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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.

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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FPF #209 - Killing Yemen

FPF #207 - Understanding Colombia with Brian Saady

Vets for Peace - Palestine 

Jun 20, 2018

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.

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Scott Horton Show - Eric Eikenberry 

FPF - Will Porter on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen

Jun 18, 2018

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.

Jun 15, 2018

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. 

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Jun 12, 2018

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. 

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FPF #159 - Yemen Cheat Sheet 

FPF #179 - Will John Bolton Scuttle Potential Peace guest Will Porter 

Will Porter on Yemen's humanitarian crisis

FPF #130 - Israel and Yemen guest Will Porter  

Jun 11, 2018

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. 

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FPF #189 - Russian Aggression & Other Lies 

Jun 8, 2018

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

Links

Intercept database of terrorism charges 

Immersion News  - FBI entrapment

Northwest Law Review Article 1 Article 2

Free Man Beyond the Wall - Scott Horton OKC

 

Jun 6, 2018

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

I also update the Isreali occupation of Palestine and the Syrian Civil War

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Around the Empire - Elijah Magnier

 

Jun 4, 2018

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. 

Links

Justin Raimondo on the Trump/Kim Summit

FPF #197 - Libyan Style 

SHS: Peter van Buren 3/8/18

Lt Col Daniel Davis on reviving the Yemen War Powers Act

Jun 1, 2018

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. 

Mance is the host of The Freeman Beyond the Wall Podcast. Mance is the author of The Kids Are Not Alright and Freedom Through Memedom

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May 30, 2018

Scott Horton returns to Foreign Policy Focus to discuss the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Scott breaks down Iraqi Shia politics and how the recent Iraqi election played out. Scott explains the connections between the Shia leaders, Iran, and the US. 

Scott also updates the status of the war in Afghanistan. Scott demonstrates the futility of the war and why the US policy continues to fail. 

Scott Horton is the Managing Director of The Libertarian Institute, View Points Editor 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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May 28, 2018

On FPF #199, joins the show Antony Sammeroff discusses the nature of war. Antony presents his views through the libertarian philosophy. During the show, Antony explains the morality of war and the impacts of the war at home. 

Antony Sammeroff is the host of the Scottish Liberty Podcast and the Be Yourself and Love It Podcast. Antony is the author of Procrastination Annihilation

Links

Scottish Liberty Podcast - War on Syria is a War on Freedom, Not Terror

May 25, 2018

On FPF #198, I discuss the 12 demands the US gave Iran in a speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Many of the demands are based on false information or where agreed to in the JCPOA. Other demands require Iran to completely dissolve Iranian sovereignty. I show how Iran is not the enemy that Mike Pompeo claims them to be. 

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