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.

Sep 20, 2019

On FPF #400, Will Porter returns to the show to breakdown the attack on Saudi oil infrastructure that took half of the Saudi's oil production offline. Will describes the attack and evidence produced by Saudi Arabia. The Houthis have claimed they carried out the attack. However, the US has pointed the finger at Iran. Will and Kyle look at the competing claims and describe why the Houthi are more likely behind the attack. They also explain why either Iran or the Houthi have a reason to attack Saudi Arabia, Trump would be foolish to start a war with Iran, and how the new NSA - Robert O'Brien - could impact the future discussion of war with Iran. 


Sep 18, 2019

On FPF #399, Phil Gibson comes on the show to talk about 9/11 and the 'War on Terror.' Kyle and Phil are both young enough to have grown up during the 'War on Terror' and discuss what that experience was like. They look at some of the wars that started since 9/11 and debunk the lies that started the wars. 

Phil Gibson is the host of the Boy Named Pseu Podcast. 

Sep 16, 2019

Joanne Leon - host of the Around the Empire podcast - returns to the show to discuss the firing of John Bolton. Kyle and Joanne look at some the wars he attempted to stir up during his time as Trump's NSA. They explain Bolton's legacy will be a war hawk who destroyed arms control deals. Joanne and Kyle examine the list of possible replacements for Bolton. 


Sep 13, 2019

Scott Horton returns to FPF to discuss his new book, The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interview 2004-2009. Scott explains why Ron Paul record of standing against the empire makes him the greatest American Hero. Scott's new book shows that Dr. Paul has been right on foreign policy for decades. However, Ron has been largely ignored or smeared by the establishment. Scott and Kyle describe what Congressman Ron Paul has meant to the liberty and antiwar movements. 

Scott Horton is also the author of Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan. He is the Editorial Director at, runs the Libertarian Insititute and is the host of the Scott Horton Show.

Sep 11, 2019

On FPF #396, I discuss Trump's firing of John Bolton. Bolton served as Trump's National Security Adviser for the past year and a half. Bolton used his position to push for more war and destroy nuclear agreements. This should not have come to as a surprise to anyone, Bolton's legacy is starting wars and killing agreements that encourage diplomacy. In the Trump administration, he was influential in ruining the Hanoi summit with North Korea, killing the INF Treaty, starting an economic war against Venezuela, and increasing the maximum pressure campaign against Iran. 

Sep 9, 2019

On FPF #395, I discuss Pamela Anderson's defense of Julian Assange on The View. Co-host Meghan McCain smeared Julian Assange as a "cyber-terrorist," who exposed US secrets, and endangered innocent people. In her response, Anderson went on the attack against McCain and the war state. She argued that Wikileaks has not harmed anyone and that the US military harms civilians all around the world. Anderson also debunked other lies about Assange; such as Wikileaks withheld publishing documents about Donald Trump, that Hillary lost the election because of Wikileaks, and that Wikileaks is not a news organization. 


Common Dreams - Pamela Anderson takes on McCain

Sep 4, 2019

On FPF #394, I cover several essential stories. The protests in Hong Kong continue, and the Western media continues with its biased coverage. Groups of protesters continue to act violently; however, only the violence from the police is ever discussed. 

Hezbollah has responded to Israeli strikes in Lebanon by destroying an Israeli military vehicle. The rising tensions provoked by Israel could spark a broader conflict in the Middle East. 

In Yemen, the Saudi's have deployed additional forces to southern Yemen to fight the UAE-backed separatists. I explain how it has become a new proxy war between Saudi and the UAE. 


Aug 30, 2019

Adam Graham returns to the show for the Patreon's Q & A Livestream. Adam and Kyle answer questions about Venezuela, Cuba, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Yemen, and Syria. They explain why Trump's policies have failed across the globe and he has entered the US into several economic wars. Adam and Kyle explain why sanctions do not lead to people rising up and overthrowing their repressive governments. 

Adam's work has been published at the Libertarian Institute and he runs the No King But Christ blog. 


FPF #292 - Hong Kong protests

FPF #316 - Remember the Maine

Aug 28, 2019

On FPF #392, I discuss a string of Israeli bombing across the Middle East. In Iraq, the US has disclosed Israel is targeting the Popular Mobilization Forces. The PMF is a Shia fought against IS and received support from the US and Iran. In Syria, Israel targeted Iranians supporting Assad's fight against jihadists. Israel has now admitted to bombing Assad 100s of times throughout the Syrian War. In Lebanon, Israeli drones targeted Beirut and a Palestinian. The Lebanese president said the attacks are like an act of war and Hezbollah said they would respond. Israeli has also suggested joining the fight against the Houthi in Yemen.

All the Israeli attacks risk starting a larger war that will drag the US into a war with Iran. The attacks are occurring in the leadup to the Israeli election. I explain that Israeli prime minister Netanyahu is likely trying to spin up nationalism in hopes it will help him to get reelected. 



Aug 26, 2019

On FPF #391, Scott Horton returns to the show to discuss the ongoing genocide in Yemen. Scott explains that the US is backing the Saudi's brutal war, and the war is not going well for Saudi Arabia. The UAE - a critical member of the Saudi coalition - recently announced they are no longer using their own troops to fight the Houthi. The UAE-backed southern separatists broke away from the Saudi coalition and seized the second capital of Yemen. The Saudi's are now bombing their former allies in an attempt to retake the city. Scott explains why the Saudi/US war amounts to genocide and describes the relationship between the Houthi and Iran.  

Aug 22, 2019

On FPF #390, I discuss a US drone being shot down over Yemen. The US claims that Iran supplied the Houthi with the weapons. The US media has focused their attention on the relationship between Houthi and Iran. However, the more important question is what was a US drone doing over Houthi held Yemen. Trump has no authority to wage a war against the Houthi, who oppose al-Qaeda. I explain how the downing of a US drone and Saudi losing Aden to separatists show the US needs to end its involvement in Yemen. 


Aug 16, 2019

On FPF #389, I talk about how calls to regime change other nations ignore the human rights abuses of the US empire. The US has waged several wars of aggression since the start of the century, leaving millions dead. The US ran a massive torture and drone program where the victims are often innocent and never receive justice. The US has the highest prison population, and whistle-blowers face more severe consequences than the criminals they expose. Police in the US gets to commit crimes with impunity. I argue Americans should focus on changing their own regime, rather than waging war against others. 

Aug 14, 2019

On FPF #388, I talk about the peace process in Colombia and Afghanistan. In Colomba, the new president Ivan Duque has opposed the peace agreement with the FARC. Now he plans to end funding for a program key to keeping the peace in Colombia. If the program end, the FARC could start to remilitarize. 

Official statements from both sides of the talks to end the Afghan War indicate the US and the Taliban are moving towards an agreement. However, there is some disappointment as the 8th round of talks did not end in a signed agreement as some expected. I break down some possible obstacles to peace. 

Aug 12, 2019

On FPF #387, I discuss Saudi losing the second capital of Yemen to southern separatists. The southern separatists were long allies of the Saudis in the war against the Houthi. However, the separatists recently went to war against the Saudi-backed government in Yemen and seized the city of Aden. Losing a capital city of Yemen for the second time is the latest in a long string of failures for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Saudi - with essential US backing - continues to wage the failing war in Yemen, and the people of Yemen are suffering under the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet. 


Eric Margolis on Kashmir

Aug 9, 2019

Joanne Leon returns to the show to talk about the race for the Democratic Party nomination. Joanne breaks down the horrific plan offered by Mayor Pete in response to mass shootings. She explains his plan is likely to lead to the oppression of more Americans. 

Kyle and Joanne update the Tulsi Gabbard campaign. While Tulsi remains the favored candidate for most people in the antiwar movement, Rep Gabbard recently voted in favor of an anti-BDS bill. Joanne gives her take on why Tulsi casts the vote and how the vote was rejected by the candidates base.

Joanne also discusses the highlight of the second debate, Tulsi smashing Kamala Harris' disturbing record as an Attorney General. In response, Harris attacked Tulsi support of Assad. Joanne and Kyle take down the myth that talking for foreign leaders is an immoral policy. 

Joanne Leon is the host of the Around the Empire podcast. 


Aug 8, 2019

On FPF #385, I cover the US economic war against Venezuela. The US imposed sanctions on Venezuela under Obama. After John Bolton joined the Trump administration as National Security Adviser, the US ramped up the economic war against Venezuela by sanctioning the state oil company, and by supporting Juan Guaido's coup attempt. Trump slapped new sanction on Venezuela this week. Bolton says the sanctions can be used to punish anyone who trades with the Maduro regime. I discuss possible consequences of the reckless foreign policy and how Trump has used sanctions against other countries. 


Caitlin Johnstone  

Aug 6, 2019

On FPF #384 I cover Tulsi Gabbard's positions on BDS, India's crackdown in Kashmir, and Iran possibly seizing an Iranian ship in the Gulf. Last week, Tulsi voted for a bill that condemned BDS. She received some criticism from her base and has now become a cosponsor of Ilhan Omar's bill affirming Americans' rights to boycott a foreign government.

India has started to take more control over Kashmir. The Indian government took legal steps to take some of Kashmir's autonomy. India has also cut phone and internet services in Kashmir. I explain how this can lead to a dangerous escalation with nuclear powers India and Pakistan. 

In the Middle East, Iran is claiming to have seized an Iranian oil tanker. Iran alleges the tanker was involved in smuggling. In Yemen, AQAP is carrying out attacks against the Saudi/US-backed government's forces. 


Aug 2, 2019

Will Porter returns to the show to discuss Trump's nominee to be Director of National Intelligence. Congressman John Ratcliffe has drawn criticism for being unqualified for the job. Will explains that Ratcliffe has lied about his resume to look more qualified. Will and Kyle talk about the possible role of Ratcliffe could play in the investigation of the origins of Russiagate. The investigation could bring down deep state figures like Comey and Brennan. 

Will also shares his thoughts on the Mueller hearings, the IRA trial, and Afghan peace talks. 

Will Porter is a staff writer at RT. 


Jul 31, 2019

On FPF #382, I discuss the House passing an anti-BDS bill and the impact of US sanctions on Iran. The bill, while stripped of most of its teeth, is an attack on the First Amendment. I explain why Americans have the right to boycott and BDS is not an anti-Semitic movement. The US sanctions on Iran are limiting the importing of medications. This could lead to the deaths of tens of thousands of people. I break down how the US sanctions become deadly. 


Jul 29, 2019

On FPF #381, I discuss the status of talks between the US and North Korea. North Korea recently tested some missiles, and the never-Trumpers attempted to make a show of the tests. Trump downplayed the tests and said that he continues to hope for talks with North Korea. I explain how it was the US policy against North Korea that led Kim to test these missiles. I argue the US should engage in step-by-step diplomacy with North Korea to normalize the relationship. 


Jul 26, 2019

Steven Woskow returns to FPF for the July donors Livestream. Kyle and Steven start the show reviewing some highlight from Mueller's Congressional testimony. Mueller was a flop, appeared unknowable about his report, and disappointed many Russiagaters. Steven discussed some of his recent posts at the Libertarian Institute about Iran. Steven and Kyle explain the complexity of the Gulf tensions and how the actions of Western countries are pushing towards war.

Steven Woskow writes on the Libertarian Institute blog. 

Jul 24, 2019

On FPF #379, I discuss Russiagate and what we may expect from Mueller's House testimony. Mueller is unlike to give many important answers during his testimony. I debunk some big Russiagate myths and talk about what questions should be asked of Mueller. 

I also cover a lack of reporting on airstrikes, Trump's relationship with the Lockheed CEO, and Trump's Afghan War policy.




Jul 22, 2019

On FPF #378, I discuss increasing tensions in the Persian Gulf as Iran seized a British ship in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran's action was in response to the UK taking an Iranian ship. The piracy is apart of the increasing tensions between the West and Iran piloted by the Trump Administration. I explain how the US and UK are the aggressors in this conflict. 


Jul 19, 2019

On FPF #377, I discuss Senator Rand Paul's attempt to engage in talks with Iran. Rand played a round of gulf with Trump and got the go-ahead to talk with the Iranian foreign minister. While Trump still seems committed to his maximum pressure campaign, the realistic Paul and Zarif may be able to begin improving the US/Iranian relationship. 

I update the Eric Garner murder. The police-involved will not be held responsible. I use this story to look at who should be held responsible for enforcing state policy. 

Jul 17, 2019

Mike Maharrey returns to FPF to discuss further fallout from his appearance on RT. Polygraph.Info, the "fact-checking" wing of Voice of America, ran an article "debunking" Mike's analysis on SWIFT. Mike correctly argues that the US exercises control over SWIFT to wage economic warfare. Mike responds to the Polygraph.Info article. 

Michael Maharrey is the communications director at the Tenth Amendment Center. He hosts the God Anarchy, Friday Gold Wrap, and Thoughts from Maharrey Head podcasts. His website is


Jul 15, 2019

I start FPF #375 with a huge announcement. Then, I discuss Turkey starting to receive the S-400 air defense system from Russia. Turkey is deploying the system near the Mediterranean Sea. The US has threatened to sanction Turkey for buying the S-400. We are now waiting to see if Trump will follow through on the threat. 


Jul 12, 2019

On FPF #374, I discuss the Syrian War. The war crawls on as regional and global powers via to assert their influence in Syria. I update the ongoing battles in Syria and the geopolitical conflicts prolonging the war. The UK recently seized an Iranian oil tanker and alleged the ship was breaking European sanctions against Assad. 


Jul 10, 2019

On FPF #373, I discuss how Trump has used Twitter to make threats and conduct diplomacy. Trump famously tweeted an invitation to Kim Jong-un to meet at the DMZ. The tweet led to a meeting of the two leaders and Trump being the first president to cross into North Korea. The meeting ended with plans for new talks. I explain why the reports of a 'freeze' agreement and Stephen Biegun leading the talks make me optimistic. 

Trump also used Twitter to threaten more sanctions against Iran. Trump claimed the Iranians were secretly enriching and the JCPOA was going to expire. I debunk Trump's lies about the nuclear deal. 


Kamala Harris's disturbing record

Scott Ritter on North Korea

Jul 8, 2019

On FPF #372, I discuss the mainstream reaction to Iran's small increase in uranium enrichment. Many are pushing the false claim that Iran is now breaking the nuclear deal and is on the path to building a bomb, but I explain what is actually happening with the country's civilian nuclear energy program. The US already violated the nuclear pact by withdrawing from the agreement and reimposing sanctions on Iran.

The US uses the SWIFT payment system to keep adversaries in line. Mike Maharrey of the Tenth Amendment Center has done hard work to expose the little known international financial system, for which he is now drawing fire from the likes of Voice of America.


Ray McGovern deep state investigations

Mike Maharrey on SWIFT

Jul 4, 2019

On FPF #371, Mike Maharrey and Will Porter return to the show for a discussion on US economic warfare. Mike recently appeared on RT to discuss how the US uses SWIFT to enforce sanctions. Will and Mike highlight the importance of SWIFT in the Americans Empire. 

The Libertarian Party chair criticized Mike for his appearance. Mike and Will explain why they use RT to spread the antiwar message. 

Will Porter is a staff writer at RT. He has bylines at, Consortium News, and the Libertarian Institute. 

Michael Maharrey is the communications director at the Tenth Amendment Center. He hosts the God Anarchy, Friday Gold Wrap, and Thoughts from Maharrey Head podcasts. His website is


Mike Maharrey on RT

Mike Maharrey talks Defend the Guard on FPF

Jul 3, 2019

On FPF #370, I address the claim that Iran broke the JCPOA or Nuke Deal. The Nuke Deal was implemented under Obama and placed additional limits/inspections on Iran's civilian energy program. In 2018, Trump left the deal and reimposed sanctions on Iran. The US sanctions broke the agreement, and now Iran is starting to abandon some of its commitments in response. 

I cover some recent diplomacy the US is engaged in. Zalmay Khalilzad is leading the US in the 7th round of talks with the Taliban. Trump met with Kim Jong-un at the DMZ. The President also met Xi and Putin at the G20. 


Ben Norton on NYT getting government approval

Moon of Alabama on Iran not breaking the deal

Jul 1, 2019

Joanne Leon returns to the show to breakdown the first Democratic debate. Joanne and Kyle cover Tulsi's highlights from the debate. Tulsi seems to have the strongest ani-intervention policy. They discuss the candidates with the worst answers to questions about war. Joanne gives some of her takes on the field and what we can expect from the 2020 race. 

Joanne Leon is the host of the Around the Empire podcast. 

Jun 28, 2019

On FPF #368, I discuss Afghan peace talks, Iran, and Yemen. The US is about to enter the seventh round of peace talks with the Taliban. The upcoming round of talks will focus on a timeline for US troops to leave Afghanistan. Secretary of State Pompeo said he hopes for a deal by September first.  

