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Playing the Long Game on Iran

If the Iran nuclear deal attains legitimacy, much of the neoconservatives’ power will slip through their fingers as the imperialist idealism that drives their ventures from day to day will be cheated of the enemy it cannot live without. 

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE

Michael Hudson: American Sanctions on Russia Backfire as Putin Partners With China

Out of the week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings has emerged the understanding that “the center of global economic investment is shifting to Asia, leaving the United States out as well as Europe,” economist Michael Hudson says.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE

Debra Sweet (CC BY 2.0)

What Do Iraq’s Sunni Arabs Have in Common With Ferguson, Mo., African-Americans?

If prime minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi in Iraq is to hope to defeat the so-called Islamic State (actually a kind of mafia made up of serial murderers and marauders), he must find a way to reincorporate Iraq’s Sunni Arabs into the government.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE

DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eileen Kelly Fors, U.S. Navy

Will the New York Times Take Us to War Again?

I have never been much of a fan of the journalistic self-examination practiced by folks identified as "ombudsman" or "public editor." I changed my mind Sunday.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE

Cheney and Wolfowitz

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE

We Break It, You Buy It

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE

How Cold War-Hungry Neocons Stage Managed RT Anchor Liz Wahl’s Resignation

For her public act of protest against Russia Today’s coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory and supposedly advancing the agenda of Vladimir Putin in Washington D.C., previously unknown news anchor Liz Wahl has suddenly become one of the most famous unemployed people in America.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE

Syrian Intervention Can Lead Only to Yet Another War

The United States is not in charge of international war and peace.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE

Democrats Also to Blame for Iraq War, Journalist Scahill Says

Nation writer Jeremy Scahill ripped into Republicans and Democrats on the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, claiming that both parties are to blame for the war during a recent appearance on MSNBC.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE

White House/Karen Ballard

Borowitz on How Dick Cheney Marked 10th Anniversary of Iraq War

“Making up a reason to invade a country is the easy part,” the former vice president said, according to a satirical story in The New Yorker. “Sticking to a pretend story for ten years—that is the stuff of valor.”

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE

Haggling Over Hagel

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 READ MORE

Flickr/New America Foundation

The Neocons vs. Chuck Hagel

If the neocons in the GOP who brought us the Iraq War and conjured up “weapons of mass destruction” to justify it are against Chuck Hagel for defense secretary, the former Republican senator gets bonus points in my book.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 READ MORE

U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Deviney

Romney’s Cold War Ponzi Scheme

Obama, the naive community organizer, thinks the foreign policy debate is about national security, but Romney, the quintessential vulture capitalist, knows that it’s always been about maximizing profit.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE

The Danger of Meddling in Syria’s Turmoil

The American public does not want still another war. Surely, that is clear even to the post-neoconservatives raising their heads again in Washington.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE

Rise of the Managerial Class

At a time when corporate America is exploring and exploiting its new Supreme-Court-bestowed role in the management of American election results, the theories of James Burnham, the godfather of neoconservatism, should be recalled.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 READ MORE

Photo by ctj71081 (CC-BY)

American Decline: Debated, Contested, Obvious

Is the United States in decline? It’s clear to anyone who has been to Europe or the major Asian states recently, where everything works beautifully, even if Europe’s debts are not paid off.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Sheldon Adelson: An Anti-Semite’s Dream

Eric Alterman writes in The Nation that the casino magnate who has propped up Newt Gingrich’s campaign is the ultimate caricature of “the anti-Semitic clichés that have dogged the Jewish people throughout history.” And yet no one seems to have noticed. (more)

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE


Pity the Quarter-Billionaire

Dear Tea Party Movement: You should get behind Mitt Romney, the charging Massachusetts RINO, because—in a certain paradoxical way—he may turn out to be the truest of all the candidates to the spirit of your movement.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey

New Defense Secretary Spreads Bush’s Lies About Iraq

Leon Panetta seems to be confused about what administration he works for. On a world tour of America’s endless wars, the new defense secretary said to a gathering of troops in Iraq, “The reason you guys are here is because on 9/11 the United States got attacked.” (more)

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 READ MORE

Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

Truthdig Radio: Osama bin Laden and Nuclear Meltdown

In this premiere episode of our weekly radio show, former bin Laden hunter Michael Scheuer tells us why we’re losing, renowned physicist Frank N. von Hippel tells us to fear the bomb and Juan Cole says Arab protesters are looking for a New Deal. (A full transcript is available here.)

