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White House / Eric Draper

Newspaper: Bush Told Israel Not to Bomb Iran

The Guardian is reporting that outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sought and was denied President Bush’s blessing for an airstrike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Bush was reportedly concerned that Iran would retaliate against U.S. targets in the region and that the benefits of such an attack would be insufficient.

Posted on Sep 26, 2008 READ MORE



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U.S. and Pakistani Troops Exchange Fire

There are at least three differing accounts of exactly what happened on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border Thursday, but most agree that American and Pakistani forces shot at each other. Cross-border raids by U.S. forces into Pakistan’s territory have inflamed relations between the two countries.

Posted on Sep 25, 2008 READ MORE


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Germany Slams U.S. Over Financial Crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is furious with the United States for roiling the world economy and expecting Europe to help clean up the mess. “We did what we were supposed to do. ... We adopted a decent EU regulation ... but when it came to it, the Americans said ‘that’s not for us.’ ”

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Does the Cold War Have Lessons for Today?

Carolyn Eisenberg takes a close look at Melvyn Leffler’s “For the Soul of Mankind” to ask whether our current troubles are rooted in a history that continues to haunt us.

Posted on Sep 19, 2008 READ MORE


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news.ninemsn.com.au

Attack on U.S. Embassy in Yemen

An attack on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen killed 16 Wednesday, though it failed to breach the inner walls of the building complex. The act, which has been claimed by the group Islamic Jihad, is probably a response to both an internal Yemeni crackdown against insurgent groups and the U.S. global “war on terror.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


With ‘Allies’ Like NATO, Georgia Better Not Annoy Russia

Thanks to Russia’s incursion into a belligerent Georgia in mid-August, a country in possession of Washington’s assurance that it soon would be given a “membership action plan” for joining NATO now hasn’t a hope of membership in the alliance.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Georgia Diplomatically Dumps Russia

Georgia announced Friday that it will withdraw all Georgian diplomats from its embassy in Moscow in protest of Russian soldiers’ presence in the country. Russia is expected to pull its own diplomats from its embassy in Tbilisi, but of course its troops will still be stationed in Georgian territory if Georgia really needs to talk.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain: ‘We Are All Georgians’

If there is any doubt that John McCain is gulping down the neocon Kool-Aid on Georgia, one need only read his new manifesto in The Wall Street Journal, where he once again flaunts his Wikipedia-sourced foreign policy expertise.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain’s Irony-Challenged Diplomacy Primer

You’ve seen the quotation, now watch the clip of Sen. John McCain, either in deep denial or completely irony-impaired (those being the more generous of many possible interpretations), giving his pronouncement that “... in the 21st century, nations don’t invade other nations.” Oh.

Posted on Aug 13, 2008 READ MORE


A Cut-and-Paste Foreign Policy

The discovery that John McCain’s remarks on Georgia were derived from Wikipedia is, to put it politely, disturbing and even depressing—but not surprising.

Posted on Aug 13, 2008 READ MORE


NATO, Georgia and the Ready-Made War

British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery was the man who said the first three rules of warfare are “Do not invade Russia,” repeated three times. A footnote to that rule would be that while the disputed Georgian districts of South Ossetia and Abkhazia are not parts of Russia today, they were yesterday, and probably will again be tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow.

Posted on Aug 12, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Musa Sadulayev

Georgia Conflict Primer

For those who never heard of South Ossetia before fighting between Russians and Georgians erupted there, the BBC’s Paul Reynolds provides some needed background and analysis, including this pearl of wisdom: “Do not punch a bear on the nose unless it is tied down.”

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE



White House / Eric Draper

Bush Meets World

If you’ve been watching the Olympics this year, chances are you’ve had your share of George W. Bush sightings. The president isn’t exactly known for his worldliness, but he found the spirit of international understanding and friendship to be a pleasant surprise—a “very uplifting experience,” as he put it. Imagine that.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE


Syria Succeeds by Doing Nothing

Without a shot being fired, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ensured that anyone who wants anything in the Middle East has got to talk to Syria. He’s done nothing—and he’s won.

Posted on Aug 3, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Brennan Linsley

Acts of War

The war between the United States and Iran is on. American taxpayer dollars are being used, with the permission of Congress, to fund activities that result in Iranians being killed and wounded, and Iranian property destroyed. This wanton violation of a nation’s sovereignty would not be tolerated if the tables were turned.