US and Iranian tensions continue to simmer this week as the US placed new sanctions on the Iranian leadership. Iran has set deadlines for the European to hold up their end of the Nuke Deal. So far, Europe has not taken actions against the US sanctions, and Iran may follow through with threats to enrich more uranium. 

The world's worst crisis is getting worse because the World Food Program is cutting some aid to the Houthi held areas of Yemen. The region is on the brink of starvation and blockaded by the US/Saudi coalition. The Houthi have been carrying out more strikes in Saudi Arabia. 


FPF - INF Treaty 

SHS - Revenge of the Kurds 



Jun 25, 2019

FPF #367 is a roundtable discussion with Joanne Leon of the Around the Empire podcast and Kyle. They break down the dangerous situation that has been escalating between the US and Iran. Joanne and Kyle uncover the hawks within the administration who seem to be pushing this war the hardest. 


Jun 24, 2019

For FPF #366, I play an episode of the Peace and Liberty Podcast hosted by Steven Clyde. Steven interviewed Will Porter and me on the potential war with Iran. We cover the recent developments and possible future tripwires for war. 

Steven Clyde is the host of the Peace and Liberty Podcast and works with the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus. 

Will Porter is a staff writer at RT. He has bylines at Consortium News,, and the Libertarian Institute. 

Jun 21, 2019

On the first FPF Patreon's Livestream, I'm joined by Will Porter and Steven Woskow to talk about Iran, the new Defense Secretary, and Venezuela. Iran shot down the unmanned US spy drone in (or near) Iranian airspace. The Trump administration has responded with hawkish rhetoric. We give our take on the possibility and dangers of a war with Iran. 

Will Porter is a staff writer at RT. His work has been published at, Consortium News, and the Libertarian Institute. 

Steven Woskow's publishes on the blog at the Libertarian Insitute. 

Jun 19, 2019

Scott Horton returns to FPF to discuss Will Grigg's new book, hitting the 5,000 interview mark, and who may be behind the attacks on ships near the Persian Gulf. The Libertarian Insitute published a book of Will Grigg's essays. Scott explains why every libertarian needs to read No Quarter: The Ravings of Will Grigg

Scott recently recorded his 5,000th interview. Kyle asks Scott about why he does the show and what are some of his takeaways. Scott and Kyle highlight some of the most important interviews in Scott's archive. 

Scott looks at recent news in the Middle East and provides analysis for a theory that Iran may be behind the attacks on ships near the Persian Gulf. 

Scott Horton is the author of Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, host of the Scott Horton Show, Editorial Director of, and he runs the Libertarian Insitute. 


Jun 17, 2019

On FPF #363, I discuss the US taking an offensive approach in a cyberwar with Russia, protests in Hong Kong, and the US blaming Iran for everything. The New York Times reports US Cyber Command is preparing to have the ability go on the offensive against the Russian power grid. However, Trump is unaware of the plan. 

Protests in Hong Kong are growing and demanding the region's leader step down. Last week, protesters won a battle against a proposed extradition law. US NGOs are playing a role in the protests. The LP Chair Nick Sarwark has used this as an opportunity to attack Ron Paul for being too kind to authoritarian governments. I explain why Sarwark is wrong. 

The US continues to blame Iran for everything. I break down the accusations and the evidence to support them. I also look at the breaches - by the US and possibly Iran - of the JCPOA. 



Jun 14, 2019

On FPF #362, I discuss how Iran is being blamed for the attack on two cargo ships in the Gulf of Oman. There are still many actors who may have had the incentive to attack the ships, and no one who is accusing Iran of carrying out the attack has presented any evidence to prove their claim. 

I also talk about how libertarians should be able to use foreign policy and advocating nonintervention to our advantage. However, libertarians lack of knowledge on the issue often leads to embarrassing gaffes. 


Moon of Alabama -  2 cargo ships attacked 

Jun 12, 2019

On FPF #361, I discuss recent news about China. In Hong Kong mass protests have broken out to oppose a new law that allows extraditions to China. China appears to be seeking to oppose more control over Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the South China Sea. The US has grown its relationship with Taiwan and will sell the island $2 billion in weapons. 

I also update the 2020 NDAA, Turkey, and Kim Jong-un's half brother's connection with the CIA. 

Jun 10, 2019

On FPF #360, I discuss some misleading and incorrect stories that appeared in the mainstream media. Recent articles about Venezuela featured headlines suggesting four million people fled Venezuela this year. The reality is a UN report said less than three and a half Venezuelans have left Venezuela since 2015. The MSM recently ran stories that claimed Kim Jong-un purged his nuclear negotiation team. Days later the negotiator was pictured with Kim. 

I also cover the US taking steps to prevent Turkey from buying the F-35 and Israeli treatment of Palestinians. 


Ben Norton - Fake Purge

Moon of Alabama - Rules of the Water 

Jun 7, 2019

Will Porter returns to FPF to talk about Assange, Russiagate, and Yemen. A Swedish judge rejected a prosecutor's request to ask the UK extradite Assange to Sweden for questioning about sexual assault allegations in 2010. Will explains this may be some of the first good news Assange has gotten in some time. 

Robert Mueller gave a brief press conference about his Russiagate probe. Mueller used language that has allowed Russiagate conspiracy theorists to falsely claim that Trump was only not charged because he is a sitting president. Will and Kyle debunk Mueller's distortions of the truth - that no conspiracy with Russia exists. 

Will and Kyle discuss the ongoing genocide in Yemen and the considerable role the US, France, and the UK play in the war. 

Will Porter is a staff writer at RT. His work can be found at, Consortium News, and the Libertarian Institute. 


Jun 5, 2019

On FPF #358, I discuss the effort to make a deal with North Korea and instability in some African countries. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said he sees no reason to restart war games with South Korea. I explain this is a good sign that the US intends to remain in the freeze for freeze agreement with North Korea. Staying in the agreement will allow South Korea to continue to try to provide aid and economic development with North Korea.  

In Sudan and Algeria, popular uprisings had setback against the ruling military councils in both countries. The Algerian ruling council canceled elections scheduled for next month. In Sudan, government forces entered a protest camp and killed over 30 people. The killing is a significant escalation in violence against the Sudanese protesters. In the Congo, government forces battled militants in an active Ebola zone. 


Counties beef up militaries in response US/China

Pompeo/Trump temper excitement about the Deal of the Century

Jun 3, 2019

On FPF #337, I discuss news in the relationship between the US and China. Taiwan has become a more source of more tension as the US has increased ties with Taiwan. The US is also putting more pressure on the Chinese company Huawei. Tump's nominee for Defense Secretary is very hawkish towards China, and that is earning him praise from Democrats. 


May 31, 2019

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss Turkey's drone program and drone proliferation. Turkey has developed surveillance and armed drones that are being used to target the Kurdish insurgents. Turkey is flying drones over its own citizens and has killed over 400 within Turkey. Will and Kyle talk about the significance of a government using drones on its own civilians. Will explains the dangers of drone proliferation. China, Israel, and Iran have also developed and sold advanced drones. 

Will and Kyle also update Julian Assange's health and efforts by activists to prevent Saudi ships from receiving weapons. 

Will Porter is a staff writer at RT. He has bylines at, Consortium News, and The Libertarian Insitute. 


The Intercept - The Second Drone Age

Assange's Health

Jonathan Cook on the rape allegations against Assange

May 29, 2019

On FPF #355, I talk about Memorial Day being used as propaganda for the wars. Common phrases like "they died for our freedoms" and "we are safe because of their sacrifices" are uttered by nearly everyone. The propaganda is effective in reducing criticism of US foreign policy because the legacy of the Americans who died fighting the wars is tied to the legacy of the war. I explain the best way to honor America soldiers is to not send them into meaningless wars. 


May 27, 2019

Scott Horton returns to FPF to talk about Assange, weapon sales to Saudi Arabia, and the new deployment of troops to the Middle East. Scott 'Fisks' the Assange indictment and explains who Julian Assage is a journalist. Scott and Kyle talk about Trump declaring a national emergency to sell more weapons to the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The weapons will likely be used to commit genocide in Yemen. Scott breaks down Trump's announcement of sending 1,500 troops to the Middle East to combat the Iranian threat. 

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 and the Managing Director of The Libertarian Institute.  


Scott Horton - Assange Indictment 

May 24, 2019

Will Porter returns to FPF to break down events in the Middle East that could cause a larger conflict between the US and Iran. In Syria, the US is again claiming the Iran-backed Assad government is using chemical weapons against its own civilians. In Iraq, the US government is warning that Iran-backed Shia militias will attack US forces. The US, Saudi, and UAE continue to blame Iran for any attacks carried out by Yemen's Houthis. Will and Kyle discuss the potential for one of these events to be used to spark a war. 


Around the Empire - Elijah Magnier 

May 22, 2019

On FPF #352, I discuss the military power of the Libyan Field Marshal Haftar. Haftar came to power in the vacuum left by Obama's war in Libya and now controls most of Libya. The strongman has acquired a fleet of fighter jets and 10,000s of troops. He has also built up a navy. Most of the military equipment was given to him by allies of the US like UAE, Egypt, and France. 


May 20, 2019

On FPF #351, I discuss weapon sales and their impact on geopolitics. Turkey said it will buy the S-400 and S-500 air defense systems from Russia. The US approved $1 billion in Raytheon made missiles to Canada, Japan, and South Korea. Google is funding a company that is developing targeting AI for the Pentagon drones. I break down how global nuclear weapons are becoming more advanced and dangerous. 


Defense One - Nuclear Weapons

SHS - Muhammad Sahimi

May 17, 2019

On FPF #350, I argue that the armed US government agents are often the bad guys with guns on American streets and overseas. A recent editorial in the NYT explains how cops in Baltimore became the bad guys. I explain how US troops end up becoming the bad guys with guns during our wars. 

I also discuss Chelsea Manning, Africa, Iran, and Yemen. 


May 15, 2019

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss his recent writing on events in the Persian Gulf. Will breaks down the deployment of US forces to the Gulf and the alleged sabotage against four ships at a UAE port. Will and Kyle give their analysis on the events and the potential for war. 

Will is a staff writer at RT. His work has been published at, Consortium News, and Libertarian Institute.  

May 13, 2019

On FPF #348, I update the persecution of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. The UK sentenced Assange to a 50-week sentence for violating bail. The US is seeking his extradition on charges related to the Manning Leaks. Now Sweden is also seeking his extradition. 

Chelsea Manning is now free from jail. Manning served over two months for invoking her 1st, 4th, and 6th Amendments rights. She now faces another subpoena that forces her to testify or be arrested. 


Caitlin Johnson - Rape allegations against Assange

FPF - Patrick Shanahan

May 10, 2019

On FPF #347, I discuss the reckless actions the US is taking against China, Iran, and Venezuela. Trump new tariffs could restart the trade war with China. He is also increasing challenges to Chinese territorial claims in the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea. Bolton made a big show of the US deploying the USS Abe Lincoln to counter threats from Iran. The deployment of the aircraft carrier is routine, however, the hawks in Trump's administration seem determined to provoke a war with Iran. The regime change effort in Venezuela is ongoing. I review the one-sided media coverage of the events. 


May 8, 2019

Will Porter and Joanne Leon return to FPF to do more debunking of the Russiagate conspiracy theory. Joanne, Will, and Kyle focus in on the story of George Papadopoulos. According to the conspiracy theory, Papadopoulos was connecting Trump's campaign to Russia for receiving secret information about Hillary Clinton's emails. Papadopoulos claims he was the mark of some deep state actors who were attempting to set him up. Joanne and Will make sense of competing claims and changing narratives. 

Will Porter is a staff writer at RT. He has bylines at Consortium News, and Libertarian Institute.  

Joanne Leon is the host of the Around the Empire podcast. 

May 6, 2019

Marko Marjanovic returns to FPF to talk about Venezuela and Syria. Kyle and Marko discuss how US regime change efforts in Venezuela have failed to topple Maduro. The US actions have hurt the Venezuelan people and increased Maduro's popularity. In Syria, Assad is continuing to work to retake all of his country. Currently, he is battling with jihadists in Idlib. Kyle and Mark break down how Assad's fight and the role of the US trying to prevent Assad from retaking Syria. 

Marko Marjanovic runs Checkpoint Asia.



May 3, 2019

On FPF #344, I discuss how Trump is expanding the President's powers.  The US joined the Yemen War without Congressional approval under Obama. Trump's veto of the Yemen War Powers bill proves Congress has no ability to check the war powers of the president. The Pentagon is adding 300 more troops to the southern border. The troops continue to break American military tradition by expanding their roles and putting the troops in more contact with suspected illegal immigrants. The DoJ's persecution of Julian Assange is an attack on journalism and truth. The attack makes it easier for the government to control the media narrative and decide what information is allowed to reach the public. 


May 1, 2019

On FPF #343, I discuss Juan Guaido's latest failed coup attempt against Maduro. Guaido posted videos with a few Venezuelan soldiers and they took control of a small area outside of an airbase. Thousands of protesters joined Guaido. Maduro called for Venezuelans to take to the streets to show support him and massive crowds turned out to protect the presidential palace. The coup was broken up with some violence from the government. 


Apr 29, 2019

On FPF #342, I discuss DNC Chair Tom Perez statement, 'we are at war' with Russia. I explain how this hysterical thinking is reflective of the current DNC political leadership. The Democrats are at fault for losing the 2016 election. However, they continue to try to blame Russia for the loss. The hysteria is doing damage to the critical US/Russian relationship. I update Sri Lanka, Ukraine, and Pentagon corruption. 


Apr 26, 2019

On FPF #341, I discuss a former Marine being held on an extradition request from Spain for stealing electronics from the North Korean embassy in Madrid. The break-in occurred in the days leading up to Trump's second summit with Kim Jong-un. While few details of the break-in are known, the case against the Marine may help to shed some light on who broke into the embassy and what they were after. I update the planning for regime change in Venezuela, human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, and SEALs being told to keep quiet about war crimes. 


Apr 24, 2019

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss his recent articles published at RT. The appointment of a new IRGC leader - who is considered a hardliner - is a sign that Iran is reacting to the US withdrawing waivers for oil sanctions. Will and Kyle give an analysis of the impact of Trump's decision to reduce Iran's oil imports to 0. 

Chelsea Manning remains in jail and was denied bail at an appeals hearing. Manning is jail for refusing to testify in front of a secret grand jury. Will and Kyle look at the greater problems in the US bail system. 

Will Porter is a staff writer at RT and an analyst of US foreign policy. You can find more of his work at, the Libertarian Institute, and Consortium News.


Apr 22, 2019

On FPF #339, I discuss the Mueller Report. #Russiagate's true believers saw the report as a vindication of their false narrative; I debunk many of their claims. I break down the best analysis of the Mueller Report, showing it for what it really is.

I update Trump's Iran policy, Sri Lanka Easter bombings, Zelensky's election as Ukrainian president, and Trump's veto of the Yemen War Powers bill. 


Apr 19, 2019

Scott Horton returns to Foreign Policy Focus to explain the importance of Wikileaks. Scott discusses some of the cruelest crimes of the American Empire and our allied states. He details Wikileaks documents that show Israel is an apartheid state. 

Scott Horton is the Editorial Director at and Managing Editor of the Libertarian Institute. He is the author of the book Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and the Host of the Scott Horton Show.

Apr 17, 2019

Scott Horton returns to Foreign Policy Focus to explain the importance of Wikileaks. Scott breaks down how leaks from Chelsea Manning helped to expose the cruelty of the Iraq War. He debunks so of the most common lies about Wikileaks. Scott also discusses some soon to be released books by the Libertarian Institute. 

Scott Horton is the Editorial Director at and Managing Editor of the Libertarian Institute. He is the author of the book Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and the Host of the Scott Horton Show. 

Apr 14, 2019

On FPF #336, Will and Kyle discuss how the indictment of Julian Assange is an attack on journalism. Will exposes errors made in the mainstream media about the charges. The errors have led to the false belief that Assange's work did not fall under the category of journalism. Will and Kyle review the statements from key figures to the arrest of Assange. 



Apr 11, 2019

On FPF #335, I discuss the arrest of Julian Assange. Assange was arrested by the UK after Ecuador's president rescinded his asylum. Assange now faces the potential of being extradited to the US; an indictment against Julian Assange charges him with crimes related to Chelsea Manning's leaking of documents in 2010. I argue the persecution of Assange is an attack on journalism. 


Cassandra Fairbanks

Apr 10, 2019

On FPF #334, I discuss the Trump admin naming Iran's Islamic Revoluntary Guard Corps a terror organization. I explain the false arguments used by the Trump admin to claim the IRGC supports terror groups. The move makes a conflict with Iran more likely. 


