The Fall of the House of ISIS

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by John Feffer The Middle East today is enduring a replay of World War II — with the Islamic State in the role of Nazi Germany. Having seized much of Europe and parts of the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany reached… Continue Reading  

From “New World Order” to “No World Order”

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by John Feffer George H.W. Bush made a bold pronouncement on September 11, 1990. Even though Iraq had recently invaded Kuwait and the collapse of the Soviet Union was still more than a year away, Bush proclaimed the imminent dawn… Continue Reading  

Trump, Afghanistan, and Shades of the Tuesday Lunch

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by Paul R. Pillar Impending choices by President Trump regarding the war in Afghanistan raise issues of national security decision-making in his presidency that in turn evoke pathologies of the past, with Trump’s personal habits threatening to make matters at… Continue Reading  

Why Donald Trump Might Become an Interventionist

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by Paul R. Pillar Now that Donald Trump has assumed power, we will start to see demonstrations of how futile it was to have tried to project a direction of his policy, including foreign and security policy, on the basis… Continue Reading  

Obama the Time Traveler

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by John Feffer For Obama supporters, the last eight years have been a victory of wise leadership over the forces of darkness in Congress and the world at large. For critics of the outgoing president, Obama could do no right… Continue Reading