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The Case for Douglas Macgregor

On July 27, 2020, the Trump administration nominated retired U.S. Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor to the post of Ambassador to Germany. For those unaware of Macgregor’s credentials, he served in the Persian Gulf War and was responsible for strategic planning during the Kosovo Air Campaign. After retiring from the military in 2004, Macgregor held several … Continue reading "The Case for Douglas Macgregor"

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From Da Nang to Portland: Key Events of the Last 55 Years

Diana Johnstone has written a compelling and insightful book. It is mostly a review and analysis of significant events from the past 55 years. It concludes with her assessment of different trends that are being debated on the Left today including “identity politics”, Antifa and censorship. This is a book to be read, enjoyed and … Continue reading "From Da Nang to Portland: Key Events of the Last 55 Years"

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Western Media Misperceptions About Belarus, Lukashenko, and Putin

There is a misperception in western media that Lukashenko is Putin’s man. That is not true; Putin views him as an exasperating and rather dim legacy. There is also a misperception in the west that Lukashenko really lost the recent election. That is not true. He almost certainly won, though the margin is much exaggerated … Continue reading "Western Media Misperceptions About Belarus, Lukashenko, and Putin"

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Matt Taibbi on the Origins of the Russiagate Hoax

This interview was recorded August 13, 2020. The computer garbled the audio terribly, but at least the auto-transcriber was able to make sense of it. The following is edited for clarity and minor mess-ups. Scott Horton: Alright you guys, introducing Matt Taibbi, formerly at Rolling Stone and now just doing his own thing over there … Continue reading "Matt Taibbi on the Origins of the Russiagate Hoax"

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Lebanon: The Top Ten Myths About the Country and its Conflicts (Part Two)

This is the third segment in the author’s backstory series – "Lebanon: Bellwether, Battleground, and Bastard Child" – in the wake of the August 4, 2020 Beirut port explosion. Check out part one and two, plus stay tuned for upcoming segments in Antiwar.com "A Syrian military communiqué said two Syrian soldiers were killed and 10 … Continue reading "Lebanon: The Top Ten Myths About the Country and its Conflicts (Part Two)"

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All Spying All the Time

During this summer of madness in Portland, Oregon, and sadness over COVID-19, two below-the-radar events occurred implicating the insatiable appetite of the United States government to spy on everyone in America. Regular readers of this column know that the feds have been wearing away at our privacy rights using a multitude of means. Yet, these … Continue reading "All Spying All the Time"

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Why the Gulf Arab States Are Tailor-Made Allies for Israel

Israel-GCC ties were strategic even before the first official Israel-GCC diplomatic normalization took place recently with the UAE. For Israel, the mode of engagement set up with the GCC years prior to UAE-Israel normalization was ideal. It had a top-heavy aspect, featuring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal contacts with GCC monarchs, and was also discreet, … Continue reading "Why the Gulf Arab States Are Tailor-Made Allies for Israel"

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Saudi Arabia’s Royal Dictatorship Threatens American Interests and Values

The world is filled with many oppressive tyrants, determined to rule irrespective of the desires of their peoples. Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman, or MbS as the crown prince is known, is one. Shockingly, he enjoys Washington’s full protection. President Donald Trump’s warped belief that Riyadh is a key ally has caused the Trump administration … Continue reading "Saudi Arabia’s Royal Dictatorship Threatens American Interests and Values"

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How the Israel-UAE Deal Puts the Bogus Peace Industry Back in Business

If there is one conclusion to draw from the agreement this week between Israel and the United Arab Emirates – with Israel temporarily “suspending” its threat to illegally annex parts of the West Bank in return for “full normalization” with the Gulf state – it is this: the peace industry is back in business. But … Continue reading "How the Israel-UAE Deal Puts the Bogus Peace Industry Back in Business"

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Lebanon: The Top Ten Myths About the Country and Its Conflicts

This is the second segment in the author’s backstory series – "Lebanon: Bellwether, Battleground, and Bastard Child" – in the wake of the August 4, 2020 Beirut port explosion. Read part one here. Stay tuned for upcoming segments in Antiwar.com "Lebanon is less a country than a heartbreak. Its conflicts seem not only beyond cure … Continue reading "Lebanon: The Top Ten Myths About the Country and Its Conflicts"

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Military Recruiters Don’t Belong in High Schools

Schools have become contested territory. For years, getting police officers out of schools has been a central goal of racial justice campaigns. Recently, they’ve won victories in Denver, Minneapolis, Portland, Charlottesville, and even on many university campuses. However, there’s another group of outsiders in schools we should be wary of: the U.S. military. Since the … Continue reading "Military Recruiters Don’t Belong in High Schools"

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Defend America, Not Ukraine: Treat Kiev as a Friend Rather Than an Ally

Should the U.S. be ready to go to war with Russia over Ukraine? NATO’s answer is yes. At least, leaders of the transatlantic alliance continue to encourage Kiev’s ambition to join NATO, thereby becoming yet another costly Washington defense dependent. US policymakers should remember that alliances are supposed to be a means to the end, … Continue reading "Defend America, Not Ukraine: Treat Kiev as a Friend Rather Than an Ally"

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Iraq Daily Roundup: Activist Among Four Killed in Iraq

At least four people were killed and six were wounded in the latest violence: In Basra, gunmen killed an activist, Tahseen Osama, and wounded his companion. Protests followed the killing. A bomb killed a woman and wounded two other people in Nuishin. Assailants wounded an activist in Nasiriya. A bomb in Majid wounded a man. … Continue reading "Iraq Daily Roundup: Activist Among Four Killed in Iraq"

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Is Kamala Harris a Hawk?

Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin hasn’t forgotten a 2017 meeting with members of Senator Kamala Harris’s staff to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The Israeli land and sea blockade was causing massive unemployment as well as shortages of food and electricity. Benjamin and other progressive activists wanted the Senator to criticize Israel’s policies and … Continue reading "Is Kamala Harris a Hawk?"

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Virginia Israel Advisory Board Deal Improper Says IG

On May 1, 2020, the Virginia Office of the State Inspector General formally notified the Secretary of Commerce and Trade of improper financial dealings between the Virginia Israel Advisory Board’s vice chairman and the executive director of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission. According to the notification, the action was initiated following a whistleblower complaint to … Continue reading "Virginia Israel Advisory Board Deal Improper Says IG"

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Don’t Be Hoodwinked by Trump’s UAE-Israel ‘Peace Deal’

"HUGE breakthrough today," crowed Donald Trump on twitter as he announced the new peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The deal makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state and the third Arab nation, after Egypt and Jordan, to have diplomatic ties with Israel. But the new Israel-UAE partnership should fool … Continue reading "Don’t Be Hoodwinked by Trump’s UAE-Israel ‘Peace Deal’"

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The US Should Apologize for the Atomic Bombings – and Denuclearize

Seventy-five years ago, on August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on a second Japanese city, Nagasaki. Experts estimate that more than 200,000 people lost their lives and hundreds of thousands were injured or exposed and survived. Generations later, … Continue reading "The US Should Apologize for the Atomic Bombings – and Denuclearize"

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