Eric Margolis - Algeria

Micah Zenko - No Real Threats

Apr 8, 2019

On FPF #333, I discuss Trump's dive into the swamp. 14 of Trump's ambassador nominations made significant donations to Trump's inauguration fund. Some of the nominations have been important posts such as Iceland and the UAE.

On the campaign, Trump criticized NATO as being outdated. However, Trump has only expanded NATO and engaged in terrible policies that inflame tensions with Russia. I also update Assange's asylum status and Haftar's attack on Tripoli.  


Apr 4, 2019

Will Porter returns to FPF to talk Russiagate, Yemen, and Israel. Will and Kyle take a victory lap on Russiagate. They explain how the Democrats have given Trump a huge win by spending so much power pushing the Russiagate conspiracy theory. 

The House passed a Yemen War Powers bill. Will breaks down the US and UK involvement in Yemen. Including a recent report that UK soldiers are fighting against the Houthi in Yemen. 

Will looks ahead to the upcoming Israeli elections. Will and Kyle review the events of the Great Return protests. 


Ramzy Baroud - The purpose of Palestinian protest

Apr 3, 2019

On FPF #331, I discuss the formation of a possible bipartisan antiwar coalition that works with Trump to end wars. The coalition would be made up of Republicans and Democrats often labeled as far-right or far-left members of their parties, like Ro Khanna and Rand Paul. Trump has expressed desires to end wars in Syria, Somalia, and Afghanistan. The coalition could work with Trump to ease sanctions on Russian and make a denuclearization agreement with North Korea. 



Apr 1, 2019

On FPF #330, I discuss Secretary of Energy Rick Perry signing at least six agreements with Saudi to allow American companies to sell the kingdom nuclear technology. Saudi Arabia has rejected buying a civilian nuclear program with safeguards to limit the ability to make nuclear weapons. 

I update the ongoing Korean peace process. A copy of the extensive demands Trump gave to Kim at Hanoi has been released. It shows the US is demanding 'Libyan Style' denuclearization. Kim is unlikely to agree to that process. 

I explain my excitement for the 2020 DNC race. Some left-wing groups like MoveOn and candidates like Tulsi Gabbard are taking important anti-intervention positions. 


Mar 29, 2019

On FPF #329, I update the fallout from the Mueller probe ending without indictments of Trump. 48% of American's continue to believe 'Trump - or his campaign - colluded with Russia. Only 9% of Americans changed their minds after the Mueller investigation ended and the Barr summary was published. Senator Rand Paul dropped a bombshell on the Russiagate story, alleging that John Brennan was behind the Steele Dossier being included in the Intelligence Assessment. I explain the importance of John Brennan's role in Russiagate and the hysteria that causes so many Americans to believe a lie. 


Mar 27, 2019

On FPF #328, I break down how heavily armed American mercenaries got arrested outside the Haitian Central bank. The Intercept reports Haiti's president bribed a cutout to hire the Americans. The Americans then attempted to help the cutout transfer $80 million at the central bank. The operation fell apart when a security guard called the police. The State Department then helped the mercenaries escape justice in Haiti. 


Mar 25, 2019

On FPF #327, I run an interview from the Peace and Liberty Podcast with host Steven Clyde. Steven asks me questions about the Russiagate conspiracy and the end of the Mueller investigation. I debunk the biggest lies during the Russiagate conspiracy. I also talk about some recent events in Somalia and North Korea. 

Mar 22, 2019

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss the New Zealand shooter's motive. The shooter wanted a war on the 'Grey Zone' in an attempt to try to drive cultures further apart. He was willing to commit disgusting acts of violence to achieve those ends. Will compares the shooter's attack on the 'Grey Zone' to Islamic jihadists. We argue that exposing the shooter's ideological target can help to expose and reject it. 

Mar 20, 2019

On FPF #325, I cover several recent news stories. In 2020, the Trump Administration is seeking an $85 billion budget for intelligence agencies. US sanctions against Venezuela and Iran combined with OPEC oil production cuts could cause gas prices to rise. Secretary of State Pompeo claims that withdrawing from the Yemen War would empower Iran. 


Forbes - Sanctions 

Ron Paul Liberty Report - Spy Budget

Mar 18, 2019

On FPF #324, I break down several important news stories. An IG report shows billions of dollars were spent on the F-35 without oversight, and the US is planning to invest over $300 million on space lasers. The US will allow Citgo to make debt payments to Venezuela. South Korea is looking to hold talks with North Korea to save denuclearization negotiations with the US. Trump is going to keep 1,000 US troops in Syria.


Russia's economy adapts to sanctions

Moon of Alabama - NK Embassy Breakin


Mar 14, 2019

On FPF #323, I discuss Congress passing the Yemen War Powers Bill. The bill calls for an end of the US involvement in the Saudi-led war against Yemen. The bill continues to face hurdles and Trump has threatened to veto the bill. I explain what is in the bill and why it is so important to end the US role in this war. 


Ted Carpenter - CAR

Glenn Greenwald - Venezuela 

Mar 13, 2019

On FPF #322, I discuss a report finding that the US sold more weapons than any other country. I explain how the elites behind the military-industrial complex benefit from the US welling weapons to 98 countries in 2018. The weapon makers buy influence in the US to help facilitate weapon sales. However, the policy is immoral and hurts the American people. 


Daniel Larison - John Bolton's Dangerous Korea Policy

Mar 11, 2019

On FPF #321, I discuss Chelsea Manning's heroic refusal to testify in a secret federal court and her return to prison. Chelsea refused to testify in an unfair court by invoking her 1st, 4th, and 6th Amendment rights. Her rights were ignored, and she was thrown in jail. I explain why Chelsea's stand is so important for freedom, truth, and ending wars. 


Mar 8, 2019

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss the final OPCW report on the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria. Will reviews all the evidence and timeline of the events. Will argues a lot of the evidence contradicts the establishment narrative. Will presents the case for a false flag attack. 

Mar 6, 2019

On FPF #319, I discuss the endless US War on Terror. The US has issued a $1 million reward for information on the son of Osama bin Laden. The younger bin Laden is rising through the ranks of al-Qaeda. Americans are born before 9/11 are starting to enlist in the military and will soon be fighting al-Qaeda. I explain how the first generation of the 'War on Terror' has been a failure for the US and continuing the fight will bankrupt the US. 


Rackets - Nathen Smith

Intercept - Chelsea Manning

Mar 4, 2019

On FPF #318, I break down what happened between Trump and Kim in Hanoi. The meeting ended without an agreement. However, Kim likely offered Trump a deal to shut down parts of North Korea's nuclear program in exchange for civilian sanctions relief. Jeffery Lewis argues Trump missed a good opportunity by passing on the deal. 


Mar 1, 2019

On FPF #317, I discuss Trump's meeting with Kim Jong-un and US talks with the Taliban. The meeting with Kim ended early and without a peace agreement. Trump said the talks were positive. In Qatar, US officials are meeting with Taliban leadership. The talks will be centered on US troops withdrawing from Afghanistan. 


Justin Raimondo - Venezuela


Feb 27, 2019

On FPF #316, Adam Graham joins the show to discuss his recent article about the lies that led to the Spanish American War. Adam breaks down the prewar history and the lies in the media to sell the war to the American people. Adam and Kyle discuss how the war party's exploitation of the sinking of the Maine resembles many current American wars. 

Adam Graham is a writer. He blogs at NoKingButChrist.Com. He writing appears at The Libertarian Institute.


Adam Graham - Remeber the Maine 

Feb 25, 2019

On FPF #315, Brian Saady returns to the show to discuss the trial of El Chapo. Brian explains who El Chapo is and how he rose to power and gives important details from the trial. He argues that the arrest of El Chapo does nothing to with the drug war. Brian and Kyle talk about the big problems with the drug war. Brian also gives his take on the situation in Venezuela. 

Brian Saady is the author of Rackets and the host of Rackets Podcast. Brian's books and podcast can be found at his website His articles have been published at and The American Conservative. 


Brian Saady - El Chapo

Feb 22, 2019

On FPF #314, I discuss recent polling that shows Americans want a less aggressive foreign policy. The polling showed that Americans prefer diplomacy and trade. However, foreign policy 'experts' are committed to a more militaristic policy. I explain how this data can impact the 2020 race. I also update Russiagate, a nuclear sale to Russia, and the upcoming talks between Trump and Kim. 


Feb 20, 2019

On FPF #313, I cover the controversy surrounding statements made by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. She called out AIPAC's influence over US policy and Elliott Abrams' nefarious history. In response, the foreign policy establishment has condemned the Congresswoman. 

I break down the unrest in Kashmir and the Indian/Pakistani relationship. A recent suicide bombing has caused increased friction between the nuclear powers and ethnic tensions in India. 


Ady Bankan - AIPAC


Feb 18, 2019

Scott Horton returns to the Foreign Policy Focus podcast to talk about nukes, regime change, and ending the war in Afghanistan. Scott breaks down the US effort to replace Maduro as president of Venezuela and the likelihood of a US regime change effort in Iran. He discusses how developing low yield nukes and leaving the INF Treaty increases the risk of nuclear weapons being used. We also cover the potential withdraw of US troops from Afghanistan

Scott Horton is the Managing Director of The Libertarian Institute, Editorial Director at, and host of the Scott Horton Show. Scott is the author of Fools Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan


Feb 15, 2019

On FPF #311, I discuss the Pentagon looking to grow the Overseas Contingency Operation. The OCO is considered to be a slush fund for the Pentagon. Growing instability in Africa and a lack of Congressional oversight on war powers allow the Pentagon to expand wars. 


Amanda Sperber - Somalia

James Bamford - Maria Butina

Scott Horton Show - Tom Eddlem

Feb 13, 2019

On FPF #310, I discuss Trump's Iran policy. In the first two years of Trump's presidency, his Iran policy has been a massive failure. Many of his top advisers are life-long Iran hawks who believe the key to American security regime change in Iran. I examine the possibility of the US taking an active role in overthrowing the government of Iran.


Feb 11, 2019

On FPF #309, I discuss the next meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. The meeting will take place at the end of February in Vietnam. Trump's tweets suggest the talks could take important steps in Korean Peace. I give my take on what could come from the talks. 


Free Man Beyond the Wall - Scott Horton

Jason Ditz - SOTU

Feb 8, 2019

On FPF #308, Mike Maharrey returns to the show to talk about fighting the empire from within. Mike explains how his work at the Tenth Amendment Center has worked to fight access military weapons from going to local police forces. Mike discusses why passing Defend the Guard laws on a state level can help to end wars overseas. He is also working to prevent the US from engaging in torture with state laws. 

Mike Maharrey is the author of Our Last Hope. He is the host of the Thoughts from Maharrey Head podcast and the Friday Gold Wrap. Mike is the managing editor at Schiff Gold and the communications director at The Tenth Amendment Center


FPF #134 - Mike Maharrey
Tenth Amendment Center sample legislation 
Mike Maharrey's:

Feb 6, 2019

On FPF #307, I discuss the intelligence community's assessment that Russia and China are the biggest threats to the US. I breakdown the alleged areas of conflict between the American people and Great Power Rivals. I also update recent events in Venezuela.


Feb 4, 2019

On FPF #306, I update the political uncertainty in Venezuela. Maduro appears to be retaining control over the country. However international actors continue to push the Juan Guaido government. I discuss the regime change effort coming from the United States. 


Max Blumenthal & Dan Cohen on Venezuela

The Drive - USS Ford

FPF #262 - INF Treaty

Feb 1, 2019

On FPF #305, I breakdown war state efforts to create and expand wars. Factions of the Trump administration continue to push regime change efforts in Venezuela. DNI Dan Coats is attempting to throw cold water on a deal with North Korea. Max Boot is arguing that the US should remain in Afghanistan and Syria for 100 years. The Trump Administration is in a dangerous state that could lead to a conflict with Iran. 


Peter Van Buren - Venezuela

Jim Lobe Ben Armbruster - Iran

Jan 30, 2019

On FPF #304, Will Porter returns to the show for part two of the year-end review show. We discuss the worst of Trump's foreign policy decisions in 2018. Will breaks down the important events in Yemen, Russia, Iran, and China. We examine the influence that John Bolton and Mike Pompeo had on US foreign policy in 2018. 


Jan 28, 2019

On FPF #303, I discuss the potential change of government in Venezuela. The leader of the country's opposition, Juan Guaido has declared himself the interim president. The move has been backed by the US and several other nations. The Maduro government still claims to be the rightful leadership of the country and has cut ties with the US. I breakdown all the reporting on the issue. 


Jan 25, 2019

On FPF #302, Brian Saady returns to the show to talk about the huge crime problem in the UAE. Brian explains how the organized crime of the UAE creates opportunities for terror groups around the Middle East. He discusses how the crime in the UAE has ties to gold smuggling, nuclear proliferation, and the PKK. Brian also gives an update on the Colombia peace process with the FARC. 

Brian Saady is an author and podcast host. His articles, podcasts, and books can be found at his website 


Brian's talk at Freedom Foundation 

Gupta Brothers

Jan 23, 2019

On FPF #301, Keith Knight joins the show to debunk war myths. Keith covers several of the biggest lies the US has told to enter into wars. Keith starts with the Mexican American War and brings us through to the Terror Wars. 

Keith Knight is the host of the Don't Tread On Anyone podcast and the co-host of Liberty Weekly. 


Jan 21, 2019

On FPF #300, Peter Van Buren joins the show to talk his books. Peter discusses his book Hooper's War and moral injury. Peter explains how war can do more than injure someone physically, their understanding of right and wrong can be damaged as well. 

I ask Peter about his time as a State Department official working on nation-building projects in Iraq, and his book about that time We Meant Well. He gives a few examples of why the nation-building projects failed. 

Peter Van Buren is a former State Department employee and is now a writer. He is the author of Hooper's War and We Meant Well. Peter's website is


Jan 18, 2019

On FPF #299, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss news on Syria, Russia, and Yemen. We breakdown the death of four US soldiers by an ISIS suicide bomber in Syria. The Washington foreign policy establishment is trying to use the death of the soldiers to prevent the US from exiting Syria. We debunk all the myths the war party is using to try to keep US troops in Syria. 

Will Porter is a journalist who writes on Mid East Affairs and Foreign Policy. Will's work can be found at Antiwar.Com and LibertarianInstitute.Org.


Will Porter FPF Archive 

Jan 16, 2019

On FPF #298, I discuss a recently reported FBI investigation of Trump in 2017. The investigation looked into possible Russian influence over Trump. The investigators found no evidence. However, Russiagate conspiracy theorists add the investigation as further proof that Trump is under the control of Putin. 


Glenn Greenwald - FBI Investigation

Ron Paul Liberty Report - FBI Investigation

Navy Time - USS Fitz Report

Jan 14, 2019

On FPF #297, I review the new movie Vice. Vice is the story of warmonger Dick Chaney. The movie captures any of the most evil acts of Chaney. I expand on some of the stories that only were given brief attention. I also give my take on Tulsi Gabbard's 2020 presidential run. 


Kelley Vlahos on the Pentagon revolving door

Return of the Neocons

Jan 11, 2019

On FPF #296, I explain how crickets caused the US to withdraw the majority of their diplomatic envoy to Cuba. The US alleged sonic weapons being used against US diplomats in Cuba. The US media even speculated that Russia was involved with the use of sonic weapons against diplomats. Scientific testing now shows the noise was caused by crickets. I examine how the allegations impacted US policy towards Cuba and how this event exemplifies the shortcomings of the US media. 


FPF #263 - Nukes

Moon of Alabama on the cricket attack

Philip Giraldi - Trump 2019 Foreign Policy

Jan 9, 2019

On FPF #295, I discuss the US relationship with China. The acting Secretary of Defense said he will focus on "China, China, China." The US increasing looked at the great powers - Russia and China - the biggest threat to the US. The economic relationship with China is rocky, and the US continues to challenge Chinese territorial claims. I also discuss the coup attempt in Gabon and the changing US war in Somalia. 


Eric Margolis on China 

Jan 7, 2019

On FPF #294, I discuss new updates in the Russiagate conspiracy theory and Syria. New information reveals Gen Flynn's trip to Russia in 2015 was in accordance with US intelligence. A court document shows an associate of John McCain gave he Steele Dossier to BuzzFeed in 2016. Bolton claims the US withdraws in Syria is conditioned on protection for the Kurds and the defeat of ISIS. The Assad government is now talking with the Syrian Kurds. The US and Russian military are also engaged in talks. 


