America’s Post-Democratic Military

Scouts with the 82nd Airborne Division?s 1st Brigade Combat Team fire on a line during a course in advanced rifle marksmanship March 21-24, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The weeklong course emphasized adapting to battlefield problems by knowing one?s tools and capabilities.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

by William Astore In the decades since the draft ended in 1973, a strange new military has emerged in the United States. Think of it, if you will, as a post-democratic force that prides itself on its warrior ethos rather… Continue Reading  

Cuba Today, But (Alas) Not Iran Tomorrow

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by Robert E. Hunter Following President Barak Obama’s decision to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba, it is remarkable to see so much speculation about whether this will set a precedent for a restoration of US ties with Iran The word… Continue Reading  

Thinking Regionally on Syria

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by Robert E. Hunter Following the US-Russian agreement, the Syrian government’s chemical weapons must now be destroyed. To do this without putting UN employees at impossible risk, the Syrian civil war must also stop. To do that requires a plan… Continue Reading  

Book Review: “Original Sins” Fuelled U.S.-Iran Enmity

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By Gary Sick via IPS News NEW YORK, Nov 26 2012 (IPS) – I have never read a book quite like this. “Becoming Enemies” is the latest product of the indispensable National Security Archive, the Washington non-profit that has given new… Continue Reading  

Mousavian: Use Nixonian Realism with Iran

The former ambassador and key Iranian nuclear negotiator, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, writes: The United States and Iran should aim for the kind of sustained and comprehensive talks that have not been seen for the last three decades. It would be prudent… Continue Reading