On FPF #173, I discuss the US expelling 60 Russian diplomats. Several other countries also expelled Russian diplomats in response to an alleged Russian nerve agent attack in the UK. I look at the evidence behind the allegations and respond to US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman.
On FPF #172, I discuss Trump's announcement that John Bolton will replace HR McMaster as National Security Advisor. Bolton continues to support the Iraq War and he was involved in lying us into the war. Bolton has been a long opponent of the Iran Nuclear Deal. He has suggested preemptive strikes against North Korea and Iraq. Bolton supported Obama's war in Libya. I also give some analysis of what this means for US foreign policy.
On FPF #171, I discuss Ahed Tamimi. Ahed is a 17-year-old Palestinian who was jailed for confronting an Israeli soldier who shot her younger cousin. Ahed was denied a public trail and remained in jail while awaiting trial at an Israeli military court. Ahed agreed to a plea deal and spend 8 months in prison. Ahed has become a symbol of resistance for Palestinians. I also update Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
On FPF #170, I discuss the Senate killing the Yemen War Powers Act. The Senate voted 55-44 to table the bill. The bill was killed by a lie from the War State. By tabling the bill, the Senate continues to allow the US to aid the genocide of the people of Yemen.
I address the reelection of Putin in Russia. Russia is facing condemnation from the EU and NATO for the evidenceless allegations by the UK government.
I also update the Syrian Civil War.
On FPF #169, I discuss the Syrian Civil War. Turkey has taken control of Afrin City after it was evacuated by the Syrian Kurds. The Turkish Forces immediately announced their occupation by tearing down statues and flying Turkish flags. Assad Forces continue to make progress against the Syrian Rebels in Eastern Ghouta and civilians in the area continue to suffer. I examine the possibility of a US attack on Assad and a possible Russian response.
I look at the status of the Yemen War Powers Act. The Pentagon and Establishment Senate Leadership are seeking methods to prevent the bill from being passed. I also update Iraq, Philippines, South Africa, and Mali.
On FPF #168, I discuss the nerve agent attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The British Prime Minister rushed to condemn Russia. The media quickly picked up the narrative presented by the UK. The UK has been joined by the leads of the US, France, and Germany blaming Russia for the attack. However, this allegation lacks evidence and creates tensions between nuclear powers.
On FPF #167, I discuss the new changes to the Trump Administration. Trump announced the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Twitter. CIA Director Mike Pompeo has been nominated to replace Rex Tillerson. Pompeo is an Iran hawk who wants to break the Nuclear Deal. Gina Haspel has been nominated to replace Pompeo as head of the CIA. Haspel oversaw a torture site under Bush and later ordered the destruction of the evidence.
On FPF #166, I discuss Max Boot's Washington Post article North Korea and South Korea Snooker Trump. Boot argues that Trump talking with Kim Jong Un is very dangerous. Boot even claims that a deal with North Korea could lead to North Korea conquering the Korean Peninsula. I debunk all of Boot's fearmongering in the article.
This is the first episode of my bonus podcast where I take down Max Boot's articles. For those who support the show at Patreon.com/ForeignPolicyFocus, I will put out two bonus shows a month.
On FPF #165, Will Porter joins the show to discuss the Afghanistan War. Will and Kyle co-authored an article at Consortium News on the subject, Record Afghan Opium Crop Signals Violent Year for US Forces. The article focuses on the growing Afghan opium market which, combined with Trump's Afghan policy, will lead to added violence for US forces in the country. The Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan admits the Trump policy will be more dangerous for US troops, while the Taliban continue to use profits from record opium crops to fund their offensives.
Will Porter is a journalist who specializes in U.S. foreign policy and Middle East affairs. He writes for the Libertarian Institute and tweets at @WKPancap.
On FPF #164, I discuss peace talks in Korea. South Korea sent high-level officials to North Korea to talk with Kim Jong Un. The Koreans agreed to work towards talks with the countries leaders and the US. The South Koreans are also signaling to the US that North Korea is willing to denuclearize. I give Justin Raimondo's take on Putin's new nuclear weapons. I also update Syria, ISIS, Iran, and Libya.
On FPF #163, I discuss several events occurring around the world. Trump has proposed new steal and aluminum tariffs. Putin announced that Russia has developed nuclear-armed cruise missiles. At the UN, the US is looking to punish North Korea and Assad. I also update the Syrian battlefield.
On FPF #162, I discuss Congress looking to limit presidential war powers. Senators Sanders, Lee, and Murphy have introduced S.J. Res. 54 to end the US war in the Yemen Civil War. The bill has bipartisan support, and Senator Sanders explains the importance of the bill. In the House, Representatives Lee and Amash hosted a hearing on the use of military power. The hearing allowed for several Representatives and experts to speak on the overreach and failures of the 2001 AUMF.
