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.

Sep 25, 2017

On Foreign Policy Focus #97, I discuss Trump calling Kim Jung Un a madman on Twitter. This is Trump's most dangerous Tweet so far. If Trump thinks Un is a madman, then Trump could decide to wage preemptive war North Korea. I review the road that led us to the mess in North Korea. I also update Syria, Yemen, and Myanmar. 


  • The Russian Zapad wargames have ended. Several news outlets used the wargames to create fear of Russian aggression. [Link] 
  • The US flew B1-B nuclear-capable bombers and F-15s in airspace very close to North Korea. [Link] 
  • Trump called Kim Jung Un a madman on Twitter. [Link] Trump made a threat to Kim Jung Un and North Korea’s Foreign Minister. North Korea held an anti-US rally. [Link] 
  • 62% of Americans do not trust Trump to handle the North Korea situation. [Link] 
  • Islamist fighters in Marawi continue to hold out against the Philippine military. The Islamists control about ten blocks and are estimated to have about 60 fighters left. [Link]
  • Bangladesh reports that the flow of Rohingya refugees has stopped. [Link] 
  • The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing attack on NATO troops in Afghanistan. Three civilians were killed in the attack. No NATO troops were killed or injured. [Link] 
  • A Russian general was killed fighting the Islamic State in Deir Ezzor. [Link] 
  • US-backed SDF fighters claim to have captured Syria’s largest gas field from the Islamic State. [Link] 
  • The US has killed 2,617 civilians in Syria. [Link] 
  • The Israeli military carried out airstrikes in near Damascus. Israel claims it was targeting Hezbollah. [Link] 
  • Yemen’s President Hadi says that he only sees a military solution in the Yemen Civil War. [Link] 
  • Saudi Arabia claims to have shot down a missile launched from Yemen. [Link] 
Sep 22, 2017

On FPF #96, I look at independence votes and movements around the world. Catalonia and Iraqi Kurds have upcoming votes for independence. Syrian Kurds are looking to form their own parliament. Taiwan and Palestine continue to fight for their own states. Several other countries also have populations looking for more freedom. 


  • US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has become a star neoconservative. [Link] 
  • Senator Bernie Sanders said Saudi Arabia is not an ally of the US. [Link] 
  • National Security Advisor McMaster said the Iran deal is fundamentally flawed. [Link] Secretary of State Tillerson admits Iran is complying with the deal. [Link] 
  • The UN Security Council condemns the Iraqi Kurdish independence vote. [Link] 
  • In a UN speech, the Palestinian president said a one-state solution in an option. [Link] 
  • Iran’s President says the nuclear deal cannot be renegotiated. [Link] 
  • Syrian Kurds will hold the first in a series of three votes on Friday. The second round of voting in November and the third round is in January. The January vote will form a Parliment for Syrian Kurdistan. [Link]
  • This article has basic information on the Catalonian independence vote. [Link] 
  • Catalonian leaders say the crackdown by Spanish police is a major blow to their independence vote. [Link]  
  • Trump says he has made a decision on the Iran nuclear deal. Tillerson says no one knows what decision Trump made. [Link] 
  • Daniel Larison explains how the Iran nuclear deal is a one-sided deal in favor of the US. [Link]
  • The US Strategic Command Cheif has confirmed that Iran is following the nuclear deal. [Link]
  • France’s President said, “the Iran deal is not enough.” [Link] 
  • Spanish police continue to carry out raids and arrests to try to prevent the Catalonian independence vote. [Link]
Sep 20, 2017

Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to breakdown Trump's speech to the UN General Assembly. Trump's speech was hawkish and full of lies. Will debunks Trump's lies. Will also provides key insights into the real situation in Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Yemen. 

Trump gave a speech to the UN General Assembly. [Link]

Will Porter is a journalist and commentator with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and Mid-East affairs.  
His freelance work can be found at the Libertarian Institute and
Trista Parsi explains how Trump conflated Iran and North Korea in his speech to the UN. [Link] 
Sep 18, 2017

On FPF #94, I discuss why US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, is awful. Haley continues to advocate for war and refuses to do her job as a diplomat. I also update Israel, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. 


