Foreign Policy Fyle


  • 2018 will be a good year for weapons makers. [Link]
  • The United States Air Force started its largest ever war games. [Link]
  • Conn Hallinan explains how easily nuclear war can start. [Link]
  • Philip Giraldi responds to the new National Defense Strategy. [Link]


  • The US Ambassador to Panama resigns saying he can no longer work for Trump. [Link]
  • At a Congressional Committee, an official from the State Department said the US is keeping troops in Syria out of concern of Iranian influence. The committee asked the Defense Department to send an official but the Pentagon did not send a witness. [Link]
  • US weapons makers profit big from Trump’s policies. [Link]
  • Gareth Porter explains the failed US policy of ‘coercive diplomacy.’ [Link]
  • Eric Margolis looks at US aggression against Pakistan. [Link]


  • Tom Engelhardt on the state of the War on Terror in 2018. [Link]
  • Trump will give the Pentagon an extra $600 million to give away to Arab and African countries. [Link]
  • The US is concerned about losing control of weapons provided to the Ukrainian military. [Link]


  • Senator Todd Young help up Trump’s nominee to be the legal advisor to the State Department until she sent a letter agreeing to review possible war crimes Saudi Arabia is committing in Yemen. [Link]
  • Counterterrorism airstrikes doubled under Trump. The White House has failed to explain the policy changes that caused the increase. [Link]
  • A four-star US General says US Marines in Norway should be prepared for a “big-ass fight.” [Link]


  • US shares intelligence with Russia that allowed Russia to prevent a terror attack. [Link]
  • Reza Marashi explains that Nikki Haley is bad at foreign policy. [Link]
  • Many are expressing skepticism of Nikki Haley’s claim that Iran is supplying missiles to the Houthi. [Link]
  • James Mattis says there is no reason for the US to step up militarily against Iran. [Link]


  • In 2017, the US sold 58% of all global weapon sales. [Link]
  • Nick Turse explains how Trump has expanded on the Obama policy of using more special operations forces. [Link]


  • The US is using more special forces to mask the true scope of US wars. [Link]
  • Trump signs the 2018 NDAA. [Link]
  • Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel removes the US from being in a position to negotiate a deal in Israel. [Link]
  • Tillerson said he is willing to engage in talks with North Korea without preconditions. [Link]
  • NSA McMaster says Turkey and Qatar are growing problems for the US. [Link]


  • Nikki Haley, “We don’t need other countries telling us whats right and wrong.” [Link]
  • The White House failed to report troop numbers in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. [Link]


  • Peter Van Buren on the state of the US State Department. [Link]
  • Medhi Hasan on Trump march to war with Iran. [Link]
  • The US has sold $42 billion in weapons overseas in 2017. The 2017 totals are $10 billion more than in 2016. [Link]
  • Rex Tillerson criticized Russia in a speech given in Europe. [Link]


  • The debt from US wars after 9/11 will cost taxpayers $8 trillion in interest. [Link]
  • Trump tells the Vietnam leader his country should buy more weapons from the US. Trump also said he will mediate the South China Sea dispute. [Link]
  • Trump suggests the US may remove some sanctions on Russia. Trump also said he may become friends with Kim Jung Un. [Link]
  • The State Department will give $750,000 to Hungarian media. [Link]
  • The US has spent $5.6 trillion on conflict since 2001. [Link]
  • Philip Giraldi explains how the US can be trapped into more interventions in the Middle East. [Link]


  • The Acting Army Secretary suggested the US military should do less overseas. [Link]
  • Trump was unable to visit the DMZ due to weather. [Link]
  • A US general warns the UK is close to missing its NATO commitments. [Link]
  • The US could have almost 16,000 troops in Afghanistan next year. [Link]


  • Trump will ask Congress for another $5.9 billion in defense spending. The money is for more THAAD missiles in South Korea and for 3,500 troops to be sent to Afghanistan. [Link]


  • Three US aircraft carriers are positioned near North Korea, this is the most since 2007. [Link]
  • Dan McAdams profiles the new Assistant Secretary of State to Europe and Eurasia. [Link]
  • A Pentagon assessment finds the US would need to use a ground invasion to secure North Korea’s nukes. [Link]


  • Nick Turse reveals the global presence of US special forces. [Link]
  • The House Minority Whip is pushing Democrats to not sign onto H.Con.Res 81. [Link]
  • The US gave two A-29 light attack aircraft to Lebanon. [Link]
  • US Maj. Gen. James Jarrard said the US has 4,000 troops in Syria. [Link]


  • Special forces captured a militant who was in part behind the 2012 Benghazi attack. He will be tried in federal court. [Link]
  • Mattis and Tillerson testify before Congress that they do not need a new war authorization for the US expansive interventions in Africa. [Link] Mattis testified that the US troops killed in Niger were not in Niger under authority from the 2001 AUMF. [Link]
  • The State Department issues a travel warning for Americans traveling to Niger. [Link]


  • Raytheon won a $1.5 billion dollar contract from the Pentagon. [Link]
  • The IAEA Cheif confirms Iran is living up to the nuclear agreement. [Link]


  • Vice President Pence said the US will provide more aid and protection to Christians living in the Middle East. [Link]
  • Senator Chris Murphy will introduce a bill to prevent Trump from attacking North Korea without Congressional approval. [Link]
  • Peter Van Buren argues mutually assured destruction will prevent war between the US and North Korea. [Link]
  • Nick Turse lays out the history of US interventionism in Niger. [Link]
  • Trump says China is helping the US in North Korea and Russia is hurting American efforts. [Link]


  • The search for absolute security will lead to endless war. [Link]
  • US F-35s will be deployed overseas for the first time. 12 F-35s will be stationed in Japan. [Link]
  • The House passed a bill with the harshest sanctions ever against North Korea. The sanctions prevent anyone with ties to the US from doing business with North Korea. [Link]
  • The US has been pushing the Niger government to be able to carry out drone strikes in Niger. The deaths of the four US soldiers could be enough to talk the Niger government into allowing drone strikes. [Link]


  • Jimmy Gurule argues US troops in Niger are illegal under the war powers act. [Link]
  • Adam Johnson on the hypocrisy of the New York Time editorial board. [Link]
  • After meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis, Senator Lindsey Graham said the global war on terror will be explaining. Graham also said the war is moving to Africa. [Link]


  • 70% of Americans believe the nuclear agreement with Iran should be renegotiated. [Link]
  • The New York Times editorial board says the US is in an endless war. [Link]
  • Some US Senators were stunned to learn US troops were in Niger. [Link]


  • The US is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers on 24-hour alert. [Link]
  • CIA Director Pompeo said the CIA will become a more vicious agency. [Link]
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pushes European countries to adopt sanctions against the IRGC. [Link]
  • Iran’s Foreign Minister says Iran will not renegotiate on the nuclear agreement. [Link]
  • Tillerson took a trip to the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, he called for the kingdom to have closer relations with Iraq. In Qatar, he called for a quick resolution to the split between Qatar and other GCC countries. Tillerson also called for Iranian backed militants in Iraq to go home or integrate with the Iraqi army. [Link]
  • The USS John McCain has taken on additional damage. [Link]


  • US aid to Latin America elites has lead to more immigrants coming to the US. [Link]
  • Trump disagrees with the State Department’s assessment of what is causing sonic attacks that effect US diplomats in Cuba. Trump believes the Cuban government can prevent the sonic attacks from occurring. [Link]
  • CIA Director Pompeo said the connection between Iran and al-Qaeda is an open secret. [Link]
  • CIA Director Pompeo said North Korea is rapidly moving towards having the ability to hit the US with a nuclear weapon. [Link]
  • 64% of Americans favor diplomacy with North Korea. [Link]


  • Patrick Cockburn explains how the US could lose by Trump decertifying the Iran nuclear agreement. [Link]


  • The US shipped Saudi Arabia $70 million more in weapons during the first eight months of 2017 than during the first eight months of 2016. [Link]


  • President Donald Trump announces he will not certify the P5+1 Nuclear Agreement with Iran. Trump demanded that Congress changes JCPOA. Trump also announced new sanctions on Iran. [Link]
  • Iran’s foreign minister said Iran would remain in the nuclear deal so long as European countries remain in the deal. [Link]
  • Nikki Haley said the US will remain in the Iran nuclear deal. [Link]
  • Rex Tillerson responds to Trump’s Iran speech. Tillerson says Trump wants a deal with Iran that covers more than nuclear weapons. [Link]
  • Paul Pillar responds to Trump’s speech on Iran. [Link]
  • Under Trump, the US has dropped more bombs in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The is also killing an increased number of civilians. [Link]


  • Trump is expected to reveal his new policy for Iran today. [Link] Trump is not expected to decertify the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran but will place more sanctions on the IRGC. [Link]
  • The Pentagon spends half of its budget on contractors. [Link]
  • The US announced troop arrivals to Poland near the border with Russia. [Link]
  • The US is moving a second aircraft carrier to the Korean Peninsula. [Link]


