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Primary Victims of the Canadian State echo Foreign Policy Mythology

The power of foreign policy nationalism is immense. Even the primary victims of the Canadian state have been drawn into this country’s mythology. Dispossessed of...

Trump is shifting to realpolitik foreign policy: Scholar

The possible appointment of the CIA chief as secretary of state is in line with Trump’s shift to a realpolitik foreign policy, Professor Dennis...

Kochs Spend Big On Foreign Policy Realism… Should Neocons Be Worried? – Antiwar.com Blog

The neocon interventionists run Washington foreign policy. Even a Donald Trump, whose foreign policy positions during the campaign infuriated the...

The American Conservative Forum Mulls US Foreign Policy in the Trump Era – Antiwar.com...

“U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era: Can Realism and Restraint Prevail?” was held Friday morning at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Watch...

‘Freelance foreign policy’? Tory Minister Priti Patel held undisclosed meetings in Israel — RT...

Published time: 3 Nov, 2017 10:53 Edited time: 4 Nov, 2017 09:11 Tory MP Priti...
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Video: ‘It’s US responsibility to prevent civilian casualties during its airstrikes’ – Just Foreign...

Under international law, the responsibility to protect civilians from the use of US military force belongs to the US, says Robert Naiman of Just...

The Myth of Canada’s “Benevolent” Foreign Policy

A house built on an imaginary foundation may be a “dream home” but it can never be lived in. The same holds true in...

An Interventionist Foreign Policy Blurs the Line of Demarcation Between Neoconservatives and Neoliberals

President Trump’s address to the nation on August 21, 2017, in which he underscored his government’s stance vis-a-vis South Asia, gave me a sense...
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Video: Twisting The Knife: US foreign policy blamed for heating world turmoil

South Korea may send a special envoy to Pyongyang if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests. Meanwhile the US has taken a...

Col. Douglas MacGregor on an America First Foreign Policy

Col. Douglas MacGregor on Tucker Carlson tonight. Let’s hope he replaces one of the NSC likely to be fired soon. ...

The US's Carbon-Pusher in Chief: Trump's Fossil-Fueled Foreign Policy

Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump models a hard hat during his rally at the Charleston Civic Center on May 5, 2016, in Charleston, West Virginia....

Trump’s Foreign Policy Mishmash

Under fierce attack from the moment of his stunning election, President Trump has failed to pursue a coherent foreign policy...

Canada’s Mining Industry, Foreign Policy and Neoliberalism in Africa

While few Canadians could find Zambia on a map, the Great White North has significant influence over the southern African nation. A big beneficiary of...

Four Major Famines – Unintended Consequences Of US Foreign Policy

The UN has identified four countries where the threat of major famine – with potentially millions dead – is becoming...

The Ugly Canadian II: Justin Trudeau’s Foreign Policy

When Justin Trudeau looks in the foreign policy mirror who does he see? Someone very much like Stephen Harper. On the world stage Canada under...

Truth-free, Fact-free Foreign Policy

Lies, distortions and self-serving obfuscations are to be expected when political and business leaders discuss far away places. In a recent Toronto Star column Rick...

The Saudi Hand in British Foreign Policy

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia always knows when it’s onto a good thing. That particular “thing”, in the few days left before the UK...
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Video: Trumbama: Is Trump morphing into Obama in terms of foreign policy?

Is Trump well on his way turning into Obama in terms of foreign policy? Miguel Francis Santiago has more. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to...

Trump’s Unrealistic Foreign Policy ‘Realism’

President Trump fancies himself a “principled realist,” but the reality is that there are very few principles and very little...

Trump’s Saudi/Israeli First Foreign Policy

President Trump boasts about his America First foreign policy committed to “jobs, jobs, jobs,” except when he parrots the Saudi-Israeli...

What does the Tory manifesto pledge on foreign policy? Not much, say critics

Brexit, soft power, redefined aid and warship-backed free trade – all of these featured in...

Former US Intelligence Officers Scathingly Critique Trump's So-Called Foreign Policy

While Donald Trump delighted in launching 59 cruise missiles toward Syria while eating chocolate cake at one of his resorts, Syrians, as they have...

Canadian Global Affairs Institute: A Think Tank Driving Militarist Foreign Policy

A registered “charity” with buckets of donations from arms manufacturers and other corporate sources is aggressively trying to push Canadian foreign policy further towards...

Trump is puppet of US ‘deep state,’ has no ‘own’ foreign policy – Assad

US president Donald Trump is not a truly independent political leader but merely a puppet of...

Trump's New Foreign Policy Is the Worst of Both Worlds

It didn’t take long for Donald Trump to discover that U.S. foreign policy is about as easy to turn around as a warship in...

What Does an "America First" Foreign Policy Actually Mean?

The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter conducts strike operations against a target in Syria while in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017. (Photo: Mass Communication...

Trump’s Foreign Policy Incoherence

Exclusive: Powerful forces are arrayed against any significant changes that President Trump may try to make in foreign policy, a dilemma made worse by...

NDP Leadership Debates Continue to Ignore Foreign Policy

There has yet to be a single question about foreign policy in the NDP’s first two leadership debates, but some contenders say they want...
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Video: Is War with Iran in the Cards with the Trump Foreign Policy Team?

Max Blumenthal and Paul Jay discuss the appointments of Flynn, Pompeo, and Huckabee and whether they will follow through on their calls to rip...

Ron Paul on Escalation Everywhere: Will Trump’s Foreign Policy Succeed?

Across the globe, there is not a single “hot spot” where the Trump Administration is not escalating conflict. Drone strikes are up over 400...

Trump’s Incoherent Foreign Policy

President Trump’s foreign policy is sinking into incoherence from the Middle East to the Far East, with his promise of...

McCain versus Paul: The New Red Scare Masks US Foreign Policy Insanity

On March 15, US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) revealed just how ridiculous the American political establishment’s reliance on Vladimir Putin as boogeyman has become. McCain,...

NDP Leadership Debate Fails to Mention Canadian Foreign Policy

Is the NDP establishment scared to have party members discuss Canada’s international posture? At the party’s first leadership debate last weekend there wasn’t a single...

Bush-Era Foreign Policy Delusions Are Alive and Well in 2017

In trying to unravel the debates over U.S. foreign policy currently being fought out in the editorial pages of the New York Times, The...

Australian Foreign Policy and Israel: An Enduring Disgrace

The recent visit to Australia by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the forthcoming foreign policy White Paper should provide an opportunity for Australia...

Is Trump Moderating US Foreign Policy? Hardly

Photo by Jake Cunningham | CC BY 2.0 “Chaos,” “dismay,” “radically inept” — those are just a few of the recent headlines analyzing Donald Trump’s...

A Foreign Policy of Cruel Populism

Just before he was inaugurated as the U.S. President, Donald Trump laid out some principles of what appeared to be his non-interventionist foreign policy....

McMaster Takes Charge: Trump Relinquishes Control of Foreign Policy 

The war party is back in power and the odds of normal relations with Russia have dropped to zero. The appointment of Army Lieutenant General...

NPR Spins Trump’s ‘Restrained’ Foreign Policy–Ignoring Threats, Bans and Escalation

NPR’s institutional compulsion to find “both sides” of every topic ill-equips them to deal with the unique challenge of the Trump administration, as FAIR...
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Video: None of Trump’s Foreign Policy Appointments Match Campaign Rhetoric

Phyllis Bennis and Paul Jay discuss how Trump's language of opposition to regime change and interventions is not represented by the appointment of his...

Trump’s Foreign Policy: Retreat or Rout?

With President Trump’s foreign-policy team sounding a lot like President Obama’s, the new question is whether Trump has caved in...

Trump’s Foreign Policy: The Good and the Bad in His First 30 Days

Below are foreign policy highlights and lowlights from the first month of Donald Trump’s presidency. THE GOOD Trump said: “Russia … this...

Deciphering Trump’s Opaque Foreign Policy

President Trump has set loose several competing – and contradictory – strands of foreign policy with the big question now whether he can avoid...

Trump’s Foreign Policy at a Crossroads

Exclusive: Recent U.S. foreign policy – driven by neocons and liberal hawks – has spread chaos and death around the...
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Video: Stephen Walt: From Israel to Iran to Mexico, Trump Has Already Blown It...

http://democracynow.org - We turn now to look at President Trump's emerging foreign policy. Last week, Trump reportedly abruptly ended a call with Australian ... Via...

Trump Foreign Policy in Turmoil

Within days of the flawed roll-out for Trump’s Executive Orders regarding Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements and Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior...

Ron Paul on Business As Usual – Is Trump’s Foreign Policy Just More Bush...

The last two weeks have been quite a disappointment for those who expected President Trump to make a clear break...

Trump and Putin’s 19th Century Foreign Policy

I have serious doubts about the credibility of the dossier alleging Russian influence over the Trump campaign that Buzzfeed irresponsibly dumped (I won’t do...

'Hostile Takeover': Oil & Gas Industry Now In Charge of US Foreign Policy

In a vote strictly along party lines, Republican members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to confirm former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as...

Trump’s personality will have serious impact on foreign policy, warns Chatham House

Donald Trump’s “brash, thin-skinned” personality is likely to have serious impacts on allies and enemies...

Trump’s Remaking of US Foreign Policy

President-elect Trump is outlining a foreign policy that rejects the interventionist tenets of Washington’s neocon/liberal-hawk establishment and puts U.S.-Russia nuclear...

Ron Paul on the Tillerson Hearing: Will Trump Have A Neocon Foreign Policy?

Watching the Senate hearing for President-elect Trump’s Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, it seemed arch-neocon Bill Kristol might have been...
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Video: “This is Not a Coup, But It’s Not Normal”: Trump Picks 3 Generals...

http://democracynow.org – As President-elect Donald Trump's key nominees for Cabinet and Cabinet-level positions include three generals, we get response ... Via Youtube

'Undesirable obsession': China slams Trump's 'Twitter foreign policy'

Chinese state media has recommended that US President-elect Donald Trump rethink angry, late night tweets, following...

Reversal of the Neocon Foreign Policy Takeover

By Gary North The victory of Assad over the rebels in Aleppo this week marked the reversal of a foreign policy coup that began in...
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Video: Trump Foreign Policy Team will Target Iran

In a wide ranging discussion, historian Gerald Horne and Paul Jay discuss why Trump won and what will likely come next Visit http://therealnews.com for...

Conference Video: The American Conservative ‘Foreign Policy in America’s Interest’

From the TAC website: On November 15, 2016, The American Conservative gathered leading scholars, journalists, and policy experts to discuss the...

Trump’s UN pick: Where Nikki Haley stands on Middle East, other foreign policy issues

President-elect Donald Trump has offered the post of US ambassador to the United Nations to Governor...
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Video: Discredited Neocons From The Bush Era Floated as US Foreign Policy Advisors to...

Figures like John Bolton and Jeff Sessions could lead us towards a dangerous confrontation with Iran, says journalist Gareth Porter Visit http://therealnews.com ... Via Youtube

Ron Paul on a Libertarian Foreign Policy: Five Key Fixes

We are often asked, when criticizing the foreign policy of the past several Administrations, “oh yeah, what would you do?”...

Foreign Policy: What Can We Expect From a Trump Administration?

"So is he going to win?" The question washed over me as I slumped in my hard plastic chair.  I had passed the day walking...

Americans Want a Different Foreign Policy

I have said throughout this presidential campaign that it doesn’t matter much which candidate wins. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are authoritarians and...

Hillary’s World: How Clinton’s Foreign Policy Has Destabilized Nearly Every Corner of the Globe

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton – as senator, secretary of state, and active partner in the Clinton Foundation – has had the...

American Foreign Policy in the Post-Trump Era

Artwork from book cover | America at War with Itself Donald Trump most likely will not be elected President. Still, his historic campaign has sent...

Canada’s Foreign Policy and Academia

Should social scientists seek the truth regardless of whose toes may be stepped on and cite, up front, possible conflicts of interest regarding matters...

Stop the War invites Boris Johnson to debate UK’s ‘shambolic’ foreign policy

Britain’s Stop the War Coalition has invited Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to join a public...

‘Arrogant’ Washington foreign policy thwarts common goals between US, Russia – Trump adviser

The foreign policy adviser to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says the US and Russia share common goals, but that Washington's “arrogant” foreign policy...
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Video: Ajamu Baraka on What A Green Party Foreign Policy Would Look Like

The Green Party vice presidential candidate explains how his party would approach foreign policy on Israel, Palestine, Syria, and Saudi Arabia Visit ... Via Youtube

Public Health as Foreign Policy: Trauma in the Arab World

  Photo of Syrian refugees from Freedom House via Flickr. The current US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the US...

First Debate Showed That Both Major Candidates Stink on Foreign Policy

Although Hillary seemed more likable than usual in the first presidential debate and Trump was his old angry and agitated self, they...

How Arms Sales Distort US Foreign Policy

Exclusive: Money may not be the root of all evil but it surely contributes to horrible war crimes when lucrative...

US Foreign Policy Elite vs. the Evil One

The crème de la U.S. foreign policy establishment gathered in Texas last week, reaffirming at a friendly conclave the need for their skillful stewardship...

