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This Is Why War Goes On

When Israel’s President Benjamin Netanyahu and his propagandists repeat and repeat that Gaza’s Hamas is responsible for this crisis, they are wrong.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski

How Do You ‘Make’ Democracy?

Barring the increasingly influential isolationist/tea party wing of the American electorate, opinion is and always has been that the United States is the messenger of democracy to a world that usually hasn’t earned it and probably doesn’t deserve it.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE



Carl Pietzner

History Moves, but Not Always Ahead

The weekend past saw the centenary of the assassination of the Archduke Franz-Ferdinand, with as consequence the First World War.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE



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It’s Too Late, Mr. Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry thinks Iraq can be saved with a new prime minister to take the place of Nouri al-Maliki.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Zachary Scanlon

Keeping America’s Baghdad Swimming Pools Safe From Fanatics

The Marines—250 of them, together with carrier air support and Marine Corps Osprey support craft—have been dispatched to save the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the “biggest in the world,” “the size of the Vatican City,” with its swimming pools and skating rinks, from the menace of the offensive directed at Baghdad by the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez

Robert Kagan and the Ruin of Ideas

Neoconservative commentator Robert Kagan, co-founder in 1997 of the Project for a New American Century, and after that institution crashed amid the ruins of Iraq, founder of its 2009 successor, the Foreign Policy Initiative, is continuing his crusade for a new Reaganism—which he construes as American world domination.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Could Spare Israel Terrible Outcome

As long as Benjamin Netanyahu is prime minister and the character of the Israeli government remains unchanged, the Jewish state is locked into self-destruction.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Hype and Hysteria Drown Out Europe’s Real Concerns

The outcome of the recently concluded European Parliament elections is described in press and political circles in Europe and North America as a shock or crisis, which is sheer nonsense.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



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The Election of a New European Parliament

Elections like those taking place this weekend are traditionally unsatisfactory, but this year they may provide an unprecedented shock.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE



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What Ukraine Really Needs

The United States has a recent history of going to war for dubious reasons promoted by interested groups, for which afterward Americans are sorry.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



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A Real Risk of War

Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and threat to Ukraine are causing damage he perhaps did not anticipate: disorientation of the United States and profound division in Europe, especially in Germany, and in NATO. A real risk of war.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

A Third Obama Disappointment Seems Imminent

The record of the president’s first four years proved decidedly mixed, and the second Obama turn has been one of disappointments, danger and amateurism.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Not Time to Turn Virtual War Into a Real One

A correspondent of the conservative Le Figaro, Adrien Jaulmes in Donetsk, reports Tuesday that what is taking place in the contested Russia-speaking areas resembles a “Potemkin” war, waged in the press and social media and on wall posters, but that has yet to produce any discernible popular movement.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE



Next Step in Ukraine Crisis Is Unknown

The American people don’t want to fight the Russians, and the Russians would be mad to attack NATO forces or the Baltic States. But I am sure there are people in Moscow just like the people in Washington who say “if we don’t follow through—if we don’t ‘stand our ground’—we’ll lose our credibility.”

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukraine and Russia Have Created an International Disorder

An international disorder unmatched since the interwar 1930s has been created by the drama of Ukraine and the Russians, combined with the inherent self-destructive forces of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the developing civil war over theological as well as political issues inside the Islamic states, and the serious risk of collapse in the European Union.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukraine Debacle Threatens Europe’s Union

The issue of rightist nationalism as a threat to the European Union and the peace of the new Europe has preoccupied Europeans since 1945, when the predecessors of the EU—the West European Union and then the Coal and Steel Community—were created to assure that Nazism or some totalitarian counterpart would not again rise in Europe.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



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What Do the U.S. and Europe Now Want?

Washington says, “punishment” of Vladimir Putin and his Russian government. I presume that it is not by way of war, although that risk exists as both sides demonstrate their determination and self-righteousness.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukraine Promises Only Trouble for Russia

After Vladimir Putin’s speech in the Kremlin justifying and welcoming Russian annexation of Crimea, the Western press now asks what next will Putin do? How far will he go?

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



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To Achieve Peace, the Past Must Not Be Forgotten

The Ukraine crisis has slowed to a temporary halt as none of the significant actors will speak directly to anyone else in a position to break the stalemate.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 READ MORE



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What Happens Now in Ukraine?

What did Washington expect to gain from a successful coup d’état in Ukraine?

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The Obama Method: Combine Threats With Accommodation

The Obama government has taken a Cold War stand on the crisis in Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



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American Departure Will Leave Behind Carnage and Ruin

This is probably, but not certainly, the year that sees the end to the United States’ three-decades-long effort to establish permanent American strategic bases in the Muslim Middle East and in Muslim Asia.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Western Europe’s Growing Resistance to Immigration

The immigration problem in Europe seems, to me, real but ill-understood. Switzerland is completely untypical, and comparisons with immigration in the United States are totally misleading.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukrainians Rebel Against Russia to Join ‘Europe’

The popular Ukrainian effort to be associated with Western Europe has produced rebellion and spilled into violence.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE



Jean-Marc Ayrault (CC-BY)

French President Dismisses Companion Amid National Struggle Over Social Norms

The French have been shaken by François Hollande’s curt, 18-word termination of his relationship with “the woman of my life.” The whole matter has taken a significant political turn with the unexpected and noisy anti-Hollande street demonstration that followed the president’s statement. This protest was unanticipated and heterogeneous in composition and turned seriously violent.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



Postwar Era Has Ended, but Not Appetite for War

It was Britain, not the United States, which took the initiative in creating a new political order and a new security system after the Second World War.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe

Why Are Iraq and Afghanistan Not Looking After Themselves?

