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America’s Intelligence Spying Scandal Draws Global Outrage
Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja - 11/2/2013
From George Bush onward to President Obama, the sadistic politics of the few flourishes in darkness being unable to know the difference between the foes and friends, fair and foul.
America, the Powerful and the Powerless
Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja - 10/27/2013
Hans Morgenthau (Politics Among Nations, 1948) defined the concept of power as condition related to the psychology of mind. In a nation state, leaders use their mind to transform the vested power into political acts.
U.S. Should Step Back in Egypt, Elsewhere
Prof. Peter Morici - 7/23/2013
Egypt presents unpleasant choices and is emblematic of challenges confronting U.S foreign policymakers across the globe. U.S. policy should adjust in ways once viewed as unthinkable.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s Holy-Land Peace Crusade
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 7/14/2013
The new U.S. Secretary of State, the Honorable John F. Kerry, has been spending a tremendous amount of his time attempting to bring the Palestinians and the Israelis back to the negotiating table.
Obama's Mess in Egypt
Prof. Peter Morici - 7/5/2013
Recent events in Egypt put President Obama in a tough spot, even if not as difficult as that of deposed Egyptian President Morsi. At least the latter gentleman knows his own mind, even if paying a high price for it, whereas Obama is at wit's end to articulate where he stands on the sanctity of democracy and its place in American foreign policy.
Shai Franklin’s Distorted Discourse on Iranian Dissidents
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 6/30/2013
On Monday, June 17, 2013, Shai Franklin, currently senior fellow for United Nations Affairs at the Institute on Religion and Public Affairs, penned a critique for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency entitled “Op-Ed: Stop pretending to care about Iranians’ rights” in which he roundly criticized Professor Irwin Cotler and Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk for their essay —“Op-Ed: Stand with the dissidents of Iran”, published in JTA on Friday, June 14, 2013.
Obama’s Climate Action Masks Hidden Agenda
Prof. Peter Morici - 6/30/2013
President Obama’s Climate Action Plan won’t do any more to curb global warming than Obamacare did for expat health insurance or other key solution, but it will please liberals who delight in extending government control over large segments of the economy. The president argues the overwhelming majority of scientists, including some early skeptics, agree the planet is warming and greenhouse gas emissions are the primary culprit. As CO2 composes 80 percent of those gases, Obama targets coal-fired electric utilities and opportunities to reduce fuel use in heavy transportation.
Edward Snowden Appears More Public Servant than Criminal
Prof. Peter Morici - 6/25/2013
The revelation that the National Security Agency is tracking every phone call each American makes, and broadly mining internet data puts President Obama at the center of yet another controversy. He and supporters in the Republican leadership, not Edward Snowden, are making themselves villains.
Obama and Xi at the Summit
Prof. Peter Morici - 6/9/2013
As Presidents Obama and Xi Jinping meet this weekend, China’s aggressive actions and halting cooperation on a growing list of issues undermine the U.S. economy and national security.
Obama Appeasement of China, Japan Wrecking Recovery
Prof. Peter Morici - 6/3/2013
Tuesday, the Commerce Department is expected to report the April deficit on international trade in goods and services was $41.2 billion, up from $24.9 billion when the economic recovery began. The Obama Administration’s ill-conceived energy policies and appeasement of China and Japan are responsible for this jump in the trade gap and the slow pace of economic recovery.
U.S. administration wrongly advocates the Islamist interpretation of Islamophobia
Walid Phares, Ph.D. - 5/22/2013
The State Department issued a report denouncing what it called "a spike in anti-Islamic sentiment in Europe and Asia." It said that "Muslims also faced new restrictions in 2012 in countries ranging from Belgium, which banned face-covering religious attire in classrooms, to India[,] where schools in Mangalore restricted headscarves."
Obama abstract on the Middle East, admits Jihadi expansion, ignores Taliban after 2014
Walid Phares, Ph.D. - 3/17/2013
In his State of the Union speech of 2013, President Barack Obama addressed several crises in the Middle East and on the front of fighting terror. On Afghanistan President Obama assessed the outcome of his policies as a weakening of the Taliban and committed to a sustained withdrawal from the country while helping the Afghan Government to take the lead in military missions.
Mark Levin on President Woodrow Wilson
Ellis Washington, J.D. - 1/14/2013
No doubt a great deal of nonsense has been talked about the inalienable rights of the individual, and a great deal that was mere vague sentiment and pleasing speculation has been put forward as fundamental principle.
Shame on Senator Frank R. Lautenberg
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 8/22/2012
New Jersey’s senior U.S. Senator, Frank R. Lautenberg, published an article (“Romney must stop playing politics with Israel”) in the August 15, 2012 edition of The Jerusalem Post for which he should be thoroughly ashamed; it is a political smear and loaded with distortions and outright lies. It is a desperate attempt to stop the erosion of Jewish votes from supporting the re-election of President Barack H. Obama that several polls over the past few weeks have indicated is occurring. Lautenberg’s article is truly an ugly case of the kettle calling the pot black, and it’s beneath the dignity of his office for him to author such a screed.
Real vs. false prophets
Ellis Washington, J.D. - 8/8/2012
Is there not here a prophet of the LORD…?
~ 1 Kings 22:7
In the Old Testament Bible there were three times that good King Jehoshaphat listened to military advice by the prophets on whether or not to go to war with his surrounding enemies and three times he wasn’t satisfied with the words he was hearing as being authentically from the Lord (I Kings 22:7; 2 Kings 3:11; 2 Chronicles 18:6). Therefore, what made King Jehoshaphat “good” was that he had the fortitude and spiritual discernment to reject the words of the false prophets and ask for a real prophet so as to follow the will ...
The Pentagon is a conveyor belt for hatred and enmity towards Islam
Abid Mustafa - 5/16/2012
“We are not at war with Islam”—President Obama
It was only last month that Pentagon officials repeatedly implored Pastor Terry Jones not to burn copies of the Quran fearing that Jones’s inflammatory action could arouse Muslim sentiments and endanger the lives of US soldiers serving in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Yet, a month later the Pentagon managed to outdo the bigotry of Terry Jones and had been caught red handed for spearheading America’s crusade against Islam and seeking its total annihilation. Lt Col Matthew Dooley who was responsible for conditioning hundreds of US offi...
The Peace Corps, Drugs and US Foreign Policy
Taylor Dibbert - 1/31/2012
A few months ago, President Barack Obama was celebrating the “profound” relationship between the United States and Honduras.
American Exceptionalism and the ultimate virtue
Prof. Peter Morici - 12/28/2011
Americans should be thankful that the values that define America --- personal liberty and individual pursuit of happiness --- are increasingly embraced around the globe.
U.S. Middle-East Policy in Disarray
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 4/18/2011
Washington, DC’s recent discovery that its U.S. Middle-East policy is in tatters appears to be confined to the Hill and some conservative NGOs.
The Obama Doctrine Is Not Good Foreign Policy
Prof. Peter Morici - 3/30/2011
After missteps addressing Congressional concerns, President Obama has articulated clearly the goals, means and duration of the U.S. military action in Libya. Critics may say he did not address those issues, but he did and the answers are not acceptable.
The Vacuous American Middle-East Policy
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 1/12/2011
Early on January 2, 2011, Israel’s liberal newspaper, Haaretz,  reported that U.S. President Barack H. Obama and Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton are furious with Israel’s Minister of Defense Ehud Barak for not delivering on an alleged promise to convince Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to agree to the proposed three month extension of the building moratorium for East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Not twenty-four hours later, Israel’s centrist paper, The Jerusalem Post,  reported a denial of the first story on the part of the State Department’s Spokesman, P.J. Crowley. The Jerus...
Wikileaks War: No More Secrets
David Huntwork - 12/27/2010
As the latest Wikileaks saga unfolded I couldn't help but recall the scene in the film Sneakers where Martin "Marty" Bishop (Robert Redford) and Cosmo (Ben Kingsley) discuss the "code breaker.”
A Hint On The Future of Obama 'Peace Process' Policy
Prof. Barry Rubin - 12/21/2010
George Mitchell, the U.S. envoy to the Middle East, has given the first hint about the Obama Administration's future strategy. He said that he will now take six weeks to talk to Israel and the Palestinian Authority to find out what they want. One idea he will present is that the two sides carry out indirect talks through the United States--essentially what has been going on for the last two years with no progress.
Notes From an Undeclared Cold War
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 12/13/2010
The diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks earlier this week confirm that the key strategic process taking place in the Middle East is the push for regional dominance by the Islamic Republic of Iran. The documents show that the Iranian nuclear program is only the most worrisome element of a broader effort, as there is additional evidence of Iranian involvement and interference in political processes across the region.
Obama Administration Gives Up On Pointless 'Freeze' Diplomacy
Prof. Barry Rubin - 12/10/2010
As I predicted here ten days ago, the Obama Administration has now given up attempts to get Israel to agree to a three-month freeze of construction on existing settlements. Here is the most fascinating sentence in the New York Times' coverage:
Wikileaks Framed: Manipulated by State Department, Leak Intentional
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 12/2/2010
On November 29 Wikileaks released the first batch of documents from the leaked dump of American diplomatic correspondence. Almost a week earlier, on November 23, I published in globalpolitician.com an article titled "Korea: Imminent Unification" in which I stated that the US and China were secretly negotiating the re-unification of the Korean Peninsula. Some of the documents released by Wikileaks a week later substantiated this claim. Yet, I had no access to Wikileaks' information. My story relied on a mid-level State Department functionary who all but thrust the information down my throat with promises of much more to come.
Wikileaks and 21st century Information Access
Saberi Roy - 12/1/2010
The release of highly confidential sensitive US defense information sent through secret routers and providing access to this information to newspapers around the world could have two levels and directions of analysis. The Wikileaks phenomenon could possibly represent high levels of public counter spying as all activity of intelligence officials surface for public glare and scrutiny. The Wikileaks officials have defended their position and their decision to go public with the documents reiterating that they haven’t put US or other officials and diplomats at risk. The US government is yet to be assured of this.
The Big Story Being Missed & Trying to Ignore Wikileaks
Prof. Barry Rubin - 12/1/2010
I cannot urge you strongly enough to view this short cartoon video about U.S. Middle East policy, building on the Wikileaks. While it isn't completely fair--not mentioning U.S. efforts against Iran in terms of sanctions, military help to Gulf Arabs, etc--it is also absolutely brilliant at getting across the main theme.
Wikileaks Confirm Our Analysis of U.S. Policy and Middle East Politics
Prof. Barry Rubin - 11/30/2010
Please forgive me for saying this, but what really amazed me in reading the Wikileaks was how thoroughly they proved points I've been making for years. I wouldn't have had the nerve to say that except that readers have been telling me the same thing.
Facing up to China
Prof. Peter Morici - 11/16/2010
In 1876, Europeans visiting the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition were astonished by American industrial prowess. In two generations, the United States had progressed from a simple agrarian society to challenge the most advanced European economies. Now, China confronts America in an historic test transcending commerce.
Understanding Our Enemies
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 11/11/2010
The sixth century before the Common Era Chinese philosopher-general Sun Tzu, author of The Art of War , emphasized the importance of understanding one’s enemy. That is a rule of warfare that we ignore at great peril to our success and ultimately to the preservation of our freedom. In our ongoing war with Islamic radical fundamentalism, it appears that our political leadership fails to grasp the significance of the ideology of both Sunni and Shiite radical fundamentalists.  Our ability to defeat al-Qaeda and other Sunni radicals, as well as to defeat the Shiite Islamic Republic of Iran (...
What's The Model For Our Lifetimes: World War Or Cold War?
Prof. Barry Rubin - 11/7/2010
It has become fashionable to compare the current situation in the world with the experiences of Nazism and World War Two. There are some parallels, of course, worth exploring. But a more likely model for the next period in world history is more likely to be that of the Soviet Union and the Cold War.
Looking Ahead at U.S.-Israel and Peace Process Issues
Prof. Barry Rubin - 8/15/2010
What will be the next developments regarding U.S.-Israel relations and the Israel-Palestinian "peace process," and Israeli politics. It's possible to make some good predictions, or at least to present the most likely scenarios.
Passionate, Heated Debates Over The Peace Process Have Nothing To Do With Reality
Prof. Barry Rubin - 8/9/2010
There is a great deal of heat and passion about the difference between "left" and "right" views in Israel. Yet these gaps, at least during this era, are far less significant than people think. I'm going to tell an anecdote that illustrates this point even as it seems to contradict it.
Obama Again Predicts Direct Israel-Palestinian Talks
Prof. Barry Rubin - 7/19/2010
Last September, President Barack Obama said in a major speech in New York, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas standing nearby, that there would be direct Israel-Palestinian negotiations in Washington by November 2009.
How the U.S. is benefiting from its alliance with Israel
Gil Ehrenkranz, Esq. - 7/6/2010
Amidst a budding nuclear arms race in the Middle East, the Obama administration is seen by many as “resetting” the relationship between the United States and its long-time ally, Israel. This recalibration of the U.S.-Israel alliance is occurring while Israel is facing the first genuine threat to its existence since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The threat emanates from the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Iranian quest for nuclear arms production capability is nearly complete as most analysts estimate that Iran will have mastered the ability to produce nuclear weapons by 2013.
White House Announcement on Gaza Shows the Missing Element: Strategic Rationality
Prof. Barry Rubin - 6/28/2010
"As a general rule, you should assume that the more unlikely the action I lay upon this stage for you, the more likely it is that I have evidence of its having happened." --Clive Barker, Galilee.
What Makes Obama Tick in the Middle East
Prof. Barry Rubin - 6/21/2010
In critiquing the Obama Administration, I don't mean to suggest it has no reasons for desiring to please Arabs and Muslims as one of its highest (sometimes seemingly its highest) priorities.
Obama Meets Abbas and Shows He Understands Neither Hamas Nor Israel
Prof. Barry Rubin - 6/10/2010
President Barack Obama has announced an additional $400 million in aid for housing, school construction and business development in Gaza and West Bank in his meeting with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas. Calling the status quo in Gaza unsustainable, Obama said he was talking with Europeans, Egypt, Israel, and the PA on how to have a better approach that takes into account the security concerns of Israel and the needs of people in Gaza.
Barack Obama and Hamas
Ted Belman - 6/8/2010
Pres Obama is not letting the flotilla crisis go to waste. He is using it as a springboard to change US policy regarding Hamas. In his words, uttered in a recent interview by Larry King, ‘Time to move forward and break out of the impasse’ and “the status quo is unsustainable.” Totally aside from whether it is really unsustainable, one need not wonder how he intends to break out of the impass. He will bring Hamas in from the cold.
Obama Administration's Middle East Disaster: A Brief Summary
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/18/2010
Every day I wake up hoping to have good news to report about U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. There are some positive things-regarding U.S.-Israel bilateral relations-but other than that it is hard to find anything but failure and incompetence.
Outside the Box Method to Stop Iran’s Nuclear Drive
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 5/16/2010
The most recent estimates concerning Iran’s nuclear program suggest that Iran will have mastered the process of making a bomb within the year and will actually be able to possess such a bomb within three years. The possibility that these estimates are accurate requires of us that we begin to think “outside the box” when looking for solutions to our Iran problem. Although the problem poses an immense security threat to the United States, the current Obama administration—as Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has admitted this last month—has no viable plan to stop Iran’s acquisition of nuclear arm...
