Sen. Paul aims to block arms deal with ‘frenemy’ Saudi Arabia (VIDEO)

Bret Stephens, the deputy editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal thinks however that we should be “thankful” that the Saudis are fighting “our war” for us in Yemen.

That’s right, Mr. Stephens said Yemen is “our war.” The neocons will never ever learn. Never.

No, the war in Yemen is a fight the Saudis have engaged in because they fear the rise of Shiite forces that could eventually find their way into Saudi Arabia and topple the Saudi Wahhabi regime.

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Rand Paul Introduces Resolution to End Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The Saudis have deep oil reserves and as such deep pockets. They are big buyers of arms, and especially so given its recent venture into Yemen and the perceived rise of a close to nuclear Iran. We do lots of weapons business with the desert kingdom.

But the Saudis are our “frenemies” at best. We tolerate them so that the world has access to Saudi oil. The 18th Century Wahhabi regime “tolerates” us because we have the biggest guns and we offer protection of the oil reserves.

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The big defense contractors are lining up behind Hillary Clinton

I am currently editing a collection of past essays and last night I was editing the “neocon” chapter. I noticed that we argued multiple times in 2014-2015 that with the rise of Rand Paul the neocons, the pro-war crowd in the GOP and with them the weapons manufacturers, might defect to Hillary Clinton.

But as it turned out it wasn’t Rand who sent the big government GOP war advocates to Hillary, it was Trump.

(From Rare)

Defense contractors are accustomed to getting what they want.

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Bill Kristol: “We Beat Back Ron Paul and Rand Paul” (Right…And this is why the neocons remain in the political wilderness and Jeb got spanked. Because you won.)

The neocons are for big government and wars. Bill Kristol is for big government and wars. The neocons disliked Reagan and celebrated George W. Bush’s massive expansion of the state. They loathe libertarianism and they loathe the Pauls. They quietly like Hillary Clinton who is basically an extension of George W. Bush in many respects. In fact most neocons – most of whom are Bushites – would probably like to see Hillary win this go’round. (Though they can’t say it publicly –

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Going backward: Senate votes to require women to register for the draft

Congrats women. Now you’re in the club too.

The draft should not exist. That the state thinks that it can simply conscript its citizenry into war is wrong. We are supposed to be a free society. The draft should be long gone and it certainly shouldn’t be expanded. A fighting force should be all volunteer or no war – that’s it. And given that We the People don’t even get to weigh in on war anymore via Congress and a declaration this is a particularly bad development.

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Penn Jillette shares why he’s a libertarian (VIDEO)

We have no affiliation with Libertarianism.org but we do occasionally feature their stuff. I just liked this simple video from Penn Jillette and I thought I’d post for our readers.

Really, why not just live and let live? People are different. Let people be different without the state coming down on their heads. Kind of the point of this country (the USA) really.

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Allies of Rand Paul, Koch take aim at hawks (Call them the “defense owls”)

I refer to people like Rand Paul as defense “owls.” They aren’t doves. They aren’t hawks. They are smart and staid. They are “owls.”

The creation of this think tank is encouraging. Indeed it is vital that the neocons, the big government hawks which defined the Bush era (the Clinton era?) be countered and shown for the advocates of massive government that they are. Conservatives historically have not been for waging war across the globe, and particularly without the sanction of Congress and by extension the American people.

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The Anger of the Unprivileged Is Rising Globally

This goes nicely with the previous post.

People are waking up. They are using the information at their disposal. Do not take this information for granted.

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How the West (and the Rest) Got Rich

I find it funny (and terribly sad) that so many supposedly informed and educated people don’t understand what a miracle capitalism (and the Western tradition, including English common law) truly is. Many of us, perhaps most of us wouldn’t even be alive today if it was not for the concepts which spread from northwestern Europe, to North America, and then beyond. We live in amazing wealth. Even the poor in the West have amazing wealth relative to the poor throughout history and relative to parts of the world where commerce is stifled by statism,

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