Will President Trump Make A Wise Decision or a Dangerous One?

Trump almost took the country to the abyss, but instead he stopped and made the smarter choice. Instead of giving Bannon a rubber stamp on the national security council he gave the national security state a man they trust and respect.

General known for sharp questions will be Trump's new top security adviser - Reuters

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Five die as light plane crashes into mall in Australia

Top Reuters News - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 22:53
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Five people were killed on Tuesday when a small plane crashed in to the roof of a shopping mall after taking off from an airfield outside Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, police said.

Nearly dozen US Jewish centers get bomb threats

MiddleEasteye - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 22:51
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The latest phoned-in threats, at 11 separate sites, bring to 69 the total number of such incidents

Mississippi ports eye Cuba, sign agreements in Havana

Reuters US Politics - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 21:29
HAVANA (Reuters) - The Mississippi ports of Pascagoula and Gulfport signed agreements in Cuba on Monday with an eye to future business and with a Republican U.S. senator from the state looking on, despite concerns President Donald Trump might backtrack on improved relations.

U.S. conservatives cancel invitation for firebrand commentator

Reuters US Politics - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 21:02
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A leading U.S. conservative conference rescinded its invitation to provocative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos and a publisher canceled his book deal on Monday after old internet videos of him recirculated in which he discusses pedophilia.

Asian stocks steady, euro pressured by French election worries

Top Reuters News - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 19:45
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Asian stocks held near 1-1/2-year highs in subdued early trade on Tuesday as a holiday in the United States left investors with few catalysts, while the euro nursed overnight losses as lingering concerns about the looming French election rattled its bonds.

Five teenagers arrested in London on terrorism charges

MiddleEasteye - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 18:10
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Police said arrests relate to plans to travel to join a 'proscribed organisation'

Ecuador leftist leads presidential vote but may face runoff

Top Reuters News - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 17:53
QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador's leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno looked set for victory on Monday in a presidential election, but slow results meant it may take days to know if he will face a runoff with former banker Guillermo Lasso.

Trump names new national security adviser amid countrywide protests

MiddleEasteye - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 17:15
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On President's Day, anti-Trump activists organised 'Not My Presidents Day' rallies

Kremlin says Ukraine peace plan mooted by lawmaker 'absurd'

Top Reuters News - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 16:29
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Monday it had no prior knowledge of a Ukrainian lawmaker's peace plan for his country, which was detailed in the New York Times newspaper, and called it absurd anyway.

Exclusive: Burger King and Tim Hortons owner nears deal to buy Popeyes - sources

Top Reuters News - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 15:59
(Reuters) - Restaurant Brands International Inc, owner of the Burger King and Tim Hortons fast-food chains, is nearing a deal to acquire Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

The Presidency Means Perpetual War

LibertarianInstitute - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 15:58

Tens of thousands of people are expected to spend Monday’s federal holiday joining rallies in cities across the U.S. to protest President Donald Trump. “Not My Presidents’ Day” protests to oppose various policies of the new administration are scheduled in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., and more than a dozen other cities. Organizers have cited abortion rights, immigration policy, racism, sexism, and the administration’s combative relationship with journalists among the many reasons to rally against Trump exactly one month since he was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.

“We do not accept Donald Trump as our president because he does not represent us,” said Nova Calise, a protest organizer in New York. She voices a frustration echoed by countless protesters who have been reinvigorated to engage in political activism since Trump’s election last November.

However, these protests are against the president, not the presidency.


Massive demonstrations have dubious results, varying from World War I to the present. Neglecting to participate might be rational, considering past effectiveness.

Skipping the festivities does not mean that one is satisfied with the Trump administration. Far from it. In fact, there are a myriad of substantive disagreements to have with Trump and the presidency’s contempt for individual liberty, which is precisely the point.

I will not join Chicagoans to protest at Trump Tower because I’m against the presidency, not just the president.

Opposing the presidency itself, regardless of the occupant of the White House, clarifies the problem. No president represents you, nor I, and no one should take comfort in the notion that all would be fine today if only the election results last year had differed and someone else sat upon the throne of the American Empire. Those on the receiving end of U.S. bombs don’t care if Democrats or Republicans are giving the orders, and neither should you.

The Imperial Presidency

Trump ordered a raid on a house in Yemen shortly after taking office, but the people of Yakla fought back, resulting in gunfights and airstrikes that killed dozens and nearly obliterated the village. Hillary Clinton might not have okayed this specific mission as president, but her record strongly indicates that she would have continued to work alongside Saudi Arabia to wage war against the people of Yemen, not to mention all of the other countries the U.S. government is currently at war with.