Obama Administration Embraces Russia
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/15/2010
If America's Middle East position collapses in the forest will anyone hear it? The answer is either: apparently no, or just barely. As I've predicted Russia is coming back into the region and it is going to play a very bad role. Moscow is linking up with the emerging Islamist alliance of Iran, Syria, Hamas, and Hizballah.
Obama Administration Continues to Supply Israel with Advanced Weapons
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/9/2010
I have repeatedly pointed out that as of now the Obama Administration has never put any material pressure on Israel. There are wild rumors and irresponsible materials floating around to the contrary. They aren't true. As proof, for example, take the article by Barbara Opall-Rome in Defense News, May 3, 2010, "U.S. Backs Israeli Munitions Upgrades." She writes of "ever-expanding bilateral security ties unharmed by the unusually high-profile political rift" that took place temporarily.
Three Cheers for Congress, One for France, and Two and a Half Boos for Obama Policy
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/6/2010
The U.S. Congress is back as a factor in U.S. foreign policy. Partly because the Obama Administration has pushed it too far to do unpopular things; partly because members are no longer in awe of the president's alleged invincibility and much-declined popularity. Many Democratic members see their whole careers flashing before their eyes. And, of course, there's the administration's decision to pick a quarrel with Israel.
A Shocking Secret in Plain Sight: U.S. Policy Sabotages U.S. Policy
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/2/2010
"The Palestinian Authority is, in effect, a lifeline to more than half a million people in Gaza, making sure that PA salaries are paid and social welfare payments are made on time. The PA plans to devote roughly half of its $3.9 billion budget to Gaza in 2010."
The U.S.-Israel Crisis May Be Over and We Can Celebrate the Achievement of Nothing
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/2/2010
Something very interesting is happening very quietly. The Obama Administration appears to have forgotten about its quarrel with Israel, in part because it is being reported with increasing reliability that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has quietly agreed to suspend all construction in eastern or northern Jerusalem outside the 1967 lines. .
General Jones Tells A Joke
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/1/2010
Today's public culture focuses a lot more on categorization than though processes. The immediate question that arises after various incidents is whether or not they meet the criterion of categorizing something as objectionable rather than considering what it actually tells us. So it is with the joke General Jones, national security advisor to President Barack Obama.
Obama’s Pie in the Sky
Ted Belman - 4/14/2010
There is no solution to the final status issues of Jerusalem, borders and refugees that both sides will agree to. Nevertheless President Obama is committed to forcing an agreement.
Obama Seeks to Impose a Solution on Israel
Ted Belman - 4/4/2010
After his inauguration, President Obama made it his business to end the Mideast conflict within two years. To achieve that end he embraced the â€śSaudi peace planâ€ť and put enormous pressure on Israel to accept it. The hallmark of this plan was â€śending the occupation that began in 1967â€ł and the division of Jerusalem. Can we conclude from this that Obama is anti-Semitic, just hostile to Israel, or intent on changing U.S./Israel relations? The answer is not immediately self-evident.
Just Say No
Prof. Barry Rubin - 4/3/2010
Friedrich Nietzsche famously said, "That which does not kill me makes me stronger." A good Middle East equivalent, at least among the anti-democratic forces, would be: That which does not scare me makes me bolder.
President Obama Follows Up on His Middle East Victory, A Satire
Prof. Barry Rubin - 4/2/2010
"President Obama! President Obama," said the aide in a cheery voice as he entered the Oval Office, "we just heard that Prime Minister Netanyahu is going to stop all construction in Jerusalem and give in to all your demands!"
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 3/29/2010
The Obama administration's approach to the Middle East is characterized by an apparent desire to revive the sunny illusions of the 1990s peace process - in an era that is far more uncertain and dangerous. This is particularly noticeable in the Israeli-Palestinian arena, in which the United States, the dominant world power, sets the parameters of debate. As a result, international discussion of the conflict is now more detached from reality than at any time in the past 40 years.
White House Ignores Iran's Help to al-Qaida in Its Passion over Jerusalem Apartments
Prof. Barry Rubin - 3/29/2010
The United States is at war with al-Qaida. Al-Qaida carried out the attack on the World Trade Center that killed 3,000 Americans. Al-Qaida is killing Americans in Iraq and elsewhere. So one would think the fact that al-Qaida has found a powerful ally would be a big story in the American media and by a big priority for setting off U.S. government anger.
Has the Obama Administration, Against U.S. Interests, Declared Diplomatic War on Israel?
Prof. Barry Rubin - 3/29/2010
Has the Obama Administration, against U.S. interests, declared diplomatic war on Israel? Up to now my view has been that the U.S. government didn't want a crisis but merely sought to get indirect negotiations going between Israel and Palestinians in order to look good.
The Roots of Washington’s Failures in Dealing with Rogue Regimes
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 3/29/2010
The United States has had a lousy track record in dealing with “rogue regimes” for at least the past three decades. There are very few successes that Washington can claim in its attempts to wean such rogue states back into the council of civility, especially from among rogue Islamic states and/or liberation movements. Why is this so? Is American diplomacy inherently inept? Does the American Foreign Service mis-train its students? Why can’t the U.S. Department of State get it right? Why is American foreign policy such a dismal failure when dealing with Islamic and/or totalitarian rogue regimes?
Why What General Patraeus Said Is Wrong About the Middle East
Prof. Barry Rubin - 3/18/2010
General David Petraeus is a smart guy, one of the smartest in the U.S. government at present. But he's no Middle East expert. Let's examine two remarks he made in his congressional testimony. Before we do, though, promise me you will read paragraph 17 because there's a very explosive point made there you won't find anywhere else. Agreed? OK, let's go.
Explaining the U.S.-Israel Crisis
Prof. Barry Rubin - 3/17/2010
It is important to understand that the current controversy over construction in east Jerusalem is neither a public relations' problem nor a bilateral policy dispute. It arises because of things having nothing directly to do with this specific point.
How to Make Defeatism Look Good: Let's Give Up and Cheer the Islamists
Prof. Barry Rubin - 3/13/2010
I'm not going to bash or rant about a Newsweek article about Turkey by Owen Matthews-shocking and dangerous as it is--but rather talk about what is wrong and inaccurate about it. That article is part of a new wave of defeatism sweeping the West, though it still remains subordinate to the more ostensibly attractive idea that there is no real conflict or at least one easy to fix by Western concessions.
Here's the title: "The Army Is Beaten: Why the U.S. should hail the Islamists." Yes, we should thank the Islamists for taking over Turkey. ...
Obama Plans to Impose a Solution on Israel
Ted Belman - 3/11/2010
During the lead up to his election victory, he surrounded himself with a host of vehemently anti-Israel advisors including Lee Hamilton, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Samantha Power, Susan Rice and Gen Jones, many of whom advocated imposing a solution on Israel. He also made common cause with Jewish leftists represented by J Street and Israel Policy Forum who were urging him to increase the pressure on Israel and if that didn’t work, to impose a solution on Israel.
Understanding Attempts to Resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Prof. Barry Rubin - 3/11/2010
Last September, President Barack Obama said before a large audience at the UN that within two months there would be intensive, direct, final status talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Sort of a Camp David III. Now, six months later we are back in the pre-1992 era of indirect talks.
Pardon Me, Obama Administration, But Isn't Your Policy on Fire?
Prof. Barry Rubin - 3/8/2010
The story of the U.S. engagement with Syria and the sanctions issue regarding Iran's nuclear program are fascinating. Each day there's some new development showing how the Obama Administration is acting like a deer standing in the middle of a busy highway admiring the pretty automobile headlights.
Delusional USA - Syrian Overtures
Elias Bejjani - 3/2/2010
It is extremely bizarre and astonishing that Western countries, especially the USA and France, stubbornly refuse to learn from their own manifold mistakes and finally see and grasp the deeply rooted criminal, inhuman, savage and terrorist nature of the Syrian Baathist dictatorial regime. They naively kept on repeating their same unproductive strategies and accordingly reaped with frustration the same disappointments and failures.
When It Comes to Analyzing the Middle East, We Live in an Age of Idiocy
Prof. Barry Rubin - 2/25/2010
After more than 30 years of watching people write dumb things about the Middle East, I believe that in the last month I've seen more nonsense than at any previous time. The problem arises from ignorance, lack of understanding of the region by those presented as experts; plus arrogance, treating the region and the lives of people as a game (Hey, let's try this and see what happens!), fostered by the failure of such control mechanisms as a balanced debate and editing that rejects simplistic bias or stupidity; as well as a simple lack of logic.
Saudis to Obama Administration: We're Scared of Iran and You're Going Too Slow
Prof. Barry Rubin - 2/20/2010
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip to the Persian Gulf is generally being portrayed as a success in the media with the New York Times, for example, saying she "may have made some headway" in getting the Saudis to support sanctions.
Obama’s Brzezinski Plan
Ted Belman - 1/27/2010
In Appraising Obama’s Foreign Policy: From Hope to Audacity, Zbigniew Brzezinski, described Obama’s, and his, world view which he characterized as “reconnect(ing) the United States with the emerging historical context of the twenty-first century.”
Obama’s Brzezinski Plan
Ted Belman - 1/17/2010
In Appraising Obama’s Foreign Policy: From Hope to Audacity, Zbigniew Brzezinski, described Obama’s, and his, world view which he characterized as “reconnect(ing) the United States with the emerging historical context of the twenty-first century.”
Obama's 2010 Policy and Iran: Misconceptions Guarantee Failure
Prof. Barry Rubin - 12/31/2009
A friend of mine is angry, saying I'm too tough on President Barack Obama and that nothing he does pleases me. Well, I wish he'd do more that pleases me, and disconcerts America's enemies.
For Obama, 2010 in the Middle East Looks Like the Precipice of Doom
Prof. Barry Rubin - 12/27/2009
The year 2010 is going to be interesting. Well, all years in the Middle East are interesting; many of them are far too interesting.
Hillary's Bombshell: Obama Administration Subtly Launches Dramatic Policy Change
Prof. Barry Rubin - 12/14/2009
In a one-paragraph statement welcoming Israel’s ten-month-long freeze on building apartments in existing West Bank settlements, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a major statement. The dramatic new U.S. stance on Israel-Palestinian Authority peace agreement is camouflaged by brevity and subtle wording. But make no mistake: this is one of the most important foreign policy steps the Obama Administration has taken.
Frolicking in the Quicksand: How the Obama Administration Keeps Making Huge Mistakes in the Middle East
Prof. Barry Rubin - 12/2/2009
Of course, the Obama Administration has its defenders. They either ignore criticism of the Administration’s foreign policy or claim it is all partisan and ideological. And yet the truth is that if you watch the government's policy on a daily basis it is truly remarkable how many dumb, avoidable mistakes are made.
America’s Leadership Deficit
Prof. Peter Morici - 11/17/2009
Bigger than the budget deficit, America has a leadership gap. The economic recovery is not creating jobs, unemployment is rising, and the President and Congress offer little more than nostrums and platitudes. Republicans push tax cuts that experience teaches have doubtful prospects for success.
Media Wakes Up About the Obama Administration's Middle East Failure
Prof. Barry Rubin - 11/10/2009
There’s something big happening in the air regarding American media coverage of the Obama Administration. With the Washington Post in advance, the New York Times waking up the tiniest bit, the Los Angeles Times trailing far behind, and a lot of other newspapers getting tough, reality is seeping into their coverage. Even the Boston Globe, America's most liberal newspaper, is strongly criticizing Obama.
America on the Children's Crusade
Prof. Barry Rubin - 11/3/2009
A friend of mine who used to be a high-ranking U.S. government official made a very interesting remark: Intelligence does not settle disputes in government, theories do. In other words, no matter how badly an enemy acts, you can interpret it as their building up bargaining chips to make a deal. They are hitting you to force you to offer them a good bargain.
The Indo-Us Nuke Deal: a Strategic and Defense Floodgate
Monotapash Mukherjee - 10/11/2009
Set against the backdrop of American financial Tsunami, the rise of China and Russia, the predicament of the U.S in Iraq, Afghanistan and the U.S policy failures on North Korea and Iran, the Indo-U.S Nuclear deal has profound strategic and defense implications.
The Increasingly Obvious Failure of Obama's Middle East Policy
Prof. Barry Rubin - 9/25/2009
It’s a development of shocking proportions if properly noticed and evaluated. President Barack Obama’s entire Arab-Israeli and Iranian policies are miserably failing, though partly concealed by theatrical events and media protection.
How the West's Enemies Are Saving It
Prof. Barry Rubin - 9/24/2009
When people are very pessimistic, I say to them: Don’t worry our enemies will save us. By that I mean that the enemies of peace, progress, and democracy - Islamists and radical Arab nationalists, terrorists and silly people in the West alike--are so intransigent, obviously lying, and dangerously wrong about society that they will convince and force most people to reject and combat them.
Guide To A Big Mistake: U.S. Decision to Talk with Iran
Prof. Barry Rubin - 9/16/2009
Forgive me for a bit of repetition but what has just happened is so important that it deserves the closest attention and clearest analysis. A more comprehensive explanation is here.
U.S Government Jumps Voluntarily into Iran's Trap; Pulls in Europeans, Too
Prof. Barry Rubin - 9/13/2009
The great French diplomatist Talleyrand put it best: "That's worse than a crime, it's a mistake."
By accepting the Iranian proposal for negotiations, the Obama Administration has just made the most important foreign policy decision of its term so far. And it is a very bad mistake, a very bad one indeed.
Neutrality on Iraq-Syria: Obama Administration Betrays Ally and Doesn't Even Defend Its Own Soldiers
Prof. Barry Rubin - 9/4/2009
On August 26, State Department spokesman, Ian Kelly, was asked what the United States thought about the Iraq-Syria dispute. His answer shockingly recalls the last time a U.S. government made the mistake of being neutral between an enemy radical dictatorship and a friendly moderate government.
No Engagement Game Because Iran Burned Down
Prof. Barry Rubin - 9/1/2009
Gerald Seib’s article in the Wall Street Journal is worth responding to because it does symbolize the curious mentality about Iran prevailing in American policymaking and opinion-making circles. The article is entitled, "Iran Collapse Complicates U.S. Moves."
Would Dumping Israel Help U.S. Relations with the Muslim Middle East?
Prof. Barry Rubin - 8/20/2009
One amazing thing about bad ideas or analytical myths about the Middle East is that they never die, they just get recycled. Here’s a simple little thought experiment you can do in the privacy of your own home without requiring the purchase of any special equipment or the use of any scarce natural resources.
Obama Administration Says: Hooray for Jihad
Prof. Barry Rubin - 8/20/2009
I’m beginning to understand the Obama administration strategy, at least in its initial phase, as a “bridge too far” approach. That expression came after the heroic Allied operation at Arnheim in World War Two, when what seemed a clever idea—to capture a key bridge far ahead of the existing Allied lines—turned into a military disaster.
Obama Administration Recognizes Ahmadinejad as President
Prof. Barry Rubin - 8/7/2009
No, I don't want to keep writing every day about the Obama Administration's Middle East policy. There are many other topics I'd prefer, but the problem is that they keep doing things.
Do All the World's Countries Really Love the Obama Administration? A Survey
Prof. Barry Rubin - 8/7/2009
A recent article lists seven countries, aside from Israel, where it argues relations with the U.S. have declined since Obama took office, responding to a Washington Post editorial lavishing praise on the Obama administration and saying relations are better with every country in the world except Israel.