  • Trump will reveal his Iran police later this week. [Link]
  • Jason Ditz explains how America should attempt to prevent manmade disasters. [Link]
  • The UN has blacklisted four ships for carrying cargo for North Korea. [Link]
  • The US flew B1-B bombers over South Korea in a show of force. [Link]


  • Russia warns that there will be negative consequences if the US leaves the Iran nuclear deal. [Link]
  • The US will ease sanctions on Sudan. [Link]
  • Juan Cole breaks down the decline in the relationship between the US and Turkey. [Link]
  • Secretary of Defense James Mattis says the US policy for North Korea is to lead with diplomacy. [Link]


  • The US will not participate in war games with Saudi Arabia because of Saudi’s blockade of Qatar. US CENTCOM in the Middle East is located in Qatar. [Link]
  • Trump says that the US will develop a “broad strategy” to punish Iran. [Link]
  • Daniel Larison explains Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has no intention to improve relations with Iran. [Link]
  • The State Department approved a $15 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. The weapons deal incudes THAAD missile defense systems. [Link]
  • Gareth Porter explains the importance of supporting the bill to end support for Saudi’s war in Yemen. [Link]


  • Chris Woods of Airwars discusses airstrikes and civilian casualties in the war on the Islamic State. [Link]


  • The US ordered 15 Cuban diplomats to leave the country. The US also withdrew 60% of US diplomats from Cuba. [Link]
  • The US voted against a ban on the death penalty being made illegal as a punishment for homosexuality. [Link]
  • General Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the US should stay in the Iran nuclear deal. [Link]


  • US warships will now travel with their Automatic Identification System turned on. The AIS alerts other ships in the area on the size and speed of a ship to prevent coalitions. [Link]
  • The White House confirms that they are unwilling to engage in talks with North Korea. [Link]


  • Chris Ernesto takes on the myth that wars are fought to protect freedoms. [Link]
  • Julian Borger explains why the CIA is not helping Donald Trump to undermine the Iran nuclear deal. [Link]
  • Neoconservatives ally with Steve Bannon against the Iran nuclear deal. [Link]
  • Pentagon data shows each US taxpayer has spent $7,500 on the War on Terror. [Link]
  • Trump Tweeted that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was wasting his time trying to negotiate with North Korea. [Link]


  • General Dunford has been confirmed for a second term as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. [Link]
  • The US Embassy to Syria Tweeted, “Haley: The only lasting solution in Syria is thru a pol transition that does not allow Iranian influence to replace ISIS or Assad in power.” [Link] Haley also claimed that the Iran nuclear deal is empty without inspections of Iran’s non-nuclear military facilities. [Link]
  • A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the House that will end the US support for Saudi’s war against the people of Yemen. [Link]


  • General Dunford answered questions to a Senate committee for his reappointment to as the head of the Joint Cheif of Staff. In the session, Dunford said the US must influence Pakistan to change the situation in Afghanistan and China would be the greatest enemy to the US by 2025. [Link]


  • Paul Pillar explains how misinformation is killing the Iran nuclear deal. [Link]


  • US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has become a star neoconservative. [Link]
  • Senator Bernie Sanders said Saudi Arabia is not an ally of the US. [Link]
  • National Security Advisor McMaster said the Iran deal is fundamentally flawed. [Link] Secretary of State Tillerson admits Iran is complying with the deal. [Link]
  • Trump signed an Executive Order allowing sanctions on companies that trade with North Korea. [Link]


  • Daniel Larison explains how the Iran nuclear deal is a one-sided deal in favor of the US. [Link]
  • The US Strategic Command Cheif has confirmed that Iran is following the nuclear deal. [Link]
  • The US will provide $32 million in aid to the Rohingya people. The total the US has given to the Rohingya in aid for the fiscal year 2017 is $95 million. [Link]


  • Families of victims of the US drone program are suing in court for the US to admit the strike was unlawful and to apologize. [Link]


  • 15 Marines were injured in a training accident. [Link]
  • US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley advocates for war with North Korea and Assad. [Link]
  • Josh Stimpson argues Trump needs to go to North Korea to meet with King Jung Un. [Link]


  • The US imposed sanctions against 11 people and companies for their ties with Iran. [Link] The Trump Administration also extended the sanctions relief that is a part of the P5+1 Nuclear Agreement. [Link]
  • Trump said Iran is violating the spirit of the nuclear deal. [Link]
  • Jerrod Labor argues no one should ever listen to John Bolton again. [Link]


  • The US army has moved two tank brigades to northern Poland. The US says it is responding to concerns about Russia war games. [Link]
  • Defense Secretary James Mattis said the US needs to retain all three parts of the nuclear triad. In January, Mattis questioned the need for ground based missile silos. [Link]
  • Russia offered to reset relations with the US in March. [Link]
  • The US State Department and Russian Foreign Ministry issued statements saying that they feel no need for further escalation of hostilities. [Link]


  • The State Department approved of $3.8 billion in weapons sales to Bahrain. Most of the weapons in the sale are anti tank missiles and F-16s. [Link]
  • The US is looking at adding a small yield nuclear weapon to the nuclear arsenal. [Link] Fo


  • A US Army strategist Major Danny Sjursen explains that the US is not a force for good in the Middle East. [Link]
  • The US Navy operated its 7th Fleet with ships failing qualification to have a larger presence in the region. [Link]
  • Justin Raimondo explains the lies Nikki Haley told in her speech against Iran. [Link]


  • Moon of Alabama discusses the main stream media’s racist views on foreign policy. [Link]
  • The movement to expose the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty is making gains. [Link]
  • The Huffington Post identifies five lies US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said about Iran. [Link]


  • Johnathan Marshall explains why the US keeping 50 hydrogen bombs in Turkey is dangerous and how the US can lose control over the bombs. [Link]


  • The US is sending additional F-15s to the Baltic states. The planes will arrive in the region before Russia begins war games with Bulgaria. [Link] The Russian war games will involve just under 12,700 troops. [Link]
  • The US ordered Russia to close one consulate and two offices that are in the US. The US says this is a response to Russia expelling US diplomats. [Link]


  • Nikki Haley said the US wants to inspect all of Iran’s military and non-military sites for violations of the P5+1 nuclear deal. Iran responded by saying Iran would not allow their military sites to be inspected. [Link]
  • The US has put itself in an unsolvable problem in Syria and Iraq. By helping to defeat the Islamic State, the US has allowed for Iran to have more influence in the region. [Link]
  • John Bolton has released his plan for the US to get out of the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. Bolton’s plan calls for the US to have a worldwide propaganda campaign against Iran to convince the world Iran is cheating on the deal. The agency tasked with enforcing the deal, the IAEA, has continued to report Iran is true to the deal. [Link]


  • Trump says the US remains very, very protective of the Baltic region. [Link]
  • Trump will continue to Obama plan of sending over $1 trillion to improve American’s nuclear weapons. [Link]
  • The US intelligence community feels it is being pressured by Trump to invent a cause for the US to claim Iran is violating the nuclear deal. [Link]


  • After the CIA program to arm Syrian rebels ended, the US started a new operation on arm rebel groups. The US used civilians plans to smuggle weapons to groups in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Some of the weapons that went to Syria ended up in the hands of al-Qaeda linked groups. It is unknown who received the US weapons in Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The US encouraged Saudi Arabia and the UAE to carry out the same operation. [Link]


  • Lockheed Martian and Raytheon have won contracts from the Pentagon to design new nuclear cruise missiles. [Link]
  • This map shows where the 200,000 active duty US soldiers are stationed around the globe. [Link]
  • Jared Kushner is in the MIddle East attempting to work out a peace deal between Israel and Palestine. One issue with the deal is the deal has not been well defined. [Link]
  • General Mattis says the US is actively considering providing lethal aid to Ukraine. [Link]


  • The Trump Administration has cut $100 million in aid to Egypt and delayed $200 million more. The cuts and delays to aid are because Egypt has failed to meet human rights requirements set by the US. [Link]
  • The US Navy will investigate the Pacific fleet after four incidents of ships getting damaged. The announcement was made after the USS John McCain ran into a merchant ship. [Link] Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin has been removed as commander of the 7th Fleet. The 7th Fleet has had four accidents in the Pacific since January. [Link]


  • The Pentagon wants to spend $500 million to add to the military base at Guantanamo Bay. [Link]
  • The US uses a base in Austraila for surveillance and drone strikes. [Link]


  • Ten US sailors are missing after the USS John McCain collided with a merchant ship near Singapore. [Link]


  • National Review published an article listing several methods Trump could use to withdraw from the Iran deal. The article admits Iran is following the deal and suggests the US should try to get Iran to withdraw from the deal. [Link]


