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Kevin Spacey Played Obama’s Ebola Czar on TV

What an interesting career Ron Klain has had for a political operative.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Let Obama and the CDC Do Their Jobs

If the prospect of hanging concentrates the mind, then even the possibility of infection with Ebola should do the same—for all of us.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE



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We Need Medical Boots on the Ground Now

The headlines shift hourly between Ebola and Islamic State. The question is often asked, “Should we put boots on the ground?” The answer is yes—but not in the Middle East.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE



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White House Islamic State Strategy Amounts to Wishful Thinking

The notion that Iraq will “destroy” Islamic State at American behest is an illusion, and so is the notion that the coalition just formed can do it.

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE



Obama’s New Oil Wars

The Obama administration is wielding the oil weapon against two of the world’s leading producers, Iran and Russia. These efforts, which include embargoes and trade sanctions, are likely to have a great impact on world output, reflecting White House confidence that, in the pursuit of U.S. strategic interests, anything goes.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford Jr.

More Questions Than Answers in War With Islamic State

The decision of President Barack Obama to wage air war against the Islamic State still is swimming in a sea of confusion and doubt.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Where’s the Gratitude?

President Obama is clearly frustrated that having inherited an economy that was at death’s door, he is getting remarkably little credit for getting it back on its feet.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE



A New Nuclear Arms Race: Why Peace Activists Must Wage an Open Battle Against the Democratic Party

Barack Obama never had a truly independent policy for peace. If we say that Obama was constrained by a renewed collision of imperial spheres of interest, we are telling only the convenient half of a half-truth.

Posted on Oct 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Secure the People’s House

The Secret Service needs rescuing, but don’t use the recent shocking lapses in presidential security as an excuse to further separate Americans from the symbols of their government.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC1 Trevor Welsh

10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War

Reese Erlich was in northern Iraq at the start of the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State. He says the reality on the ground is far different from the propaganda coming out of Washington.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Learning From History

It is something of a cliche to quote George Santayana one more time, saying, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." But for folks of my age, ignorant repetition has been a constant in our lives. And, of course, it is happening again right now.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Explains Why Bombing and Shooting Everyone Isn’t Working

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Truthdig columnist says, “People don’t want to be occupied and they’re not going to stop until we leave.” Also: The best banned books, The Intercept’s digital bodyguard and why the war in Syria is probably not legal.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Explains Why Bombing and Shooting Everyone Isn’t Working

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The columnist says, “People don’t want to be occupied and they’re not going to stop until we leave.” Also: The best banned books, The Intercept’s digital bodyguard and why the war in Syria is probably not legal.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Bookends of a Presidency

President Obama began his presidency with a call for a “new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.” He will end it as a reluctant but unapologetic warrior.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE


Debate: One of the Finest Attorneys General in the Nation’s History?

Assessments of Attorney General Eric Holder’s legacy have been mixed. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund hailed him for his role in transforming the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and his leadership on voting rights. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union criticized Holder’s record on national security issues.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



Eric Holder to Resign as Attorney General

He’s spent almost six years guiding the Justice Department through some tricky terrain—think Benghazi, Ferguson and DOMA—and Thursday, Eric Holder made it known he is preparing to exit his position as U.S. attorney general. 

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE



Global Warming and Global Warring

Hours after 400,000 people joined in the largest climate march in history, the United States began bombing Syria, starting yet another war.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE


Obama: More Than Terrorism or Disease, Climate Change Is the Greatest Threat

Speaking to the United Nations on Tuesday, President Obama said “no nation is immune” from what he described as the “one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other.”

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE



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The Mideast Horrors Grow

Cutting off the heads of aid workers and journalists is nothing in comparison with the degradation and dehumanization being inflicted on the pathetic people of the Middle East by all sides.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Tyler J. Clements

American Amnesia: Why the GOP Leads on National Security

If the latest polls are accurate, most voters believe that Republican politicians deserve greater trust on matters of national security.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE


Dennis Kucinich: President Obama Has Trapped Himself With Bad Decisions

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dennis Kucinich and Robert Scheer discuss Syrian rebels. Also: With civility and style, Scotland shows the world how democracy is done. And Cyd Zeigler considers violence in the NFL.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE


It’s Hard to Be Cynical About Brave Scotland

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Scotland shows the world how it’s done, Dennis Kucinich and Robert Scheer discuss arming Syrian rebels, and Cyd Zeigler considers violence in the NFL.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE


Beloved War Veteran Commits Suicide

U.S. veteran communities are reportedly grieving at news of the suicide of Jacob George, a three-tour veteran of America’s last decade-plus of war, after he failed to find relief from physical and mental injuries. In a clip from a veterans event last year, he spoke of his experience with various types of therapy and performed his original song, “Soldier’s Heart.”

