 2018

On FPF #289, Kevin Doremus joins the show to discuss foreign policy Realism. Kevin is a realist and explains his philosophy. Kevin discuss prominent realists like John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. We highlight some of the best writers from the realist school. Kevin details how realist foreign policy reacts to today's world.

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Edwin Van De Haar - Independent Institute  

Stephen Walt - The Hell of Good Intentions 

John Mearsheimer - The Great Delusion  

 

Dec 24, 2018

On FPF #288, I focus on the good news. I discuss the reasons for Trump's decision to leave Syria. Trump has ordered the Pentagon to make plans to withdraw 7,000 US troops from Syria. These moves caused Secretary of State Mattis to resign. 

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Tom Woods Show - Scott Horton

Around the Empire - Elijah Magnier  

Scott Horton Show - Mark Perry

Maj Danny Sjursen on leaving Syria

Dec 21, 2018

On FPF #287, Will Porter joins the show to discuss Trump's announcement that the US has defeated ISIS. Trump will also be withdrawing all US troops from Syria. The announcement came as a surprise. Will and Kyle give analysis on the reaction to the withdraw and how it will impact the Syrian War. 

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FPF #115 - The Rise of ISIS 

Dec 19, 2018

On FPF #286, I update the claims of the Russiagate conspiracy. The Mueller probe has continued to indict and get plea agreements. However, no proof has been produced to prove any Russiagate claims. I examine the case of Maria Butina and what crimes she actually committed. 

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Dec 17, 2018

On FPF #285, I discuss Korean troops crossing the DMZ in peace. The Korean peace process continues to progress with Trump dragging his feet.

I explain how in Syria, the US is trying to balance its relationship with the Syrian Kurds and NATO ally Turkey. The US is also facing a growing insurgency. 

I update the movements to bring peace to Yemen. 

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BBC - Tear Gas

Trucking company scams DoD

Dec 14, 2018

On FPF #284, I discuss the arrest of Meng Wanzhou in Canada. Meng is the exec of Chinese communications giant Huawei. The arrest came as Trump was meeting with Chinese President Xi. Trump and Xi agreed to a tariff truce. However, this arrest could harm that progress. 

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Ron Paul Liberty Report - Meng Wanzhou Arrest

Dec 12, 2018

On FPF #283, I discuss the crisis in Yemen. Senator Chris Murphy recently wrote the US is assisting in the creation of hell on Earth in Yemen. The Senate is set to debate a bill that could invoke Congress' Constitutional War Making Powers to end the US support for the Saudi coalition in Yemen. The Houthi and Saudi backed government are meeting in Sweden. Some small progress has been made in the talks. 

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Mark Perry - Sudan's role in Yemen 

Chris Murphy - US creating Hell on Earth in Yemen 

Dec 10, 2018

Scott Horton returns to FPF to discuss the legacy of George HW Bush. After his death, he has received overwhelming praise from establishment journalists. Scott explains how Bush handled the fall of the USSR and breaks down Bush's great failure in Iraq. Scott answers a few questions about Afghanistan.

Scott Horton is the host of the Scott Horton Show and the author of Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan. He is the Editorial Director of Antiwar.com and the Managing Director of The Libertarian Institute.  

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SHS - Barry Lando on Iraq War I

Dec 7, 2018

On FPF #281, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss recent events that target Julian Assange. An article in the Guardian falsely claimed that Assange met with Paul Manafort three times and the US appears to have an indictment of Assange prepared. Will debunks the article's false claims. Kyle and Will explain the importance of Wikileaks and dangers of the persecution on Assange. 

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Will Porter - The Guardian's Latest Assange Smear Backfires

Dec 5, 2018

On FPF #280, I discuss recent CIA leaks that tie Saudi Crown Prince MbS to the Khashoggi murder. The leaks say the CIA assesses with medium to high confidence MbS targeted Khashoggi and probably ordered his death. Another report shows MbS contacted a member of the Khashoggi assassination plot 11 times on the date of the murder. I give my take on Trump's support for MbS and his many failures.  

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Intercepted - Hondarus 

Around the Empire - Khashoggi 

Dec 3, 2018

On FPF #279, I discuss events surrounding the G20 Summit. I break down the importance of Trump's canceling a meeting with Putin and how the incident in the Kerch Strait played a role. Before a G20 meeting with Xi and Trump, the US sailed a destroyer through the Taiwan Strait. MbS received a lot of media attention at the G20 because of the Khashoggi murder. 

I also look at the failure of the Zumwalt Class Destroyers. 

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Kerch Strait analysis

Nov 30, 2018

On FPF # 278, I discuss a vote advancing to a debate on Senate Joint Resolution 54, a War Powers bill that will end the US support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen. The vote passed 63-37, all the nays were Republicans. Saudi Arabia's genocidal war against the people of Yemen has 14 million people on the brink of famine. Ending the US support for Saudi Arabia is essential for ending the humanitarian crisis.

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FPF #159 - Yemen Cheat Sheet 

Gazan protest number 

Nov 28, 2018

On FPF #277, I discuss recent events that resulted in Ukraine declaring Martial Law. Ukrainian ships attempted to navigate Russian waters without following procedures established by Russia. Russian ships rammed a Ukrainian tugboat and fired on two other Ukrainian ships. No one was killed and Russia seized the three ships. 

Support S J Res 54

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FPF #175 - MSNBC on Russia

FPF #275 - Will Porter on Khashoggi

Accusing Russia

Moon of Alabama Sea of Azov

Nov 26, 2018

On FPF #276, I discuss the Korean Peace Process. North and South Korean soldiers shook hands and engaged in a friendly conversation across the DMZ. The soldiers are working on a road reconnecting North and South Korea. 

While Koreans continue to move towards peace, the American establishment is attempting to slow it. A recent article by David Sanger claimed Trump is being played by Kim Jong-un. I review articles by Gareth Porter, Tim Shorrock, and Peter Van Buren that debunk the Sanger article. 

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