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Daniel N. White: The Fish Rots from the Head — My Q&A with Admiral William McRaven

A strange turn of fate now makes Admiral (retired) William McRaven, formerly head of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), a neighbor of mine. He’s the new Chancellor of the University … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Andy Piascik: How About Sanctions Against the United States?

As Washington’s allies in Ukraine burn people alive and the United States imposes sanctions on Russia and Venezuela, it’s essential to keep in mind which country it is that’s the … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 3 Comments

William J. Astore: The American Military Uncontained

Chaos Spread, Casualties Inflicted, Missions Unaccomplished:  It’s 1990. I’m a young captain in the U.S. Air Force. I’ve just witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, something I never thought … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Andrew Cockburn: The Kingpin Strategy — Assassination as Policy in Washington and How It Failed, 1990-2015

As the war on terror nears its 14th anniversary — a war we seem to be losing, given jihadist advances in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen — the U.S. sticks stolidly … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

W. J. Astore: A Nixon Quote Explains the Root of So Many U.S. Foreign Policy Blunders

On 30 April 1970, 45 years ago this month, President Richard M. Nixon ordered an invasion into Cambodia. Explaining his reasoning for widening the war in Southeast Asia, Nixon declared: … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Michael Winship: Netanyahu’s “Us or Them” Is Nothing But Trouble

For a long time now, American political consultants have benefited from a lucrative sideline, selling their alleged expertise to politicians in Israel. (It was Democratic strategist James Carville who, after … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 3 Comments

William D. Hartung: Military Strategy? Who Needs It?

The Madness of Funding the Pentagon to “Cover the Globe” President Obama and Senator John McCain, who have clashed on almost every conceivable issue, do agree on one thing: the … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Amiri Baraka reads “Somebody Blew up America”

“Somebody Blew Up America” by Amiri Baraka with Rob Brown on saxophone, recorded on February 21, 2009 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY. This is the poem … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Nan Levinson: The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

Let’s face it: we live in a state of pervasive national security anxiety. There are various possible responses to this low-grade fever that saps resolve, but first we have to … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Andy Piascik: Why Is Henry Kissinger Walking Around Free?

On September 11, 2013, hundreds of thousands of Chileans solemnly marked the 40th anniversary of their nation’s 9/11 terrorist event. It was on that date in 1973 that the Chilean … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Andy Piascik: Democracy, Socialism and Counterrevolution in Latin America

Recent developments in Latin America continue that region’s remarkable surge toward democracy and socialism and away from the clutches of US imperialism. Left parties have won recent presidential elections in … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

William J. Astore: War Is the New Normal

 Seven Deadly Reasons Why America’s Wars Persist It was launched immediately after the 9/11 attacks, when I was still in the military, and almost immediately became known as the Global … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Noam Chomsky — The current confrontation between US and Russia

Published on Nov 7, 2014 How did Russia and the West slip back into what seems like the Cold War all over again? How dangerous is the current confrontation? Should … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

In Iraq, That Dog Don’t Hunt

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
That President Don’t Hunt? W.J. Astore News that President Obama has doubled the number of American troops (whoops — I mean advisers) in Iraq…

November 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

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