FPF #159 - Yemen Cheat Sheet
On Foreign Policy Focus, I discuss the failures and evils of the United Nations. In Syria, the UN imposed a ceasefire that no one is listening too and UN aid workers forcing women to have sex for aid. In Yemen, the UN targets Iran while the war crimes of Saudi Arabia get ignored and covered up. The UN also provides the US with an opportunity to demonize Russia and China. I also update Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia.
On FPF #160, I breakdown Trump's CPAC Speech. In the speech, Trump celebrates increased military spending and moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Trump also makes threats and announces new sanctions against North Korea. I point out Trump's lies and explain why non-intervention is a better path.
On FPF #159, I discuss a Bloomberg article claiming to be a summary of the Yemen Humanitarian Crisis. I break down who all the players in the Yemen Civil War. I debunk some of the most common myths from the US media and government about Yemen. I explain why the humanitarian crisis in Yemen has gotten so bad. I also update the Assad bombing of East Gouta and Operation Olive Branch.
On FPF #158, I discuss the mainstream media's attention turning back to Syria. The Assad bombing of East Gouta has allowed the mainstream media to push the "Assad must go" line. The mainstream media have used Iran's and Russia's role in Syria to claim those states are looking to expand their power. The media ignores cases when Syrian civilians are killed by groups other than Assad, Russia, ISIS, or Iran. I also update Nigeria, the Olympics, Iraq, the Iran Nuclear Agreement, and Operation Olive Branch.
Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to discuss the new indictments by the Mueller Probe. Will and Kyle debunk the lies that surround the claim "Russia hacked the election." We break down the responses to the new incidents by Leon Panetta, Rachel Maddow, Brian Williams, Tucker Carlson, Chris Hayes, Peter van Buren, and Rob Reiner. We also look at possible future of the Russiagate story.
On FPF #156, I discuss the peace process in Korea and Afghanistan. On the Scott Horton Show, Peter van Buren explained why there was a reason to be optimistic about the hope for peace in Korea. The Taliban have offered to have peace talks with the US. I also update Syria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Iraq.
On FPF #155, I breakdown Senator Rand Paul's interview on Fox News. Senator Paul takes advantage of the government budget process to call out American's 7 wars, the huge Defense budget, and the futility of American Interventionism. I discuss Mike Pence's statement on North Korea. I also update the Afghanistan War, the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton, and the Syrian Civil War.
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On FPF #154, I discuss the Olympics and Syria. The Koreans entered the games under a unified flag. Mike Pence and Kim Yo-jong have received a lot of attention for their appearance at the opening ceremony. John Bolton claims the sanctions against North Korea have failed and its time for the US to make "hard choices." Kim Jung Un has offered to have talks with South Korea's President.
In Syria, the Syrian Army downed an Israel F-16. Mike Huckabee responded by saying all North Koreans and Iranians are evil. Turkey continues to push into Afrin. I also break down a speech by Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on her Syria policy.
On FPF #153, I discuss Trump's plan to have a military parade. The Left reacted in a hysteria, claiming Trump is now a dictator. However, this ignores that past presidents have given Trump dictatorial powers. Bush tortured people, Obama had secrete kill lists, both presidents waged endless and unauthorized wars. I also update Operation Olive Branch, Syrian allied troops being killed by the US, and the war in Yemen.
Trey Weaver joins Foreign Policy Focus to discuss war propaganda. The war propaganda changed Americans minds on the Syrian Civil War. Bush used fear to scare Americans into the Iraq War. A media blackout masks the genocide in Yemen. Kyle and Trey also identify some key war propaganda words and how the state and media use those words.
On FPF #151, I break down the new National Defense Strategy and the Defense Secretary's speech. Mattis declares that "Great Powers" like Russia and Chian are a higher threat to Americans than jihadists. He says the American military ability is eroding but the US plans to make a more lethal force that no country can even think to compete with. Mattis makes clear that he believes the way for world peace is for American to have the strongest military ever. I debunk several of these false claims and explain how the NDS is a plan for more instability.
On FPF #150, I discuss the new war that broke out between tribes in southern Yemen. A group of tribes known as the Southern Separatists are attacking the Saudi backed government. The UAE is providing support to the Southern Separatists. The Southern Separatists have taken the southern capital city of Yemen. I also discuss the humanitarian situation in Yemen, Operation Olive Branch in Syria, the US troop role in Afghanistan, and the growing Islamists control in Libya.
Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to respond to Trump's SOTU. Trump hit on several foreign policy issues including ISIS, Iran, North Korea, Guantanamo Bay, and Afghanistan. Will and Kyle debunk myths, explain how Trump gets it wrong, and analyze his proposed foreign policy.
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