Harvard canceled plans to make Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow. The plans were canceled after CIA Director Pompeo refused to speak at the school. [Link] 

Congressman Rohrabacher attempted to offer Trump a deal where Assange provides Trump proof that Russia did not provide the leaked emails. In exchange, Trump would give Assange a pardon. [Link]

15 Marines were injured in a training accident. [Link]

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley advocates for war with North Korea and Assad. [Link]

Josh Stimpson argues Trump needs to go to North Korea to meet with King Jung Un. [Link]

A bomb exploded on a UK subway injuring 30. Two men have been arrested in connection with the bombing. [Link] 

Trump says the US is prepared to “defend our civilization” from North Korea. North Korea says it is seeking weapons to achieve equilibrium with the US. [Link] 

Isreali settlers destroyed 70 Palestinian olive trees in two raids. [Link] 

The CIA is looking for authority to carry out drone strikes in Afghanistan. [Link] 

The Iraqi government is beginning a military operation against the Islamic State in the Anbar Province. The US will support the operation. [Link] 

Bin Laden’s son calls for jihadists to continue the fight against Assad. [Link] 

US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria said they would not allow Assad government troops to cross the Euphrates River. Russia said Assad allied troops have already crossed the river. [Link] 

Reports have claimed that Russia carried out airstrikes against SDF forces outside of Deir Ezzor. Several SDF soldiers were injured. [Link] Russia disputes the claim they carried out the airstrikes. [Link] Syria Fyle

Reports claim that the US has given YPG and SDF militias $2.2 billion in Soviet-style weapons. [Link] Syria Fyle


Sep 15, 2017

On FPF #93, I discuss the US and Russia relations. A new story said Russia offered to reset relations with the US in March. While that offer was passed on, Russia's Foreign Ministry and the US State Department now agree there is no need to continue in the downward spiral in relations. I also update Syria, Yemen, North Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.


Jerrod Labor argues no one should ever listen to John Bolton again. [Link]

After 9/11, the US developed a surveillance centers in Ethiopia to spy on Ethiopians and others in the Horn of Africa. [Link] 

An Army officer explains the harsh truths Americans must accept about the war in Afghanistan. [Link]


Sep 13, 2017

On FPF #92, I discuss the attempt by Senator Rand Paul to repeal the 2001 AUMF. The 2001 AUMF was passed in the week after 9/11 and was intended to be a war resolution for Afghanistan. Since 2001, the AUMF has been used to justify military actions in at least 14 countries. The repeal vote failed but gained some traction. I also update Myanmar, Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan. 

Sep 11, 2017

On FPF #91, I share my experience of growing up after 9/11 and the Terror War. I was 10 when the 9/11 attacks happened. I share some myths I believed, I debunk those myths, and talk about how I was led to believe them. 

Sep 8, 2017

On FPF #90, I discuss some recent reporting in the media. The fictions told be the media lead to a false understanding of foreign policy. I blast the media and reveal the truth. 

Sep 6, 2017

On FPF #89, I discuss the importance of understanding foreign policy. Nuclear war, Famine, disease, and death are all consequences of interventionist foreign policy. I also update North Korea, Myanmar, Yemen, and Syria. 

Sep 4, 2017

On FPF #88, I discuss several recent foreign policy stories. I cover several stories about wars coming to the homeland. I break down US/Russian relations. I explain what going on with North Korea's latest nuclear weapons test. I also update Yemen, Iraq, and Syria. 

Sep 1, 2017

On FPF #87, I look at the downward spiral of America's foreign policy. US foreign policy for Russia, North Korea, the Middle East, and Africa have created a worse situation for Americans. After making the situation worse, the US has fallen in a downward spiral and continues to make the situation worse with more interventions. I also give updates on Yemen, Syria, Turkey, and Iran. 

Aug 30, 2017

On FPF #86, I cover all the news on North Korea's most recent missile test. The missile test traveled over Northern Japan. Japan, South Korea, and US leaders have all made responses to the test. I also update Iran, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

Aug 28, 2017

On FPF #85, I discuss the impact of the War on Terron on the US. My discussion on it is prompted by Trump's plans to resume the sale of surplus military equipment to police departments. I explain how the war affects the economy, culture, and civil liberties. I also update North Korea, Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan.

Aug 25, 2017

On FPF #84, I discuss the Establishment's victory in Afghanistan policy. I explain how they can use their victory to start more war in Ukraine and Yemen. In Ukraine, the Establishment's plan of arming the government will lead to Nazi militias owning powerful US weapons. In Yemen, an increase in support for Saudi Arabia's war will lead to more death and starvation. I also update Russia, Iran, Qatar, and ISIS.

Aug 23, 2017

On FPF #83, I breakdown Trump's Afghanistan speech. On Monday, Trump announced his new Afghanistan policy. Trump presented his policy as a new policy that can finally turn the 16-year war in America's favor. However, his policy will only lead to a repeat of the mistakes made by Bush and Obama. Trump policy is an abandonment of campaign promises and a sell out to the establishment. 

Aug 21, 2017

On FPF #82, I discuss Bannon leaving the White House and its impacts on wars in North Korea and Afghanistan. Before leaving the White House, Bannon said there was no military solution in North Korea. Bannon was also pushing a plan to privatize the Afghan War with Erik Prince. I also update the USS John McCain, ISIS War, Yemen, and Africa. 

Aug 18, 2017

Ryan Burgett makes his first appearance on Foreign Policy Focus to discuss Christianity and War. Ryan discusses his views on Christianity and uses bible verses to explain his positions. Ryan breaks down why some Christians have different views on war. Ryan also explains effective arguments to engage Christians with. 

There is a brief pause in the audio at 2:57 when the recording program stopped working. Ryan felt like the few seconds of missing audio did not take away from his argument, so I left a small pause to indicate that a few of Ryan's words are missing. There is also some popping in the audio and the audio quality is lower than typical on FPF. This was a great interview and I hope you will be able to overlook pops in the audio and learn a lot from Ryan like I did. I am working to get a higher quality of audio for future interviews. 

Ryan is a licensed minister in the Mennonite church, I have four children and have been married eleven years. I make my living as a computer programmer building desktop, web, and mobile applications. Ryan's website ==>

Aug 16, 2017

On FPF #80, Will Porter returns to discuss Russiagate. Will debunk the latest claims and give his take. Will talks about a bombshell claim by Seymore Hersh that Seth Rick was the DNC leak. Hersh is now denying he said made that claim. Will then gives his working theory on what really happened with the DNC emails. Will also discuss the idea of Russia aggression and US/Russia relations. 

Will Porter is a journalist and commentator with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and Mid East affairs. His freelance work can be found at the Libertarian Institute and

Will's notes

Main Links:
• "Has Russiagate Finally Been Solved?" - Will Porter -
• VIPS Memo -
• Forensicator Investigation into Guccifer 2.0 Metadata -
• Adam Carter Analysis: Fake Russian Fingerprints? -
• Adam Carter Analysis: CrowdStrike Behind Guccifer 2.0? -
• Voice of America Demolishes CrowdStrike Claim on Russian Hacking in Ukraine -
• Seymour Hersh / Ed Butowsky Audio -
• Rough Text Transcript of Hersh / Butowsky Audio -
Additional Reading:
• "New Research Shows Guccifer 2.0 Files Were Copied Locally, Not Hacked" - Elizabeth Vos -
• "Has Seymour Hersh Debunked Russiagate?" - Justin Raimondo -
• "Audio: Seymour Hersh States Seth Rich Was WikiLeaks Source" - Cassandra Fairbanks -
• "Emails: Ed Butowsky Pleads With Sy Hersh to Go Public With What He Knows About Seth Rich" - Cassandra Fairbanks -
Aug 14, 2017

On FPF #79, I look at the new James Mattis/Rex Tillerson op ed in the Wall Street Journal on North Korea policy. Mattis and Tillerson explain the new policy of "strategic accountability" and the goals of the policy. Tillerson and Mattis explained how China will have to take a leading role in this policy. I examine the op ed and reveal the lies and omissions. I also update Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Kenya. 

Aug 11, 2017

On FPF #78, I look at other news stories while everyone has been paying attention to North Korea. I discuss some early Trump immigration policy stats. I explain how the US backed Syrian rebels ended up fighting for Assad. I also give some new stats coming out of the ISIS War. 

Aug 9, 2017

On FPF #77, I discuss the recent developments in the US/North Korean relations. Trump threatened to bomb North Korea, and Kim Jung Un threatened to nuke Guam. I review the relationship between the US and North Korea and how it has broken down. I also update Syria, Philippines, and Afghanistan.   

Aug 7, 2017

On FPF #76, I discuss Trump's foreign policy advisors. The media has labeled several of Trump's establishment advisors as the "Adults." The other group receives several titles; nationalists is the most common. While labeled as "adults" the establishment continues to push the same old failed policy. The nationalist support a slightly less hawkish foreign policy. I also update Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen. 

Aug 4, 2017

On FPF #75, I discuss wars across the Middle East and the roles Saudi Arabia and Iran play. The split between Iran and Saudi Arabia has prolonged conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Israel, Afghanistan, and Qatar. I break down the role each side plays in the different conflicts. I also update Trump, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria.

Aug 2, 2017

On FPF #74 I look at the crisis in Venezuela. The government is arresting political leaders as opposition protests continue. Several people have been killed in the latest protesting that started after Sunday's election. I give a brief history of Venezuela and highlight important current events. I also update Trump, North Korea, Yemen, and Afghanistan. 

Jul 31, 2017

On FPF #73 I give all the latest news on the Sanctions Bill. The bill passed the House and Senate with a combined five no votes, and now Trump plans to sign it. The bill will drive a larger divide in the Russia/USA relationship. I examine how the sanctions bill fits into Trump's Russia policy. I also update Pakistan, North Korea, Venezuela, Syria, and Yemen. 

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