The MYOB Foreign Policy

My parents taught me a lot of common sense sayings. You’ve probably heard this one: mind your own business, or MYOB. Most people have...
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Video: U.S. Foreign Policy for Sale? Behind the Trump Organization’s Vast Financial Network

http://democracynow.org - A sweeping new investigation has raised questions about the little-known Trump Organization and potential conflicts of interest should ... Via Youtube

US Foreign Policy for Sale? Behind the Trump Organization's Vast Financial Network

A sweeping new investigation has raised questions about the little-known Trump Organization and potential conflicts of interest should Trump become president. The...

US Denies Entry to Ex-UK Ambassador Who Is Critical of US Foreign Policy

The United States over the weekend denied travel to a former British ambassador, Craig Murray, who was also a British diplomat for some 30...
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Video: THIS Is What U.S. Foreign Policy Really Looks Like

In this video, Rachel Blevins looks at how the mainstream media covered a recent Syrian air strike and its victims, and notes that while...

'Public are the enemy’ of British foreign policy – expert

UK foreign policy strategists consider the British public to be their enemy and, thus, bombard...

Ron Paul on the Trump Foreign Policy Speech – Cheers Or Jeers?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivered a major foreign policy speech in Ohio yesterday which was once again a very...

ISIS, immigration and ideology: Trump speaks on foreign policy

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is announcing his foreign policy vision in a speech in Youngstown,...

Magical Thinking in US Foreign Policy

Exclusive: The U.S. foreign policy establishment cloaks its desire for global dominance in the language of humanitarianism and “democracy promotion”...

Russia, Syria and the US: Hillary’s Foreign Policy Priority

Orlok | Shutterstock.com A week ago, after meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the two sides had...

Trump Needs To Flesh Out a Strategic Vision for U.S. Foreign Policy

Now that Donald Trump has won the Republican nomination, capitalizing on his image as a nationalist tough guy, he needs to fill...

The Fear of Hillary’s Foreign Policy

Hillary Clinton’s nominating convention has focused on domestic issues, but her foreign policy has many anti-war Democrats worried, as she...
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Video: Chris Hedges: Saudi Wahhabism a Tool of U.S. Foreign Policy

Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss the history of Saudi promoted Jihadism and blowback as ISIS attacks their former allies. Via Youtube
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Video: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: I Remain Concerned about Clinton’s Interventionist Foreign Policy

Former DNC Vice Chairwoman Tulsi Gabbard and TRNN's Paul Jay discuss the foreign policy of Clinton and Trump, and whether the Democratic Party can...

Leading Antiwar Progressives Speak Favorably of Aspects of Trump’s Foreign Policy

by John V. Walsh / June 20th, 2016 Until recently the progressive mind has been resolutely closed and stubbornly frozen in place against all things...

Law Enforcement Misrepresentation of Orlando Killer’s 911 Call Ignores U.S. Foreign Policy Motivation

In the aftermath of the horrific mass murder at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando over the weekend in which 50 people were killed, media...

Clinton’s Foreign Policy Poses a Challenge to the Left

Be prepared for more military interventions abroad if Hillary Clinton is elected president. (Photo: Mike Mozart / Flickr) Many of us who voted for Hillary...

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Entangled’ Foreign Policy

Exclusive: Besides bashing Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton offered few specifics in her big foreign policy speech which stressed the value of “friends.”...

Hillary’s Foreign Policy Speech

Rachel Maddow, the famously progressive MSNBC show host, pronounced it “her greatest speech of the campaign.” Chris Matthews agreed, adding that it would “have...

Hillary’s Foreign Policy Speech: Queen Galadriel Before Her Magic Mirror

Rachel Maddow,  the famously progressive MSNBC show host, pronounced it “her greatest speech of the campaign.” Chris Matthews agreed, adding that it would “have...

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Major Foreign Policy Address’ Was Anything But

(Photo: Marc Nozell / Flickr) In the last days before the California primary, where Democratic primary polls showed her neck-and-neck with Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton...
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Video: CrossTalk on American Foreign Policy: Dumbed Down

It is a truism American voters are far more interested in domestic issues during a presidential election. And this suits the foreign policy establishment...

Hawks Hand Hillary A Foreign Policy Blueprint: Will She Bite?

Daniel McAdams The neoconservative, Democrat-heavy Center for a New American Security (CNAS) has created a foreign policy blueprint for what they hope is a future...

Is Obama’s Entire Foreign Policy Going Down in Flames?

(To see that 3-minute video of the Syrian war, click here.) Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org LIBYA On May 19th, the Washington Post headlined "Agreement that could lead...

Andrew Bacevich Talk: ‘Has U.S. Foreign Policy Since the End of the Cold War...

Andrew Bacevich Talk: ‘Has U.S. Foreign Policy Since the End of the Cold War Made America Safer?’ Eric Garris, May 26, 2016 ...

Cowgirl Diplomacy? Foreign Policy Under Hillary Clinton

America’s mainstream media, ever attracted to the splashy rather than the serious, has a new topic to occupy the time until Election...

Only Donald Trump Raises Five “Fundamental and Urgent” Foreign Policy Questions

Stephen F. Cohen Bemoans MSM’s Dismissal of Trump’s Queries.by John V. Walsh / May 24th, 2016 “Only Donald Trump (among the Presidential candidates) has said...

Audio: David Henderson’s Speech ‘An Economist’s Case for a Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy’

Audio: David Henderson’s Speech ‘An Economist’s Case for a Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy’ Mike Ewens, May 23, 2016 Antiwar.com’s economist David Henderson...

Trump’s Five Questions on US Foreign Policy

Along with his self-congratulatory bombast, Donald Trump has offered a rare critique of Official Washington’s “group think” about foreign policy,...

‘Extend American power’: Foreign policy establishment doubles down

The new generation of Americans needs to be taught that US hegemony is “vital” to their...

Audio: David Henderson’s Speech “An Economist’s Case for a Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy”

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Yemen a Major Blot on Obama’s Foreign Policy Record

The United States doesn’t seem to have a clear understanding of what it is doing in Yemen. Pictured: Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. (Photo: Richard Messenger...

David Henderson to Speak on “An Economist’s Case for a Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy”

David Henderson to Speak on “An Economist’s Case for a Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy” Angela Keaton, May 11, 2016 Antiwar.com’s economist David...

The Donald’s Foreign Policy

Coming off a string of victories in the so-called Acela state primaries two weeks ago, GOP presidential candidate presumptive Donald J. Trump made what...

David Henderson to Speak on “An Economist’s Case for a Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy”

David Henderson to Speak on “An Economist’s Case for a Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy” Angela Keaton, May 13, 2016 Antiwar.com’s economist David...

Trump’s Foreign Policy Mishmash

Donald Trump’s “big” foreign policy speech was a mishmash of his reasonable calls for American restraint blended with some bluster...
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Video: ‘America First’: Trump lays out foreign policy vision in Washington speech

The front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump - has finally revealed his foreign-policy stance. That's after winning primaries in five ... Via Youtube
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Video: ‘Total failure’ – Palestine FM on Obama’s foreign policy

Tensions between Palestinians and Israelis have been on the rise amid a wave of stabbing attacks. At least 20 Israelis and 130 Palestinians have...
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Video: The Democratic Presidential Candidates on U S Foreign Policy

Ray McGovern, former Army Captain and CIA presidential briefer discusses the foreign policy of Clinton and Sanders. Via Youtube
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Video: Hillary Met with Protests over Foreign Policy and Criminal Justice in Baltimore

TRNN reports from a Clinton rally in Baltimore, Maryland, where several groups of protestors were ejected after protesting Hillary's criminal justice and foreign ... Via...

Donald Trump: Foreign Policy’s Useful Idiot?

Donald Trump may be a bigot and a bully, but it’s hard not to applaud when he pisses off the stuff shirts at the...

Hillary Clinton’s Neo-Conservative Foreign Policy

Eric Zuesse Newly released Hillary Clinton emails clarify the depth of her foreign-policy neo-conservatism, and the closeness of her views to the views of the...

Understanding Obama’s Foreign Policy

Eric Zuesse On 28 May 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the West Point Military Academy class of graduating cadets, future leaders of America’s armed...

Bullying as US Foreign Policy

American exceptionalism presents an election made in hell If the American presidential election winds up with Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump, and my passport is...
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Video: Andrew Bacevich: Why Is No Candidate Offering an Alternative to Militarized U.S. Foreign...

http://democracynow.org - In a recent article, historian and retired Colonel Andrew Bacevich raised six questions that have been ignored in the 2016 presidential ... Via...
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Video: 2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia: Saudi Foreign Policy

Mohammed Al-Shami, Yemeni-American activist, Jamal Abdi, National Iranian American Council and Matar Matar, Bahraini politician and activist. Moderator: Joanne Landy. Via Youtube

Murder Is Washington’s Foreign Policy

Paul Craig Roberts Washington has a long history of massacring people, for example, the destruction of the Plains Indians by the Union war criminals Sherman...
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Video: Col. Wilkerson: The Foreign Policy of Clinton, Trump, Cruz & Rubio “Frighten Me”

Former Bush administration official Larry Wilkerson says the candidates' hawkish foreign policy record is cause for concern with the potential of a possible North...

Neocon Armchair Warhawks Panic Over Trump Foreign Policy

The neocons are renowned for their courage on the battlefield. There is no keyboard they are afraid to finger. No pen they won’t commandeer. When...

A Coherent Explanation of Obama’s Foreign Policy

Eric Zuesse Foreign policy is both economic and military. An interpretation of U.S. President Barack Obama’s foreign policy will be presented here that explains both...
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Video: Can Sanders Distinguish Himself From Clinton on Foreign Policy?

Institute for Policy Studies' Peter Certo says if Bernie Sanders wants political revolution, it doesn't just mean taking our economy back from the billionaires;...

Women High on List of Victims of Hillary Clinton’s Hawkish Foreign Policy

A line can be traced between the vote for the Iraq War and the enslavement of women, such as Yazidis pictured, by the Islamic...

Sanders’ Media Critics Should Concede That Fixing the US Is a Foreign Policy

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd of more than 10,000 during a campaign rally in Madison, Wisconsin, on July 1, 2015. (Photo: Juli...

On Hillary Clinton, Sexism, and U.S. Foreign Policy

Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at CSIS. (Photo: Flickr/CSIS) After the strong early primary showings by Senator Bernie Sanders, a few high-profile supporters of...
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Video: Foreign Policy, Trump Style

Col. Larry Wilkerson says he's amused by Trump's understanding of foreign policy, though sounding like he understands those issues better than other ... Via Youtube

In the 2016 Campaign, US Foreign Policy Establishment Not Faring Well Either

After months of reality-show media coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, the voting process is thankfully starting. As the voters begin to speak, perhaps the coverage...
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Video: At Mosque, Obama Confronts Islamophobia but Ignores Role of US Foreign Policy

Author Laila el-Haddad praises Obama's defense of Muslim Americans, but says his foreign policy perpetuates anti-Muslim bias. Via Youtube

The Candidate Our Foreign Policy Deserves

(Image: AK Rockefeller / Flickr) It’s often said that, in democracies, we get the leaders that we deserve. In the current slugfest masquerading as a...

US Foreign Policy Needs To Regain Some Old-Fashioned Subtlety

In the Republican and Democratic presidential debates, President Barack Obama’s ultimate rejection of using force against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, for using chemical weapons against his...
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Video: Democratic Candidates Defining Moment on Foreign Policy (1/2)

Gareth Porter says Hillary wants to support the Syrian opposition and overthrow Assad, Bernie's priority is to defeat of ISIS. Via Youtube
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Video: Democratic Candidates Defining Moment on Foreign Policy (2/2)

Gareth Porter says Hillary wants to support the Syrian opposition and overthrow Assad, Bernie's priority is to defeat of ISIS. Via Youtube

Toward a More Subtle US Foreign Policy

Largely because Israel’s right-wing government now considers Iran the great enemy and has a fonder view of Saudi Arabia, U.S. politicians and media have...

US Foreign Policy Discussions Need a Colossal Dose of Humility

The title of an article posted yesterday at Foreign Policy blares that “The Saudi-Iran War is America’s Fault”. Hmm, yes, probably so, given the endless flow of...

American Foreign Policy Oxymorons

Oxymoron: a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect, as in “cruel kindness” or “to make haste slowly.”...
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Video: At Democratic Debate, Candidates Embrace Military Solutions in Foreign Policy

Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Phyllis Bennis says the debate showed a difference in tactics but not strategy in the foreign policy platforms of...

The Ultimate Blowback from U.S. Foreign Policy? Donald Trump.

(Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr) When the late Chalmers Johnson introduced the word “blowback” to describe the adverse consequences of Washington’s actions in the world,...
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Video: As Sanders Chides Clinton on Regime Change, Is Democratic Front-Runner Touting a GOP...

Democracy Now! is your independent media. You count on us to dig deeper and connect the dots between the issues you've cared about for...

Death-Squad Organizer Is NYT’s Source on Ben Carson’s Lack of Foreign Policy Smarts

The New York Times depicts former CIA officer Duane Clarridge as a “colorful, even legendary figure.” (photo: Mike Wintroath/AP) In its effort to vet one...
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Video: Sanders Puncture Clinton’s Foreign Policy Experience Bubble

FAIR co-founder Jeff Cohen says that if it were not for Bernie, Hillary would be running high with her foreign policy experience narrative, uncritically...
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Video: Actor Viggo Mortensen: On Foreign Policy, Democratic Candidates Aren’t Too Far from the...