A Letter To The President on Iranian Opposition
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 8/7/2009
Dear Mr. President:
It pains me to write to you of an incident that occurred today in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, home-base of the Iranian resistance organization, the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), an organization that has supplied the United States with intelligence about the Iranian regime’s nuclear and missile programs. Camp Ashraf, which has been under the protection of the United States Army until the SOFA agreement of December 2008, in which the right of the residents of Ashraf to continued asylum in Iraq was assured by the Iraqi government, maintaining the status of the MEK in Ashraf that had ...
2009: A Diplomatic Odyssey
Prof. Barry Rubin - 7/27/2009
“‘If anyone unwarily draws in too close and hears the singing of the Sirens, his wife and children will never welcome him home again, for they sit in a green field and warble him to death with the sweetness of their song. There is a great heap of dead men's bones lying all around, with the flesh still rotting off them. Therefore pass these Sirens by….
The Obama Ideology and World Affairs
Prof. Barry Rubin - 7/27/2009
Theme One: The Obama Revolution
To get a sense of Obama administration thinking, let’s examine the speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Council on Foreign Relations, July 15. Remember that the wording of such speeches is not random and that phrases and formulations are carefully chosen to convey messages.
A U.S. Middle East Policy Emerges: Great in Theory, Certain to Fail in Practice
Prof. Barry Rubin - 7/27/2009
A clear, consistent, and carefully formulated U.S. strategy is emerging in the Middle East. Unfortunately, it’s a badly flawed one that won’t work. Probably, the Obama administration will spend the next six months finding out what I’ve just told you. Hopefully, it will learn and change as a result.
Obama: An Innocent Abroad
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 6/18/2009
The London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi has published what it claims are key details of the new Middle East peace plan to be presented by President Obama in his speech in Cairo on June 4. Details of the plan made the front page of two leading Israeli newspapers.
Forty-Eight Hours of Reality
Prof. Barry Rubin - 6/18/2009
In the Middle East the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry because reality steps in.
Israel and America: Neither Surrender nor Confrontation
Prof. Barry Rubin - 6/13/2009
The United States demands that Israel stop construction on settlements. If this doesn’t happen, it hints at dire retaliation. If Israel agrees to this step, President Barack Obama promises great things. First, he claims this will bring dramatic progress toward Israel-Palestinian peace.
Speaking Flattery to Power
Prof. Barry Rubin - 6/11/2009
Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo is one of the most bizarre orations ever made by a U.S. president, not a foreign policy statement but rather something invented by Obama, an international campaign speech, as if his main goal was to obtain votes in the next Egyptian primary.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/31/2009
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall,
Whose the most popular statesman of all?
Here's one of many questions that should be asked everywhere but you might only see it here:
If President Barack Obama actually succeeds in making himself more popular among Arabs and Muslims, what material advantage would it give the United States?
Detailed Analysis of the Obama-Netanyahu Meeting
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/22/2009
So what did President Barack Obama say after the meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and what does it mean?
First, Obama went to great lengths to stress his belief in the special relationship between the two countries, knowing his fealty to it has been (understandably and rightfully) challenged. He consciously escalated it by calling it an "extraordinary relationship" adding "historical ties, emotional ties," "only true democracy of the Middle East," "a source of admiration and inspiration for the American people." He then went on to say Is...
Is There Hope that the Obama Administration Might Change?
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/19/2009
Regarding the Obama-Netanyahu Meeting, please forgive the following: I... told... you... so... and I'm glad there's good news for once. U.S.-Israel relations are again on a firm footing. On that I was sure. But now here's some speculation.
Obama’ policy toward Iran
Hassan Daioleslam - 5/13/2009
Over the past four months, the Obama administration has been sending good will signals to the Iranian regime and has confirmed its policy of overture toward Tehran. Obama’s Nowrouz message combined with the entry of two well known Iranian-American experts into the administration, illustrates this trend.
Obama Administration Withdraws Proposed Concessions to Hamas
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/13/2009
This has become a very interesting situation. On May 1, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in congressional testimony, reinterpreted the proposal discussed below to make it clear that the United States did not embrace the proposal (earlier raised by the French) to back a PA coalition with Hamas. She said that every individual minister of such a government would have to accept the quartet provisions that included recognizing Israel and abandoning terrorism. This would effetively rule out U.S. aid to a Fatah-Hamas coalition (which isn't going to happen any way).
Barack Obama's Crossroads
Lorna Thomas - 5/4/2009
Addressing students and young professionals gathered at Strasbourg in April 2009, for the NATO Youth Summit, President Barack Obama said "We find ourselves at a crossroads, ... all of us, for we've arrived at a moment where each nation and every citizen must choose, at last, how we respond to a world that has grown smaller and more connected than at any time in its existence." He added "But it's also a tremendous responsibility, because it is you who must ultimately decide what we do with this incredible moment in history."
Here Comes Hillary; There Goes Lebanon
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/4/2009
Suddenly, the United States has awoken to the fact that in one month Lebanon is likely to be taken over by a radical government and hijacked into the Iran-Syria alliance. Unfortunately, this apparently doesnďż˝t mean itďż˝or European statesďż˝are going to do anything about it.
The Unbearable Lightness of Wishful Thinking
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/1/2009
Congratulations, the conflict is over! Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad isn't a radical, aggressive Islamist and Holocaust denier but a peacenik! Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is against war and terrorism!
Obama's Foreign Policy: Bambi Versus the Sharks
Prof. Barry Rubin - 4/29/2009
It is not such a big deal to disagree with a president and his policies. But it is shocking to realize that the leader of the world’s most powerful country doesn’t appear to understand the most basic principles of international relations.This isn’t surprising since Barrack Obama has no—zero, nada—previous experience in this area. It shows. There are two distinct ways other countries respond to this combination of his ignorance at realpolitik, urgent desire to be liked, and pride in projecting U.S. weakness:
Barack Obama's Trip to Turkey
Ron Coody - 4/27/2009
Two weeks ago police and security forces sealed streets around the ancient capitol metropolis of Istanbul for miles in every direction when US president Barak Hussein Obama and his entourage arrived for the Alliance of Civilizations conference. The boldfaced Hussein is not a misprint. For days before and since Obama’s visit, a quick glance at the Turkish newspapers or television might lead you to believe that Hussein was Obama’s only name. It is ironic that during the presidential election, Obama and company successfully managed to almost completely erase any trace of his m...
The Confrontation Con-Game
Prof. Barry Rubin - 4/21/2009
There are many people eager to see President Barack Obama and his administration bash Israel, or predict that has already happened. But the administration has yet to make any significant direct anti-Israel actions or statements. I expect this widely predicted conflict isn’t going to take place.
Prof. Barry Rubin - 4/20/2009
It never ceases to amaze me that people who know nothing about the Middle East, in this case Roger Cohen but many other names come to mind, can suddenly proclaim themselves experts and make the most elementary errors involving the lives of other people. It also never ceases to amaze me that people can visit a country, especially a dictatorship, be wined and dined, handed a line and believe it so thoroughly that their mind is closed ever after.
Ron Coody - 4/19/2009
Perhaps it is much ado about nothing. In the recent trip to Europe participating in the G-20 summit with world leaders from every corner of the globe, President Obama greeted King Abdullah from Saudi Arabia with a deep bow, bending his tall frame before the much shorter king. Obama bent over ninety-degrees from the waist and bent one of his knees as the Arab monarch stretched forth his hand and smiled broadly, as anyone can easily see from the photographs set loose upon the boundary-less world of the internet. It was a sign of…what? It certainly fit comfortably within the whole Islamic pa...
The Special US-Israel Relationship Under Assault
Ted Belman - 3/27/2009
Predictably, John Measheimer comes out in support of Chas Freeman in his article The Lobby Falters. According to him “the Israel lobby launched a smear campaign against Freeman” and he suggested the attack was unfounded. He faults Obama with these words “But Barack Obama’s pandering to the Israel lobby during the campaign and his silence during the Gaza War show that this is one opponent he is not willing to challenge.”
Brzezinski and the Iranian Bomb
Hassan Daioleslam and Keyvan Koboli - 3/24/2009
On March 5th, Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former US National Security advisor under President Carter testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee elaborating on the U.S. policy toward a nuclear Iran. In his testimony, Brzezinski told the Senate committee that the prospect of a nuclear Iran is not that frightening.
Helping Hillary While Keeping Israel Safe
Prof. Barry Rubin - 3/3/2009
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Israel on the first of what will no doubt be many visits. Beyond the simple self-interest of making her feel appreciated, most Israelis are genuinely glad that she was appointed to this job. The reason why is critical to understanding the future of U.S. Middle East Policy and U.S.-Israel relations.
Obama seeks American Jewish support for pressuring Israel
Ted Belman - 2/23/2009
A year ago Obama spoke in Cleveland to the leaders of the Jewish community and tipped his hand,
The Unpopular Prospect of World War III
Dr. Andreas Umland - 1/27/2009
A regularly employed analyst runs a certain risk when publicly speaking about the possibility of a destruction of humanity, in the foreseeable future. “Professional myopia” or “immaturity in judgment” may be among the less denigrating – “unprofessional hysteria” or “irresponsible conduct” the more damning – reactions by colleagues. One workplace-friend recently advised me to delete from an article the term “World War III.” I decided not to do so.
Advice for President Obama on 'the Aspirations of the Iranian People'
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 1/17/2009
On Sunday, January 11, 2009, President-elect Barak H. Obama stated in an interview on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”, that his administration would move quickly to change the U.S. approach towards Iran, moving to engagement and increased diplomacy, “sending a signal that we respect the aspirations of the Iranian people,…” Such a statement sounds admirable and it would be a very fine policy—if it was truly the aspirations of the Iranian people that were being addressed. Unfortunately, Obama is falling into the same trap as the prior two administrations, and failing to realize tha...
Obama’s Policy directions for the Middle East crisis
Saberi Roy - 1/17/2009
As the world waits for the grand inauguration on January 20th, Obama will have to introduce himself to the world as the US President with more solutions and more promises. Although he has been focusing on the financial crisis and terrorism and there are too many expectations now that the economic plan with its emphasis on job growth and tax cuts could bring back US prosperity, Obama has actually been very silent about his foreign policy directions. There are many foreign policy issues that Obama has not mentioned in his campaign and although economy will take centre stage for the first few mon...
Obama, Iran and the nuclearization of the Middle East
Abid Mustafa - 1/10/2009
On 13/12/2008, Robert Gates, the US Secretary of Defence speaking at international security conference in Bahrain gave some insight about forthcoming relations between America and Iran. He said, "Nobody is after a regime change in Iran...What we are after is a change in policies and a change in behaviour so that Iran becomes a good neighbour of people in the region (rather) than a source of instability and violence." In response to a question about Iran, Gates said, "If we say that we want to try to change Iranian behaviour and want to deter Iran from developing nuclear weapons and we want to ...
Obama Administration in the Middle East
Symposium - 1/8/2009
Barry Rubin, "The Administration's Theme: Conciliation with Enemies"
Patrick Clawson, "Obama, the Gulf, and Iran"
Norvell B. De Atkine, "Iraq: The Chimera of the 16-Month Withdrawal"
David Schenker, "Syria, Israel, and Lebanon"
John S. Duffield, "The Obama Presidency, Oil, and the Middle East"
Mark N. Katz, "What Obama Should Do About Russia in the Middle East"
Barry Rubin, "The Region's Dilemma: How to Deal with Obama"
Jeffrey Azarva, "Obama and Egypt's Coming Succession Crisis"
Tony Badran, "Syria Sets Its Traps for the Obama Administration"
Passing the Iraq Baton to Barack Obama
Kenneth M. Pollack - 12/29/2008
All across America, people increasingly seem to believe that the war in Iraq is won. Republicans proclaim it triumphantly. Democrats acknowledge it grudgingly and then try to change the subject to Afghanistan.
Twelve Years of Iranian lobby
Hassan Daioleslam - 12/18/2008
A few weeks ago, on November 18th, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) held a conference in the Hart Senate building. A group of lawmakers, former diplomats and Iran experts gathered to indirectly advise the President elect Obama on how to deal with Iran. Or, how to reduce the pressure off the Iranian regime and augment the incentives.1 The moderator of the event was Trita Parsi, the president of NIAC.
Obama Administration and Israel: A Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion - 12/16/2008
On November 6, 2008, in light of Barack Obama's election as forty-forth president of the United States, the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce held a panel discussion on the prospects for U.S-Israeli relations under the Obama administration. Those participating were Prof. Barry Rubin, Ambassador Daniel Ayalon, Ambassador Dan Halpern, and Zvi Rafiah. Brief biographies can be found at the end of the article.
Russia and Europe want a multi-polar world
Lorna Thomas - 12/9/2008
1. REINS OF POWER SLIPPING FROM U.S. ARE BEING TAKEN UP BY EUROPE WHICH INCLUDES RUSSIA
“We are facing the greatest economic challenge of our lifetime, and we're going to have to act swiftly to resolve it," President Elect Barack Obama said during his first public address after election.
America’s Achilles Heel: A Tale of Two Gulfs
James Leigh - 10/12/2008
Americans may have a vulnerable Achilles heel made up of two gulfs: the Gulf of Mexico and the Persian Gulf.
Terror Pays, Capitulation Doesn’t
Ted Belman - 9/29/2008
The seventies were witness to the Munich Massacre of Israeli Olympic athletes, the Yom Kippur War, the oil embargo, the PLO terrorist attacks on international airlines and airports, and finally the appearance of gun-toting Yasser Arafat before the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Unintelligence in Federal Intelligence Agencies
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 9/29/2008
The Bush administration has found yet another way to waste taxpayer money while providing huge sums to private contractors. According to a survey of activities in 2007 by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, about a third of the federal professional intelligence workforce now consists of contractors, mostly in the Washington , DC area.
'Don’t Ask; Don’t Promise' on Troop Withdrawal
Prof. Kazem Kazerounian - 8/29/2008
The current political climate in the US is influencing many politicians on both sides of the isle to promise early withdrawal of the troops by offering all sorts of time tables unsubstantiated by the reality of the situation. The debate over troop withdrawal must not be muddle up with rationalizing or arguing against the genesis of the Iraq war. While the countries are the same, the issues and the players are drastically different. The current war is not against remnants of Sadam’s army or Al-Qaida in Iraq or Taliban in Afghanistan. It is absurd to believe that these groups have been ab...
A Middle East Strategy For The West
Prof. Barry Rubin - 8/27/2008
The great battle of our younger years was between Communism and democratic liberalism. Its contemporary equivalent is Arab nationalism versus Islamism.
Iran: Minefield or Milestone for Next US Administration?
Robert Carpenter - 8/4/2008
If it wasn’t near the top of the agenda already, Iran’s recent ballistic missile tests firmly fixed Iranian-US policy as a key issue in the 2008 presidential election. The tests gave Tehran what it seeks most: worldwide attention and an acknowledgement that the clerical regime is a force to be reckoned with and not bullied.
Why Is Bush Silent?
Ryan Mauro - 8/4/2008
Today, a friend of mine was over my house who, although she voted for President George W. Bush, doubted the credibility of my work on the possibility of the Iraqi WMDs being housed in Syria which I described in an article I had published at WorldNetDaily.