Mark Perry - Syria withdraw

Elijah Magnier - Syria updates 

Jan 4, 2019

On FPF #293, I discuss Trump seeming to waver on his decision for a rapid withdraw of US troops from Syria. CNN reports a Pentagon official says the US troop withdraw from Syria will take 120 days. 

I cover what we know about the arrest of US citizen Paul Whelan in Russia. Whelan has been charged with spying. 


Jan 2, 2019

On FPF #292, Will Porter returns to discuss Trump's best foreign policy decisions of 2018. Trump met with North Koren leader Kim Jong-un. He ordered the withdraw of US forces from Syria. The president is reported to be planning the withdraw of US troops from Afghanistan. We also discuss the resignations of Nikki Haley and James Mattis.



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. 


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.


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. 


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. 


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. 



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. 


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. 


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. 


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 and the Managing Director of The Libertarian Institute.  


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. 


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.  


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. 


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.


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


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. 


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. 


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

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.


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. 

Links 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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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. 


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 His articles have been published at and The American Conservative. 


FPF #223 - Immigration Crisis guest Brian Saady 

FPF #207 - Colombia guest Brian Saady

Nov 2, 2018

On FPF #266, I discuss how the US wars in Syria, Afghanistan, and Libya are failing. In Syria, NATO member state Turkey is attacking the US-backed Syrian Kurds. The Syrian Kurds have now abandoned their fight against ISIS. In Afghanistan, over half the people live in districts controlled or contested by the Taliban. In Libya, ISIS is mounting successful attacks against the US-backed government. 


Oct 31, 2018

On FPF #265, I discuss President Trump deploying troops to the southern border to assist in preventing migrants from entering the US. I explain why it is a mistake to treat the migrants as invaders. 

I update the Syrian War. The American mission in continues to kill civilians and fail to retake the remaining territory from ISIS. 


FPF #223 - Brian Saady

Oct 29, 2018

On FPF #264, I discuss some new casualty numbers for the War on Yemen. The media has long cited a UN estimate that said 10,000 people have died. However, that estimate stopped counting deaths over a year ago. The 10,000 number has helped mask the catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The new reports suggest there have been 70,000 - 80,000 deaths from violence and 130 children under five die every day.


Patrick Cockburn on Yemen's death toll

Scott Horton Show - Martha Mundy 

FPF #254 - South China Sea 


Oct 26, 2018

On FPF #263, I discuss the nuclear arms relationship between the US and Russia. NSA John Bolton appears determined to pull the US out of the INF Treaty. Bolton played a role in the withdraw from a nuclear treaty with Russia as a member of the Bush Administration. Vice President Mike Pence added to the nuclear buildup hype by refusing to rule out putting nuclear weapons in space. 


John Glaser and Eric Gomez - INF Treaty

Glenn Greenwald - MSM hides UAE influence

FPF #262

Tim Shorrock - Korean Peace


Oct 24, 2018

On FPF #262, I discuss the US relationship with Russia and China. In a move supported by NSA John Bolton, Trump suggested the US will withdraw from the INF Treaty. The President also called for an increase in the US nuclear arsenal. 

Secretary of State Pompeo is warning against China's 'Belt and Road' loans. The Congress is passing legislation to open a new US agency dedicated to counter the Chinese loans. The US also sailed two warships through the Taiwan Strait. 


FPF #207 - Brian Saady on Colombia 


Oct 22, 2018

On FPF #261, I discuss important news events around the world. Social networks continue to go after independent media outlets. John Kiriakou explains why whistleblowers are so rare. I look at an article by Max Blumenthal on Nikki Haley's speech to CNP. In Afghanistan, an attack nearly killed the Commander of US Forces just days before elections were held. Over 30 people were killed during the election.  


Scott Horton Show - Gareth Porter

Scott Horton Show - Saudi Lobby

Max Blumenthal - Nikki Haley

John Kikakou - Whistleblowing 

Oct 19, 2018

On FPF #260, I explain how the war on drugs impacts US foreign policy and countries around the world. Prohibition is proven to be a failed policy that leads to black market violence. In some countries, the black market created by drug prohibition is so massive it can corrupt and destabilize the entire political and justice systems. 

I also discuss Korean Peace, Syria, and Africa. 


Moon of Alabama on Korean Peace 

Oct 17, 2018

On FPF #259, Will Porter joins the show to cover the Turkish/Russian agreement that has delayed the Syrian offensive of rebel-held Idlib. The agreement had a deadline for all rebels to be out of the buffer zone by October 15th. The deadline has passed, but Russia, Syria, and Turkey continue to work towards implementing the agreed steps. Will explains why he is optimistic about recent developments in Syria. 

We also discuss Nikki Haley and Yemen. 

Will Porter is a freelance journalist with a focus on Mideast Affairs and US foreign policy. His work can be found at Libertarian Institute,, and Consortium News 


Buzzfeed - American Mercenaries in Yemen

Moderate Rebels - Ali al-Ahmed

Oct 15, 2018

On FPF #258, I discuss how some close US allies have terrible human rights records. Recently, Egypt imprisoned a girl for discussing being sexually harassed in public, Israel has detained an American student for supporting BDS, and the UAE has held a UK researcher in solitary confinement for five months. Many of these countries are committing long-term atrocities, such as Turkey's persecution of the Kurds, the Saudi led genocide in Yemen, and the Ukrainian government's deep ties with neo-Nazis. 

I also discuss an article by Gareth Porter on the Internet Research Agency's limited impact on the 2016 election. 


Gareth Porter on Russiagate

Oct 12, 2018

On FPF #257, I discuss the resignation of US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. Haley has used her platform at the UN to promote violence. I highlight some of Haley's worst statements as Ambassador to the UN, including the Great Return March Protests, allegations of Iranian support for the Houthi, and lies about Assad using chemical weapons. 


Caitlin Johnstone on Nikki Haley's resignation

Justin Raimondo - Goodbye Haley 

Oct 10, 2018

On FPF #256, I discuss new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's foreign policy. I explain how Kavanaugh's positions on presidential war powers are dangerous. Kavanaugh supports the Patriot Act, ignoring international treaties, and federal officials violating American's Constitutional rights. 

I also update Iran, Afghanistan, and Korean Peace. 


Brett Kavanaugh on Presidental war powers

Common Dreams - Kavanagun's war powers record

Oct 5, 2018

On FPF #255, I discuss two articles by The Weekly Standard Editorial Board. The first article calls for the US to return to the Bush Doctrine. The editors believe that the US needs to very hawkish policy with Iran. The second article celebrates Trump's reversal on his desire to remove troops from Syria. The writers suggest an important role for the US troops in Syria is to combat Iran. 

I argue a return to the Bush Doctrine would be a disaster and US troops should return home from Syria. 


Return to the Bush Doctrine?

Trump Rethinks Syria

Oct 3, 2018

On FPF #254, I discuss a close call between US and Chinese Navy ships. The US ship was conducting a 'freedom of navigation' mission in waters claimed by China. The Chinese ship carried out maneuvers that brought it very close to the US ship. I review the history of the US and Chinese tensions over the region. I explain how similar operations for the US turned deadly. 


Moderate Rebels - Idlib 

Oct 1, 2018

On FPF #253, I discuss how Trump has hurt US influence by leaving the Iran Nuke Deal. The deal prevented Iran from making nuclear weapons and opened Europe to Iranian markets. Trump left the agreement even though all parties agreed Iran was following the agreement. Leaving the deal has caused US allied to spur US sanctions on Iran. 


SHS - Phil Giraldi

SHS - Trita Parsi


Sep 28, 2018

On FPF #252, I discuss how to fight war in Congress. Two different methods have been proposed to end wars, passing a more restrictive AUMF or by invoking the War Powers Act. I argue the War Powers Act method is more effective. 

I also break down an article by Turkey's President on how to fix the UN. 


Erdogan on the UN

Why an AUMF is an ineffective method to end a war

Sep 26, 2018

On FPF #251, I discuss the goals set by CIA Director Gina Haspel. I explain some of Haspel's and the CIA's dark History. Many of Haspel's goals call for expanding the CIA. 

I update the Syrian Civil War, Yemeni Civil War, Afghan War, and US arms sales. 


Intercept - Rayethon Lobbyist

NYT - 57 Afghan troops killed a day

Moon of Alabama - S-300 missiles to Syria


Sep 24, 2018

On FPF #250, Will Porter returns to the show to evaluate how Trump's foreign policy has achieved the goals set in the National Security Strategy. The Strategy called for the US to combat great powers, including Russia. Will breaks down the results of Trump's policies in Poland, Ukraine, Syria, and Iran. Will and Kyle give analysis on US foreign policy has bolstered the influence of Russia. 

Will Porter is a freelance journalist. He specializes in US foreign policy and Mideast affairs. His work can be found at Consortium News, AntiWar.Com, and LibertarianInstitute.Org. 


FPF #134 - National Security Strategy guest Will Porter  

Sep 21, 2018

On FPF #249, I discuss how Trump's policy with Venezuela and Iran has pushed those nations closer with China. Trump's National Security Review highlight as great power struggles with Russia and China to be the cornerstone to his foreign policy goals. 

Trump's administration has leaked several stories to the media about Trump's desire for regime change in Venezuela. His Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has taken public statement against the Maduro regime. China is now investing in Venezuelan oil and gold industry. 


Ben Norton - UN report on Uyghers 

Sep 19, 2018

On FPF #248, I discuss recent developments in the Syrian Civil War. An attack by Israel led to the Syrian government accidentally downing a Russian surveillance plane. Turkey and Russia reached an agreement to put the Syrian government offensive in Idlib is on pause. The US carried out live-fire exercises in southern Syria to warn the Assad government against retaking the area. 


Around the Empire - Elijah Magnier 

Moon of Alabama - Idlib Offensive on hold 

Sep 17, 2018

On FPF #247, I discuss the possibility of another round of talks with Kim Jong Un and the Taliban. Trump and Kim have said they would like to meet again. The Taliban said they want a second round of talks with the US. I break down demands of the US and the Taliban.

I answer criticism about why I am optimistic about Korean Peace. 


Daniel L Davis on North Korea

Sep 14, 2018

On FPF #246, Matt Bankert joins the show to discuss music and war. Matt goes through a short history of American wars and music that opposed them. Matt highlights some of the great antiwar songs. 

Matt Bankert is a musician. His work is featured in the introduction to the show


AntiWar Playlist - Link for bonus songs 

Matt Bankert Facebook

Matt Bankert Twitter

Matt Bankert YouTube

Matt Bankert Liberty Playlist 

Sep 11, 2018

On FPF #245, I discuss 9/11 and the US War on Terror. I explain how the 9/11 terror attack was blowback for US attacks on the Middle East. I argue the US War on Terror has failed to make the world safer and more stable. 


NYT - Misleading Americans about Afghanistan

SHS - Daniel Elisburg 

FPF - 9/11

FPF - #WhyImAntiWar

Sep 10, 2018

Will Porter returns to FPF to cover the alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Will debunks the common lies about Ghouta 2013, Khan Sheikhoun 2017, and Douma 2018. Will and Kyle discuss the Syrian Army offensive in Idlib and the potential for another alleged chemical weapons attack. 

Will Porter is a freelance Journalist specializing in US foreign policy and Mid East Affairs. Will's work can be found at, Consortium News, and LibertarianInstitute.Org


Seymour Hersh - Rat Line

Seymour Hersh - Trump's Red Line

Will Porter's Syrian CW reading List

Rick Sterling - Khan Sheikhoun


Sep 7, 2018

On FPF #243, I discuss the UK announcement that 2 Russians have been identified as suspects in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. I review the development of the evidence and accusations related to the poisoning. I break down an article published on Moon of Alabama that questions the new allegations made by the UK. I also update the Afghan War, the Syrian Civil War, and Israel. 


Moon of Alabama on the Skripal poisoning 

Jason Ditz on Israeli arming of Syrian rebels

Sep 5, 2018

On FPF #242, Tricia Stuart joins to the show to discuss her effort to raise money for Yemen children. Tricia tells us about her “Put your money where your memes are” drive. She makes the case to donate to the charity she selected, Save the Children. We explain the US role in causing so many Yemeni children to be in need of aid. 

On the second part of the show, I discuss the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Two Journalists were sentenced to seven years in jail and the Myanmar government is working to mask the extent of the genocide. 


Liberty Network

Save the Children 

Eric Margolis on Myanmar

Sep 3, 2018

On FPF #241, I discuss the US role in continuing the Syrian Civil War. David Ignatius of the Washington Post reports that a Trump official said the US policy is to draw Syria and Russia into a quagmire in Idlib. Ignatius argues for the US to do more to assist the rebels. I explain the results of the US arming the Sunni resistance to Assad under Obama and why the policy will fail again. 


David Ignatius Washington Post article 

WSJ on Myanmar 


Aug 31, 2018

On FPF #240, I break down false and misleading information on Russiagate and North Korea. I discuss an article by Gareth Porter that debunks the claim that Russia hacked 21 state voter registration sites. Recent reporting on North Korea suggested that Donald Trump canceled a meeting with North Korea after reading a "belligerent" letter from Kim Jong Un. I review an article by Justin Raimondo that argues the truth is nuanced and the Trump/Un relationship is as bad as it may seem. 


Gareth Porter on DHS Election Hacking Report

Ted Galen Carpenter on Macedonia

Justin Raimondo on North Korea 

38North.Org on the direction of Kim Jong Un


Aug 29, 2018

On FPF #239, I discuss how Turkey is a loser in the Syrian Civil War. I break down an article by Joost Hilterman on Turkey's role in the Syrian Civil War. Turkey's plan to back Sunni resistance to Assad failed as it looks like Assad will retain power in Syria. The US has backed and armed the Syrian Kurdish YPG, a group Turkey identifies as terrorists. 

I update Trump calling off Pompeo's visit for North Korea and Trump's push for military intervention in Venezuela. 


Joost Hilterman on Turkey

Doug Bandow on Venezuela

Aug 27, 2018

On FPF #238, I discuss Russian President Putin's trip to Germany and Austria. I explore an article by Gilbert Doctorow on the importance of the trip and how Trump's foreign policy has impacted Russia's relationships with Europe. I update news on North Korea, Syria, and John McCain. 


Zerohedge on John McCain

Gilbert Doctorow on Putin's trip to Germany and Austria 

Aug 24, 2018

On FPF #237, Will Porter and Pat McFarlane join the show to discuss why we are anti-war. Will gives his take on how the war state is destroying journalism. Pat explains how the war state is eroding the checks on government power. The Libertarian Institute is asking #WhyImAntiWar on Twiter, we give out answers. 

Tweet #WhyImAntiWar to @libertarianinst & @Kyaaale

Patrick McFarlane is the host of the Liberty Weekly Podcast

Will Porter is a freelance journalist specializing in US foreign policy and Mid East affairs. His work can be found at The Libertarian Institute,, and Consortium News.


Liberty Weekly - Conditioned Killers in War

Aug 22, 2018

On FPF #236, I discuss Senator Rand Paul's effort to ease tensions between the US and Russia. Rand has taken a trip to Russia and is now asking Trump to remove sanctions from Russia lawmakers so they can enter the US. Senator Paul is also making an effort to halt NATO expansion. 

I also update North Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  


Matthew Bankert - Send in the Tanks 

Aug 20, 2018

On FPF #235, Steven Clyde comes to the show to discuss the economics of war. The 2019 NDAA authorized $717 billion in defense spending for a single year. Steven gives his take on Austrian Economics and his analysis of what massive "defense" spending does to the economy.  

Steven Clyde is the host of the Peace and Liberty Podcast. 

Aug 17, 2018

Scott Horton returns to FPF to discuss the first year of Trump's policy for the Afghan War. Scott explains how the drug war in Afghanistan has been a failure. He looks at the US goal of securing the capital Kabul and how the additional US troops have been unable to curb violence in the city. Scott gives his analysis of the recent talks between the US and Afghanistan.

Scott argues that the US efforts in the Afghan War are futile and we should just come home. 


Scott's book Fool Errand 

SHS - Eric Margolis on Imran Khan

SHS - Andrew Cockburn on the Afghan opium trade 

Scott Horton on the Ron Paul Liberty Report

Aug 15, 2018

On FPF #233, I discuss Trump signing the 2019 John McCain National Defense Authorization Act. The overly costly and hawkish Pentagon spending bill is a perfect reflection of John McCain's horrific foreign policy record. I explain how parts of the bill will move the US towards more war. 

I also update the Syrian Civil War and recent US reports on the strength of ISIS. 


FPF #228 - A $700 Billion Waste

UN report on ISIS fighters

Russia supports bilateral trade in national currencies

Aug 13, 2018

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss a Saudi massacre of Yemeni children on a school bus. The US continues to back Saudi's slaughter of Yemen children. Will discuss his updated numbers of Yemenis killed in the civil war. Will and Kyle also debunk the most common myths of the Yemen Civil War. 