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have voiced support for President Obama's plan to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan ... Via Youtube
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Video: Actor Viggo Mortensen: On Foreign Policy, Democratic Candidates Aren’t Too Far from the...

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have voiced support for President Obama's plan to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan ... Via Youtube

Kissinger Championed US Foreign Policy of Ignoring the Lessons of Catastrophe

In the following introduction to Kissinger's Shadow, Greg Grandin reflects on the challenge of the media preparing an obituary for Henry Kissinger, who is...
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Video: Marco Rubio Rises in the Polls While Promoting Reagan-Style Foreign Policy

Col. Larry Wilkerson digs into Marco Rubio's worldview and foreign policy positions. Via Youtube

Back to Benghazi: How Not to Have a Debate About US Foreign Policy

Mitt Romney debating Benghazi with Barack Obama in a 2012 presidential debate. In the 2012 presidential election, the biggest foreign policy issue was the killing...

Obama’s Two-Timing Foreign Policy

By Robert Parry The mystery of the Obama administration’s foreign policy has always been whether President Barack Obama has two separate strategies: one “above the...

Wacky US Foreign Policy

The United States has by far the greatest military dominance in world history — both absolutely and relative to other great powers at its time...

US Foreign Policy Goes Retro: Hating On Russia

Francis Fukuyama’s famous essay “The End of History” — often cited, less often actually read, and frequently misunderstood — is commonly thought to have been rendered...

The Neocon Foreign Policy Walmart

One of the most depressing things about watching — even from a distance — the quadrennial race for the White House is seeing what passes...

AIPAC becoming less effective on US foreign policy: Ex-US senator

The United States will ultimately uphold the nuclear accord with Iran despite intense opposition from Israel and its supporters in Washington, a former US...

The Riddle of Obama’s Foreign Policy

Exclusive: For nearly seven years of his presidency, Barack Obama has zigzagged from military interventionist to pragmatic negotiator, leaving little sense of what he...

Urging Bernie Sanders to “Speak Out” on Foreign Policy, Petition Gathers More Than 8,000...

WASHINGTON - A petition to Sen. Bernie Sanders – urging him to tackle foreign policy issues in his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination...
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Video: ‘Washington’s foreign policy in Ukraine shifts together with its interests’

Thousands of supporters of the Ukrainian nationalist Right Sector group have gathered in the centre of Kiev, demanding that the government resigns. The US...

US can never be trusted in its foreign policy because of Israel: Journalist

The US government cannot be trusted in fulfilling its nuclear obligations with Iran because American politicians are beholden to Israel, a journalist and political...
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Video: Nuclear deal reached – Iranian FM Zarif & EU foreign policy chief Mogherini...

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini are holding a news conference following the landmark Iran ... Via Youtube

US foreign policy is a sick illusion by oligarchs to “dominate other nations”

A former US intelligence linguist says the US foreign policy is a “sick illusion” that was made by European oligarchs in their efforts to...

US Foreign Policy: Permanent Wars on Humanity

US Foreign Policy: Permanent Wars on Humanity

by Stephen Lendman

Throughout its entire history, America waged endless wars at home and abroad.

From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli to battleground US streets and neighborhoods.

US policy reduced its indigenous population to a tiny fraction of its original numbers. How the West was won involved exterminating millions in cold blood.

In the mid-19th century, half of Mexico was stolen. America's killing machine knows no limits.

One state-sponsored genocide follows others. US imperial policy is responsible for tens of millions of lost lives - horrific conditions for surviving millions. 

Democracy promotion is pure fantasy. America tolerates its nowhere. None exists domestically. 

One party rule with two wings runs things. Monied interests alone are served. They have final say. Voters have none.

State-sponsored high crimes are rewarded. Corporate ones are ignored. Popular needs increasingly go begging.

America is a let 'em eat cake society. War-making is prioritized.

Waging them has nothing to do with external or internal threats. So-called "war on terror" is phony. State-sponsored war OF terror is real - waged ruthlessly on humanity.

"We the people" served are rich and powerful elites. Others don't matter.

New World Order ruthlessness is official policy. So is state-sponsored terrorism - permanent wars masquerading as liberating ones. Washington rules alone apply.

Author/historian/US policy critic William Blum documented US imperial policy since WW II.

He explained how Washington toppled dozens of sovereign governments, assassinated legitimate leaders, removed others by coup d'etats, and reigned terror on every continent - an agenda more ruthless today than ever.

US policies are "worse than (most people) imagine," Blum explains. They include virtually every conceivable form of lawlessness.

Hegemons make more enemies than friends. Longstanding US policy is consistent.

It bullies, intimidates, threatens, or otherwise pressures all nations to bend to its will.

Brute force is exerted. Endless conflicts rage in multiple theaters. America's culture is violent.

Wars are glorified in the name of peace. Gun-related violence is by far the highest among Western nations.

Violent films and video games are some of the most popular. One-fourth of adult women are forcibly raped during their lifetimes.

Most of them experience some form of violence during their lives. Children and the elderly are routinely abused.

Many communities are unsafe to live in. Killer cops threaten all people of color.

US combat troops are trained to kill. Enemies are demonized to make it easy. Overseas missions involve mass slaughter and destruction.

RT International interviewed Blum. US foreign policy won't change regardless of who succeeds Obama, he said.

Both parties operate the same way. US foreign policy remains unchanged.

"(F)or two centuries, (America) has had one basic, overriding goal, and that is world domination, at least from 1890s if not earlier," Blum explained.

It "appeals to both Republicans and Democrats or liberals or conservatives."

They endorse US exceptionalism - the notion that American values matter most. Nonbelievers are targeted for elimination. Iron fist rule defines US policy.

"…NATO is just an arm of US foreign policy," says Blum. Without America's involvement, the Alliance wouldn't exist, he maintains.

It's always been for offense, not defense. Governments not in lockstep with US imperial aims are targeted for regime change - most often by war. 

US-dominated NATO's Eastern European expansion targets Russia. "The US cannot stand anyone who might stay in the way of the Empire's expansion," Blum explains - notably Russia and China.

Throughout its entire history, America used force against enemies - real or invented. Iran is a prime target. Nuclear talks are more sham than real.

Since WW II alone, "the US attempted to overthrown more than 50 foreign governments," Blum explained.

"It has bombed the people of 30 countries. It has suppressed revolutionary parties in at least 20 nations - and I forgot other factors on my list." 

"This is a record unparalleled in all of human history, and there's no reason to think it is changing of will change, except if some superior force comes on a scene, that can actually defeat US."

Russia "has two characteristics of an enemy" Washington won't tolerate. "(I)t has very powerful military capabilities." It's "not a great admirer of the Empire."

"The same applies to China. That's all it takes" to be America's enemy - to be targeted for regime change.

It keeps Washington's war machine raging. It makes peace impossible.

Donbass freedom fighters are targeted for elimination. Washington "is expecting to wipe them out militarily at some point in the near future," Blum explained.

"(T)here's no backtracking from these policies." They apply worldwide. Play by Washington's rules or else.

Accept its dominance or face regime change - by war or other means. America always is at war somewhere - directly and through proxies.

It's only enemies are ones in invents. Al Qaeda, IS, and similar radicalized groups are US creations - enlisted to do America's killing and dying, to wage its dirty wars against independent governments.

Washington created this monster, Blum explained. It may be too late to put the genie back in the bottle, he believes. "(T)he barn door may be closed," he says.

World peace is only possible if US wars end. Otherwise expect endless conflicts and unspeakable horrors they cause.

Instead of abolishing NATO when Soviet Russia dissolved, America expanded it eastward to its borders.

It may be too late to save the world, Blum warns. Nuclear war may be just a matter of time. Mass incineration may follow.

Nothing deters lunatics in Washington. They'll risk destroying planet earth to own it.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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By Susan Duclos - Cross posted at Before It's News


The situation in Ukraine and the rhetoric from the US government on the authority of Barack Obama has shown the world how unrealistically Obama sees the world, specifically his foreign policy decisions, to which the Washington Post editorial board says, as is quoted in the video below from Mox News, "Obama has a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality."


That is it in a nutshell as the panel discussion provides evidence of. Russia and Vladimir Putin has clearly shown publicly how weak and ineffective the Obama administration truly is. While Obama's vision of Utopia is to downsize the US military, other countries are expanding theirs. Obama's threats of sanctions and chest puffing is having no effect on Russia who understands there is nothing Obama can doabout Russia taking back the Crimea region of the Ukraine.


The US warships sent to the region is all show, and that show is having no effect, proven by the latest developments where Russia just took over a Ukrainian military base, without a shot fired.


Obama backed the wrong horse in Egypt by backing the terror group Muslim Brotherhood. They were removed, so Obama failed. Obama backed the wrong horse in Syria by backing al-Qaeda linked rebels to remove Bashar Assad, Obama failed, Assad is still the Syrian president. 


What Obama has done is weaken the US to the point where CHina, Russia and others have absolutely no respect for him, the power of the US and laugh off Obama's "red lines" as the continue to cross them even as he or his administration is issuing them.


What Obama has done though is created an atmosphere where other growing countries now have the ability to strike a devastating blow against the US, not with bombs or warships, but economically by dropping the dollar and creating currency and trade wars where the US dollar will be replaced as the world reserve currency which causes the much talked about global economic reset.


Obamas fantasy land has just become America's nightmare and his head is so far up.......in the clouds, he doesn't even understand the damage he caused OR like many believe, he has deliberately worked to bring America down from within.


Let's go back to Obama's support of the Muslim Brotherhood for a second..... their stated goal is to bring America down from within.


Written sometime in 1987 but not formally published until May 22, 1991, Akram's 18-page document listed the Brotherhood’s 29 likeminded "organizations of our friends" that shared the common goal of dismantling American institutions and turning the U.S. into a Muslim nation. These "friends" were identified by Akram and the Brotherhood as groups that could help convince Muslims "that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands ... so that ... God's religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions."

Look at the image below very carefully, note the names and look each one up.




 

Pretty much says it all, doesn't it?


Ask yourself if any leader would bring the enemy into their administration, an enemy who has stated their goal was to bring down a country from within, unless that leader was part of the plan?


Just something to think about.









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Mythological Basis of Foreign Policy

Is U.S. foreign policy based on myths?

thorsePublic pressure has helped push back against a bill in Congress that would have torn up the negotiated agreement with Iran by imposing yet more sanctions on the people of that country. The people of this country are not eager for another war, and have not accepted that sanctions lead away from war rather than into it.

But supporters and opponents of that bill tend to agree that Iran has a nuclear weapons program, and that this program must be stopped by one means or another.  This underlying assumption is not supported by any evidence and never has been.  We've heard it propounded for over thirty years, and the repetition has had its intended effect, but any evidence at all has always been lacking. A belief without evidence is a myth.

Iran has a nuclear energy program because the U.S. and European governments wanted Iran to have a nuclear energy program. The U.S. nuclear industry took out full-page ads in U.S. publications bragging about Iran's support for such an enlightened and progressive energy source. The U.S. was pushing for major expansion of Iran's nuclear program just before the Iranian revolution of 1979. 

Since the Iranian revolution, the U.S. government has opposed Iran's nuclear energy program and misled the public about the existence of a nuclear weapons program in Iran.  This story is well-told in Gareth Porter's new book, Manufactured Crisis, and by Porter is his upcoming interview this week on Talk Nation Radio.

The U.S. assisted Saddam Hussein's Iraq in a war against Iran in the 1980s, in which Iraq attacked Iran with chemical weapons.  Iran's religious leaders had declared that chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons must not be used, even in retaliation.  And they were not. Iran could have responded to Iraqi chemical attacks with chemical attacks of its own and chose not to.

Iran is committed to not using or possessing weapons of mass destruction. The results of inspections bear that out. Iran's willingness to put restrictions on its legal nuclear energy program -- a willingness present both before and after sanctions -- bears that out. Inspections should continue. All steps should be taken to move the world toward safe and sustainable energy sources. But can we drop the idea that Iran wants to nuke us?

Selective Skepticism / Naiveté as National Duty

It's odd how quick we are to spot government deception or ill will when it comes to new health insurance programs, taxes, environmental regulations, or any domestic policy, and how trusting and naive we are when it comes to war. One would think we'd have learned our lessons. Eisenhower warned us that preparing for war would bring war. When the Soviet enemy disappeared, new ones were quickly found. According to both former NATO commander Wesley Clark and former UK prime minister Tony Blair, the Pentagon has a list of several nations' governments to be overthrown.

The vast stockpiles of weapons in Iraq weren't there.  The claims about chemical weapons attacks in Syria have fallen apart.  The evidence that the Libyan government was planning to slaughter civilians has not held up -- although plenty of civilians died under NATO's bombing and are dying now in the chaos left behind.  Increased U.S. militarism in Asia is being followed by increased military spending by Asia (although we tend to reverse the chronology and the cause-and-effect in our minds). 

We are supposed to learn from experience. It should matter to us that there was never any evidence that Mexico attacked the United States, that Spain blew up the Maine, that the Vietnamese fired in the Gulf of Tonkin, or that Iraq had a nuclear weapons program.  When you hear advocates for war and peace alike refer to "the Iranian nuclear weapons program," ask them for some evidence.