Bursting the State Department’s Iran Fantasy Bubble
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 7/2/2008
Cultural exchanges between peoples is a good way to break down the barriers that are so easily erected in the wake of the distrust and misunderstanding that result when alien cultures like those of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States of America collide, as they have done for the last twenty-nine years. Surely that is the reasoning behind the current contemplation within the halls of the Department of State to open an interest section in Tehran, similar to the one it has in Havana since 1977, an idea reported by Fred Hiatt of The Washington Post on Monday, June 23, 2008. Comme...
Bush's Vision Requires A West Bank Subdivision
David Singer - 6/19/2008
Subdivision of the West Bank between Jewish and Arab claimants has always been an essential ingredient of President Bush's 2002 vision to create a new Arab State between Israel and Jordan.
American Target- Terrorism or Islam?
Tanveer Jafri - 6/1/2008
Terror or terrorism is one of the oldest disasters on the earth. It can be said that this system named terrorism is, for the centuries, here on this earth. But there have always been differences to define it. If you talk from the side of terrorists, you can hear different reasons of terrorism from every affected area of terrorism. If not going deep into, it can be understood, the affected victims of the society call it terrorism what the terrorists indulged in terrorism call it crusade, revenge or an offensive action to oppose. The worldwide terrorism has different reasons in different parts o...
President Bush, Condoleezza Rice and Forgotten Letters
David Singer - 5/21/2008
President Bush and Condoleezza Rice have a lot on their minds as they grapple with a multitude of the world's current conflicts which - no doubt - have caused overloading of their respective memory banks.
It's Them or U.S.
Prof. Barry Rubin - 5/20/2008
After seeing how Western leaders are handling Lebanon , said an Israeli official privately, “Hizballah could only laugh. We have to take it into consideration that nobody will ever help us.” Of course, Israel is not alone because there are so many others becoming victims of a combination of Western dithering and radical aggressiveness.
An Open Letter To President Bush Regarding Russian
Lorna Thomas - 5/20/2008
Over the last years I have written to both you and former President Clinton that Russia and Europe are steadily growing closer in unity and power as the U.S. and Britain decline in power and prestige. I have also written that unless changes occur, as horrifying as it is to contemplate, the U.S. like Britain, is heading into captivity to its enemies.
Countries in Glass Houses Shouldn't Threaten Boycotts
Jennifer L. Jackson - 5/3/2008
A large number of organizations, celebrities, politicians, and average Americans are calling for a boycott of the 2008 summer Olympics in China. The boycott demands range from snubbing attendance at the Opening Ceremonies to complete withdrawals of athletes from competition. Public figures including Hillary Clinton, Steven Spielberg, and Bob Costas have all weighed-in on the issue; all have expressed outrage regarding China's human rights abuses and support of the Sudanese government. Mia Farrow termed the Games the "Genocide Olympics." Dick Enberg, a veteran broadcaster set to cover tennis...
What US delegation may discuss
Sunita Paul - 5/2/2008
According to latest news received from Dhaka, US Assistant Secretary of States, Mr. Richard Boucher and Counter-Terrorism Department's Coordinator and Assistant Secretary Dale Daily are expected to arrive in Bangladesh on May 7 on a 3-day visit.
Time to lean on Mexico about Extradition
Ross Kaminsky - 4/22/2008
Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean, suspected of murdering a pregnant Marine, 20-year old Corporal Maria Lauterbach, then burning her body and burying it, was arrested in Mexico by police officers who thought he looked suspicious.
The Smarter Jimmy Carter Charter
David Singer - 4/20/2008
Ex-President Jimmy Carter has hogged the media spotlight this week over his intended - and subsequent - meetings with Hamas head honcho Khaled Meshaal and other Hamas leaders - thereby incurring the wrath of Israel, the United States, the European Union and the Palestinian Authority.
Lennonism Imagines The Middle East
Prof. Barry Rubin - 4/17/2008
The Middle East today is driven by five big conflicts: Among states for power; the Iran-Syria alliance’s war on everyone else; the struggle between Arab nationalists and Islamists to control each country, and the Sunni-Shia and the Arab-Israeli conflicts.
America's Failure: Russia and Serbia
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 4/13/2008
The United States had two strategic goals as it faced its reluctant allies in NATO in the April 2008 Bucharest Summit:
Ted Belman - 4/10/2008
Events of the past few days indicate that the Zbigniew Brzezinski faction of lunatic Russia haters have now won the upper hand inside the secret councils of the Anglo-American finance oligarchy, displacing the hitherto dominant George Shultz-neocon faction. Although George Bush and his cronies still occupy the White House, the policies that are being carried out are coming from the Brzezinski left CIA machine. Brzezinski has returned to public prominence in recent months due to his role as top establishment controller for the Obama campaign. But Brzezinski is not waiting for the outcome of the November elections to take over key parts of the US government.
Podhoretz in defense of Bush, Sharon and himself
Ted Belman - 4/10/2008
Norman Podhoretz, as you will recall, was a staunch supporter of George W. Bush, and is staying the course, and was in support of Sharon’s Disengagement. He now replies to his critics of both these positions, in his Commentary article, Israel and the Palestinians:Has Bush Reneged?. Anyone interested in the peace process from its beginning in Madrid should read this very informative article. He begins,
US Pushes Pie-in-the-Sky Missile Defense in Europe
Prof. Tom Sauer and Prof. Dave Webb - 4/4/2008
Missile defense will figure high on the agenda at the NATO summit of heads of state in Bucharest. The odds are that, without any meaningful parliamentary debate within or between European states, Europe will quietly go along with the US proposal to install missile-defense interceptors in Poland and a powerful radar system in the Czech Republic.
The Jewish Left wants Washington to pressure Israel
Ted Belman - 3/30/2008
Following up on my article Liberal Jews support Obama in part because they blame the Jews too in which I pointed out that "progressive Jews" were naturally allies of Obama, I came upon this Prospect Magazine article by Gershom Gorenberg entitled A Liberal Jewish Lobby.
Oil May Not Grease Friendship
Amity Shlaes - 3/25/2008
In the post-Cold War period, researchers have long wondered why some countries befriend the US. They have noted some common characteristics of US friends – cultural affinity, urban dominance, level of entrepreneurship and so on. They also noticed that oil wealth can correlate with hostility towards the US. Much of this work, while evocative, is anecdotal.
Financing Failure: How Foreign Aid is Mismanaged
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 3/25/2008
Who can explain the logic of first propping up a seemingly friendly autocrat, then disregarding the autocrat’s disloyalty, only to end this trifecta by subsidizing it all along? Take for example the late Yasser Arafat, whose decades of murdering diplomats and overseeing hit-squads was legitimized overnight by overt international assistance. Somewhere along the line, it was deemed that any hypothetical Palestinian state required the presence of an imposing “strongman,” someone to keep the apparently crazier folk down. (So who better than a Jordanian to do it?)
Interview with Sam Vaknin: Private Armies and Private Military Companies
Barry Zellen - 3/18/2008
Barry Zellen conducted this interview with Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. Dr. Vaknin (http://samvak.tripod.com) is the author of Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited and After the Rain - How the West Lost the East. He is the associate editor of the Global Politician and has served as a columnist for Central Europe Review, PopMatters, Bellaonline, and eBookWeb, a United Press International (UPI) Senior Business Correspondent, and the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory and Suite101.
The North American Union Farce
Laura Carlsen - 3/3/2008
It's got millions of rightwing citizens calling Congress, sponsoring legislation, and writing manifestos in defense of U.S. sovereignty. It comes up in presidential candidates' public appearances, has made it into primetime debates, and one presidential candidate—Ron Paul—used it as a central theme of his (short-lived) campaign.
Is the Sun Setting on US Dominance? – Part II
Jiang Qian - 3/3/2008
CAMBRIDGE: It has become fashionable to talk about the arrival of a multipolar world, in which the US faces increasing competition from rising powers like Europe, China and India, or resurgent powers like Russia and Japan. Proponents of such a "multipolar worldview" often claim to hold a "realist" view of international relations. They believe the US should retreat from its ideological crusade and instead engage in a contest for influence with other global "poles", ŕ la "the Great Game," on "unclaimed playgrounds such as Africa or Latin America.
Is the Sun Setting on US Dominance?
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller - 2/28/2008
As the world’s economic and security interests become increasingly interconnected, many analysts speculate on what global leadership will emerge throughout the 21st century. This two-part series examines the changing role of the United States in the world‘s economic and security scene. In the first part of the series, Joergen Oerstroem Moeller, visiting senior research fellow with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, argues that the US may be losing grip of the steering wheel and Asia will likely emerge as the world’s largest and most dynamic economy. Asian financial institutions coming t...
America's Destruction of the Control Spy Satellite US 193
Monotapash Mukherjee - 2/28/2008
Feb. 21, the US military destroyed a defunct and out-of –control spy satellite US 193 with a specially designed SM3 ballistic missile with pin-point accuracy. It was an unprecedented mission for the navy, so extraordinary that the final go ahead to launch the missile was reserved for Defense Secretary Robert Gates rather than a military commander.
Bush's lasting legacy for Arab League
David Singer - 1/22/2008
President George W. Bush delivered a severe rebuff to the Arab League in remarks made by him at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem on 10 January 2008 ( "the King David Declaration").
Bush and Musharraf - The greater evil and the lesser evil!
Iqbal Latif - 1/21/2008
The hatred of the two unite Liberals and Extremists with equal zest and enthusiasm
Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush
Prof. Barry Rubin - 1/17/2008
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of articles have been written on President George Bush's visit to the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian issue. And not a single one that I've seen has mentioned the ridiculously obvious point that goes so far in explaining everything.
US-Iran Tensions Heightened
Roger Gale - UK Member of Parliament - 1/17/2008
The war of words and actions between the Iranian regime and the US administration has been at the forefront of all Middle Eastern affairs since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. However, one incident in the last week brought this to our sharp attention. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in the Straight of Hormuz were seen to have threatened a US naval fleet with what can only be described as extremely provocative actions. This most recent event occurs less than a year after 15 British sailors were detained in international waters by Iranian officials, taken to Iran and paraded on TV.
Too Much America Bashing: Bad For World’s Security
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 1/8/2008
The fight against terrorism is not over. It is not even, in reality, nearly over as Osama bin Laden and other senior al- Qaeda leaders are yet to be captured or killed by America and her allies united for the fight against international terrorism upon the aftermath of September 11th. Nevertheless, as this year comes to its close, it can be said that the fight against terrorism though lopsided and tedious at times have so far, nevertheless, has helped to shape the future campaign.
President Bush, the PLO, Rocket Science and Commonsense
David Singer - 1/8/2008
President Bush's last ditch effort to save his two state vision will reach a climax with his visit to Israel and the West Bank this week. The President must have shivered in his boots as he read some of the welcoming statements that were published in the Jerusalem Post last week ["PA official says Olmert must be living on a different planet" - 2 January] - obviously made with the President's imminent visit clearly in contemplation.
His Beatitude's Attitude Leaves Bush With No Latitude
David Singer - 12/27/2007
President Bush must be aghast at the call for the rejection of Israel as the Jewish State made by the top Roman Catholic clergyman in Israel - His Beatitude Michel Sabbah Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. His statement mirrors similar views recently expressed by Mahmoud Abbas - Chairman of the PLO and President of the Palestinian Authority and Saeb Erekat - chief negotiator for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
The Year of Acting Dangerously
Prof. Barry Rubin - 12/26/2007
While 2007 didn't greatly change the Middle East compared to some of its predecessors, here are some of its significant trends which will continue to dominate the year to come.
What A Difference A Year Makes!
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 12/24/2007
From mid-2003 throughout the end of 2006 no one was more disheartened over the course of U.S. involvement in Iraq than I. What was a clean, successful, three-week liberation somehow devolved into an unnecessary and counterproductive occupation. Iraq, we were told, was to be a quick, in-and-out, SWAT-like takedown.
Infinite Space And Our Difficulties Getting There
Angelique van Engelen - 12/22/2007
Pioneers of mathematics often encountered significant resistance to their work during their lifetime. Donald Coxeter, a man described as the King of Infinity knew about this first hand. As did Rene Descartes. Both made significant strides into infinity.
Of “Moderates” and Radicals
Ted Belman - 12/8/2007
“Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists," said President George W. Bush said after 9/11. He went on to identify N. Korea, Iran and Iraq , the “axis of evil” and to declare the “war on terror”. The last thing he wanted to do was to identify the enemy. N. Korea was included in the list for fear that someone might think, G-d forbid, that Moslems were the enemy or that Islam was the enemy just as Communists and Communism were during the cold war.
Everyone is switching to the radicals, US included
Ted Belman - 12/6/2007
The Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leader was invited for the first time to the OCC meeting of six Gulf Cooperation Council leaders which opened in Doha Monday, Dec. 3. DEBKAfile: His warm welcome by the “moderate” Arab rulers further bankrupts Washington’s policy backed by Israel’s Olmert government, which attempts to draw a distinction between “radical” and “moderate” Middle East governments.
Drilling a Hole in the Lifeboat
Prof. Barry Rubin - 12/3/2007
What would you do if your foreign policy agenda had these priorities:
Musharraf: An American Dilemma
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 11/25/2007
Someone once asked me, what are the similarities, between Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and the Dog’s tail. I said, I don’t know. He smiled and said, they are pretty similar, both are very stubborn. He went on saying; I’ve never seen anything as stubborn as the dog’s tail nor have I seen any human as stubborn as Musharraf.
Demise of US Supremacy in the Middle East and its Consequences
Mahmood Ahmad - 11/12/2007
The advent of Modern Middle East marked by Napoleon’s arrival in Egypt just two centuries ago – some 80 years after the demise of the Ottoman Empire, 50 years after the end of the colonialism, and less than 20 years after the end of the Cold War – the American era in the Middle East, has ended and a new era in the modern history of the region has started to evolve. New actors and forces competing for influence will shape it, and will try to master it.
Clinton, Carter, Condoleezza and Candour
David Singer - 11/7/2007
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack revealed this week that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been talking to ex-Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton about their experiences in trying to negotiate peace between Israel and its Arab enemies.
Has President Bush's Vision Succumbed To Reality?
David Singer - 11/6/2007
President Bush appears to have abandoned any hope of creating a new Arab State between Israel and Jordan. His closest confidante--the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice--suggested as much when she made this blunt observation after her visit to the Middle East this past week:
Military Use Of The Occult, Remote Viewing
Angelique van Engelen - 10/11/2007
Officially, the US military does not make use of Remote Viewing activities, having closed down the departments that were involved in them in the 1990s. Private Remote Viewing experts however, are involved in drawing sketches of far off locations, some of which turn out remarkably precise. One US ex-army officer involved from Texas who's involved in Remote Viewing, claims to have seen Iranian complexes which are used for creating nuclear bombs. An interview with UK artist Suzanne Treister, who created HEXEN2039, a project about the military's historical use of the occult for psychological warfare.
The Cycle of Wishful Thinking
Lee Harris - 10/11/2007
THE AGE OF illusions is over," the historian Walter Laqueur wrote recently, referring to the illusions the West continues to entertain about the confrontation with radical Islam. Needless to say, Laqueur did not mean that we in the West no longer have any illusions on this subject; those still abound. He meant, rather, that we can no longer afford to harbor them and that the time has come to shed them. Yet human beings have great difficulty in freeing themselves from illusions — even quite dangerous ones — as long as they offer comfort and provide peace of mind. The best place to start the fre...
