Obama the Realist

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by Paul R. Pillar Jeffrey Goldberg’s long article in the Atlantic about Barack Obama’s thinking on America’s foreign relations, an article derived from a series of interviews that Goldberg had with the president, ought to be required reading for this… Continue Reading  

Done in by the American Way of War

General Lee lies on its side aftrer surviving a buried IED blast in 2007. The Stryker was recovered and protected its Soldiers on more missions until another bomb finally put it out of action. Photo by courtesy of C-52 of 3/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team

see: http://www.army.mil/-news/2008/06/06/9708-general-lee-rides-again/

by Tom Engelhardt With General John Campbell’s tour of duty in Afghanistan finished, a new commander has taken over.  Admittedly, things did not go well during Campbell’s year and a half heading up the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) there,… Continue Reading  

Georgia, Tajikistan, Among Countries Most Dependent On U.S. Military Aid

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by Joshua Kucera By Pentagon budget standards, the countries of the former Soviet Union are relatively insignificant recipients of American military aid, dwarfed by the billions given annually to Israel, Egypt, and Pakistan. But a new study has shown that… Continue Reading  

Your Tax Dollars Are Enabling Police Brutality in Egypt

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by Chris Toensing Ever since the Black Lives Matter movement exploded into the headlines, violence by American police officers has come under fire from activists and ordinary citizens alike. Less discussed, however, is how the U.S. government winks at the… Continue Reading  

The Latest on Non-Nefarious Iranian Behavior

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by Paul R. Pillar One of the arguments recited most frequently by those wanting to keep Iran ostracized in perpetuity—so frequently that it has achieved the status of cliché—has been that the partial sanctions relief provided for in the agreement… Continue Reading