On FPF #52, I discuss Trump's latest pledge to NATO. Trump confirmed that the US would uphold Article 5 of the NATO agreement. Article 5 requires the US to come to the defense of any NATO country that is attacked. Trump's confirmation of Article 5 is Trump biggest step from his campaign statement that NATO is obsolete. I also update Qatar, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, and Syria.
FPF #51, I look at the Qatar situation. Saudi's split with Qatar has caused splits in the and the GCC and Sunni Arab states. Qatar seems to be open to moving closer to Iran, while Turkey splits from Saudi Arabia to support Qatar. Trump first took credit for the Qatar/Saudi split. After the split had become a geopolitical nightmare, Trump offered to help find peace between the two nations. Trump seems clueless on how Middle East affairs operate. I also look at Trump's smart and hypocritical message to Iran. I update Iraq, Somalia, Ukraine, and Yemen.
Foreign Policy Focus Episode #50 is here!! On FPF #50, I talk about several current events in foreign policy. One story is a terror attack in Iran. I look at the possibility of Western sympathy for Iran. I break down the Qatar/Saudi Arabia split. I look at the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. I also give updates on Ivory Coast, Libya, and the Philippines.
On FPF #49, Will Porter returns to the show to give updates on Iraq and Syria. In Mosul, the killing of civilians continues and Will write on it in, HUNDREDS OF CIVILIANS DEAD IN MOSUL AIRSTRIKE. In Syria, US policy has us fighting allies and Will explains it in his article, American Foreign Policy is a Trainwreck.
Will Porter is a journalist and commentator with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and Mid East affairs.
He is a staff writer for the Daily Sheeple, and some of his freelance work can be found at the Libertarian Institute and Antiwar.com.
On FPF #48, I discuss the inconsistency of mainstream media coverage of international events. The media has associated Trump with governments that support terrorism for pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. After ignoring Obama's support of Saudi Arabia for years. The media was also very critical of Assad's war in Aleppo, while the media fails to report any of the US government's crimes in Mosul. These differences in coverage led Americans to have a distorted view on foreign policy.
On FPF #47, I discuss the change in US strategy in the ISIS War. General James Mattis announced the US is moving to an annihilation tactics strategy. Until now, the Trump Administration denied altering the US strategy against ISIS from the Obama policy. Under Trump, the US military increased the number of bombs being dropped, and this has resulted in more civilian deaths. This new strategy involves the US demanding civilians flee Mosul and Raqqa. Then the US will kill the remaining people. I argue this strategy will result in more blowback and more civilian deaths.
On FPF #46, I examine some recent comments from General Mattis on Yemen. Mattis claims that Iran is the country trying to destabilize Yemen. I argue that Saudi Arabia with US backing is responsible for destabilizing Yemen. Iran has provided little support to the Houthi and has avoided the Yemeni Civil War for the most part. Is Mattis looking to mislead the American people or has he been misled? I also give updates on Syria, China, and Iraq.
On FPF#45, I respond to a Facebook comment that I hate America. I make the argument that I am critical of an American foreign policy that is harmful to the American people. Blowback, less wealth, a less stable Middle East, and declining morals are all consequences of US foreign policy for the American people. To improve America, you must oppose the awful foreign policy.
On FPF #44, I discuss the terror attack in Manchester. The man who carried out the attack was of Libyan descent. Libya has been turned into Hell since a US-led NATO war destroyed the country. Libya is now a failed state with slavery and warring governments. The US-backed government is committing war crimes and huge numbers of refugees reporting being raped or sexually assaulted. The Manchester Terror Attack was an example of blowback. Politicians like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama created the situation that led to this terror attack.
On FPF #43, Will Porter joins me for the first Foreign policy Focus interview. Will discuss three of his recent articles and the US attack on Assad-allied forces. Will Porter is a journalist and commentator with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and Mid East affairs. He is a staff writer for the Daily Sheeple, and some of his freelance work can be found at the Libertarian Institute and Antiwar.com.
US Killing Civilians in Battle for Mosul - [Link]
On FPF #42, I discuss the fight that broke out between Erdogan's bodyguards and pro-Kurdish protesters in DC. The fight provides good imagery for the relationship between the Turkish government and peaceful Kurdish civilians. Erdogan has restarted a war against the PKK and the Kurdish people of Turkey. Erdogan's feeling towards Kurds has implications for US policy in Syria. I also discuss several other current events.