Myth is the Foundation of War

War gains support and acceptance from widespread belief in false information, and the accumulation of false information into generally false concepts or myths about war. This is good news, because it means we are not intractably divided by ideology or worldview. Rather, we will find more widespread agreement about war if we can just achieve more widespread awareness of accurate information.

WorldBeyondWar.org has grouped myths about war into the following categories:

War is inevitable.

War is necessary.

War is beneficial.

WorldBeyondWar.org has also created a Prezi (kind of a cooler PowerPoint) to allow people to present to real-world groups the information that has been collected on the WorldBeyondWar website.

Use this tool to present at a public event:

Here's the same presentation as a PDF.

"History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake."
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Amy Goodman: The consequences of the war are still visible here in the United States, as well. Military veterans continue to face extremely high levels of unemployment, traumatic brain injury, PTSDand homelessness. Almost a quarter of recent veterans come home injured either physically or emotionally, and an estimated 18 veterans commit suicide every day. This is Ed Colley, whose son, Army Private Stephen Colley, took his own life in 2007.

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Amy Goodman: To talk more about this 10th anniversary, we’re joined by the award-winning writer and activist Arundhati Roy, one of the most vocal critics of the Iraq War. In a moment, she’ll join us from Chicago. But first let’s go back to 2003 to a speech she gave at Riverside Church here in New York.

Arundhati Roy: When the United States invaded Iraq, a New York Times/CBS News survey estimated that 42 percent of the American public believed that Saddam Hussein was directly responsible for the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. And an ABC News poll said that 55 percent of Americans believed that Saddam Hussein directly supported al-Qaeda. None of this opinion is based on evidence, because there isn’t any. All of it is based on insinuation or to suggestion and outright lies circulated by the U.S. corporate media, otherwise known as the "free press," that hollow pillar on which contemporary American democracy rests. Public support in the U.S. for the war against Iraq was founded on a multitiered edifice of falsehood and deceit, coordinated by the U.S. government and faithfully amplified by the corporate media.

Apart from the invented links between Iraq and al-Qaeda, we had the manufactured frenzy about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. George Bush the Lesser went to the extent—went to the extent of saying it would be suicidal for Iraq—for the U.S. not to attack Iraq. We once again witnessed the paranoia that a starved, bombed, besieged country was about to annihilate almighty America. Iraq was only the latest in a succession of countries. Earlier, there was Cuba, Nicaragua, Libya, Granada, Panama. But this time it wasn’t just your ordinary brand of friendly neighborhood frenzy. It was frenzy with a purpose. It ushered in an old doctrine in a new bottle: the doctrine of preemptive strike, also known as the United States can do whatever the hell it wants, and that’s official. The war against Iraq has been fought and won, and no weapons of mass destruction have been found, not even a little one.

Amy Goodman: Arundhati Roy, speaking in October of 2003 at Riverside Church here in New York, seven months after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Arundhati has written many books, including The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize. Her other books include Walking with the Comrades and Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers, among others. She now joins us from Chicago.

Arundhati Roy, welcome to Democracy Now! As you watch yourself 10 years ago and reflect back 10 years ago to this week when the U.S. invaded Iraq, your thoughts today?

Arundhati Roy: Well, Amy, before that, we remember how—I think it was 50 million people across the world who marched against the war in Iraq. It was perhaps the biggest display of public morality in the world—you know, I mean, before the war happened. Before the war happened, everybody knew that they were being fed lies. I remember saying, you know, it’s just the quality of the lies that is so insulting, because we are being—used to being lied to.

But, unfortunately, now, all these years later, we have to ask ourselves two questions. One is: Who benefited from this war? You know, we know who paid the price. I heard—I heard you talking about that, so I won’t get into that again. But who benefited from this war? Did the U.S. government? Did the U.S. people benefit? Did they get the oil contracts that they wanted, in the way that they wanted? The answer is no. And yet, today you hear Dick Cheney saying he would do it all over again in a second.

So, unfortunately, we are dealing with psychosis. We are dealing with a psychopathic situation. And all of us, including myself, we can’t do anything but keep being reasonable, keep saying what needs to be said. But that doesn’t seem to help the situation, because, of course, as we know, after Iraq, there’s been Libya, there’s Syria, and the rhetoric of, you know, democracy versus radical Islam. When you look at the countries that were attacked, none of them were Wahhabi Islamic fundamentalist countries. Those ones are supported, financed by the U.S., so there is a real collusion between radical Islam and capitalism. What is going on is really a different kind of battle.

And, you know, most people are led up a path which keeps them busy. And in a way, all of us are being kept busy, while the real business at the heart of it—I mean, apart from the people who suffered during the war. Let’s not forget the sanctions. Let’s not forget Madeleine Albright saying that a million children dying in Iraq because of the sanctions was a hard price but worth it. I mean, she was the victim, it seems, of the sanctions; you know, her softness was called upon, and she had to brazen herself to do it. And today, you have the Democrats bombing Pakistan, destroying that country, too. So, just in this last decade, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria—all these countries have been—have been shattered.

You know, we heard a lot about why—you know, the war in Afghanistan was fought for feminist reasons, and the Marines were really on this feminist mission. But today, all the women in all these countries have been driven back into medieval situations. Women who were liberated, women who were doctors and lawyers and poets and writers and—you know, pushed back into this Shia set against Sunnis. The U.S. is supporting al-Qaeda militias all over this region and pretending that it’s fighting Islam. So we are in a situation of—it is psychopathic.

And while anyone who resisted is being given moral lessons about armed struggle or violence or whatever it is, at the heart of this operation is an immorality and a violence and a—as I keep using this word—psychopathic violence, which even the people in the United States are now suffering for. You know, there is a connection, after all, between all these wars and people being thrown out of their homes in this country. And yet, of course we know who benefits from these wars. May not be the oil contracts, but certainly the weapons industry on which this economy depends for—you know, for a great part. So, all over, even between India and Pakistan now, people are advocating war. And the weapons industry is in with the corporations in India.

So, we are really being made fools of. You know, this is what is so insulting. We are being, you know, given lessons in morality while tens of thousands are being killed, while whole countries are shattered, while whole civilizations are driven back decades, if not centuries. And everything continues as normal. And you have—you have people, like criminals, really, like Cheney, saying, "I’ll do it again. I’ll do it again. I won’t think about it. I’ll do it again." And so that’s the situation we are in now.

Amy Goodman: Arundhati, a decade after the invasion of Iraq, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair stood by his decision to go to war, saying it saved Iraq from a fate worse than Syria’s at the moment.

Tony Blair: I think if we’d—if we’d backed off and we’d left him in power, you just imagine, with what is happening in Syria now, if you’d left Saddam in charge of Iraq, you would have had carnage on an even worse scale in Syria and with no end in sight. So, you know, this was the most difficult decision I ever took and the most balanced decision. But I still—personally, I still believe we were better to remove him than leave him.

Amy Goodman: That was British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former prime minister. Arundhati Roy, your response?

Arundhati Roy: Well, you know, I don’t know. Maybe they need to be put into a padded cell and given some real news to read, you know? I mean, how can you say this, after creating a situation in Iraq where no—I mean, every day people are being blown up? There are—you know, mosques are being attacked. Thousands are being killed. People have been made to hate each other. In Iraq, women were amongst the most liberated women in the world, and they have been driven back into having to wear burqas and be safe, because of the situation. And this man is saying, "Oh, we did such a wonderful thing. We saved these people." Now, isn’t that like—isn’t it insane? I mean, I don’t know how to respond to something like that, because it’s like somebody looking at somebody being slaughtered and saying, "Oh, he must be enjoying it. We are really helping him," you know? So, how do you argue rationally against these people?

Amy Goodman: Can you—

Arundhati Roy: We just have to think about what we need to do, you know? But we can’t have a conversation with them in this—at this point.

Amy Goodman: Do you see President Obama going in a different direction?

Arundhati Roy: Of course not. I don’t see him going in a different direction at all. I mean, the real question to ask is: When was the last time the United States won a war? You know, it lost in Vietnam. It’s lost in Afghanistan. It’s lost in Iraq. And it will not be able to contain the situation. It is hemorrhaging. It is now—you know, of course you can continue with drone attacks, and you can continue these targeted killings, but on the ground, a situation is being created which no army—not America, not anybody—can control. And it’s just, you know, a combination of such foolishness, such a lack of understanding of culture in the world.

And Obama just goes on, you know, coming out with these smooth, mercurial sentences that are completely meaningless. I was—I remember when he was sworn in for the second time, and he came on stage with his daughters and his wife, and it was all really nice, and he said, you know, "Should my daughters have another dog, or should they not?" And a man who had lost his entire family in the drone attacks just a couple of weeks ago said, "What am I supposed to think? What am I supposed to think of this exhibition of love and family values and good fatherhood and good husbandhood?" I mean, we’re not morons, you know? It’s about time that we stopped acting so reasonable. I just don’t feel reasonable about this anymore.

Amy Goodman: We’re going to break and then come back and talk about what’s happening in Kashmir, a place you’ve been focusing on recently, Arundhati. Arundhati Roy is the award-winning writer, renowned global justice activist. Among her books, The God of Small Things, her most recent book, Walking with the Comrades, and Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers. This is Democracy Now! We’ll be back in a minute.

Mission Unaccomplished: Why the Invasion of Iraq Was the Single Worst Foreign Policy Decision...

I was there. And “there” was nowhere. And nowhere was the place to be if you wanted to see the signs of end times for the American Empire up close. It was the place to be if you wanted to see the madness -- and oh yes, it was madness -- not filtered through a complacent and sleepy media that made Washington’s war policy seem, if not sensible, at least sane and serious enough. I stood at Ground Zero of what was intended to be the new centerpiece for a Pax Americana in the Greater Middle East.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the invasion of Iraq turned out to be a joke. Not for the Iraqis, of course, and not for American soldiers, and not the ha-ha sort of joke either. And here’s the saddest truth of all: on March 20th as we mark the 10th anniversary of the invasion from hell, we still don’t get it. In case you want to jump to the punch line, though, it’s this: by invading Iraq, the U.S. did more to destabilize the Middle East than we could possibly have imagined at the time. And we -- and so many others -- will pay the price for it for a long, long time.

The Madness of King George

It’s easy to forget just how normal the madness looked back then. By 2009, when I arrived in Iraq, we were already at the last-gasp moment when it came to salvaging something from what may yet be seen as the single worst foreign policy decision in American history. It was then that, as a State Department officer assigned to lead two provincial reconstruction teams in eastern Iraq, I first walked into the chicken processing plant in the middle of nowhere.

"By invading Iraq, the U.S. did more to destabilize the Middle East than we could possibly have imagined at the time. And we -- and so many others -- will pay the price for it for a long, long time."

By then, the U.S. “reconstruction” plan for that country was drowning in rivers of money foolishly spent. As the centerpiece for those American efforts -- at least after Plan A, that our invading troops would be greeted with flowers and sweets as liberators, crashed and burned -- we had managed to reconstruct nothing of significance. First conceived as a Marshall Plan for the New American Century, six long years later it had devolved into farce.

In my act of the play, the U.S. spent some $2.2 million dollars to build a huge facility in the boondocks. Ignoring the stark reality that Iraqis had raised and sold chickens locally for some 2,000 years, the U.S. decided to finance the construction of a central processing facility, have the Iraqis running the plant purchase local chickens, pluck them and slice them up with complex machinery brought in from Chicago, package the breasts and wings in plastic wrap, and then truck it all to local grocery stores. Perhaps it was the desert heat, but this made sense at the time, and the plan was supported by the Army, the State Department, and the White House.

Elegant in conception, at least to us, it failed to account for a few simple things, like a lack of regular electricity, or logistics systems to bring the chickens to and from the plant, or working capital, or... um... grocery stores. As a result, the gleaming $2.2 million plant processed no chickens. To use a few of the catchwords of that moment, it transformed nothing, empowered no one, stabilized and economically uplifted not a single Iraqi. It just sat there empty, dark, and unused in the middle of the desert. Like the chickens, we were plucked.

In keeping with the madness of the times, however, the simple fact that the plant failed to meet any of its real-world goals did not mean the project wasn't a success. In fact, the factory was a hit with the U.S. media. After all, for every propaganda-driven visit to the plant, my group stocked the place with hastily purchased chickens, geared up the machinery, and put on a dog-and-pony, er, chicken-and-rooster, show.

In the dark humor of that moment, we christened the place the Potemkin Chicken Factory. In between media and VIP visits, it sat in the dark, only to rise with the rooster’s cry each morning some camera crew came out for a visit. Our factory was thus considered a great success. Robert Ford, then at the Baghdad Embassy and now America's rugged shadow ambassador to Syria, said his visit was the best day out he enjoyed in Iraq. General Ray Odierno, then commanding all U.S. forces in Iraq, sent bloggers and camp followers to view the victory project. Some of the propaganda, which proclaimed that “teaching Iraqis methods to flourish on their own gives them the ability to provide their own stability without needing to rely on Americans,” is still online (including this charming image of American-Iraqi mentorship, a particular favorite of mine).

We weren’t stupid, mind you. In fact, we all felt smart and clever enough to learn to look the other way. The chicken plant was a funny story at first, a kind of insider’s joke you all think you know the punch line to. Hey, we wasted some money, but $2.2 million was a small amount in a war whose costs will someday be toted up in the trillions. Really, at the end of the day, what was the harm?

