FDL Book Salon Welcomes Melvin A. Goodman, National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism

By: Saturday March 30, 2013 1:59 pm

Often the most ardent critics of the American Empire are those who were once functionaries within in.

Melvin A. Goodman has seen the internal levers of imperial power projection at their worst and minces no words in describing the ugly side of the bipartisan consensus on empire in this nascent 400+ page tome.

 

French-Led Military Intervention Supported by US Destined to Transform Mali Into Bigger Quagmire

By: Monday January 14, 2013 12:20 pm

France and eight other countries, including the United States, are escalating an intervention in the African country of Mali. The offensive, according to French authorities, is being mounted to target Islamic extremists or al Qaeda-linked rebels who have “grabbed more territory in Mali, inching closer to the capital.”

Report: John Kerry to Be Named Secretary of State

By: Saturday December 15, 2012 1:00 pm

Former Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry has been chosen to serve as Secretary of State, according to a Chicago Sun-Times columnist who heard it from an unidentified White House source.

This doesn’t exactly come from left field. Kerry, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was rumored to be on the short list for the job, along with UN Ambassador Susan Rice. Rice took herself out of the running this week.

Susan Rice Withdraws From Consideration for Secretary of State

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 1:20 pm

I imagine this will be perceived as the right wing collecting a scalp, but considering that liberal groups increasingly saw Susan Rice as no picnic either, this probably falls under the auspices of an acceptable loss.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Thomas E. Ricks, The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today

By: Saturday November 24, 2012 1:59 pm

There are two key words to keep in mind when reading Thomas Ricks’s important and eminently readable new book, “The Generals”: accountability and relief. Accountability is what set Ricks out on his investigation of America’s military leaders from World War II to the present, as in the missing accountability of our generals for the failures of the post-9/11 decade of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. And relief is what Ricks believes has been too often missing, as in the old-fashioned sense of the word and one that is hardly ever used anymore, certainly by the U.S. military: firing.

Sunday Late Night: Ace Won’t Confirm Any Nominee for State Until Pudding

By: Sunday November 18, 2012 8:01 pm

John McCain’s views seem to have evolved since four days ago when he told The Three Dumbest People on Television that he would “do everything in my power to block the nomination of Susan Rice to be Secretary of State.”

Now he won’t allow anyone to become Secretary of State until, well, pudding.

How the Major Newspapers Which Endorsed Obama Celebrate His Foreign Policy Record

By: Monday November 5, 2012 3:54 pm

The major newspaper endorsements indicate the makeover American superpower received when President Barack Obama was elected in 2008 worked. There is unanimous consensus among the top twenty newspapers that endorsed Obama that Obama repaired the image of America that was damaged by two terms of President George W. Bush.

How dare you not easily go along with our bs again!

By: Friday October 26, 2012 1:30 am

Though they want to get in on that “drone-action” it appears that any pending action against our latest batch of “new just like Hitlers” may contain less poodle-like behavior.

Drones, Debates, and Deadly Consequences

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 5:45 am

When you see politicians on television cheering each other on about the use of drones, it is all made to seem so abstract and clean. The reality is quite a different story and raises some fundamental questions that are being glossed over: Is it lawful or wise for the Executive to be sending missiles and drones into other countries, outside of places where the U.S. is engaged in active combat, to kill people, including American citizens, that it suspects of involvement in terrorism? Haven’t we seen unchecked power lead to enormous life and death mistakes over the past decade? And doesn’t this set a dangerous precedent for the rest of the world?

The Two Trillion Dollar Question: What Would Mitt Romney Spend on the Military?

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:22 am

To the extent that there is a difference in foreign policy between the two Presidential candidates at this point, it’s that Mitt Romney wants to implement the same exact policies as Barack Obama, but just spend $2 trillion more on defense contracting to carry it out.

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