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 READ MORE

Truthdig Radio: Osama bin Laden and Nuclear Meltdown

In this premiere episode of our weekly radio show, former bin Laden hunter Michael Scheuer tells us why we’re losing, renowned physicist Frank N. von Hippel tells us to fear the bomb and Juan Cole says Arab protesters are looking for a New Deal. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 READ MORE

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

The Right Smears ElBaradei

To his fellow Egyptians and to most observers across the world, Mohamed ElBaradei looks like a hero—an international diplomat who might well have lived out his days in the comforts of Geneva and New York but instead returned home to provide leadership despite serious personal peril.

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Amr Nabil

Saad’s Revolution

A largely unheralded hero of the Egyptian revolution is a mild-mannered academic who endured imprisonment and then exile for daring to criticize the Mubarak family’s increasingly dynastic ambitions.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama and Iraq: ‘Through a Glass, Darkly’

The president and the American people will all too soon come to recognize that the quagmire in Iraq is far from over. In fact, one might say it has only just begun.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 READ MORE

Norman Podhoretz in Black and White

Norman Birnbaum, the noted sociologist and thinker, analyzes two worthy new books, by Thomas L. Jeffers and Benjamin Balint, on the longtime editor of Commentary and the magazine he shaped.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE

Sarah Palin
AP / Jae C. Hong

Sarah Palin, Neocon Messiah

Judge them by their enemies. More evidence that Barack Obama might be shaping up as a good president is that Norman Podhoretz hates him so much.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Eustaquio Santimano

Here’s Something for Neocons to Flip Out About

Vietnam is spending billions on Russian submarines and fighter jets. Calm down, Dick Cheney. Vietnam cares more about the prawn market than World War III. The real superpower fretting over this is China. ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE

Irving Kristol
AP / The Weekly Standard

Reflections on the ‘Godfather’ of Neoconservatism

It is puzzling that obituary notices of Irving Kristol obviously intended to be positive designate him the “Godfather” of neoconservatism. Likening this group of thinkers and writers to a gang of Mafiosi may or may not be accurate; it is certainly not flattering.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE

U.S. Foreign Wars Not Going According to Plan

For all America’s trouble, Iraq has turned out to be a sectarian, authoritarian ally of Iran with no interest in working with the U.S. The “new Vietnam” of Afghanistan, meanwhile, is turning out to be worse than Vietnam.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009 READ MORE

NATO: Dead Man Walking

NATO has no coherent overall purpose and has not had one since the end of the Cold War. Any number of redefinitions and reorganizations have been proposed or tried and have proved unsatisfactory because no one can explain what it is that NATO really does or is for, other than to clean up behind the United States.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009 READ MORE


You Got Obama. What Now?

Outraged by the Rev. Joseph Lowery’s benediction at Barack Obama’s inauguration, Glenn Beck is calling a post-racial foul. “Even at the inauguration of a black president, it seems white America is being called racist,” Beck whined after Lowrey suggested that “white will embrace what’s right.”

Posted on Jan 21, 2009 READ MORE


Clinton Pick Wins Conservatives’ Approval

It’s not entirely clear whether this represents cause for encouragement or alarm, but there are some from the right and even far-right reaches of the U.S. political scene who applaud Barack Obama’s rumored choice of Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state.

Posted on Nov 22, 2008 READ MORE

Neocons Plot to Co-Opt Obama

The president-elect is a foreign policy novice and will find himself under great pressure to follow Middle Eastern and China and Russia policies inherited from George Bush, even though these are what Barack Obama was elected to change or terminate.

