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.
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
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.
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.
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, Antiwar.com, Libertarian Insitute, and the Daily Sheeple.
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.
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
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, AntiWar.com, The Daily Sheeple, and Consortium News.
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.
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 AntiWar.com, The Libertarian Institute, The Daily Sheeple, and Consortium News.
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.
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, Antiwar.com, and Consortiumnews.
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.
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.
On FPF #173, I discuss the US expelling 60 Russian diplomats. Several other countries also expelled Russian diplomats in response to an alleged Russian nerve agent attack in the UK. I look at the evidence behind the allegations and respond to US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman.
On FPF #172, I discuss Trump's announcement that John Bolton will replace HR McMaster as National Security Advisor. Bolton continues to support the Iraq War and he was involved in lying us into the war. Bolton has been a long opponent of the Iran Nuclear Deal. He has suggested preemptive strikes against North Korea and Iraq. Bolton supported Obama's war in Libya. I also give some analysis of what this means for US foreign policy.
On FPF #171, I discuss Ahed Tamimi. Ahed is a 17-year-old Palestinian who was jailed for confronting an Israeli soldier who shot her younger cousin. Ahed was denied a public trail and remained in jail while awaiting trial at an Israeli military court. Ahed agreed to a plea deal and spend 8 months in prison. Ahed has become a symbol of resistance for Palestinians. I also update Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
On FPF #170, I discuss the Senate killing the Yemen War Powers Act. The Senate voted 55-44 to table the bill. The bill was killed by a lie from the War State. By tabling the bill, the Senate continues to allow the US to aid the genocide of the people of Yemen.
I address the reelection of Putin in Russia. Russia is facing condemnation from the EU and NATO for the evidenceless allegations by the UK government.
I also update the Syrian Civil War.
On FPF #169, I discuss the Syrian Civil War. Turkey has taken control of Afrin City after it was evacuated by the Syrian Kurds. The Turkish Forces immediately announced their occupation by tearing down statues and flying Turkish flags. Assad Forces continue to make progress against the Syrian Rebels in Eastern Ghouta and civilians in the area continue to suffer. I examine the possibility of a US attack on Assad and a possible Russian response.
I look at the status of the Yemen War Powers Act. The Pentagon and Establishment Senate Leadership are seeking methods to prevent the bill from being passed. I also update Iraq, Philippines, South Africa, and Mali.
On FPF #168, I discuss the nerve agent attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The British Prime Minister rushed to condemn Russia. The media quickly picked up the narrative presented by the UK. The UK has been joined by the leads of the US, France, and Germany blaming Russia for the attack. However, this allegation lacks evidence and creates tensions between nuclear powers.
On FPF #167, I discuss the new changes to the Trump Administration. Trump announced the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Twitter. CIA Director Mike Pompeo has been nominated to replace Rex Tillerson. Pompeo is an Iran hawk who wants to break the Nuclear Deal. Gina Haspel has been nominated to replace Pompeo as head of the CIA. Haspel oversaw a torture site under Bush and later ordered the destruction of the evidence.
On FPF #166, I discuss Max Boot's Washington Post article North Korea and South Korea Snooker Trump. Boot argues that Trump talking with Kim Jong Un is very dangerous. Boot even claims that a deal with North Korea could lead to North Korea conquering the Korean Peninsula. I debunk all of Boot's fearmongering in the article.
This is the first episode of my bonus podcast where I take down Max Boot's articles. For those who support the show at Patreon.com/ForeignPolicyFocus, I will put out two bonus shows a month.
On FPF #165, Will Porter joins the show to discuss the Afghanistan War. Will and Kyle co-authored an article at Consortium News on the subject, Record Afghan Opium Crop Signals Violent Year for US Forces. The article focuses on the growing Afghan opium market which, combined with Trump's Afghan policy, will lead to added violence for US forces in the country. The Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan admits the Trump policy will be more dangerous for US troops, while the Taliban continue to use profits from record opium crops to fund their offensives.
Will Porter is a journalist who specializes in U.S. foreign policy and Middle East affairs. He writes for the Libertarian Institute and tweets at @WKPancap.
On FPF #164, I discuss peace talks in Korea. South Korea sent high-level officials to North Korea to talk with Kim Jong Un. The Koreans agreed to work towards talks with the countries leaders and the US. The South Koreans are also signaling to the US that North Korea is willing to denuclearize. I give Justin Raimondo's take on Putin's new nuclear weapons. I also update Syria, ISIS, Iran, and Libya.