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US President Donald Trump is seeking to replace American troops in Afghanistan with private contractors and mercenaries to outsource the US conflict against the war-torn country, says a political analyst in Virginia.
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This edition of the program is about Trumps decisions about USs military presence in Syria and Afghanistan and the challenges hes going to face in 2019. The implications of Trumps Syria pullout decision are discussed. Also, he is having a tough time coming to terms with the Democrats and also his own allies to get the necessary fund for the wall on US-Mexico border.
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America’s strategy in Syria has been to utilize terrorist groups to undermine independent governments and wreck havoc in the Middle East, an American political analyst in Virginia says.
“It seems to me that the long-term plan that the United States has is to essentially use ISIS as a means of destabilizing the region, the Middle Eastern region, said Keith Preston, chief editor of AttacktheSystem.com.
“It’s not that the United States has a favorable view of the ISIS but I think that the United States is simply trying to work both ends against the middle in the sense that they want ISIS to be a disruptive force in Syria and in other parts of the Middle East where there are governments that the United States ultimately wants to over-flow,” Preston told Press TV on Wednesday.
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Forces within the US government are using anti-Semitism as an excuse to cover up growing opposition among university students to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands, says Virginia-based analyst Keith Preston.
Israeli researchers at Tel Aviv University said Sunday that anti-Semitic incidents on US college campuses, mostly in the form of insults and harassment of Jewish students, increased 45 percent in 2016.
Overall, the number of violent anti-Semitic incidents in the United States rose slightly last year, compared to 2015, increasing from 88 to 91, the report found.
The report comes following a recent wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the United States and in Canada.
Political scientists and academics have argued that supporters of Israel equate criticism of Zionism and Israel with anti-Semitism in a deliberate attempt to discredit critics and prevent legitimate criticism of Israel.
Preston, director of attackthesystem.com, told Press TV that there was “very limited evidence” of growing anti-Semitic sentiments on college campuses across the US and people who made such claims were providing a “dubious” explanation of what they consider anti-Semitism.
“What they seem to be objecting to is what they perceive as anti-Israel sentiments on campuses and I think they are probably right in the sense that there is a growing support among university students in the United States for the pro-Palestinian movement and for the movement to divest Israel and things of that nature,” the analyst said Sunday.
“This is markedly different from anti-Semitism,” he argued. “Anti-Semitism implies a carte blanche hostility or prejudice against Jewish people and that is not what the pro-Palestinian movement is about at all.”
Preston said there were even Jewish students promoting movements like the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.
“So, I think this is something of a smoke-screen argument that is being raised and claims that anti-Semitism is somehow growing on American campuses,” he said, concluding that such reports in fact show that opposition to Israel’s occupation of Palestine is on the rise.
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There is no reason to step up “alarmist rhetoric” in the wake of the undemocratic trend across the US under President Donald Trump, says a senior political commentator.
Keith Preston, the chief editor and director at AttacktheSystem.com, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV while commenting on a recent statement by two independent experts at the United Nations.
Since Trump won the White House, at least 19 states have introduced undemocratic bills in state legislatures “with the purpose or effect of criminalizing peaceful protests,” read the statement by David Kaye and Maina Kiai.
According to Preston, “What is happening now is nothing that’s particularly new; Free speech and right to peaceful protests have been under attack in the United States for a number of years.”
The analyst referenced measures to crack down on free speech and the right to assembly in recent US history, noting that “this kind of thing has happened in numerous other circumstances.”
Trump’s victory in the last year’s presidential election, however, has caused a “wave of protests over certain issues that have come to the forefront.”
The reason for that, Preston argued is that the businessman-turned-president is an “extremely controversial figure” and is “widely opposed by a substantial segment of the US population.”
“What is happening now is that different levels of the government in the United States, primarily in some of the individual states, [where] legislators introduced potential legislation to try to curb protests essentially by chipping away at protest rights.”
They are also trying to give law enforcement “more tools” to use against protesters “or things of that nature.”
Preston further stated that such legislation, proposed at the state rather than the federal level, will not necessarily turn into law and may be blocked by US courts.
“Also this legislation is simply proposed legislation. To my knowledge no of this legislation has actually passed,” he said, concluding that “there’s no point to sounding a lot of alarmist rhetoric about free speech; rights being taken away in a unique or special way.”
He concluded that the statement by the United Nations’ experts is “certainly worth paying attention to… but it’s not out of the norm.”
The television audience for the second debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fell sharply from their first record-breaking debate. It is estimated that some 66.5 million Americans tuned in to the 90-minute debate on October 9 across a number of networks, well below the record 84 million who watched the first debate om September 27.
The vicious attacks that Clinton and Trump aimed at each other, and lack of policy discussion led to the fall in viewers for the second presidential debate. Some debate viewers had mentioned that it was difficult for them to answer their children’s questions regarding the attacks that were made by the candidates.
In the second debate not only did the attacks not decline, rather they became more vicious. Donald Trump brought women in the audience that had accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment. He had even invited rape victim Kathy Shelton. When Shelton was 12 years old she was raped by Hillary Clinton’s client. Clinton helped her rapist client get off on a technicality, and was latter seen laughing about it. At the end of this vicious debate maybe the biggest losers were the millions of Americans who watched it.