On FPF #148, I start with updates on Operation Olive Branch and Afghanistan. Turkey continues to threaten the US and allied Kurdish forces in Syria. In Afghanistan, a Taliban suicide bombing has killed over 100. I break down an interview of retired Admiral General James Stavridies by MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle. In the interview, Stavaidies presents the myth that Iran is dangerously expanding its influence in the Middle East. I explain how it was the actions of the US, Israel, and the Gulf States that is causing Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, and Iraq to look to Iran.
On FPF #147, I discuss the enemies of the American people. North Korea seeks security from the US. In Syria, the US identifies Russia, Iran, and the Syria government as enemies. However, those countries fight the jihadist groups that look to harm Americans. American interventionism could cause Turkey to attack the US. In Yemen, al-Qaeda and IS are the only enemies of the American people and are the benefices of the US military actions. In Afghanistan, the Taliban seek independence, not war with America. The groups in Afghanistan who do wish to harm the American people are there as a result of past American interventionism. Accusations of Russian aggression is a myth. In Ukraine, the US government arms neo-nazis.
FPF #146, I discuss Operation Olive Branch. Operation Olive Branch is Turkey's invasion of Afrin, a Syrian Kurd held area of Syria. The Syrian Kurds make up the majority of the US-backed fighting force in Syria. Turkey carried out airstrikes against Kurdish positions before moving in with tanks and seizing villages. The Kurds have been able to push back and retake some villages. The Americans have urged Turkey to exercise restraint in attacking the Kurds. I also update government spying, the US embassy in Jerusalem, and Yemen.
On FPF #145, Will Porter returns to the to discuss Tillerson's speech on US policy in Syria. Will explains how the Trump Administration's narrative of the Syrian Civil War is biased and based on lies. Will and I layout the current battlefield in Syria. We update Turkey's invasion of Syria. Will evaluates Tillerson's desired outcomes in Syria. We also demonstrate how Tillerson's policy in action will work against US goals and prevent peace in Syria.
On FPF #144, I discuss the war's cost on Americans. 1,000s of Americans have been killed overseas. Many veterans suffer from lasting physical, psychological, and moral injuries from the war. The war has cost every American freedom. The cultural decay created by the war has led to mass fear of immigrants by Americans. The wars have also cost Americans trillions of dollars of wealth.
On FPF #143, I look at the Turkish position on the geopolitical stage. Turkey is a NATO member state and houses US nuclear weapons. Turkey has recently moved closer to Russia and bought the Russian S-400 missile system. In Syria, Turkey backed rebels linked to Jihadists, calls for Assad to step down, and plans to attack the US-backed Kurds. I discuss how Turkey's coming decisions will have big consequences. I also update the Neocon takeover, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Somalia.
On FPF #142, I discuss the war in Syria. Israel has continued to bomb the Assad regime. Turkey is now threatening to invade Syria to attack the Kurds. Syria and Russia are waging a brutal air war against the Syrian rebels. The US says we are staying in Syria out of concern of Iranian influence. The US also announced plans to create a huge border army to defend the Kurdish state in eastern Syria. I cover the false alarm in Hawaii and Tulsi Gabbard's demand the US engage in talks with North Korea. I also update Korean peace talks and Panama.
On FPF #141, I discuss the media's reaction to Trump's alleged statement on Africa and Haiti. 'The Resistance' was flabbergasted by the fact that Trump would say something so rude. However, US policy has caused genocide, famine, refugee crisis, slavery, epidemic, war, failed states, and countless war crimes that have gone unnoticed. I look at some of the real crimes and problems US presidents have caused across Africa and the Middle East. I talk about Trump saying within the Nuclear Agreement with Iran. I also update North Korea, Yemen, and Pakistan.
On Foreign Policy Focus #140, Mike Maharry joins the show to discuss how to fight the war state with the 10th Amendment. Mike discuss an effort to prevent future torture, limiting the federal governments use of the National Guard, stopping the arming of American police, and shutting down NSA surveillance. Mike Maharrey is the Communications Director at the Tenth Amendment Center and author of Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty.
On FPF #139, I break down Mattis' new Afghan policy "We'll fight them." I analyze Nikki Haley's UN statement on the Iranian protests. I discuss the status of US aid to Pakistan and Palestine. I also update Iraq, Zimbabwe, and Saudi Arabia.
On FPF #138, I discuss some good news. The North and South Koreans have agreed to talks and the North will look to send athletes to the Olympics. South Korea's president and Trump agree to not hold any wargames during the Olympics. The Iranian protests fading and European leaders are not looking to intervene. In a little more good news, Norway has decided to halt weapon sales to the UAE. I also update Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and US aid to Pakistan.
On FPF #137, I discuss the protests in Iran. I give the timeline for what has happened as protests have evolved. I detail the Iranian response by suppressing the protesters and internet. I explain how a portion of the protests are violent and target police. I analyze on the US media coverage and lack of unbiased reporting. I look that the US response. I also update the Rohingya crisis, North Korea, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Trump's tweets.
