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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.

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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Nov 23, 2018

Pete 'Mance Rayder' Raymond returns to the show to discuss spreading the antiwar message in the face of censorship. Podcasts are an unregulated medium to spread the message. However, tech companies (Facebook, Twitter, PayPal, Google) are cracking down on nonmainstream messages and deepening their ties with the government. Pete explains how we can continue to spread the message without using platforms that will censor the message. Pete highlights the benefits of a new social network Minds.Com.

Pete Raymond has formerly gone by the alias Mance Rayder. He is the host of the Free Man Beyond the Wall Podcast. Pete the author of two books The Kids are Not All Right and Freedom Through Memedom. 

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Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast #152 - Scott Horton & Angela Keaton

https://youtu.be/5yQgqsoAIXk

Minds.Com - Immersion News

Minds.Com - Pete 'Mance Rayder' Raymond

Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast #175 - Minds.Com

Nov 21, 2018

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss Trump's statement on the Khashoggi murder. The statement is critical of Iran and highlights the benefits of maintaining the US/Saudi relationship status quo. Will breaks down the statement and debunks Trump's lies. 

A recent Wall Street Journal examines John Bolton's influence over Trump's foreign policy. We give our analysis on Bolton's policies on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. 

Will Porter is a freelance journalist. His work has been published in Consortium News, Antiwar.Com, and The Libertarian Institute.

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Trump's Statement

Bolton's White House Influence

Nov 19, 2018

On FPF #273, I discuss the US policy in Syria. US envoy to the Syrian conflict James Jeffery recently gave a press conference on the US goals. I explain the myths the US government believes in that leads to unrealistic goals. 

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Minds.com Immersion News

James Jeffery

Intercept - Yemen Vote

Moon of Alabama - Syrian sitrep 

Nov 16, 2018

On FPF #272, I discuss the House killing a bill that would invoke the War Powers Act to bring the US support for the genocidal Yemen War to an end. The House attached a sentence to a bill about grey wolves to strip the Yemen bill of its privilege to be brought to a vote. I explain what the US role in the war is and how Yemenis would be better off if the US ended support for the Saudi led coalition. 

I also break down the US drone war in Yemen.

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Scott Horton Show - Martha Mundy

Scott Horton Show - Scott Paul

Miami Herald - Drone War

Nov 14, 2018

On FPF #271, Joanne Leon joins the show to discuss the antiwar movement and the Democratic Party. Joanne gives a recent history of the Democratic Party and the divisions within the party. Joanne explains who is who in the party and what factions of the party may be allies with the antiwar movement. Joanne and Kyle review the midterm election results on the left side of the aisle and the firing of Jeff Sessions. 

Joanne is the host of the Around the Empire Podcast.

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FPF #211 - Russiagate guests Dan Wright & Joanne Leon

Cenk Uyger on the Democratic Party

Nov 12, 2018

On FPF #270, I discuss how Veterans Day is used to celebrate war. Veterans Day started as Armistice Day to celebrate the end of WWI. I argue Veterans Day has become a day to promote wars and is not about helping vets. 

I update the US role in the War in Yemen. The US has announced an end to the mid-air refueling of Saudi bomber. The US Congress is pushing bills to end the US assistance to Saudi Arabia. 

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Scott Horton Show - Hassan El-Tayyab

Nov 9, 2018

On FPF #269, I discuss how the destructive US foreign policy was not an issue on election night. The US foreign policy is the most harmful for the American people. US interventionism is extremely costly and damaging to the Americans who enact it. The policy does not enrich Americans or improve the lives of people around the world. However, a significant American election will have little impact on how the US empire believes overseas. 

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FPF #243 - Skripal

Nov 7, 2018

On FPF #268, I discuss the 2018 Midterm Elections. I explain why I did not vote. Little of the debate in the leadup to the midterms has been on what US foreign policy. Most of Congress takes no interest in wars and ignore their Constitutional duties. I look at some issues that could be impacted by the midterm elections. 

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Gareth Porter - Russian linked accounts 

Nov 5, 2018

On FPF #267, Brian Saady returns to discuss Venezuela. Brian explains the rise of Chavez and the Communist government. He reviews the opposition to the Communist government. We talk about the current state of Venezuela and Trump's Venezuela policy. 

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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FPF #223 - Immigration Crisis guest Brian Saady 

FPF #207 - Colombia guest Brian Saady

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