A Realist Breakthrough?

Now don’t get all excited, or anything, but there is a real chance that the Obama administration may be on the way to a general Middle Eastern peace settlement, one that bypasses the relatively narrow Israeli-Palestinian question, and cuts right to the chase. As reported in the Wall Street Journal:  “The U.S. is negotiating with … Continue reading “A Realist Breakthrough?”

Iran a Threat? I Mean, Really?

With all the current hype about the "threat" from Iran, it is time to review the record – and especially the significant bits and pieces that find neither ink nor air in our Israel-friendly Fawning Corporate Media (FCM). First, on the chance you missed it, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said publicly that Iran … Continue reading “Iran a Threat? I Mean, Really?”

The Making of American Foreign Policy

Writing on his Foreign Policy blog, Stephen Walt notes the uptick in war hysteria directed at Iran, and, like a good realist, looks at the US-Iranian military equation with a cold-eyed attention to facts and figures. He lists the huge military and economic disparities in favor of the US, bare numbers that speak truth to … Continue reading “The Making of American Foreign Policy”

Hawkish ‘Israel Lobby’ More Bark Than Bite?

The Nov. 25 announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of a "moratorium" on settlement construction brought very different responses from the Jewish American "pro-Israel" groups J Street and the heavyweight American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), calling attention to the increasing divide within the American Jewish community. Both AIPAC and J Street welcomed Netanyahu’s … Continue reading “Hawkish ‘Israel Lobby’ More Bark Than Bite?”

The Israel Lobby, the Neocons, and the Iranian-American Community 

Ever since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected Iran’s president in June 2005 and began using strong rhetoric against Israel, the neoconservatives and the Israel lobby have been trying to provoke a war against Iran, or at the very least persuade the United States and the international community to impose crippling sanctions on Iran. Their efforts have … Continue reading “The Israel Lobby, the Neocons, and the Iranian-American Community “