FBI On Blackwater's Case
Angelique van Engelen - 10/6/2007
Investigations into Blackwater's Iraq dealings have been handed over to the FBI, the State Department has said. The FBI bridges the process to its next stage, which will be in the hands of the Iraqi ministry of Justice or the US Justice Department.
How Can We Win Without Going To War With Iran?
Ghazal Omid - 10/3/2007
It would be a mistake to go to war with Iran. America neither has to go to war nor negotiate with Iran. There is a third choice. There is an expression in Farsi, “You don’t have to open a knot with your teeth when you could open it with your fingers.” This proverb should not be interpreted to mean negotiation. It simply means logical decisions based on facts that make sense are better options than are obligatory triggered by emotional fuel.”
US Investigation Into Iraqi Government's Corruption Is 'Classified Information': State Department
Angelique van Engelen - 10/3/2007
The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is corrupt. The Bush administration knows it. Yet the State Department in Washington has decided that the investigation into this issue will be classified to the extent that all ‘embarrassing issues’ will stay out of the public domain. An October 4 hearing by the House government oversight and reform committee (which has powers to investigate any federal legislative issue) is seriously impeded by the secrecy.
Defending Blackwater and Understanding the Western Way of War
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 10/2/2007
Judging from the reactions of fellow diplomacy students, one may have fallen under the impression I was justifying Jeffrey Dahmer’s eating habits. Regardless, I am coming to believe something is apparently very wrong with me, in that I feel private military companies (PMCs) –– particularly Blackwater USA –– are amongst the most efficient humanitarian organizations in business.
Ackerman Resolution on Lebanon Passed by House 415-2
Pierre A. Maroun - 9/27/2007
(Washington, DC) Congressman Gary L. Ackerman today led the House of Representatives to pass of his resolution calling for strong U.S. support for the government of Lebanon by a vote of 415 to 2. Ackerman, the chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, warned the House that â€śLebanon is being bulliedâ€ť by Iran, Syria and their proxies, Hezbollah, Amal and Gen. Michel Aounâ€™s Free Patriotic Movement.
Mythmakers About the Middle East
Prof. Barry Rubin - 9/25/2007
People don't often threaten to murder me face to face. But in the spring of 2007, Alexis Debat, director of the terrorism program at the Nixon Center and consultant to ABC News, did so.
Bush Must Resist The Threatened Arab Boycott
David Singer - 9/21/2007
President Bush's planned meeting on the Middle East in November has been dealt a severe body blow as the Palestinians and Saudi Arabians threaten to boycott the meeting if their agenda demands are not met. A senior advisor to Palestinian Authority and PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is reported in Israelinsider on 17 September as stating:
General Petraeaus Reports
Prof. Barry Rubin - 9/20/2007
Everybody in Washington has been waiting for General David H. Petraeaus to give his report on the Iraq war. Expectations became most inflated, as if he would deliver America of this seemingly unsolvable problem in a messianic manner.
Dealing with Iran: The Key to Bush’s Middle East Legacy
Namjoo Hashemi - 9/15/2007
The recent resignation of Alberto Gonzales, Attorney General, and long-time friend of President Bush, follows the path of Carl Rove and Donald Rumsfield. While things have not been going well for the Bush administration on the domestic front, his foreign policy has taken even greater hits. There’s been no progress to report in Afghanistan; rather, the Taliban gain ground there daily and though the recent surge in troops in Iraq, while it may have offered temporary relief in limited areas, any sign of a long term positive affect are fading fast. With criticism mounting from all sides, the White...
The Phony War On Terror
Ted Belman - 9/11/2007
As a result of the Muslim atrocity of 9/11, President George W. Bush declared war on terror. On Sept 20th he spoke to the combined houses and declared “On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country.” Although he did call it an act of war, he limited the perpetrators to “enemies of freedom” even though all 19 hijackers were Muslims motivated by the Koran. And 15 of these were Saudis.
What the future might hold if we fail to deal with the Leftist/Marxist-Islamist Alliance
David J. Jonsson - 9/11/2007
With every passing year following the events of 9/11 the rise of Leftist/Marxist-Islamist Alliance has increased global instability. By the beginning of 2006, nearly all the combustible ingredients—far bigger in scale than those leading to World Wars 1 and 11 and the Gulf Wars of 1991 or 2003—were in place.
Is American Foreign Policy Responsible for 9/11?
Ryan Mauro - 9/11/2007
After the attacks of September the 11th, many questioned, “Why do they hate us?” While any deliberate attack on innocent civilians is deplorable, it is important to find the cause of radical Islamic terrorism. Many people point to the sources of anti-Americanism as the cause of terrorism, but anti-Americanism does not translate into an acceptance of, and willingness to participate in, suicide bombings. It is not fair to blame anti-Americanism (and thus American policy causing anti-Americanism) as the cause of the sickness, because hatred of one country’s policy does not lead most people to jus...
America’s Limited Options In The War On Terror
Ted Belman - 9/11/2007
Before 9/11, Islamists attacked American forces, ships, diplomats and Embassies from time to time with relative impunity. The enormity of 9/11 demanded that the US put an end to such attacks. Her first response which came within 24 hours of the attack was to enable plane-loads of Saudi VIPs to leave the country. Thus even before determining who was responsible and what course of action to be taken, the Bush decided to absolve and protect the Saudis. Incredible, considering that 15 of the 19 terrorists were Saudis.
US policy has always been the same
Kamala Sarup - 9/9/2007
US Freedom and democracy means that the general population has control of the legislators. I think, post-World war two US policy has always been the same as pre-World war two US policy. Freedom is not a short term gain; it is long term. It is about "the fundamental values of democracy". That sentimental concept is the kind of powerful statement that the US govt puts out to its citizens. The US gov't., since 1776, has used such appeals to "democracy", "American way of life", "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", "four score and seven year ago etc., in the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address" and other appeal.
Extremist Navy Officer Receives Slap On The Wrist
Christopher Pryor - 9/9/2007
On September 12, 2001 , Americans throughout the country were mourning catastrophic loss of life as well as the destruction and damage of treasured American icons - the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Losing On Democracy Promotion in the Middle East, an American Foreign Policy Challenge
Timothy Brown - 8/28/2007
The August 2007 by-elections in Lebanon were held to fill the parliament seats that became vacant by assassinations earlier this year. Former president Amin Gemayel, whose son Pierre was slain in March, lost to a relatively unknown candidate in the early August elections. In the New York Times (10 Aug 2007) article, “U.S. Backs Free Elections, Only to See Allies Lose” by Hassan M. Fattah, describes how Mr. Gemayel’s demise was more than like attributed to his backing by the United States rather than a split Christian vote, the Armenian vote, and alleged election rigging. In January of 2006, th...
Foreign Policy Towards Middle East: Engage, Moderate, Split
Prof. Barry Rubin - 8/27/2007
Engage, moderate, and split--that's the mantra for Middle East policy of the wrong-headed in many foreign ministries, newspaper editorial offices, universities, and other places where the rapidly growing international bad-ideas industry is centered.
The Secret of anti-Americanism
Mencius Moldbug - 8/26/2007
As a young American living outside the US I often found myself exposed to the odd belief system that's often called "anti-Americanism." I had trouble understanding how or why anyone could think this way. Reality, which my father brought home every night in the slim and serious form of the Herald Trib, was one thing, and anti-Americanism quite another.
And yet the creed seemed quite popular. Moreover, it was no peasant superstition. If anything, the local elites - with whose spawn I was of course raised, and whose wealth and sophistication were unden...
Indo-US Nuke Deal In Line of Fire
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 8/25/2007
“Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is a traitor who has betrayed the nation by continuous bluffing on the Indo-US nuclear deal. Had an American President done that he would have been removed, if it were in China they would have settled it with one bullet in his head.” These comments are made by the NDA convener and opposition leader George Fernandes.
Kucinich Must Find a Better Role Model Than Bob Ney
Hassan Daioleslam - 8/24/2007
Bob Ney, a current federal prisoner and former Ohio Congressman, has left quite a legacy. Throughout his tenure in the US Congress he received bribes in exchange for providing services to a variety of clients. Ney was finally convicted for several charges including accepting bribes from lobbyists and international arms dealers in an effort to circumvent sanctions to sell US-made airplane parts to Tehran1. In the US congress, Ney was an active and outspoken advocate of the Iranian mullahs. He fought hard against sanctions, toned down the pro human right statements against Iran and worked hard t...
Baghdad Ablaze: Interview with Prof Ray Tanter On Winning In Iraq and Iran
Ryan Mauro - 8/20/2007
Professor Raymond Tanter is the president of the Iran Policy Committee. The IPC has just published their new book, “Baghdad Ablaze: How to Extinguish the Fires in Iraq and Allow for a Triumphant Return Home of US Military Forces.” Raymond Tanter served at the White House as a Senior Member on the National Security Council staff, from 1981 to 1982. In 1983-1984, he was personal representative of the Secretary of Defense to arms control talks in Madrid, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Vienna. In 1967, Tanter was deputy director of behavioral sciences at the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S....
Tancredo's Call To Bomb Muslim Holy Sites Promotes Anti-Americanism
Ahmad Al-Akhras, Ph.D. - 8/12/2007
It was shocking to hear presidential candidate Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) call for the bombing of Muslim holy sites as a deterrent to terrorist attacks on our nation and that is part of his “presidential anti-terror package.” When reported overseas, such bigoted words can contribute to anti-Americanism, endangering American’s and providing Al-Qaeda and its ilk with a tool to recruit support and raise funds.
Appearance is Everything
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 8/9/2007
US Secretary of State Condolleeza Rice has now completed her four day trip to the Middle East. Dr. Rice was evidently well-pleased at what she found, describing herself as "impressed by the seriousness of (Olmert and Abbas) to really advance this two state solution." A number of commentators have remarked on the similarity between the current moment and the days of the Oslo peace process. A notable difference, however, is that during Oslo one had the sense that the protagonists, or at least some of them, really believed they were on the way to making peace in the Middle East. This time around, the whole thing has a strained, slightly unreal sense to it. What lies behind this?
Stephen W. Browne - 8/8/2007
I tend to be skeptical about disaster scenarios and natural disaster prepareness based on statistical reasoning. Firstly, I'm old enough to remember when the fashionable disasters were the Next Ice Age, one-square-meter-per-person overpopulation, and famine deaths in the billions - the latter set to arrive without fail in 1980. Fashion disaster accessories included exhaustion of natural resources and the extinction of blondes by the year 2000.
America’s Lopsided Foreign Policy
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 8/6/2007
A foreign policy crisis has loomed in America. And what should the president intrude? What he should do to mend all his mistakes and in next several months build a new foreign policy model, one that could help him earn a distinguished place in the history books.
United States Caught in an Abusive Relation With Mullahs
Prof. Kazem Kazerounian - 8/5/2007
The dynamics of the relation between the United States and the Iran's mullahs resembles that of an abused wife and the batterer husband. Domestic violence comes as a form of bullying, as a means that is easier than other methods. There are different reasons why spouses stay in physically abusive marriages. Some women stay because they fear the community's reaction, some hope that their husbands will change, some stay out of fear of the husband's violent reaction, some stay because of low-esteem, and some stay because they can't find a way out. United States must find a way out of this dishonorable cycle.
Pro-Ayatollah Disinformation and Manipulation Campaign by Washington Think Tankers
Hassan Daioleslam - 8/3/2007
The policy of United States on Iran over the past decade has been amalgamated with confusion and shortsightedness. This is not accidental. A key factor in shaping this policy has been a disinformation campaign by the pro-Iranian circles. A leading champion of this propaganda crusade is the Council for Foreign Relations (CFR) and Dr. Ray Takeyh. Dr. Takeyh is a senior fellow at CFR and has testified frequently at various congressional committees and has appeared in numerous media venues. Takeyh until early 2000s was an ardent opponent of engagement with Iran but surprisingly became a strong adv...
Bush And Abdullah Chew Over The Bones Of Palestine
David Singer - 8/2/2007
US President George W. Bush held talks at the White House at a hastily arranged private dinner on Tuesday with Jordan's King Abdullah II to discuss major regional issues - with no joint public appearances afterwards.
A Sino-American Turf Battle In Pakistan?
Ahmed Quraishi - 7/30/2007
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—An anti-American Islamic fanatic is arrested in Afghanistan, flown to Guantanamo Bay and then released back to Afghan authorities. He’s supposedly seething with anti-Americanism. But after crossing the border and returning to Pakistan, his first mission is to kidnap and kill a Chinese engineer.
President Bush Presses The Palestine Panic Button
David Singer - 7/21/2007
President George Bush is having a panic attack as his five year old vision of implanting an Arab state between Israel and Jordan in 6% of historic Palestine - the Bush Dream - has turned into a nightmare. The President has been exposed as totally powerless and lacking in influence to resolve what seemed to him to be so readily achievable in 2002.
Flanagan Method: West's Policy Towards Middle East
Prof. Barry Rubin - 7/18/2007
Father Edward Flanagan was a great man. In 1917 he founded Boys Town, now Boys and Girls Town, in Nebraska as an orphanage combining revolutionary and traditional approaches to help orphans who had never before known kind treatment. Flanagan was an innovative educator but he never meant his methods to be used in Middle East politics or international affairs.
The House Vote Is A Recipe For Horrific Mass Murder In Middle East
Iqbal Latif - 7/15/2007
President George W. Bush is right when he says "I don't think Congress ought to be running the war, I think they ought to be funding the troops." The 9/11 terror attacks were not conceived in vacuum. Those who draw moral equivalence to terrorist acts today, citing that post 9/11 has encouraged extremism, forget that pre-9/11, there was no justification to destroy civilian targets in the heart of NY City. If the reaction would have been like post USS Cole or post Kenyan embassies, the world would have seen the war and its theatre shifted to the heart of western civilisation. Someone then would ...
Daniel Pipes - A Zionist Islamophobe?
M.A. Khan - 7/8/2007
Mr. Daniel Pipes, a leading American scholar on the Middle East Politics, has recently been accused of being an Islamophobe for his no-nonsense critique of the Palestine Authority and of the Islamic world in general. He has naturally made too many enemies that not only include the Muslims but also their strange but committed leftist allies.
Become a Middle East Expert/Make Big Bucks/Astound Your Friends
Prof. Barry Rubin - 6/27/2007
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Where Should Bush Drop His Bombs Next?
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 6/18/2007
After Iraq, what next? The plainest answer to that question is that much depends on how the war on Iraq and Afghanistan proceeds. But after years of bombing, the campaign it seems is merely in its early stages because of America's inability to win any war dating back to its confrontation with Vietnam. There is no Saddam in Iraq, and no Taliban regime in Afghanistan, but so far, it is more striking how little has happened in the war than how much more is expected of America and its allies.
Bush, Osama and Iraq
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 6/15/2007
In 1991, when the American- led coalition force drove Iraq ’s ramshackle army out of Kuwait, it could have easily brought Saddam Hussein on his knees by invading Iraq . But American troops chased Iraqi forces from Kuwait back into Iraq and left Saddam Hussein untouched. Why America left the dictator untouched? Probably because, Senior Bush was worried that Iraq might descend into the land of chaos, mayhem and anarchy or that America might be left with a permanent mess there upon its victory.
