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In his waning days as president, Donald Trump saw fit to pardon four former Blackwater guards who had been convicted of killing 14 Iraqi civilians and injuring 17 others in an ambush in Baghdad. The guards were in Iraq as part of the U.S. government’s deadly and destructive invasion, war of aggression, and long-term occupation of a country whose government had never attacked the United States.
Yet, before he left office, Trump could not bring himself to issue pardons for Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, who were far more deserving of them than those Blackwater killers.
What’s up with that?
When Trump was running for president, he made pointed critiques against the U.S. national-security establishment, especially its policy of permanently embroiling the United States in foreign wars.
In the process of doing that, Trump was immediately perceived to be a threat to the Pentagon, the vast military-industrial complex ...
One of the most under-reported aspects of President John F. Kennedy’s term in office was his decision to end the Cold War and establish peaceful and friendly relations with the Soviet Union, Cuba, and the rest of the communist world. In 1963 America, that was a remarkable — and highly dangerous — thing for any president to do.
After all, that’s what got the democratically elected president of Guatemala, Jacobo Arbenz, regime-changed by the CIA in 1954, six years before Kennedy became president. Having no interest in helping the United States wage the Cold War, Arbenz reached out to the Soviets in a spirit of peace and friendship and was immediately deemed a threat to U.S. national security. He was ousted from power in a violent coup orchestrated by the CIA.
Ten years after the Kennedy assassination, the democratically elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, was also ousted in a coup that was orchestrated by both the CIA and the Pentagon. ...
Some points to ponder on the Constitution:
1. When the Constitution called the federal government into existence, the federal government was not vested with omnipotent powers. Instead, the federal government’s powers were limited to those that were enumerated in the Constitution, which were few.
2. The Constitution called into existence a limited-government republic, not a national-security state. If the Constitution had proposed calling into existence a national-security state, there is no possibility that our American ancestors would have approved it. In that case, the United States would have continued operating under the Articles of Confederation, a type of governmental system in which the federal government’s powers were so few and weak that it didn’t even have the power to tax.
3. Under America’s limited-government republic, there was a small, basic army. For more than a century, there was no Pentagon, military-industrial complex, foreign military bases, CIA, NSA, or FBI. Our ...