The harm was this: we wanted to leave Iraq (and Afghanistan) stable to advance American goals. We did so by spending our time and money on obviously pointless things, while most Iraqis lacked access to clean water, regular electricity, and medical or hospital care. Another State Department official in Iraq wrote in his weekly summary to me, “At our project ribbon-cuttings we are typically greeted now with a cursory ‘thank you,’ followed by a long list of crushing needs for essential services such as water and power.” How could we help stabilize Iraq when we acted like buffoons? As one Iraqi told me, “It is like I am standing naked in a room with a big hat on my head. Everyone comes in and helps put flowers and ribbons on my hat, but no one seems to notice that I am naked.”

By 2009, of course, it should all have been so obvious. We were no longer inside the neocon dream of unrivaled global superpowerdom, just mired in what happened to it. We were a chicken factory in the desert that no one wanted.

Time Travel to 2003

Anniversaries are times for reflection, in part because it’s often only with hindsight that we recognize the most significant moments in our lives. On the other hand, on anniversaries it’s often hard to remember what it was really like back when it all began. Amid the chaos of the Middle East today, it’s easy, for instance, to forget what things looked like as 2003 began. Afghanistan, it appeared, had been invaded and occupied quickly and cleanly, in a way the Soviets (the British, the ancient Greeks…) could never have dreamed of. Iran was frightened, seeing the mighty American military on its eastern border and soon to be on the western one as well, and was ready to deal. Syria was controlled by the stable thuggery of Bashar al-Assad and relations were so good that the U.S. was rendering terror suspects to his secret prisons for torture.

For decades to come, the U.S. will have a big enough military to ensure that our decline is slow, bloody, ugly, and reluctant, if inevitable. One day, however, even the drones will have to land.

Most of the rest of the Middle East was tucked in for a long sleep with dictators reliable enough to maintain stability. Libya was an exception, though predictions were that before too long Muammar Qaddafi would make some sort of deal. (He did.) All that was needed was a quick slash into Iraq to establish a permanent American military presence in the heart of Mesopotamia. Our future garrisons there could obviously oversee things, providing the necessary muscle to swat down any future destabilizing elements. It all made so much sense to the neocon visionaries of the early Bush years. The only thing that Washington couldn’t imagine was this: that the primary destabilizing element would be us.

Indeed, its mighty plan was disintegrating even as it was being dreamed up. In their lust for everything on no terms but their own, the Bush team missed a diplomatic opportunity with Iran that might have rendered today’s saber rattling unnecessary, even as Afghanistan fell apart and Iraq imploded. As part of the breakdown, desperate men, blindsided by history, turned up the volume on desperate measures: torture, secret gulags, rendition, drone killings, extra-constitutional actions at home. The sleaziest of deals were cut to try to salvage something, including ignoring the A.Q. Khan network of Pakistani nuclear proliferation in return for a cheesy Condi Rice-Qaddafi photo-op rapprochement in Libya.

Inside Iraq, the forces of Sunni-Shia sectarian conflict had been unleashed by the U.S. invasion. That, in turn, was creating the conditions for a proxy war between the U.S. and Iran, similar to the growing proxy war between Israel and Iran inside Lebanon (where another destabilizing event, the U.S.-sanctioned Israeli invasion of 2006, followed in hand). None of this has ever ended. Today, in fact, that proxy war has simply found a fresh host, Syria, with multiple powers using “humanitarian aid” to push and shove their Sunni and Shia avatars around.

Staggering neocon expectations, Iran emerged from the U.S. decade in Iraq economically more powerful, with sanctions-busting trade between the two neighbors now valued at some $5 billion a year and still growing. In that decade, the U.S. also managed to remove one of Iran’s strategic counterbalances, Saddam Hussein, replacing him with a government run by Nouri al-Malaki, who had once found asylum in Tehran.

Meanwhile, Turkey is now engaged in an open war with the Kurds of northern Iraq. Turkey is, of course, part of NATO, so imagine the U.S. government sitting by silently while Germany bombed Poland. To complete the circle, Iraq’s prime minister recently warned that a victory for Syria's rebels will spark sectarian wars in his own country and will create a new haven for al-Qaeda which would further destabilize the region.

Meanwhile, militarily burnt out, economically reeling from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and lacking any moral standing in the Middle East post-Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, the U.S. sat on its hands as the regional spark that came to be called the Arab Spring flickered out, to be replaced by yet more destabilization across the region. And even that hasn’t stopped Washington from pursuing the latest version of the (now-nameless) global war on terror into ever-newer regions in need of destabilization.

Having noted the ease with which a numbed American public patriotically looked the other way while our wars followed their particular paths to hell, our leaders no longer blink at the thought of sending American drones and special operations forces ever farther afield, most notably ever deeper into Africa, creating from the ashes of Iraq a frontier version of the state of perpetual war George Orwell once imagined for his dystopian novel 1984. And don’t doubt for a second that there is a direct path from the invasion of 2003 and that chicken plant to the dangerous and chaotic place that today passes for our American world.

Happy Anniversary

On this 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, Iraq itself remains, by any measure, a dangerous and unstable place. Even the usually sunny Department of State advises American travelers to Iraq that U.S. citizens “remain at risk for kidnapping... [as] numerous insurgent groups, including Al Qaida, remain active...” and notes that “State Department guidance to U.S. businesses in Iraq advises the use of Protective Security Details.”

In the bigger picture, the world is also a far more dangerous place than it was in 2003. Indeed, for the State Department, which sent me to Iraq to witness the follies of empire, the world has become ever more daunting. In 2003, at that infamous “mission accomplished” moment, only Afghanistan was on the list of overseas embassies that were considered “extreme danger posts.” Soon enough, however, Iraq and Pakistan were added. Today, Yemen and Libya, once boring but secure outposts for State’s officials, now fall into the same category.

Other places once considered safe for diplomats and their families such as Syria and Mali have been evacuated and have no American diplomatic presence at all. Even sleepy Tunisia, once calm enough that the State Department had its Arabic language school there, is now on reduced staff with no diplomatic family members resident. Egypt teeters.

The Iranian leadership watched carefully as the American imperial version of Iraq collapsed, concluded that Washington was a paper tiger, backed away from initial offers to talk over contested issues, and instead (at least for a while) doubled-down on achieving nuclear breakout capacity, aided by the past work of that same A.Q. Khan network. North Korea, another A.Q. Khan beneficiary, followed the same pivot ever farther from Washington, while it became a genuine nuclear power. Its neighbor China pursued its own path of economic dominance, while helping to “pay” for the Iraq War by becoming the number-one holder of U.S. debt among foreign governments. It now owns more than 21% of the U.S. debt held overseas.

And don’t put away the joke book just yet. Subbing as apologist-in-chief for an absent George W. Bush and the top officials of his administration on this 10th anniversary, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently reminded us that there is more on the horizon. Conceding that he had “long since given up trying to persuade people Iraq was the right decision,” Blair added that new crises are looming. “You’ve got one in Syria right now, you’ve got one in Iran to come,” he said. “We are in the middle of this struggle, it is going to take a generation, it is going to be very arduous and difficult. But I think we are making a mistake, a profound error, if we think we can stay out of that struggle.”

Think of his comment as a warning. Having somehow turned much of Islam into a foe, Washington has essentially assured itself of never-ending crises that it stands no chance whatsoever of winning. In this sense, Iraq was not an aberration, but the historic zenith and nadir for a way of thinking that is only now slowing waning. For decades to come, the U.S. will have a big enough military to ensure that our decline is slow, bloody, ugly, and reluctant, if inevitable. One day, however, even the drones will have to land.

And so, happy 10th anniversary, Iraq War! A decade after the invasion, a chaotic and unstable Middle East is the unfinished legacy of our invasion. I guess the joke is on us after all, though no one is laughing.

© 2013 Peter Van Buren

Peter Van Buren

Peter Van Buren spent a year in Iraq as a State Department Foreign Service Officer serving as Team Leader for two Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs). Now in Washington, he writes about Iraq and the Middle East at his blog, We Meant Well. His new book is We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People (The American Empire Project, Metropolitan Books).

American Foreign Policy — Have our War Lovers Learned Anything?

Over the past four decades, of all the reasons people over a certain age have given for their becoming radicalized against US foreign policy, the Vietnam War has easily been the one most often cited. And I myself am the best example of this that you could find. I sometimes think that if the war lovers who run the United States had known of this in advance they might have had serious second thoughts about starting that great historical folly and war crime.

At other times, however, I have the thought that our dear war lovers have had 40 years to take this lesson to heart, and during this time what did they do? They did Salvador and Nicaragua, and Angola and Grenada. They did Panama and Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan and Iraq. And in 2012 American President Barack Obama saw fit to declare that the Vietnam War was “one of the most extraordinary stories of bravery and integrity in the annals of military history”. 1

So, have they learned nothing? When it comes to following international law, is the United States like a failed state? The Somalia of international law? Well, if they were perfectly frank, the war lovers would insist that the purpose of all these interventions, and many others like them, was to keep the atheists out of power – the non-believers in America’s god-given right to rule the world – or to at least make life as difficult as possible for them. And thus the interventions were successful; nothing to apologize for; even the Vietnam War achieved its purpose of preventing that country from becoming a good development option for Asia, a socialist alternative to the capitalist model; precisely the same reason for Washington’s endless hostility toward Cuba in Latin America; and Cuba has indeed inspired numerous atheists and their alternatives for a better world.

If they were even more honest, the war lovers might quote George Kennan, the legendary State Department strategist, who wrote prophetically during the Cold War: “Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean, the American military-industrial establishment would have to go on, substantially unchanged, until some other adversary could be invented. Anything else would be an unacceptable shock to the American economy.” 2

But after all these years, after decades of American militarism – though not a day passes without some government official or media acolyte expressing his admiration and gratitude for “our brave boys” – cracks in the American edifice can be seen. Some of the war lovers, and their TV groupies would have us believe that they have actually learned something. One of the first was Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in February 2011: “In my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should have his head examined.”

And here’s former Secretary of State George Shultz speaking before the prestigious Council of Foreign Relations last month (January 29): “Iraq and Afghanistan cannot be the template for how we go about” dealing with threats of terrorism.

A few days earlier the very establishment and conservative Economist magazine declared: “The best-intentioned foreign intervention is bound to bog its armies down in endless wars fighting invisible enemies to help ungrateful locals.”

However, none of these people are in power. And does history offer any example of a highly militaristic power – without extreme coercion – seeing the error of its ways? One of my readers, who prefers to remain anonymous, wrote to me recently:

It is my opinion that the German and Japanese people only relinquished their imperial culture and mindset when they were bombed back to the stone age at the end of WWII. Something similar is the only cure for the same pathology that now is embedded into the very social fabric of the USA. The USA is a full-blown pathological society now. There is no other cure. No amount of articles on the Internet pointing out the hypocrisies or war crimes will do it.

So, while the United States is busy building bases and anti-missile sites in Europe, Asia and Africa, deploying space-based and other hi-tech weapons systems, trying to surround Russia, China, Iran and any other atheist that threatens American world hegemony, and firing drone missiles all over the Middle East I’m busy playing games on the Internet. What can I say? In theory at least, there is another force besides the terrible bombing mentioned above that can stop the American empire, and that is the American people. I’ll continue trying to educate them. Too bad I won’t live long enough to see the glorious transformation.

Afghanistan: Manufacturing the American Legacy

“A decade ago, playing music could get you maimed in Afghanistan. Today, a youth ensemble is traveling to the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. And it even includes girls.”

Thus reads the sub-heading of a Washington Post story of February 3 about an orchestra of 48 Afghan young people who attended music school in a country where the Taliban have tried to silence both women and music. “The Afghan Youth Orchestra is more than a development project,” the article informs us. For “the school’s many international donors, it serves as a powerful symbol of successful reconstruction in Afghanistan. And by performing in Washington and New York, the seats of U.S. political and financial power, the orchestra hopes to showcase what a decade of investment has achieved.”

“The U.S. State Department, the World Bank, the Carnegie Corporation and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education have invested heavily in the tour. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul awarded nearly $350,000 footing most of the estimated $500,000 cost. For international donors, the tour symbolizes progress in a country crippled by war.”

The State Department’s director of communications and public diplomacy for Afghanistan and Pakistan declares: “We wanted Americans to understand the difference their tax dollars have made in building a better future for young people, which translates into reduced threats from extremists in the region.”

“There’s a lot of weariness in the U.S. and cynicism about Afghanistan,” said William Harvey, an American violinist who teaches at the school, where 35 of 141 students are girls. “What are we doing there? What can be achieved? These concerts answer those questions in the strongest way possible: Cooperation between Afghanistan and the international community has made it safe for young girls and boys to learn music.”

