Two Sets of 100 yr Periods in American History — Each Guided by Completely Opposite Ideas

Two Sets of 100 yr Periods in American History — Each Guided by Completely Opposite Ideas

The great Austrian economist Ludwig Von Mises wrote: “History is a struggle between two principles, the peaceful principle, which advances the development of trade, and the militarist-imperialist principle, which interprets human society not as a friendly division of labour but as the forcible repression of some of its members by others.”

America was founded on the peaceful principle.

The country’s first President, George Washington, said in his farewell address: “It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world”.

This policy, which can be packaged into the euphemism “America First” was the guiding policy for the first 100+ years of the country’s existence.

America truly was independent.

This did not mean that America was “isolationist.” Far from it, of course. Thomas Jefferson explained at his inaugural that the policy was one of: “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.”

Here was a land, the largest free-trade zone to ever exist, shielded by giant oceans, with a limited government that only had a few enumerated powers. The individual was master of his domain.

The results were Earth-shattering and life-changing — Prosperity, the likes of which have never existed before.

But alas, after 100+ years passed, new generations with little to no connection (or care) for the ideas of Washington & Jefferson, decided to change course for the worse. The ‘Old World’ ideas of power and empire crept in through the back door.

In this new embrace of the ‘Old World,’ the individual would no longer be the master of his domain. Government would be the master.

Suddenly, in 1898, after much careful planning by those who had an insatiable lust for power, America would take on the role of conquerer.

And conquer it did. In a single year, the United States took control of five far-flung nations, which contained 11 million people, all in one fell-swoop.

Washington & Jefferson were tossed into the dustbin. Independence was cast aside. Intervention was the new game in town. In 1898, the slow death of “America First” was given its first real kick to the chops.

Of course, the original role of government would have to be transformed. If America was to have an empire, it would have to take control of every American citizen’s earnings.

And so, in 1913, with the creation of the income tax, every American’s earnings would belong to the government first. The government would decide how much each person would be allowed to keep.

What a drastic change for the worse!

But an income tax would not be enough. After all, government can only tax people up to a certain point before they decide to revolt. American politicians, of all people, knew that!

So an even more insidious institution would be created, also in 1913. It would be called The Federal Reserve. This central bank would be granted a monopoly on counterfeiting money.

How much money? As much money as the government needs in order to sprawl itself around the world. Every American would be forced to use this “money,” of course, even though its purchasing power would be constantly eroded. Legal Tender Laws would make sure that there was no way out.

And so, with an income tax and a printing press, the Land of The Free would morph, over the next 100+ years, into the biggest government to ever exist … the biggest military empire to ever exist … and the biggest welfare state to ever exist.

Washington & Jefferson would not recognize this at all. It’s literally the exact opposite of why the 13 colonies seceded from England.

This new era of empire would be dominated by “Bread and Circuses”. There would be plenty of food, and plenty of entertainment. What happens outside of America would remain out-of-sight and out-of-mind.

All political fighting inside of America would take place between two virtually indistinguishable factions. The gangs would passionately battle each other, but they would never battle the policy of empire.

Policy is the only thing that matters. But Americans would be flooded with a deluge of propaganda telling them that the ability to change politicians is a gift from the heavens. That, they would be told, is the only thing that matters.

And so, throughout this period, the politicians would certainly change, but the policy wouldn’t budge even a single inch. In other words, the politicians would change….but it wouldn’t matter!

So now we have two sets of 100 year periods in American history, each guided by completely opposite ideas.

The first produced liberty and prosperity in tremendous abundance. The second has produced a dependency, militancy and debauchery that has always been the lot of mankind living under the boot of power.

The first was underpinned by peace, trade, sound money, savings and investment.

The second has been underpinned by war, sanctions, counterfeit money, taxes, and crushing debt.

Those who live are always presented with a choice — continue, or change?

Change happens through individual choice. The ideas that we each individually embrace mean everything.

