Tag: Iraq
The Weekly Libertarian Leftist Review 133
Daniel Mccarthy discusses a book on war for the Greater Middle East. Stephen Kinzer discusses two books critical of American foreign policy. Sheldon Richman discusses Trump’s miconceptions about NATO. Trevir Timm discusses the renewed U.S. bombing of Libya. Alex Emmons discusses the new military campaign against ISIS in Libya. Ted Rall discusses Khizr Khan and…
The Weekly Libertarian Leftist Review 132
Michael Swanson discusses a book on Allen Dulles ~ I don’t agree with the JFK conspiracy stuff in it. Andrew J. Bacevich discusses the kill em all solution to terrorism. Jonathan Marshall discusses Afghanistan as President Obama’s Vietnam. Tom Engelhardt discusses the future. Rhania Khalek discusses neocons for Hilary. Thaddeus Russell discuses the dangerous and…
The Weekly Libertarian Leftist Review 131
Trita Parsi discusses the results of the nuclear deal with Iran. Jacob G. Hornberger discusses supporters of the recent coup attempt in Turkey and compares them to backers of the 1973 Chilean coup. Murtaza Hussain discusses not giving ISIS what it wants after the recent terror attack in Nice, France. Alex Emmons discusses why the…
The Weekly Libertarian Leftist Review 129
Maia Szalavitz discusses why all drugs should be decriminalized. Bruce Fein discusses lies about war. Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the original foreign policy of the U.S. Jacob G. Hornberger discusses 9 points related to the 4th of July. Ben Terrall discusses the War on Drugs in Mexico and U.S. govt complicity. Richard M. Ebeling discusses…
The Weekly Libertarian Leftist Review 127
Glenn Greenwald discusses the hawkishness of Hilary Clinton. Peter Van Buren discusses the destruction of Iraqi cities in order to “save” them. Ramzy Baroud discusses water being used as a weapon by Israel against the inhabitants of Palestine. Ben Ehrenreich discusses the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Jonathan Cook discusses Jewish Israeli Arabs and Israeli politics….
Father Daniel Berrigan’s Legacy of Resistance
On April 30th, Father Daniel Berrigan, an anti-war activist, Jesuit priest, author, and poet, passed away at the age of 94. Since the Vietnam War, Father Berrigan spoke bravely against American imperialism. But his opposition to US military interventions abroad went beyond speech. Father Berrigan bravely and repeatedly engaged in direct action to resist America’s…
Obama: Living and Dying by the Sword in Iraq
In a move that should surprise no one, Reuters reports that the Obama administration announced that they’re going to deploy 200 more troops to Iraq. This doesn’t include the additional advisors, Apache helicopters and other gadgets that the US government has authorized to send to Iraq, nor the additional troops to Syria. At a recent…
The CIA’s Legacy of Ashes
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, by Tim Weiner. 2007. Doubleday. For those interested in learning about the blunders, deceptions, crimes and disasters of the Central Intelligence Agency, Tim Weiner’s 2007 book Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA is an excellent place to start. The book presents a highly critical history of…
How Clinton Encouraged Obama’s Biggest Blunder
Barack Obama recently said that his biggest blunder was “failing to plan for the day after” his intervention in Libya. While he defended the intervention itself, the president cannot deny that his reckless war has had disastrous consequences, including a growing ISIS presence in Libya. Hillary Clinton eagerly pressured the president to overthrow Moammar Gaddafi….
Hillary Clinton Breaks the Irony Meter
At the March 9 Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton had this to say about competitor Bernie Sanders’s favorable comments on Castro’s Cuba and the Sandinista regime in the ’80s:  “if the values are that you oppress people, you disappear people, imprison people or even kill people for expressing their opinions…, that is not the kind of…
Sanders & Trump are too Establishment on Syria
Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton both want the U.S. government to set up a “safe zone” in Syria to care for refugees from the raging civil war. You may assess their judgment by noting that Secretary of State Clinton and Sen. Rubio also pushed for bombing and regime change in Libya, which was crucial in spreading bin…
Trump Backs Off Iraq Charge; Admits He Favored the War
Alas, Donald Trump has backed off from his charge that the Bush administration lied the country into war against Iraq, telling a CNN town-hall broadcast Thursday night that he doesn’t know why Bush invaded. “I’m not talking about lying. I’m not talking about not lying,” he said. “No one knows why we went into Iraq.”…
Bush, 9/11, and Iraq: Trump Gets It Right
Donald Trump, for all his obnoxious demagoguery, is adding value to the presidential campaign by calling former President George W. Bush to account for 9/11 and the Iraq war, which set in motion the growth and spread of al-Qaeda and the rise of the Islamic State. Former U.S. rulers rarely face consequences for the horrible…
Per una Stagione di Pace Occorrono Azioni, non Canzoni
In questo periodo la gente canta canzoni che parlano di pace e bene. Negli Stati Uniti, purtroppo, alle canzoni corrispondono scarse riflessioni. Altrimenti gli americani sarebbero in piazza a chiedere al presidente Obama di spegnere la macchina da guerra. E ripudierebbero quegli aspiranti presidenti, ovvero i principali candidati dei maggiori partiti, che difendono i fondamenti…
The Season of Peace Requires Action Not Songs
It’s the time of year when people sing about peace and goodwill. Unfortunately in the United States, too little thought accompanies the nice words. Otherwise Americans would be in the streets demanding that President Obama shut down the war machine. They would also be repudiating every presidential candidate who endorses the fundamentals of America’s criminal…
Terrorismo Due per Uno
Su Progressive Review (“Two Types of Terrorism,” 7 dicembre), Sam Smith distingue due tipi di terrorismo: “Quello che usa armi e bombe e quello che usa le parole per terrorizzare la gente e convincerla ad accettare la volontà di chi sta al potere.” Ma tra i due tipi c’è una relazione, come dimostrano le relative…
Perché “Loro” Ci Odiano: il Finto Mistero
Cos’hanno in comune Barack Obama e Donald Trump? Fra l’altro, il fatto che non sanno, o fingono di sapere, perché i musulmani ci odiano. Trump dice (stavo per scrivere “crede”, ma non so se esiste qualcuno, compreso Trump, che sappia in cosa crede) che i musulmani dovrebbero essere tenuti alla larga dagli Stati Uniti finché…
Perché Assad non È “Il Nostro Figlio di Puttana”
Forse Franklin Roosevelt non disse mai del dittatore nicaraguense Anastasio Somoza “sarà un figlio di puttana, ma è il nostro figlio di puttana”, ma probabilmente lo pensò; e anche tanti altri presidenti devono aver pensato qualcosa di simile di miriadi di dittatori brutali. Ma se il governo americano ha costretto gli americani ad appoggiare dittature…
Terrorism as a Twofer
At Progressive Review (“Two Types of Terrorism,” Dec. 7), Sam Smith breaks terrorism down into two types: “That which uses guns and bombs and that which uses words to terrify the public into going along with whatever those in power want.” But the two aren’t unrelated, as the respective domestic reactions to the Paris bombings…
The Phony Mystery of Why “They” Hate Us
What do Barack Obama and Donald Trump have in common? Among other things, they have — or pretend to have — no clue why some Muslims hate us. Trump says (I almost typed believes, but I’m not sure anyone, including Trump, knows what he believes) Muslims should be barred from the United States until “until…
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