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Yesterday they told us that President Trump was intent on war - he was about to invade Korea¸ unleash "fire and fury," and millions would die. Today many of these very same people are telling us that President Trump has been "snookered" by the wily Kim Jong-un, who doesn't really mean all ...
Surely there has never been a presidential peroration as filled with contradictions - not to mention regrettable rhetoric - as President Donald J. Trump's speech to the nation explaining why he backtracked on his campaign promise to get us out of Syria. Particularly striking was this bit of doubletalk: "To ...

I apologize for the brevity of this column: I'm getting my tri-weekly anti-cancer treatment at a hospital in San Francisco. Yet I didn't want to leave my readers in the lurch, so here I am, trying to explain why I do what I do - because it requires some explanation. After all, why write about foreign policy at all?
A child could see through the fake "chemical attack" supposedly launched by Bashar al-Assad just as his troops defeated the jihadists and Trump said he wanted out of Syria. But our President can't, which raises the question: is he as stupid or stupider than George W. Bush? Or is he crazy? The bad ...
The other day President Trump told his audience at a rally in Ohio that US troops are leaving Syria "very soon." "Let others take care of it," he said, "it's time to build up our own country. It's time to bring them home." The foreign policy Establishment, the military, and the pro-jihadist ...
President Trump's Korean peace initiative is the most significant US diplomatic effort since the end of the cold war: if successful, it means the end of an era in northern Asia. The Koreans realize this; the Chinese realize this; it's only the American punditocracy that just doesn't get it. There are a few ... Intellectuals

The appointment of John Bolton as President Trump's National Security Advisor - his third so far - is bad news for anti-interventionists, but hardly the catastrophe #TheResistance is making it out to be. I've covered Bolton's crazed ideology of perpetual conflict in this space on several occasions - ...
Why is the US national security Establishment - the CIA, the FBI, the Dr. Strangeloves - engaged in open warfare against the President? Why, ever since well before Trump's stunning victory, has the political class done everything in its power to destroy him? We've never seen this kind of thing before - ...
While I hate to dispel the aura of gloom and doom that the various factions – NeverTrumpers, Beltway quasi-libertarians, Californians, etc. – are exuding here in the Age of Trump, I bear really disappointing good news. To begin with, the nuclear war all and sundry were predicting and warning against, which ...
Most of my regular readers – indeed, all of them – know one thing by now: if you've come here for the usual bullshit, rah-rah for Our Team conventional wisdom, you're bound to be disappointed. There are plenty of other places to go for that: I won't name them, but you get the idea. Here I try to challenge my ...
What in the name of all that's holy is going on in Syria, where the US has indicated it intends to keep US troops indefinitely – or maybe not. Here's one report: “On February 11, Secretary of Defense James Mattis stressed that, following the group's defeat, there is no plan for a deeper U.S. commitment in ...
One by one, the plaster gods fall, cracked and crumbled on the ground: the latest is Bernie Sanders, the Great Pinko Hope of the (very few) remaining Democrats with a modicum of sense who reject the “Russia! Russia! Russia!” paranoia of Rep. Adam Schiff and what I call the party's California Crazies.
The indictment handed down by Robert Mueller against 13 Russians connected to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian-owned- and- operated clickbait farm, is the capstone of my case that we have indeed entered Bizarro World, an alternate universe where up is down, black is white and truth is a ...
The personal and the political often meet and merge – and, in my case lately, this has certainly been quite true. I won't go into the details of my recent cancer diagnosis, which I wrote about here, except to say that it has certainly intensified and sharpened my perceptions of what's wrong – and right – with the ...
Oh, the virtue-signaling was hot and heavy as conservative and ostensibly “libertarian” media outlets competed to see who come up with the most self-righteously abusive rhetoric to describe North Korean Politburo member Kim Yo Yong, sister to Kim Jong Un. BuzzFeed grabbed the prize with “a garbage ...