Power lives and breathes on your belief in it. Why do you think you’re surrounded by propaganda at every turn?

For fun?

No! … It’s to keep you believing.

It’s to convince you that liberty is dead.

However, if you change your belief, you change everything. You breathe life into the idea of liberty.

If you breathe life into the idea of liberty, you make America a much better place.

Washington left us with these wonderful words: “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”

The choice is always yours…..continue, or change?

Reprinted from the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

When The Illusions Are Shattered

When The Illusions Are Shattered

Whenever you see a big government, or worse, a big government that sets out to be an empire, you know that people have messed up — BIG TIME! The wrong road has been taken.

Big government politicians (and everyone that believes them) have to inhale and exhale a constant stream of lies. That’s the only way that big governments can sustain themselves. That’s why you’ve heard Ron Paul repeat over-and-over that “Truth is treason in an empire of lies.”

So today, since the U.S. federal government has become the biggest government to ever exist in mankind’s history, it follows perfectly that finding a kernel of truth uttered anywhere is almost impossible.

Just as kryptonite would sap Superman of his powers, the truth saps big government of its powers. So truth has to be relentlessly suppressed and avoided.

Now, thousands of years of recorded history shows us that the wrong road always ends, and sound economic theory explains why the wrong road always ends.

Rarely (if ever) does big government reverse its own course. Politicians don’t decrease their own powers. Rather, they keep making up new powers.
They keep conjuring up new “rights” from their imaginations.

Politicians never decrease their budgets or debts, but keep piling them on as well. They never stop looking for enemies, but keeping seeking new bogeymen to conquer. There’s a reason why since ancient times, people have warned about the lust for power. It’s the worst addiction of them all.

As the mountains of power, debts, laws, regulations, and enemies pile up, the lies to sustain them have to get more and more outrageous. The lies don’t even have to make sense. They just have to be told, and repeated over-and-over.

Fortunately, for the perpetuation of human life, nature has a built-in rehabilitation process for this addiction. It’s called economic law, and it cannot be broken. Every single big government and empire that has ever existed has been dismantled by economic law.

What the people will not do for themselves, economic law does for them.

For those that live through the dismantling, it is always considered a ‘surprise’ and is referred to as a ‘crisis.’

But it’s not a surprise to everyone. After all, has not Ron Paul been warning for decades that the U.S. government is headed for economic catastrophe?

So it’s not really a ‘surprise,’ and it’s not really a ‘crisis’ either.

When you drink way too much, is the hangover a crisis? No, its biological law bringing you back to reality and health. The hangover is the cure.

When you pollute your body beyond its limits, is the subsequent fever a crisis? No, the fever kills the bacteria and viruses. The fever is the cure.

So that which is known as ‘economic crisis’ is actually the economic cure.

Yes, it is painful, in the same way that a hangover is painful. But the problem is not the hangover itself. The problem is the prior reckless actions that preceded it.

With the economy, the problem is the irrational beliefs that government can micromanage everything and everyone (not only in America, but in the world), rack up debts that cannot be paid, make welfare promises that cannot be paid, and bailout everyone to boot.

In an Empire of Lies, this is what people believe. That’s the problem.

History has taught us that when economic law does its thing to big government, the people finally have an opportunity to see the truth. The illusions are shattered, and the free individual has a much better chance to discover himself.

That doesn’t mean that everyone discovers Liberty, and all humanity lives happily ever after. Not at all. It just means that the ideas of Liberty are much easier to discover, and are much more attractive now that big government has lost its credibility.

Liberty, freedom and free will have always been the natural and built-in condition of each human being. Government (while it tries its best) cannot change that, but it can cover it up with lies. However, always hidden underneath those lies, there remains the timeless truth that we’re all individual sovereigns.

When big government loses its credibility, individuals have a much better chance and incentive to ask themselves:

“What is it about ME that put me in this situation?”