SHS - Nasser Arrabyee

SHS - Iona Craig




Aug 10, 2018

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss renewed US sanctions on Iran. Will explains the logistics of sanctions and what could happen if states defy US demands. Will and Kyle review the history of American sanctions against Iran and the Iran Nuclear Agreement. They provide analysis on the potential effectiveness of the new sanctions and what could happen if other states, including allies, don't comply.

Will Porter is a freelance journalist who focuses on Mid East affairs and US foreign policy. His work can be found at Consortium News,, and


Iranian Sanctions Aren't Just Counterproductive, But an Act of War - Will Porter

Aug 8, 2018

On FPF #230, I discuss Senator Rand Pau's recent trip to Russia. Rand's trip to Russia is a good thing and could help lawmakers in both countries realize their common goals. 

I also break down Saudi's diplomatic split with Canada. The Saudis have kicked the Canadian ambassador out of the kingdom and announced that Saudi students would be moved out of Canada. 


Saudi provocative Tweet

SHS - Andrew Cockburn

Aug 6, 2018

On FPF #229, I look at the difference between the US media portrayal of the Korean peace process and what is actually happening in the region. The US media has focused on stories that indicate North Korea and Trump are ruining the peace process. However, North and South Korea military leaders are meeting to discuss reducing conventional weapons near the DMZ. Japan is removing anti-missile systems citing a reduction in the threat from North Korea. 


SHS - Nassar Arraybee

Aug 3, 2018

On FPF #228, I discuss the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Congress recently passed the 2019 NDAA, authorizing $716 billion in defense spending. The spending is largely for offensive purposes and does not benefit the protect the American people. I break down some of the mandates Congress placed on the money. 


FPF #226 - NDAA with Will Porter


Aug 1, 2018

On FPF #227, I discuss Trump's foreign policy. It appears Trump is using the same plan with Iran that he believes brought North Korea to agree to denuclearize. I explain how Trump misunderstands how the peace process developed in North Korea and why a similar US policy in Iran will have far different results. 

I break down recent talks between the US and the Taliban and how Pakistan's new prime minister may impact the Afghan War. 


Moon of Alabama - Afghan Talks

Rand Paul's Middle East Peace Plan

Moon of Alabama - Imran Khan

SHS - Eric Margolis on Imran Khan

Jul 30, 2018

On FPF #226, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss Israel's continued bombing of Assad's forces in Syria. The Syrian Civil War has continued to drag on, and the Israeli actions are effectively protecting ISIS. The Syrian Kurds are looking to make a deal with Assad. Will provides the analysis. 

Will and Kyle update the horrific situation in Israel for the Palestinians. The Israelis continue to carry out a bombing campaign against Gaza. In some rare good news, Ahed Tamimi has been released from prison.


Will Porter's FPF YouTube Playlist  

Jul 27, 2018

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss Donald Trump and foreign policy. Inflicted with Trump derangement syndrome, the mainstream media is writing headings suggesting the soccer ball Putin gave Trump had a device inside of it. The dishonesty of the headlines pushes America's policy away from peace with Russia. 

Kyle and Will break down the proposed 2019 NDAA. The NDAA has several new mandates that impact Turkey, Yemen, and Syria. 

Will Porter is a freelance journalist who covers US foreign policy and Mideast affairs. Will's work can be found at,, and the Libertarian Institute.  

Jul 25, 2018

On FPF #224, I discuss the reports that Julian Assange will soon be handed over to British authorities. Assange has been targeted for the important information his organizations, Wikileaks, has released to the public and his sympathy for the Catalan independence movement. I explain the importance of Assange's work. 

I also discuss an article written by a US Veteran. The vet explains how he signed up in the US Army to be a hero and, in his role as a US soldier, became a villain. 



Jul 23, 2018

On FPF #223, Brian Saady returns to the show to discuss the roots of the immigration crisis. In the US, the focus of the immigration issue is focused on what the should happen when people reach the US Southern border. However, US policy in Central America has caused many people to seek refuge in the US. Brian explains how immigration crisis has its roots in US intervention in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. 

Brian is a writer and podcast host. His books and podcast can be found at

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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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, Consortium News, and The Libertarian institute. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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.


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 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 His articles have been published at and The American Conservative. 


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, The Libertarian Institute, and Consortium News. 


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. 


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


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


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. 


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


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, and host of the Scott Horton Show. Scott is the author of Fools Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan


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


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. 

May 23, 2018

On FPF #197, I discuss John Bolton's plan for North Korea to undergo Libyan style denuclearization. In December 2003 Libya quickly gave up a nuclear weapons program. In 2011, NATO, led by the US, went to war with Libya. The war was based on myths pushed by Hillary Clinton. The war ended in the brutal killing of Libyan Leader Gadaffi forces that included al-Qaeda. 

The Trump Administration has announced it will place strict sanctions on Venezuela and Iran. I explain the dangers of Trump believing his maximum pressure campaign led to North Korea's offer to denuclearize. 

May 21, 2018

On FPF #196, I discuss a young Palestinian in Gaza setting himself on fire and the confirmation of Gina Haspel as CIA Director. The Israeli government, with the help of the US government, has created one of the worst situations in the world for the people who live in Gaza. The Senate confirmed Gina Haspel, who has an extensive involvement with the torture program. I also update Syria, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia. 


May 18, 2018

On FPF #195, I discuss new offensives in Afghanistan and Yemen. In Afghanistan, the Taliban have begun their Spring Offensive. The Taliban killed over 100 Afghan soldiers in a week and seized two district headquarters. In Yemen, Saudi backed forces started an offensive towards the Port of Hodeida. Humanitarian organizations have repeatedly warned that a battle for the port will lead to famine in Yemen. I also update Iran, North Korea, and Iraq. 


May 16, 2018

Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to discuss the Nakba and the protests in Gaza. Will gives the historical background for the Great Return March Protests. We discuss the Israeli reaction to the protest and review the morality of using lethal force against the protesters. 


Ramsey Baroud on the Right of Return

DWB report on the Great Return March 

Ilan Pappe

Arab League 

May 11, 2018

On FPF #192, I discuss Gina Haspel's nomination to become CIA Director and the new AUMF bill. Ray McGovern heroically stood up at a hearing with Gina Haspel to recount her history of torture. I look at the proposed AUMF and Senator Rand Paul's warning it gives the president ultimate war powers. I also discuss North Korea, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and Afghanistan. 


Liberty Weekly #73

May 7, 2018

On FPF #190, I look at Trump's coming decision on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Trump has called the agreement the "worst deal ever." I explain the options for European countries and Iran if Trump decides to leave the deal. I discuss the consequences leaving the deal for Israel, Syria, and North Korea. I also update Haspel's nomination, Gaza, and Yemen



May 4, 2018

On FPF #189, I debunk the myth of Russian Aggression. Western leaders continue to push the narrative that revisionist powers are looking to destroy the world order and are a threat to the people in the West. By providing disinformation about Crimea, Syria, and chemical weapons, people are tricked into believing Russia is a threat. I set the record on all of these matters. I also update Libya, Afghanistan, Niger, and Yemen.


FPF #188 - Israel & Iran

FPF #184 - Expanding NATO to Ukraine 

Scott Horton Show - Ted Snider 

Maj. Danny Sjursen debunks Russian Aggression 

Patrick Cockburn - Israel bets Iran won't strike back 

May 2, 2018

On FPF #188, I look at the relationship between Iran and Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu gave a talk claiming to have proof Iran is in violation of the nuclear deal. Israel has bombed several Iranian targets in Syria. I examine the impact these developments will have on the US policy for Iran with the recertification of the Iran Nuclear Agreement looming. I also discuss the VA and North Korea


Around the Empire #51 

Syria looks to expand in Israel 

Apr 30, 2018

On FPF #187, I cover Trump's policy on North Korea and Iran. The Korean leaders had a historic summit on Friday and talks of denuclearizing the Korean Penisula continue to move forward. Trump is now in a position to make a deal with North Korea for denuclearization. 

On May 12th, Trump will be faced with a decision to sign a waiver to continue sanctions relief against Iran or break the P5+1 Nuclear Agreement. The IAEA has certified Iran is living up to the deal. Trump claims Iran is violating the "spirit of the deal." Trump's new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US is unlikely to remain in the deal past May. 


Gareth Porter on Trump's limited options for Iran 

Apr 27, 2018

On FPF #186, I talk current events from the fronts of the American empire. At home, the US has introduced a new drone warship. In Libya, chaos continues to thrive as General Haftar returns to the country. Assad continues to reclaim territory in Syria. The Taliban have announced the start of their spring offensive. I also explain how war hawks will look to exploit the war in Yemen to demonize Iran. 


FPF #182 - Expanding Trump's War Powers

FPF #162 - The Deadly Afghan Opium Crop with Will Porter

Peace and Liberty #20 - Libya 

Apr 25, 2018

On FPF #185, I give my take on the establishment's glorification of past presidents. Then, I address the most important stories in the news. Rand Paul endorsed Pompeo to be Secretary of State. The Koreans continue to move towards peace. In Afghanistan, a voter registration drive has spurred attacks by the Taliban and ISIS-K. I update Cuba, Syria, and Yemen. 


FPF #167 - Tillerson out, Pompeo in

Adam Johnson on the media's reaction to Syria

75% of South Koreans support peace

MSM Against Korean peace

Child killed by Israeli sniper

Apr 23, 2018

On FPF #184, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss his recent articles. Will published Ukraine's NATO Bid Risks Even Worse US Russian Ties at Consortium News. He explains the history of NATO's expansion to the Russian border and reviews the events in Ukraine in 2014. Now Ukraine is on the path to NATO membership; Will explains what this could mean for the US/Russian relationship. 

Will published Chemical Facility Hit in Syria Strike Cleared Twice by Inspectors in 2017 at Libertarian Insititute. On FPF #181, Will discussed his research into the past OPCW inspections at sites the US bombed in Syria. Wil updates us on his work on this story. 

Will is a freelance journalist who specializes in US foreign policy and Mid East affairs. Will's work can be found at Consortium News,, Libertarian Insitute, and the Daily Sheeple. 


FPF #115 - The Rise of ISIS with Will Porter 


Apr 20, 2018

On FPF #183, I discuss the Korean peace process. Recently, South Korea said the Koreans will look end the Korean War and Trump gave his 'blessing' to Korean peace. Trump then announced CIA Director Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea to meet with Kim Jung Un. South Korean President Moon announced that North Korea will agree to denuclearization without US troops withdrawing from South Korea. 

I breakdown Trump's interpretation of the Korean peace process he presented at a recent press conference. I also update Turkey's geopolitical position. 

Apr 18, 2018

On FPF #182, I discuss a new AUMF that has been proposed in the Senate. The AUMF increase Trump's powers to wage expansive and endless war. The AUMF authorizes war against the Taliban, al-Qaeda, ISIS, and those associated groups. The AUMF authorizes war in Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. However, the President is not limited to only fighting war in those countries and against those groups. The President will be able to add any group or expand the war to any country just by notifying Congress. The AUMF has no sunset, and the power to wage war will only end if Congress passes a resolution ending it. 


FPF #162 - Congress Moves on War

Robert Fisk visits Douma

Moon of Alabama on the success of the US attack on Assad

Apr 16, 2018

On FPF #181, Will Porter joins the show to discuss Trump ordering an attack on the Syrian government. Will and I breakdown speeches by Trump, Secretary of Defense Mattis, Pentagon spokesperson Dana White, and General McKenzie to explain the attack and give our analysis. 

Will Porter is a freelance journalist who writes on American foreign policy. His work can be found at The Libertarian Institute,, The Daily Sheeple, and Consortium News. 


US Killing Civilians in Battle for Mosul

Will's research on OPCW


Apr 13, 2018

On FPF #180, I discuss the geopolitical fallout from the Western accusation that Assad used chemical weapons in Douma, Syria. The US has floated forming a coalition for military actions against Assad, with France and the UK suggesting they would be participants. Trump is looking to end the Gulf Corporation Council split between Saudi Arabia in Qatar signaling the US may be trying to align its Arab allies for an attack. I examine what the possible US military actions against Assad may be and the possible responses from Russia.  I also break down some highlights of Mike Pompeo's confirmation hearing and the coming protests in Gaza. 




Apr 11, 2018

On FPF #179, journalist Will Porter returns to the show to discuss Syria. Allegations that Assad used chemical weapons have presented the hawks with an opportunity to push Trump deeper into the Syrian quagmire. Trump seems to be taking the bait, as he says he believes Assad carried out the attack.

Will breaks down Trump's statement and explains the flaws in the president's argument. Will helps debunk common lies about the Syrian Civil War and chemical weapons by dissecting Nikki Haley's speech at the UN. Will and Kyle also discuss Tucker Carlson's recent heroic monolog

Will is a freelance journalist who writes on Mid East Affairs and American Foreign Policy. His work has been published at, The Libertarian Institute, The Daily Sheeple, and Consortium News. 

Apr 9, 2018

On FPF #178, I discuss recent allegations that Assad used chemical weapons. The al-Qaeda linked White Helmets claims that over 40 people were killed in the attack. In response, Trump took to Twitter to call Assad an animal and blame the situation in Syria on Obama. I debunk past claims that Assad used chemical weapons. I also update the Gaza Protests, Taiwan, and Afghanistan


Apr 6, 2018

On FPF #177, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss Syria, Russia, and North Korea. In an Ohio speech, Trump suggested the US should remove troops from Syria. Trump has since said US troops will remain in Syria for now. On a March 20th phone call, Trump suggested to Putin a arms control summit at the White House. Trump has committed to talks with North Korea. Will discusses how the appointment of John Bolton as NSA will impact Trump's instincts to do the right thing.

Will Porter is a freelance journalist whose work can be found at Libertarian Institute,, and Consortiumnews.  

Show Notes 

Scott Horton on Sergei Skripal poisoning

Immersion News John Bolton archive 


Apr 2, 2018

On FPF #175, I breakdown segments by NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel. Engel presents a narrative that Russia an expansionist power headed by the evil Putin. During the segments, Engle tells lies, half-truths, and distorts facts to scare Americans into believing his fake narrative. I set the record straight on Russian intervention in Syria, Crimea, and the UK. 


Richard Engel on Hardball

Richard Engle on Maddow

Syrian Chemical Weapons Allegations

Russia's Annexation of Crimea

Will Porter on Russiagate 

Mar 30, 2018

On FPF #174, I update the Syrian Civil War. The Syrian Civil War recently passed its 7th year but remains exceptionally complex. Assad has liberated Damascus from most al-Qaeda linked factions. Turkey has conquered the Afrin District from the Syrian Kurds and now Turkey looks to move its military operations to Manbij. ISIS controls various pockets around Syria. The US continues to have thousands of troops in Syria. However, Trump announced the troops were leaving very soon. 


Peace and Liberty Podcast

Liberty Weekly Podcast 

Elijah Magnier updates the Syrian battlefield 

Mar 28, 2018

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.

I break down new developments in the Yemeni Civil War and the Afghan War


Hawks Always Fail Upwards

Andrew Cockburn on the Afghan Opium Trade

Moon of Alabama UK Nerve Agent Attack 


Mar 26, 2018

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. 


Mar 23, 2018

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


Ahed Tamimi's cousin arrested

Taibbi: The Legacy of the Iraq War

Veterans for Peace go to Palestine

Maj. Danny Sjursen: The Iraq War has been a 15 year long failure

Mar 21, 2018

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.


FPF#159 - Yemen Cheat Sheet 

Mar 19, 2018

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 correct my previous statements on Gina Haspel's role in the torture program

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


Mar 16, 2018

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. 


  • Moon of Alabama explains the UK or US have presented no evidence that Russia was behind the attack. [Link]
  • Justin Raimondo: Who Poisoned Suegri Skripal? [Link]
  • James O’Neil looks at who had the motives and who benefits from the nerve agent attack. [Link]
Mar 14, 2018

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. 

Mar 12, 2018

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, I will put out two bonus shows a month.


Peter Van Buren: What Critics Get Wrong About North Korea

Jonathan Marshall: Whos Afraid of Talking with Kim Jong Un

Lt. Col. Daniel Davis on Fox News

Tim Shorrock on the Sunshine Policy success

Mar 9, 2018

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.

Mar 7, 2018

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

Mar 5, 2018

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


US moves Afghan Army to M4/M16

Walter Jones Letter 

Europe Nuclear Agreement add-on

Daniel Larison on North Korea

Mar 2, 2018

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

Feb 28, 2018

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

Feb 26, 2018

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. 


Mark Perry on the Tom Woods Show

Coast Guard to enforce sanctions on North Korea

FPF - Will Porter on the NNS

Feb 23, 2018

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. 


