Tag Archives: NeoCons

Ron Paul: Are Neocons Rethinking Animosity Toward Al Qaeda?

Neoconservatives are rethinking animosity toward al Qaeda, which they say is the enemy of our enemy. Did they forget the connection between al Qaeda and 9/11?

Ron Paul discussed this in his latest Liberty Report, saying that the neocons are unwilling to consider that American policy in Iraq and Syria wrong. Rather, they continually push for changing tactics—but the tactics are a total failure. This could be why neocons are looking to reach out to al Qaeda, he said.

According to Liberty Report co-host Daniel McAdams, the neocon perspective is that it’s all Obama’s fault for not invading Syria in 2013 on trumped up charges of President Bashar al Assad using chemical weapons on his own people. Now, backed in a corner, the neocons believe we have to look at other allies, and that we need to change our ideas about al Qaeda.

At 3:19, McAdams traces our government’s strategy against Iraq and Syria to a 1996 document presented by U.S. officials to the Israeli government. The document, he said, was essentially a list for Israeli dominance in the Middle East. The document is called “A Clean Break.”

Number-one on that list was we’ve got to get rid of Assad in Syria because it challenges policies not just there but toward Lebanon,” McAdams said. “So the roadmap to get there was first going through Iraq and overthrowing Hussein—which they did—then moving on to Syria. It sounds conspiratorial, but if you follow the way events actually happened, they have happened that way. And then you have the myth of the Arab Spring, which was a spontaneous uprising, they say. But it was really nothing of the sort.

Watch the full episode above and check out more episodes of the Ron Paul Liberty Report here at Truth In Media.

In case you missed Ben Swann’s Truth In Media episode on ISIS watch it below:


Cheney, Neocons Con Americans On Torture As New Norm

Former Vice President Dick Cheney did exactly what everyone expected him to do. On Sunday morning, appearing on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Cheney aggressively defended the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques.

“Torture to me is an American citizen on his cell phone making a last call to his four young daughters shortly before he burns to death in the upper levels of the [World Trade Center] on 9/11,” Cheney said.

“There’s this notion that there’s moral equivalence between what the terrorists did and what we do and that’s absolutely not true. We were very careful to stop short of torture. I’d do it again in a minute,” he explained.

Though horrific, the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 don’t justify waterboarding.

“No justification of torture – including terrorism – is ever permitted. Indeed, torture and terrorism follow the same logic.,” said Karima Bennoune, professor of international law at the University of California-Davis School of Law. “We must continue to staunchly oppose both. Security proponents must not justify violations of human rights, and human rights advocates must not minimize the reality of the threat to human rights from terrorism.”

Despite what Cheney says and believes, torture, or “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques,” hurt our foreign policy and make us less safe.

Bennoune said that the United States has to be held accountable for its actions:

“What we have learned is that the CIA torture program was even worse than previously understood – in scope, in the nature of detainee treatment, among other points. The report’s release is important, but is only a first step. The United States is a state party to the UN Convention against Torture, and alleged perpetrators of torture must be brought to justice. The US cannot publicly admit to torture, and then take no legal action. This is simply not an option.”

Terrorists like Osama Bin Laden and members of ISIS want the United States to use oppressive acts — they want us to torture and kill innocent people.

Because then recruiting for them is a breeze.

Ronald Reagan was against torture and vigorously championed the United States’ ratification of the international Convention Against Torture, which he signed on April 18, 1988. Reagan said that it marked a significant step in the development of international measures against torture and other inhuman treatment.

Ronald Reagan wrote, “Ratification of the Convention by the United States, will clearly express United States opposition to torture, an abhorrent practice unfortunately prevalent in the world today.”

According to a Pew Research poll, the American public think the government was justified in its interrogation techniques, though some say no credible information was gathered.

Fifty-one percent of the public says they think the CIA methods were justified, compared with just 29 percent who say they were not justified; 20 percent do not express an opinion.

The new national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Dec. 11-14 among 1,001 adults, finds that amid competing claims over the effectiveness of CIA interrogation methods, 56 percent believe they provided intelligence that helped prevent terrorist attacks, while just half as many (28 percent) say they did not provide this type of intelligence.

Have neoconservatives with the aid of the mainstream media convinced the American public that torture can be justified?

President Barack Obama said that once he was elected he had stopped all of the questionable interrogation tactics. But, Obama supports drone strikes, which have included some deadly mistakes, such as the killing of innocent civilians.

But is this how America will be known now? By our torture. Or drone strikes?

Jack Hunter from Rare.com asked a great question in his recent article, Americans who defend torture sound like Osama Bin Laden.

He asked, “When you become like your enemies, what makes you better than them?”

Yes, torture is ineffective and produces bad results despite what Cheney and the mainstream media claim. But the argument against torture shouldn’t be because it produces bad results. 

There are universal truths that should guide our moral compass. No matter who you are or what you have done, human rights still matter, and certain things are right or wrong. Torture is wrong in every situation regardless of the consequence. 

By Joshua Cook | Tsu | Facebook | Twitter 

Sen. Cruz betrays his libertarian supporters, wants Lieberman for Defense Secretary

Texas Senator Ted Cruz thinks that Joe Lieberman is a suitable replacement for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Cruz called the former Connecticut independent senator as a “strong” option. President Barack Obama hasn’t named a proposed replacement for Hagel, who announced his resignation earlier Monday.

“One strong option would be former Sen. Joe Lieberman, a member of the president’s own party with deep experience and unshakable commitment to the security of the United States,” Cruz said. “I urge the president to give him full and fair consideration for this critical position.”

Lieberman has very similar foreign policy as Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. The three men have been called the “Three Amigos.”

Lieberman retired from Congress in 2012 and was once the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee in 2000.

Many libertarian and conservative supporters were shocked that Cruz would want a neocon like Lieberman to replace Hagel.

Rare Liberty, ran by Jack Hunter, posted a rebuke on its Facebook page: “This is as bad as saying John McCain or Lindsey Graham would be a good defense secretary. A huge slap in the face by Cruz to any libertarian who ever supported him. Right now, I’m ashamed I did.”

For many libertarian Republicans and Independent voters, this move by Cruz is making Sen. Rand Paul a more attractive choice for 2016.

For those who don’t want endless wars, Rand Paul’s “Conservative Realism” maybe more appealing. Rand’s philosophy falls between his father Ron Paul’s non-interventionism and the neocons like Lieberman, McCain, and Graham. Well, I guess I would include Cruz in that group now too.

As reported by BenSwann.com’s Rachel Blevins, Senator Rand Paul is calling for a Declaration of War resolution against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

His father would have tried to stop the CIA from funding and arming ISIS in the first place. I say let Ron Paul be the next Defense Secretary!

Please join this discussion on Tsu | Facebook | Twitter .