  • Andrew Spannaus explains how Trump and Obama faced challenges when attempting to improve relations with key foreign powers. [Link]


  • The Trump Administration is looking at arming Ukrainian rebels. Those who are advocating arming the rebels believe it will help to put pressure on Russia. [Link]


  • A US F-18 crash landed in Bahrain. The pilot was able to safely eject from the plane. [Link]


  • The UAE is on pace to donate $20 million to the Middle East Insititute over 2016-2017. Middle East Insititute is an American think tank. [Link]
  • Nikki Haley is meeting with the IAEA to look for proof Iran is violating the nuclear deal. The IAEA has continued to confirm Iran is following the deal. [Link]


  • An American plane came close to an Iranian drone while trying to land on an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. [Link]


  • Peter van Buren writes on the legacy of Hiroshima. [Link]
  • The Pentagon is looking at a plan to carry out drone strikes against ISIS in the Philippines. [Link]
  • Today marks the fourth year of America’s war against ISIS. [Link]


  • Mike Pence made a trip to Georgia. [Link]
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with the Russia Foreign Minister for talks. [Link]
  • McMaster says the US is ready for preemptive war with North Korea. [Link]


  • The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a bill that will cut aid to Palestine. The new legislation is demanding that Palestine stop providing support to the families of people who are imprisoned or have been killed resisting the Israeli occupation. [Link]


  • The US test launches an ICBM as a show of force. [Link]
  • McMaster fired Rich Higgins from the National Security Council. Higgins was fired after he published a memo saying Islamists and globalists were working together to undermine Trump. [Link] McMaster also fired NCS member Ezra Choen-Watnick. [Link]
  • Trump said in that the weapons from the CIA program to arm Syrian rebel groups ended up in the hands of al-Qaeda. [Link]


  • The Pentagon and State Department are looking to send weapons to Ukraine. [Link]
  • Germany demands the EU retaliate against the US because of the new sanctions the US placed on Russia. [Link]
  • Senator Lindsey Graham said Donald Trump endured him that Trump is prepared to strike North Korea. [Link] Tillerson says the US is only willing to have talks with North Korea after North Korea gives up his nuclear weapons and missile programs. [Link]
  • Scott Horton interviews West Virgina State Representative Pat McGeehee on his push to keep West Virgina’s National Gaurd out of foreign wars. [Link]


  • Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats says Kim Jung Un learned from Libya not to give up his nukes. [Link]
  • Trump will sign the sanctions bill. The sanctions bill puts new sanctions on Russian, Iran, and North Korea. [Link] Russia told the US Embassy in Russia to reduce staff in response to the sanctions bill. [Link] Putin said Russia will expel 755 US diplomats. [Link] The US put additional sanctions on Iran because Iran launched a missile carrying a satellite. [Link]
  • Iran claims a US Navy aircraft fired warning shots at an Iranian ship in the Persian Gulf. [Link]
  • At least five Russians in Europe have been arrested on cyber security charges in the past nine months. The arrests are part of US cyber crimes prosecutions. [Link]
  • Rand Paul is pushing for two Senate amendments to the NDAA. One amendment repeals AUMFs and the other amendment repeals the government’s ability to indefinitely detain US citizens without charges. [Link]
  • North Korea carried out a missile test that is reported to be an ICBM. The US responded by flying two B-1 bombers over northern South Korea. [Link]


  • The Senate passed the Sanctions Bill 98-2. The bill now goes to Trump for a signature. [Link]
  • National Security Advisor General McMaster removed General Derek Harvey from the National Security Council. [Link]
  • The House has passed a $788 billion spending bill for the Pentagon, VA, and Trump’s wall. [Link]


  • Tucker Carlson and Glenn Greenwald discuss Russiaagte and US foreign policy. [Link]
  • The US placed sanctions on 13 members of the Venezuelan government. [Link]


  • The House passed a bill that will add sanctions to Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The bill also places more restrictions on the president’s ability to remove the sanctions. [Link]
  • A US Navy ship fired warning shots at an Iranian ship in the Persian Gulf. [Link]


  • Trevor Thrall explains why the failing War on Terror continues. [Link]
  • 12 US paratroopers were injured in Romania. [Link]


  • The US is furious with Turkey because Turkey released the location of ten US military positions. [Link]
  • A top US general calls for formal US military operations in the Philippines. [Link]


  • Nikki Haley criticized African nations for failing to meet the needs of the 14 million Africans facing famine. [Link]
  • Trump is ending the CIA’s program of arming and training Syrian rebels. [Link]
  • Speaker Paul Ryan unilaterally removed an amendment to the 2018 NDAA. The amendment was sponsored by Barbra Lee and would have repealed the 2001 AUMF. [Link]


  • 76% of Americans fear America will be in a “major war” within the next four year. [Link]
  • Rex Tillerson announced the closing of the Office of Global Criminal Justice. The Office pursued war criminals. [Link]
  • The White House certified that Iran was following the terms of the nuclear agreement. [Link] The White House then announced sanctions against 18 Iranian individuals and organizations. [Link]
  • The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea does not have the ability to hit America with “any degree of accuracy.” [Link]


  • The House voted in favor of an amendment to the NDAA that will end US funding to Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemen. [Link] An additional amendment was passed that requires the Pentagon to report to Congress the results of American’s involvement in the war in Yemen. [Link]
  • Commander of US Central Command, General Votel, says it may not matter much if the ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi, is dead or not. [Link]
  • US workers are building a military airbase in the Kurdish region of Syria. [Link]


  • The US will put sanctions on some Chinese banks as a way to target North Korea. [Link]


  • The US signed an anti-terror agreement with Qatar. In the agreement, both countries will work to reduce funding to terrorists. [Link]


  • The US is looking at options that would increase US involvement in Libya. [Link]
  • The US has deployed Patriot Missile batteries in Lithuania for the first time. Lithuanian officials say the missiles are in Lithuania for war games and are expected to remain there until September. [Link]
  • The US has made an agreement to sell Poland $7.6 billion in Patriot Missiles. [Link]
  • The US State Department announces it plans to sell $4 billion worth of Patriot Missiles to Romania. [Link]
  • Three Defense Department officials told Nancy Yousef that the Pentagon does not have a formal role in the Syrian ceasefire. [Link]


  • Rex Tillerson says the demands Saudi Arabia made of Qatar are unrealistic. Tillerson said a resolution to the conflict may be months away. [Link]


  • Nikki Haley said that “everyone knows Russia meddled in the election.” Haley went on to say Russia is getting involved in elections around the world. [Link]
  • The US flew B1 and F-16 bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Friday. North Korea called the move a reckless provocation. [Link]


  • The US will delay announcing the deaths of US military members who die in Afghanistan. [Link]


  • The US warns North Korea that the window for a diplomatic solution is closing. [Link]


  • Bomb manufacturers are profiting off of the US foreign policy. [Link]
  • Rex Tillerson said the fate of Assad is in Russia’s hands. [Link]
  • The US carried out an airstrike against al-Shabaab on Sunday. The strike was a part of the US mission in Somalia to defeat al-Shabaab and stabilize Somalia. [Link]


  • The US is restructuring its missile defense program. [Link]
  • Lt. Gen. Aundre F. Piggee said that the US was not concerned about limiting civilian deaths in Iraq during the 2007 surge. [Link]


  • General McMaster says he presented Trump with new options for attacking North Korea. [Link]
  • Congresswoman Barabra Lee attached an amendment to the defense spending bill that will repeal the 2001 AUMF. [Link]
  • Nikki Haley criticizes the UN Security Council for not placing sanctions on Iran. [Link]
  • Daniel McAdams argues that Article 5 of the NATO agreement does not require the US to go to war in defense of other NATO countries. [Link]
  • The US has agreed to sell Taiwan $1.4 billion in weapons. [Link]
  • The US government is trying to seize a building in downtown Manhattan it claims is owned by the Iranian government. A judge ruled that the Iranian government connection to the ownership of this building violated sanctions. [Link]


  • A DIA report claims Russia believes the US is going to attempt a regime change in Syria. [Link]
  • A West Point study claims that ISIS is turning back into an insurgency in Iraq and Syria. [Link]
  • Doug Bandow argues the US military is trying to do too much. [Link]
  • The current draft of the new NDAA ends support to the Iraqi Kurds if they become independent from Iraq. This year, the US allocated  $480 million in support for the Iraqi Kurds. [Link]


  • The US is beginning submarine war game with NATO allies. [Link]


  • Bob Corker says he will block all weapons sales to GCC countries until the dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia is resolved. [Link]
  • The NDAA will require President Trump to submit a plan for Afghanistan and Syria. [Link]
  • Trump says North Korea must be dealt with rapidly. [Link]