US looks to pass UN Resolution against Iran

Southern Separatists seize Aden

FPF#130 - Yemen and Israel with Will Porter

Feb 21, 2018

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


Dangerous History: Grunts Perspective 

FPF #59 - The Putin Interviews


Feb 19, 2018

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 WilliamsTucker Carlson, Chris Hayes, Peter van Buren, and Rob ReinerWe also look at possible future of the Russiagate story.


Moon of Alabama

Gareth Porter on hacking voter rolls 

FPF #80 - Will Porter Debunks the Latest Russiagate Claims

NBC on Parkland shooting


Feb 16, 2018

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.


Daniel Larison on the North Korea threat 

Feb 14, 2018

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

Thank you to all my listeners who have tuned into the first year of Foreign Policy Focus!!


Trump wants to expand US nuclear weapons arsenal

Dutch FM lies about Putin

Feb 12, 2018

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. 

Feb 9, 2018

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


Foreign Policy Focus - Trump Says Mean Things

Feb 7, 2018

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. 


Guardian and White Helmets 

CNN Interviews Syrian Girl

Corbett Report Fake News Award

Bush Iraq War Buildup Speech

May Jeong on Afghan Drone Strike

Subversion Webcast


Feb 5, 2018

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. 


Scott Horton and Gareth Porter on Coercive Diplomacy 

FPF #134 - NSS with Will Porter 

Baltimore Police Abuse 

Liberty Weekly #53 - Iranian Protests 

Feb 2, 2018

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

Jan 31, 2018

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.

Links to past shows

The Rise and Fall of ISIS 

Trump's Afghan Policy

Jan 29, 2018

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. 

Jan 27, 2018

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. 

Jan 24, 2018

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

Jan 22, 2018

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.  

Jan 19, 2018

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. 

Jan 17, 2018

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

Jan 15, 2018

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

Jan 13, 2018

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. 

Debunking Iran myths show

Jan 10, 2018

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

Jan 8, 2018

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

Jan 5, 2018

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

Jan 3, 2018

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. 


Ron Paul Liberty Report 1/2/17

Moon of Alabama 1/2/17

Dec 29, 2017

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] 

Dec 27, 2017

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. 

Dec 23, 2017

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. 

Dec 20, 2017

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.

Dec 18, 2017

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. 


  • Saudi Arabia kills ten Yemeni women going to a wedding in an airstrike. [Link]
  • The US and South Korea continue to drill the invasion of North Korea. North Korea sees the drills as a threat and has asked the US to end the drills. [Link] 
  • Senator Lindsey Graham says there is a 30% chance of war with North Korea. [Link] 
  • Italy and the EU will work to strengthen the Libya coast guard to prevent migrants from reaching Europe. [Link]
  • US shares intelligence with Russia that allowed Russia to prevent a terror attack. [Link] 
  • Reza Marashi explains that Nikki Haley is bad at foreign policy. [Link]  
  • Many are expressing skepticism of Nikki Haley’s claim that Iran is supplying missiles to the Houthi. [Link] 
  • James Mattis says there is no reason for the US to step up militarily against Iran. [Link]
Dec 15, 2017

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. 


  • US Amb. to the UN Nikki Haley claims to have proof Iran is supplying the Houthi with missiles. [Link] Trista Parsi responds. [Link] Iran issues a statement claiming the US evidence is fabricated. [Link]
  • The House is looking at a sanctions bill against Iran for their alleged role in the Yemen Civil War. [Link]
  • Doctors Without Borders finds the Myanmar military’s ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya killed 6,700 people. [Link]
  • The US government will provide additional weapons to the Lebanese Army. [Link]
  • IS was armed with weapons the US gave to Syrian rebels. [Link]
  • Two US F-22s intercepted two Russian fighter jets over Syria. [Link] 
  • The White House walks back Tillerson’s statement that the US is ready for talks with North Korea. The White House reaffirmed that Trump sees talks with North Korea as pointless. [Link]
  • The US Ambassador to Yemen prevented critical humanitarian infrastructure from reaching Yemen. The ambassador has also been unwilling to present the Houthi with an acceptable offer. [Link] 
  • A Saudi airstrike killed at least 39 people in Yemen. The airstrike hit a police building and prison. [Link] 
  • The Houthi and factions loyal to the deceased former president Saleh are close to making a deal. The Houthi have released several journalists who were loyal to Saleh. [Link]
Dec 13, 2017

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. 

Dec 12, 2017

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. 

Dec 9, 2017

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. 

Link to video

Dec 7, 2017

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. 


  • The US plans to spend $14.4 million to reopen a Cold War Era base in Iceland. [Link]
  • Trump is expected to announce the US embassy in Israel will move from Tel Aviv to Jerulesum. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia and the UAE announce new partnership separate from the GCC. [Link]
  • Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced he will no longer be resigning. [Link]
  • Fighting between ISIS-K and the Taliban breaks out in Afghanistan. [Link] 
  • The US has increased the number of airstrikes in Afghanistan and killing more Afghani civilians. [Link] 
  • The Pentagon says the US will remain in Syria “as long as we need to.” [Link]
  • Iona Craig details the horrors Yemeni children live under. [Link] 
  • US bombs being used on civilian targets in Yemen. [Link]
  • Honduran President Hernandez is said to be still ahead in the voting after a partial recount of the presidential election. [Link]
  • The US and South Korean air forces are holding massive war games in South Korea. NSA McMaster says war with North Korea more likely. [Link]
  • Former SDF spokesmen speaks out about SDF ties to the PKK.  [Link] 
  • Israel carried out more airstrikes on Assad allied targets near Damascus. [Link] 
  • The US missile defense system likely failed to hit Houthi converted SCUD missile fired at Saudi Arabia. [Link] 
Dec 5, 2017

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. 

Dec 1, 2017

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

Nov 29, 2017

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 massacreMarcon's trip to West Africa and Nigeria. 

Nov 27, 2017

On FPF #123, I smackdown two articles published in the New York Times. The first article I take on is Thomas Freidman's love letter to MBS. I explain how Freidman is so enchanted by MBS he ignores MBS's crimes. The second article examines if anyone is committing war crimes in Yemen. In this article, the NYT hides Saudi and US war crimes in Yemen. 

Nov 24, 2017

Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to cover the fall of ISIS. This episode is the second in a two-part series on the rise and fall of ISIS, the first show can be found here. In this part of the series, Will details how the US and Russia became involved in Syria. Will covers the liberation of Mosul and Raqqa. Will explains how the War against ISIS has impacted the Syrian Civil War. Will also gives analysis on what to expect now that the caliphate is dead. 


  • Starvation in Mosul [Link]
  • 40,000 Casualties in Mosul [Link] 
  • New York Times - The Uncounted [Link]
  • Kurdish withdraw from Kirkuk [Link] 
  • AirWars' Casualty Figures for Raqqa [Link] 
Nov 22, 2017

On FPF #121, I guide you through foreign policy discussions at Thanksgiving dinner. I identify the important players in ongoing wars. I debunk common myths people believe about US wars. I also give talking points to help you simply explain complex geopolitics issues. 

Nov 20, 2017

On FPF #120, I look at the 60 Minutes segment on Yemen. The segment was one of the first times the crisis and war in Yemen has gained MSM attention. The 60 Minutes crew was denied access to Yemen by Saudi Arabia. The segment has several problems that I address. I also update Lebanon, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.


  • Trump threatens to close the PLO. [Link]
  • More US troops are dying in war zones for the first time in six years. [Link]
  • A Marine killed a Japanese citizen in a car crash. [Link]
  • US warship collides with Japanese tugboat. [Link]
  • Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe refuses to step down as president. [Link] 
  • Turkey’s president pulls Turkish troops from NATO exercises in Norway. [Link]
  • Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hariri made it to France on Saturday. [Link]
  • The Iraqi Kurdish government announce their support for a united Iraq. [Link]
  • 130 children die every day in Yemen. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia blocks ’60 Minutes’ from entering Yemen [Link]
Nov 17, 2017

On FPF #119, I discuss the coup to remove Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe. The military commander behind the coup has insisted that this is not a coup. The former Vice President is poised to take power as the 93-year-old Mugabe is ousted. The AU and UN have said they are looking for a peaceful transition of power. I also update the imprisonment of Lebanon's Prime Minister, the Afghan opium market, and North Korea. 


  • China will send a high-level envoy to North Korea. [Link] 
  • South Korea says the US needs their consent before attacking North Korea. [Link] 
  • Saudi Arabia may be planning to replace Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri with his brother Bahaa. Bahaa made statement condemning Iran and Hezbollah. [Link]
  • Islamic State snipers are using US weapons and equipment. [Link]
  • Dan McAdams explains how the US plans to influence Hungarian elections. [Link]
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies has been pushing the idea of putting THAAD missiles in South Korea. THAAS missiles are made by a top donor of CSIS, Lockheed Martian. [Link]
  • African countries are attempting to peacefully transition President Mugabe from power. [Link]
  • Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hariri plans to leave Saudi Arabia Saturday for France. [Link]
  • Afghanistan 2017 opium crop sets records of land use and weight produced. The anti-opium effort destroyed a record amount of opium. [Link]
  • Inspector general report finds US troops were informally told to ignore child sex abuse. [Link]
Nov 15, 2017

FPF#118, I look at the future of the Syrian Civil War. Al-Qaeda continues to control territory in Idlib Syria. Israel is threatening to attack Iranian or Hezbollah targets in Syria. Turkey is threatening to attack the Syrian Kurds. Assad restated his goal to control all of Syria. The US plans to stay to prevent any future ISIS 2.0 from popping up. I also update North Korea, Yemen, Libya, and Zimbabwe. 


  • A Green Beret was killed in Mali by two Navy SEALs after the Green Beret uncovered the SEALs stealing money. [Link]
  • A breakaway region of Somalia, Somaliland, held presidential elections Monday. [Link]
  • A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea. The soldier was hit by gunfire from North Koreans as he fled. [Link] 
  • North Korea sends a letter to the UN about US aggression. [Link] 
  • Israel will destroy a Palestinian village and displace 300 people. [Link]
  • BBC documents the deal cut between the US/SDF and ISIS. The deal allowed IS fighters, including foreign fighters, to escape the city of Raqqa. EHSANI22 claims IS allowed the SDF to take the Omar oil fields in exchange. [Link] [Link] 
  • Saudi Arabia continues to block ports and airports in Northern Yemen. [Link] 
  • House passes a non-binding resolution that declares the US role in Saudi’s war against Yemen is unauthorized. [Link]
  • House votes 366-30 on a nonbinding resolution against supporting Saudi’s war in Yemen. [Link]
  • The ‘groundbreaking’ Atlantic article showing a conversation between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. was unethically edited. [Link]
  • 23 European countries sign an agreement to spend more on military and promote European military integration. [Link]
  • CNN exposes the slave trade in Libya. [Link] 
  • In Libya, militants are cutting water to cities to negotiate with the governments. [Link] 
  • Tanks of entered the capital city of Zimbabwe. Reports suggest that the military may attempt to remove the 93-year-old President Mugabe from power. [Link] The military declared they had control of the capital city but were not carrying out a coup. [Link]
  • In Syria, 53 people were killed in a market by airstrikes. Russia likely carried out the strikes. [Link] 
  • Turkish President Erdogan suggests Turkey may attack the Syrian Kurds. [Link] 
  • Russia’s Foreign Minister said Russia has not ensured Iranian backed forces will leave Syria. [Link] 
  • Iraq/Iran earthquake death toll now at 530. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia bombed the airport in Yemen. The destruction of the airport will make it more difficult to get starving people food. [Link]
Nov 13, 2017

On FPF #117, I discuss Trump's trip to Asia. In South Korea, Trump pushed missile defense and weapon sales. In the Philippines, Trump met with Putin and pushed for more weapon sales. Trump rounded out the trip in the Philippines. I also update Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Africa. 


  • A Marine drill instructor was given ten years in prison for abusing recruits. The drill instructor targeted three Muslim recruits. [Link]
  • The debt from US wars after 9/11 will cost taxpayers $8 trillion in interest. [Link]
  • Trump tells the Vietnam leader his country should buy more weapons from the US. Trump also said he would mediate the South China Sea dispute. [Link]
  • Trump suggests the US may remove some sanctions on Russia. Trump also said he might become friends with Kim Jung Un. [Link]
  • The State Department will give $750,000 to Hungarian media. [Link]
  • The US has spent $5.6 trillion on conflict since 2001. [Link]
  • The US carried out three drone strikes against IS and al-Shabaab targets over the weekend. [Link]
  • The ISIS group in Somalia has grown to over 200 fighters. [Link]
  • West African jihad is starting with a desire to protect cattle. [Link]
  • Lebanese sources say Lebanon’s Prime Minister is being held under house arrest in Saudi Arabia. [Link]
  • The Afghan Maj. Gen. in charge of operations in the Helmond Province said “It’s with the Marines’ support and cooperation that we’ve reached this level…If they leave again, things will 100% be reversed.” [Link]
  • The US claims the missile fired from Yemen at Saudi Arabia is Iranian made. [Link]
  • The UN warns the Saudi blockade of Yemen will kill millions of people. [Link]
Nov 10, 2017

On FPF #116, I update the geopolitical mess in Arabia and the Levant. In Yemen, the US now blames Iran for supplying the Houthi with the missile that targeted Saudi Arabia. The Lebanon Prime Minister remains under house arrest in Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince bin Salman continues to arrest officials and princes on corruption charges. I also update Catalonia, Russiagate, and ISIS. 


  • The US has spent $5.6 trillion on conflict since 2001. [Link]
  • Philip Giraldi explains how the US can be trapped into more interventions in the Middle East. [Link]
  • Reports from North Korea claim soldiers are looting food form the civilians. [Link] 
  • The US carried out a drone strike against an al-Shabaab target in Somalia. [Link]
  • Lebanese sources say Lebanon's Prime Minister is being held under house arrest in Saudi Arabia. [Link] 
  • Saudi Arabia orders its citizens out of Lebanon. [Link]
  • The US is carrying out more airstrikes in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The US claims the missile fired from Yemen at Saudi Arabia is Iranian made. [Link]
  • The USA LIBERTY ACT passes its House committee. The bill will renew the FISA 702 program and expand the government’s ability to spy on Americans. [Link] 
  • Trump was unable to visit the DMZ due to weather. [Link]
  • The US could have almost 16,000 troops in Afghanistan next year. [Link] 
  • Spain claims to have annulled the Catalan independence. Catalans continue to strike and protest against the Catalan government. [Link]
  • ISIS lost control of their last stronghold in Syria. ISIS only controls a few villages in Syria. [Link] 
  • The UN says Saudi Arabia must lift the blockade of Yemen to avoid a massive famine. [Link]
  • William Binney met with CIA Direct Mike Pompeo to discuss the DNC Leaks. Trump requested Pompeo take this meeting. [Link]
  • Israel tells diplomats to follow Saudi Arabia’s narrative on Lebanon’s prime minister resigning. [Link] 
  • Nikki Haley said the UN needs to take actions against Iran because of the Yemeni missile fired at Saudi Arabia. [Link] 
  • Saudi Arabia kills 30 people in Yemen. Children, women, and paramedics were among the dead. [Link] 
  • Saudi Arabia has not blocked humanitarian aid from reaching Yemen. [Link]
  • Trump will ask Congress for another $5.9 billion in defense spending. The money is for more THAAD missiles in South Korea and for 3,500 troops to be sent to Afghanistan. [Link] 
  • Iran will allow India to use a port in southern Iran. The access to the port will give India a trade route to central Asia and Afghanistan. [Link]
  • Trump voices support for the Saudi purge. [Link]
Nov 8, 2017

Will Porter returns to FPF for ep. 115. Will discuss the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Will starts with the origins and founders of the group that would one day declare a caliphate. Will analyzes the US role in Iraq, Libya, and Syria led to the rise of IS. Will then explains the narrative of IS as it reaches its peak and anti-ISIS coalitions start to build. 

This is part one of a two-part series of the rise and fall of ISIS. 

Will Porter is a journalist and commentator with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and Mid East affairs.

His freelance work can be found at the Libertarian Institute and


The Redline and the Rat Line [Link] 

2012 DIA memo [Link] 

Press report of U.S. weapons in militant hands [Link] [Link]

Nov 6, 2017

On FPF #114, I discuss all the news from a significant foreign policy weekend. Yemen shoot a ballistic missile at Saudi's capital. Lebanon's Prime Minister resigned. Saudi's Crown Prince arrested several members of Saudi's royal family. Shortly after, several high ranking Saudi officials were killed in a helicopter crash. The Catalan President has also turned himself into Belgian authorities. 