Will Porter joins Foreign Policy Focus to analyze foreign policy in 2017. We review all the big stories from Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Africa, and North Korea. Will and I break down Trump's first year as Commander in chief and biggest blunders. We discuss the media's lack of critical coverage of Trump's foreign policy. Then, we give some big stories to watch in 2018.
Muhammad Sahimi on the Iran deal [Link]
On FPF #135, I discuss the big news from over the Christmas weekend. Saudi Arabia is increasing airstrikes in Yemen. Saudi airstrikes killed at least 70 civilians on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The US announced, under the cover of Christmas, that the US would begin supplying Ukraine with lethal weapons. I examine the article Scott Ritter released of his analysis of Nikki Haley claim that Iran is supplying missiles to the Houthi.
Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to discuss Trump's National Security Strategy. In the report, Trump lays out his plan to secure America. Trump calls for lots of interventions around the world. Trump mentions China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran by name as threats to America. Will helps me explain how Trump's policy is more of the same and it will fail in creating a safer world for Americans. Will also assists is debunking some of the worst lies in the NSS.
On FPF #133, Biran Saady comes on the show to discuss the drug war and how it devastates Mexico. Brian explains how the American drug habit creates a $100 billion black market for deadly cartels to get rich on. Brian describes how the cartels influence Mexican politics, media, and police. Brian focuses on the impact of the drug war on Mexican citizens.
Brian is a freelance writer and he has been published in the American Conservative, The Libertarian Insitute, and The Mises Institute. Brian is the author of several books including America's Drug War is Devastating Mexico and The Drug War: A Trillion Dollar Con Game. Brian's website, Twitter, and Facebook.
On FPF #132, I discuss the Yemen war at 1,000 days. Iona Craig is now working on a Yemen database revealing key stats about Saudi's war in Yemen. I explain how US Amb to the UN Nikki Haley is trying to provoke a war with Iran. I talk about the US sharing intelligence with Russia to prevent a terror attack. I also update North Korea, Libya, and Egypt.
On FPF #131, I address several claims of Russian Aggression. I refute a tweet from Mitt Romney. I explain how the Crimea crisis started with a US coup. I detail how Russia was welcomed into Syria, and the US continues to stay in the country without an invitation. I talk about Putin's trip to the Muslim world. I also update Yemen and North Korea.
On FPF #130, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss his new article on Yemen and the situation in Israel. Will's article explains how deaths in Yemen have been undercounted during the Saudi/US war against Yemen. Will talked with several sources to gain a better understanding of the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen. Will also discussed the NY subway terror attack and how that it was blowback from Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
On FPF #129, I take questions for the first Q and A show. I answer questions on Yemen, Trump, and Israel. I explain Trump's possible reasons for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. I also discuss CNN's fake bombshell report on a connection between Wikileaks and the Trump Campaign.
On FPF #128, I discuss the execution of Daniel Shaver by police officer Phillip Brailsford. The shooting occurred in January 2016 and Brailsford has been acquitted by a jury of all charges. A judge finally allowed the body cam footage to the public. I react to the video and give some analysis. I also explain how America's are not holding out military and police to a high enough moral standard.
On FPF #127, I look at current events from the perspective of people in other countries. I explain how US war games create fear among North Koreas. I describe how the US moving of the US Embassy in Israel impacts the Palestinians. I update Lebanon's Prime Minister Hariri announcing his resending of his resignation and how the could delegitimize him in the eyes of the Lebanese people. I also detail how the current US occupation of Syria could upset the Syrian people.
On FPF #126, I discuss three states were Hillary Clinton played a large role in the direction of the country's future while she was Secretary of State. In Honduras, Hillary Clinton gave legitimacy to a military coup and helped elected a leader against the will of the Honduran people. A recent election stoled by a president supported by Hillary Clinton lead to protests. The protesters are being suppressed by forces trained by the US. In Yemen, a one-man election organized by Hillary Clinton set off a chain of events leading to civil war and famine. Recent fighting has lead to the split of the Houthi/Salah alliance and the death of the former president of Yemen Salah. In Libya, Hillary Clinton pushed for war against the Libyan leader Gaddafi. The death of Gaddafi led to a failed state in Libya. Competing government in Liyba are weaponizing rape and salves are openly sold.
On FPF #125, I explain the recurring failure of US foreign policy through the lens of the massacre in Bariire. In the missions that lead to the massacre, the SEALs allied themselves with former al-Shabaab fighters and used a translator know for giving false information. The SEALs failed to understand the local politics and warring tribes complicated the situation on the ground. In the end, the mission ended in a massacre, and a terror attack in October is possible blowback. These are just a few of the several reasons this mission, like all COIN operations, failed. Daily Beast Article.
On FPF #124, I discuss North Korea's recent missile test and events around Africa. I give the details and some analysis of Nort Korea's missile test. I also discuss the reaction from world leaders. I examine the situation In Zimbabwe, a new president has been sworn in after the coup. I look at a new Kenyan president being sworn in. I also update Egypt's Saini massacre, Marcon's trip to West Africa and Nigeria.