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Too Big to Punish

A few months ago, in a press conference about the felony conviction of Credit Suisse, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “This case shows that no financial institution, no matter its size or global reach, is above the law.” Yet, earlier this month, the Obama administration announced its proposal to waive some of the possible sanctions against Credit Suisse.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



The Great Concentration or the Great Fragmentation?

For most of the last several hundred years the story in view focused on an imperial struggle for power on planet Earth. But another story was developing in the shadows, and has accelerated in seemingly disastrous ways in our own time under some disintegrative pressure.

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 READ MORE



One Way or Another, Everything Changes

From the author of “The Shock Doctrine,” here is the introduction to Naomi Klein’s new book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal

House Votes to Arm Syrian Rebels, but Not to Pay for It

With the help primarily of Republicans, President Obama’s plan to arm Syrian rebels won approval in the House on Wednesday.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE



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U.S. Coalition Excludes Countries Already Fighting Islamic State

A hollow laugh might be permitted at the alliance now announced as the result of Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest journey through the Middle East.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE



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No Thanks From an Ungrateful Nation: The Surge of Female Vets Living on the Streets

Sexual assault is a major reason for the growing number of homeless female veterans.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Does Hillary Clinton Want to Run For President?

Judging by her weekend appearance in Iowa, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Now she has to answer one simple question: Why?

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama’s New War, Scotland’s Vote, Campaign Finance

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss congressional support for Obama’s plan to destroy Islamic State. Will it simply leave the problem to the president’s successor? Also, the potential unintended consequences of Scottish independence, and the Senate takes on Citizens United.

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 READ MORE


Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Truthdig’s editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women’s movement and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE


Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Truthdig’s editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women’s movement and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

What If This Doesn’t Work?

President Obama has committed the United States to another open-ended Middle East war in which the potential for doing harm rivals the possibility of doing good.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Republicans’ Reaction to Obama Speech Reveals Much—About Them

Minutes after President Barack Obama concluded his strong and sensible address explaining how he intends to destroy the terrorist organization the Islamic State, Republicans popped up on television like political snipers.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales

9/11, ISIS and the New Politics of Foreign Policy

Over the last decade, Americans’ views on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



Hand in Hand With Kissinger: A Review of Hillary Clinton’s Review

If Hillary Clinton’s latest book, “Hard Choices,” was not an obvious enough sign of her presidential aspirations, then her recent Washington Post review of Henry Kissinger’s new book, “World Order,” seems to have sealed the deal.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE


President Obama Remembers 9/11: ‘As Americans We Do Not Give In to Fear, Ever’

President Obama marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the grounds of one of the hijackers’ targets, the Pentagon, commemorating the occasion with rhetorical flourishes that invited Americans to see themselves as fearless and ever on the up-and-up.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Hasan Jamali

Terrorizing a Family of Human Rights Champions

Bahrain, a key U.S. ally in the Mideast, is building a symbolic wall against freedom. Part of that odious effort is the longtime persecution of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and two of his daughters.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE


Live: Watch Obama’s Address to the Nation Right Here

The president is expected to announce military strikes within Syria on ISIS. Watch live video after the jump.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 READ MORE



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President Poroshenko’s Gift to America

It seems evident that Barack Obama today still does not understand how much he owes to President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE



Here Comes Dick Cheney to Beat the Drums of War in Iraq (Again)

In what is hopefully not one of the seven signs of imminent apocalypse, former Vice President Dick Cheney once again darkened the halls of Congress on Tuesday, huddling with House Republicans to strategize about the simmering war zone that is Iraq. Yes, it is 2014 and not 2004.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air National Guard/Master Sgt. Scott Thompson

Bombs, Boots and Bluster Won’t Work

President Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State may be hard to pin down—maddeningly so, some complain—but it is likely to work far better than anything his bellicose critics advocate.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE



California Trial Places Mortgage Blame on Bankers

In an “unprecedented” trial that challenges the Obama administration’s official position on who was responsible for the 2008 financial meltdown, a Sacramento jury in late August thwarted a federal prosecutor’s effort to charge borrowers with mortgage fraud after the defense successfully argued that executives who signed off on the loans didn’t care whether answers given on mortgage applications were accurate.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE



Would a U.S./NATO War in Syria Be Legal in International Law?

Efforts are being made in Congress to give President Barack Obama the formal authority to conduct airstrikes in Syria against ISIL.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE



Obama and Cameron Find Little Enthusiasm at NATO for New Iraq War

The NATO summit in Wales was supposed to be all about getting out of Afghanistan. Instead, two new issues dominated it—Ukraine and ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Our Challenge With Islam

Destroying, degrading or containing the Islamic State—whichever goal President Obama chooses—will be the easy part. Finding ways for fundamentalist Islam to express itself peacefully is a bigger, tougher and more important project.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Beyond the Sound Bite

In contemplating President Obama’s foreign policy, Mark Twain’s reference to Richard Wagner’s music—it’s “better than it sounds”—comes to mind.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE


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