Further reading 

Rand Paul

Paradise Papers

Catalan Independence

Syria Terror Attack

Yemen Ballistic Missile

Lebanon Prime Minister Resigns

Saudi Shake-Up


Nov 3, 2017

On FPF #113, I look at some recent wins for the empire. The empire makes a significant gain by getting Nigerien government permission to carry out drone strikes in Niger. A new lie linking Iran to al-Qaeda will help the empire win US support for war with Iran. The House also killed H.Con.Res 81, preventing an end to the war in Yemen. 


  • Trump says NYC attacker should get the death penalty. [Link]
  • Twitter hid 48% of tweets that included #DNCLeaks. [Link]
  • Facebook and YouTube deleting user-uploaded content is destroying the only copies of evidence of war crimes. [Link]
  • Boris Johnson will travel to the US to try to convince the Senate to say in the nuclear agreement with Iran. [Link]
  • Moon of Alabama debunks new claims that Iraq is allied with al-Qaeda. [Link]
  • Catalonia’s president says he will not go to Spain to stand trial. [Link] 
  • A Spanish court has imprisoned Catalonia’s Vice President and cabinet members. [Link] 
  • The US continues to have diplomatic connections with North Korea. [Link] 
  • South Korea’s president said his country will not develop or host nuclear weapons. [Link]
  • Niger’s Defense Minister announced the US can use armed drones in Niger. [Link] 
  • Nigerien officials claim the US forces killed in Niger were on a raid hunting ISIS-linked groups. [Link] 
  • The Turkish army clashed with the PKK along the Iraqi border killing 25. [Link]
  • The Syrian Army has liberated Deir Ezzor city from the Islamic State. [Link]
  • A Pakistani woman was arrested for killing 17 people with poisoned milk. The woman was attempting to only kill her husband. [Link]
  • Turkish forces are surrounding the Kurdish Afrin enclave. [Link] 
  • Israel attacked a Syrian weapons depot in the Homs Province. Syria fired surface to air missiles in response. Israel reported none of its aircraft were hit. [Link]
  • In Yemen, 29 civilians were killed when Saudi Arabia bombed a market. [Link]
Nov 1, 2017

On FPF #112, I give my initial thoughts on the terror attack in NYC. I also cover the other important news of the day. Iran has self-limited their ballistic missile range to 2000 km. Mattis and Tillerson tell Congress that the 2001 AUMF allows for war in Africa. In Iraq, the central government looks to end Kurdish autonomy. I also update H.Con.Res 81, Syria, and Lebanon. 


  • Joe Lauria looks at the Democratic money behind the Russiagate conspiracy. [Link]
  • Eight people were killed by a terrorist in New York City. [Link]
  • The House Minority Whip is pushing Democrats to not sign onto H.Con.Res 81. [Link] 
  • The US gave two A-29 light attack aircraft to Lebanon. [Link] 
  • US Maj. Gen. James Jarrard said the US has 4,000 troops in Syria. [Link] 
  • The Catalan President gave a press conference in Belgium. He said he was not seeking asylum in Belgium and will return to Catalonia when conditions allow him to. The Spanish court ordered the president and his cabinet to appear in court in Madrid. [Link] 
  • Cave-ins at North Korea’s nuclear testing site may have killed up to 200 people. [Link] 
  • Five Malian soldiers and one civilian was killed by militants. Jihadist groups like IS and al-Qaeda operate in the area. [Link] 
  • Israel’s Public Defense Minister announces the creation of a new police force to guard the Temple Mount. The new police force will have 200 members. [Link]
  • Iran has self-imposed a range of 2000 km for their ballistic missiles. [Link] 
  • The US has spent over $1.5 billion to arm and train Lebanese troops. [Link]
  • James Mattis testified before Congress that the US will remain in Iraq with or without the permission of the Iraqi government. [Link] 
  • The Iraqi government has taken a border crossing with Turkey from the Kurds. [Link]
  • Paul Manafort and his former deputy Rick Gates have surrendered to the FBI. The Muller investigation filed 12 changes against Manafort/Gates. [Link] Manafort/Gates were placed under house arrest. [Link]
  • Special forces captured a militant who was in part behind the 2012 Benghazi attack. He will be tried in federal court. [Link] 
  • Mattis and Tillerson testify before Congress that they do not need a new war authorization for the US expansive interventions in Africa. [Link] Mattis testified that the US troops killed in Niger were not in Niger under authority from the 2001 AUMF. [Link] 
  • The State Department issues a travel warning for Americans traveling to Niger. [Link]
  • The US coalition in Afghanistan killed two civilians at an engagement party. [Link] 
  • Iraqi militia commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, says Iraqi militias will ignore the order from Rex Tillerson to disband. [Link] 
  • The Iraqi government will look to end Kurdish autonomy. [Link]
Oct 30, 2017

On FPF #111, I discuss House Concurrent Resolution 81. H.Con. Res 81 is a bill invoking the War Powers Act to end US support for Saudi Arabia's war against the people of Yemen. The US is currently providing vital support to Saudi Arabia's war effort. The US is selling Saudi Arabia billions of dollars worth of weapons, providing ships to support the blockade, and providing mid-air refueling to Saudi warplanes. Ending the US support will help the people of Yemen and weaken al-Qaeda in Yemen. 


  • Kuwait's Prime Minister announces his resignation. [Link] 
  • The Taliban kill 15 Afghan police in two attacks. [Link]
  • The US coalition in Afghanistan killed two civilians at an engagement party. [Link]
  • The Syrian army continues to liberate areas around Deir Ezzor from the Islamic State. Around 1,500 civilians remain in IS-held areas of the city. The Syrian army and allied forces continue to kill civilians with bombs. [Link]
  • A man, who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State then was captured, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. [Link]
  • Harvard-Harris polling that showed 70% of Americans support renegotiating the Iran nuclear deal was based on a biased question. [Link]
  • Raytheon won a $1.5 billion contract from the Pentagon. [Link] 
  • The IAEA Cheif confirms Iran is living up to the nuclear agreement. [Link] 
  • The Spanish government has dismissed the Catalan Parliment, president, the president’s cabinet, and chief of police. [Link] 
  • A US service member was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. [Link] 
  • The US gave the Afghanistan military 6 additional A-29 attack planes. [Link] 
  • The leader of the Kurdish Regional Government, Barzani, will resign from office. [Link] 
  • Moon of Alabama highlights inconsistencies in the UN report on the April 4th chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun. [Link] 
  • The Syrian government killed 11 civilians and destroyed a school outside of Damascus. [Link]
Oct 27, 2017

On FPF #110, I discuss the Catalan Parliment declaring independence from Spain. The Catalan Parliment voted in the face of several threats from the Spanish government. The Spanish President is hoping to invade Catalonia in response. I also call on my audience to contact their Representative and ask them to support H.Con.Res 81. 


  • The Trump administration is imposing new screening and interviews on travelers coming into the US. American citizens are subject to the searches and interviews. [Link]
  • Twitter banned Russia Today and Spudnik News from running ads. [Link]
  • Vice President Pence said the US will provide more aid and protection to Christians living in the Middle East. [Link] 
  • Senator Chris Murphy will introduce a bill to prevent Trump from attacking North Korea without Congressional approval. [Link] 
  • Peter Van Buren argues mutually assured destruction will prevent war between the US and North Korea. [Link] 
  • Nick Turse lays out the history of US interventionism in Niger. [Link] 
  • Trump says China is helping the US in North Korea and Russia is hurting American efforts. [Link] 
  • The Catalan Parliment will vote on declaring independence. [Link] 
  • The Iraqi army has announced they are attacking Islamic State targets on the border with Syria. Peshmerga forces are reporting they are being attacked by the Iraqi army as well. [Link] 
  • Turkey and Iraq say the Kurds freezing their independence referendum isn’t good enough. [Link] 
  • Tillerson says Assad is on his way out in Syria. [Link]
  • The FEC has filed a complaint against Hillary Clinton for failing to disclose payments related to the Trump dossier. [Link]
  • In March 2013, a Saudi price provided arms to the Free Syrian Army and ordered them to attack Damascus. The attack included shelling of the Assad palace and Damascus airport. [Link]
  • US F-35s will be deployed overseas for the first time. 12 F-35s will be stationed in Japan. [Link]
  • The House passed a bill with the harshest sanctions ever against North Korea. The sanctions prevent anyone with ties to the US from doing business with North Korea. [Link] 
  • The US has been pushing the Niger government to be able to carry out drone strikes in Niger. The deaths of the four US soldiers could be enough to talk the Niger government into allowing drone strikes. [Link]
Oct 25, 2017

On FPF #109, I discuss the expanding US war in Africa. US operations in Africa have greatly expanded since AFRICOM was created in 2008. The US now has 6,000 troops in Africa and the troops are involved in 3,500 military operations every year. Now Sen Lindsey Graham says the US will expand the war to Africa. 


  • After meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis, Senator Lindsey Graham said the global war on terror will be explaining. Graham also said the war is moving to Africa. [Link] 
  • Nick Turse on the expanding role of the US military in Africa. [Link] 
  • The US is using Niger as a hub for military operations in West Africa. [Link] 
  • Afghani warlord Hekmatyar has returned to the capital city of Kabul and is giving a series of political speeches. [Link] 
  • Afghan President Ghani traveled to India to meet with Indian Prime Minister Modi. [Link]
  • The Kurdistan Regional Government issues a statement to the Iraqi government. The Kurdish government will freeze the referendum on independence. [Link]
  • Marcy Wheeler reports on Congress’s attempt to expand spying on Americans. [Link]
  • 70% of Americans believe the nuclear agreement with Iran should be renegotiated. [Link]
  • Some US Senators were stunned to learn US troops were in Niger. [Link] 
  • The UN added 32 items to the list of goods prohibited from being sold to North Korea. [Link]
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made an unannounced stop in Afghanistan. [Link] Tillerson says the US will look to work with moderate members of the Taliban. [Link] 
  • The president of Iraq rejects Tillerson calls to disband Shi’ite militias. [Link] 
  • ISIS kills 70 civilians in a Syria town. [Link] 
  • US airstrikes on Deir Ezzor kill 22 civilians. [Link] 
  • The US returned diplomats to Venezuela that were recalled during unrest in Venezuela. [Link]
Oct 23, 2017

On FPF #108, I discuss several current news events. CIA Director Pompeo said the CIA will become a more vicious agency. The CIA will also begin an operation in Afghanistan against Taliban leadership. The US is preparing to put nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert. The USS John McCain has taken on additional damage. The story of how US soldiers died in Niger is becoming clear. I also update Iran, Syria, Rex Tillerson's trip to the Middle East. 


  • The US is preparing to put nuclear armed bombers on 24 hour alert. [Link]
  • CIA Director Pompeo said the CIA will become a more vicious agency. [Link] 
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pushes European countries to adopt sanctions against the IRGC. [Link] 
  • Iran’s Foreign Minister says Iran will not renegotiate on the nuclear agreement. [Link] 
  • Tillerson took a trip to the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, he called for the kingdom to have closer relations with Iraq. In Qatar, he called for a quick resolution to the split between Qatar and other GCC countries. Tillerson also called for Iranian backed militants in Iraq to go home or integrate with the Iraqi army. [Link] 
  • The USS John McCain has taken on additional damage. [Link] 
  • Spain’s prime minister calls on the government to grant him the power to dissolve the Catalan government. Catalonia’s president called for the Catalan government to have a strong response. [Link] 
  • The US has 8,000 troops deployed to Africa. [Link]
  • Jason Ditz explains how US soldiers were killed in Niger. [Link]
  • The US is expanding the drone war against jihadists in West Africa. [Link] 
  • A senior Congressional aide blames a lack of intelligence for the death of four American soldiers in Niger. The aide said there was no overhead drone during the operation. The Pentagon denies the soldiers died because of a lack of intelligence. [Link] 
  • The CIA is expanding its role in Afghanistan. The CIA will now have a team of agents in Afghanistan hunting terrorists. [Link] 
  • The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for two suicide attacks on Shi’ite mosques in Afghanistan. 72 people were killed in the attack. [Link] 
  • 13% of Afghan soldiers brought into the US to train go AWOL. 83 Afghans have never been found. [Link] 
  • Eric Margolis on the rise and fall of ISIS. [Link] 
  • US backed forces in Syria have been ordered to kill foreign Islamic State fighters. [Link]
  • Israel destroyed a Syrian Army outpost in southern Syria after mortar fire landed in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. It is not clear the mortar fire came from the Syrian Army and the mortars landed in empty area. [Link]
Oct 20, 2017

On FPF #107, I look at the Neocons pushing Trump to war with Iran. The push has lead Trump to decertify the Iran nuclear deal. The Neocons are now claiming Iran destabilizes the Middle East by making up a fake narrative about the Iraqi Kurds. The Neocon push will be based on lies and half-truths. In this show, I expose some of the lies. 


  • CIA Director Pompeo said the connection between Iran and al-Qaeda is an open secret. [Link]
  • CIA Director Pompeo said North Korea is rapidly moving towards having the ability to hit the US with a nuclear weapon. [Link] 
  • 64% of Americans favor diplomacy with North Korea. [Link] 
  • Spain announced it will revoke Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule over Catalonia. [Link]
  • A Saudi airstrike killed six Yemeni civilians. Four of the dead are children. Only one member of the family survived the attack. [Link]
  • Patrick Cockburn explains how the US could lose by Trump decertifying the Iran nuclear agreement. [Link] 
  • Catalonia’s president said Catalonia will secede from Spain if Spain removes Catalan autonomy. [Link]
  • Moon of Alabama explains how internal Kurdish politics played in role in the Kurdish withdraw from Kirkuk. [Link]
Oct 18, 2017

On FPF #106, I discuss the terror attack in Somalia that killed over 300 people. I look at blowback and how US policy possibly motivated the bomber. I explain that while Americans may not care about dead Somalis, people in the Muslim world do. I update Marawi, Kurdistan, Syria, and Israel. 


  • The US shipped Saudi Arabia $70 million more in weapons during the first eight months of 2017 than during the first eight months of 2016. [Link]
  • Two leaders of the Catalan independence movement have been jailed while they are investigated for sedition. [Link] 
  • The two leaders of the Islamic State-linked jihadist group controlling the city Marawi have been killed. [Link]
  • The US has spent $3.9 billion per month for 16 years in Afghanistan. [Link] 
  • Taliban suicide bombers targeted a police training building killing at least 33. [Link]
  • The Iraqi government forces have taken several positions in and around the city of Kirkuk. The Kurdish forces previously held Kirkuk. Some fighting has been reported, but Kurdish forces have mostly withdrawn. [Link] 
  • Kurdish families fled Kirkuk as the Iraqi army advanced on and took control of the city. [Link]
  • The leader of Iraqi Kurdish forces said the Iraqi government’s offensive against Kirkuk amounts to a declaration of war. [Link]
  • The Syrian Arab Army is quickly advancing against the Islamic State in the Deir Ezzor Province. [Link] 
  • Israeli warplanes hitting Syrian targets were fired on by Syrian anti-aircraft weapons. Israeli responded by bombing Syrian anti-aircraft weapon. [Link]
  • Iran’s foreign minister said Iran would remain in the nuclear deal so long as European countries remain in the deal. [Link]
  • Spain plans to seize Catalonia if Catalan leadership does not end the attempt at independence. [Link]
  • At least 300 people have been killed by a truck explosion in Somalia’s capital city Mogadishu. [Link]
  • The former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai is warning the US the Trump’s new Afghanistan policy will not work. [Link] 
  • US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces allowed 275 Islamic State fighters and their family members leave Raqqa. The SDF now plan their final assault on the remaining Islamic State fighters in Raqqa. [Link] 
  • The Iraqi government says the Iraqi Kurds has declared war against them by allowing PKK fighters into Kirkuk. Iraqi Kurdish officials deny these claims. [Link] 
  • The Iraqi army is advancing on Kirkuk. [Link] 
  • The Syrian government is demanding that Turkish troops withdraw from Syria. Additional Turkish troops entered the Idlib Province of Syria as part of a deal to establish deconfliction zones. Turkish troops are thought to be working with the al-Qaeda backed Syrian rebel groups. [Link] 
  • Recent Saudi airstrikes kill 29 children in Yemen. Saudi Arabia has been criticized several times for killing Yemeni children. [Link]
Oct 16, 2017

On FPF #105, I discuss Trump's Iran policy speech. Trump's speech was filled with lies and half-truths meant to make Americans scared of Iran. Trump then uses the lies to justify decertifying the P5+1 Nuclear Agreement. I debunk the lies and explore why Trump's policy will fail. 

