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White House / Pete Souza

U.S. Happy to Hand Off Libya, but to Whom?

The U.S. appears to be losing a game of hot potato with respect to military action in Libya. President Obama says he will hand over control of the mission to NATO “within days,” but the BBC reports, “Turkey and Germany have been reluctant for NATO to assume control, and France is not keen.” (more)

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Cpl. Daniel J. Redding

‘Death and After in Iraq’

She and the others noticed that the Marine on the table was breathing lightly. The chest was going up and down. They frantically called their superiors to find out what to do. They were told to wait. “Just wait? Wait for what?” she cried.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Inconsistent Principles

There’s a problem when world leaders announce fervid support for universal principles: There is no way to avoid having those highflying words flung back at them at another time, during some other crisis, when they will have no choice but to lie or duck and scamper for cover. (more)

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Libyan Government Declares a Cease-Fire

The Gadhafi government has declared a cease-fire in its offensive against opposition fighters, apparently in response to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973, which calls for a no-fly zone and “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE


American Ignorance Keeps American Power in Check

The United States, without really realizing, is now back to where it was, an isolated nation. But unlike in the past, this isolation is not deliberate.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE


Protect the Oil Zone









Posted on Mar 15, 2011 ENLARGE



AP / Ben Curtis

People Power vs. Washington

The claim that George W. Bush’s war of aggression against Iraq somehow opened up the Middle East to reform is an affront to the brave crowds that have risked their lives to change the American-backed order in that part of the world.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE


Guantanamo and Obama









Posted on Mar 11, 2011 ENLARGE


The ’80s Origins of Today’s Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Overwrought Reagan/Bush-era pop culture first equated “terrorist” with “Muslim,” using sporadic atrocities committed by individual Islamic extremists to demonize all Muslims.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


Don’t Ice Out Public Media

When we are discussing war, we need a media not brought to us by weapons manufacturers. When discussing health care reform, we need a media not sponsored by insurance companies or Big Pharma.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Murad Sezer

When America Left Arab Rebels to the Slaughter

President Obama has ordered his staff to examine how his predecessors handled situations such as the Libyan revolution. One of the most frequently mentioned was a disgraceful episode that reverberates to this day.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE


Western Intervention in Libya Should Not Fly

Although it may seem heartless to say this, the Arab uprising is not our affair, and we should stay away from it.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE



Adam Zyglis, Cagle Cartoons, The Buffalo News

Obama Has 11 Options in Libya, None Ideal

Although Barack Obama may be a touch too thoughtful to be a president in the decisive mold of a Harry Truman, he does have a lot to think about. I count at least 11 options in Libya, all of them risky.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE



Paul Keller (CC-BY)

Obama Punts on Guantanamo

Military trials will resume at America’s notorious island gulag. The president failed during the last two years to shut down the detention facility, which he says helps America’s enemies recruit, and move trials to the civilian justice system. (more)

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Two U.S. Ships En Route to Libya

As tens of thousands of Libyans look to leave their homeland or have already fled, the United Nations on Tuesday called for aid in response to the crisis, and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates discussed the kind of help ...

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE


The Battle of the Budgets: New Fronts in the Afghan and Iraq Wars

Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Idaho ... these are the latest fronts in the battle of budgets, with the larger fight over a potential shutdown of the U.S. government looming.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE


Santorum and the Crusades









Posted on Feb 27, 2011 ENLARGE


Military Spread Thin









Posted on Feb 27, 2011 ENLARGE



AP / Evan Vucci

Gates Warns Against Wars Like Iraq and Afghanistan

In a critique of recent U.S. foreign policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates openly told an audience of West Point cadets that it would be unwise for the nation to venture into another war like Iraq or Afghanistan.

Posted on Feb 26, 2011 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / World Economic Forum

Thai PM Is a British Citizen

Thailand’s prime minister may be in some hot water. Abhisit Vejjajiva acknowledged that he holds British citizenship, an admission that may make him vulnerable to prosecution for the deaths of around 90 people in anti-government demonstrations back in 2008.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE


What to Do About the Mad Colonel

President Obama pledged that “the entire world is watching” the horror in Libya, but watching isn’t nearly enough. There is much more that world leaders—beginning with Obama—urgently must say and do.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE


Uprisings: From the Middle East to the Midwest

As many as 80,000 people marched to the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison on Saturday as part of an ongoing protest against newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to not just badger the state’s public employee unions, but to break them.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


New Regimes Have Reason to Resent America

Barack Obama’s successor will inherit the hypocrisy of past American policy choices in the Middle East and find himself the enemy of the governments that eventually will have replaced the unseated Tunisian, Egyptian, presumably Libyan (and other) despotisms of recent memory.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Libyan State Television

Libya Brings in the Big Guns Against Protesters

Longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s grip on power has been significantly shaken by protesters in recent days, but Col. Gadhafi made it clear Monday that he wasn’t ready to go the way of his former counterparts in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt by ...

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Department of State

Clinton Warns Taliban

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has some choice words for Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, warning of increasing military pressure as the U.S. prepares to resume heavy fighting. “They cannot defeat us,” Clinton said as the war in Central Asia is catapulted into its 10th year.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Lefteris Pitarakis

Will the Egyptian Revolution Also Devour Its Young?