The case for bombing Iran
David Harris - 6/14/2007
When the United States strikes Iran - as it will - the result will be a disaster, but a disaster that cannot be avoided. Today, Iran's radical Islamist military, security and intelligence machine reflects the extremism of its history and entrenched masters. It has made Iran an engine of global instability and menace. For Iran today is on the verge of grasping the nuclear club, even as it remains an ungovernable influence in the international community.
U.S. Policy Toward Iran and Russia
David J. Jonsson - 5/20/2007
After September 11, Bush explained that the attacks showed that the friend of your enemy is also your enemy. As he put it last September, “America makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror, and those that harbor and support them, because they’re equally guilty of murder.”
The Consequences of Withdrawal from Iraq
Ryan Mauro - 5/7/2007
Over 3,000 Americans have been killed and depending on which number you believe, Iraqi casualties are either in the tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands. Progress has been stalled, mistakes have been made, and the purpose of the mission seems unclear. The temptation for a precipitous withdrawal from Iraq is prevalent, and understandable. Watching young soldiers die in a far away land, leaving behind broken families is heart-wrenching and our policy should be to minimize such pain wherever possible.
Department of Defense Finds Catch-22 When Dealing With EADS
Michael Reilly - 5/5/2007
Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of the clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle. ‘That's some catch, that Catch-22,’ he observed. 
The reality of industrial globalization means that the United States will increasingly rely on foreign suppliers of military equipment. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as long as we know that our global suppliers want to be true defense partners, are trustworthy, and will compete fairly to provide the best value for American taxpayers and the best products for American warfighters.
Wrong Time To Go Wobbly In The War On Terror
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 4/28/2007
The United States, unknowingly, has been at war with the Iranian leadership since Ayatollah Khomeini’s own declaration in 1979. Iranian surrogates have for decades killed and maimed more Americans than any other asymmetrical network in the world, save al Qaida one lucky morning. People like Imad Mugniyah caused unbelievable carnage at the behest of Tehran and Damascus, and today most of these men, including Mugniyah himself, not only remain dangerous and at large but are virtually unknown across this very country. Perhaps the most lethal individual on the planet, I am still not at all that confidant that a majority in the House and Senate could properly pronounce or identify his name.
Is Condoleezza Rice Legitimizing Iran?
Joel C Pousson - 4/27/2007
American soldiers fighting in the Global War on Terror may have thought that support for their mission among Democrat Party operatives on Capitol Hill was, at most, lukewarm. Now, the men and women fighting every day in Iraq have another Washingtonian insider to regard with wary eyes, and her name is Condoleezza Rice, the United States Secretary of State.
Eugene Jarecki’s Juvenility
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 4/24/2007
After having watched acclaimed and accredited director Eugene Jarecki’s exposé Why We Fight the other night, there is only one conclusion I can draw upon: I apparently suffer from the military-industrial complex. This had been the second time I saw the film, both experiences leaving me with the similar impression of having just witnessed a pseudomentary, sinister in its presentation, attempting to explain the world’s ills on some cynical and amoral Strangelovian cult inside the Pentagon.
The Faithful Spy: Amerithrax Spoiler Alert
Ross E. Getman, Esq. - 4/23/2007
New York Times correspondent Alex Berenson has written a spy thriller called Faithful Spy. The hero, John Wells, has been undercover so long that the CIA is no longer sure where his loyalties lie. Only the mid-level CIA analyst at Langley, Jennifer Exley, believes in him. But as Zawahiri's plan to unleash the most devastating bioterrorist attack in history unfolds, Wells and Exley know they must stop him, with or without the help of the ass-covering bureacrats at Langley. Spoiler alert: our hero gets the girl.
It's The Oil Stupid: Why foreign divestment statutes and Congressional efforts to override constitutional defects don’t work
Jerry Gordon - 4/23/2007
I have no problem with trying to strike back at Islamist terror in whatever form, be it in the Sudan, Tehran or Israel. In fact I applaud efforts here in the U.S. to do that. But, if you’re going to arouse grass- roots action in support of doing something about Islamist terrorism make sure that it’s constitutional.
John McCain’s Finest Hour
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 4/23/2007
Let me begin merely by confessing previous hesitancy to embrace Senator McCain’s policy prescription of sending more troops to pacify Iraq. For longer than five years now, from the prewar period to the present, I have read and studied various points of view regarding the overall scope and size of our footprint in that troubled war theater. To paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, I refrain from seeking the mantle of generalship. I am admittedly not Pattonesque, nor as learned in military affairs as more qualified commentators. Therefore illustrating my “perfect war” will be saved for future col...
US Normalising Relations With the Axis of Evil?
Abid Mustafa - 4/21/2007
In March 2007, North Korea and the US concluded their first set of normalisation talks, which are part of the agreement reached in Beijing last month. Oddly enough the talks also coincide with American efforts to establish cordial ties with Iran. In her testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced that that Washington will join a "neighbours meeting", convened by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to be followed by ministerial talks in April.
Bush's Plan for the Middle East: No Palestinian State, Iraqi Partition, Cooperation with Syria and Iran
Abid Mustafa - 4/15/2007
Over the past few months, the Bush administration in the backdrop of the Iraq Study Group's (ISG) report has announced its plan for Iraq-apart from the Presidents refusal to formally engage Iran and Syria- the plan broadly concurs with the recommendation laid out by the ISG. Furthermore, the US has mobilised its surrogates in Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and the gulf countries to implement this plan and prepare the ground for the emergence of a new middle east. What follows is a brief summary of what America is planning to achieve in Palestine, Iraq, Iran and Syria
This Spring America's war is in Pakistan, not Iran
Abid Mustafa - 4/15/2007
On February 27 2007, US Vice President Dick Cheney paid a surprised visit to Pakistan and held private talks with General Musharraf. After the meeting, Cheney refused to comment on the nature of his visit and left for Afghanistan. The New York Times stated that Cheney was sent to remind Musharraf that he must take stiffer action against the Taleban; otherwise US aid will be in jeopardy. The Pakistani government issued the following statement: "Cheney expressed US apprehensions of regrouping of Al Qaeda in the tribal areas and called for concerted efforts in countering the threat", and also ta...
Global Threats Leading to the Leftist/Marxist – Islamist Takeover
David J. Jonsson - 4/4/2007
In order to understand the issues faced by the West it is necessary to review history and look at the many factors that are currently leading to the almost intractable solution to the crisis developing worldwide.
Will Arab Muslim “Allies” Support the West in a Time of Crisis?
David J. Jonsson - 4/3/2007
Iran captured 15 British military personnel last week, accusing them of illegally entering Iranian waters, and British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned that the dispute would enter a “different phase” unless they are freed. Iran has denounced the U.N. resolution as illegal and has vowed not to suspend its nuclear work, denying Western accusations it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Putin, according to the Kremlin, said the recent U.N. Security Council vote on a new resolution expanding sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program had sent Iran a "serious political signal of the need fo...
Iraq, Iran, Global Warming and The Apocalypse
David J. Jonsson - 3/14/2007
Islam has many apocalyptic prophecies; this aspect of Islam contributes to the driving force of Islam. Iran joined by Syria wants to end the democratic experiment in Iraq. Iranian money, weapons and expertise are used by terrorists to kill Americans in Iraq. Iran’s support of Hamas disrupts Palestinian peace efforts. Hezbollah, a group also backed by Iran and Syria, seeks to destabilize Lebanese democracy and restart a border war with Israel. Iran which denies that a European Holocaust ever took place is now planning to create a second Holocaust in Europe and in the U.S. with the development of nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver the weapons.
U.S.-China Trade: Implications of U.S.-Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Trends
Prof. Peter Morici - 3/13/2007
Statement to the U.S. International Trade Commission Investigation No. 332-478.
Strategic partnerships, treaties and roadmaps?
Lorna Thomas - 3/12/2007
The first two months of 2007 show America and Britain are nations divided in strategy for their future, while European nations are forming important strategic alliances that can greatly impact the future. This article describes the signaling of possible trouble ahead.
Looking Beyond Iraq – Part II
Pratap Bhanu Mehta - 3/2/2007
The decade after the end of the Cold War was a remarkably stable moment in international relations. American hegemony was uncontested because it was relatively benign – and even worked to strengthen international institutions and multilateralism. That has changed. In the second article of a two-part series, analyst Pratap Bhanu Mehta examines how Washington’s failure to recognize the limits of American power has led the rising powers of China and India, along with a rejuvenated Russia, to become increasingly assertive in their own foreign policies. The growing strength of these powers need not...
Looking Beyond Iraq – Part I
Strobe Talbott - 2/25/2007
The Bush administration – known for its “go it alone” approach in foreign policy – has less than two years left in office. As that chapter in history comes to a close, the world anticipates a new direction in US policy, an end to the war in Iraq and perhaps a new balance of power. This two-part series analyzes foreign-policy challenges confronting the world today and the resistance the US faces in setting a world agenda. In this first article, Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution, examines how the Iraq War has become a policy disaster. US policymakers must now turn their atte...
Alternate Plan for Iraq: Interview with Col. Douglas MacGregor, Ph.D.
Ryan Mauro - 2/21/2007
Douglas MacGregor is the best-selling author of “Breaking the Phalanx” and is an independent defense and foreign policy consultant with Glenside Analysts, Inc. He served in the Gulf War, served in the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe during the 1999 Kosovo War, and served as an advisor to the Department of Defense during the run-up to Operation Iraqi Freedom. He spent 28 years in the military. Global Politician's Ryan Mauro interviewed him,
Simply Not Serious: Complaining About Defeatist and Juvenile Discourse
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 2/20/2007
Observation: with the notable exception of the U.S. military, on the ground intelligence agents, some spirited individual diplomats, policymakers, politicians, pundits, and dedicated private citizens, this country, on the whole, is not serious about fighting Islamist fanaticism. Cowardice is the only word for PC-gurus on primetime television who opt to say the nice thing but fail to do the research and work –– and showcase some genuine gusto –– by saying the correct thing. This Congress, on the whole, is not serious. Our bureaucracies, on the whole, are inept, hindered by red tape, and lacking in seriousness. And most of all our media is not serious.
America’s China Worries – Part II
Joan Johnson-Freese - 2/20/2007
For more than a decade, the US was a lone superpower in terms of economic, diplomatic and military might. But China has steadily stepped up to the challenge, demonstrating its intent to serve as a counterweight to US influence when it comes to global affairs. In the first of this series of articles about challenges to US-China relations, Joan Johnson-Freese, chair of the US Naval War College’s National Security Decision Making Department, analyzes the specter of an arms race in space thrown up by China’s recent destruction of a weather satellite. China was irresponsible in shooting down its ow...
Imagine a world without the United States of America
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 2/13/2007
Critics of American foreign policy and most importantly of its troop’s presence in Iraq are found in ever nook and corner of this world. They worry that an influx of American troops threatens the soul of Iraq ’s sovereignty. They may be right but there are those too, who favor the presence of American troops in Iraq given the condition Iraq is now necessarily not because of American troops but because of the fierce communal rivalries sparked much further by those, who are fishing on the flooded water of Iraq.
America’s China Worries
Bruce Stokes - 2/10/2007
China has emerged as both mammoth producer and consumer, and that means more countries, including key US allies, depend on China for their economic well-being. The second article in this three-part series on worries besetting China-US relations explores how one nation’s expanding influence over global trade policy diminishes the other’s influence and flexibility. As the US trade imbalance with China surges to unprecedented heights, the Bush administration has brought a case before the WTO over China allegedly subsidizing its industries. Representing a dramatic reversal of Washington’s longstan...
Iraq: America's Losing Horse In The War On Terror
Kamal Hana - 2/1/2007
The situation in Iraq has been a real disaster since the United States invaded the Arab country in 2003. American forces have lost hundreds of soldiers in approximately three years, without succeeding to implant a strong security and well-structured democracy. President George Bush administration has been " less smart" by deciding to intervene.
President Bush's Speech - The Global Impact of Iran and Iraq
David J. Jonsson - 1/30/2007
With the conflicts heating up both in the Pacific with the threat of North Korea becoming a nuclear force and the Middle East, the need for diplomacy becomes more critical. However, diplomacy offers little hope in dealing with nations committed to bring about the apocalypse. Appeasement as occurred during the rise of Third Reich will not solve the problem. Becoming involved in a conflict between the Sunni and Shiite Factions each seeking their domain and spheres of influence could result in a no-win war. There is little doubt that Russia and China, the recent supporters of Iran and North Kore...
Diplomacy as Afterthought Wins US Few Mideast Converts
Fawaz A. Gerges - 1/24/2007
CAIRO: While elaborating on his new Iraq war plan, President Bush announced that he was sending Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the Middle East on a serious diplomatic mission. Political leaders, though skeptical, had hoped that Rice would have a specific plan to break the Palestinian-Israeli deadlock and lay the foundation for a Palestinian state. They had hoped that a breakthrough on the Palestine-Israeli front would create political momentum for an eventual resolution of the Iraq conflict. On both counts, media commentary and overall reaction expressed disappointment with the initial results of Rice’s mission.
America: Changing the game in Iraq
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 1/24/2007
Saddam Hussein is gone now, and gone in a big way. Whatever else Mr. Hussein achieved during his tenure as an Iraqi dictator, his death has suddenly divided the world into two fractions - one faction supporting his hanging and the other faction condemning .
Confronting China to Save Free Trade, and More
Prof. Peter Morici - 1/5/2007
Since the end of World War II, the United States has promoted free trade in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the World Trade Organization, and regional agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement.
What America, Britain and Israel Need To Wake Up To
Lorna Thomas - 1/2/2007
In July 2005, Tony Blair stated: 'September 11 for me was a wake-up call. Do you know what I think the problem is? That a lot of the world woke up for a short time and then turned over and went back to sleep.' While the unprecedented September 11 attacks initially gained America the sympathy of much of the world, America's 'war on terror' in Iraq has left the country and its leadership with a tarnished image.
Bernanke, Chinese Currency Subsidies and the
Prof. Peter Morici - 12/19/2006
In the prepared text for a speech at the conclusion of high-level meetings in China, Ben Bernanke noted that China's undervalued yuan provides an "effective subsidy" for firms that "focus on exporting." He used the word subsidy three times in prepared remarks but backed away from this language in his actual speech.
Washington’s Iraq Dilemma: Why Engaging Iran Is a Good Idea
George Perkovich - 12/15/2006
Many states throughout the Middle East have authoritarian leaders, disgruntled citizens, troubled economies – and governments as tenuous as houses made of cards. The report from the Iraq Study Group warns that the war in Iraq could widen into a regional conflict and encourages US policymakers to change tactics by initiating direct engagement with Iran and Syria to gain their cooperation in stabilizing the Middle East. This two-part series examines the challenges and opportunities if the US opens dialogue with the two nations. In the first article, analyst George Perkovich points out how the st...
Washington’s Iraq Dilemma: Dialogue with Syria Could Serve Bigger Purpose
Matthew Lee - 12/14/2006
The Iraq Study Group report recommends diplomatic initiative to resolve the war in Iraq. If the US administration heeds the advice of the Iraq Study Group, by seeking containment of the Iraqi conflict through dialogue with regional powers, one promising candidate would be Damascus. In the second of this two-part series, Matthew Lee explores how, for a brief moment, the interests of the US and the secular Bashar regime may have come to coincide. By pressing the right buttons – particularly by supporting return of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to Syria – the US could bring progress on major...