Trump's Speech

Gareth Porter's Book

Oct 13, 2017

On FPF #104, I update the news on all of American's wars. In Syria, the Islamic State continues to kill civilians. The US is moving a second aircraft carrier to the Korean Peninsula. Trump is looking at a new more hawkish Iran policy. In Afghanistan, Pakistan is attempting to build a border wall. The House Resolution to end US support for Saudi's war in Yemen was postponed to November 2nd. 


  • Trevor Aaronson explains how the FBI attempted to bully a man into becoming an informant. [Link]
  • Jason Ditz explains how the US government uses the word suspect to dehumanize its victims. [Link]
  • North Korea’s Foreign Minister said Donald Trump “lit the wick of war” and the US risks a “hail of fire” with rhetoric. [Link]
  • The Spanish Prime Minister issued an ultimatum to Catalonia. The ultimatum gives the Catalan government eight days to drop the independence bid or else the Spanish government will seize Catalonia and dissolve the government. [Link] 
  • The Israeli government approved the building of another 3,700 settlement homes. [Link]
  • The Syrian Foreign Minister said that the Syrian Kurds are drunk off US assistance and are looking to capture Syrian oil fields. [Link] 
  • H.Con.Res 81 now has 27 cosponsors. The bill looks to end US involvement in the Yemeni Civil War. [Link]
  • Ron Paul interviews Robert Perry on the state of journalism in the US. [Link]
  • Trump is expected to reveal his new policy for Iran today. [Link] Trump is not expected to decertify the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran but will place more sanctions on the IRGC. [Link]
  • The Pentagon spends half of its budget on contractors. [Link] 
  • The US announced troop arrivals to Poland near the border with Russia. [Link]
  • The US is moving a second aircraft carrier to the Korean Peninsula. [Link] 
  • The UN says the US and Afghan militaries airstrikes in Afghanistan have caused a 50% increase in civilian casualties in the past year. [Link] 
  • In Northeast Syria, at least 50 people were killed by Islamic State suicide car bombs. [Link]
  • The vote on H.Con.Res 81 has been postponed until November 2. [Link]
Oct 11, 2017

On FPF #103, I discuss how we can prevent some disasters. I base my discussion on Jason Ditz's article The Hurricanes You Control Vs. The Hurricanes You Don’t. In this article, Jason explains how some disasters, like hurricanes, are uncontrollable. While some disasters, like Yemen, are very controllable. I also discuss burn pits, Iraq, Syria, and North Korea. 



  • The US flew B1-B bombers over South Korea in a show of force. [Link] 
  • The President of Catalonia has signed a declaration of independence from Spain but suspended the independence process to allow talks with the Spanish government. [Link]
  • Hundreds of Islamic State fighters are surrendering to the Iraqi Kurds. [Link]
  • Kelley Vlahos discusses a new documentary about burn pits from the Iraq War. [Link]
  • South Korea has added a graphite bomb to their arsenal. The graphite bomb is also known as a blackout bomb and targets electric infrastructure. [Link]
  • Aid groups report that over 2,000 people in Yemen, including unborn babies, have died from cholera. [Link] 
  • Education in Yemen continues to suffer because of the civil war. Many teachers have not been paid in months and some are going on strike. Over 1,700 schools are unfit because of damage from the conflict. [Link]
  • The US will not participate in war games with Saudi Arabia because of Saudi’s blockade of Qatar. US CENTCOM in the Middle East is located in Qatar. [Link] 
  • Trump says that the US will develop a “broad strategy” to punish Iran. [Link]
  • The State Department approved a $15 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. The weapons deal includes THAAD missile defense systems. [Link] 
  • Gareth Porter explains the importance of supporting the bill to end support for Saudi’s war in Yemen. [Link] 
  • The Spanish government will lift restrictions on companies who move from Catalonia to other parts of Spain. [Link]
  • An estimated 350,000 people took to the streets in Catalonia to protest Catalan independence. There are some reports that some of the protesters were bused in from other regions of Spain. [Link] 
  • Kim Jung Un says nuclear weapons are a powerful deterrent against the US. [Link] 
  • The body of a special operations soldier has been found in Niger. He is the fourth US soldier to die in last weeks ambush attack in Niger. The US now believes an Islamic State affiliate group was responsible for the attack. [Link] 
  • The Red Cross will scale back operations in Afghanistan after being targeted by militias. [Link]
Oct 6, 2017

On Foreign Policy Focus #102, I discuss the Yemeni Civil War. I review the history of the war and the destruction of Yemen. Americans remain apathetic about Yemen as it is destroyed with American weapons. Saudi Arabia was blacklisted for a second year for killing Yemeni children. 


  • Saudi Arabia was put on a UN blacklist for murdering Yemeni children. [Link] 
  • CNN has released new footage showing the conditions in some Yemeni hospitals. Nearly 800,000 Yemeni have now contracted cholera. [Link]
Oct 4, 2017

On FPF #101, I discuss the Catalan independence vote. 90% of people who were able to vote, voted for independence. The Spanish police brutally cracked down on people trying to vote. Catalans have responded with massive peaceful protesters. 


  • The US ordered 15 Cuban diplomats to leave the country. The US also withdrew 60% of US diplomats from Cuba. [Link] 
  • The US voted against a ban on the death penalty being made illegal as a punishment for homosexuality. [Link] 
  • General Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the US should stay in the Iran nuclear deal.
  • John McCain criticized the Trump administration for not being transparent enough about its Afghanistan policy. [Link] 
  • Mattis said about 3,000 US troops in Afghanistan will be in combat roles. [Link] 
  • Catalans protested and were on strike against police abuse for a second day. [Link] 
  • Catalonia’s president said Catalonia would declare independence from Spain within a few days. [Link] 
  • Iraqi Kurds will have parliamentary and presidential elections on November 1. [Link] 
  • US warships will now travel with their Automatic Identification System turned on. The AIS alerts other ships in the area on the size and speed of a ship to prevent coalitions. [Link]
  • The White House confirms that they are unwilling to engage in talks with North Korea. [Link]
  • Justin Raimondo argues the Catalan independence vote revealed the true nature of government. [Link]
  • The Catalan President has submitted the results of the referendum to the Catalan Parliment. The president is also seeking international mediation to help with a peaceful split from Spain. The Spanish government is refusing to acknowledge the referendum happened and refusing to negotiate with Catalonia. [Link]
  • On Monday, Catalans took to the streets to protest the brutal police crackdown on the Catalan independence vote. [Link]
  • An American soldier was killed and another was injured in Iraq. [Link]  
  • Iran has deployed tanks and artillery to the border they share with Iraqi Kurdistan. [Link]
  • The Trump administration has set a cap of 45,000 refugees to be admitted to the US in 2018. [Link] 
  • The Trump administration is urging Congress to renew and make permanent some sections of the Foreign Intelligence Survalience Act. [Link] 
  • Senators McCain and Lee have introduced a bill to permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act. [Link] 
  • Julian Borger explains why the CIA is not helping Donald Trump to undermine the Iran nuclear deal. [Link] 
  • Trump Tweeted that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was wasting his time trying to negotiate with North Korea. [Link] 
  • Catalans held their independence referendum in spite of a brutal crackdown by Spanish police. Police were filmed beating and abusing peaceful voters. Police beat elderly women and firefighters attempting to protect voters. In total, 844 Catalans were injured yesterday. Police seized some ballot boxes and closed some polling stations. 90% of Catalans voted for independence. [Link] 
  • The Spanish government will do everything possible to stop Catalonia from declaring independence. [Link] 
  • A US missile malfunctioned and killed several civilians near Kabul Afghanistan. [Link]
  • Senator Bob Corker said the US was likely to have ground troops in Afghanistan for the next decade. [Link] 
  • Rex Tillerson issues a statement saying the US does not recognize the Iraqi Kurdish independence vote. [Link]
  • A Turkish soldier was killed fighting the PKK in Iraq. Three PKK militants were also killed in the fighting. [Link]


Oct 2, 2017

Scott Horton joins me on Foreign Policy Focus #100 to discuss his new book Fool's Errand. Scott debunks the idea that 9/11 was the start of US interventionism in the Middle East. Scott explains Bush's war in Afghanistan and what happened at Tora Bora. Scott discusses ISIS in Afghanistan and where these jihadist came from. Scott also analyzes Trump's strategy for the American's longest war.

The web page for Fool's Errand FoolsErrand.Us

Scott Horton, managing director of the Libertarian Institute, is the host of Antiwar Radio on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, and Opinion Editor of Scott is the host of the Scott Horton Show.


No Good Men Among the Living (Anand Gopal)

Afghan Analyst article on ISIS.


Sep 29, 2017

On FPF #99, I provide quick updates on several big current events. In Catalonia, the Spanish government is trying to censor the independence movement. In Iraqi Kurdistan, the Iraqi government has shut down airspace as a punishment for voting for independence. In Afghanistan, Mattis made a visit and had to be rushed to safety.


This is a short show because I am not feeling well. 

Sep 27, 2017

On FPF #98, I discuss Trump bombing Libya. This is the 6th country that Trump has bombed during his presidency. Congress has not authorized Trump to carry out any military actions. I discuss Trump's tweet on Iran's missile test. I also update Yemen, Syria, and Iraq. 


  • US officials say Iran did not test a ballistic missile over the weekend. A Trump Tweet from the weekend claimed Iran had tested a ballistic missile. [Link] 
  • Trump said the US is totally prepared for devastating military action against North Korea. [Link]
  • Chelsea Manning has been barred from entering Canada. [Link] 
  • General Dunford answered questions to a Senate committee for his reappointment to as the head of the Joint Cheif of Staff. In the session, Dunford said the US must influence Pakistan to change the situation in Afghanistan and China would be the greatest enemy to the US by 2025. [Link]  
  • Trump said the Catalan independence vote was foolish. [Link] 
  • The Spanish government says there is a plan to have police officers at every voting station in Catalonia to prevent the independence vote. [Link] 
  • The US lost track of $700 million in ammunition sent to Afghanistan. [Link] 
  • The Saudi Arabian King issued a decree that will begin a process that will allow women to drive in June 2018. [Link] 
  • The Syrian government says they are willing to negotiate Syrian Kurdish autonomy. [Link]
  • Arab media sources are reporting Israel fired on a Syrian military aircraft near the Golan area. [Link] 
  • Saudi Arabia published a letter threatening nations that support the UN resolution that creates an independent investigation into war crimes in Yemen. [Link] 
  • H.R. McMaster said North Korea must allow inspections and declare it is committed to getting rid of nuclear weapons before the US will negotiate with North Korea. [Link] 
  • Jimmy Carter says the US needs to talk to its enemies and warns against provoking North Korea. [Link] 
  • North Korea says a tweet posted by Donald Trump is a declaration of war. North Korea also threatened to shoot down US aircraft in international airspace. [Link]  
  • The Iraqi Kurds have voted overwhelmingly to form a new state. [Link] 
  • In response to the Kurdish independence vote, Iran has closed the border with Iraqi Kurdistan. [Link] The Syrian government has refused to validate the vote. The Iraqi Parliament has voted send troops to the Kirkuk Province and other disputed areas. The Turkish government has threated to stop oil exports from the Iraqi Kurds. [Link] 
  • The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces claim they were hit by a Russian airstrike outside of Deir Ezzor. Russia denies the claims. [Link] 
  • Dozens of children were killed by a US airstrike in Syria that hit a school. [Link]
Sep 25, 2017

On Foreign Policy Focus #97, I discuss Trump calling Kim Jung Un a madman on Twitter. This is Trump's most dangerous Tweet so far. If Trump thinks Un is a madman, then Trump could decide to wage preemptive war North Korea. I review the road that led us to the mess in North Korea. I also update Syria, Yemen, and Myanmar. 


  • The Russian Zapad wargames have ended. Several news outlets used the wargames to create fear of Russian aggression. [Link] 
  • The US flew B1-B nuclear-capable bombers and F-15s in airspace very close to North Korea. [Link] 
  • Trump called Kim Jung Un a madman on Twitter. [Link] Trump made a threat to Kim Jung Un and North Korea’s Foreign Minister. North Korea held an anti-US rally. [Link] 
  • 62% of Americans do not trust Trump to handle the North Korea situation. [Link] 
  • Islamist fighters in Marawi continue to hold out against the Philippine military. The Islamists control about ten blocks and are estimated to have about 60 fighters left. [Link]
  • Bangladesh reports that the flow of Rohingya refugees has stopped. [Link] 
  • The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing attack on NATO troops in Afghanistan. Three civilians were killed in the attack. No NATO troops were killed or injured. [Link] 
  • A Russian general was killed fighting the Islamic State in Deir Ezzor. [Link] 
  • US-backed SDF fighters claim to have captured Syria’s largest gas field from the Islamic State. [Link] 
  • The US has killed 2,617 civilians in Syria. [Link] 
  • The Israeli military carried out airstrikes in near Damascus. Israel claims it was targeting Hezbollah. [Link] 
  • Yemen’s President Hadi says that he only sees a military solution in the Yemen Civil War. [Link] 
  • Saudi Arabia claims to have shot down a missile launched from Yemen. [Link] 
Sep 22, 2017

On FPF #96, I look at independence votes and movements around the world. Catalonia and Iraqi Kurds have upcoming votes for independence. Syrian Kurds are looking to form their own parliament. Taiwan and Palestine continue to fight for their own states. Several other countries also have populations looking for more freedom. 


  • US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has become a star neoconservative. [Link] 
  • Senator Bernie Sanders said Saudi Arabia is not an ally of the US. [Link] 
  • National Security Advisor McMaster said the Iran deal is fundamentally flawed. [Link] Secretary of State Tillerson admits Iran is complying with the deal. [Link] 
  • The UN Security Council condemns the Iraqi Kurdish independence vote. [Link] 
  • In a UN speech, the Palestinian president said a one-state solution in an option. [Link] 
  • Iran’s President says the nuclear deal cannot be renegotiated. [Link] 
  • Syrian Kurds will hold the first in a series of three votes on Friday. The second round of voting in November and the third round is in January. The January vote will form a Parliment for Syrian Kurdistan. [Link]
  • This article has basic information on the Catalonian independence vote. [Link] 
  • Catalonian leaders say the crackdown by Spanish police is a major blow to their independence vote. [Link]  
  • Trump says he has made a decision on the Iran nuclear deal. Tillerson says no one knows what decision Trump made. [Link] 
  • Daniel Larison explains how the Iran nuclear deal is a one-sided deal in favor of the US. [Link]
  • The US Strategic Command Cheif has confirmed that Iran is following the nuclear deal. [Link]
  • France’s President said, “the Iran deal is not enough.” [Link] 
  • Spanish police continue to carry out raids and arrests to try to prevent the Catalonian independence vote. [Link]
Sep 20, 2017

Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to breakdown Trump's speech to the UN General Assembly. Trump's speech was hawkish and full of lies. Will debunks Trump's lies. Will also provides key insights into the real situation in Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Yemen. 

Trump gave a speech to the UN General Assembly. [Link]

Will Porter is a journalist and commentator with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and Mid-East affairs.  
His freelance work can be found at the Libertarian Institute and
Trista Parsi explains how Trump conflated Iran and North Korea in his speech to the UN. [Link] 
Sep 18, 2017

On FPF #94, I discuss why US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, is awful. Haley continues to advocate for war and refuses to do her job as a diplomat. I also update Israel, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. 


Harvard canceled plans to make Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow. The plans were canceled after CIA Director Pompeo refused to speak at the school. [Link] 

Congressman Rohrabacher attempted to offer Trump a deal where Assange provides Trump proof that Russia did not provide the leaked emails. In exchange, Trump would give Assange a pardon. [Link]

15 Marines were injured in a training accident. [Link]

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley advocates for war with North Korea and Assad. [Link]

Josh Stimpson argues Trump needs to go to North Korea to meet with King Jung Un. [Link]

A bomb exploded on a UK subway injuring 30. Two men have been arrested in connection with the bombing. [Link] 

Trump says the US is prepared to “defend our civilization” from North Korea. North Korea says it is seeking weapons to achieve equilibrium with the US. [Link] 

Isreali settlers destroyed 70 Palestinian olive trees in two raids. [Link] 

The CIA is looking for authority to carry out drone strikes in Afghanistan. [Link] 

The Iraqi government is beginning a military operation against the Islamic State in the Anbar Province. The US will support the operation. [Link] 

Bin Laden’s son calls for jihadists to continue the fight against Assad. [Link] 

US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria said they would not allow Assad government troops to cross the Euphrates River. Russia said Assad allied troops have already crossed the river. [Link] 

Reports have claimed that Russia carried out airstrikes against SDF forces outside of Deir Ezzor. Several SDF soldiers were injured. [Link] Russia disputes the claim they carried out the airstrikes. [Link]