Bannon’s Ouster from NSC Certainly Can’t Hurt

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by Jim Lobe Although it’s too soon to assess the import of the removal of Trump’s top strategic advisor, Steve Bannon, from the Principals Committee of the National Security Council (NSC), it’s certainly not bad news. Indeed, it’s probably very… Continue Reading  

“Iron Rules” for Trump in Choosing his Foreign Policy Team

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by Robert E. Hunter The appointments that President-elect Donald Trump is making in foreign policy and national security will be among the most important decisions of his entire presidency. “Personnel is policy” is not just a slogan; it’s a fact.… Continue Reading  

The End of the American Empire

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by Chas W. Freeman, Jr. I’m here to talk about the end of the American empire. But before I do I want to note that one of our most charming characteristics as Americans is our amnesia. I mean, we are so… Continue Reading  

Obama’s Three Hard Choices in the Middle East

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by Charles Naas The first steps in righting US policy and actions in the Middle East are recognition and acceptance of what we have wrought and what we can or cannot do to alter the current political realities. Clarity is required above all.

Obama Nat’l Security Adviser on Expected Iran Protests

The Iranian opposition movement, having gone underground since the 2009 crackdown, appears to be trying to leverage the successes (thus far) of the Egyptian protest movement into a breath of fresh air for their own aspirations. The Iranian authorities are… Continue Reading