  • At a Defense Department press briefing, the Defense Department spokesperson admitted the US was not investigating civilian deaths caused by the YPG. [Link]
  • Several Senators are calling for the Pentagon to invest claims of torture prisons in Yemen. [Link]
  • Obama ordered that cyber weapons be implanted within Russia that can be switched on to retaliate to a Russian cyber attack. [Link]


  • Russia cancels official talks with the US over the US extending sanctions against Russia. [Link]
  • The UAE says it may cut intelligence-sharing ties with the US over the JASTA law. The JASTA law allows victims of 9/11 sue countries who supported the terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attack. [Link]
  • A US F-16 intercepted the plane of the Russian Defense Minister over the Baltic Sea. [Link]


  • The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on a new AUMF on Thursday. [Link]


  • All seven sailors who went missing after a USS destroyer collided with a cargo ship have been found dead. [Link]


  • Seven US sailors are still missing after a cargo ship collided with a US destroyer near Japan. [Link]


  • Rex Tillerson says US policy on Iran is to support elements who want peaceful regime change in Iran. [Link]
  • According to a Government Accountability Organization report says the US military lacks a high level of readiness. The report found that years of interventionism has caused the lack of readiness. [Link]


  • The US signs an agreement to sell Qatar $12 billion worth of F-15s. The deal was announced by Obama in November of 2016 and approved by the Senate. [Link]
  • The Senate passed a sanctions bill against Russia for meddling in the election. The vote was 97-2, with Senators Lee and Paul voting against the bill. The sanctions bill will now move to the house. [Link]


  • A bill that would block a $510 million weapons sale to Saudi Arabia fails in the Senate 47-53. [Link]
  • The $110 billion in weapons Trump agreed to sell to Saudi Arabia include seven THAAD batteries and over 100,000 air to ground munitions. [Link]


  • Senate Democrats will join with Rand Paul in opposing a weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. The vote on the weapons sale could occur this week. [Link]


  • The Senate moves forward with sanctions against Iran the day after Iran suffered terror attack carried out by ISIS. [Link]


  • Russia fighters intercept US B-52 bombers flying parallel to the Russia border over the Baltic Sea. [Link]
  • The US does not expect Qatar will ask the 10,000 US troops stationed in Qatar to leave. Trump has claimed credit for Saudi Arabia cutting ties with Qatar. [Link]
  • The South Korean president is blocking the installation of addition THAAD missile defense systems in South Korea. The US secretly tried to install an additional four THADD systems. [Link]


  • The Army will be offering larger finical incentives in an attempt to get soldiers to re-enlist. The Army is struggling to recruit enough soldiers are they are looking to expand their ranks. [Link]


  • The US is giving the Philippines $150 million in weapons to help fight terrorism. The Philippines military is currently fighting an IS-linked group within the Philippines. [Link]
  • The State Department approved $1.4 billion in weapons and training to be sold to Saudi Arabia. This $1.4 billion dollar sale is part of the larger $110 billion in weapons that Trump agreed to sell Saudi Arabia. [Link]
  • Montenegro officially joined NATO. Montenegro is the first new member since 2009. [Link]


  • At least 80 civilians have been killed by countries in the US-led coalition to fight ISIS other than the US. The US is responsible for thousands of civilian deaths. The US government is protecting the information about the 80 civilians deaths from becoming public. Many people in US-coalition countries want to know if their country is responsible for civilian deaths. [Link]


  • Half of US armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are contractors. [Link]
  • Special forces have been half of all American combat deaths since 2015. [Link]


  • The US defense spending totals $1.1 trillion a year. [Link]
  • The Army’s request for funds 2018 asks for $6.4 million to build a forward operating base in Turkey. The base could be a site for THAAD missiles. [Link]
  • This article looks at the US increasing use of special forces. [Link]
  • Senators Jeff Flake and Tim Kaine introduce a bill that will be a new AUMF. The new AUMF will give the authorization to fight ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban. [Link]


  • The Pentagon lost track of $1 billion of weapons that were sent to Iraq and Kuwait. [Link]
  • The military planned to replace the A-10 Warthog with the F-35. The Air Force announced the A-10 will not be retired. [Link]
  • Congressman Mac Thornberry proposes an $2.1 billion in additional military spending the Asia Pacific. The increased spending will be for munitions and THAAD missiles. [Link]
  • This article details some of the weapons Saudi Arabia will purchase in the new weapons deal. [Link]
  • Senator Rand Paul has proposed a new bill that would block the $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia. [Link]


  • This article looks at the high costs of the US foreign policy. [Link]


  • During Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the two countries agreed to a $350 billion weapons deal. [Link]
  • Mattis claims that the escalation against ISIS has not led to a rise in civilians deaths. [Link]
  • The US signs a deal with the Gulf Coordination Council to not provide support to terrorist organizations. [Link]


  • Senator Chris Murphy explains the danger of selling Saudi Arabia more weapons. [Link]


  • Nikki Haley says all other countries should look to add more sanctions against North Korea. Haley said anyone who does not put more sanctions against North Korea is against the international community. [Link]
  • A State Department memo identified some Syrian rebel groups as being linked to al-Qaeda. The US government never put these groups on an official terrorism list. [Link]


  • This interview looks into the widespread use of US Special Forces. [Link]


  • The US is closing in on a deal to sell Saudi Arabia $100 billion in weapons. [Link]


  • The State Department approves a $2 billion missile sale to the UAE. [Link]
  • Congressman Warren Davidson calls for the US to pass a new AUMF to fight ISIS. [Link]


  • On the Scott Horton Show, Conn Hallinan makes the case that the US is moving towards first strike potential. [Link]
  • The US has been secretly training two Syrian rebel groups in South Syria. The training is occurring on the battlefield and in a camp near the border with Iraq. The rebel groups have received air support, training, and weapons from the US. These rebel groups are helping to take Deir Ezzor from ISIS. [Link]


  • The US is looking for a status of forces agreement with Iraq to keep US troops in Iraq for the foreseeable future. [Link]
  • The Pentagon finally admits they bombed a mosque in Syria on March 16th. [Link]
  • FOIA reveals the US military has a base in South Libya. [Link]


  • The US flies B-1 bombers near North Korea. The B-1 bombers were a show of force to North Korea. [Link]
  • The US is deploying a high-altitude drone to Japan to spy on North Korea. [Link]


  • The US is using bombs faster than they can be replaced. [Link]


  • Nikki Haley will have to run her statements on important issues through staff at the State Department. Haley has been an outspoken member of Trump’s foreign policy team. [Link]
  • The State Department has approved $440 in weapons sales to Israel. [Link]


  • Rep Adam Schiff has introduced a bill that will give the president an Authorization of Use of Military Force against the Taliban, ISIS, and al- Qaeda. [Link]


  • A US Navy ship operating off the coast of Iran fired a warning flare at an Iranian ship that was about 1,000 meters from the US ship. [Link]


  • The US begins deploying THAAD missiles in South Korea. The arrival of the system was met with some protesters who do not want the THAAD deployed in their country. [Link]


  • Rex Tillerson says that sanctions on Russia will not be lifted until Crimea is returned. [Link]
  • The US will conduct F-35 training in Estonia, near the Russian border. [Link]


  • NATO troops arrive in Poland and will be stationed near the Russian border. 900 of the 1,100 NATO troops are US troops. [Link]
  • Mattis calls Iran a destabilizing force in the Middle East. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle


  • Mattis claims that Assad has more chemical weapons. [Link]


  • Experts warn that the US missile defense system does not work as well as the Pentagon claims. [Link]


  • The US is moving ground troops back into Somalia for the first time in 24 years. [Link]


  • More than 50 Members of Congress sign a letter demanding Trump seek Congressional authorization before any further escalation of the war in Yemen. [Link]


  • Under Trump, the US is becoming more interventionist. The US killed over 1,000 civilians in March. [Link]
  • The US will provide $8 million in military aid to the Central African Republic. [Link]


  • Tillerson will not meet with Putin on his trip to Russia. [Link]


  • A US Navy strike group is moving towards North Korea as a show of force. [Link]


  • After statements last week about shifting US policy in Syria from Assad most go, Nikki Haley now says that Assad is a priority and the US wants to charge him with war crimes. [Link]


  • Trump has given the military power to conduct offensive counterterrorism strikes against al-Shabaab in Somalia. Previously, the US was only about to conduct strikes in defense of Somalian government troops. [Link]
  • Nikky Haley and Rex Tillerson both made statements yesterday suggesting that US policy has shifted away from an “Assad must go” position. [Link]
  • The Pentagon is responding to criticisms of the airstrike in Mosul that left up to 240 civilians dead. The Pentagon is blaming the attack on ISIS. The Pentagon claims that ISIS put the civilians in the building, then fired from the building to bait the US into the attack. [Link]


  • Trump informed Congress that he plans to sell 19 F-16s to Bahrain. The sale had been halted by Obama over human rights concerns. [Link]