There can be no question that for the sad country of Afghanistan all this is welcome news. There can also be little doubt that a beleaguered and defensive US foreign policy establishment will seek to squeeze out as much favorable publicity as possible from these events. On the issue of the severe oppression of women and girls in Afghanistan, defenders of the US occupation of that desperate land would have you believe that the United States is the last great hope of those poor females. However, you will not be reminded that in the 1980s the United States played an indispensable role in the overthrow of a secular and relatively progressive Afghan government, one which endeavored to grant women much more freedom than they’ll ever have under the current Karzai-US government, more probably than ever again. Here are some excerpts from a 1986 US Army manual on Afghanistan discussing the policies of this government concerning women:

“provisions of complete freedom of choice of marriage partner, and fixation of the minimum age at marriage at 16 for women and 18 for men”
“abolished forced marriages”
“bring [women] out of seclusion, and initiate social programs”
“extensive literacy programs, especially for women”
“putting girls and boys in the same classroom”;
“concerned with changing gender roles and giving women a more active role in politics”. 3

The US-led overthrow of this government paved the way for the coming to power of Islamic fundamentalist forces, which led directly to the awful Taliban. And why did the United States in its infinite wisdom choose to do such a thing? Because the Afghan government was allied with the Soviet Union and Washington wanted to draw the Russians into a hopeless military quagmire – “We now have the opportunity of giving to the Soviet Union its Vietnam War”, said Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter’s National Security Adviser. 4

The women of Afghanistan will never know how the campaign to raise them to the status of full human beings would have turned out, but this, some might argue, is but a small price to pay for a marvelous Cold War victory.
Guantánamo Bay

People on the left never tire of calling for the closing of the US prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The fact that President Obama made the closing a promise of his 2008 campaign and repeated it again in the White House, while the prison still remains in operation, is seen as a serious betrayal. But each time I read about this I’m struck by the same thought: The horror of Guantánamo is not its being open, not its mere existence. Its horror lies in its being the site of more than 10 years of terrible abuse of human beings. If the prison is closed and all its inmates are moved to another prison, and the abuses continue, what would have been accomplished? How would the cause of human rights be benefitted? I think that activists should focus on the abuses, regardless of the location.
The War on Terror – They’re really getting serious about it now

For disseminating classified materials that exposed war crimes, Julian Assange is now honored as an official terrorist as only America can honor. We Shall Never Forget 9/11, Vol. II: The True Faces of Evil – Terror, a graphic coloring novel for children, which comes with several pages of perforated, detachable “terrorist trading cards”. Published by Really Big Coloring Books Inc. in St. Louis, the cards include Assange, Timothy McVeigh, Jared Lee Loughner, Ted Kaczynski, Maj. Nidal Hasan, Bill Ayers, and others. 5
Superpower – the film

Starring Noam Chomsky, Chalmers Johnson, Michel Chossudovksy, Karen Kwiatowski (Pentagon “defector”), William Blum, Sergei Khrushchev (son of Nikita), Kathy Kelly, and many others: https://vimeo.com/55141496 (enter password when prompted: barbarasteegmuller) – 2 hours long.
New Book and talk

The eagerly awaited (I can name at least three people) new book by William Blum is here at last. “America’s Deadliest Export – Democracy: The Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else” is made up of essays which are a combination of new and old; combined, updated, expanded; many first appeared in one form or another in the Anti-Empire Report, or on my website, at various times during the past ten years or so.

As mentioned in the book, activists like myself are sometimes scoffed at for saying the same old things to the same old people; just spinning our wheels, we’re told, “preaching to the choir” or “preaching to the converted”. But long experience as speaker, writer and activist in the area of foreign policy tells me it just ain’t so. From the questions and comments I regularly get from my audiences, via email and in person, I can plainly see that there are numerous significant information gaps and misconceptions in the choir’s thinking, often leaving them unable to see through the newest government lie or propaganda trick; they’re unknowing or forgetful of what happened in the past that illuminates the present; or knowing the facts but unable to apply them at the appropriate moment; vulnerable to being led astray by the next person who offers a specious argument that opposes what they currently believe, or think they believe; and, perhaps worst of all, many of them suffer pathetically from an over-abundance of conspiracy thinking, often carrying a justified suspicion or idea to a ridiculous level; virtually nothing is taken at face value.

The choir needs to be frequently reminded and enlightened to be better able to influence others, to be better activists.

To order a signed copy directly from me you can go to my website: http://killinghope.org.

I’ll be speaking about the new book at Politics and Prose bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW, in Washington, DC, Saturday, March 2 at 1 pm.
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Notes

May 28, 2012, speaking at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington ↩
George Kennan, Wikipedia entry ↩
US Department of the Army, Afghanistan, A Country Study (1986), pp.121, 128, 130, 223, 232 (Library of Congress Call Number DS351.5 .A34 1986) ↩
Zbigniew Brzezinski, Wikipedia entry ↩
View the press release; see the cards ↩

GOP’s Foreign Policy Unfit for a World Power

GOP’s Foreign Policy Unfit for a World Power

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Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearings to become secretary of defense have raised questions about the Republican Party’s ability to conduct U.S. foreign policy worthy of a major international player; Hillary Clinton may be responsible for the decline in the use of “Hillary” as a baby name; meanwhile, although President Obama is quite adept at Internet use, his tendency toward waging a “cyber war” is a deficient approach to online security.These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

The Republican Obsession
If last week’s hearing for Chuck Hagel raised questions about his capacity to be secretary of defense, the show trial conducted by his inquisitors on the tribunal raised questions about the GOP.

‘Ex-Gay’ Blogger for the ‘Christian Post’ Caught on Grindr, Admits His ‘Disobedience to Christ’
Activist Zinnia Jones, via one of her readers, revealed a Grindr profile yesterday belonging to someone who appeared to be Matt Moore, an “ex-gay” blogger for the Christian Post, who has written much about his departure from the “gay lifestyle”.

NYC Officials Threaten Funding of Brooklyn College Over Israel Event
In defense of Israel, liberal officials are copying Giuliani’s 1999 termination of funding for a museum exhibiting “offensive” art.

Watching Fish Thoughts Form
Scientists record the neuronal activity of a fish brain as the animal watches its prey.

Russian Government Now Views Internet as Main Threat to Its Position
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Global Mining and Tar Sands Oil Drive Canadian Foreign Policy

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PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay in Baltimore. And we're continuing our series of interviews with Yves Engler, author of the book The Ugly Canadian, all about Stephen Harper's foreign policy. And Yves now joins us from Ottawa. Thanks for joining us, Yves.

YVES ENGLER, AUTHOR AND POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Thanks for having me.JAY: When you look at Stephen Harper's foreign policy in sort of big-picture terms, in terms of the political centers in the United States, the sort of neocons around the Republican Party, the sort of center, center-right neoliberals, if you want to call them, in the Democratic Party, I mean, both see America as—needs to be the dominant power. Both want to project American strength and so on and shape events in the globe as best they can through military strength. But there is a difference between that neocon strategy that led to the Iraq War and the sort of, you could say, more—some people call more rational or more pragmatic strategy, empire strategy of Obama. During the time of the Iraq War, Stephen Harper was against Jean Chrétien, the prime minister of Canada. Chrétien was—mostly kept Canada out of the Iraq War. But Stephen Harper was gung ho. He wanted Canada to join in with Iraq. ~~~STEPHEN HARPER, MEMBER, CANADIAN HOUSE OF COMMONS: Mr. Speaker, the situation in Iraq is moving towards imminent crisis and military action. Canadian forces have been on the ground there for some time. In fact, 150 military personnel are involved in joint command arrangements with British and American troops on the ground. Is this deployment continuing? Will these personnel remain in the event of war with Iraq?~~~JAY: Does Harper come down more on the side of the neocons? And is he part of that both mindset and alliances?ENGLER: Yeah, I think so. I mean, he called for Canada to join the Iraq War. I think it's, like, 45 times in the House of Commons he criticized the Liberal government for not explicitly joining or demanding to join. So, yeah, I think he comes down more on the neocon side. I think part of what—and there is a sense of the Conservatives' party, I think, wants—to a certain extent want to kind of replicate what the hard right of the Republican Party has created, in terms of a political party based upon, you know, big-business interests and a sort of base of the party that is very socially conservative kind of Christian fundamentalist. And I think that the Harper government wants to—would like to replicate that and sees that very positively.And a lot of the Harper government foreign policy, you know, one element of understanding this is that foreign policy is the place where he really plays to the most right-wing sectors of the party—the Christian fundamentalists, the right-wing Jewish organizations, the Islamophobes, the mining sector, this military, mining and oil executives, military types. And foreign policy's the place where Harper gets to be as right-wing as he would want to be. On a lot of—on domestic issues he hasn't been as right-wing as a lot of the base would want him to be. And so he—foreign policy sort of—that's how it fits with his sort of electoral strategy. At the more kind of structural level, this rightward shift on Canadian foreign policy, I think, is largely explained by the incredible rise of Canadian mining investment abroad, going from $30 billion in 2002 to $210 billion today; in the case of Africa, going from about $250 million of Canadian investment in—mining investment in Africa in 1989 to $29 billion today. Canadian companies over the past 20, 25 years have just become huge players in international mining. And that's very much tied into the rise of structural adjustment programs that the International Monetary Fund pushed in Latin America and Africa. This sort of opening up of a country's national resource sector to foreign ownership has been very beneficial to Canadian companies. So I think that and the rise of Canadian mining investment's a big explanation for the more rightward shift in Canadian foreign policy. Another explanation is the rise of the tar sands and the oil there, the very highly—very dirty oil, heavy carbon emitting fuel that comes out of the tar sands. And basically, if you're going to expand the tar sands like the Conservative government, like the oil companies would like to see, you're basically telling the rest of the world to screw off when it comes to international climate negotiations. So they've sort of developed a sort of hostility towards the UN because of those oil interests in Latin America. So I think at a structural level the explanation for the more rightward shift in Harper's foreign policy is the rise in mining investment abroad and the rise of the tar sands over the past ten, 20 years.JAY: And in terms of Canadian public opinion, in the last federal election, foreign policy wasn't that big an issue, and he doesn't seem to be suffering consequences from a rightward shift in foreign policy. And even though, I guess, people can argue that the Harper government would not have been elected if there hadn't been sort of a split between the Liberals and NDP of some of the vote, they still didn't do very bad; they did pretty well, and many ridings won outright, in spite of the—they would have won anyway, even if there wasn't a split vote. Has something shifted in terms of Canadians, more broadly speaking, about foreign policy?ENGLER: No, I don't think the public attitude has shifted in—very minimally. I think that the reality is foreign policy is very rarely a major issue when it comes to elections. And most of the time, the dominant media and the opposition parties just go along with whatever the foreign-policy establishment puts forward. That's the general tendency. And so foreign policy's—because there's so little opposition, it is the place to really please the base of his party, right, because there's so little opposition being put up among the official sort of, you know, established political parties and media institutions.So there hasn't—I don't think that—if anything, in fact, Canadians are more internationalist today than they've ever been, I think, much more multicultural, people from many different countries around the world, you know, living in Canada and the population being more aware of global affairs. It's just that foreign-policy issues don't tend to be that high on people's lists of concerns.JAY: Let me ask you a question about Canadian media. What do you make of Canadian media coverage of foreign policy, and then particularly CBC, which one could say at least in the past was more willing to be critical of Canadian foreign policy, but I'm not so sure about these days?ENGLER: Yeah. I mean, the Canadian media is—it's owned by—vast majority of it's owned by a handful of companies. It's much more concentrated than U.S. media is, even. So, you know, it's—the coverage is absolutely terrible from the standpoint of an internationalist, humanist perspective. It's terrible coverage.And the CBC is very much unwilling to forthrightly criticize the Conservative government. Just a couple of nights ago, there was a four-person panel on The National, 15, 20 minutes where they dealt with Canadian foreign policy. And there's—you know, none of the four panelists are willing to—The National being the most important news show that is on the CBC, the nightly news, and there's almost no—the four panelists, basically no substantive criticism, or, you know, very soft criticism of the Conservative government.And, you know, there's—the media's not willing to stand up and say that, you know, Palestinians have been dispossessed for 100 years by Zionism in Israel and it's, you know, morally indefensible to support Israel's ongoing dispossession. You know, media's not willing to say, you know, climate change is already causing hundreds of thousands of people's deaths around the world, and, you know, it's a crime against humanity to try to block all international climate negotiation meetings like the Conservative government has done. Like, the media's not—you know, I had a producer at The Current, one of the big radio programs on the CBC, where he told me about how he'd bring to higher-up producers a story of a Canadian mining company involved with a local community in sort of devastating the local community. And the producer was [incompr.] didn't we cover that story last week? Well, yeah, you did, you covered that story last week from Guatemala. This story's about a Canadian mining company in Mexico, and the story is precisely the fact that this is happening all over the world, that Canadian mining companies are involved in these abuses all over the world, and that there needs to be, you know, public policy change in Canada to rein in some of these practices. But, you know, the media, the producer, higher-up producers, you know, didn't see it that way.JAY: Don't forget Canada's involved in a war. You wouldn't know it. Canada's still fighting in Afghanistan, and next to no debate about why Canada's there. I mean, I used to do a show on CBC called CounterSpin, and we had lots of debates, but we got canceled, and I don't think there's—even at that time, other than our show, there was debates about do Canadian jeeps have enough armor on them. There weren't a heck of a lot of debate on CBC other than CounterSpin—and since, not much—about why Canada's there anyway.ENGLER: Exactly. The media, that's one of the recent times they've just basically taken the government's talking points that the 950 Canadian troops that are still in Afghanistan, that's just training; we don't need to discuss that anymore; that's just training. Well, if you want to train Afghan troops, there's a very easy way of doing it: bring Afghan troops to Canada and train them here. It would be cheaper to do it than to maintain 950 Canadian troops there. It's about supporting the ongoing U.S.-led military mission in Afghanistan. That's the point. It's—you know, we—very clearly. But the media just basically, you know, does the government's talking points. And that's—unfortunately, that's been mostly the nature of the dominant media. They basically follow the government's perspective.JAY: I should throw in there are exceptions that are notable. And on CBC you do find, you know, on certain shows, certain radio shows, you find individuals in some of the shows, like Fifth Estate, and on The Current, like you mentioned, you can find exceptions where there really is a critique, there's a guest. But they really are the exceptions.ENGLER: Of course. And I think those exceptions are becoming less and less. One of the things in the case of the CBC is the government has cut the CBC's budget back and has made it very clear that, you know, it's prepared to do, you know, further cutbacks if it is not pleased by what's on the CBC. But the CBC's just one example. For myself personally, I've now written five books about Canadian foreign policy. I can submit op-eds to from The National Post to The Toronto Star, the most left-wing newspaper in the country, and none of papers in the country will publish the op-eds, right, on Canadian foreign policy. On domestic issues, I've been able to submit some op-eds and get those pieces in. When it comes to foreign policy, the room for debate, the narrowness of the spectrum is very tight.JAY: Any mainstream media, CBC or otherwise, paying attention to your recent book about the ugly Canadian?ENGLER: I got a nice review in The Halifax Chronicle Herald, which is the daily in Halifax—you know, smaller marketplace; a small mention in The Toronto Star by a columnist, paragraph mentioned in a larger column; and, you know, a few very community—during the tour, a few sort of community or smaller-center newspapers, a little bit of coverage. But no one at the CBC, both at TV or radio—are completely unwilling to cover it. You know, a producer—I've been in communication with a producer at The Current. You know, she says, oh, yeah, I got your book, but, you know, can't do a story on this; maybe I'll keep you in mind for the future.JAY: It's kind of outrageous.ENGLER: I mean, the book is incredibly topical, right? There's all these stories about what the Conservatives are doing in terms of foreign policy. But their willingness to go to the point of saying things, making criticisms of the Conservative policy to say, you know, these are tantamount to crimes against humanity or that, you know, the fundamental moral criticisms of what's taking place, there's very little room for that. You can say, yes, these are mistakes they're making, these are—you know, this is weakening Canada's influence in the world. Those types of criticisms are sort of acceptable. If you start talking about these being fundamentally immoral policies, there's very little room for making those types of criticisms.JAY: Well, Yves's going to be a regular commentator on The Real News. So, Canadians, you'll have to stick with us if you want to see more of Yves Engler. Thanks for joining us, Yves.ENGLER: Thanks for having me.JAY: And thank you for joining us on The Real News Network.

