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Beltway ‘Non-Interventionism’ farce – RPI 25 March Update

Posted by M. C. on March 25, 2021

Politico has run an article titled “The Blob abides” supposedly to raise the point that virtually all of President Biden’s foreign policy team have been drawn from the intellectual and moral sewers of Madeline “It was worth it” Albright’s lobbying firm and Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s WestExec Advisors firm. These are the monsters responsible for the assault on Yugoslavia more than 20 years ago. The destruction of Syria and rape – literally –  of Libya. The green light for Saudi Arabia to genocide Yemen, and the idiotic support for neo-Nazis in Ukraine to overthrow a hapless but nominally pro-Russian elected president.

https://mailchi.mp/ronpaulinstitute/berlinwall-115322?e=4e0de347c8

Dear Friends:

My good friend and former colleague Jeff Deist, who was Ron Paul’s last Congressional Chief of Staff and is currently President of the Mises Institute, made this very cogent point on Twitter Wednesday: Anyone or any organization still in the Beltway is fighting a battle that’s already over. There is no “public policy” and DC fell decades ago.

The Mises Institute was always right to stay far away from DC, to target intelligent lay audiences rather than politicians or academia, and to focus on economics rather than “policy.”

Old timers view Watergate as the final straw for DC as anything but a feeding trough. That was *50* years ago. Anyone still there has a mortgage to pay, per Nick Naylor in “Thank You for Smoking.” His point was about the brouhaha over the departure of the “woke” anti-Trump fanatic who had been leading the Beltway “official conservative” Heritage Foundation and driving it into obscurity. Heritage has long been irrelevant to anyone interested in limited-government, populist conservatism – and, God forbid, libertarianism – and instead has just been a conduit for corrupt corporate political money-laundering. Of course Jeff was right.

On a personal level, however, Jeff’s is a bitter pill to swallow. Despite the horrors of the military-industrial-statist-authoritarian driven world of Northern Virginia, where we lived and worked for 14 years, I found myself in love with Virginia in most forms. From our farmer near Charlottesville who provided us beyond-organic lamb (and on whose property we, perhaps not coincidentally, discovered several very large “Ron Paul for President” yard signs when we toured his farm in 2010), to the beauty of the Loudoun County Fall Colors Tour, to the rustic and real southern Virginia, there was a world outside the Beltway that was and remains so very appealing.

An old time Virginia codger named, improbably but truthfully, Sandy Beach, came out when we needed to get some bugs sprayed in our house and property in Springfield, VA. He had that old style Virginia accent that you never hear in the Beltway or its immediate (or, increasingly, remote) environs. A very slow, patient drawl, dragged out impossibly – unlike the staccato assault of the hardcore Texas accent that I’ve had in my ears and on my nerves for the past seven+ years. 

Sandy’s accent was strange to us in Northern Virginia because he came from “the trades.” He was a blue collar honest guy who sprayed bugs. And he knew his stuff. 

When we were preparing to move we had to cancel our contract with the bug control company and poor old Sandy Beach took the news hard and personal. I’ll never forget the look on his face upon losing a customer. Imagine that in any other Beltway business. It wasn’t about the money, for Sandy. It was about the relationship and about trust.

Whenever we came into contact with anyone from the greater Beltway who actually worked – blue collar – for a living it was like a different world. A wary world. Because they most likely knew that Northern Virginian recent transplants into government posts would inevitably make their lives worse. They instinctively knew this was a brutal game and the rules were rigged against them.

So the point is that the Sandy Beaches of Virginia and everywhere – numerous as they are – have been kicked in the face by the tyranny of democracy, which dictates if you can drum up 50% plus one you can force the other 49% minus one to do whatever the hell you want them to do.

That is the lesson for all of us. There are two Americas even in the belly of the beast. The Sandy Beaches of the world will never testify before Congress. But they will be endlessly demonized by the enemies of freedom and of our civilization because they are not “woke” to the idea that anyone who disagrees with you must be destroyed, sent to gulag. They only want to kill your bugs.

So yes again Jeff is right. But it goes beyond the apocalyptic ruin that was once – and even then corrupt – official conservatism. Who among us with any semblance of a brain has even thought for two seconds about the Heritage Foundation? My last time there was to hear the then-Chief Justice of the Hungarian Supreme Court going on about “shared values” while the then-head of the organization took cat naps. How clueless the European conservatives have always been about the American anti-Left.
  Which in a roundabout way brings me to the main point, a riff on Jeff’s theme. Lenin wrote, “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” That is becoming all the more clear when looking at the Beltway “anti-interventionist” organizations.

Though many were taken in – no doubt by the deep pockets of the funders – by the idea that a Beltway organization was being formed to fight against that which actually brings lifeblood to the Beltway – foreign interventionism – we at the Ron Paul Institute had warned from the very beginning that any organization funded by George “regime change” Soros and the Koch-topus could never in any way be truly against the American empire.

Regular speakers at Ron Paul Institute events like Phil Giraldi, a retired CIA officer with a lifetime experience observing the destruction wreaked by the neocons who would hijack our actual values in favor of their parochial preferences, also sounded the alarm bells.

Alas, all the mainstream press praised the emergence of a Beltway organization ostensibly formed to fight against the endless propaganda of the mainstream press and the animating lifeblood of the Beltway. No one dared question the cognitive dissonance because there was the promise of a paycheck for all the limp scribblers who questioned “excessive” interventionism while at the same time constantly spitting on their finger to test the direction of the prevailing winds.

Which brings us to today. 

Politico has run an article titled “The Blob abides” supposedly to raise the point that virtually all of President Biden’s foreign policy team have been drawn from the intellectual and moral sewers of Madeline “It was worth it” Albright’s lobbying firm and Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s WestExec Advisors firm. These are the monsters responsible for the assault on Yugoslavia more than 20 years ago. The destruction of Syria and rape – literally –  of Libya. The green light for Saudi Arabia to genocide Yemen, and the idiotic support for neo-Nazis in Ukraine to overthrow a hapless but nominally pro-Russian elected president.

So who do they quote in the article? The “leader” of anti-Beltway Beltwaytarianism –  the head of the above-named Soros-Koch Hegelian synthesis called the “Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft” – who assures us that that the resurrection of the undead demons of the Obama regime returning to wreak havoc upon the globe once again are just good guys and gals.

Says Trita Parsi, the Quincy director appointed by interventionist Soros to lead the anti-interventionist Beltway movement, regarding Biden’s foreign policy monsters who are literally all retreads from the deepest orifices of Obama’s foreign policy, “They are abundantly competent and very sincere individuals,”

The ignorant animals who cooked up Syria, Libya, Ukraine, Yemen, and more are described by so-called non-interventionists as “abundantly competent”?

This is why Jeff is right even despite my emotional attachment to sweet home Virginia. The dialectic is strong. Synthesis means that the “anti-empire” forces actually support empire because it provides jobs and opportunities to marginalize the actual anti-empire forces. We are out in Texas, trying our best. And we are authentic. And we appreciate your support.   Please Donate Now!
Thank you for your support!
Sincerely yours,

Daniel McAdams
Executive Director
Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

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Thank You for Your Killing – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Posted by M. C. on June 17, 2017

https://www.fff.org/2017/06/16/thank-you-for-your-killing/

Yet, there is one glaring fact about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: They have nothing to do with protecting our country or our freedom. They never have. That’s because neither Iraq nor Afghanistan has ever attacked or invaded the United States and tried to conquer our country. As a practical matter, that’s the only way they could take away our freedom.

What then is the real service that U.S. troops have performed and continue to perform in Iraq and Afghanistan for which people express gratitude?

Killing people. That’s what U.S. soldiers have been doing in Iraq since 1990 and in Afghanistan since 2003. They have been killing people. Lots of people. Hundreds of thousands of people. And they continue to do so on a regular basis.
But all those hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children’s deaths were worth it to quote Madeline Albright.

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