President Obama May Have Engaged In Pay To Play On Ambassadorships

By: Monday November 11, 2013 2:25 pm

President Obama’s choice for US Ambassador to Hungary is raising eyebrows. His choice, Colleen Bell, is a television producer most famous for the daytime soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Bell appears to have no particular experience with or knowledge of the nation of Hungary. But what she lacks in knowledge and experience seems to be made up for in campaign contributions.

 

NSA Spying Scandal Causes Uproar In France and Mexico

By: Monday October 21, 2013 2:32 pm

The NSA spying scandal is causing an uproar in capitals around the world as revelations surface that the US intelligence agency has been spying on citizens of friendly countries in France and Mexico. In France the US ambassador was summoned to explain why French telephone data was recorded by the NSA between December and January of this year. The allegation was published in France’s paper of record Le Monde.

The Pentagon’s Italian Spending Spree

By: Thursday October 3, 2013 7:00 pm

The Pentagon has spent the last two decades plowing hundreds of millions of tax dollars into military bases in Italy, turning the country into an increasingly important center for U.S. military power. Especially since the start of the Global War on Terror in 2001, the military has been shifting its European center of gravity south from Germany, where the overwhelming majority of U.S. forces in the region have been stationed since the end of World War II. In the process, the Pentagon has turned the Italian peninsula into a launching pad for future wars in Africa, the Middle East, and beyond.

MENA Mashup: Bibi’s Bullsh*t, Iranian Intentions, and a Syrian Solution?

By: Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:10 pm

Much has transpired since my last Mashup. Contrary to popular belief, the Iranian Sanctions are not the cause célèbre for Iran’s determined détente efforts

Did Iran Win the US-Iraq War?

By: Thursday September 26, 2013 1:20 pm

A central claim in a new story published by the New Yorker is that the real victor in the 2003 war between the US and Saddam governments was the Islamic Republic of Iran. Profiling Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Qods Force, a division of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the article describes how Iran both engineered the new Iraqi government and the US forces withdrawal.

Obama’s UN Speech: Packaging Neoconservative Values in the Language of Peace & Liberation

By: Wednesday September 25, 2013 1:25 pm

The speech President Barack Obama delivered at the United Nations General Assembly was a neoconservative foreign policy speech, the kind of speech one might have heard President George W. Bush deliver in the midst of the Iraq War to defend decisions made by those ruling America.

Of Nobel Prizes, Past and Present

By: Saturday September 7, 2013 10:15 am

Reading the 2009 announcement from the Nobel Peace Prize committee and Obama’s Nobel Laureate lecture, and then listening to the news today is an exercise in mental whiplash.

As the fourth anniversary of that announcement approaches, Obama might want to return his Nobel medal to Oslo. It’s not as if it means a lot to him any more.

Re-Leash the Poker Playing Dogs of War

By: Friday September 6, 2013 1:30 am

It appears that for the first time, I believe, since the waning days of the Vietnam War Congress is about to reject military action or aid in the interest of an act of war.

Tom Engelhardt, Can Edward Snowden Be Deterred?

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 3:45 pm

It’s hard even to know how to take it in. I mean, what’s really happening? An employee of a private contractor working for the National Security Agency makes off with unknown numbers of files about America’s developing global security state on a thumb drive and four laptop computers, and jumps the nearest plane to Hong Kong. His goal: to expose a vast surveillance structure built in the shadows in the post-9/11 years and significantly aimed at Americans.

The Washington Post Editorial Board’s Sociopathic Lesson From Iraq War: US Should Intervene in Syria

By: Monday April 1, 2013 11:15 am

A deputy editor for the major establishment newspaper, the Washington Post, has written a column that belatedly marks the tenth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq while at the same time claiming he has learned a “lesson” that leads him to conclude there is a need for US intervention in Syria.

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