As Vice President Mike Pence made a fool both of himself and the country he is supposed to be representing at the Olympic Games by refusing to stand for the athletes of any nation other than the US, back at home the Washington Post was reporting on a President Trump who appears to have nothing in ...
While the population of Hawaii dove under manhole covers, and #TheResistance screeched that The Orange Monster had finally done it and forced Kim Jong Un to nuke the island paradise, it took Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the levelheaded, and quite personable representative from that state, to issue a ...

Poor Nikki Haley: she doesn't get that having presidential ambitions and actually being the President are two different things! She went ahead and announced new sanctions on Russia - and was promptly contradicted by the White House, which averred that Nikki is "confused," and that no new ...
If President Trump is “Putin's puppet,” as the loonies of #TheResistance claim, then why is the Russian leader making speeches threatening to destroy the United States with “invincible” nuclear weapons – and illustrating his threat with a video rendition of a Russia ICBM circling the globe and hitting Florida ...
Americans will be shocked by the nature and extent of the FBI/CIA's interference in our domestic politics, but they'll also be surprised at the way our spooks dominate – not just influence, but dominate – what passes for American journalism today. by Justin Raimondo. January 24th, 2018. By Justin Raimondo ...
The finale is upon us: the Russia-gate fraud is about to be exploded, at long last. Although the vaunted memo – and the underlying intelligence – compiled by the leadership of the House Intelligence Committee under chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has yet to be released, there has been enough chatter by ...
There is a growing consensus among many observers in Washington that the national security agencies have become completely politicized over the past seventeen years and are now pursuing selfish agendas that actually endanger what remains of American democracy. Up until recently it has been ...
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's New Year's speech did get some coverage here in the US, but mostly the part about how he boasted that he has a “nuclear button” on his desk and that his newly-created nuclear deterrent force is within range of the United States. This provoked the expected ...
I've been busy these days, and my shoulders hurt from all that digging, so I'm taking a break and I figured, hey, what the heck, why not write a column: because, you see, I'm digging a bomb shelter. Oh yes I am! After all, I've heard – on the internet, where else?! – that the Orange-Haired Monster is about to ...
Let's get it clear right from the beginning: we don't know what's happening in Iran. We don't know who's leading the demonstrations, which are turning into riots in some parts of the country. We don't know who, if anyone, is directing them. Yes, yes, I know: you want me to explain what's happening, and if it's ...
Let's get it clear right from the beginning: we don't know what's happening in Iran. We don't know who's leading the demonstrations, which are turning into riots in some parts of the country. We don't know who, if anyone, is directing them. Yes, yes, I know: you want me to explain what's happening, and if it's ...
“One of the unfortunate ironies of the manufactured 'Russiagate' controversy,” my colleague Sheldon Richman writes in his most recent column, is the perception of the FBI as a friend of liberty and justice.” He's dead right about that, but just whom is he addressing? He can't mean conservatives, who, these ...
“One of the unfortunate ironies of the manufactured 'Russiagate' controversy,” my colleague Sheldon Richman writes in his most recent column, is the perception of the FBI as a friend of liberty and justice.” He's dead right about that, but just whom is he addressing? He can't mean conservatives, who, these ...
We now have proof that the FBI was actively plotting a coup d'etat against President Trump even before he was elected. Despite my libertarian skepticism when it comes to the nature and ultimate fate of American democracy, that's a sentence I never expected to write. After all, are we living in some banana ...
It was the Holy Grail of #TheResistance, the smoking gun they had been desperately searching for, solid evidence that Trump had colluded with the Russians to steal the presidency from its rightful owner: an email written and sent before WikiLeaks published the DNC material directing Trump's attention to ...
Life is full of surprises. Like that time you were counting on a new bike for Christmas, and were totally certain your parents were going to come through, and then – lo and behold! – on Christmas morning there it was: a spanking brand-new Segway! The final evidence that, despite your best efforts, you'd ...
I write this under great duress, and against my better judgment: it has never been my policy to mix my personal life and my writing/professional life. This time, however, I don't see how I can avoid it. My regular readers will have noticed that I've skipped more than a couple of columns recently, with no ...