Posted on Jul 29, 2008 READ MORE


Obama’s Audition

To win the presidency, Barack Obama needs only to battle John McCain to a tie on foreign policy and national security. That means Obama has no need for a great triumph during his trip this week to the Middle East and Europe. His goal is to look safe, sound and competent, and that’s how he’s playing things.

Posted on Jul 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Begins World Tour

Barack Obama embarked on his international diplomacy tour—a key step in raising his profile on the world stage and demonstrating his readiness to take over the American presidency—with an important first major stop. The Illinois senator landed in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday as part of congressional delegation surveying the current situation in that troubled nation.

Posted on Jul 19, 2008 READ MORE


U.S. Tehran Embassy
wikimedia.org

U.S. to Maybe Consider Thinking About Talking to Iran

Plans for a bastardized version of a U.S. embassy—an “interests section”—are reportedly in motion in Iran as the Bush administration tries to supplement its bellicose rhetoric with what it calls “people-to-people exchanges” between Iranians and U.S. citizens.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008 READ MORE


Educating the U.S. About the Middle East

“You in the West have a moral duty in Europe to educate the United States more about the Middle East. If they don’t listen to you, they will not listen to us. They will continue with their mistakes.” I don’t think they’re going to listen, I mutter.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008 READ MORE


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Flickr / throwthedamnthing

Tehran Shoots, Obama Scorns

Taking a move from the McCain playbook and latching on to the bogeyman that is Iran, Barack Obama responded to Tehran’s long-range weapons tests Wednesday with calls for tougher economic sanctions against the country, whose missiles are now deemed capable of hitting American bases in the region.

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 READ MORE


A Loss of Transatlantic Harmony

The relationship among the three principal centers of world power of the past half-century is now at the edge of fundamental change.

Posted on Jul 6, 2008 READ MORE


Bush’s Buddy

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‘Israel Gets a Pass’

Mosaic’s Jamal Dajani points out that while President Bush recently likened diplomacy to “appeasement,” the government of Israel has been cutting deals with two of its sworn enemies: Hezbollah and Hamas.

Posted on Jun 22, 2008 READ MORE



DoD / R.D. Ward

Investigate This

As a critic of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, especially when unsubstantiated allegations of weapons of mass destruction are used to sell a war, I am no stranger to the concept of questioning authority. It’s too bad more journalists can’t say the same thing.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


America’s Insane Cuba Policy

Other than providing Fidel Castro with a convenient antagonist to help him whip up nationalist fervor—and thus prolong his rule—the U.S. trade embargo and other sanctions have accomplished precisely nothing.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Castro Slams Obama

Semi-retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro thinks Barack Obama is “the most-advanced candidate in the presidential race,” so he must have been disappointed to hear that Obama would continue an embargo against the island nation. That policy, Castro wrote in a column that appeared in state newspapers, is “a formula for hunger for [Cuba].”

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Israel and Syria Talk Peace

The politically weakened government of Ehud Olmert is engaged in peace talks with neighboring Syria, the two countries have acknowledged. Turkey is moderating the indirect negotiations, the first since 2000. The last round of talks failed over the demand for Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights.

Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Kevin Frayer

Bush?s Commitment Problem

George W. Bush’s attempt to juggle Israel’s 60th anniversary, Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts and his hostility toward Iran means that Palestinians lose again.

Posted on May 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Democrats Condemn Bush’s ‘Appeaser’ Comment

While addressing the Israeli Knesset, President Bush referred to the willingness of “some” to speak with unsavory leaders such as Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and he went on to compare them to those who sought to appease the Nazis before World War II. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton set aside their differences on diplomacy long enough to take objection to that statement.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


The Ritual Flaying of Jimmy Carter

Nobody with a functioning memory should be too quick to condemn Jimmy Carter for daring to speak with the leadership of Hamas, as nearly everyone along the American political spectrum suddenly has felt obliged to do.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Bo Xilai
AP photo / Bullit Marquez

The High Price of Diplomacy With China

Two investigative reports uncover the Bush administration’s efforts to suppress legal proceedings against high-ranking Chinese officials—former Trade Minister Bo Xilai and Beijing’s Olympic Organizing Committee President Liu Qi—accused of torturing religious group members.

Posted on Apr 23, 2008 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
AP photo / Jeff Zelevansky, pool

A Papal Primer on Global Diplomacy

Pope Benedict XVI’s latest major stop on his U.S. tour took him to the United Nations, where he held forth about the need to prioritize human rights for all and pointed out how the majority of power to impact global events still remains in the hands of very few key players.

Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE


Ahmed Chalabi
AP photo / Hadi Mizban

Dinner With Ahmed

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, I find myself thinking back on how we got ourselves into this predicament. ... As I examine where we are today and contemplate our future and those who are positioning themselves to play a role in Iraq, it seems to me that there is at least one such incident, a dinner party I attended at the home of Ahmed Chalabi in June 1998 that is worthy of a more public illumination.

Posted on Mar 17, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Hussein Malla

The Mughniyeh Enigma

Imad Mughniyeh was once America’s most-wanted terrorist, and his crimes were truly abhorrent. But his assassination, Ritter argues, will only lead to more violence.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush Unable to Avoid Public Display of Dancing in Liberia

It’s hard to tell from this clip whether the people rushing to the stage to egg President Bush on as he attempts to enact a little rhythmic diplomacy at this recent function in Liberia are cheering for or jeering at him.  We have our suspicions, though.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


Bush in Africa

Bush on Why the U.S. Didn’t Send Troops to Darfur

The year is 2008, and President George W. Bush has learned an important lesson in global affairs: “Outside forces” taking part in foreign clashes “tend to divide people up inside their country” and “are unbelievably counterproductive.” 

Posted on Feb 20, 2008 READ MORE


Sarkozy and Gadhafi
AP photo / Francois Mori

We’ll Always Have Paris

For former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando, Moammar Gadhafi’s recent visit to France raised some important questions about the West’s attitudes toward tyrants. Just whom should we embrace and whom should we flatten with a bit of shock and awe?

Posted on Dec 14, 2007 READ MORE


Aznar and Bush
voltairenet.org

Bush Before the War

Joe Conason tells the story revealed by recently released transcripts of a meeting held between Spain’s then-prime minister and President Bush prior to the war. As one might expect, Bush was arrogant and determined to invade, diplomacy be damned.

Posted on Sep 28, 2007 READ MORE


Global Consensus, Not Global Conquest

As world leaders gather this week to address the United Nations General Assembly, President Bush’s refusal to negotiate on the two key issues of our day—war and global warming—has been stunning. And the media haven’t helped.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


North Korea Denies Sharing Nukes

The North Korean government has denied allegations that it shared nuclear technology with Syria. A senior U.S. nuclear official earlier insisted that North Koreans were in Syria, possibly to supply the latter with illicit equipment.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


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DoD / Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway, USAF

China Denies Hacking Pentagon

China has denied responsibility for a large raid on the Department of Defense’s computer network, attributing the accusation to a “Cold War mentality.” A senior U.S. official was quoted in the Financial Times as implicating the People’s Liberation Army in the attack, which forced the Pentagon to shut down its network for more than a week.

Posted on Sep 4, 2007 READ MORE


Armed Iranian women
AP Photo / Hasan Sarbakhshian

The Next Quagmire

By all indications, the United States is about to attack Iran. Expect a regional catastrophe to follow, propelled by impotent diplomacy and inane media.

Posted on Sep 3, 2007 READ MORE


U.N. to Expand Iraq Mission Despite Protest

The Security Council is set to approve an expansion of the U.N.‘s presence in Iraq. Meanwhile, the organization’s staff association, representing thousands of employees around the globe, voted unanimously to oppose the measure and recall U.N. workers already in Baghdad.

Posted on Aug 8, 2007 READ MORE


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abc.net.au

Musharraf Fires Back

Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has criticized the tough talk coming out of Washington and the presidential campaign as counterproductive. President Bush and Barack Obama, among others, have recently raised the possibility of attacking targets in Pakistan without necessarily consulting that nation’s government.

Posted on Aug 7, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. and UK Want U.N. Back in Iraq

The United Nations hasn’t had much of a presence in Iraq since a car bomb blew up its headquarters back in 2003, but that could soon change. The U.S. and Britain have begun pushing a Security Council resolution that would expand the U.N.‘s mandate in Iraq, with a focus on diplomacy and human rights.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


New British PM Cozies Up to Bush

Gordon Brown has made an effort to keep alive the long-distance love affair between Downing Street and the White House, saying on Sunday that the world owes the U.S. a debt “for its leadership in this fight against international terrorism.” It should be noted that one of Brown’s ministers recently said Anglo-American foreign policy would not be “joined at the hip.”

Posted on Jul 29, 2007 READ MORE


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news.bbc.co.uk

Russia Claims Much of Arctic

Russia is launching an underwater expedition to the North Pole in order to back up its claim to a massive section of the Arctic, which may contain vast energy reserves. “The Arctic is ours and we should demonstrate our presence,” said a Russian parliamentarian and explorer who will participate in the flag-planting expedition.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


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