Cold War Follies: There’s No Business Like Show Business

The dawning of the Age of Bush (II) brings with it a fresh crop of hysterics: bogeymen, old and new, are back in the news. Once again, the specter of Saddam haunts the imagination of editorial writers and policy wonks, right and left: we are reminded that, having been bombed back to the Stone Age, … Continue reading “Cold War Follies: There’s No Business Like Show Business”

The Gulf War In Retrospect: the “Isolationists” Were Right

Ten years ago, George Herbert Walker Bush unleashed the mightiest military machine on earth against a poor, Third World country whose only “crime” consisted of redrawing the map of the Middle East as originally drawn by the British Foreign Office. Iraq has always claimed Kuwait as its “nineteenth province,” an assertion that history in the … Continue reading “The Gulf War In Retrospect: the “Isolationists” Were Right”

Our War Criminals and Theirs

I hate to disappoint my Republican readers who fell for Condolezza Rice’s jive talk about the US getting out of the Balkans, but you’ve been had. Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan), fresh from Dubya’s meeting with congressional leaders on defense issues, said the President-elect was a bit more cautious about the prospect of pulling out than … Continue reading “Our War Criminals and Theirs”

NATO’s Poisoned Arrow

The consequences of the Kosovo war continue to rain down on the heads of US policymakers – and those charged with carrying out those policies, namely US troops in the field. With the KLA’s UN-backed reign of terror in Kosovo, heightened tensions spreading outward to Macedonia, and US/NATO troops increasingly caught in the crossfire between … Continue reading “NATO’s Poisoned Arrow”

THE CANONIZATION OF COLIN POWELL

THE CANONIZATION OF COLIN POWELL Colin Powell had been officially named secretary of state for barely five minutes and already he was beating the war drums, demanding the beefing up of Iraqi sanctions and not-so-subtly hinting at a military confrontation in the Middle East: "We are in the strong position. He [Saddam Hussein] is in … Continue reading “THE CANONIZATION OF COLIN POWELL”

Israel and the Candidates: Uncoditional Love

What’s the use of being the world’s only superpower when we allow ourselves to be bullied, threatened, and spied on by a country the size of Delaware? I’m talking about Israel, the country we give billions in tribute to each year, the single highest recipient of US foreign aid dollars: a nation led by ingrates … Continue reading “Israel and the Candidates: Uncoditional Love”