Late Night: War Games

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 8:00 pm

As the Mighty Wurlitzer of war cranks into gear yet again, I can’t help but wonder if war itself has become the singular cause upon which all news media agree, and no matter the opinion of those affected by it, they’re naturally going to sell any old war with just this sort of embarrassing fervor.

It’s understandable, I suppose, for the bloated multinationals who control what we see, hear, and read to choose war as a business proposition. Ratings surge, careers are made, and reporting costs are all but negligible when the aggressor is more than happy to provide all the talking points needed to fill time and space between boner pill ads.

 

Ahmad Chalabi Still Wants to Lead Iraq

By: Friday July 11, 2014 11:19 am

Call in the clowns. If the disgraced so-called “journalists” who peddled Ahmad Chalabi’s lies are still allowed in the debate over the future of Iraq, why not Chalabi himself? This is a question Chalabi seems to be asking as he makes yet another attempt at becoming the leader of Iraq.

The Neocon Money Machine

By: Friday April 18, 2014 3:45 pm

In 2003 writer Eli Lake declared that the neoconservatives were the “most influential wing in the current administration,” and that those empowered neoconservatives were chiefly responsible for the expedited time table to launch what would become the disastrous Iraq War. A war that would, among other things, bring Barack Obama to power as the American public near-universally rejected not just the blunders and false promises that sold the war, but the ideology underpinning it. Americans no longer saw trying to bring “democracy” by the barrel of a gun to every corner of the world as a good idea, let alone a duty worth killing and dying for.

What, evidence required?

By: Tuesday April 30, 2013 1:30 am

I cannot believe we’re not gonna get another war on so soon!

Bill Kristol Is Getting The Band Back Together Again

By: Monday August 13, 2012 7:30 am

Bill Kristol and the entire gang of neo-con warmongers who sold us lies about weapons of mass destruction and the Iraq war and have been clamoring to repeat the folly ever since and everywhere, are all back and advising the awesome foreign policy duo of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Because the last decade went so well . . .

The One-Percenters’ Misdirection Because They Can’t Handle the Truth

By: Sunday October 23, 2011 4:00 pm

Republicans and other elite representatives of the One-Percenters running this country know that the facts are against them, in everything from economic dealings to the criminal-justice system to the environment. So, when confronted by the facts, they do everything they can to draw attention away from themselves, preferably through the use of inflammatory statements intended to bog people down in defending against them.

Late Night FDL: In Which Fred Hiatt is Invited to Preach His Neocon Sermons in Fallujah

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 8:00 pm

There are things one reads that uplift one; things that bore one; things that irritate one.

And then there are things that make you want to hunt down the author and slap the taste out of his or her mouth.

Such was WaPo editor Fred Hiatt’s panegyric to the last misbegotten ten years of Treasury-draining wars of choice.

How You Know Something is a Bad Idea? McCain and Lieberman in Tel Aviv Call for No-Fly Zone

By: Sunday February 27, 2011 6:30 am

We all want “someone” to “DO something” for the people of Libya. Watching the reports of Gadaffi’s brutality, the fear that Gadaffi will go even further grows.

But “do” what?

Why US Foreign Policy Is Flummoxed by Egypt’s Uprising

By: Sunday January 30, 2011 7:39 am

As the United States struggles to respond to rapidly changing conditions in Egypt, it is informative to look at the arc of US foreign policy over the past half century or so. Foggy Bottom is stuck in a fog precisely because the approach to foreign policy has not evolved sufficiently since the demise of the Cold War. US foreign policy today is just as dependent on supporting individual despotic leaders today as it was in the 1950′s and 1960′s.

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