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Biden’s Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised

The February 25 U.S. bombing of Syria immediately puts the policies of the newly-formed Biden administration into sharp relief. Why is this administration bombing the sovereign nation of Syria? Why is it bombing "Iranian-backed militias" who pose absolutely no threat to the United States and are actually involved in fighting ISIS? If this is about … Continue reading "Biden’s Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised"

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Britain’s Double Standards in International Affairs

On February 12 it was announced by the UN that a British lawyer had been elected as chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court. No matter what one might think of the ICC, it is taking steps to investigate war crimes in Afghanistan and Yemen, so it can’t be all bad. But a major point … Continue reading "Britain’s Double Standards in International Affairs"

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All Risk, No Reward: The Perils and Absurdity of Iraq War 4.0

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken might have been "outraged” by a rocket attack on a U.S. base in northern Iraq – that killed a foreign contractor and wounded an American service member and several other contractors – but he shouldn’t have been surprised. After all, it’s the muddled US military mission and ongoing troop presence … Continue reading "All Risk, No Reward: The Perils and Absurdity of Iraq War 4.0"

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Washington’s Tiny Islands Fetish Could Endanger the American People

Most Americans likely do not realize the U.S. defense treaty with Japan does not just entail a commitment to help defend the heavily populated Japanese home islands. Presidents Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Joe Biden all have affirmed that the treaty also covers a chain of remote, uninhabited rocks that are closer to China than … Continue reading "Washington’s Tiny Islands Fetish Could Endanger the American People"

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Coups and Colonialism: Why Does America Do What It Does?

Trump is gone; Biden is in. But America is still recognizing the coup leader in Venezuela, is silent on Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara, is continuing Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol while accepting the importance of Israel’s hold on the Golan Heights and is only cautiously correcting course on Cuba. The history of … Continue reading "Coups and Colonialism: Why Does America Do What It Does?"

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Biden Administration Should Drop Military Commitment to Saudi Arabia

President Joe Biden’s most important accomplishment so far has been to drain the fetid swamp that was Mike Pompeo’s State Department. Pompeo spent nearly three years swaggering about the globe, a faux diplomat who exuded arrogance and sanctimony while spewing dictates, demands, threats, ultimatums, orders, and insults. America’s image and credibility suffered accordingly. Indeed, his … Continue reading "Biden Administration Should Drop Military Commitment to Saudi Arabia"

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What Planet Is NATO Living On?

The February meeting of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Defense Ministers, the first since President Biden took power, revealed an antiquated, 75-year-old alliance that, despite its military failures in Afghanistan and Libya, is now turning its military madness toward two more formidable, nuclear-armed enemies: Russia and China. This theme was emphasized by U.S. Secretary of … Continue reading "What Planet Is NATO Living On?"

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US State Department Accusation of China ‘Genocide’ Relied on Data Abuse and Baseless Claims by Far-Right Ideologue

Reprinted from The Grayzone with the author’s permission. Both President Joe Biden and his Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, have endorsed former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s last-minute accusation of Chinese “genocide” against the Muslim Uyghur population in Xinjiang province. But an investigation of published work by the researcher Pompeo relied on to level his … Continue reading "US State Department Accusation of China ‘Genocide’ Relied on Data Abuse and Baseless Claims by Far-Right Ideologue"

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Robert Kagan Diagnosed America’s Biggest Problem: Americans Who Don’t Want To Run the World

"All great powers" want to rule the world, declared Robert Kagan, propagandist for America as imperial power, democratic hegemon, aggressive unipower, and perpetual war machine. However, they typically fail. Wrote Kagan in a new Foreign Affairs article: "Much of the drama of the past century resulted from great powers whose aspirations exceeded their capacity." The … Continue reading "Robert Kagan Diagnosed America’s Biggest Problem: Americans Who Don’t Want To Run the World"

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Will Comey’s Words Come Back To Haunt Him?

On Jan. 12, 2017, former FBI Director James Comey attested to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that the now-discredited information from former British spy Christopher Steele regarding Russian collusion had been "verified". Thanks to an FOIA request, we now have documentary evidence showing Comey pressing ahead to validate Steele amid a distinct lack of enthusiasm … Continue reading "Will Comey’s Words Come Back To Haunt Him?"

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President Joe Biden Has a Moral Obligation To Bring America’s Troops Home from Afghanistan

The U.S. is approaching its 20-year mark in the Afghan civil war. Intervening after 9/11, Washington speedily crippled al-Qaeda and ousted the Taliban. Alas, three successive administrations found it much harder to bring strong central government and Westminster-style democracy to Central Asia. So American military personnel remain on station. Like in the Hotel California, it … Continue reading "President Joe Biden Has a Moral Obligation To Bring America’s Troops Home from Afghanistan"

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Washington’s Foreign ‘Democratic’ Clients Become an Embarrassment Again

One of the U.S. foreign policy establishment’s favorite propaganda themes is that the United States promotes liberalism and democracy around the world. However, several of the supposedly democratic foreign factions that Washington has backed proceeded to establish corrupt, quasi-authoritarian regimes when they gained power. Two cases highlight that depressing reality. One was the Kosovo Liberation … Continue reading "Washington’s Foreign ‘Democratic’ Clients Become an Embarrassment Again"

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‘Leaving Aside’ International Law: Why Democrats Are as Dangerous as Republicans to a Just Peace in Palestine

Motivated by their justifiable aversion to former US President Donald Trump, many analysts have rashly painted a rosy picture of how Democrats could quickly erase the bleak trajectory of the previous Republican administration. This naivety is particularly pronounced in the current spin on the Palestinian-Israeli discourse, which is promoting, again, the illusion that Democrats will … Continue reading "‘Leaving Aside’ International Law: Why Democrats Are as Dangerous as Republicans to a Just Peace in Palestine"

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The Unruly Vassal: Election in Kosovo Brings US-Ousted Radical Kurti Back to Power

If preliminary results of the vote in Kosovo are accurate, the hardline "Self-Determination" (Vetevendosje) party of former PM Albin Kurti has won in a landslide, crushing the formerly dominant LDK and the two parties founded by KLA chieftains. While Kurti seems to be enjoying favorable coverage from major global outlets, the Empire has been strangely … Continue reading "The Unruly Vassal: Election in Kosovo Brings US-Ousted Radical Kurti Back to Power"

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