Coups and Colonialism: Why Does America Do What It Does?

Trump is gone; Biden is in. But America is still recognizing the coup leader in Venezuela, is silent on Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara, is continuing Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol while accepting the importance of Israel’s hold on the Golan Heights and is only cautiously correcting course on Cuba. The history of … Continue reading “Coups and Colonialism: Why Does America Do What It Does?”

Biden Meets Iran: The Upcoming Diplomatic Battle

President Biden has offered the first hope in four years for Iran. There are early signs, though, that that hope could be threatened or illusory. Biden’s secretary of state, Anthony Blinken, has made two recent statements that are of interest to Iran but also to Saudi Arabia. During his confirmation hearing, Blinken said that Biden … Continue reading “Biden Meets Iran: The Upcoming Diplomatic Battle”

The First 100 Minutes: Tiptoeing Through Trump’s Landmines

As Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo withdrew in the dying days of their administration, they sowed the foreign policy ground with landmines. The landmines were meant to checkmate the new administration so that, no matter which way President Biden moved, the landmines would blow up. In the first minutes of the administration, certain statements … Continue reading “The First 100 Minutes: Tiptoeing Through Trump’s Landmines”

The Inconvenience of Democracy: Pre-emptive Coups

The attempt to reverse a democratic election in a classic quiet coup in America has now turned ugly and noisy. On the very same day as Joe Biden condemned the coup, he nominated Victoria Nuland as under secretary of state for political affairs: the same Victoria Nuland who clumsily revealed in a captured call that … Continue reading “The Inconvenience of Democracy: Pre-emptive Coups”

The Assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

Iranian Brigadier General Esmail Qaani was sent to Iraq in mid-November with unmistakable instructions from the government that there were to be absolutely no attacks. He "made it clear that Trump wants to drag the region into an open war before leaving…and it is not in our interest to give him any justification to start … Continue reading “The Assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh”

Pompeo’s Trip to Israel: That Says It All

In November 2020, as dusk settled in on the Trump administration, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Israel. His trip not only confirmed that the new Israel-Arab peace deals were never about new peace deals – they couldn’t be because they made no new peace – but about recognizing and cementing the occupation and … Continue reading “Pompeo’s Trip to Israel: That Says It All”

Attacks in Iran Have Israel’s Signature on Them

The country had become an existential threat to Israel. It was ruled by a megalomaniac who wanted Israel eliminated. And now he wanted a nuclear bomb. They claimed their nuclear program was purely a civilian program, but Israel knew that was not true. So, they set out to set the program back. Israel undertook a … Continue reading “Attacks in Iran Have Israel’s Signature on Them”

Trump’s Peace Plan: How Far Would He Go?

Desperately chasing a single foreign policy accomplishment in the dying days before the election, Donald Trump is frantically pursuing a Middle East peace plan. Not the Israel/Palestine one he promised – in four years in office, that never came close – but the illusory peace plan between countries who were already at peace. How far … Continue reading “Trump’s Peace Plan: How Far Would He Go?”

While No One Was Looking: America, Guyana, and Venezuela

On March 2, 2020, the people of Guyana went to the polls. According to the Carter Center, at first things went really well. And then they didn’t. At the close of the day, President David Granger had been re-elected. But, though nine of ten districts reported cleanly, the largest district was mired in confusion. And … Continue reading “While No One Was Looking: America, Guyana, and Venezuela”

Peace Plans That Have Nothing To Do With Peace

On September 11, 2020, Bahrain announced that it had agreed to normalize relations with Israel, following a similar agreement by the United Arab Emirate (UAE). Both agreements are being packaged and sold as historic peace plans. They’re Not Peace Plans When President Carter brokered the peace plan between Israel and Egypt, that was a historic … Continue reading “Peace Plans That Have Nothing To Do With Peace”