Posted on Nov 6, 2008 READ MORE

Bill Bennett

Racism Is Over (at Least for Some Neocons)

Neoconservative white-guy Bill Bennett uttered a frightening example of what many fear will be a knock-back for minority rights in the U.S. Asked about how an Obama victory would affect perceptions of race, Bennett suggested that because one black man has been elected president, claims about institutionalized racism are no longer viable.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 READ MORE

AP photo / Carolyn Kaster

Hell to Pay

Sen. John McCain’s ideological ties to the Bush-Cheney administration have mostly passed beneath the radar of the mainstream media, but if McCain loses the presidential race to Barack Obama, his neoconservative legacy could erupt into the open with a force that should not be underestimated.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


McCain the Neocon

John McCain has made much of his reputation as a “maverick,” but, as Reason magazine’s Matt Welch lays out in this clip, McCain the Neocon has emerged as the Republican presidential nominee’s dominant political persona and the one he’ll take into the White House if he wins.

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE

Republic of Slovenia / BOBO

Putin: U.S. ‘Created’ Georgia Conflict

Based on information from Russian defense officials and, no doubt, years of KGB savvy, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has surmised that the U.S. provoked the Georgia conflict in order to give John McCain a boost: “The suspicion arises that someone in the United States especially created this conflict with the aim of making the situation more tense and creating a competitive advantage for one of the candidates fighting for the post of U.S. president.”

Posted on Aug 28, 2008 READ MORE

The Cost of Saakashvili’s Folly

The West’s response to the situation in Georgia evades acknowledgement of the damage Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili has done to the United States and NATO, and to Georgia itself, which for the foreseeable future will now be a nation of limited sovereignty, and an awkward embarrassment to its Western allies.

Posted on Aug 26, 2008 READ MORE

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

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


A No-No in Europe Is Just Ducky in the Mideast

John Stewart says it’s the “geopolitical equivalent of the fortune cookie [plus] ‘in bed’ ”: U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalizad (above) trashing Russia’s aggression but limiting comparison to the Iraq invasion by adding a qualifier that tells us we’re talking about someplace that matters to civilized people. Follow-up questions for extra credit: Is Georgia really in Europe? And how many Americans are worried right now the Russians will take Atlanta?

Posted on Aug 13, 2008 READ MORE


World Court Fights U.S. Executions

The International Court of Justice on Friday requested the U.S. not execute five death-row inmates in a decision that will put both the U.S.‘s controversial capital punishment policy and its historic rejection of international legal bodies in the global spotlight.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE

John McCain
AP photo / LM Otero

John McCain’s Chilling Project for America

John McCain has long been a major player in a radical militaristic group driven by an ideology of global expansionism and dominance attained through perpetual, pre-emptive, unilateral, multiple wars. Over its two terms, the George W. Bush administration has planted the seeds for this geopolitical master plan, and now appears to be counting on the McCain administration, if one comes to power, to nurture it.

Posted on Jun 12, 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

book cover

Warren Cohen on the Rise (and Fall) of the Neocons

Just who are the “neocons,” where did they come from and how was it they came to wield so profound an influence among the highest circles of America’s policy elites? These are some of the questions asked by Jacob Heilbrunn in his new book, “They Knew They Were Right.”

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


‘Fresh Air’ Probes ‘The Israel Lobby’

Terry Gross chats up Stephen Walt of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, whose controversial new book, “The Israel Lobby,” challenges the basis of the United States’ staunch support of its biggest ally in the Middle East.

Posted on Sep 4, 2007 READ MORE

Bloody hand
AP Photo / Hameed Rasheed

Beyond Disaster

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Mideast observer warns that the situation in Iraq is about to get much, much worse, whether we stay or leave.

Posted on Aug 6, 2007 READ MORE

bush at podium
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Bush in Free Fall

As President Bush’s poll numbers plummet to new lows and public support for Congress to end the war in Iraq continues to build, Robert Scheer wonders when Bush will finally turn on the neo-conservatives who betrayed his presidential legacy.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE

Wolfowitz and Bush

Better Luck Next Time

With the disastrous Project for the New American Century reduced to one lonely employee and the fiasco in Iraq continuing to unravel, the BBC’s Paul Reynolds takes a look at the last days of neoconservatism.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE

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