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Mixed Emotions over Oliver North Being Named President of NRA

Jake Morphonios comments on Oliver North being named as the new president of the National Rifle Association. Morphonios recounts his boyhood as a stanch admirer and political supporter of North until after 9/11, at which time he became aware that North was a significant part of the military-industrial complex and had worked with the CIA to covertly import weapons to Iran as part of a scheme to illegally fund the CIA-created rebel force in Nicaragua. That force was called the Contras, and it was used to overthrow the Nicaraguan government. Oliver North also played a major role in running drugs from Central and South American drug cartels into the US as an additional means of funding the operation. [Although not mentioned in this video, North also was a key figure in creating a plan to build a computer data base of everyone who objected to this scheme with the intended purpose of using it to arrest and imprison them in the event of a threat to ‘national security’. All in the name of patriotism, of course.] -GEG




Trump’s Decision to Pull Out of The Iran Nuclear Deal Raises Many Questions

Trump accepted Netanyahu’s presentation last week as valid reasons for withdrawing the US from the Iran nuclear deal. Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute says that the move could be taken by Israel and Saudi Arabia as a green light to attack Iran or even to launch a false-flag attack that would draw the US into war. McAdams says the neocons who surround Trump are running the show. -GEG

US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal weakens the reputation of the United States, and reduces trust in the upcoming negotiations with North Korea, US Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Executive Director Daniel McAdams told Sputnik on Tuesday.

“The real immediate question is what will be Iran’s reaction and how will the Europeans, particularly the UK, France, and Germany, respond. The other question is whether Israel and Saudi Arabia will take Trump’s action as a green-light to use military force against Iran — or launch a false flag that would draw the United States into a war,” McAdams said.

He noted that other important consequence of the withdrawal is a “severe diminishment” of the US reputation as a country that holds to its promises and agreements.

McAdams went on to say that US pulling out of the JCPOA is “another in a series of US betrayals going back to Gaddafi, Saddam, Noriega, and so on.”

“The US has closed all doors to communications with Iran with Trump’s move. This leaves war as the only door left open,” he stated. “It was a foolish and unnecessary move that will thrill the neocons he has surrounded himself with, while making the rest of us, Americans far less safe.”

The think tank executive director also pointed out that Trump’s move undermines the planned discussions with Pyongyang.

“The North Koreans would be utter fools to believe a single word of any deal it negotiates with Washington,” he asserted. “The Trump Administration has already said numerous times that the model for North Korean denuclearization is Libya! Kim’s best move is to continue bilateral talks with Seoul and freeze the US out of any role in the process.”

On May 1, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel had obtained 100,000 paper and digital documents, which, according to him, irrefutably proved that Iran’s nuclear program had a secret military component, code-named “Project Amad.” This statement was made amid the international discussion on the need to tighten the nuclear deal.

“The EU has failed to convince President Trump of the benefits of the deal. President Trump has seemingly preferred to accept the extremely dubious claims of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu over the conclusions of those actually tasked with determining whether Iran was living up to its end of the deal,” McAdams added.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday that the European Union is determined to preserve the deal, and that it expects the rest of the international community to continue to do its part to guarantee its implementation.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the Iran nuclear agreement as one of the worst deals in history. The foreign ministers of Germany, the United Kingdom and France have issued a joint statement stating their countries will stay in the JCPOA even if the United States pulled out.

“President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran deal should really not surprise anyone. His inexplicable hostility toward Iran is the only foreign policy position he has been consistent on,” McAdams said. “Trump’s presentation was filled with untruths and outright lies from the very beginning. The idea that Iran is allied with al-Qaeda, for example, is so ludicrous that none but the most hardcore, dead-ender neocon would suggest it.”

The International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly confirmed Tehran’s compliance with the JCPOA.

“Trump is dangerously ignorant about Iran and as they did with George W. Bush 15 years ago, the neocons are more than happy to fill his head with lies to help move along their desired war.

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Rand Paul Reveals that Congress Seeks to Give President ‘Unlimited’ Dictatorial Power for War


Rand Paul says Congress is seeking to hand over to the President its power to declare war. If successful, Congress would only be able to disapprove of war, which turns the Constitution on its head! Furthermore, any resolution of disapproval could be vetoed by the President, meaning that two thirds of Congress would need to disapprove of a war, rather than a majority to approve of one, as the Constitution states.

“The Congress shall have Power To . . . provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States.”
—U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 8, clause 1

Like many powers articulated in the U.S. Constitution, Congress’ authority to declare war was revolutionary in its design, as the founders saw the atrocities carried out by centralized heads of states like kings and queens and set out to prevent them. The Constitution was a clear break from the past when a handful of European monarchs controlled the continent’s ability to tax, make law, and wage war.

The framers of the Constitution—reluctant to repeat history and delegate massive influence in the hands of too few—denied the office of the President the authority to go to war unilaterally. If America was going to survive as a republic, the founders declared, acts of war required careful debate in open forums among the public’s representatives—the exact opposite of what we have today.

The founders knew of the tendency of the executive branch to always seek war, so they built in checks to prevent it. Over the past two decades, however, this has dramatically changed as the office of the president has been given increasingly more power to wage war—because 9/11.

Even more ominous though, according to Rand Paul, there is a concerted effort by the Congress to deal a death blow to what little accountability they have left to stop a dictator president from waging unlimited war on a whim. It is called the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

In an oped this week, Senator Paul explained how instead of Congress reclaiming its authority to prevent unlimited war, it is going to codify the unacceptable, unconstitutional status quo.

“It is clear upon reading the AUMF, put forward by Senators Tim Kaine and Bob Corker, that it gives nearly unlimited power to this or any other president to be at war whenever he or she wants, with minimal justification and no prior specific authority,” wrote Paul.

As Paul explains:

That isn’t an AUMF. That isn’t Congress reclaiming its constitutional duties. That’s a complete rewriting of the role of the executive and of the constitutional separation of powers.

The new Kaine/Corker AUMF declares war on at least the following places and people: the Taliban, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, ISIS anywhere, al-Shabaab in Somalia and elsewhere, al-Qaeda in Syria, al-Nusra in Syria, the Haqqani network in Pakistan and Afghanistan, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, in Niger, Algeria, Libya, and Nigeria, and associated forces (as defined by the president) around the globe.

That is simply breathtaking. Previous AUMFs have never included “associated forces,” and with good reason. Yet the Kaine/Corker AUMF not only codifies military action against those associated forces, but by conservative estimates authorizes war in over 20 nations.

With the passage of the new AUMF, Congress essentially removes itself from the equation in declaring war and waging attacks on sovereign nations. As it stands currently, the War Powers Act limits use of force by the executive with the exception of a national emergency or an imminent attack. To those who’ve been watching the US wage endless war in the Middle East with no Congressional oversight since 9/11, we’ve seen how terrible the War Powers Act has been at preventing the cancerous growth of the military-industrial complex.

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