Obama Tells UN General Assembly ‘The Cause Of Empire Leads To The Graveyard’

By: Wednesday September 24, 2014 2:07 pm

In what may be one of the most well publicized acts of cognitive dissonance in history US President Barack Obama, leader of the most powerful empire in the world, told the United Nations General Assembly that “the cause of empire leads to the graveyard.”

 

Time to Revive the Peace Movement

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 7:02 pm

It has been 10 years of dormancy for the peace movement: a full decade since the thriving demonstrations of the early Bush years gave way to liberal demands that the focus shift to defeating the president at the ballot box. This fixation remained through the two ensuing presidential elections, which have demonstrated, beyond a reasonable doubt, the futility of this approach to altering American foreign policy. The vibrant and young foot soldiers of Obama’s first election are now seven years older, jaded and frustrated. Most of them are underemployed, over-indebted, and increasingly hopeless about their lot in life.

TPP and ‘Pivot to Asia’ Facing Backlash

By: Tuesday April 29, 2014 2:57 pm

For those unaware of the new US “grand strategy” it involves not just overthrowing governments in Ukraine to expand power into Eurasia but also trying to encircle East Asia’s newest power, China. Called throughout Washington policy circles as the “Pivot to Asia” the plan to encircle China involves both moving greater military forces into the region as well as an anti-democratic “trade deal” known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

Reihan Salam Still Believes In Neocon Imperialism

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 12:05 pm

The failure of aggressive war in Iraq to make America safer by removing weapons of mass destruction (because they weren’t there) and the hundreds of thousands of dead men, women, and children as a result of that war has not put Salam off his quest to maintain Pax Americana.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jonathan Chait, And The Logic Of Liberal Imperialism

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 2:25 pm

For those who enjoy a good intellectual skirmish do check out the back and forth between Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jonathan Chait. The debate mostly centers around a discussion of what constitutes a “culture of poverty” and whether politicians such as Paul Ryan and Barack Obama conflate black culture and poverty.

Oligarchs, Demagogues and Mass Revolts . . . Against Democracy

By: Saturday December 28, 2013 8:00 am

In ancient Rome, especially during the late Republic, oligarchs resorted to mob violence to block, intimidate, assassinate or drive from power the dominant faction in the Senate. While neither the ruling or opposing factions represented the interests of the plebeians, wage workers, small farmers or slaves, the use of the ‘mob’ against the elected Senate, the principle of representative government and the republican form of government laid the groundwork for the rise of authoritarian “Caesars” (military rulers) and the transformation of the Roman republic into an imperial state.

Elias Groll vs. Ghouta, Syria’s ‘most plausible hypothesis’

By: Thursday September 5, 2013 6:30 pm

Though discussing evidence (‘Why don’t you show us the evidence, Mr. Kerry?’) and assertions and plausibility does not matter to the Congressional dolts who will vote for their owners in a few days, it does matter to those attempting to keep resistance strong. In that light, I’ve noticed that the most plausible account of what happened in Ghouta, based on evidence and not assertions, is that there was an accidental release of chemical weapons agents by the rebels. Good to know the learned and insightful Diana Johnstone is thinking along the same lines.

Alone and Delusional on Planet Earth

By: Thursday September 5, 2013 5:45 am

In an increasingly phantasmagorical world, here’s my present fantasy of choice: someone from General Keith Alexander’s outfit, the National Security Agency, tracks down H.G. Wells’s time machine in the attic of an old house in London. Britain’s subservient Government Communications Headquarters, its version of the NSA, is paid off and the contraption is flown to Fort Meade, Maryland, where it’s put back in working order. Alexander then revs it up and heads not into the future like Wells to see how our world ends, but into the past to offer a warning to Americans about what’s to come.

GOP Splits in Two Over Civil Liberties and Drones

By: Wednesday March 13, 2013 7:35 am

Only a few months after being defeated in the Presidential Election the Republican Party is having an identity crisis. The party has split in two over the issue of civil liberties and presidential power. The split came to a head when Senator Rand Paul filibustered CIA Director John Brennan’s nomination for 13 hours. In response to the popular display Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham condemned Paul mocking his arguments. McCain would ultimately insult Senator Paul by claiming he and his allies represented the wacko bird caucus.

Gore Vidal, a Fierce Critic of US Empire, Dies

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 6:40 pm

My first exposure to Gore Vidal came when I read the collection of essays he published in 2002 called Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace. He understood immediately after the September 11th attacks that the attacks would be used by the powerful to take away civil liberties and the country would turn into a “seedy imperial state.” A shortened version of a remarkable essay, which he wrote in the aftermath, was published by The Guardian. It boldly considered how Osama bin Laden had presented himself as a “liberator” to the Muslim world and how post-9/11 the powers that be were further transforming the US into a police state.

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