“What can I do to change my circumstances?” 

“What have I thought and believed, that turned out to be false?”

Self-contemplation can be painful. We tend to avoid admitting that we were wrong. It’s much easier to blame others. That’s why politics is such an attraction to people. It’s an outlet to blame others instead of yourself.

But when big government has to contract, blaming others won’t do any good anymore. The politician is broke and busted. He can’t act as your bully anymore.

Of course, there’s no need to wait for any of this. The ideas of Liberty can be embraced right now. The question: “What is it about ME…?” can be asked right now.

Reading MisesRothbardPaul and Rockwell can happen right now.

Teaching your children that no one (including government) has the right to use violent and aggressive force against anyone else, can happen right now.

Force is for defense only. It’s for the suppression of an aggressor.

The proper role of government is to punish aggressors, not be an aggressor itself.

The limits to Individual Liberty are so simple that a child can understand them — Your liberty extends to the person and property of other individuals. Their life and their property are their own personal kingdoms, just as your life and your property are your personal kingdom.

Interacting with other individuals is done on a voluntary and consensual basis…..by contract, not by fiat.

Now you may think to yourself, ‘People will never live like this.’

That may, or may not, be true.

Who knows?

But you’re not “people” … You’re you, and you can live like this.

We can all individually reach…and climb…and aspire. We can keep the ideas of Liberty in the forefront, and daily chip away at our own errors and illusions.

The Empire of Lies offers only illusions and delusions.

All illusions end up shattered….and all big governments end up like sunken ships.

Individual Liberty is the ultimate life preserver.

Reprinted from the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

The Endless Propaganda To Keep The Endless Wars Going

The Endless Propaganda To Keep The Endless Wars Going

Americans have been voting for peace candidates for decades. One of the surest ways to become president in America is to promise that you’ll put an end to the endless wars.

George W. Bush did it … Obama did it … and so did Trump.

Yet, despite the empty promises and Nobel Peace Prizes, neither Bush, nor Obama delivered. They expanded the forever wars with reckless abandon.

While President Trump is still in the thick of it, he has made a very bold move to remove 1,000 American troops from Syria.

The propaganda against Trump’s decision has been immense. The desire to keep the endless wars…well, endless…cannot be more apparent.

As the howls continue, please reflect on the following words from Murray Rothbard that were written in a 1968 newspaper column. See if you can spot the parallels from the war propagandists back then, to those of today:
“A lot of people throughout the country are beginning to realize that getting into the Vietnam war was a disastrous mistake. In fact, hardly anyone makes so bold as to justify America’s entrance into, and generation of, that perpetual war.

And so the last line of defense for the war’s proponents is: Well, maybe it was a mistake to get into the war, but now that we’re there, we’re committed, so we have to carry on.

A curious argument. Usually, in life, if we find out that a course of action has been a mistake, we abandon that course and try something else. This is supposed to be the time-honored principle of ‘trial and error.’ Or if a business project or investment turns out to be an unprofitable venture, we abandon it and try investing elsewhere.

​Only in the Vietnam war do we suddenly find that, having launched a disaster, we are stuck with it forevermore and must continue to pour in blood and treasure until eternity.”
Americans can desire an end to the forever wars; they can vote for them, and presidential candidates can get elected promising to end them.

But…..

The moment a president actually takes a step in the right direction, the propaganda goes into overdrive — from every single angle.

​Are we doomed, as Rothbard wrote to “pour blood and treasure until eternity”?

Will President Trump use his significant step in Syria, to take an even bigger step in the future? Will he actually bring troops home?

The future isn’t written yet.

It’s easy to be cynical. Trump could be duping Americans. It won’t be the first time. After all, if Americans are used to anything, it’s lying presidents.

But what if Trump really is different?

Only he knows for sure.

In the end, he’ll be judged by his actions alone.