The United States has invested heavily in its conquered nations. So what’s the problem?

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



AP

Americans’ Isolationist Instincts Are Sound

The Washington Post and the International New York Times had the same front-page headlines today. Both had to do (as the Times put it) with the “Power Void” in the Mideast, deploring that America’s decade of attempting to create a new order in the region now is blowing up in its face.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE


We Need Your Prayers This Season, Pope Francis

Christmas this year seems more the occasion of religious war than of the peace to which the greeting cards routinely allude.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Invitation for America to Go Home Is Inevitable

The Ukraine crisis and the German-American dispute over American intelligence and National Security Agency practices are without much doubt the beginning of the end of the American-dominated Europe we have known since the collapse of Communism.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE



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How History Will Remember Obama (Hint: Not Well)

The man elected to end war and turn the page on George W. Bush instead expanded American militarism and persecution of dissidents.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Determined to Mend Fences With Iran, Critics Notwithstanding

Why do Americans hate the Iranians? Most Americans probably do not.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Ukraine Halts Eastward Expansion of NATO

Russia’s relations with the Western countries are troubled and dangerous in the Ukraine dispute, and an important opportunity may be lost.

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Pushing New Treaties at Expense of National Sovereignty

Being negotiated right now are American-sponsored corporate efforts to alter trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific international trade relations through new agreements that undermine or effectively nullify many countries’ existing national legislation on health, environment, pricing, food safety and other issues.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Discredited Economic Theory Holds Europe in Deflationary Thrall

Why there is such iron fidelity to neoliberal austerity in the contemporary community of official, semiofficial and even academic economists? It can’t be that it works. It doesn’t work.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Spying Scandal Makes Clear That Europe Must Declare Independence

The crisis caused in Europe by American intelligence interceptions of its allies’ electronic communications derives from a problem Europeans have known and put up with since the Second World War. The time has come to call a halt.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 READ MORE



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House GOP, News Media Fail to Inform American Public on Budget Deficit

There are two national deficits, and both are in good if not excellent condition. Every day that the House has debated the public debt limit, President Barack Obama has cited this fact. No opponent pays any attention.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



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House GOP Shutdown an Exceptionally Reckless Waste of Time

Abroad, what is happening in Washington remains to most a mystery of very little interest.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE


Govt. Shutdown, Tectonic Shifts in Middle East Could Strain Israel-U.S. Relationship

The shutdown of the American government has been devastating to the United States’ international credibility.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE


Time for the West to Cease Intervention

We have today entered a new political—or politico-religious—period in which the Muslim peoples of the Middle East are seizing control of their own fortunes.

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Must Accept Russian-Delivered Syria

The Washington debates about the Syrian chemical weapons, and whether there is an Obama “Plan B” by which the United States may yet bomb Syria, seem deaf to what really happened last week.

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Lawrence Jackson

While Russia Offers Peace, U.S. Grasps at Credibility

President Obama’s speech on Syria on Tuesday evening was a curious affair, a call to go to war that ended by saying: yes, but not now.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC2 Andrew B. Church

Assad Baits Obama as the World Waits

It would seem a piece of wisdom picked up on the school playground not to start a fight that you don’t know how to finish.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 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



AP/Amr Nabil

Arab Spring Best Left Alone

Critics are expected to propose solutions. I have a radical one, which I offer in full confidence that it will be universally regarded as frivolous and certainly not adopted. It changes the scene of action to Israel-Palestine.

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Army/Sgt. Derec Pierson

Endless War on Terror Far From Noble Cause

George Bush’s overwrought and misdirected war against global terror, conceived as a war of the Righteous to destroy Evil, having failed wherever it was launched, has now been reconceived under Barack Obama as a war against political dysfunction.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Army National Guard/Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards

What Does Evacuation of Yemen Say About American Policy?

The war against terror now being conducted from the White House, with the increasing use of drones, obviously is a self-perpetuating and self-enlarging undertaking that of its nature guarantees that the United States is the creator and perpetuator of the very war it fights.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC2 Matthew D. Leistikow

Conflicts Within Islam Complicate U.S. Foreign Policy

The unforeseen consequences of American Middle Eastern policy since the Second World War are now making themselves apparent.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Policy Is to Keep the Veil of Secrecy in Place

For some 20 years, in another and more youthful phase of my life, I was one of the (apparently) several hundred thousand Americans who possessed a “top secret” security classification.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Corporate Citizenship a Dying Concept

The conviction is new that the exclusive purpose of the business corporation is to profit its professional managers and stockholders.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 READ MORE


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