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Will Putin Bring Us Together?

Vladimir Putin’s grab of Crimea has exposed the paradoxes in American attitudes toward foreign policy.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Army/Spc. Steven Hitchcock

War as a Spectator Sport

The dirtiest trick Richard Nixon pulled on the nation was ending the draft and a civilian army to tamp down protests by young people during the Vietnam War. He disengaged politicians and the rest of us from our young countrymen in uniform, leaving other presidents and super patriots to charge or creep into unwinnable wars.

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CIA Spies and Tortured Lies

This week’s public spat between CIA-loyalist Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the CIA might briefly upset the status quo, but they will make up.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Rand Paul Slams He Who Must Not Be Named (Ted Cruz)

Fresh off a big straw poll win at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has a new op-ed taking aim without mentioning names at second-place finisher and fellow conservative heartthrob Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Vulnerable Foreign Laborers Toil on U.S. Bases in Afghanistan

Al-Jazeera America looks at the human trafficking system that brings tens of thousands of foreign laborers to work on U.S. military bases in Afghanistan.

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McCain War Chant Revised

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Russia Can’t Take the West Seriously Anymore, but Why Should It?

Let’s face it, the West has been sold to the highest bidder and Putin has no reason to fear us.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Before Crimea There Was Iraq, Afghanistan, Panama, Grenada and So On

Even as Washington condemns Moscow for its outrageous aggression, we reserve the right to fire deadly missiles into Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and who knows where else.

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Obama Plans for Complete U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan in December

America’s longest war may be over by the end of this year, and it is making Afghans and neighbors like Pakistan nervous.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE



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The Obama Method: Combine Threats With Accommodation

The Obama government has taken a Cold War stand on the crisis in Ukraine.

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Obama Counters Karzai With Troop Withdrawal Move in Security Pact Standoff

President Obama put the squeeze on Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday, attempting to break down Karzai’s resistance to signing a new security agreement by suggesting in a phone call that all remaining U.S. troops may leave Afghanistan by year-end if the stalemate persists. 

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American Departure Will Leave Behind Carnage and Ruin

This is probably, but not certainly, the year that sees the end to the United States’ three-decades-long effort to establish permanent American strategic bases in the Muslim Middle East and in Muslim Asia.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



In the Darkness of Dick Cheney

By invading Iraq, Bush administration policymakers—and at their head, Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld—had managed to demonstrate to the world not the grand extent of American power but its limits.

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Broken Democracy: Republicans Poised to Take Senate, Americans Reject Their Platform

A lot of political analysts think it is entirely possible that the Republicans will take the Senate in November.

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The Super Bowl of War: Three Decades of Failure in Afghanistan

A Budweiser commercial during the Super Bowl, that annual celebration of violence as sport, featured a most joyous homecoming for a U.S. veteran of the Afghan War.

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The PTSD Crisis That’s Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own Neighborhoods

Americans wounded in their own neighborhoods are not getting treatment for PTSD. They’re not even getting diagnosed.

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Dovish SOTU: Obama Will Veto AIPAC Iran Sanctions, Pledges Afghanistan Wind-Down

President Obama’s State of the Union address addressed some key foreign policy issues—Afghanistan and Iran above all—though it was primarily aimed at domestic issues.

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U.S. Condemns Release of Afghan Prisoners

The U.S. military accused the Afghan government of betrayal after Kabul ordered the release of 37 “dangerous individuals” from Bagram prison, saying the inmates were involved in attacks that killed NATO and Afghan soldiers.

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Jon Stewart Ridicules Iran Sanctions and Interviews Robert Gates

Jon Stewart takes us through the new sanctions against Iran that many in our dysfunctional Congress are considering. He also interviews former Defense Secretary Robert Gates about his new book “Duty.”

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe

Why Are Iraq and Afghanistan Not Looking After Themselves?

The United States has invested heavily in its conquered nations. So what’s the problem?

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE


Defense Secretary Robert Gates Book Bounce

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What the Iraq War Has to Do With Afghanistan

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says America’s approach to foreign affairs is too militarized, evidenced by its two most recent wars; American viewers can hardly recognize news anchors anymore; meanwhile, people still believe Greek art was white, despite proof of its once garish colors. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 READ MORE


Why Is the President Fighting for a War He Doesn’t Believe In?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: According to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the president didn’t buy into his own strategy. Also, what’s up with Dennis Rodman? Saving public art. And we remember Amiri Baraka.

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Why Is the President Fighting for a War He Doesn’t Believe In?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: According to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the president didn’t buy into his own strategy. Also, what’s up with Dennis Rodman? Saving public art. And we remember Amiri Baraka.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Patriotism: Signs of Saturation

Maddening that so many people can’t see through a selling technique that, while cleverly done, shouldn’t fool anybody. Sad to witness the Dependent Mind, the mind given over to authority and orthodoxy. Tragic that the young will learn to hate, fight, and die, and cause the reciprocal.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE


Judge on NSA Case Cites 9/11 Report, but It Doesn’t Actually Support His Ruling

In a new decision in support of the NSA’s phone metadata surveillance program, U.S. District Judge William Pauley cites an intelligence failure involving the agency in the lead-up to the 9/11 attacks. But the judge’s cited source, the 9/11 Commission Report, doesn’t actually include the account he gives in the ruling. What’s more, experts say the NSA could have avoided the pre-9/11 failure even without the metadata surveillance program.

