How We All Learned to Accept Bush’s Lies About Libya

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by Charles Davis According to non-partisan, pan-ideological lore in 2017, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi gave up his quest for nukes in 2003—spooked by the Iraq war or strong-armed by imperialism or just trying to be nice, depending on the lesson… Continue Reading  

Preventing Preemptive War with North Korea

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by Charles Davis What’s wrong with a little hysteria when Donald J. Trump is the most powerful man on earth? In October 2017, when the worst possible human being one could imagine calling “president” is in fact the president, hysterics… Continue Reading  

Donald Trump, the Hawk, Follows His Instincts

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by Charles Davis “My original instinct was to pull out,” he said. “And historically, I like following my instincts.” That was U.S. President Donald Trump, talking about Afghanistan, announcing on Aug. 21 that he was prepared to deploy thousands more… Continue Reading  

The People of Iraq Are Dying To Be Heard

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by Charles Davis Imagine that the people of Iraq are real human beings with hopes and fears who are subject to the influence of powerful regional actors but are nonetheless capable of acting without someone in Washington, Tehran, or Riyadh… Continue Reading  

Authoritarian Symps

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by John Feffer In the bad old days of the Cold War, the left and the right used to play a nasty game called “Who’s Your Favorite Dictator?” Right-wing ideologues supported authoritarian leaders like Augusto Pinochet of Chile while left-wing… Continue Reading