The Obama-Gates Maneuver on Military Spending

By Gareth Porter Last week Barack Obama announced that he wants to cut $400 billion in military spending and said he would work Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the Joint Chiefs on a “fundamental review” of U.S. “military missions,… Continue Reading  

Tomgram: Engelhardt, This Can’t End Well

Sleepwalking into the Imperial Dark What It Feels Like When a Superpower Runs Off the Tracks By Tom Engelhardt Reprinted with permission of TomDispatch.com This can’t end well. But then, how often do empires end well, really?  They live vampirically… Continue Reading  

‘But is it good for Hamas?’

Mr. Arrigoni is the first foreigner to have been kidnapped here since the Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007, and appears to be the first pro-Palestinian activist in memory to have been killed here by Palestinians. That raised embarrassing questions… Continue Reading  

Tomgram: Ira Chernus, The Great Israeli Security Scam

Three Myths of Israel’s Insecurity And Why They Must Be Debunked By Ira Chernus Reprinted with permission of TomDispatch.com Here are the Three Sacred Commandments for Americans who shape the public conversation on Israel: 1. For politicians, especially at the… Continue Reading  

Ehud Barak’s Disappearing Request for $20 Bil. Aid Increase to Israel

I was a bit bored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen‘s (R-FL) House Foreign Affairs briefing last week on Israel. ‘Blah blah blah never give up the Jordan Valley.’ I thought maybe there would be real Congressional work discussed. But, like opposition… Continue Reading