But one can at least encourage him to mean what he repeatedly says:

Assessing Presidential Actions – From A Libertarian Perspective

Assessing Presidential Actions – From A Libertarian Perspective

It should be apparent to everyone by now that collectivist thinking is running wild and identity politics is en vogue.

You’re supposed to hate Trump because one group says so, or you’re supposed to love Trump because another group says so.

But to the libertarian individual, this means nothing. It really doesn’t matter what type of thinking happens to be en vogue.

To the advocate of liberty, there is a simple test when analyzing one’s own actions, as well as the actions of others — Is the action peaceful? Or is coercion being used by one individual against another?

The libertarian believes that no one (including government) has the natural right to use violent force (or to threaten the use of violent force) against anyone else.

If the action is peaceful, or if a politician moves in the direction of peace — then Godspeed!

If the action is aggressive and coercive, then the libertarian’s job is to speak up and point out the error.

Most of the time, when it comes to politics, the libertarian is speaking out and pointing out the errors. Politicians (in modern times) value themselves, and are valued by citizens, by the amount of aggressive force they’re able to dish out.

It’s pretty pathetic — especially in what’s supposed to be the ‘Land of the Free.’

But it is what it is, for the moment.

Rarely do politicians decrease their own powers, repeal their own laws, and pull back from costly and deadly wars. Usually, they perpetuate these aggressive and violent deeds until a severe financial crisis forces them to finally stop.

Economic laws and the market always trump the state.

No exceptions…ever.

When the rare opportunity presents itself, and a politician does move in the direction of liberty and peace, it’s important for the libertarian to point it out, and praise the action!

It’s an extra bonus when a president moves in the direction of peace, either by avoiding or ending wars, or in bringing troops home. Any moves in that direction deserve loud praise.

The reasons are simple to understand — Empire is priority #1 for politicians and their special interests. Everything takes a backseat to Empire, and it is the biggest ‘government program’ of them all.

War and Empire are also government at its very worst. War is the most destructive thing in the human experience. Nothing done by any individual, or even group of private individuals can compare to the number of bodies that have been piled up from government wars.

Nothing comes even close.

So when a move towards peace, or even the denting of the image of Empire occurs, the libertarian perks up, and speaks up!

We want more!!

If it’s out of Syria today …. let’s make it out of Iraq tomorrow …. and out of Korea the next day …. and out of Europe the day after that. Then out of Japan, and Afghanistan, and all of Africa after that ….

All the way until the very last American troop stationed overseas is brought home.

It’s inevitable. All Empires go broke.

So let’s make it happen now!

Obviously, this is the greatest fear of politicians and their special interests. They unleash propaganda from every angle to prevent that first domino from falling. They have to keep enough American people believing that 1,000 military bases scattered all over the world are necessary. Enough Americans must stay silent about shelling out TRILLIONS of dollars to keep the empire going.

That’s big bucks!

If a libertarian praises an anti-Empire action by the president, it does not mean that he/she approves of everything the president has done, or continues to do.

When collectivist thinking runs wild, you’re expected to love or hate someone completely.

That’s nonsense.

President Trump has (and will continue) to implement anti-Liberty policies. He is not a libertarian. Those errors must continue to be pointed out by libertarians until he leaves office.

But if Trump so much as removes a single soldier from the endless wars, or Tweets that the endless wars must end, these instances must be praised and encouraged.

There’s nothing easier than valuing, advocating and cherishing Liberty. It’s simple.

No swamps … no competing ‘interests’ … no lies … no politics.

Just a simple belief in ‘live and let live’ …. A simple belief in ‘first, do no harm.’ … A simple belief in ‘I’ll keep my hands off you and your stuff, and you keep your hands off me and my stuff.’

How beautiful is that?

Republished with permission from the Ron Paul Institute of Peace and Prosperity.