Iraq Study Group: A Substitute for Victory
Ryan Mauro - 12/11/2006
As critics debate over the recommendations put forth by the Iraq Study Group, politicians on all sides have been given an easy pass. The Iraq Study Group’s positions will become every major presidential aspirant’s positions. Any politician willing to challenge this report’s conclusions will be seen as narrow-minded, and out-of-touch with the situation in Iraq. As of Wednesday, December 6, 2006, the major debate ends, and the question becomes how to implement these changes to bring stability in the region. However, stability will require the consent of the Baathists of Syria and the mullahs of Iran.
The American century is about to end
Abid Mustafa - 12/5/2006
Barely six years have elapsed since President Bush took office and the much coveted 21st century belongs to America is about to come to an abrupt end. America's pre-eminence in four corners of the world is being challenged by friends and foes alike.
White House: Between Rhetoric And Reality Over Iran
Abid Mustafa - 11/26/2006
The recent American overtures to induct Iran in any political settlement over Iraq have immensely troubled the Israel. So perturbed has been the government in Jerusalem that it has mounted a concerted campaign in America to keep alive the notion that Iran poses a grave danger to the US and must be thwarted at any cost. On 12/11/2006, The Jerusalem Post reported that the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) spokesperson told the newspaper that, "Only a military strike by the U.S. and its allies will stop Iran obtaining nuclear weapons."
The Amorality of the Stability Seekers: Bob Gates and the Iraq Study Group
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 11/22/2006
Something larger is at works in Washington than a simple changing of the congressional guards. Republicans who had forgotten the primary tenets of republicanism were for two years feebly unwilling to pass legislation which the majority of the public eagerly endorsed. In the tug-of-war struggle between lobbyists and constituencies, they balked, chose the former, angered the latter, and for that will pay the price of losing the House and Senate. But representatives come and go every twenty-four months with midterm cycles. Domestically, changes are frequent and commonplace; they are to be expected, and even in losing graciously, to be welcomed.
Time For Change
Imran Khan - 11/15/2006
At the end of October an opinion poll (Just before the mid-term elections in US) was conducted in the 4 closest allies of United States of America including Great Britain, Canada, Mexico and Israel. Leading newspapers La Presse (Canada), The Toronto Star (Canada), Haaretz (Israel), Reforma (Mexico) and The Guardian (Great Britain) conducted the poll in respective countries. A thousand people from these countries were surveyed. The results were very surprising.
Getting Them Mad - On Angering Our Enemy
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 10/18/2006
Much fuss has been made about the most recent National Intelligence Estimate (NIE). Amongst other things, the document contends the war in Iraq has become the “cause celebre’ for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of U.S. involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement.” Perhaps this is the 2006 election’s equivalent of the overlooked weapons cache a few days prior to the 2004 contest? Remember how all that false display of anger –– “How could we not have found every piece of ammo the enemy had?” –– went away immediately following Senator Kerry’s concession speech?
Bush's Speech Sounds Too Partisan
Antonio Fabrizio - 9/17/2006
On the fifth anniversary of 9/11 attacks, American citizens commemorated the victims of the tragedy that "changed the world" and people worldwide expressed their solidarity to the victims' families. Bush's speech, however, was highly criticized, both at homeland and abroad, since it sounded too "partisan" - with close midterm elections taking place in November, to vote for the new American Congress – in a moment when partisanship should, instead, be left aside.
The Crisis of Multilateralism
Prof. Walden Bello - 9/15/2006
Already buffeted by institutional crisis and policy conflicts, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank are heading into their fall meeting—scheduled to begin September 13 in Singapore—with yet one more problem. Desperate to win credibility among civil society groups, the Bank and the Fund had given official accreditation to representatives of four civil society organizations. The Singapore government had a different idea. It banned the groups “for security reasons.” This commentator was among those specifically named and banned as a “security threat.”
Energy Independence and Global Warming in a Time of War
David J. Jonsson - 9/6/2006
There is no magic wand which one could use to provide energy security. However, a key element in finding a solution is to understand the magnitude of the problem. Perhaps most fundamentally, we must integrate the energy, environmental and foreign policy tracks of our national security. For too long these have been separate, and the energy, environment and foreign policy worlds have hardly spoken to each other. But if we make energy security a top foreign policy priority, we can work for a world in which the interests of energy consumers and producers are increasingly aligned rather than torn a...
The Ideological Blindness of Cold War Liberalism
Dr. Daryn Glassbrook - 9/5/2006
A number of prominent liberal pundits have been calling for the Democratic Party to embrace the legacy of Cold War liberals such as Dean Acheson, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. as a politically viable alternative to the unilateralist, bellicose tendencies of the Bush Administration and its Congressional allies. Perhaps the leading advocate of this position has been Peter Beinart, columnist and editor-at-large at The New Republic. In the December 13, 2004 issue of TNR, Beinart published an essay, "A Fighting Faith: An Argument for a New Liberalism," in which he praises the "milit...
How To Spot A Spy In The Family
Professor S. Brown - 9/3/2006
At a time when the understaffed British security services are openly recruiting more intelligence personnel and the war on terror pulls former spies out of retirement and back into the field - surely you'd know if your parent, brother or sister was a spy? In short, no. More and more national resources are spent covering the lies of intelligence personnel. You may think your relative works at the Ministry of Work and Pensions (DWP). You may have met him for lunch there. You may have seen papers hanging around about the retirement age debate. You may even have met his DWP friends and spent a wh...
Axis of Appeasement - The Inconveniet Truth
David J. Jonsson - 8/29/2006
On January 20, 2002, President George W. Bush in his State of the Union Address stated: "States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic."
Preemptive Use Of Force Under International Law
James Catano - 8/28/2006
The article is written in reference to the parallel between National Security Strategy 2006 and the Caroline Incident of 1837, specifically, the preemptive use of force.
Preemption, and the preemptive use of force in response to an imminent threat, remains a recognized, viable option within the framework of international law.1 In the Caroline Case of 1837,2 which provided the foundation for preemptive use of force pursuant to customary international law, the then Secretary of State Daniel Webster asserted that necessity and proportionality are imperative to the legitimacy of a preemptive st...
Plan to replace governments with single rule over all North America
Jan Allen - 8/25/2006
The Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) was signed at Baylor University on March 23, 2005; it is the plan to replace existing governments with state corporate rule over the entire North America continent. At the Cancun Summit, March 31, 2006, the three presidents called for the "trilateral regulatory cooperation framework" -- the "executive branch of state corporate rule" to be in place by 2007. New North American governance will be hyperinflationary with the dollar eventually becoming worthless. One is wise to transfer all of one’s wealth out of fiat investments (stocks, bonds, money market accounts, and ETFs) to the physical security of gold.
U.S. Trade Sanctions Seek to Pressure Latin America
Ariela Ruiz Caro - 8/24/2006
The U.S. government's announcement that it will review the possibility of limiting, suspending, or withdrawing trade preferences under the General System of Preferences (GSP) to three Latin American countries—Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela—is political pressure to make these nations participate in the model of regional integration proposed by the United States.
Can America solve the Middle East crisis?
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 7/28/2006
In 1920, H.G.Wells published his “Outline of History”. It was meant to awaken people to the realization that only a rationally ordered world – state would save humanity from destroying itself. But how secure are such conclusions today in the Middle East shrouded by the brutalities of irrational war? That may seem an odd question to ask, given the assumptions that the consensus in the Middle East is more pro – American than it looks.
Security Council: Championing Consensus in Diplo-World
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 7/26/2006
Much has been said lately about the perceived transformation of the Bush administration’s foreign policy. Mike Allen and Romesh Ratnesar pondered in their Time exposé if current U.S. multilateral and conciliatory policies meant an end to the “cowboy diplomacy” of the first term. Many of the so-called hardliners that served in the Pentagon left after the 2004 reelection to pursue careers in the private sector. Advocates of Mr. Bush at the National Review look on at current State Department-dominated diplomatic dogma with great suspicion. Thomas P.M. Barnett calls this the “post-presidency,” dec...
Disassembling Tehran’s Proxies: We Must Back Siniora and Maliki
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 7/25/2006
For those still suffering from the moral quandary of not knowing where to place blame in the recent Mideast war, consider the following as a locus classicus: amongst the prisoners Hezbollah is demanding to be released in return for two kidnapped Israeli soldiers, is Samir Kuntar –– a romanticized folk hero on the Arab street –– who serves a prison sentence for killing four Israelis in 1979. One of Kuntar’s victims was a four-year-old girl, who was murdered as Mr. Kuntar held her head onto a large rock and crushed her small skull with the butt of his rifle –– which he used to kill the other three.
Detail Diplomacy: Micromanaging Adversarial Behavior
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 7/15/2006
It was late 2001. Northern Alliance soldiers, aided by U.S. commandos, had ended the brutal reign of Mullah Omar. With the Taliban fleeing to the sky-high and mountainous Tora Bora terrain, the al Qaidists had been run out of their camps and bases, and the Afghan locals had reclaimed their towns. Men began listening to the radio and, if they felt so inclined, shaved their beards; women began enrolling in schools and showing their faces –– all once outlawed under the theocratic rule of the now-overthrown regime. A return to some semblance of normalcy was i n the air, and a yearning for respectable statehood and independence was prevalent.
Will America and Britain be taken by surprise by the emergence of a new super-power?
Lorna Thomas - 7/12/2006
During the last decade I have written that unless America and Britain change, Russia would become a major player on the world scene and would, in the future, together with Germany, form part of the leadership of a giant military/economic colossus. The balance of power in the world would dramatically shift from a
American Bases To Be Moved From Germany To Eastern Europe
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 7/10/2006
Invited by a grateful United States, the Czech Republic sent in February 2003 a representative to meet with Iraqi opposition in Kurdish north Iraq. The country was one of the eight signatories on a letter, co-signed by Britain, Italy, Spain and the two other European Union central European candidate-members, Poland and Hungary, in support of US policy in the Gulf.
Asian nexus: Will it reduce the U.S. presence in Asia?
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 7/10/2006
To many, the ongoing ferocious urban warfare, and the recent series of rage at United States military forces in Iraq, is all about the American military presence in the gulf, but the accusation is only a spark that has ignited the long simmering grievances.
America the Narcissist
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 7/8/2006
The majority of worldwide respondents to the last two global Pew enter surveys (in 2002 and 2006) regarded the United States as the greatest menace to world peace - far greater than the likes of Iraq or China. Thinkers and scholars as diverse as Christopher Lasch in "The Cultural Narcissist" and Theodore Millon in "Personality Disorders of Everyday Life" have singled out the United States as the quintessential narcissistic society.
Suggestions of Bilateralism: Should the U.S. Talk to Tehran?
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 6/19/2006
You have to hand it to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. His lunatic rantings, denials of the Holocaust, anti-Semitic verses, apocalyptic predictions, messianic boasts, and calls for the destruction of Israel and the United States have only earned him the attention, recognition, and fear he wanted. Pundits of all political persuasions are suddenly urging the Bush administration to hold direct bilateral talks with Khamenei, Ahmadinejad, and the rest of the Iranian mullahs. European delegates offer packages of incentives for the regime to quit uranium enrichment, which the mullahs promptly dismiss as insu...
American Foreign Policy and Hyena Hysterics
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 6/17/2006
What a strange, strange year. Although political absurdity is to be expected during congressional midterm campaigns, there has been a new wave of it emitting from the mouths of those who routinely castigate the decision to topple Hussein. Some of the in-vogue refutations and accusations of ’03-’04, have ever so gently morphed into what are now utter contradictions. While they have been repeated ad nauseum, it would be helpful to expose their apparent inconsistency.
Operation Dung Beetle: the U.S. partnership with Somali warlords
Abukar Arman - 6/6/2006
Somalia is on the verge of sinking deeper into the abyss of anarchy and perpetual bloodshed and the Bush Administration might have a role. As this latest factional fighting in Mogadishu has grown more violent- claiming the lives of hundreds of mostly unarmed civilians and causing thousands more to flee their homes for safety- the U.S. is said to be in the center of this long-burning ring of fire. This time, the U.S. is in partnership with a collaborative of warlords that many, ironically, consider the criminal elements that kept the political fire burning for over a decade.
The Industrious Spies
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 6/1/2006
The Web site of GURPS (Generic Universal Role Playing System) lists 18 "state of the art equipments (sic) used for advanced spying". These include binoculars to read lips, voice activated bugs, electronic imaging devices, computer taps, electromagnetic induction detectors, acoustic stethoscopes, fiber optic scopes, detectors of acoustic emissions (e.g., of printers), laser mikes that can decipher and amplify voice-activated vibrations of windows, and other James Bond gear.
The Truth About Guantanamo Bay: Interview with Col. Gordon Cucullu
Ryan Mauro - 5/25/2006
Colonel Cucullu has recently traveled several times to Guantanamo Bay with General Paul Vallely to work on a forthcoming book on the subject. He is also the author of the best-selling book, Separated at Birth: How North Korea Became The Evil Twin, and is a frequent guest on Fox News Channel. He also contributed to War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take To Prevail in the War for the Free World.
The Secret Of America's Iran Policy Revealed
Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker - 4/8/2006
Shhhh! Don't let anyone else see this, it's top secret! I'm about to reveal to you a secret about America's policy towards Iran. It is so confidential that even Congress has no idea about it. Truth be told, neither does the administration, because, here it is, here is that top secret: no one knows it because it doesn't really exist!
Developing a New U.S. Latin America Policy
Laura Carlsen - 3/19/2006
The following is the text version of a presentation by IRC Americas Program Director Laura Carlsen to the plenary of the Latin America track of Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington DC, March 11, 2006.
USA Intel On UAE is Wrong - More Reasons Not To Trust UAE With Ports Of Entry
Ghazal Omid - 3/8/2006
In the course of more than120 radio talk shows and interviews, Americans repeatedly asked me what they should know about the terrorists and why American are hated in the Middle East.
UAE Port of Entry Contract: Gateway To Another 911
Ghazal Omid - 3/7/2006
The day before 9/11, cursed lifelong by premonitions of tragic events, I was possibly the only uninvolved person on earth that knew what was about to happen but I was helpless. I did not know where to turn because I could not prove what I foresaw. I am not going to take the same chance by failing to speak out about the United State’s ill-considered decision to grant Dubai access and control of US ports because I know in my heart and soul and from very recent information, gathered directly from Dubai residents, that America will witness another 911.
The American Hostel
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 3/7/2006
The movie "Hostel" (2005) is a potent depiction of gore and graphic horror. More subtly, it is also a counterfactual and jingoistic political allegory for the post 9-11 age. A couple of wholesome American youths (one of them a Jew) are nabbed by a ring of east Europeans who cater to the depraved needs of sadists by providing them with fresh supplies of torture victims. The good guys are invariably American (or mistaken for Americans, or the allies of Americans, Japanese). The bad guys are invariably European; a decadent and unfaithful Icelandic, seductive Czech and Russian women, a Dr. Mengele...
Why did the United States Congress refuse to ratify the Treaty of Versailles
Serban Brebenel - 3/1/2006
Why did the United States Congress refuse to ratify the Treaty of Versailles?! After all, the US was the power able to turn the table on Germany and its allies and was able to play an essential role in drawing the conditions of the Versailles Peace Treaty. Doesn’t it seem strange that the very country who actively worked in creating the framework for the postwar status should be the very one not to ratify it? While this may seem so, it is important that we have a glance at what lay behind these motivations, especially in terms of national politics.