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 READ MORE



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‘I Worked on the U.S. Drone Program’

Politicians defending the use of drones in Afghanistan have no idea what they’re talking about, writes former U.S. Air Force analyst Heather Linebaugh, who has seen innocent women and children incinerated by Hellfire missiles and soldiers killed because of drone failures.

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Why Are We in Afghanistan?

It’s an old chestnut of a query, but now applied to a new locale, and with the same meaningless, misleading cliches for answers.

Posted on Dec 25, 2013 READ MORE



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The Drone Next Door

Drones are wonderful, said almost all the Americans I have talked to in recent weeks.

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How History Will Remember Obama (Hint: Not Well)

The man elected to end war and turn the page on George W. Bush instead expanded American militarism and persecution of dissidents.

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U.S. Determined to Mend Fences With Iran, Critics Notwithstanding

Why do Americans hate the Iranians? Most Americans probably do not.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Morally Questionable Go-To Weapon

U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries may be militarily effective, but they are killing innocent civilians in a way that is obscene and immoral. I’m afraid that ignoring this ugly fact makes Americans complicit in murder.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC3 Paul Kelly

Sequestration: Getting Our Priorities Straight

Lobbyists for military contractors are swarming all over Capitol Hill these days in a frenzy to stave off automatic budget cuts as part of the second wave of sequestration, due in January.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE


Our Good Old Todays

Years from now, when someday the nation is mired in another recession or bogged down in another ill-conceived war, these may be remembered as the good old days.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: Ann Jones

Jones’ new book, “They Were Soldiers,” was written to give veterans and their families alienated and estranged by war a chance to find their way back to one another.

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 READ MORE



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They Didn’t Know What They Were Getting Into

The last time I saw American soldiers in Afghanistan, they were silent. Knocked out by gunfire and explosions that left them grievously injured, as well as drugs, they were carried from medevac helicopters into a base hospital to be plugged into machines that would measure how much life they had left to save. They were bloody. They were missing pieces of themselves. They were quiet.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE


Bodies of Missing Afghans Found Outside U.S. Special Forces Base

The bodies of 10 Afghan villagers were found near a base in the country’s Wardak Province shortly after the U.S. military was forced to vacate it in the spring. All of the people had disappeared after being detained by U.S. Special Forces, including, it seems, a unit known as “The A-Team,” which has also been linked to eight other slayings in Wardak.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Losing Friends, Influencing No One, and Alienating the Middle East

The raids in Libya and Somalia last month, targeting an alleged al-Qaeda fugitive and an alleged kingpin of the al-Shabab Islamist movement, were less a sign of America’s awesome might than minor exceptions that proved an emerging rule: that the power, prestige, and influence of the United States in the broader Middle East and its ability to shape events there is in a death spiral.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE



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The Rising Resistance to Obama’s Drone Wars

“I wasn’t scared of drones before, but now when they fly overhead I wonder, ‘Will I be next?’” That is the question asked by 8-year-old Nabila Rehman, from northwest Pakistan.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE



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The French Method: How Africa’s Old Colonial Nemesis Fights Terrorism in the Sahara

Few Americans outside the Pentagon have been watching Mali, where a midsummer election marked the end of a painful year of civil war and incendiary Islamic radicalism.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



‘Kony 2012’ Snuck Into the Debt Ceiling Adjustment Bill

The deceiving viral video that helped America justify fighting proxy wars in Africa has left its mark; Obamacare critics rant against Canadian style health care, but there are key differences between our system and that of our neighbor to the north; meanwhile, France is belatedly outraged about the NSA leaks. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Troop Withdrawal Means ‘World’s Biggest Garage Sale’

Seven billion dollars worth of supplies leftover from the U.S. war in Afghanistan is being destroyed before it’s offered to the Afghan people in order “to ensure that treadmills, air-conditioning units and other rudimentary appliances aren’t used to make roadside bombs.”

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE



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The Cost of Courage: Malalai Joya’s Life-Risking Activism

Contrary to her small stature, Afghan activist Malalai Joya is a towering figure among ordinary Afghans.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



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The Forgotten War

Will the U.S. still be meddling in Afghanistan 30 years from now? If history is any guide, the answer is yes—and most Americans will have only the haziest idea why.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE



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A World Where No One Listens to the Planet’s Sole Superpower

Ever fewer countries, allies, or enemies, are paying attention, much less kowtowing, to the once-formidable power of the world’s last superpower. The list of defiant figures—from Egyptian generals to Saudi princes, Iraqi Shiite leaders to Israeli politicians—is lengthening.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama’s Most Important Diplomacy

President Obama’s foreign policy now seems to be defined by a series of ironies.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Afghan Women Risk Lives to Write Poems

Although some female poets in Afghanistan have been killed by their male family members for penning poetry, many see it as an outlet to express their inner and outer worlds during a time of great national turmoil.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE


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