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US Leaders Pursue a Dangerously Simplistic Deterrence Policy Regarding Ukraine

One of the most dangerous conclusions that America’s political and policy elites took away from the West’s victory in the Cold War is that deterrence not only can work, but if applied with military strength and emphatic rhetorical resolve, it always will work. The current generation of U.S. foreign policy practitioners now appears determined to … Continue reading "US Leaders Pursue a Dangerously Simplistic Deterrence Policy Regarding Ukraine"

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Biden’s ‘Democracy Summit’ Is a Joke

On December 9-10 President Biden will preside over an online “Summit for Democracy,” which claims it will “bring together leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector to set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal and to tackle the greatest threats faced by democracies today through collective action.” What a joke. This is … Continue reading "Biden’s ‘Democracy Summit’ Is a Joke"

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US Government Threatens Writers With Heavy Fines if They Continue To Write for Sanctioned Russian Outlet

Establishment institutions usually start their implementation of censorship and the throttling of press freedom by going after individuals and outlets that are small and/or not well liked by a cross-section of the public.  The obscurity or general unpalatable nature of the target ensures the success of setting the precedent.  Most Americans have probably never heard … Continue reading "US Government Threatens Writers With Heavy Fines if They Continue To Write for Sanctioned Russian Outlet"

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Putin to Biden: Finlandize Ukraine, or We Will

Either the U.S. and NATO provide us with "legal guarantees" that Ukraine will never join NATO or become a base for weapons that can threaten Russia – or we will go in and guarantee it ourselves. This is the message Russian President Vladimir Putin is sending, backed by the 100,000 troops Russia has amassed on … Continue reading "Putin to Biden: Finlandize Ukraine, or We Will"

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What You’re Not Supposed to Know About Cuba and Venezuela

What’s changed in Venezuela and Cuba since Biden became President? Nothing. But as US foreign policy on those two great threats to America continues seamlessly on from the Trump presidency to the Biden presidency, there’s something the White House and the media don’t want you to know. Venezuela Though you’d barely know it from the … Continue reading "What You’re Not Supposed to Know About Cuba and Venezuela"

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Washington Should Stop Reassuring Europe: Time for NATO Members To Grow Up

Russia is threatening Ukraine, causing yet another "crisis" in Washington. Kyiv isn’t a formal ally let alone in NATO. Yet the foreign policy establishment talks and acts as if Ukraine was a member of the transatlantic alliance. Which could lead to war between Washington and Moscow. Yet defending Ukraine would be no cakewalk. Especially since … Continue reading "Washington Should Stop Reassuring Europe: Time for NATO Members To Grow Up"

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Biden-Putin Talk Tuesday With Xi in the Wings

On May 25, 2021, when the date of June 16 was announced for the summit between Presidents Biden and Putin, it seemed a good idea to waste no time in warning Biden and his neophyte advisers that a major shift in the “world correlation of forces” (to borrow an old Soviet term) was bound to … Continue reading "Biden-Putin Talk Tuesday With Xi in the Wings"

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Why China Behaves the Way it Does, and What To Do About It

Originally appeared at the American Institute for Economic Research. America remains the world’s most powerful nation, but foreign crises appear to be a constant for the Biden administration. Although Russia and Ukraine have grabbed the spotlight, before that the crisis-du-jour was China and Taiwan. And Beijing will pose the greater challenge over the long term. … Continue reading "Why China Behaves the Way it Does, and What To Do About It"

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Countdown to World War III?

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Yep, it happened again for the 11th time this year. (In 2020, the number was 13.) An American warship, in this case the guided-missile destroyer Milius, sailed through the Taiwan Strait between mainland China and the disputed island of Taiwan to, as a Navy spokesperson put it, “demonstrate the U.S. commitment … Continue reading "Countdown to World War III?"

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Biden’ Democracy Summit – Dividing Instead of Uniting the World

Whether or not President Biden has any understanding that today’s geopolitical landscape is very different from the one which he experienced as the “end of history” was being celebrated in 1991, is an open question. The upcoming global Democracy Summit was driven by the belief that America is still the only global power capable of … Continue reading "Biden’ Democracy Summit – Dividing Instead of Uniting the World"

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Blinken Attacks China in African Speech

If it didn’t contribute to a second cold war, it would be comical. He may not have meant it. But that would require an abysmal ignorance of history. Sounding more like a stand-up comic than a Secretary of State, Antony Blinken finished his Africa tour with a verbal assault on China. There’s nothing new there … Continue reading "Blinken Attacks China in African Speech"

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What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws?

Americans live under a governmental regime that openly breaks its own laws. The government not only believes it can do whatever it can get away with politically, not only believes that it can torture its foreign foes and claim the torture is a state secret, not only can bribe and coerce witnesses into saying what … Continue reading "What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws?"

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North Korea Doubts America’s Rules-Based International Order: And Pyongyang Gets It Right!

Normally one shouldn’t seek wisdom from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. After all, Freedom House gives the DPRK just three points out of 100, earning the label of "not free." (Actually, "not even friggin’ close to free" would be more accurate!) However, stunningly, Eritrea and Turkmenistan come in lower, with just two points each. … Continue reading "North Korea Doubts America’s Rules-Based International Order: And Pyongyang Gets It Right!"

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The World Keeps Yemen Waiting With Deadly Results

The United Nations Development Program projects that the war in Yemen will have killed at least 377,000 people by the end of this year. That projection represents an increase of more than 140,000 over the previous year’s report. As in previous years, 60% of the war’s casualties have been caused by indirect causes of disease … Continue reading "The World Keeps Yemen Waiting With Deadly Results"

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The Usual Suspects Are Trying to Foment a Crisis With Russia

Once again, the United States and some of its security clients in Eastern Europe are doing their utmost to create a crisis atmosphere with respect to Russia. A key player in that effort is the government of Ukraine. As Ukrainian officials did in April 2021, they are again highlighting allegedly suspicious Russian troop movements near … Continue reading "The Usual Suspects Are Trying to Foment a Crisis With Russia"

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