Let’s Adopt The U.S. Naval Policy of 1890

Let’s Adopt The U.S. Naval Policy of 1890

Back in 1890, the U.S. Naval Policy Board said in a report:

“We fear no encroachments on our territory, nor are we tempted at present to encroach on that of others. We have no colonies, nor any desire to acquire them.”

First, let’s discuss the aspect of the statement that has not changed one iota since 1890:

We fear no encroachments on our territory

In 2017, we can say the exact same statement with total confidence. No state on the planet has any interest in conquering America. No one is interested in ruling over our WalMart/McDonald’s society.

No one is interested in taking over Washington D.C. and inheriting 20,000,000,000,000 in debt.

No one is interested in ruling a nation of people who are in debt up to their eyeballs with student loans, auto loans, mortgage loans, credit card loans….loans…loans…loans…loans…loans…

No one is interested!

Which leads to the part of the statement that has changed since 1890:

nor are we tempted at present to encroach on that of others.

In 1898, that aspect changed, and the U.S. federal government has never looked back.

In 1898, the U.S. got its first taste of the conquering game. It swiftly took control of the Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Hawaii.

All of a sudden 11 million people were under a new American Empire.

A few decades later, after the first high wore off, one of the worst decisions in the history of the world was made: U.S. President Woodrow Wilson tricked the American public into entering an exhausted and stalemated European war between princes.

The “war to end all wars” was the war that would lead to the death of hundreds of millions over the next century.

The rest, of course, is history, and here we are:

Broke….A country with middle-class that is disappearing, and 50% of the American public receiving some kind of welfare from a bankrupt government.

U.S. Naval Policy in 1890 is where it’s at.

The sooner we adopt it, the better.

Reprinted with permission from the Ron Paul Liberty Report.

Let’s Adopt The U.S. Naval Policy of 1890

Let's Adopt The U.S. Naval Policy of 1890

Back in 1890, the U.S. Naval Policy Board said in a report:
“We fear no encroachments on our territory, nor are we tempted at present to encroach on that of others. We have no colonies, nor any desire to acquire them.”
First, let’s discuss the aspect of the statement that has not changed one iota since 1890:
We fear no encroachments on our territory
In 2017, we can say the exact same statement with total confidence. No state on the planet has any interest in conquering America. No one is interested in ruling over our WalMart/McDonald’s society.
No one is interested in taking over Washington D.C. and inheriting 20,000,000,000,000 in debt.
No one is interested in ruling a nation of people who are in debt up to their eyeballs with student loans, auto loans, mortgage loans, credit card loans….loans…loans…loans…loans…loans…
No one is interested!
Which leads to the part of the statement that has changed since 1890:
nor are we tempted at present to encroach on that of others.
In 1898, that aspect changed, and the U.S. federal government has never looked back.
In 1898, the U.S. got its first taste of the conquering game. It swiftly took control of the Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Hawaii.
All of a sudden 11 million people were under a new American Empire.
A few decades later, after the first high wore off, one of the worst decisions in the history of the world was made: U.S. President Woodrow Wilson tricked the American public into entering an exhausted and stalemated European war between princes.
The “war to end all wars” was the war that would lead to the death of hundreds of millions over the next century.
The rest, of course, is history, and here we are:
Broke….A country with middle-class that is disappearing, and 50% of the American public receiving some kind of welfare from a bankrupt government.
U.S. Naval Policy in 1890 is where it’s at.
The sooner we adopt it, the better.
Reprinted with permission from the Ron Paul Liberty Report.

Mr. President: Close Down More ‘Advisory Councils’

Mr. President: Close Down More ‘Advisory Councils’

So President Trump closed down his “Manufacturing Council” and no one cheered?

What a shame.

Why was there a “Manufacturing Council” to begin with? It’s not the job of the president to meddle with our economy. His job description says nothing about benefiting “manufactures” or “scientists” or “Silicon Valley” or anyone else.

These “Councils” are breeding grounds for the cronyism that has virtually destroyed the American Dream.

