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    Why Trump's US War Against Syria (and Now Canada?!) Matters

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    On today's BradCast: yes, it matters why we go to war and when we go to war and where we go to war - even if the US media (right, left and center) and US Congress (Republicans and Democrats) would rather not discuss it.

    But, first today: as Donald Trump nears his 100th day as President and Congress return from their two-week Easter recess, the news fire hose is back on, with House Republicans announcing a new amendment to their previously failed scheme to try and repeal and replace Obamacare. The new plan will likely cover less and be even worse for the sick and elderly than their previous plan, but it does exempt members of Congress and their staffers from the worst of it.

    At the same time, Trump's Treasury Department has unveiled a hastily-released, deficit-increasing, "trickle down", tax cut for corporations and individuals. And, in more desperation to distract from his lack of success during his first 100 days, Trump also goes to war with Canada! (a trade war anyway… and via Twitter!).

    Then: on that whole war thing, where we now, apparently, bomb sovereign nations without discussion, debate, authorization, media skepticism or evidence — Listeners ring in with calls, comments and emails in response to our interviews earlier this week with MIT Professor Emeritus Theodore Postol and with Consortium News' Robert Parry, both of whom question the evidence hastily released in a White House report on April 11 to justify Trump's April 6 cruise missile attack on Syria.

    US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner in Washington, US, March 21, 2017.
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    That attack is said to have been in response to a deadly April 4 chemical weapons incident two days earlier in the rebel-held province of Idlib. But why have the U.S. media failed to question the evidence presented by Trump (not by the US Intelligence Community), and why has Congress failed to debate, much less Constitutionally authorize, Trump's military action?

    And, hey, why does it all matter anyway, since everyone knows Bashar al-Assad is a bad guy and every President needs a military "doctrine" after all?! We discuss all of that and much more today…since, apparently, somebody has to. Finally, Desi Doyen joins us for the latest (unusually encouraging) Green News Report and with a heads up in advance of this weekend's People's Climate March.

    You can find Brad's previous editions here. And tune in to radio Sputnik three hours a day, five days a week, at 5 pm GMT.

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    mainstream corporate media, Bush legacy, mainstream media failure, Syrian crisis, trade war, Healthcare, economy, Iraq War, GOP, United Nations, IRS, Department of Defense, Democrats, US Senate, Justin Trudeau, Chuck Schumer, Reince Priebus, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Syria, Canada, United States, Russia, France
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