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Both Sides Have a Foreign Boogeyman to Blame for the 2020 Election

Almost four years of Democrats and liberal mainstream pundits hysterically blaming President Trump’s 2016 victory on Russia has done enormous damage to U.S. political discourse. Besides the immense danger of ramping up tensions with another major nuclear power, Russiagate has also influenced Republicans and right-wingers to use the same tactic to bash Trump’s opponent for … Continue reading "Both Sides Have a Foreign Boogeyman to Blame for the 2020 Election"

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Could Covert War With Iran Become Overt Before November 3rd?

Originally posted at TomDispatch. History’s a joke, right? We know that from our president who creates laughable moments of history daily – as when, reading from a script recently, he pronounced America’s famed Yosemite National Park “Yo-Semite.” In that context, let me bring up one of his favorite countries: I-Run. Its modern history, if anybody … Continue reading "Could Covert War With Iran Become Overt Before November 3rd?"

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Lebanon: Bellwether, Battleground, and Bastard Child of the Mideast

When I was a kid, "Beirut" became a cultural shorthand for any chaotic and violent urban setting. In the 1990s, my hometown rappers – the Wu Tang Clan – repeatedly shouted out the Lebanese city (plus one of its civil war antagonists, the P.L.O. – Palestinian Liberation Organization); but so did Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, … Continue reading "Lebanon: Bellwether, Battleground, and Bastard Child of the Mideast"

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The Trump Administration’s Economic War on the World: Hitting Adversaries, Punishing Innocents, Angering Allies

As if viewing gambling at Rick’s Café Americain in Casablanca, Washington policymakers are shocked, shocked to discover that China, too, can apply economic pressure. Complained the Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano: "the Chinese Communist government slapped sanctions on members of Congress as well as a U.S. ambassador. This action is intended to send the world a … Continue reading "The Trump Administration’s Economic War on the World: Hitting Adversaries, Punishing Innocents, Angering Allies"

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We Have House Armed Services Committee Democrats To Thank for Trump’s Horrific War Budgets

I recently discovered the extent to which Democrats routinely vote for Republican policies and expenditures at the committee level. Such enabling committee-level "yes" votes often fly under the radar, since members of Congress who cast these damaging votes often vote "no" on the House or Senate floor. They then point to their "no" floor votes … Continue reading "We Have House Armed Services Committee Democrats To Thank for Trump’s Horrific War Budgets"

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Teaching Torture: The Death and Legacy of Dan Mitrione

In the pre-dawn darkness of Monday, August 10, 1970, Dan Mitrione’s bullet-ridden body was discovered in the back seat of a stolen Buick convertible in a quiet residential neighborhood of Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital. He had just turned 50, and he had recently started a new dream job, although it was thousands of miles from … Continue reading "Teaching Torture: The Death and Legacy of Dan Mitrione"

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Seeing Events in Iran Through the Lens of Trump’s Polling Numbers

For nearly four years now, Donald Trump has been a blank check for Israel. That check may be about to expire. From recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel to plans to annex the West Bank to freedom to bomb in Syria, the Donald Trump blank check keeps on being cashed. But Trump’s polling numbers … Continue reading "Seeing Events in Iran Through the Lens of Trump’s Polling Numbers"

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War Is Not an Option: China’s Growing Military Strength Threatens America’s Influence, Not Survival

The People’s Republic of China is evolving into a great power. Its military spending ranks second behind America. The People’s Liberation Army is acquiring formidable capabilities. President Xi Jinping, Chairman of the Central Military Commission and de facto PLA commander-in-chief, has demonstrated that he is willing to use China’s military. This has spurred demands in … Continue reading "War Is Not an Option: China’s Growing Military Strength Threatens America’s Influence, Not Survival"

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Don’t Delay Military Withdrawal From the Middle East

Reprinted from Responsible Statecraft with the author’s permission. The Quincy Institute’s “New Paradigm for the Middle East” calling for a definitive end to the disastrous policy the United States has pursued in the region for nearly two decades offers the first coherent analysis of what is wrong with that policy and the first conceptual framework … Continue reading "Don’t Delay Military Withdrawal From the Middle East"

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What Scowcroft Failed To Do

Some of the praise being accorded the late Brent Scowcroft is deserved. As national security adviser to President George H. W. Bush, the unassuming Scowcroft was a voice for relative reason and moderation (compared to the neoconservatives who would follow him), as the USSR imploded and U.S. forces chased Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait. But … Continue reading "What Scowcroft Failed To Do"

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