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Podcast: Running Out of Money

The US deficit is nearly $1 trillion in 2019

On FPF #405, I discuss the country’s nearly $1 trillion dollar deficit in 2019.

The US war state continues to spend massive amounts of money as the country drowns in debt.

I explain that the money on the military is waster and is harming the living standards of Americans.

I also look at the role of the FED in hiding the true cost of the war state.

Show Notes

Out of Money

  • The federal deficit for this year is $984 billion. [Link]
  • The State Department approved $68 billion in weapon sales in 2019. [Link]
  • The UN warns of a huge budget shortfall that may mean employees not getting paid in the coming months. The budget shortage has already delayed some meetings and limited travel. [Link]

US News

  • A Customs agent refused to allow a Defense One writer to enter the US until he said he wrote propaganda. [Link]
  • A key figure in Trump’s maximum pressures policy – Sigal Mandelker – is leaving the administration. [Link]
  • The FBI detained a Russian lawmaker for an hour after she arrived in the US. [Link]

-gates

  • Attorney General Barr has been traveling to other countries in the investigation into the origins of Russiagate. [Link]
  • Trump told former UK Prime Minister Thersa May that he had doubts if Russia was behind the poisoning of the Skripals. [Link]

Europe

  • A US F-16 crashed in Germany. [Link]
  • The US and Grease sign a new defense pact. The US will build a naval and airbase in northeast Greece. [Link]

NK

  • Japan rescued 60 North Korean fishermen after the North Korean fishing ship collided with a Japanese patrol ship. [Link]

Afghanistan 

  • The UN reports the US airstrikes on Afghan drug targets are unlawful. The UN is investigating a strike that caused at least 39 casualties. [Link]

Iraq

  • At least 110 people have been killed during protests in Iraq. Violent protests started last Tuesday. This Tuesday’s night protests had no new reports of deaths. [Link]

Syria

  • Mike Pompeo claims the Iranian oil tanker – that was seized by the UK and then released – sold its oil to Syria. [Link]
  • Syrian Kurds signal they are willing to talk with Assad and Russia about the likely Turkish invasion of northeast Syria. [Link]
  • A Turkish official says Turkish forces with allied Syrian rebels will start to move into northeast Syria. [Link]
  • The Syrian government says it will oppose Turkish aggression into Syria and signaled a willingness to talk with the Kurds. [Link]
  • Daniel Davis