Clinton’s presidency would not have elicited these protests, just as widespread demonstrations against Obama were lacking during his administration. The cult of the presidency has distorted American politics for decades, if not centuries. Don’t be fooled into believing the public has suddenly become more principled. This is all politics. Disaffected liberals are not championing a noninterventionist position in the age of Trump, even though they should. And those libertarians and conservatives who believe Trump is on the verge of dismantling the Empire or striving for that goal, are gravely mistaken.

#TheResistance is in large part fueled by disgruntled Democrats and liberals, but their coalition also includes neoconservatives tightly connected to the past few decades of militaristic U.S. foreign policy, including such luminaries as Bill Kristol and David Frum. #TheResistance has been driven into a frenzy since last November by what the former faction contends was a failure of democracy and the latter considers to be a vulgar anomaly in the political discourse.

But they are both wrong. The loss of Clinton to Trump isn’t the tragic failure they make it out to be. Trump’s election is the culmination of the American Empire, perfectly cast in all its belligerent ostentatiousness.

Against the War Party

Trump is just a far-right version of Clinton, but even that is irrelevant. Whether the military is commanded by a liberal or conservative president matters very little when the focus of either is a worldwide garrison. The problem we face is the office of the presidency itself and the U.S. government’s commitment to militarism. Our problem is the War Party, which has no other ideological commitments.

Dan Sanchez, Managing Editor of the Foundation for Economic Education, offered good advice when he wrote, “Stop looking to Commanders-in-Chief and other officers of the imperium to be the deliverers of peace. They have always let us down, and they always will.”

This is especially true for those who have suspended their skepticism of government power in the hope that Trump would rollback the state’s commitment to perpetual war. Overlooking the last month of militarism will only lead to further death and destruction in the coming months and years.

To those in the streets, enjoy your “Not My Presidents’ Day” tantrum. The outrage directed toward the presidency itself must be broader, yet focused. Most importantly, if opposition to the Trump presidency is genuine, then protesters will prioritize striking at the root of the power of the presidency – war – rather than sulking over who gets to drop the bombs.

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The Presidency Means Perpetual War was first posted on February 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm.

Was Thomas Jefferson a Rapist?

ConsortiumNews - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 15:41
Exclusive: As Thomas Jefferson’s apologists retreat in their denials about Sally Hemings, the new defensive line is to assert that Jefferson’s sex with his slave girl was “a relationship,” not another r-word, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry On President’s…

Abdelaziz Bouteflika's illness halts Merkel visit

MiddleEasteye - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 15:36
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Bouteflika, Algeria's longest-serving leader, suffered a mini-stroke in 2013 that affected his mobility and speech

Iraq forces battle IS to close in on Mosul's west bank

MiddleEasteye - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 15:33
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Pentagon chief James Mattis, on a brief visit to the country, said IS would be exposed as 'murderous relics'

Bolton Stopped. Whew! McMaster Named APNSA

LibertarianInstitute - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 15:24

That is still bad. Check out this great Mark Perry piece about what a Russia hawk McMaster is. My old interview of Perry about it here.

Also I wonder if he’s a distant relative as I come from some by that name.

Update: Read more about McMaster here, here and here.

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Bolton Stopped. Whew! McMaster Named APNSA was first posted on February 20, 2017 at 2:24 pm.

Trump’s Foreign Policy: Retreat or Rout?

ConsortiumNews - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 14:30
With President Trump’s foreign-policy team sounding a lot like President Obama’s, the new question is whether Trump has caved in to Official Washington’s powers-that-be or is biding his time for a big move, asks Gilbert Doctorow. By Gilbert Doctorow After…

Ron Paul on More Troops: Why Trump’s ISIS Strategy Will Fail

Antiwarblog - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 14:27

After nearly 14 years of US military action in Iraq, significant parts of the country remain occupied by an ISIS that did not exist before the 2013 US “liberation.” The occupation that followed the 2013 US invasion of Iraq fueled the resentment that led to the rise of militants, which in turn led Washington to believe it needed to continue its military presence in Iraq, which led to the creation of more militants. It’s a never-ending cycle that it seems will be continued under President Trump’s new strategy to defeat ISIS. No one benefits from this cycle except the Beltway defense contractors and think tanks. More in today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

How to Save a Free Press in Trump's America

RealClearPolitics - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 14:23
Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer
Donald Trump's war of words against journalists is an assault on the Bill of Rights -- straight-up dictator stuff. And the only thing that can stop it is everyday citizens fighting for a free press.

Election of Outsider Trump Rankles Govt Bureaucrats

RealClearPolitics - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 14:19
Holly Robichaud, Boston Herald
War has been declared on President Trump. It's actually a war against those of us who work for a living, pay taxes, don't collect a government handout, pay for our own health insurance and don't have lobbyists on the payroll.Since the November election, it has been a nonstop barrage of hate from the Democrats and the mainstream media. Not for one moment have they given our new president a honeymoon or one ounce of cooperation. Some of these hyper­partisans even suggested impeachment before he was sworn into office.