  • US officials say there has not been a loosening of the rules that allow airstrikes to have civilian casualties. Civilian casualties by US airstrikes have increased in Syria and Iraq recently. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The Senate voted 97-2 to approve  Montenegro’s membership into NATO. [Link]


  • The US is boycotting nuclear disarmament talks taking place at the UN. [Link]


  • The US is investigating multiple airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. Those airstrikes killed a total of nearly 300 civilians. Of course, it is likely the US has killed more civilians in the last few weeks than the 300 deaths that are being investigated. [Link]
  • The commander of US forces in Afghanistan is requesting 5,000 more troops. [Link]


  • The Senate is working to pass a bipartisan bill that will increase sanctions on Iran. [Link]


  • Tillerson says US troops will remain in Iraq after ISIS is defeated. [Link]
  • Congress is looking to place sanctions on Assad and countries that assist Assad. [Link]
  • The US vows to defeat ISIS in Afghanistan in 2017. [Link]


  • Tillerson asks the Senate to confirm Montenegro as a NATO member country. [Link]


  • NATO will be sending an additional 1,200 troops to Poland. 900 of those troops are expected to be US troops. [Link]


  • The US has 200,000 troops deployed outside of the US. [Link]
  • Trump continues to expand special operation troops deployment. Trump has deployed special operations troops to Central Africa. [Link]


  • Tillerson says that a preemptive strike against North Korea is not off the table and that North Korea would have to unilaterally disarm before any negotiations with the US began. [Link]


  • Doug Bandow makes a case for not allowing Montenegro into NATO. [Link]
  • Nikki Haley says the US will not engage in talks with North Korea. Haley wants China and Russia to talk to North Korea about North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. [Link] Tillerson said the diplomacy with North Korea has failed and that the US needs a new approach. [Link]


  • Rand Paul has introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act in the Senate. Rep, Tulsi Gabbard has introduced a similar bill in the House. If signed into law, this bill would prevent the US from arming Syrian rebel group who give their weapons to al-Qaeda/ISIS or are controlled by al-Qaeda/ISIS. [Link]


  • This article describes why adding more troops to the Middle East is a futile effort in Trump’s goal to make America great again. [Link]
  • The US government has asked Cambodia to repay a $662 million war debt. During the Vietnam War, the US killed 500,000 Cambodians in bombing raids. [Link]


  • The US Army is looking at sites in Europe to construct a new base. [Link]
  • The US is moving 2,500 troops to Kuwait to prepare for deployment in Iraq or Syria. [Link]


  • Nikki Haley demands that we get Iran out of Syria. Iran is in Syria assisting Assad fight ISIS and Syrian rebels in the civil war. [Link]
  • The US rejects China’s proposed deal between the US and North Korea. [Link]


  • A B-52 bomber squadron will be deployed to the Middle East. [Link]


  • The US is starting to deploy a new missile defense system in South Korea. The US government says the missile defense system is being put in place as a measure against North Korea, but the placement of the missile defense system will increase tensions with China. [Link]


  • Tulsi Gabbard is again calling for the US government to stop arming terrorists in Syria. [Link]
  • The Pentagon is increasing special operations forces deployments across the Middle East and North Africa. Many of the deployments are in Yemen, where the White House looks to use them against AQAP. [Link]
  • Russian and NATO officials hold high-level talks. These are the first high-level talks between NATO and Russia since 2014. [Link]


  • The US foreign policy in the Middle East created the refugee crisis. [Link]
  • The Deputy National Security Advisor is looking for offensive military options to deal with North Korea. [Link]


  • The US has begun massive joint military exercises with South Korea. The government claims the purpose of the military drills is to prepare a defense if North Korea attacks. Tensions between the US and North Korea are already heightened after a North Korean ballistic missile test. These drills typically result in heightened tensions and threats of violence from the North Korea leader. [Link]


  • Russia and China veto a UN resolution to impose sanctions on Assad for allegedly using chemical weapons. The resolution was drafted by France and the UK. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley supported the resolution and condemned Russia for vetoing it. [Link]


  • Gareth Porter writes this article on intelligence agencies pushing Trump to a more hawkish foreign policy on Russia. [Link]


  • The Pentagon is giving the White House recommendations for Somalia including increased aid for the Somali army, US special forces to be fighting closer to the front line, and looser restrictions on airstrikes. [Link]


  • Niki Haley is pushing new sanctions against Syria because of her belief that Syria is using chemical weapons. Haley released a statement condemning Russia for threatening to veto her proposed new UN sanctions. [Link]


  • This article explains how America’s foreign policy lead to Trump’s travel ban. [Link]


  • All major French political parties were targeted to be infiltrated by the CIA leading up to the 2012 French Presidential elections. [Link]


  • Senator Graham says 2017 will be “a year of kicking Russia in the ass.” Graham is supporting several anti-Russia pieces legislation. [Link]
  • 1,000 US troops in Poland will be positioned only 85 miles from the Russian border. [Link]
  • The Senate is looking to pass new sanctions against Iran for testing a medium-range ballistic missile. The sanctions have bipartisan support. [Link]


  • Rex Tillerson commits the US nuclear arsenal to defend Japan and South Korea. This policy was put in place under Obama. [Link]
  • Secretary of Defense Mattis says the US will not collaborate with Russia in Syria. [Link]
  • Secretary of Defense Mattis says the US and NATO allies are preparing to escalate the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. [Link]
  • US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says that the US is committed to a two-state solution for Israel. [Link]


  • US and Russian military leaders will meet today. This will be the first meeting between US and Russian military leaders since 2014. Rex Tillerson will also be meeting with his Russian counterpart today. [Link]
  • US troops and ground vehicles arrive in Bulgaria to show Russia that the US plans to defend Eastern European countries. [Link]
  • James Mattis tells NATO members they need to increase defense spending by the end of the year or risk the curtailing of US defense support. [Link]


  • 500 US troops and tanks arrive in Romania to bolster the countries defenses and prove our commitment to the NATO ally. [Link]


  • The US places sanctions on Venezuela’s Vice President for drug trafficking. This will prevent US citizens and businesses from transacting with the vice president. [Link]


  • US troops and tanks arrive in Estonia. The troops and tanks are a part of the NATO buildup to combat Russian aggression. Estonia shares a border with Russia. [Link]


  • The US has alliances with over 50 other countries that will require the US to go to war in defense of those countries. [Link]


  • The US military underreports the number of airstrikes it conducts by the thousands. [Link]
  • The US has agreed to a $8.5 billion deal with Lockheed Martian to buy 90 F-35As. The cost is about $7 million less per plane than the US’s previous deal to buy F-35s. [Link]


  • The US Treasury Department relaxed sanctions against Russia. US companies will now be able to make some cybersecurity transactions with Russia. [Link]
  • At the UN, Nikki Haley said that Russia needs to return the Crimea to Ukraine and sanctions on Russia will not be lifted until this happens. [Link]
  • Government numbers of civilians killed by US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria continue to much too low. The US claims to have killed 9 civilians between October 25 and December 9. The Pentagon admits the US killed at least 15 civilians in November. A watchdog group says the US killed about 84 civilians in that time. [Link]


  • National Security Advisor, Mike Flynn, said the US is putting Iran on notice because of Iran’s ballistic missile test. Flynn claims the test is a breach of a UN resolution and threatens the US in the Middle East. [Link] In a statement that seems to contradict Flynn, the Pentagon’s spokesman said the US’s position on Iran is unchanged. [Link]


  • A resolution has been introduced in the House that will allow the president to start a preemptive war against Iran to keep them from getting nuclear weapons. [Link]


  • Air Wars reports that over 450 Iraqi and Syrian civilians have been killed by the US coalition’s airstrikes since October 17th. [Link]


  • The Defense Department has trained some high-ranking foreign military leaders at its top defense schools. At least 17 of these men went on to be convicted or accused of human rights violations or serious crimes. These crimes have included extrajudicial killings and torture. [Link]


  • For the first time since WWII, US Marines have been deployed to Norway. There are 300 marines who have been deployed for a scheduled six months. [Link]


  • On a leaked tape, John Kerry admits the US watched ISIS grow and thought the US could manage ISIS. The US was hoping ISIS would be a problem for Assad. [Link]


  • 3,500 US troops have now reached Poland where they will be deployed. This is the first ever continuous deployment to the region by US troops. [Link]


  • A US Navy Destroyer fired three warning shots at 4 Iranian boats in the Strait of Hormuz. [Link]
  • The US added more sanctions on Russia. Five more Russian officials were added to the blacklist that prevents them from doing business with Americans and freezes any assets they have in America. [Link]
  • 4,000 US troops arrive in Europe. The troops are part of the NATO build up to combat Russian aggression. [Link]


