Obama at Pentagon: Syria Mess Is All Assad’s Fault

Some presidents grow in office and some presidents grow once out of office (Jimmy Carter comes to mind). But some presidents seem to learn very little during their four or eight year term. Unfortunately, especially when it comes to foreign policy, it seems President Obama falls into that latter category. The president gave a press … Continue reading “Obama at Pentagon: Syria Mess Is All Assad’s Fault”

US Airstrikes Hit Libya To Bolster UN-Created Government

The Pentagon has announced today that the US has begun conducting military airstrikes against Libya with the stated intent of defeating ISIS in that country. According to the Pentagon spokesman, the Libyan “Government of National Accord” requested that the US begin airstrikes against what they claim is an ISIS stronghold in the Libyan town of … Continue reading “US Airstrikes Hit Libya To Bolster UN-Created Government”

Intervention Fail: ISIS Makes Bloody Gains in Post ‘Liberation’ Afghanistan

Shortly after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in 1996 (their rise to power itself a result of the 1979 Soviet intervention in Afghanistan), we began to hear endless stories of the horrors of this student movement turned governing power. They ruled by Sharia law, they treated women badly, they even blew up ancient statues! … Continue reading “Intervention Fail: ISIS Makes Bloody Gains in Post ‘Liberation’ Afghanistan”

Bill Clinton to Poland and Hungary: Do As We Say on Immigration, You Dirty Little Putins!

Shortly after World War II, after the Soviet Red Army liberated Hungary from Nazi occupation, the Hungarians held their first election in six years. The November, 1945 vote resulted in an overwhelming victory for a coalition led by the agrarian, anti-communist Hungarian Smallholders Party. This victory at the ballot box infuriated Hungary’s Communist Party and … Continue reading “Bill Clinton to Poland and Hungary: Do As We Say on Immigration, You Dirty Little Putins!”

Washington Coup in Brazil? Was Incoming President US Embassy Informant?

Adding to suspicions of a US role in the ouster of independent-minded Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is a revelation making the rounds today that Michel Temer, the opposition leader who will step in as interim president, had met with US embassy officials in Sau Paulo to provide his assessment and spin on the domestic political … Continue reading “Washington Coup in Brazil? Was Incoming President US Embassy Informant?”

US Ambassador to Hungary: Overthrow Assad, Let in Refugees, and Fight Russia… or Else!

If anyone wants a short course on what’s wrong with US diplomacy look no further than US Ambassador to Hungary Coleen Bell’s speech Friday to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian Parliament. In typical diplo-speak there was plenty of flowery language about shared values, fish swimming together in the same water (?), sappy poetics … Continue reading “US Ambassador to Hungary: Overthrow Assad, Let in Refugees, and Fight Russia… or Else!”

Neocons Panting for President ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis

The neocons have been in a panic this election season. One by one, their preferred choice for the Republican presidential nomination has been soundly rejected by the uncooperative American voting public. Sen. Lindsey Graham made a run for the nomination saying, “If you’re tired of war, don’t vote for me,” and nobody did. Perhaps the … Continue reading “Neocons Panting for President ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis”

Deadly Myths: Iraq ‘Surge’ General Calls for ‘Surge 2.0’

The history of post Cold War US involvement in Iraq is the story of the enduring power of myths to drive a false foreign policy narrative and achieve the goals of a singularly-focused pressure group (the interventionist neocons). From the 1990 myth that Saddam Hussein had on his own and in opposition to stated US … Continue reading “Deadly Myths: Iraq ‘Surge’ General Calls for ‘Surge 2.0’”

In Syria, Assad Liberates Palmyra While CIA Battles the Pentagon

The big news out of Syria over the past couple of days has been that Syrian government forces with the help of the Russian military have taken back control of Palmyra from ISIS. The fall of Palmyra and subsequent destruction of the spectacular Roman ruins there by ISIS horrified the civilized world. The US government … Continue reading “In Syria, Assad Liberates Palmyra While CIA Battles the Pentagon”

Comrade Michael Rubin Demands the Gulag for Col. Wilkerson

As a committed and unapologetic neocon, Michael Rubin loves the idea of the old purges once common practice under his ideological forebears in the Soviet Union. The details of the infraction were unimportant – and to even consider the need for details once the Party has spoken was to court suspicion. So Comrade Rubin is … Continue reading “Comrade Michael Rubin Demands the Gulag for Col. Wilkerson”