Antiwar.com’s economist David Henderson spoke to the Monterey Peace Coalition on Saturday, May 14th. Professor Henderson wrote of his speech:

Economics is a powerful tool for understanding the effects of government policy.
While economists use economics to understand the effects of government
intervention in the domestic economy, they have done little to use those same tools
to understand the effects of foreign policy, especially war. But doing so, and paying
particular attention to information problems, incentives, and unintended
consequences leads to a powerful case for a non-interventionist foreign policy.
Even World War II, the so called good war, had horrible consequences and the United States could have avoided it.

Please listen to the speech here.

To learn more about the Monterey Peace Coalition, please visit their website.

Ron Paul’s Liberty Report:

President Obama’s visit to Vietnam was more about bringing this former adversary into the US sphere of influence against China than about truly developing further mutually-beneficial trade and other relations. The opening of weapons sales to Vietnam will be a boon to the US military-industrial complex (Lockheed-Martin and Raytheon are already eyeing juicy deals) and is designed to cut out the Russians. Pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership is to the benefit of the “deep state” and a new world order of non-elected global governing bodies. And the implied US support for a more confrontational Vietnamese relationship with China shows the “Pivot to Asia” as nothing more than an Asian version of NATO’s policy of encircling Russia. It is a shame that in his “farewell tour” Obama is carrying such dangerous baggage…

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
SUBJECT: Those “Damn Emails” – “Really a Concern”

Introduction

Last Wednesday Robert Gates, CIA Director under President Bush-41 and Defense Secretary under President Bush-43, publicly commented that Secretary Hillary Clinton’s “whole email thing … is really a concern in terms of her judgment,” adding, “I don’t know what originally prompted her to think that was a good idea.”

What originally prompted her does not matter. As your Secretary of State and your subordinate, she willfully violated laws designed to protect classified information from unauthorized disclosure. It may be somewhat difficult for those not as immersed in national security matters as we have been to appreciate the seriousness of the offense, including the harm done in compromising some of the most sensitive U.S. programs and activities. This is why we write.

Pundits and others are playing down the harm. A charitable interpretation is that they have no way to gauge what it means to expose so much to so many. We do know, and our overriding concern is to protect the national security of our country from further harm. It would be a huge help toward this end, if you would order Attorney General Loretta Lynch to instruct the FBI to stop slow-walking the email investigation and release its findings promptly.

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The decision by President Obama, egged on by his then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to depose Libya’s longtime leader Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, led to near-complete chaos inside a country that had been otherwise stable since the 1960s.

This lead directly to the tragedy at Benghazi, a massive flow of weapons out of Libya into Syria and elsewhere, the spread of violence into neighboring Mali and French intervention there, and turned Libya into an ungoverned space and a new haven for ISIS and other terrorists.

Not content with that, the U.S. is about to double-down on the mess with the deployment of additional troops on the ground.

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Speaking Wednesday with host Sandra Smith on Fox Business, Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Chairman Ron Paul praised President Barack Obama for opening relations with Cuba and Iran. Paul strongly criticizes in the interview Obama’s interventions overseas — mentioning Libya, Syria, Ukraine, and Afghanistan interventions in particular. Yet, Paul also comments that improving relations with Cuba and Iran are “the best things that Obama ever did.”

Paul compares Obama’s actions concerning Cuba and Iran to President Richard Nixon working to establish more peaceful relations with China, which Paul terms “fantastic.”

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For the “privilege” of being groped and radiated before being allowed to travel, passengers are now facing the additional TSA abuse of being forced to miss their flights due to unimaginably long security check lines. Thousands are missing their flights, and much of the problem is that the agency has thrown a hissy-fit over a slight reduction in the number of screeners. Some 4,600 screeners were cut in hopes that more people would sign up for “TSA-PRE” (they didn’t) and thus fewer screeners would be necessary. They now want not only all of those back – they want an additional 6,000 screeners, which would far exceed the limit set by Congress! To top it off, a recent Homeland Security investigation of TSA performance at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport found that nine out of twelve times TSA screeners missed simulated explosive material passing through checkpoints. What to do about an inefficient government agency that abuses our civil liberties? We have some ideas in today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.