Ports, UAE and The Addiction to Foreign Dependence
Sajjad Khan - 2/22/2006
Of course there is a double standard; of course there are inconsistencies; of course there is hypocrisy. This is a ‘War on Terror’ guys not a boy scouts field trip to plant trees. People seem perplexed as to why so many senior US politicians would want to block the operating of six seaports by a company owned by the United Arab Emirates government. Why the incredulity and noise, ports are on the front line of a nation’s security, they are as important as the operating of tanks, missiles or Special Forces and even Rumsfeld (who has overseen a huge growth in private military contractors) wouldn‘...
Cartoons and Western Inability To Defend Its Views
Sajjad Khan - 2/19/2006
Who said politics was boring? As Mark Warner the former Governor of Virginia said recently, we are not witnessing a battle between right and left, or between conservatives and liberals, but between the past and the future. In the battle of ideas around the cartoons controversy, the Muslims are advocating the future, whereas the West remains wedded to the past. Of course it's not pitched like that, for most people the West remains the bastion of intellectual progress, vibrancy and enlightenment. For them, the Muslim attitude towards the Danish cartoons has an uncanny resemblance to their own Da...
Middle East: America's democracy advance puts secularism into retreat
Abid Mustafa - 1/23/2006
Not so long ago, President Bush announced his much coveted Greater Middle East Initiative. The aim of the plan was to preserve the existing secular order across the region through the promotion of freedom and democracy. But in today's Middle Eastern societies, Bush's initiative is having just the opposite effect. Islamists throughout the region have shown unprecedented gains in recent elections and now pose a direct challenge to the dictatorships and monarchies that thrive under American patronage.
The Last Round of Ammunition
Sue Vogan - 12/1/2005
Sue Vogan could never have imagined the rioting that would take place in the streets, nor in her wildest dreams could she have foreseen the kidnappings and assaults that happened. And, by no means did Sue ever entertain thoughts that anyone would be humiliated enough to take revenge over Sue’s obligation to help two American soldiers, stationed in a foreign country. But, what was most difficult of all to visualize was at what lengths someone would go to deliver that revenge or how long she would have to live the nightmare.
Internal US Legal Issues In The War Against Terror
Angelique van Engelen - 11/25/2005
The controversy surrounding the US war in Iraq is reaching unprecedented heights as the net closes in on the CIA intelligence leak and a snowballing effect is setting in. President Bush tried to shake off his opponents by calling people 'deeply irresponsible' that think that they can 'rewrite the history of how that war began' during his Veterans Day speech. Yet his words might have the opposite effect.
Iranian Anti-Semitic Web Site Hosted in the U.S.
Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. - 11/16/2005
An Iranian administered anti-Zionist website formerly hosted in the United States is now off line. The site was www.zionot.com. Its Internet Service Provider was the Fayetteville, NC-based Advanced Internet Technologies (www.aitcom.net/contactus.php). Informed of his company's hosting of the site, Alex Lekas, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Advanced Internet Technologies said in a telephone interview, "We (have taken that domain down), in addition to the two mirrors that point to it. (www.321wwz.com and www.4-3-2-1-0.com).We will comply with the provision of the law that governs...
The Costs of Coalition Building
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 11/14/2005
Foreign aid, foreign trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) have become weapons of mass persuasion, deployed in the building of both the pro-war, pro-American coalition of the willing and the French-led counter "coalition of the squealing".
Request for Help from a Victim of Michael Moore: Interview with Joanne Duetsch
Ryan Mauro - 10/27/2005
Mrs. Joanne Duetsch appeared in filmmaker Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11,” during a scene filmed in Washington DC. In the film, Duetsch converses with Moore and his companion, Lila Lipscomb, the mother of a fallen soldier in Iraq. Duetsch claims she never signed a release form, seeks legal assistance, and wants to reveal how Moore edited the scene. She has come to me asking for a way to tell her side of the story. These are her responses to my questions which were given via email and an in-person interview.
America's Catastrophic Nuclear Administration
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 10/17/2005
We are living at a critical juncture of the human history-perhaps not as dramatic as that of the Cold War catastrophe, but a moment no less crucial laced by the threats of the nuclear turmoil and the weapons of the mass destruction. The only question that has been recurring again and again is, "How long can the world avert another nuclear catastrophe after that double strike by the United States in August 1945? "
The First September 11
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 9/26/2005
September 11, 2001 was not the first time an airplane crashed into a skyscraper. Actually, such tragedies are more common than is thought.
Bush Betrays Poor Women Again
Yifat Susskind - 9/23/2005
This week’s United Nations World Summit—originally intended to assess governments’ progress on pledges to reduce poverty and promote development by 2015—is in danger of being derailed by the United States. The meeting itself is proceeding with much fanfare, but the United States is working to ensure that its outcome will do little to alleviate the suffering and human rights violations experienced by the world’s poorest people—most of them women and their children.
The Building of the Pentagon
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 9/22/2005
The Pentagon was completed in 16 months. It was built on a swamp and on the area of the old Washington airport. Trucks hauled some 5.5 million cubic yards (4.2 million cubic meters) of junk and soil and dumped it in the marshes. The building's foundation rests on 41,492 concrete piles.
Lindbergh, Charles Augustus
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 9/20/2005
Charles Augustus Lindbergh was the first person to cross the Atlantic in a nonstop flight. This made him an instant celebrity. When, in 1932, his 19-months old son was kidnapped and murdered, the nation was appalled.
Terrorists To US: Soon We Will Slaughter You
Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. - 9/19/2005
A chilling video available on an apparently Japanese hosted Internet site threatens more terror on the United States. After showing pictures of terror masterminds Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3483089.stm), including an apparent picture of bin Laden looking benevolently at a child sitting on his knee, the Arabic video continues with horse- riding, robe- clad, flag-waving individuals apparently seeking vengeance.
The Semi-failed State
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 9/18/2005
The US State Department's designation of "rogue state" periodically falls in and out of favor. It is used to refer to countries hostile to the United States, with authoritarian, brutal, and venal regimes, and a predilection to ignore international law and conventions, encourage global or local terrorism and the manufacture and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Most rogue states are not failed ones.
Drinking Neo-Conservative Kool-Aid
Abukar Arman - 9/8/2005
In his essay titled "Drinking The Kool-Aid", Col W. Patrick Lang who is a former defense intelligence officer describes a daunting case of paranoia- based "groupthink" that is prevalent in Washington and warns against a dangerous trend that is driving the current US foreign policy in high speed and without brakes, so to speak. Thanks to the Neo-conservative movement.
Terror From Hartford (Part II)
Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. - 8/29/2005
[Part I can be found here] While checking activity recently on the Yahoo groups message board "Islamic Resistance," I found a very disturbing message. From firstname.lastname@example.org, (km) it read in part, "I wish I could fight in jihad, but who will supply me? I'm just one man in my eyes. I say, I can help, put me on the first flight, but (are) there other men and women of Islam like me? In dreams I...
Terror From Hartford (Part I)
Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. - 8/15/2005
By day I run a faith- based homeless shelter. By night I surf the Internet looking for cyberterror. Some people wonder what the director of a homeless shelter is doing trying to close down radical Islamic web sites and defeat the radical Islamic agenda. That's an easy question to answer. Above anything else, Joy Junction (http://www.joyjunction.org/) is a faith- based ministry which shows the love of Jesus Christ in spiritual and practical ways to the many homeless women and families who come to us looking for help. Unless we start taking the fundamentalist Islamic agenda seriously and realiz...
After Iraq, Who's Next?
Angelique van Engelen - 8/4/2005
Future global power structures are very much dependent on countries' economic developments and it is likely that in the next ten to twenty years a dozen or so 'second tier' countries - population wise - will begin rise to prominency on the world stage. What impact will the increased focus on a primitive factor like the size of a country's population have on international relations?
World Movement for Democracy—Made in the USA
Tom Barry - 8/2/2005
The “world’s democratic movement” is not another one of the transnational citizens’ movements, like the anti-globalization or anti-war movements, that prides itself on having no central structure, no dogma, or even an office. This movement is highly organized, better funded, and even has its own “secretariat.” Unlike other leaderless but world-shaking transnational citizens’ networks that emerged after the end of the Cold War, the “world’s democratic movement” is not a product of global civil society but a quasi-governmental initiative based in Washington, D.C.
To Give with Grace - On the Causes of anti-Americanism
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 7/25/2005
Yankee Go Home. Nato is Nazo. American trash culture. The graffiti adorn every wall, the contempt seems to be universal. America and Americans are perceived to be uglier than ever before. It borders on hatred and xenophobia. Are we talking about Serbia in the midst of its Kosovo baptizing by fire? No. America-bashing seems to be a phenomenon engulfing rich (Czech Republic) and poor (Macedonia), the lawful (Greece) and the lawless (Russia), the Western orientated (Bulgaria) and the devoutly Slavophile (Serbia). Often, America (and Britain, its Anglo-Saxon sidekick) stand as proxies and fall guy...
Mission Creep in Latin America - U.S. Southern Command's New Security Strategy
Tom Barry - 7/13/2005
U.S. security strategy in the Western Hemisphere has had, except in rare occasions, little or nothing to do with protecting national security and the U.S. homeland. Since the early 19 th century, the pursuit of U.S. national security in Latin America and the Caribbean has largely been grounded in the pursuit of U.S. interests.
Purging vs. Co-opting Tyrants
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 7/5/2005
History teaches us that there are two types of tyrants. Those who preserve the structures and forces that carry them to power - and those who, once they have attained their goal of unbridled domination, seek to destroy the organizations and people they had used to get to where they are.
Marine Corps and Naval Surface Fire Support
Samuel L. Morison - 6/27/2005
In present and future U.S. military, a question about the Marine Corps has been seriously raised about abolishing the Marine Corps. Today's senior Marine Corps leaders are running their troops into the ground and nobody seems to know or care enough to do anything about it. Even their own Inspector General in a June 20, 2005 report to Congress has indicated such. Chesty Puller, a true Marine Corps leader, must be rolling in his grave in anguish and disgust over the current state of the Marine Corps! Today’s Marine Corps are turning into a Naval Infantry. Thirty thousand men and women of the 2nd...
US Hegemony In The Far East Under Seige
Angelique van Engelen - 6/10/2005
The rise to prominency on the world stage of China and India has implications for the US hegemony in the Far East. Over the past six months, moves and counter moves have been being made by the major players in the region that all were motivated by one factor; the scramble for energy resources. There's no international etiquette apart from the legislation that prevents war, but US foreign policy which is clearly centered around 'serving the US interests' is being duplicated by the rapidly developing countries in the East. Manishankar Aiyer, petroleum and natural gas minister of India spoke fo...
Saddam's Trial Might Turn Out A Curse For The US
Angelique van Engelen - 5/26/2005
It is unlikely that Iraq's leader will go out with a bang by having a court trial that's going to vindicate the US for waging war against him. Yet perhaps the reason to believe that US influence in Iraq is finally going to recede on terms less favorable than looked likely just after the elections might really turn out to be a result of a trial of the former leader.
A Solution for U.S. Foreign Antagonists: The Battleship
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 4/20/2005
Over the past month, Oliver North and Jim Carey, both well-respected columnists and distinguished veterans, have made strong, well-reasoned arguments for the re-activation of two mothballed U.S. battleships to address potential global threats. In his insightful April article, "Save the Battlewagons," Oliver North credited the battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62) with saving his life, the lives of his platoon, and over 1,000 fellow Marines in Vietnam.
Antero Leitzinger Explains US Relations With North and South American States
Ryan Mauro - 4/10/2005
Antero Leitzinger is the editor of the book called "Caucasus-An Unholy Alliance". He is a history researcher on topics ranging from Russia to Islam. The majority of his works are in Finnish, including various travel guide books, textbooks, and works about the history of liberalism and the history of Finnish immigration. He is working with other authors for an English book about Eastern European history and human rights policy in that region, of which he will write about the Karaim minority in Lithuania.
The Roots of Anti-Americanism
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 4/6/2005
The United States is one of the last remaining land empires. That it is made the butt of opprobrium and odium is hardly surprising, or unprecedented. Empires - Rome, the British, the Ottomans - were always targeted by the disgruntled, the disenfranchised and the dispossessed and by their self-appointed delegates, the intelligentsia.
The Economics of American Foreign Military Bases
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 3/20/2005
The US military spent the first quarter of 2005 evaluating the economic and social impacts of the closure of 425 domestic bases. It seems to have dedicated no second thoughts to the relocation of its foreign outposts. Yet, the effects on local economies and populace can be as devastating and destabilizing - if not more so.
America, the Reluctant Empire
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 3/17/2005
When the annals of the United States are written, its transition from republic to empire is likely to warrant special attention. Nor is the emergence of this land and naval juggernaut without precedent. Though history rarely repeats itself in details - both Ancient Rome and Byzantium hold relevant - albeit very limited - lessons.
The Rise of Democracy in the Middle East
Angelique van Engelen - 3/14/2005
If democracy is any more up for a redefinition anywhere, now would be the time and the Middle East would be the place. Events in Iraq and the elections of the Palestians had a contageous effect in other Middle Eastern countries too. For the first time in at least 50 years, we see grassroots demand for updated versions of democracy in countries that have long been dominated by authoritarian regimes; Egyptians have been demanding to be allowed a multi party system, in Lebanon the fall of a strongly Syrian influenced government went accompanied by street rallies and even in Syria, where street b...
The Issues with Iran Were Not Caused by the Iraq War
Ross G. Kaminsky - 3/12/2005
Some have argued that the Iraq War has not been worth its long term strategic cost because of our current difficult and dangerous situation with Iran and with remaining Islamist terrorist organizations. In his recent piece, David Storobin of the Global Politician, argued that (1) Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad are very dangerous, and maybe increasingly so; (2) Iran is not negotiating in good faith about their nuclear program and fully intend to develop a nuclear weapon; (3) For several reasons, Iran wants to destroy Israel; (4)"Iran is everything anyone ever said about Iraq and more"; (5)"US tro...
Terror Blowback: US Metropolis to Mesopotamia and Back
Scott D. O'Reilly - 2/28/2005
In 1926 one of the cinema's monumental achievements arrived on screen, the visionary sci-fi classic Metropolis directed by Fritz Lang. However, Susan Sontag wisely observes, "science fiction films are not about science, they are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art. Lang's film was not about natural disaster, but rather the man made variety. And the calamity Lang depicts is the same archetypal catastrophe described by Plato more than 2,000 years ago when he warned that the greatest tragedy a polity could face was to be divided against itself, where "you have one half o...
George W. Bush: Will Words Match Deeds?
Marc Johnson - 2/9/2005
Over-reaching. Audacious. Dogmatic. Unrealistic. Reckless. Naďve. Though the inaugural address was to some extent lost in the media frenzy surrounding the state of the union, the former deserves another look. The denizens of Punditry Inc. were quick to congratulate the president on a rhetorically soaring inaugural speech, but they wasted no time in criticizing him for reaching out to the oppressed people of the world with a heartlessly tantalizing offer of support that he couldn't deliver on.
Support for Bush in Poland, India and the Philippines
John Mangun - 2/5/2005
Shortly after the recent United States presidential election, a worldwide opinion poll asked the question, "Do you feel safer with George Bush as the U.S. President?" Of the two dozen nations around the world where the survey was taken, in only three of these countries did a majority of those asked respond positively and felt better with Bush as President: Poland, India, and the Philippines. Why these countries?