Tag Archives: US foreign policy

Free Markets will liberate Cuba, not embargoes

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“A little over a year ago, President Obama made modern history by reversing the outdated Cold War policies that have kept the Cuban people isolated from the American economy. While this move was arguably one of the Obama Administration’s most free market oriented decisions, many of these policy changes now stand in jeopardy thanks to President Trump. Just this past Friday, Trump announced that he would be reversing many of Obama’s recent reversals to the Cuban embargo, disappointing many who thought the Cold War may finally be coming to an end.” (06/22/17)

https://fee.org/articles/free-markets-will-liberate-cuba-not-embargoes/

Russia: Regime cancels US meeting over Ukraine sanctions

Source: Yahoo! News

“Russia has canceled a meeting with senior US diplomats in the wake of Washington’s decision to reinforce sanctions imposed over its interference in Ukraine and occupation of Crimea. US Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon had been due in St Petersburg on Friday to mend diplomatic fences with Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. But relations between Moscow and Washington are at a low even by the standards of a rivalry that goes back to the Cold War, and Washington’s decision to ramp up its sanctions regime provoked the anger of President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin.” (06/22/17)

https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/36081688/russia-cancels-us-meeting-over-ukraine-sanctions

Resist this: the United States is at war with Syria

Source: CounterPunch
by Jim Kavanagh

“The United States is at war with Syria. Though few Americans wanted to face it, this has been the case implicitly since the Obama administration began building bases and sending Special Ops, really-not-there, American troops, and it has been the case explicitly since August 3, 2015, when the Obama administration announced that it would ‘allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.’ With the U.S. Air Force — under Trump, following Obama’s declared policy — shooting down a Syrian plane in Syrian airspace, this is now undeniable. The United States is overtly engaged in another aggression against a sovereign country that poses no conceivable, let alone actual or imminent, threat to the nation. This is an act of war. As an act of war, this is unconstitutional, and would demand a congressional declaration. Will Trump ask for this? Will any Democratic or Republican congresscritter demand it? Is the Pope a Hindu?” (06/21/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/21/resist-this-the-united-states-is-at-war-with-syria/

Capitalism should be our weapon of choice in Cuba

Source: Reason
by US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

“For over half a century, we have had an embargo with Cuba. Not only did the Castros survive it, but they milked it for everything it was worth. As the only source of information on the island for decades, they stoked the nationalism of those Cubans who remained in Cuba to blame America for any of their shortages, instead of the true culprit: socialism. The embargo did nothing to defeat Castro — absolutely nothing. It is possible it kept him in power longer because of the ability the embargo gave him to further control his people. President Obama and I agreed on very little, but his slight opening with Cuba was one of those areas. … Instead of hiding our capitalism behind a failed embargo, we should tear down the walls of trade restriction and open up travel and trade even more.” (06/20/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/06/20/capitalism-should-be-our-weapon-of-choic

Trump regime dispatches supersonic bombers in penis size contest with Kim regime

Source: Los Angeles Times

“The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday in a show of force against North Korea, South Korean officials said. The U.S. often sends powerful warplanes in times of heightened animosities with North Korea, and flew B-1B bombers several times this year as the North conducted a series of banned ballistic missile tests. Tuesday’s flights by the B-1Bs came shortly after the death of a U.S. college student who was recently released by North Korea in a coma following more than 17 months in captivity.” (06/20/17)

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-nkorea-bombers-20170620-story.html

Cuba: Regime rejects new US policy, saying pressure will not work

Source: CBS News

“Cuba’s foreign minister rejected President Donald Trump’s new policy toward the island, saying Monday that ‘we will never negotiate under pressure or under threat’ and refusing to return U.S. fugitives who have received asylum in Cuba. In a hard-edged response to the policy announced Friday, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said from Vienna that Mr. Trump’s restrictions on transactions with the Cuban military would not achieve their objective of weakening the government. He said they would instead create unity behind the communist leadership.” (06/19/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cuba-rejects-new-us-policy-saying-pressure-will-not-work/

Breaking: Russian regime warns US regime after downing of Syrian regime jet

Source: Washington Post

“Russia’s defense ministry says it will treat U.S.-led coalition planes in Syria, west of the Euphrates River, as targets after the U.S. military shot down a Syrian Air Force jet on Sunday. Moscow has condemned the U.S. downing of the Syrian government fighter jet after it dropped bombs nears U.S. partner forces. The Russian defense ministry says in a statement that, starting Monday, it will track all jets and drones of the U.S.-led coalition west of the Euphrates and treat them as targets.” (06/19/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/the-latest-russia-suspends-coordination-with-us-in-syria/2017/06/19/9e7a840e-54e4-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html

US regime to boost Afghanistan occupation by almost 4,000 troops

Source: 570 News

“A Trump administration official says the Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, hoping to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third U.S. commander in chief. The deployment will be the largest of American manpower under Donald Trump’s young presidency. The official says the decision by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis could be announced as early as next week.” (06/15/17)

http://www.570news.com/2017/06/15/us-to-send-almost-4000-troops-to-afghanistan/

Trump’s new Cuba policy restricts tourism, military business

Source: The Hill

“President Trump will announce increased restrictions toward Cuba on Friday after a nearly five month review of U.S. policy toward the island nation, delivering on a campaign promise he made to crack down on the communist regime. Trump’s new restrictions are aimed toward restricting tourism and stemming funds directed toward the Cuban military but he won’t be fully reversing diplomatic and commercial ties with the country.” (06/15/17)

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/338059-trump-to-ban-individual-educational-trips-to-cuba

Why are we attacking the Syrians who are fighting ISIS?

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Just when you thought our Syria policy could not get any worse, last week it did. The US military twice attacked Syrian government forces from a military base it illegally occupies inside Syria. According to the Pentagon, the attacks on Syrian government-backed forces were ‘defensive’ because the Syrian fighters were approaching a US self-declared ‘de-confliction’ zone inside Syria. The Syrian forces were pursuing ISIS in the area, but the US attacked anyway. The US is training yet another rebel group fighting from that base, located near the border of Iraq at al-Tanf, and it claims that Syrian government forces pose a threat to the US military presence there. But the Pentagon has forgotten one thing: it has no authority to be in Syria in the first place! Neither the US Congress nor the UN Security Council has authorized a US military presence inside Syria.” (06/12/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/attacking-syrians-fighting-isis