If a CEO has the ear of the president, do you think he’s going to “advise” the president to do anything that will hurt his own business?

On the other hand, would the CEO be tempted to advise the president to hurt his competitors, both foreign and domestic? Would the CEO advise the president to make it hard for start-ups and entrepreneurs to compete? Would he advise for subsidies? Strict licensing laws?

The president doesn’t need Advisory Councils, Czars, or any other destroyer of our economic liberties.

Let the CEO’s be “counciled” themselves by free market prices. Let them deal with economic reality as it is, not massage the president for unconstitutional interventions. Let them stand on their own.

Either satisfy consumers profitably, or fold up so that other people can.

The president, at the same time, should stop pretending that he can push buttons and pull levers to make the economy run. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Government intervention only stifles the economy.

The economy continues to function despite the political intrusions that exist. Fortunately, entrepreneurs are creative enough to always find ways around so-called government “regulations.” There’s always a loophole somewhere. But why make it hard on entrepreneurs to begin with? Just get the heck out of the way!

But alas, the government and multi-national corporations are attached at the hip. One scratches the back of the other.

Mr. President, close down all the “Advisory Councils,” and keep your hands off the economy.​​

Reprinted with permission from the Ron Paul Liberty Report.

Mr. President: Close Down More ‘Advisory Councils’

Mr. President: Close Down More 'Advisory Councils'

So President Trump closed down his “Manufacturing Council” and no one cheered?
What a shame.
Why was there a “Manufacturing Council” to begin with? It’s not the job of the president to meddle with our economy. His job description says nothing about benefiting “manufactures” or “scientists” or “Silicon Valley” or anyone else.
These “Councils” are breeding grounds for the cronyism that has virtually destroyed the American Dream.
If a CEO has the ear of the president, do you think he’s going to “advise” the president to do anything that will hurt his own business?
On the other hand, would the CEO be tempted to advise the president to hurt his competitors, both foreign and domestic? Would the CEO advise the president to make it hard for start-ups and entrepreneurs to compete? Would he advise for subsidies? Strict licensing laws?
The president doesn’t need Advisory Councils, Czars, or any other destroyer of our economic liberties.
Let the CEO’s be “counciled” themselves by free market prices. Let them deal with economic reality as it is, not massage the president for unconstitutional interventions. Let them stand on their own.
Either satisfy consumers profitably, or fold up so that other people can.
The president, at the same time, should stop pretending that he can push buttons and pull levers to make the economy run. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Government intervention only stifles the economy.
The economy continues to function despite the political intrusions that exist. Fortunately, entrepreneurs are creative enough to always find ways around so-called government “regulations.” There’s always a loophole somewhere. But why make it hard on entrepreneurs to begin with? Just get the heck out of the way!
But alas, the government and multi-national corporations are attached at the hip. One scratches the back of the other.
Mr. President, close down all the “Advisory Councils,” and keep your hands off the economy.​​
Reprinted with permission from the Ron Paul Liberty Report.

Bring U.S. Troops Home From Somalia

Bring U.S. Troops Home From Somalia

Sorrowful news comes from yet another area of the world where the U.S. has no business having troops stationed there. A U.S. Navy Seal has been killed in Somalia, marking the first death there since the 1993 ‘Black Hawk Down’ incident when two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and bodies of Americans were dragged through the streets.

Unfortunately, the U.S. has been meddling in Somalia for years now. Since 2007, the U.S. has killed at least 500 people via drone strikes alone.

The U.S. says that it’s there fighting against a terrorist group called al-Shabab, but as Daniel McAdams points out, the U.S. had an inadvertant hand in the the creation of al-Shabab. The group sprang up after an earlier U.S. intervention in Somalia:

“…the United States inadvertently helped create al-Shabab in the first place. Al-Shabab did not arise until after 2007, long after 9/11, when the US sponsored an Ethiopian invasion of Somalia to wrest control of the country from a milder Islamist council. The more virulent al-Shabab rose to attempt to repel this foreign invasion.”