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Forging an Independent Foreign Policy

On January 23, 2013, The Jerusalem Post reported on a meeting held by Chuck Hagel, President Barak Obama’s defense secretary nominee, in which Hagel stated his strong commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and to maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge. In addition, Hagel’s office stated, “Hagel appreciated the opportunity to have a constructive, informed and wide-ranging discussion.” What is wrong with this picture?Chuck Hagel shakes hands with t Leon Panetta, at a convention in Washington on May 9, 2012. (Photo: Glenn Fawcett)

At the meeting were present US Vice President Joe Biden, and leaders of the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). This meeting followed a previous one held by Hagel with top Jewish Democrats in which he apologized for a 2006 comment in which he described the “Jewish lobby” as intimidating”. During the meeting, he reassured them that despite his past critical stance on war with Iran to prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon, he was now on board with President Obama’s stand on this issue.

And the inevitable question is why does a nominee for defense secretary of an independent country have to explain his intentions to anybody, least of all to people who advocate an aggressive policy against another independent country? And why does the United States Vice President have to be present to give additional authority to his statements?

And the obvious answer seems to be that these organizations, widely known as the pro-Israel lobby, are the ones that through their influence could derail Hagel’s confirmation as secretary of defense. What is the meaning of all of this? Let me bring the voice of Uri Avnery, one of the most honest, lucid and courageous observers of the US and Israel political scene, a former member of the Knesset and a staunch peace activist.

“Americans must be race of angels,” he writes, “how else to explain the incredible patience with which they suffer the fact that in a vital sphere of US interests, American foreign policy is dictated by a foreign country? For five decades, at least, US Middle East policy has been decided in Jerusalem. Almost all American officials dealing with this area are, well, Jewish. The Hebrew-speaking American ambassador in Tel Aviv could easily be the Israeli ambassador in Washington. Sometimes I wonder if in meetings of American and Israeli diplomats, they don’t sometimes drop into Yiddish.”

If anyone doubts the accuracy of Avnery’s characterization, it would be a good memory exercise to remember Netanyahu’s last address to the US congress, where practically all senators and congressmen wildly applauded Netanyahu’s every single sentence, while at the same time jumping up and down like children at a “piñata” party. Is this the behavior one should expect from representatives of an independent country? Why are they so subservient to the interests of a foreign country?

Lawrence Davidson, a professor of history at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, offers an explanation through a process that he calls “lobbification.” According to him, at some point in time every single Congressman or Senator has been approached by a lobbyist—in the case of the Middle East, by one representing AIPAC.

The lobbyist offers the representatives financial campaign assistance, good media coverage, briefings on the Middle East and even trips to Israel. All that he is asked in return is that they consistently vote in a pro-Israel way. Should they refuse this offer the lobbyist group will probably support the opponent party, making sure that those who refuse the offer are defeated in the next election.

As a result, Davidson points out, “…the national interest is replaced by the parochial interests of lobbies that are successful at suborning Congress and the White House

-Zionists pushing support for a racist and expansionist foreign power, Cuban-Americans carrying on a 53 year old vendetta against the government in Havana, the NRA striving to protect the right of every American to own a submachine gun, and the like.” Is this the kind of foreign policy we want our country to have? Is this how we want our democracy to work?

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Times editors are so consistently hostile to Iran in their one-sided support for Israel's worst crimes it's surprising they gave Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif op-ed space.

He sent a responsible message from Iran everyone needs to read. He indicated important progress in Lausanne in trying to resolve issues over Tehran's well-known peaceful nuclear program.

Suggesting otherwise is red herring cover for Washington's real objectives: 

  • toppling Iran's government;

  • replacing it pro-Western stooges subservient to US and Israeli interests;

  • giving America another client state;

  • eliminating Israel's main regional rival;

  • controlling Iran's vast oil and gas resources;

  • exploiting its people; and

  • marginalizing and weakening Iran - defying it the right to self-defense.

Iranians aren't about to surrender their sovereign rights. Nor should they. Nor should any nation for any reason.

It's high time the world community no longer tolerates fabricated claims about Tehran's nuclear and other activities. 

It's time to normalize relations responsibly. It's time to break free from hostile US/Israeli policies. 

It's time to realize mutual cooperation matters more than confrontation and destabilizing maliciousness.

Iran is the region's leading proponent of peace, stability and mutual cooperation among all nations.

America, rogue NATO partners, Israel, Saudi Arabia, other Gulf states, and allied despots threaten world peace and security.

Zarif said Iran and P5+1 countries "agreed on parameters to remove any doubt about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program and to lift international sanctions against Iran."

"But to seal the anticipated nuclear deal, more political will is required. The Iranian people have shown their resolve by choosing to engage with dignity." 

"It is time for the United States and its Western allies to make the choice between cooperation and confrontation, between negotiations and grandstanding, and between agreement and coercion."

Vital issues affecting all regional nations need addressing responsibly. Iran is a key Middle East player.

It needs to be part of resolving ongoing wars, chaos and turmoil. "(E)ntire countries are being torn to shreds," Zarif stressed.

"…Iran has weathered the storms of instability caused by this mayhem. But we cannot be indifferent to the unfathomable destruction around us, because chaos does not recognize borders."

Iranian interests and concerns go way beyond nuclear issues, Zarif explained. Good relations with all its neighbors is its top priority, he stressed.

He calls Iranian foreign policy "holistic." Destructive "globalization has rendered all alternatives obsolete," he said.

One nation's interests can't be pursued at the expense of others. 
We're all part of the same human race. Ongoing events affect everyone - for better or worse.

"Nowhere are these dynamics more evident that in the wider Persian Gulf region," Zarif explained.

World leaders need to address them responsibly - most of all waging peace, not war.

Iran needs to be included as part "of a collective forum" established to help resolve vexing regional issues.

Ending Yemen's conflict "would be a good place to start," Zarif said. Iran offered a responsible peace plan. It can work if implemented.

It calls for "an immediate cease-fire, humanitarian assistance and facilitation of intra-Yemeni dialogue, leading to the formation of an inclusive, broad-based national unity government," Zarif explained.

More broadly, regional dialogue and engagement "should be based on recognized principles for shared objectives; notably respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of all states; inviolability of international boundaries; noninterference in internal affairs; peaceful settlement of disputes; impermissibility of threat or use of force; and promotion of peace, stability, progress and prosperity in the region."

Mutual cooperation can benefit all regional nations hugely - far more then endless conflicts against one nation after another without end.

"The world cannot afford to continue to avoid addressing the roots of the turmoil in the wider Persian Gulf region," Zarif stressed. 

"This unique opportunity for engagement must not be squandered."

Imagine if US officials, EU ones  and Israelis felt the same way. Imagine peace instead of endless wars.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Dark forces run both countries. They want Geneva agreed on terms subverted. On November 30, Fars News headlined "Riyadh, Tel Aviv Cooperating to Sabotage Iran's (Nuclear) Program."

They're cooperating on a new computer worm. They want one more destructive than Stuxnet. In 2010, it infected Iran's Bushehr nuclear facility.

Operations were halted. Israel was blamed. So was Washington. Had the facility gone online infected, Iran's entire electrical power grid could have been shut down.

Experts say Flame malware is 20 times more harmful than Stuxnet. Perhaps Israeli and Saudi dark forces want something even more destructive.

Fars News quoted an unnamed "informed source," saying:

"Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and director of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency Tamir Bardo sent their representatives to a meeting in Vienna on November 24 to increase the two sides' cooperation in intelligence and sabotage operations against Iran’s nuclear program."

"One of the proposals raised in the meeting was the production of a malware worse than the Stuxnet (a comprehensive US-Israeli program designed to disrupt Iran's nuclear technology) to spy on and destroy the software structure of Iran's nuclear program."

Netanyahu called Geneva a "historic mistake." Bandar called it "West(ern) treachery." An Israeli/Saudi alliance plans to subvert it.

Washington's approach represents new wine in old bottles. Longstanding objectives remain unchanged. 

Former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping once said "(i)t doesn't matter if a cat is black or white so long as it catches mice."

America wants Iranian governance it controls. How it's achieved is optional. War is currently unpopular. 

US-style diplomacy substitutes. It includes more than meets the eye. It's more duplicitous than sincere. How long current tactics continue remains to be seen.

Bottom line objectives haven't changed. If current strategy fails, expect Plan B. It'll be more confrontational. I'll include stiffer sanctions. 

Expect hawks to urge war. Attack plans were readied years ago. They can be implemented straightaway if ordered. 

False flag deception may precipitate it. Duplicity is longstanding US tradition. Trustworthiness isn't its long suit. 

Deals it offers aren't worth the paper they're written on. Anti-Iranian sentiment is decades old. Geneva reflected marked overt change from past policy. It did so tactically.

Plans may shift going forward. Don't expect smooth sailing. Obama is no peacemaker. He's waged multiple direct and proxy wars. He's done so since day one in office.

Syria is his war. He wants Assad toppled. Planned January peace talks change nothing. Conflict persists. Dozens die daily.

On Thursday, insurgents attacked Russia's Damascus embassy. A statement followed, saying:

"Today, the area where the embassy is located has undergone yet another intense mortar fire." 

"One mine exploded on the territory of the diplomatic mission." 

"There are no injuries on the site of the explosion. Another mine exploded near the fence outside the embassy."

US support makes these type incidents possible. The State Department issued a disingenuous statement, saying:

"We condemn any attack against individuals or facilities protected by international law." 

"The United States continues to emphasize that those responsible for atrocities on all sides must be held accountable."

One side alone bears full responsibility. It's done so for over two and half years. Washington's dirty hands facilitate things. High-level US manipulation controls what's ongoing.

America's imperial policy remains firm. It wants Syrian and Iranian regime change. It wants governments in place it controls. 

Waging multiple regional direct and proxy wars shows how far US policy goes to achieve strategic aims. 

Iranian officials know what challenges they face going forward. They know Washington and Israel can't be trusted.

Negotiating with America in Geneva wasn't easy. Nor were reported secret talks preceding them. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif excludes Israel from future negotiations. He does so for good reason.

"We will not attend a meeting in which the occupying regime participates," he said. His remark responded to possible future Israeli involvement.

It negotiates like Washington. It's up to no good. It demands. It's all take and no give. Decades of failed Palestinian peace talks reflect its duplicity.

It deplores conflict resolution. So does Washington. Violence, instability and deception serve their agenda. Longstanding policy calls for toppling Iran's government.

The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) "advocate(s) on behalf of a strong US military, a robust national security policy and a strong US security relationship with Israel and other like-minded democracies."

It supports the worst of US and Israeli crimes. It's militantly anti-Iranian. In October, it issued a report titled "The 2013 JINSA Generals and Admirals Trip to Israel and Jordan."