  • The Pentagon plans to conduct more war games in Europe to deter Russian aggression. [Link]
  • Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Governor Greg Abbott will meet with Taiwan’s President as she passes through the US. [Link]


  • The alleged target of a drone strike that killed a 16-year-old American in 2011 is still alive. The US State Department is offering a $5 million reward for his killing or capture. [Link]


  • The US dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016. Most of the bombs were dropped on Iraq and Syria. [Link]
  • US Special Forces were deployed to 138 countries in 2016. Over half of Special Operations forces were sent to the Greater Middle East. [Link]
  • The US now has Special Operations Forces stationed on the Russian border. The US reports that the troops are in Lithuania for a training mission and to deter Russian aggression. [Link]


  • Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has announced he will lead a Congressional delegation to Russia sometime in February. [Link]


  • This article examines how Obama has been far easier on Israel than past presidents. [Link]


  • Obama has unilaterally put new sanctions on Russia for “hacking” the US election. Obama ejected 35 Russian diplomats who have been labeled as spies for Russia. Obama put sanctions on four top members of the Russian G.R.U. Obama also put sanctions on three Russian companies. [Link]


  • The US was the seller for half of all the world’s weapons sales in 2015. [Link]


  • Russia says that nearly all lines of communication between the US and Russia have been frozen. The US denies these claims and reports there are several diplomatic channels between the US and Russia. [Link]


  • China is looking to place conditions on the return of the US Navy’s underwater drone that was seized by China last week. China is setting the conditions that the US scale down its surveillance of the South China Sea and expanding the code for unexpected encounters between the two countries to deal with unmanned underwater drone encounters. [Link]


  • China says it will return the UN Navy underwater drone it took international waters. [Link]


  • President Obama vows to retaliate against Russia for “meddling in the US election.” [Link]


  • Representative Tulsi Gabbard says the CIA has been giving weapons to Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Those countries then give the weapons to al-Qaeda and ISIS. She believes both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are aware of this. [Link]


  • Rep Tulsi Gabbard introduced a bill that would prevent the US government from arming, training, supplying or providing intelligence to terrorists groups or countries that provide support to terrorist groups. This would prevent the US from selling weapons to Saudi Arabia. [Link]
  • The US approves $7 billion in weapon sales to Saudi Arabi, UAE, Qatar, and Morocco. [Link]


  • Obama has abused the AUMF 2001 to justify many of his wars. He used the law to act against the will of Congress by attacking ISIS in 2014. [Link]


  • The NDAA for 2017 passes the House. This bill will authorize $611 billion in defense spending. [Link]
  • The Treasury Department imposes new sanctions on North Korea through executive orders. The sanctions are in response to North Korea’s nuclear tests in September. [Link]
  • President Obama will sign the Iran sanctions bill that passed through Congress. This will extend the sanction on Iran for another 10 years. [Link]


  • Both houses of Congress have now passed a bill that will renew sanctions on Iran for another 10 years. [Link]


  • Obama agrees to a deal with the EU to lock in sanctions against Russia. The sanctions agreement will make it more difficult for Trump to normalize relations with Russia. [Link]


  • During Obama Presidency, he approved $278 billion in weapons sales. This is more than double the amount of weapon sales Bush approved during his presidency. Saudi Arabia received the most weapons, $115 billion. [Link]


  • Defense Secretary Carter says the US must start spending money on nuclear weapons now. [Link]


  • US senior intelligence officials report that the US has hacked into Russia’s electric grid, telecommunications networks, and the Kremlin’s command systems. The hack would allow the US to conduct a cyber attack against Russia. [Link]


  • An influential Washington think tank, Center for American Progress, produces papers to sway America to support policy favorable to The United Arad Emirates. The UAE has donated to Center for American Progress and a former UAE diplomat works for the think tank. [Link]


  • Philippines President, Duterte, walks back his statements about separation from the US. [Link]


  • Philippines President, Duterte, says he will separate from the US and direct the countries diplomacy towards China. [Link]


  • US Air Force top officer says that the US will be involved in overseas war for the next 15 or 20 years. [Link]
  • US and South Korea military officials agree to step up efforts to combat the “grave” threat from North Korea. [Link]


  • The US Navy’s new lighter and faster war ships keep running into mechanical problems. [Link]


  • The CIA is seeking Russian cyber attacks to target. [Link]


  • US drops two faux nuclear bombs in the Nevada desert. Those bombs did not have the nuclear warhead on them. [Link]


  • The Justice Department moves to dismiss charges against Marc Turi, a weapons dealer. Turi was charged with selling weapons to Libyan fighters, who turned out to be jihadists. Turi claimed that both Hillary Clinton and President Obama knew that the weapons were going to Libyan terrorists, as they wanted the weapons to assist in regime change in Libya. The charges were likely dropped to prevent this information from coming out at trial. [Link]


  • Two men who were tortured by the CIA at the secret prison known as the Salt Pit have talked about their treatment there. [Link]
  • The Council on Foreign Relations estimates that the US dropped over 23,000 bombs in 2015. They admit that estimate is likely on the lower end. [Link]


  • The US government paid over $500 million to a British firm to produce fake Al-Qaeda and propaganda videos. [Link]


  • The US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier is already 2 years behind schedule, and is expected not to be completed by the most recent target of November. The carrier is also expected to surpass its $12.9 billion budget cap. A review of why the project is taking so long is being delayed. [Link]


  • US threatens Russia that the US will suspend engagement with Russia in the Syrian conflict. The US will cut off engagement with Russia for Russia’s role in the heavy bombing of Aleppo. [Link]


  • Congressman Lieu and Senator Markey introduce a bill in both Houses of Congress to prevent the President from using a nuclear weapon without the US first being attacked or a Declaration of War being declared by Congress. [Link]


  • The US government is using propaganda to gain public support for intervention in Syria. The US has used social media paid promotions to push its narrative of Syria. The US government has used other methods to hide stories out of Syria it does not want to reach the public. [Link]
  • The Syrian rebel group, Army of Conquest, has two Syrian towns under siege. The Army of Conquest has used snipers and car bombs to terrorize the citizens of the towns. The snipers have even targeted children, especially young males. The Army of Conquest is supported by US allies Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Some fear a massacre of the two towns are possible if an agreement with the Syrian government falls apart. [Link]


  • John Kerry makes it clear that US policy is to keep the Syrian Government from bombing Al-Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria. [Link]
  • Senators John McCain and Bob Corker voted against the bipartisan bill to block an arms sale to Saudi Arabia. There reasoning was that The Strait of Hormuz is critical to US interests and Yemen would be threatened if Yemen fell the the Houthis. However, the Senators misread their maps as Yemen is 100 of miles away from the Strait of Hormuz. The Senators likely mistook Yemen for Oman. [Link]


  • The US will spend $711 Billion on defense. The next 13 highest spending countries combined only spend $695 Billion. [Link]


  • A report by the UK Parliament rips apart the intervention in Libya. The NATO intervention was pushed by Hillary Clinton.  The report shows how the impending massacre of Benghazi was propaganda. The effects of the intervention in Libya have been an increase in jihadist terrorists in Libya and foreign leaders less likely to negotiate with The West moving forward. [Link]


  • The US Government is responsible for the stalemate in Syria. The CIA Director recently indicated that the US is only giving the “moderate” rebels enough weapons to maintain. The US Government is concerned that overthrowing the Syrian Government create more problems, so the goal is to drag on the war till Syrian President Assad steps down.


  • Inspector General report finds that the US mission in Afghanistan was undermined by corruption. The report finds that US aid given to Afghanistan was responsible for the corruption. The US often gave more in annual aid than Afghanistan’s entire GDP. [Link]
  • The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will cost the US over $12 trillion dollars. [Link]


  • US and Israel agree to a record aid deal. The US will send Israel $38 Billion over the next 10 years. Israel agreed to not persuit another aid deal during this deal, unless Israel is at war. [Link]
  • NATO expansion into Ukraine and Georgia are fueling a new cold war with Russia. In the early 1990s, Western Leaders not to expand NATO into ex Soviet States. NATO has already broke those promises, but Ukraine and Georgia are on Russia’s border. This will lead to more conflict with Russia. [Link]


  • Over the Labor Day weekend the US dropped bombs in 6 different countries. Obama countinues to launch airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. More recently, Obama started a new war in Libya to target ISIS and being the UN supported Libyan Unity Government. In Afghanistan, the US continues to target The Taliban.  In the failed state of Somalia, the US targets the terror group Al-Shabaab. In Yemen, the US launches drone attacks against Al-Qaeda and ISIS. [Link]
  • The US reaches a 7 day cease fire deal with Russia in Syria. The deal covers all allies of the US and Russia. Only terrorist group can be targeted during the cease fire, but the list of terror organizations will not be released. This deal will hopefully allow aid to reach the starving people of Aleppo. [Link]