I write this under great duress, and against my better judgment: it has never been my policy to mix my personal life and my writing/professional life. This time, however, I don't see how I can avoid it. My regular readers will have noticed that I've skipped more than a couple of columns recently, with no ...
Well, I've got a lot of catching up to do since my last column, but first the question that rises from my lips as I step away from my sick bed is: what happened to all the wars President Trump was supposed to have started? Just before my recent illness the commentariat was filled with predictions of fire and ...
Some people are living symbols, sheer embodiments of a concept that fits their persona as snugly as their skin: e.g. the Dalai Lama personifies Contemplative Piety, Harvey Weinstein is the incarnation of Brazen Vulgarity, and John McCain's very person exudes the sweaty blustery spirit of Empire.
With Donald Trump in the White House, merrily tweeting whatever disruptive and disturbing sentiments erupt from his consciousness in the early morning hours, hysteria has become the default condition of our pundit class. Trump tweets that “only one thing” can stop Korean despot Kim Jong-un's nuclear ...
With Donald Trump in the White House, merrily tweeting whatever disruptive and disturbing sentiments erupt from his consciousness in the early morning hours, hysteria has become the default condition of our pundit class. Trump tweets that “only one thing” can stop Korean despot Kim Jong-un's nuclear ...
One of those crises that no one saw coming is about to rear its head in a very unlikely locale: Catalonia, Spain's richest province, where the local government has scheduled an independence referendum on October 1. Of course, some observers – e,g, Julian Assange – did see it coming, but the current ...
I voted for Donald Trump because he promised to pursue a new foreign policy. As he said in December, “We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. Our goal is stability, not chaos, because we want to rebuild our country.” He vowed to appoint those with “new approaches, and ...
For nearly twenty-five years I have been writing in this space about war: that is, the wars we have waged against other countries. I've heard every possible rationalization for these conflicts, from “weapons of mass destruction” to “he's killing his own people” to babies being bayoneted in their incubators and ...
While the population of Hawaii dove under manhole covers, and #TheResistance screeched that The Orange Monster had finally done it and forced Kim Jong Un to nuke the island paradise, it took Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the levelheaded, and quite personable representative from that state, to issue a ...
It was the Holy Grail of #TheResistance, the smoking gun they had been desperately searching for, solid evidence that Trump had colluded with the Russians to steal the presidency from its rightful owner: an email written and sent before WikiLeaks published the DNC material directing Trump's attention to ...
Life is full of surprises. Like that time you were counting on a new bike for Christmas, and were totally certain your parents were going to come through, and then – lo and behold! – on Christmas morning there it was: a spanking brand-new Segway! The final evidence that, despite your best efforts, you'd ...
Life is full of surprises. Like that time you were counting on a new bike for Christmas, and were totally certain your parents were going to come through, and then – lo and behold! – on Christmas morning there it was: a spanking brand-new Segway! The final evidence that, despite your best efforts, you'd ...
I would like to take this opportunity to wish the best and full recovery for Justin Raimondo, the editorial director of Antiwar.com. I have never met ...
In George Orwell's classic dystopia 1984, the mutability of the past is a lethal weapon in the arsenal of tyranny: if history can be molded into ...
... this kind: the enemy is out to illegalize us. They want to make dissent the equivalent of treason. We can't let them succeed. //Justin Raimondo ...
by Justin Raimondo Posted on November 21, 2017 November 21, 2017. You know life's become a joke when the US Department of Justice starts requiring ...
You know life's become a joke when the US Department of Justice starts requiring foreign media to register as foreign agents. Will the BBC be forced to issue a disclaimer with every broadcast and web posting: “Proceed with caution – British propaganda ahead”? Don't bet the ranch on it. Such distinctions ...
Justin Raimondo, a prominent libertarian activist of many decades, was recently diagnosed with late-stage adenocaricinoma cancer that he is ...


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