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Risk, Ambiguity and Decision

Risk, Ambiguity and Decision

By Daniel Ellsberg

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Tag: Middle East

AUDIO: ‘What War Is Good For’: A Painful Indictment of What Has Now Become the American Way

Jay Sizemore’s poem ponders why the U.S. is involved in war after war, a question that becomes increasingly relevant as the country continues interfering in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE

Why Did Turkey Dare Shoot Down a Russian Plane? The Proxy War in Syria

The Turkish government decision to down a Russian jet operating in the north of the Syrian province of Latakia is breathtaking in its boldness.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE

Five Prerequisites for War Against Islamic State

No sane person welcomes war. Yet if we do go to war against Islamic State we must keep a watchful eye on five things.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE

Russia Bombs Near Turkey as U.S. Forces Prepare to Arrive in Syria ‘Very Soon’ (Video)

Turkey’s government was very unhappy Monday about developments in Syria.

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For Paris: On Russian Missiles Hitting Syria as Islamic State Oil Facilities Are Targeted (Video)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Russian airstrikes on the eastern province of Deir al-Zor killed 36 on Friday—a week after the Paris attacks claimed by Islamic State. But bombing alone will not win the war with the militant group.

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VIDEO: Air Force Whistleblowers Risk Prosecution to Warn That Drones Kill Civilians and Fuel Terror

Four former Air Force service members have publicly accused President Obama of lying about the effectiveness of his administration’s drone program, which they call one of the greatest forces for the creation of terrorism.

Posted on Nov 21, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Keep Calm and Panic On

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

Why Military Intervention in the Middle East Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Islamic State’s latest atrocities are a calculated effort to bring the war in Syria home to the countries participating in it.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

Did Islamic State’s Paris Attacks Bolster Bashar Assad? Spain Calls Him the ‘Lesser Evil’

No country was more insistent that Bashar Assad must go than France. But now, as Islamic State looms large as enemy No. 1, Europe is reconsidering the Syrian dictator’s fate.

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Trail of Paris Attackers Winds to Terrorism’s Longtime Outpost: Belgium

Abdelhamid Abaaoud’s roots in Belgium throw light on the dark role the country plays in Europe’s terror threat. Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, was the target of a police raid Wednesday on an apartment near the French capital.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE

Terror in Paris and Beirut: An Islamic State Reading Guide

What is Islamic State and how has the militant group grown to wield so much influence? ProPublica has rounded up some of the best reporting on the origins of the group, its role in the Syrian civil war and its ties to terrorist attacks across the world.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE

Can France Craft an Alliance With Putin and Obama Against Islamic State? (Video)

French President Francois Hollande is seeking a new relationship with Russia after the Islamic State attacks on Paris and the Russian conclusion that a bomb downed a Russian airliner in Egypt’s Sinai last month.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE

Standing Up for Refugees, Sanders Decries Post-Paris ‘Demagoguery’

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders reiterates his support for those fleeing war and violence in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE

Allegations Arise That Israeli Soldiers Are Planting Knives on Palestinians

Amira Hass writes in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz of incidents in which Israeli soldiers have reportedly killed unarmed Palestinians and possibly placed knives near them “after the fact.”

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The Onion Predicted Years Ago That ‘a Million bin Ladens’ Would ‘Bloom’ From the Iraq War

A piece published in 2003 by the satirical news website seems like an eerie prophecy now that Islamic State is wreaking terror on the Middle East and beyond.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE

How Islamic State Gets Its Way Whenever It Inspires Hate Toward Refugees

A Washington Post piece states that “one of the most persuasive arguments against equating refugees with terrorists is simple: It’s exactly what the Islamic State wants.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE

Whether Dealing With Jewish Refugees in ’30s or Syrians Today, U.S. Falls Short of Its Own Ideals

If we’re going to bomb Syria, we need to take care of the displaced.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE

City of Darkness

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Is Islamic State a Modern Raiding Pirate State? (Video)

Some analysts trying to understand Islamic State (also known as Daesh) have suggested that it differs from al-Qaida in its emphasis on taking and holding territory. But its current strategy shows it to be like the pirate enclaves of the early modern period.

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As the World Mourned the Paris Attack Victims, Who Grieved Over Lives Lost in the Beirut Bombings?

While across the globe, solidarity with France was displayed over the more than 100 killed in Paris on Friday, the victims of Beirut’s similar tragedy just the day before seemed to fall below the radar.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE

No, Muslims Are Not More Violent Than People of Other Religions. Here Are the Facts to Prove It.

Terrorism is a tactic of extremists within each religion, and within secular religions of Marxism or nationalism. No religion, including Islam, preaches indiscriminate violence against innocents.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Why EU Labeling of Israeli Squatter Goods Could Affect the Israeli Economy

The European Union will probably issue a ruling Wednesday that goods produced in the occupied Palestinian West Bank by Israeli squatters must be so labeled.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE

What Obama Should Tell Netanyahu This Week (but Won’t)

Israel under Benjamin Netanyahu needs some tough love from friends, and President Obama has nothing to lose by applying this tough love now.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE

Syria’s Christian Militia Comes to the Rescue as Thousands of Christians Flee Islamic State Approach

A Christian militia has been tapped by the regime of President Bashar Assad to reinforce the Syrian army’s attempt to keep Sadad from falling to the phony caliphate.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: How Islamic State Made Its Billions

This fascinating and informative video from Channel 4 News in the United Kingdom explains how Islamic State is using cash from oil, extortion, taxation and robbery to pay for jihad.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE

Where’s the Outrage Over the Beheadings in Saudi Arabia?

