FDL Book Salon Welcomes Gareth Porter, Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare

By: Sunday February 16, 2014 1:59 pm

In his precise and definitive account, Porter dissects the politics of the Iranian nuclear scare – how the U.S. national security complex needed a new threat after the collapse of the Soviet Union, how Israeli politicians invoked the “existential” threat from Iran to deflect attention from the Palestinian issue, how the Iranians, though rejecting the notion of building a bomb, nevertheless believed that a nuclear enrichment program would be a “latent deterrent” against threats from outside.

 

We Already Fought One War to Send a Message About WMD, How Well Did That Work?

By: Tuesday September 10, 2013 3:33 pm

We have already tried using military force to send the message the United States opposes Weapons of Mass Destruction and it didn’t seem to work very well as a deterrent.

Why Obama Really Needs to Take This Syria Deal

By: Tuesday September 10, 2013 10:24 am

If Obama’s concern was about chemical weapons only, then this sounds like a win to the American people. But if Obama’s real goal was to find a pretext to greatly increase help to the rebels, this would be a bad deal.

All Things Considered Promotes Baldfaced Lie About New Iranian Foreign Minister

By: Saturday September 7, 2013 12:52 pm

Didn’t anyone realize the importance of Zarif’s perception of what Iranians have undergone because of the probably inaccurate portrayal of a recently term-limited bogeyman?

CIA Files Show America Helped Saddam Hussein As He Gassed Iran

By: Monday August 26, 2013 8:30 am

As the United States government prepares for war with Syria over an alleged chemical weapons attack, a report by Foreign Policy magazine details CIA files that prove that the U.S. knew Saddam Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history and provided him assistance anyway.

Rachel Maddow: Iraq WMD Fraud Exposé Will Cause “Political Upset”

By: Sunday February 17, 2013 5:00 pm

Because of a ten year mainstream media whitewash, it’s been generally accepted that “mistakes” resulted in a war that claimed over 4,800 US troops. But this week, MSNBC will rock the boat, suggesting false pretenses took us to war, meaning the nation should start debating consequences.

North Korea Tells China More Nuclear Weapons Tests Coming

By: Friday February 15, 2013 9:13 am

Only a few days after North Korea conducted its third nuclear weapons test the rogue state has told its closest ally it plans one or two more nuclear tests this year in hopes of driving American foreign policy.

Late Night: Resistance Is Futile

By: Sunday May 20, 2012 8:00 pm

On wars, taxation, social services, and almost everything else, the government and media now agree that the majority of Americans are, well, mistaken, and they’re letting us know with their LRAD’s and editorials, respectively. And why wouldn’t they? As George Bush said, “History? We’ll all be dead.” And for once, he wasn’t lying.

Sec. Gates Lectures NATO: Render Unto Caesar…

By: Saturday June 11, 2011 1:00 pm

I’ll leave it to foreign policy wonks to explain the strategic rationale for having your outgoing Secretary of Defense deliver a very public rebuke to our NATO allies on the duties they owe to maintaining US hegemony. I’m sure it’s more complicated than a mere scarecrow could possibly imagine.

I’ll just limit myself to note how preposterous it is, never mind arrogant and cluelessly not-self-aware, for an American official to pretend that it’s Europe, and not US taxpayers and their elected Congress, who have steadfastly refused to pay the cost of US foreign adventures.

In Which Donald Rumsfeld Helpfully Demonstrates the Post Hoc Fallacy

By: Tuesday March 22, 2011 6:00 pm

And today’s wingnut “Libya is so awesome today because George W. Bush killed 250,000 Iraqis” take comes from a two-time Secretary of Defense and all-around great guy.

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