  • Under Obama, the US has vastly expanded the size and use of our most elite force, ex Green Berets. This has allowed Obama carry out missions around the world with little media coverage. It has led to our most elite forces fighting with groups who are known to violate human rights. [Link]


  • Congressman Justin Amash writes an op ed asking for a debate on weapon sales to Saudi Arabia. Congressman Amash point to the possible war crimes committed by Saudi Arabia and that 83% of the Yemeni population is in need of assistance for survival. [Link]


  • 80 million unexploded bombs remain in Laos. The bombs are reminits of the US air war over Laos during the Vietnam War. 20,000 people have been killed or injured by these weapons since the end of the war. 40% of those victims are children, who play with the unexploded bombs, mistaking them for toys. [Link]. Obama pledges another $90 million in aid to help victims and remove unexploded bombs. [Link]
  • The US will spend at least $85 billion to update its ICBM nuclear program. This is a 39% increase in price from the last estimate. It is also considered a low end cost estimate. [Link]


  • Kurds view US support of Turkey as a betrayal. The Kurds are looking to establish an autonomous region in what is currently Northeast Syria. Turkey views the Kurds as terrorists and has stated they will not allow a separate Kurdish region. [Link]


  • The US will loosen rules to allow more civilian casualties in war against ISIS. The authority to approve killings that risk civilian lives has been moved from US Central Command, down to the lower ranking commander of the war, Army Lt. Gen McFarland. According to sources within the Defence Department say that there are now several targeting areas where more than 10 civilian casualties are acceptable. [Link]


  • Turkey refuses to have a cease fire with Kurdish forces in Syria. Turkey claims Syrian Kurds to be terrorist and refuses to negotiate with them to fight the common enemy, ISIS. The US is backing the Kurdish group that Turkey labels as terrorists. [Link]


  • On August 1st Obama announced a 30 day war in Libya, today he has announced he will extend the war for another 30 days. Obama has made both of these moves without approval from Congress. Obama has not announced goals for the war or announced at what point the US would see the mission as over. This leads many to expect the war will indefinitely continue into the future. [Link]
  • The 18 month war in Yemen has left at least 10,000 dead. However, so many have fled their homes after they were destroyed it is impossible to know the real number at this point. A Saudi Arabia and US supported blockade of Yemen has made if difficult for journalist and international aid groups to enter Yemen. This makes discovering the true number of lives lost very difficult. [Link]


  • Gareth Porter reports it maybe impossible for the Syrian Civil War to end without attempted cleansing of the losing faction. It is likely that the loser, Sunni or Shiite/Alawite, will suffer mass casualties at the hands of the winner. Obama and the US government are largely responsible for the situation in Syria by giving the green light for US allies, Turkey/Saudi Arabia/Qatar, to arm Al-Qaeda linked rebel groups. [Link]
  • 64 members of congress stand up to Obama and Saudi Arabia. They request that Obama review Saudi war crimes, including bombing a hospital and school, before going through with the weapons sale. Obama approved the weapons sale to Saudi Arabia earlier this month. [Link]
  • Hillary Clinton is supported by the military arms industry by a 5-1 margin over Trump. Part of the support results from Clinton already having established connections to the military industrial complex. Hillary also more predictably favors military intervention. Hillary was the main advocate for the Libyan war that has lead to ISIS and Al-Qaeda establishing territory  in the country. [Link]


  • Turkey continues to make gains and take towns in Northern Syria. Turkey’s airstrikes seem to be mostly targeting the US-Backed Kurdish positions. Turkey claims to have killed 25 Kurds and international aid groups report Tukey killed 20 civilians. The US-Backed Kurdish fighters have been the only US ally to really have success in Syria against ISIS. The US is in a difficult position between its Kurdish allies and NATO ally, Turkey. [Link]


  • Turkish President Erdogan pledges to fight ISIS and US-Backed Syrian Kurds with the “same determination.” The leader has been using his army in Syria for nearly a week, with support from US airpower. The US has given the Syrian Kurds weapons and air support throughout the US’s involvement in the Syrian Civil War. [Link]
  • The US government continues to conscript dolphins and sea lions into military service. The US military straps cameras to the animals and trains them to swim into other counties waters, which are off limits to the US military. The missions are dangerous. The article also looks at how animals fare during war, it is not good. [Link]
  • US and Russia were unable to reach a peace deal on Syria. [Link]
  • An unexploded US produced cluster bomb exploded in Yemen with 5 unsuspecting children near by. The children were dismembered and killed by the explosion. Warning Graphic Images. [Link]


  • US is now providing the Turkish army with close air support in Syria. The Turkish army is trying to take the town of Jarablus from ISIS, before the city falls to the Kurds. Vice President Biden, who was in Turkey, made it clear to the Kurds that they must remain East of the Euphrates River to continue to receive US support. Syrian President, Assad, condemns Turkey’s army crossing into Syria. [Link]
  • The Turkish army is now attacking US-Backed Kurdish forces in Syria. The Turkish army has killed at least one Kurdish soldier and the Kurdish army has destroyed one Turkish tank. [Link]


  • Al-Qaeda affiliate operating in Syria changes its name and starts receiving US weapons. Al-Nusra changed its name to Al-Sham last month. Al-Qaeda leadership suggested weeks before the name change weeks before it happened. [Link]
  • ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi spent time in a US prison during the Iraq war. For 8 months, Al-Baghdadi was imprisoned in America’s Abu Ghraib prison. Abu Ghraib is known for its prolific torturing and nickname “jihadist university.” [Link]


  • The US has given away nearly 1.5 million in Iraq and Afghanistan. The US only knows where about half of those guns are now. [Link]


  • To combat ISIS in Iraq, the US has allied with Shi’ite militias to regain key Iraqi cities. The militias are torturing, executing, and beheading civilians from the cities they are liberating. A new article shows that reports put out by the US and UN underestimate how many people the militias are killing. [Link]
  • US solider is killed in Afghanistan by an IED. He was in a “training” role at the time he was killed. [Link]


  • Marcy Wheeler reports that a recent Reuters headline, that I also posted, was extremely misleading. After Saudi Arabia bombed a school and a hospital, Reuters reported that the US pulled staff from Saudi Arabia. The article presented the information as the pulling of staff was the US response to the school and hospital bombings, however, the staff was removed 2 months ago. This means the US has taken no action against the Saudis after they bombed a hospital and school. [Link]


  • The UN and US are unable to stand up against Saudi Arabia’s war crimes in Yemen. The UN is afraid of losing Syrian funding. The US supports the Saudi war in Yemen because it helps the Saudi’s to feel better about the Iran nuclear deal. This means, the US is assisting in committing war crimes to help Saudi Arabia feel better. [Link]
  • The US has pulled some of its staff from Saudi Arabia. That staff has been assisting Saudi Arabia in bombing Yemen. While the administration has refused to condemn the bombing of a hospital and school, removing some staff is the first time Obama has shown displeasure with the Saudi in their war on Yemen. The US continues to refuel Saudi war planes and has some staff in Saudi Arabia to assist with planning. [Link]
  • Syrian war plans nearly hit US troops while bombing Kurds. [Link]. When Syrian war planes returned to the area they and were chased off by US war plans. The US is now warning Syria not to bomb the Kurds. [Link]


  • The US is moving its nukes from Turkey to Romania. Romania continues to deny that the nukes are coming to the US base in Romania. Moving the nukes so close to the Russian border is likely to upset the Russians. [Link]


  • The US has 30,000 mercenaries stationed in Afghanistan. Nearly 20,000 are not Americans. [Link]


  • The bombs that are being used to destroy Yemen were made in the US and being flow to the targets by Boeing F-15s. The US sold Saudi these weapons in a$60 Billion deal negotiated by Hillary Clinton and approved by President Obama. Now the US wants to sell the Saudis even more weapons. [Link]
  • Yemen is the poorest country in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia continues to bomb key infrastructure targets. One reason America may be unwilling to stand up the the Saudis, could be American companies profit when Yemeni hospitals explode. Boeing and TexTron Systems have already made millions off the $60 Billion deal Hillary Clinton negotiated. The US Government also collects a 7% fee for brokering the deal. That money appears to disappear from the books. [Link]
  • America continues using mercenaries around the world. In 2014, The Pentagon spent $285 Billion on private contractors. Mercenaries now outnumber US troops 3 to 1 in warzones. In Afghanistan, only 1/3 mercenaries are American. Using mercenaries has the political advantage of giving the appearance of lower troop numbers and less troops casualties. [Link]



  • US intelligence analysts are reporting that Military Central Command “distorted, suppressed, or substantially altered analytic products” to give the public a more positive image of the war against ISIS. Nearly half of intelligence officials say they face evidence being suppressed or distorted in the past year. The America people are being lied into continuing the war against ISIS. [Link]