Although the Obama administration lacks the courage and decency to speak out against the Saudi killing machine, the rest of us have no reason to be constrained.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE

Bush Sr. Blames Neocons for Ruining W.’s Presidency: Is He Warning Jeb? (Video)

In interviews given for a new biography, George H.W. Bush, 91, lets loose against Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, whom he clearly blames for many of the failures of the presidency of his son, George W. Bush.

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‘Drone Papers’ Revelations Are a Cry for Ending the Slaughter

The unidentified whistleblower calls on Americans to demand that the government stop an illegal, immoral and ultimately ineffectual campaign. The method of picking people to assassinate is a travesty, the source says.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE

In Rare Victory, Syrian Army Breaks Islamic State Siege of West Aleppo

The extensive Russian bombing campaign in support of the Syrian Arab Army of the Bashar Assad regime has yielded fewer victories than Moscow had hoped for, and some have been reversed by al-Qaida, Islamic State or other fighters.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: With Ahmad Chalabi’s Death, the Passing of an Age of Lies

Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi died of a heart attack in Iraq on Tuesday.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE

Shimon Peres Doubts Israel Can Win Permanent War or Survive Annexation of the West Bank

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, 92, gave an interview with The Associated Press on Monday in which he spoke bluntly about the mistakes of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but did not name him.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE

Watchdog Accuses Pentagon of Evading Questions on $800 Million Afghanistan Program

Despite lacking access to key documents and personnel, the inspector general determined that nearly $43 million had been spent on a natural gas station that should have cost closer to $300,000.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE

9/11 Mastermind Urges Unity Between al-Qaida and Islamic State Against Russia and the U.S. (Video)

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called for unity between al-Qaida and Islamic State (Daesh) in the face of American, Russian and Shiite forces in Syria.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE

Putting U.S. Boots on the Ground in Syria Risks Conflict With Turkey, Not Russia (Video)

The White House announcement Friday that the U.S. will keep “less than 50” special-ops troops at a headquarters of the Kurdish YPG in northeast Syria for purposes of training and strategic counseling raised concerns in some quarters that Russia might inadvertently bomb American troops.

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Why Islamic State Is a Vast Exaggeration and Can’t Actually Shoot Down Planes (Video)

Islamic State (Daesh) in the Sinai Peninsula made a big deal of claiming it shot down a Russian airliner Saturday morning. It did not.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE

Did Russia Change the Facts on the Ground in Syria on the Eve of the Vienna Summit? (Video)

Russia went into Friday’s Vienna talks on Syria in a much strengthened position and could not be very easily dismissed by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE

Iran’s Attendance at Syria Talks in Vienna Marks Its Emergence as a Regional Power (Video)

On Friday, Iran and Saudi Arabia will both attend an international summit on Syria and speak diplomatically about its future for the first time. Iran’s presence will mark an enormous turning point in the diplomatic system of the modern Middle East.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE

Iran Is Helping to Build the ‘New Syrian Army’ as Islamic State Fighters Flee to Iraq

AFP Arabic is saying that Russian airstrikes have forced “a large number” of Islamic State fighters and their families, especially foreigners, to flee Syria for western Iraq.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE

Senior National Security Advisers Urge Obama to Put Spec Ops Troops Close to Islamic State Front

President Obama’s senior national security advisers have recommended positioning U.S. special operations forces closer to the enemy lines of Islamic State (Daesh) in Iraq and even in Syria.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE

Has Netanyahu No Shame?

The recent comments of the Israeli prime minister (at right) attributing the Holocaust to Palestinian influence over Hitler is a “blood libel” lie, Rabbi Michael Lerner writes in an op-ed article.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE

Bush’s Lap Dog Tony Blair Can’t Even Apologize Correctly for Destabilizing the Middle East (Video)

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday reiterated some of his previous half-hearted “apologies” for illegally launching a war of aggression on Iraq in 2003.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE

Is Russia’s Offer of Parliamentary Elections in Syria Serious? (Video)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said three surprising things Saturday in an interview with state-owned television channel Rossiya 1.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE

Political Questions Surround Iraq Raid in Which American Died (Video)

A joint operation by the U.S. Delta Force and Iraqi Kurdish freed 70 captives Thursday, led to the killing of 20 and the capture of six Islamic State (Daesh) forces, and left one U.S. soldier dead.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE

An Idiotic GOP Is Looking at the Wrong Thing in Its Clinton Probe

The real issue is not protection of a diplomat but the bipartisan zeal for creating military mayhem throughout the Middle East.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE

What If They Gave a War and Everyone Came?

What if the U.S. had not invaded Iraq in 2003? How would things be different in the Middle East today? Let’s take a big-picture tour of the Middle East and try to answer those questions.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE

Netanyahu’s Blood Libel Against Palestinians

In saying a mufti put Hitler up to the Holocaust, the Israeli prime minister is attempting to paint Palestinians as congenital Jew-haters—justifying robbing them of their remaining land, their livelihoods and their lives. Netanyahu is wrong on the history.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Hot Spikes Through the Forehead

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Netanyahu Points to WWII-Era Palestinian Leader as Cause of Holocaust

The Israeli prime minister practically exonerated Adolf Hitler in remarks made to a group of Jewish leaders Tuesday in which he tried to blame Palestine for the Holocaust.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

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