Late Night: Tea and Crumpets

By: Thursday August 29, 2013 8:00 pm

Despite the weeks of hysterical caterwauling in the US media, we are, for the moment, not going to war in Syria in time for the Labor Day weekend. The fact that the general public was almost universally opposed was really no impediment; after all, bipartisan consensus has long held that public opinion can always be brought along to support a war, any war, once the bombs start falling.

John Kerry Addresses the American Jewish Community Global Forum on Middle East Peace Prospects

By: Wednesday June 5, 2013 8:00 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the annual American Jewish Community Global Forum on Monday, June 3rd. He focused on the limited time he believes the Palestinians and Israelis have to come up with a workable “two-state solution.”

Fatster’s News Roundup from May 28, 2012

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 6:18 am

Fatster’s news roundup from Memorial Day Weekend, including stories on Syria, UN Security Council, Nick Clegg, Bahrain, Greece, Tony Blair, David Cameron, Berlusconi, China, Fukushima, Brazil, Honduras, and more . . .

Will it Also Take Eight Years to Find Out Role Oil Companies Played in War in Libya?

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 9:49 am

We finally have the documentary proof showing the important role oil companies played in the lead up to the war in Iraq. I hope it doesn’t take another eight years before we get documented proof about what a huge role oil played in the decision to launch a kinetic military action in Libya.

The Banality of Evil

By: Thursday February 3, 2011 1:30 am

Another proud moment for Western Foreign Policy and its legacy.

Hey Tony, Barack – The People Still Say Mubarak Must Go

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 6:06 am

While protesters continue to stay in Tahrir Square and promise to stay until Mubarak goes, President Obama continues to try to have it both ways and Tony Blair is running from interview to interview trying to drum up fear of an “Islamic” takeover of Egypt and proclaiming Mubarak “immensely courageous and a force for good” in an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes David Swanson, War Is A Lie

By: Sunday November 28, 2010 1:59 pm

Clearly, War Is A Lie is an ambitious effort, organized around ideas rather than chronology, taking in, albeit briefly, most of the wars we talk about, from Iraq and Afghanistan to the two World Wars, back to the Civil War and even to antiquity. It is full of eye-opening facts that cast doubt on the school textbook version of events, and “wow” moments where we are made to question our deepest assumptions. David Swanson whets my appetite for a much more discerning look at particular wars I thought I knew much about, and more importantly, about war itself. He is particularly effective in demonstrating the cynicism and duplicity of leaders who tell us that war is for one purpose, while knowing full well that it is for another.

Swanson’s passion for the topic, his compassion for all peoples, his fresh thinking and his commitment to questioning conventional attitudes toward war and exposing popular myths and fallacies are what stand out. He presents many significant pieces of history that are not widely known and effectively assumes the mantle of moral guide. Swanson makes a compelling case for our re-examining our own knowledge about why we make war, and underlines the deception and folly that is almost always at the core of such violent adventures. Compared to traditional histories and analyses, and even with its drawbacks, I consider War Is A Lie an important work and one worthy of our attention. I’m glad to moderate this conversation.

Dark Actors Playing Games with Iraq WMD Propaganda

By: Wednesday October 20, 2010 1:25 pm

We knew the Brits and the US built their propaganda for war together. We knew that Judy Miller was an integral part to that. But when we see the emails going back and forth commenting on each others drafts, it raises once again the question of where the emails back and forth to the war effort’s chief propagandist got disappeared to.

Within Weeks of 9-11, US, UK Seek to Detain Prisoners as Long as “War” Continued

By: Wednesday September 29, 2010 7:34 am

You see, from the start this war was designed to be our longest war. Because all those Commander-in-Chief powers both Republicans and Democrats have grown to love so much depend on it continuing.

Cheney’s “Hard, Hard Power” and Syria

By: Saturday September 4, 2010 1:00 pm

Apparently, the Poodle’s memoir (the tour for which got a little messy in Dublin) confirms something that was blatantly obvious: Dick Cheney wanted to conquer the entire Middle East, country by country.

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