Bin Laden’s Useful Idiots

Of all Ronald Reagan’s achievements, among the greatest was that this president who began his term declaring the Soviet Union an “evil empire” was, by the end of his tenure, strolling through Red Square with Mikhail Gorbachev to the cheers of the Russian people. That the Cold War ended without our tearing our nations to … Continue reading “Bin Laden’s Useful Idiots”

A Peace Bloodier Than War

Since the transfer of power to a provisional government in Baghdad at the end of June, more Americans have died in combat than during Gen. Franks’ invasion. In August, 1,000 U.S. soldiers were wounded, the highest figure for any month. "The ‘peace’ has been bloodier than the war," Capt. Russell Burgos, returning from duty in … Continue reading “A Peace Bloodier Than War”

Terrorism Is the Price of Empire

Pat Buchanan spoke with Bill Maher on Sept. 3 about Iraq and the "War on Terror." The following is a transcript from Real Time With Bill Maher. MAHER: First of all, if Osama bin Laden was captured and killed today, it would have the same effect on terrorism as Ray Kroc had dying for McDonald’s. … Continue reading “Terrorism Is the Price of Empire”

Pollardites in the Pentagon?

In 1987, Jonathan Pollard, U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, was imprisoned for life for selling a roomful of U.S. secret documents to Israel. Tel Aviv refused to return them. At the Clinton-Netanyahu summit at Wye River, Pollard became a subject of contention. ”Bibi” Netanyahu wanted to fly the American traitor back to Israel where he is … Continue reading “Pollardites in the Pentagon?”

Is America Finally Coming Home?

At the close of his address to the Veterans of Foreign Wars a week ago, President Bush announced a redeployment of 70,000 U.S. troops and 100,000 family members and civilian employees from overseas bases. Some of the troops may go to East Europe or Central Asia, but, mainly, they and their families will be coming … Continue reading “Is America Finally Coming Home?”

Neocons Seek Vindication in Escalation

"The United States of America will not permit the world’s most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world’s most destructive weapons." This is the heart of the Bush Doctrine from the president’s "axis of evil" address to Congress. And the nations that constituted that axis were Iraq, Iran and North Korea. Under this doctrine, … Continue reading “Neocons Seek Vindication in Escalation”

Wanted: An Honest Election

By morning of the day John Kerry accepted his nomination, it was clear the Kerry Party at the FleetCenter was perpetrating a fraud on the delegates and on the nation. And many in the Big Media were going along. Consider. Among the more than 4,000 delegates, two passions were predominant: detestation of Bush and hostility … Continue reading “Wanted: An Honest Election”

The Committee on the Present Confusion

With full-page ads in The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Washington Times trumpeting its slide down the spillways, The Committee on the Present Danger has been relaunched. The 1970s committee of Republican hawks and neoconservatives denounced d├ętente and called for clarity, courage and perseverance in the Cold War against a Soviet empire … Continue reading “The Committee on the Present Confusion”

Old Europe AWOL in Iraq

In Istanbul, Jacques Chirac, in fine French style, gave the wet mitten to the face of the president of the United States. After President Bush had carried out the transfer of sovereignty to Iraq, as demanded by Old Europe, Chirac gave the “Non!” to French or NATO troops to help train the new army. Chirac … Continue reading “Old Europe AWOL in Iraq”

Three Steps to Sanity

June 28, the day in 2004 that the Americans transferred sovereignty to Iraqis and proconsul Paul Bremer hastily departed Baghdad, is a day freighted with historic significance. On June 28, 1914, 90 years before, Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip fired the shots that killed the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and led, five weeks later, to World … Continue reading “Three Steps to Sanity”