Sounds very familiar doesn’t it?

ISIS didn’t exist prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. ISIS was the unintended consequence that rose up as a result of the invasion.

U.S. interventions create new enemies, which lead to calls for more interventions.

This vicious cycle acts as a gold mine for the military-industrial-complex. But for the rest of us, it costs trillions of our hard-earned dollars, along with the loss of one liberty after another, as the government clamps down on all of us here at home.

In the case of this Navy Seal, it sadly cost him his life.

Bring all the troops home.

Republished with permission from the Ron Paul Liberty Report.

Trump Vocalized A Massive Truth About Terrorism…But Is Anyone Paying Attention?

Trump Vocalized A Massive Truth About Terrorism…But Is Anyone Paying Attention?

President Trump, who flipped his position on NATO (amongst his many other flips) is now trying to explain why he originally and accurately called the military bureaucracy “obsolete.”

Trump’s new excuse is that he “didn’t know much about NATO,” when he said it, which isn’t very encouraging considering he was running for President of The United States!

But then Trump let out a massive truth that should have stopped everyone in their tracks. He said: You know, back when they did NATO there was no such thing as terrorism.”

What a HUGE statement! And it’s true!

Sure there was localized terroristic activity inside certain countries. Groups are always trying to get in control of wielding state power. Terrorism is a tactic.

But Trump is correct. There was “no such thing as terrorism” compared to what we see today. The Western World wasn’t constantly on alert and forming police/surveillance states at home out of fear of terrorism.

No, in fact, the Western World was foolishly on alert in fear of bankrupt Communism.

The West was forming police/surveillance states at home under the guise that the commies were coming.

Well the commies folded like a cheap deck of cards.

Poof! … Gone.

Did America do the intelligent thing and fold up the military empire after the commies disappeared?

No sir.

It was off to the Middle East!

Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria…

Killing on a massive scale. Estimates range that over a million people have died. When it came to the death of 500,000 children in Iraq, the U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright said that it was “worth it.”

As a consequence, terrorism filled the void that was left by the commies. A new official enemy.

Here’s a key question: Did Islam exist when NATO was formed? Did Islam exist during the 1700s, 1800s, 1900s?

Of course it did.

Islam isn’t a religion that sprang up yesterday. Islam came to be many hundreds of years ago.

So why was terrorism never a worry? Why did it become a worry after the U.S. went into the Middle East? Why wasn’t it a worry before?

You know who has been trying to tell Americans this very thing for years?

Of course you know:

Republished from the Ron Paul Liberty Report.

Trump’s Making His Contribution To Middle East Madness

Trump’s Making His Contribution To Middle East Madness

We really could have skipped all the arduous debate on Iraq during the last presidential campaign. First, Trump was against the Iraq war from the very beginning … Then supposedly he was for the war, before he was against it … Trump denied that and insisted that he was always against the monstrous disaster in Iraq.

You know what all of that amounts to?

Nothing but a big waste of time.

Now that actions are being chosen, and we’ve moved beyond mere words, it’s clear that President Trump has decided to make his contribution to the madness in the Middle East.

When it comes to Iraq, Eric Margolis gives us the facts:

We are now moving rapidly into stage II of Levantine Madness as the US boosts its intervention in the war-torn Mideast.

Five thousand US troops are back in Iraq to bolster the shattered nation’s puppet regime that is propped up by American bayonets. New Iraqi military formations have been formed, totally equipped with modern US M1 Abrams tanks, Humvees, and fleets of trucks. More US forces are on the way.

This is Iraq we’re talking about….Iraq!!

Where’s the change that Americans were voting for?

The knee-jerk excuse that ‘Well, Trump didn’t create the mess in Iraq, but he’s now stuck with carrying on’ is pure bubkas.

The President can bring the troops home at any moment. He’s choosing not to.

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