On FPF #41, I discuss the recent survey that identified only 37% of Americans can find North Korea on a map. I make the case that people who support a hostile policy against North Korea should be able to find North Korea on a map. I think so few Americans being able to find North Korea on a map illustrates how out of touch Americans are with our foreign policy. I also update several foreign policy current events.
On FPF #40, I discuss the truth about US interventions. US media and politicians never tell the truth about the failures of interventions. Look at US intervention country by country and examine the failures in each case.
On FPF #39, I discuss US interventions across Africa and Asia. The US is going to provide support for the West African coalition fighting Islamists. The US is selling $2 billion in weapons to the UAE. The UAE is currently fighting against the US-backed government in Libya. The Afghan government nearly lost a key province to the Taliban. I also update nuclear waste, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and the drug war.
On FPF #38, I discuss the trend of US soldiers moving towards the front lines. Obama and Trump moved US soldiers towards the front lines in Iraq and Syria. Now the Pentagon is looking to move US troops closer to the front lines in Afghanistan and Somalia. I examine the past and future outcomes of this policy. I also update South Korea, Yemen, Somalia, and Turkey.
US Killing Civilians in Battle for Mosul [Link]
Will Porter [Link]
On FPF #37, I discuss the hidden costs of US military spending. The defense budget is over $500 billion. However, the US government spends an additional $250 billion on the military. By keeping the money for overseas operations, veterans, and homeland security off the Pentagon's budget, the US can spend billions on defense without the taxpayers knowing. I also update Africa, France, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
On FPF #36, I discuss the current status of the war on the Korean Peninsula. Decades ago hostilities ended in an armistice. However, the war lacks an official ending. Since Trump took office, tensions between the US and North Korea have been increasing. Leaders on both sides have threatened to restart the war. I also update Iraq, Libya, and Somalia.
On FPF #35 I discuss the story of the US running low on bombs. I examine the morality of dropping so many bombs. I also look at the practical outcomes of US air wars. I update stories on Mosul, Syria, Russia, Yemen, and Afghanistan.
On FPF #34 I discuss the clash between Turkey and Kurdish forces. I break down who the US-backed Kurdish forces are and why Turkey bombs them. In a very reckless move by Trump, he is using US troops as a buffer between the enemies. I cover several other important foreign policy stories.
On FPF #33, I dive into Trump's foreign policy in the first 99 days. I break down all his major foreign policy moves. Trump's foreign policy is hawkish and a betrayal of his campaign promises. Trump's personal and early decisions suggest his foreign policy will not put American first.
On FPF #32, I discuss the failures of the US media. Even after the disasters of the War on Terror, the mainstream media continues to be uncritical of US foreign policy. I discuss some of the biggest failures of the media. I point out some easy questions that our media can ask to expose the lies of the American government. I also update news about North Korea, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Syria.
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On FPF#31, I dive into the results of a survey about who American's view as their enemies. Only North Korea is named as an enemy by a majority of Americans. America is bombing several countries that the American people do not see as their enemies. How does the government get away with waging war against countries that Americans do not call enemies? I also update Yemen, Syria, French elections, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
On FPF #30, I discuss news stories of war and terror from around the globe. An ISIS terrorist attack occurred in France. The US is arming the Peshmerga for more war in Iraq. The White House and MSM continue to push the Assad used chemical weapons narrative, while scientists disprove it. In Afghanistan, the US is fighting ISIS near the site of the MOAB strike. I also update Kony, Egypt, Venezuela, and Yemen.
On FPF #29, I examine some of the costs of American's wars. Civilians in other countries clearly identified as victims of American wars. American civilians face grave consequences from the wars. Many vets will suffer from lifelong illnesses and disabilities from wars. All citizens lose rights and face crippling debts. I also update some important foreign policy news stories.
On FPF #28, I discuss the Trump Administration's policy towards North Korea. Trump seems to have turned his attention from Iran to North Korea. Erdogan has won an important referendum in Turkey. Erdogan now has dictator-like powers. I also update Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya.