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Ron Paul supporters turn their backs on Rand Paul – MarketWatch

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Ron Paul: Yemen Exploding, Is The Stage Set For The Big War? – OpEd – Eurasia Review

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Rapid changes are occurring in Yemen. Ever since United States had to leave its military base there, other powers have been lining up to benefit from the chaos. It has been revealed that Saudi Arabia has commenced bombing targets in Yemen. Egypt has announced its support for the Saudi effort. I am quite confident that this support is in compliance with our instructions to our puppet leader now in charge in Egypt. The current president of Yemen, Hadi, a leader who took over after the Arab Spring revolution, has been removed from power. He is said to have escaped to Saudi Arabia, and those who are now in charge in Yemen will most likely kill him if he returns.

Yemen has been instrumental in the US effort to fight al-Qaeda in the region. Unsuccessfully, I might add. The Houthis who have deposed Hadi are said to get their support from Iran and are now likely the strongest political force in the country. But they will not have an easy time of it. Too much is at stake for the United States and Saudi Arabia. We don’t read much about the Saudi Air Force being involved in military conflict, but the seriousness of the situation has prompted them to do exactly that. There are also reports that 150,000 or more troops are massed near the borders of Yemen for a probable invasion. It is assumed that other Arab nations will be involved, along with Egypt. One report said that it appears the country is “sliding toward a civil war.” I would suggest that it’s past sliding toward the civil war, and, rather, is involved deeply in a civil war that is now spreading outside its own borders.

The neoconservatives, I am sure, will blame everything on Iran. And it’s likely Iran may have been involved in giving some type of support to the Shia that now are on the verge of taking over the country. But one must ask, “How does this compare to the support the United States has given to over 100 countries in recent years, with a major portion going to the Middle East?” There’s a big difference between a country becoming involved in a crisis next door and a country getting involved 6000 miles away.

It looks like the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, a military dictator who was deposed in the Arab Spring revolution, is now aligned with the Shia Houthis who are supported by Iran. This will not be tolerated by the United States, and we can expect the US to provide indirect military assistance to those who are prepared to invade Yemen and install a US friendly dictator.

Foreign forces’ bombs and occupation will serve to unify the citizens of Yemen despite their other differences. As a matter of fact, it’s been our presence in this country for more than a decade that has been an aggravating factor. The fact that al-Qaeda type rebel forces have done well in the various countries in recent years is because they gain support from the local people with the promise that the foreign invaders will be expelled. This certainly is true when it comes to the type of support that the people give, tacit or otherwise, to the very ruthless ISIS forces. It amazes me how these ragtag rebels can out-fight and outfox various countries whose forces are larger and better armed. The so-called rebels find that their promise to expel the invaders is a strong motivating factor to gain support for the military resistance. The catch-22 is that the more we or any other nation try to subdue a foreign country, the stronger the opposition becomes.

This new expansion of the war in Yemen is a bad sign. The situation could easily worsen, involve many countries, and last for a long time to come. The stage for the “Big War” may well be set and we will be hearing a lot more about Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula in the coming months. If this war gets out of hand, I would expect that the benefits of $45 per barrel of oil will soon end. There is no doubt in my mind that the American people — financially and for security reasons — would be better served if we just came home and avoided these nonsensical military interventions that are carried out in behalf of various special interests that control our foreign policy.

This article was published by RonPaul Institute.

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Yemen Exploding: Is The Stage Set for the Big War? by Ron Paul Rapid changes a…

Yemen Exploding: Is The Stage Set for the Big War?
by Ron Paul

Rapid changes are occurring in Yemen. Ever since United States had to leave its military base there, other powers have been lining up to benefit from the chaos. It has been revealed that Saudi Arabia has commenced bombing targets in Yemen. Egypt has announced its support for the Saudi effort. I am quite confident that this support is in compliance with our instructions to our puppet leader now in charge in Egypt. The current president of Yemen, Hadi, a leader who took over after the Arab Spring revolution, has been removed from power. He is said to have escaped to Saudi Arabia, and those who are now in charge in Yemen will most likely kill him if he returns.

Yemen has been instrumental in the US effort to fight al-Qaeda in the region. Unsuccessfully, I might add. The Houthis who have deposed Hadi are said to get their support from Iran and are now likely the strongest political force in the country. But they will not have an easy time of it. Too much is at stake for the United States and Saudi Arabia. We don’t read much about the Saudi Air Force being involved in military conflict, but the seriousness of the situation has prompted them to do exactly that. There are also reports that 150,000 or more troops are massed near the borders of Yemen for a probable invasion. It is assumed that other Arab nations will be involved, along with Egypt. One report said that it appears the country is “sliding toward a civil war.” I would suggest that it’s past sliding toward the civil war, and, rather, is involved deeply in a civil war that is now spreading outside its own borders.

The neoconservatives, I am sure, will blame everything on Iran. And it’s likely Iran may have been involved in giving some type of support to the Shia that now are on the verge of taking over the country. But one must ask, “How does this compare to the support the United States has given to over 100 countries in recent years, with a major portion going to the Middle East?” There’s a big difference between a country becoming involved in a crisis next door and a country getting involved 6000 miles away.

It looks like the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, a military dictator who was deposed in the Arab Spring revolution, is now aligned with the Shia Houthis who are supported by Iran. This will not be tolerated by the United States, and we can expect the US to provide indirect military assistance to those who are prepared to invade Yemen and install a US friendly dictator.

Foreign forces’ bombs and occupation will serve to unify the citizens of Yemen despite their other differences. As a matter of fact, it’s been our presence in this country for more than a decade that has been an aggravating factor. The fact that al-Qaeda type rebel forces have done well in the various countries in recent years is because they gain support from the local people with the promise that the foreign invaders will be expelled. This certainly is true when it comes to the type of support that the people give, tacit or otherwise, to the very ruthless ISIS forces. It amazes me how these ragtag rebels can out-fight and outfox various countries whose forces are larger and better armed. The so-called rebels find that their promise to expel the invaders is a strong motivating factor to gain support for the military resistance. The catch-22 is that the more we or any other nation try to subdue a foreign country, the stronger the opposition becomes.

This new expansion of the war in Yemen is a bad sign. The situation could easily worsen, involve many countries, and last for a long time to come. The stage for the “Big War” may well be set and we will be hearing a lot more about Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula in the coming months. If this war gets out of hand, I would expect that the benefits of $45 per barrel of oil will soon end. There is no doubt in my mind that the American people — financially and for security reasons — would be better served if we just came home and avoided these nonsensical military interventions that are carried out in behalf of various special interests that control our foreign policy.



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Ron Paul supporters bolt Rand Paul camp – Politico

As he pulls together his expected presidential campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire, Rand Paul is confronted by defections from an unexpected quarter: the die-hard idealists whose energy powered his father’s campaigns.

That network of committed supporters was expected to convey to Rand Paul, the natural successor to Ron Paul’s libertarian movement, providing him with a plug-and-play ground organization in the make-or-break early voting states. But instead of embracing the Kentucky senator, many of those grassroots activists are turning their backs on him, disillusioned by the younger Paul’s concessions to mainstream politics.

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One of the most prominent defectors is Drew Ivers, chairman of Ron Paul’s 2012 Iowa campaign, who says he will not endorse Rand Paul for president. On Tuesday, three members of Iowa’s Ron Paul-aligned Liberty movement — state Sen. Jason Shultz and former Iowa Republican Party central committee members Chad Steenhoek and Joel Kurtinitis — announced the same, adding that they will support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Ivers said he does not plan to endorse any candidate.

“Senator Rand Paul continues to have tremendous support from the vast majority of the liberty movement,” said Sergio Gor, communications director for the Paul campaign.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, accompanied by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, express their frustration after the Senate passed a bill to fund the government, but stripped it of the defund 'Obamacare' language as crafted by House Republicans, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate are at an impasse as Congress continues to struggle over how to prevent a possible shutdown of the federal government when it runs out of money in three days. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Shultz had endorsed Ron Paul in 2012 and Kurtinitis served as his Iowa state director. Steenhoek worked for Newt Gingrich’s Iowa campaign but was sympathetic to Ron Paul, who endorsed Steenhoek’s subsequent bid to serve on the state central committee.

Ivers, who had dinner with Rand Paul in August, said the Kentucky senator has abandoned many of the stances that made Ivers loyal to his father.

“He’s moderating on most of them, not taking a real clear stance on a number of them,” said Ivers. “The strategy of sending a blended message is one that has risk.”

That was never an issue for Ron Paul, whose uncompromising ways and willingness to operate on the margins relegated him to the sidelines of national politics. Even at the height of his national influence and popularity in 2012, the Texas congressman proved unable to win the popular vote in a single state and never seriously contended for the GOP nomination in several tries.

Rand Paul, by contrast, won statewide office in his first try and has established himself as a viable presidential candidate with a talent for taking the movement’s liberty message to a broader audience.

FILE - In this March 7, 2015, file photo, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during the Iowa Agriculture Summit in Des Moines, Iowa. As he prepared for a run for the White House, Bush resigned from corporate positions. And while little noticed at the time, Florida timber Rayonier Inc., faced a flurry of lawsuits not long before his exit. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

The stylistic distinctions became clear at the 2012 GOP convention. Ron Paul was denied a speaking slot in large part because he refused to meet the pre-conditions — which included an endorsement of Mitt Romney. But the Kentucky senator endorsed the nominee despite some misgivings — and got a prime speaking slot.

The defections in Iowa, where Paul finished third in the 2012 caucuses, are notable since it was one of Ron Paul’s best-organized states in 2012. Rand Paul’s challenge is to find a balance that enables him to retain much of his father’s strong political network in the make-or-break early states while broadening his appeal to a larger audience.

An internal poll conducted last month by Liberty Iowa of Ron Paul’s delegates to the 2012 Iowa Republican convention — the vanguard of his Hawkeye State loyalists — found that Rand Paul is still the preferred choice by a wide margin. But there are signs of erosion: less than 70 percent are leaning Rand Paul’s way in 2016, according to a person with knowledge of the polling who was not authorized to discuss it. Cruz was the group’s second-favorite candidate, with support in the high single digits, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

For Kurtinitis, who initially planned on supporting Paul, the turning point came during Cruz’s September 2013 filibuster of a continuing resolution to keep the federal government open. “When Rand was filibustering, we saw Mike Lee and Ted Cruz standing there. When the shoe was on the other foot and Cruz was the one giving the filibuster I and others in the liberty movement looked around and asked, ‘Where’s Rand?’” said Kurtinitis. “It kind of added insult to injury to learn that he planned to be at a fundraiser for [Iowa Gov.] Terry Branstad that day.”

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Branstad has clashed with Iowa’s Liberty movement, whose members at the time controlled the state Republican party. Kurtinitis added that his wife Kelsey, whom he met when she was a volunteer on Ron Paul’s 2012 caucus campaign, is also supporting Cruz.

At the same time, Paul’s Iowa effort is beset by lingering resentment from the state party establishment. Loyalists of Paul’s father, led by A.J. Spiker, took control of the party’s central committee in 2012 and alienated top officeholders and grassroots activists from other wings of the party until they were pushed out last year. Spiker now works for RandPAC.

The network of committed supporters was expected to convey to Rand Paul, the natural successor to Ron Paul’s libertarian movement. | Getty

“Obviously the legacy from the Ron Paul people who ran the Republican party of Iowa is not good statewide. They failed to raise money. They basically ran it as a background Ron Paul for president committee. They excluded a vast majority of Republican activists statewide and were genuinely not respected or liked,” said Andy Cable, a Republican activist from socially conservative northwest Iowa — a seat of opposition to libertarian control of the party. “A lot of us would like to judge Rand Paul on his own merits but, unfortunately … when he’s hiring some of the same people that his father brought, it’s a question of whether the apple has fallen very far from the tree.”

In New Hampshire, with its more moderate brand of conservatism, Paul faces similar challenges. New Hampshire Rep. Bill O’Brien, a former state House speaker, said he’s seen a number of Ron Paul supporters gravitating towards Cruz. Aaron Day, a leader of the Free State movement, which seeks to enact libertarian principles in New Hampshire, says members of the movement are showing markedly less enthusiasm for Rand Paul than they showed for his father.

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“One of the big concerns is whether or not he’s left his liberty base and is he moving towards the center in reality or just for the purpose of optics,” he said. Day cited Paul’s endorsement of moderate Republican Scott Brown’s failed New Hampshire Senate bid and his lack of support for Tea Party activist Andrew Hemingway’s gubernatorial primary bid against the eventual nominee Walt Havenstein as two episodes that turned off Free Staters.

But several key members of Ron Paul’s 2012 New Hampshire team plan either to join his son’s campaign or support it from the sidelines. One of those supporters, former state Sen. Jim Forsythe, the chairman of Ron Paul’s New Hampshire campaign, dismissed the importance of disaffected Ron Paul backers. “I think where you see that is some of the more fringe element libertarians,” he said. “I think the people like me who’ve run for office and understand the realities, I think those kind of people are going to be mainly on board.”

Forsythe said he got a glimpse of Paul’s potential to transcend his father’s small-but-hardcore base of support when he attended the 2012 Republican National Convention as a delegate. “The traditional Republicans weren’t clapping for Ron Paul. The Ron Paul supporters weren’t getting up for McCain. But when Rand Paul got up everyone was clapping,” he said.

Bob Goodman, senior adviser to the 2012 New Hampshire effort, has assisted Rand Paul’s recent trips to the state and expects to be involved with his primary campaign. State Rep. Tammy Simmons, chair of the Manchester Republicans and veteran of the last two Ron Paul New Hampshire campaigns, said she also plans to work on behalf of Rand Paul.

Meanwhile, the hiring of Mike Biundo, a respected New Hampshire operative who served as Rick Santorum’s national campaign manager, as a strategist for Rand Paul’s PAC is expected to help Paul broaden his appeal in the state.

“He gets Rand Paul a hearing among a broader audience than simply people who were favorably inclined towards his father do,” said former state GOP chairman Fergus Cullen.


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If President Obama really wants more Americans to bother voting, how about endin…

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WATCH: Norm Singleton at Patriot Act Briefing

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How Will the Yemeni Civil War End? – Antiwar.com


How Will the Yemeni Civil War End?
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The US House is within its Constitutional rights to send the president a letter…

The US House is within its Constitutional rights to send the president a letter expressing its opinion about ongoing US talks with Iran, but trying to scuttle a deal is a very bad idea. Watch my latest Liberty Report for my take -- plus I will let you ...
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Nowhere in the United States Constitution is Congress given the authority to cri…

Nowhere in the United States Constitution is Congress given the authority to criminalize online gambling. Instead, the question of whether online, or any other type of gambling, should be legal is one of the many areas "reserved to the states" under the Tenth Amendment. http://bit.ly/19Q64Vr




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How Will The Yemeni Civil War End? by Ron Paul The Civil War in Yemen is rapidl…

How Will The Yemeni Civil War End?
by Ron Paul

The Civil War in Yemen is rapidly expanding. We have been forced to close our embassy and military base located there. It is now clear that Obama’s optimism for fighting terrorism in Yemen was misplaced. It hardly sets a standard for dealing with constant conflict and chaos throughout the Middle East. It now looks like the two major participants in this war are Iran and Saudi Arabia. In this region there has been competition between these two nations for hundreds if not thousands of years. The conflict ongoing in Yemen relates to the age-old conflict between Shia and Sunni Muslims. It also reflects the contest over who will control the oil in this region. Not only is there a conflict between the Shia of Iran versus the Sunnis of Saudi Arabia, there has been long-term animosity between Arabs and Persians.

Now there are essentially three factions fighting for the control of Yemen. Our support for president Hadi has failed and he is essentially out of power although still involved in the conflict. Former president Saleh, who remains a powerful force in Yemen, is taking advantage of the chaos in his desire to return to power. So far the various factions that we have supported over the years have been poor choices, as usual. Today the, Houthis, supported by Iran, seem to be the ones who have gained the upper hand. However there’s no sign that this civil war will soon end or without major ramifications throughout the Middle East and maybe even beyond.

This turn of events will not make the neoconservatives happy, nor will this go unnoticed by the Saudis. It seems that al-Qaeda has gained the grassroots support from a large number of Yemeni citizens. Currently the chaos in the three-way battle for control of Yemen will guarantee that even though we have been literally run out of Yemen, our interests will remain. Being “allies” of sorts with the Iranians in Iraq will not carry over to the US sympathizing with the Iranian growing influence in in Yemen.

The Iranian supported rebels, who have gained the upper hand, have been blessed with $500 million worth of weaponry that we left behind in our rapid retreat. This is obviously not a new development considering the fact it’s getting to be commonplace and happening wherever we go. This is of course the very same situation that occurred in Syria and Iraq when the troops that we supported dissipated once they encountered military opposition. One thing is for certain: the military-industrial complex will not suffer and more weapons will flow into the region.

Hopefully someday our government officials will wake up. The counterinsurgency doctrine that was supposed to be the answer to all our military shortcomings is a total failure. This idea that we can run an Empire with military threats, missiles, and economic sanctions is a fallacy. A goal of military intimidation without the military troops necessary to maintain control of country we occupy, never works. The policy itself is foolish even if we did send our troops, because we are seen as the outsiders, coming from 6000 miles away, getting involved in internal affairs and civil strife and border disputes and religious wars that is highly resented by the citizens of the countries involved.

Though we have left Yemen, to a large degree we will not go far. Our CIA will remain. The drone missiles will continue. Financing different factions will probably accelerate. We can be certain that our government, whether run by Republicans or Democrats, will be prepared to use military force once it’s decided it’s necessary to restrain Iran and protect Saudi oil.



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God save the Queen (of the Hill)?

Today, the House of Representatives will vote on the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. As is custom, there will be a series of votes on various substitute budgets, including substitutes offered by the Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, [...]
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Ron Paul Tells House Judiciary Committee to Reject Online Gambling Ban!

C4L Chairman Ron Paul submitted testimony before the House Judiciary Committee today on H.R. 707, "The Restoration of America's Wire Act" which would overturn laws in a number of states by banning online gambling on the federal level. You can [...]
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Thomas Massie Introduces Bill to Repeal Patriot Act

Yesterday Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced the Surveillance State Repeal Act (H.R. 1466). According to Massie's office: The Surveillance State Repeal Act, H.R. 1466, offers a complete repeal of the 2001 PATRIOT Act, which the NSA [...]
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Ron Paul: After 12-year Iraq mistake, time to march home – Red Bluff Daily News


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Ron Paul: After 12-year Iraq mistake, time to march home
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How are things going for the US Empire? Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq — all disaster…

How are things going for the US Empire? Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq -- all disasters. So what do they do? Pass a new bill to send weapons to Ukraine! Watch the latest Ron Paul Liberty Report at the link:

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The Empire Lives...For Now

Dr. Paul and co-host Daniel McAdams on the string of disasters produced by US interventions. Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq... What's next on their list of failure...
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