  • Joe Biden urges Ukraine’s President to use restraint when dealing with Russia. In the past, US has supported the actions of the Ukrainian Government nearly 100%. The statement given by Biden could show a shift in US policy. [Link]
  • Bipartisan coalitions are forming in both houses of congress, to block the new $1.15 Billion in weapon sales to Saudi Arabia. The Obama Administration recently approved the weapon sale to Saudi Arabia. Congressmen raise concerns about Saudi Arabia murdering children and committing war crimes, such as, the 40 school children that were murdered in Yemen yesterday. The Obama Administration has approved nearly $80 Billion in weapon sales to Saudi Arabia already. [Link]


  • Scott Horton talks about US foreign policy and give some background on alliance in the Muslim World. Scott explains how we got to where we are today and what we’re doing wrong now. [Link]


  • ISIS captures US Special Forces weapons in Afghanistan. The weapons were abandoned after US fighters came under fire from militants. [Link]
  • The Saudi’s have committed numerous war crimes in Yemen, including targeting civilians and killing over 500 children. The White House has approved a deal that would sell Saudi Arabia another $1.15 Billion in military weapons. The Saudi’s also have a record of supporting jihadism and are the most oppressive country to women on the planet. Senator Rand Paul is heroically standing up the the White House and the Saudis by trying to stop the weapon sale. [Link]


  • The US continues to increase its support for Saudi Arabia in the war against Yemen. Jason Ditz explains,  “US-sold bombs dropped by US-sold planes refueled by the US Air Force have been at the center of some of the most glaring war crimes in Yemen so far.” The US has increased the number of air-refueling to support the Saudi bombers by 60% in the past 6 months. [Link]
  •  On Sunday, one of those Saudi bombers killed 9 civilians. [Link]. Yemeni journalist, Nassar Arrabyee, reports that 30 Yemeni civilians, including women and children, were killed by Saudi airstrikes. [Link] Warning graphic images. 


  • After 15 years of failures, America’s Pentagon Leaders have no plans to change Americans stardgiety in offensive wars. They now look to change Africa with the same plan they used to change The Middle east. [Link]


  • After Obama changed the rules of engagement in Afghanistan, US airstrikes in the country have hit new highs for the past three years. The Taliban continues to gain ground and it appears the airstrikes are having no positive effects. With airwar, there is always the risk of blowing up innocent people and creating more terrorist than existed before. [Link]
  • Thousands flee as US backed rebels approach their home city. In Manbji, Syria civilians are fleeing prior to Kurdish forces taking the city. The are running for US coalition airstrikes that continue to kill civilians. [Link]
  • Last week, The Nusra Front changed it name and renounced its allegiance to Al-Qaeda. Many believe this is to help the US pressure Russia into not attacking the terror group. This week, Nusra killed 28 civilians, proving they are just as murderous as ever. [Link]
  • Kerry demands that Syrian President Assad stop all offensive military operations Syria. Kerry also insists Russia stop helping Assad. Kerry does not mention the US backed offensive that is currently taking the city of Manbji. [Link]
  • In an interview on The Scott Horton Show, journalist, Patrick Cockburn reports that the average Turkman believes that the US is behind the coup. [Link]
  • Obama starts a new war in Libya. The President is claiming that he has the authority to start this war under the Authorization of Use of Military Force 2001. The AUMF 2001 was the congressional act that allowed the US to target The Taliban and Al-Qaeda. It is very unclear how Obama can stretch the meaning of the 2001 AUMF to such lengths, but the media is unwilling to pressure him on this. [Link]


  • With China asserting its claim in the South China Sea, Obama is asserting US world dominance by moving B-1 bombers into Guam. [Link]
  • Syria can be added to the list with Yemen and Lybia as states that failed under President Obama. The CIA Chief does not think it’s likely Syria will ever be one again. [Link]


  • As NATO continues to build troops and expand closer to Russia, Russia is responding by putting more troops on their borders. [Link]


  • Army General fears that Obama is rushing his offensive on Mosul, Iraq. Mosul is one of ISIS’s last strongholds in Iraq. Defeating ISIS in Iraq could help the democrats to be more appealing in the November election. [Link]
  • UN reports that the situation in Afghanistan is getting worse not better. So far in 2016, over 1,600 civilians have been killed. Nearly 400 of those killed were children. Since 2014, the trend in Afghanistan has been more civilian deaths, with 2016 on pace to set a record. The US has now been waging for 15 years. [Link]


  • US intervention in Afghanistan is paving the way for ISIS. ISIS continues to make gains in country, even after US troop increases. [Link]
  • The US newest and most high tech aircraft carrier is already 2 years behind scheduled. The project is also $2.9 billion over budget. The aircraft carrier cannot preform basic functions, like launch and receive an aircraft and mount a defense. [Link]
  • In Sweden a new aircraft killer missile has been developed. It is far superior to any missile the Americans use.  American just spent $1.5 trillion on developing the new F-35. The new missile will not be ready for the F-35 till at least 2020. [Link]


  • US-Backed Syrian Rebels behead a 12 year old boy. The group Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zinki cut the head off of the boy because he was Palestinian. The US Government continues to believe that it can pick the “good guys” in Syria, but this is impossible. We need to stop giving weapons to people who behead children. [Link]


  • After the US murdered 200 civilians in Stria, US-Backed Rebels are now asking for the US to end airstrikes in Syria. [Link]


  • Sectary of State Kerry announced that the US and Russia are planning steps to coordinate in Syria. This would be a big step for US and Russian relations. This should also decrease the risk of US and Russian conflict in Syria. Read Here.


  • Former US Defense Officials plan to testify to Congress to advocate for putting nuclear warheads on cruise missiles. This would no doubt heighten global tensions, as all cruise missiles fired by the US would have to be treated as possible nuclear strikes. Read Here.


  • US Military changes rules of engagement in Afghanistan to allow for a new war in the country to begin. This occurred without a declaration of war. Read Here.
  • The White House wants to increase coordination with Russia in Syria. Kerry will head to Russia this week to try to plan a method for the US and Russia to work together to defeat the terrorists in Syria. The Pentagon is pushing back because Russia is more interested in bombing allies of Al Qaeda than overthrowing Assad. Read Here.


  • NATO commits to spend more US blood and coin in Afghanistan. After 15 years of US intervention in the country, US politicians are telling us its too late to leave now. Ron Paul says that we need to stop because we are headed for a cliff. Read Here.


  • US made cluster bombs continue to hit civilian targets in Yemen. The US continues to protect Saudi on the global stage and assist them in this war.  The Saudi War started in March of 2015. Al Qaeda and ISIS have used the war as an opportunity to gain territory in Yemen. Read Here.
  • NATO continues its massive troop buildup in East Europe, but the Russian threat is lacking. Mismanagement and bureaucracy destroyed the Russian Navy. While the US media continues to push the “Russian Aggression” propaganda, the state of the Russian Navy show how little the US should feel threatened. Read Here.
  • The House votes to keep women from having to register for the draft. Read Here.
  • There is a growing push to double the size of the US naval fleet. It is unclear on why the US would need to double the size of its fleet, since the Russian Navy is sinking at harbor. The companies who stand to make the largest profit donate millions of dollars to democratic and republicans candidates. They also spend over 10 million dollars  each election cycle on lobbying efforts. Read Here.


  • With Americans turning more and more against the war in the Middle East, America is working to create its new enemy. NATO continues to build up troop levels on the Russian border. Read Here.


  • The US is paying contractors to give the appearance of lower troop levels. Contractors are more expensive than using US troops, so this money is coming out of the US tax payers pocket. The US is currently spending 100 million dollars on contractors to fix US planes. Read Here.


  • 1,400 US mayors condemn Obama’s increased spending on nuclear weapons. Having so many nuclear weapons will either destroy the world when we use them or destroy the economy maintaining them. Obama recently agreed to spend another trillion dollars on nuclear weapons. Read Here.
  • Obama will not remove troops from Afghanistan and fails to come though on another of his campaign promises. Read Here.


  • The US government tell us that it is a good sign that suicide attacks by ISIS are a good sign. Over the weekend, 250 people were killed by these attacks. Read Here.
  • Interventions in the Middle East and Africa has led to a record number of people becoming displaced. Many of these people are doing whatever they can to leave the war torn region. Some are getting in debt to smugglers and being sold for their organs. Read Here.


  • US supported Syrian rebels are committing war crimes in Syria. While John McCain insists he can meet with and vet these groups, time and time again we see that the militants we arm are more dangerous than the dictator in charge. Read Here.
  •  Al-Nusra, an Al-Qaeda link terror group fighting in Syria, has captured a leader of a US supported group fighting in Syria. The US has been complaining about Russia bombing Al-Nusra for months. Read Here.


  • 13 years after the start of the Iraq war, over 6,000 people die in Iraq in June. Showing the complete failure of attempted US regime change. Read Here.