Egypt in February 2011 is not Iran in January 1979, yet I am reminded of the fate of Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, once Iran’s foreign minister, ultimately destroyed by the man and movement he devoted his life to bring to power.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE


Obama and the Failure of the Deficit Hawks

The president has proposed some serious spending cuts and some modest revenue increases to keep things stable. This annoys his deficit-obsessed critics. He should smile, let them rage, and go about his business.

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 READ MORE


Budget Cuts









Posted on Feb 16, 2011 ENLARGE



AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill

Dispatches From Cairo: The Prophet’s Birthday

Most Egyptians were prejudiced against themselves. This revolution gave them pride and purpose and reminded them how great the Egyptian people are.

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 READ MORE


Obama’s Budget: Freezing the Poor

President Barack Obama unleashed his proposed 2012 budget this week, pronouncing, proudly: “I’ve called for a freeze on annual domestic spending over the next five years.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE


How the U.S. Should Respond to the New Arab World

Revolutions are known for devouring their children, but the people making the current revolution in the Middle East may prove indigestible.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Fear Not the Muslim Brotherhood Boogeyman

The hysteria in American media about Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is not only ignorant and demagogic, it is hypocritical.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald

Obama the Arms Dealer

With the U.S. already maxing out the credit card with roughly a trillion dollars a year on defense spending, America’s weapons industry has been forced to look elsewhere for buyers. Luckily for the military-industrial complex, there’s an eager salesman in the White House.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE


Can Obama Be Luke Skywalker?

Welcome to the war over E2I2. The great budget battle of Bill Clinton’s presidency was waged around a slightly different set of initials, also inspired by the “Star Wars” character R2D2.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Egyptian Military Dissolves Parliament

As Egyptians struggle with where their country will now go after Hosni Mubarak’s capitulation, the country’s military leaders dissolved parliament, suspended the constitution and sent soldiers in to try to clear remaining protesters from Tahrir Square.

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

After the Celebration, a Word of Caution From the White House

Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama—even in the estimation of mainstream media outlets—had reveled in the historic moment that unfolded when the Egyptian “uprising” became a full-fledged revolution. Later Friday, the White House made ...

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE


Egypt’s Long Road Ahead

Hosni Mubarak’s iron rule crumbles but will not go gently. He still believes himself president of Egypt, although Egypt does not.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE


Egyptian Crowds Await Mubarak News

Late on Thursday, thousands of Egyptian protesters converged in the epicenter of their revolt, Cairo’s Tahrir Square, to wait for expected news about President Hosni Mubarak, who may not be their president for long, according to the Associated Press.

Posted on Feb 10, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



White House / National Archives

Give Us a Break, Henry

With a well-known thing for murderous dictators, Henry Kissinger’s advice on Egypt should be met with skepticism.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP

Recognizing the Language of Tyranny

The corporate state does not have a Politburo or raving dictator, but it shares one aspect with despotic regimes and the collapsed empires that have plagued human history.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / David Bachar

Ex-Israeli Soldier Admits Leaking Secrets

In a plea deal with Israeli authorities, former soldier Anat Kamm has admitted to leaking more than 2,000 classified military documents to the Haaretz newspaper, including information on an Israeli operation aimed at killing West Bank Palestinian militants.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 READ MORE


With Democracy or Against It—There’s No In Between

Just as you cannot be sorta pregnant, you cannot kinda support democracy, and only when it does what you want. That’s not “supporting democracy”; that’s imperialism.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE


The Devils We Know

Bargains with the devil never end well. For decades, successive U.S. administrations have embraced autocratic, repressive regimes in the Arab world—and now, as we see in the bloody streets of Cairo, it’s time to pay the price.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE


When Corporations Choose Despots Over Democracy

Egypt has been the second-largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid for decades. Where has the money gone? Mostly to U.S. corporations.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE


American-Israeli Policy Tested by Arab Uprisings

The events in the Arab world during the past three weeks have ended the era of American-Israeli domination/intimidation of the region.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

What Corruption and Force Have Wrought in Egypt

Our failures in the Middle East have consequences. We are soaked with the stench of these regimes.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / U.S. State Department

Hillary Tiptoes Around Mubarak

With visions of the 1979 Iranian revolution dancing in her head, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for Egypt to undergo an “orderly transition” away from its current unrest—all the while avoiding any demand for the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Egyptian Upheaval: Day 6

A military show of strength defined the sixth day of anti-government protests across Egypt. Jet fighters repeatedly flew over Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the main center for demonstrators, while a column of tanks, a la Tiananmen Square, was blocked by protesters.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 READ MORE



gizmodo.com

China’s Top Gun

The Chinese air force is drawing snickers after part of a video of military maneuvers broadcast on Chinese state television turned out to be not images of the country’s new stealth fighter but scenes from the American movie “Top Gun.”

Posted on Jan 29, 2011 READ MORE


El Baradei
AP / Amr Nabil

Egypt Declares Curfew, Corrals ElBaradei

Amid a new wave of protests across Egypt comes news that the country is now under curfew, military vehicles prowl the streets, and opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei has been placed under house arrest.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


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