Pentagon officials involved recently retired. They're not household names. They're all high-ranking. 

They met with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon. IDF chief of staff General Benny Gantz was involved. So were various other senior Israeli military and intelligence officials.

JINSA's report covered lots of ground. One section dealt with Iran. It largely focused on its nuclear program. It called Geneva an "ugly deal."

It referred to enrichment as one element. It wants strict limits imposed. It wants operational centrifuges restricted to between 1,000 and 3,000. 

Iran wants thousands more for nuclear power generation. It wants an adequate supply of medical isotopes produced. It wants rights no different from other states operating nuclear facilities. It has every right to demand them.

Israel falsely calls an Iranian "nuclear weapons capability (an) existential threat...and cannot be allowed."

"Containment is not a viable option." Israeli consensus is that attacking Iran at most will delay its (nonexistent) "weapons program" three to five years.

Plans going forward require stiffer sanctions, "diplomatic engagement, covert operations, regime change, and a credible military option," it said.

Iran's nuclear program is peaceful. Annual US intelligence assessments say so. IAEA inspectors concur. Israeli officials know it. So do visiting retired US generals and admirals.

They falsely blamed Iran for a regional arms buildup. America is by far the world's leading merchant of death and destruction.

Tens of billions of dollars annually are involved. It's big business. The Commerce and State Departments actively promote arms sales.

In October, the Obama administration relaxed exporting rules. Doing so bypassed longstanding federal export controls.

According to the State Department, new rules "strengthen the US defense and aerospace industrial base." They let Washington "focus (its) export control resources on the most sensitive items."

Independent groups explain otherwise. Arms and munitions exports serve Washington's imperial agenda. They fatten warprofiteers' bottom lines. They prop up friendly dictators. 

They further regional conflicts. They prevent peace and stability. Israel is a major beneficiary. 

According to JINSA:

"Covert operations have had a demonstrable effect on the pace of Iran’s nuclear development." 

Iran's "goal of 40,000 operational centrifuges by summer 2012 has been reduced to the 12,000 to 13,000 today by a wide range of special operations, though Iran recently began installing more advanced centrifuges."

Tehran "exploits the P5+1's eagerness for diplomatic engagement to buy time for additional uranium enrichment."

"Therefore the regime feigns interest in continued negotiations, only to drag its heels before ultimately rejecting compromise settlements proposed by the P5+1."

Washington dominates negotiations. It's dirty hands prevented resolution numerous times before. 

Israel wants Iran's nuclear program entirely dismantled. Its Lobby exerts enormous pressure in Washington.

Last May, Israel said Iran "would only consider a deal if sanctions generated far more pressure and if the US conveyed a much more credible threat of military action."

Iran never wanted confrontation in the first place. It sought rapprochement years ago. Washington precipitated conflict. It stoked it for years. It subverted normalized relations. It still does.

Iran is blamed for US duplicity. Syria is blamed for US-backed terrorist atrocities. All governments America targets face false charges. 

Big Lies substitute for truth and full disclosure. Doing so aims to advance America's imperium. It comes at the expense of world peace, equity and justice.

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His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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Unchanged US Policy on Iran by Stephen Lendman Longstanding US plans remain firm. Softened rhetoric means nothing. It reflects mumbo jumbo duplicity. It's subterfuge. It's fake....

The Kenyan Massacre’s Roots in America’s Somalia Policy

Last weekend's hostage-taking — and the murder of at least 62 people — at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, has its roots...

How the US’s Somalia Policy Sparked the Kenyan Massacres

Last weekend's hostage-taking — and the murder of at least 62 people — at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, has its roots...

‘Foreign intervention in region will fail’

Men walk through debris of destroyed buildings in the northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo. (File photo)The Iranian Army has warned that any foreign military...

Gates attacks Obama’s Syria war policy

Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says that a US military strike against Syria would be like "throwing gasoline on an extremely complex...

Gates attacks Obama’s Syria war policy

Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says that a US military strike against Syria would be like "throwing gasoline on an extremely complex...

Washington’s Contradictory Policy on Tax Avoidance

The 2008 financial crisis intensified critical discourse on tax havens, which were charged with introducing risky products (such as Credit Default Swap or Asset...

Washington’s Contradictory Policy on Tax Avoidance

The 2008 financial crisis intensified critical discourse on tax havens, which were charged with introducing risky products (such as Credit Default Swap or Asset...

US must stop ‘shock, awe’ policy: Zarif

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the use of force against Syria is against international law, urging the United States to stop its...

US must stop ‘shock, awe’ policy: Zarif

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the use of force against Syria is against international law, urging the United States to stop its...

Conservative’s Syria policy is make war not peace

The Obama administration is looking to attack Syria. If they go forward without UN approval, the US would once again be violating international law and would likely inflame a conflict that’s already left 100,000 dead and displaced millions more. For … Continue reading

“Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against the Government of Syria..” Text of...

This Joint Resolution was adopted on September 4 in a divided vote (10-7). We have highlighted relevant sections. Te resolution does not indicate any...

Syria war rally to hit UK Foreign Office

Anti-war campaigners will hold an Å“emergency” protest against the US warmongering on Syria as the American Secretary of State meets his British counterpart in...

Iran Foreign Ministry to lead nuclear talks

Iran Foreign Ministry has been tasked with leading future negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of world powers over the countryâ„¢s...

US Inches one Step Closer to War: Senate Foreign Relations Panel Approves Military Action...

By Julie Wilson Wednesday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved authorization of US military action in Syria. While the vote still needs to be approved...

Senate Foreign Relations Panel Approves Military Action in Syria

US inches one step closer to war with Syria Julie WilsonInfowars.comSeptember 4, 2013 Wednesday the Senate...

NSA spied on French Foreign Ministry

File photo shows the sign outside the US National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Maryland.Top secret documents have shown that the US...

A Century of Lies: The Rationales for Engaging in Foreign Wars, A Century-old White...

Woodrow Wilson: Sinking of the Lusitania—World War I, 1917-1918 “It is a war against all nations. American ships have been sunk, American lives taken, in...

Fed’s Unconventional Monetary Policy, UMP, Worse Than a Nuke EMP

In her keynote speech last week to the annual global gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde...

Israel policy reliant on false-flag ops

Analysts say Tel Aviv uses false-flag terrorism to compel foreign governments into supporting Israelâ„¢s foreign policy, Press TV reports. Å“Of course, the motto of the...

Egypt’s Foreign Relations on Tightrope

The internal crisis in Egypt has indulged the country in its most critical foreign relations test since these relations were shaped by the U.S....

Sanctions won't change Iran policy: Zarif

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Western sanctions will fail to force the Islamic Republic to change its foreign policy principles. Å“Sanctions put people...

Haiti “Reconstruction”: Luxury Hotels, Sweat Shops and Deregulation for the Foreign Corporate Elite

Picture: Girl in a displacement camp, January 2013. REUTERS, Swoan Parker “The international community is so screwed up they’re letting Haitians run Haiti.” —Luigi R. Einaudi,...

The Demon of Australian Policy

It is about time that the Australian Parliament consider having a viable foreign affairs department or abolish it altogether. Affairs might as well be...

Obama’s Russia Policy after Canceling Moscow Summit

U.S. President Barack Obama signaled through his press secretary Jay Carney that he would be discussing the recent cancellation by the United States of...

Judge rejects govt claim that Manning leaks had 'chilling effect' on foreign relations

The judge presiding over Bradley Manning’s sentencing hearing has rejected government testimony claiming that Manning’s disclosures to WikiLeaks clearly resulted in a “chilling effect”...

Foreign mediation efforts fail in Egypt

Supporters of Egypt's deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, hold up his image during a protest in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on August 5, 2013.The...

What Does Evacuation of Yemen Say About American Policy?

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/what_does_evacuation_of_yemen_say_about_american_policy_20130806/ Posted on Aug 6, 2013 ...

What Does Evacuation of Yemen Say About American Policy?

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/what_does_evacuation_of_yemen_say_about_american_policy_20130806/ Posted on Aug 6, 2013 ...

'Foreign reps. in Iran can help boost ties'

An Iranian lawmaker says the participation of representatives from different countries at the inauguration ceremony of President Hassan Rohani can help promote Iranâ„¢s international...

US embassy closures show policy failure

Rep. Ted PoeWashingtonâ„¢s decision to shut down nearly all US embassies and consulates in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia shows that...

Foreign VIPs in Iran for Rohani swearing-in

Foreign dignitaries, including heads of state and senior officials, have arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran, to partake in the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect...

Egypt’s Foreign Relations

“To avert a bloodbath and civil war, the military will govern Egypt for a short period of not more than a year,” said an...

'Russia should use navy as policy tool'

A former Russian Naval chief insists that the countryâ„¢s newly established Mediterranean naval task force should be used as an effective foreign policy instrument. Å“The...

The Federal Reserve Is Bailing Out Foreign Banks … More than the American People...

 Federal Reserve Policy Mainly Benefits Big Foreign Banks We’ve extensively documented that the Federal Reserve is intentionally locking up bank money so that it is...

‘US must drop dual-track policy on Iran’

An Iranian parliamentarian says the United States should drop its so-called dual-track policy in dealing with the Islamic Republic. Å“Last week, around 131 members of...

US Policy Is to Keep the Veil of Secrecy in Place

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/us_policy_is_to_keep_the_veil_of_secrecy_in_place_20130723/ Posted on Jul 23, 2013 ...

Sen. Foreign Affairs Committee Plays Nice with UN Nominee Samantha Power

On July 17, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee gave a “mostly cordial reception” to Samantha Power, President Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S....

Washington Post: NSA's Policy Is “Collect It All,” and Says That's Okay

The Washington Post published a story about how the NSA's mission was to spy on every American, in their words to “collect it all,”...

Lawlessness Is Official US Policy

Lawlessness Is Official US Policy by Stephen Lendman Sweeping mass surveillance continues. It won't stop. It's intensifying. It reflects rogue state governance. It has nothing to...

U.S. Funded Anti-Morsi Activists, Terrorist Advocacy With Foreign Aid

U.S. foreign aid dollars have been channeled to a U.S.-based radical advocating terrorism against Egyptian civilians, according to a July 10 report by Emad Mekay...

Accession to the EU: Serbia should ‘’Icelandize’’ its European policy

 IBNA INTERVIEW — Živadin Jovanović, former Yugoslav Foreign Minister By MiloÅ¡ Mitrović — Belgrade “After the European Union Council had announced the start of the accession...

Egyptian Army Massacres Protesters; U.S. Continues Foreign Aid

The Egyptian Army massacred scores of pro-Morsi protesters in front of the Cairo National Guard headquarters July 8, where the former elected president is...

‘Rohani to review Iran foreign ties’

Iranâ„¢s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the administration of Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani will review the countryâ„¢s diplomatic relations within the broader framework...

Egyptian Army Massacres Protesters, U.S. Continues Foreign Aid

The Egyptian Army massacred scores of pro-Morsi protesters in front of the Cairo National Guard headquarters July 8, where the former elected president is...

One More Defeat for US Military Policy

The current crisis in Egypt and the inability of the United States to formulate a policy and to have any influence in Cairo marks...

Bashar Al Assad Interview on Political Islam, The Egyptian Crisis and Foreign Intervention

“Syria still home for all..what is taking place in Egypt the fall of so-called Political Islam” President Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to Syrian al-Thawra...

CIA Operatives and the Targeted Assassination of Foreign Leaders

No one’s safe from America’s long arm. From inception, CIA operatives developed skills to kill. Fidel Castro survived hundreds of assassination attempts. He knows best...

‘Western sanctions follow failed policy’

Iranâ„¢s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi says imposition of sanctions on the Islamic Republic follows a wrong and failed policy. Å“There is no doubt that...

Iran’s foreign trade set at $59bn

Iranâ„¢s Trade Development Organization has announced that the countryâ„¢s foreign trade target is set at more than USD 59 billion for the current Iranian...

Iran urges Qatar to revise Syria policy

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has expressed hope that the new Qatari ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will revise the Persian...

Blowback: Pakistan Taliban Say Killing of Foreign Hikers Retaliation for US Drone Strikes

A spokesman for the Taliban movement in Pakistan on Monday publicly claimed the group's responsibility for the killing of nine foreign hikers in the...

Blowback: Pakistan Taliban Say Killing of Foreign Hikers Retaliation for US Drone Strikes

A spokesman for the Taliban movement in Pakistan on Monday publicly claimed the group's responsibility for the killing of nine foreign hikers in the...

'Iran policy fixed on strategic issues'

Iranâ„¢s ambassador to Syria says the election of a new president in Iran will not change the Islamic Republicâ„¢s foreign policy on strategic issues. Å“Iran's...

'Iran policy fixed on strategic issues'

Iranâ„¢s ambassador to Syria says the election of a new president in Iran will not change the Islamic Republicâ„¢s foreign policy on strategic issues. Å“Iran's...

Kerry to defend Syria policy in Mideast visit

jpost.comJune 21, 2013 US Secretary of State John Kerry will confront concerns Saturday from Mideast and...

Ron Paul: Obama’s Syria Policy Looks a Lot Like Bush’s Iraq Policy

Ron PaulInfowars.comJune 17, 2013 President Obama announced late last week that the US intelligence community had...