Trump the Predictable

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by John Feffer Shortly after taking office in 1969, President Richard Nixon devised his “madman theory.” It was the height of the Vietnam War, and Nixon believed that he could end the conflict. It just required a bit of unpredictability.… Continue Reading  

Powell Acknowledges Israeli Nukes

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by Eli Clifton According to hacked emails reviewed by LobeLog, Former Secretary of State Colin Powell acknowledged Israel’s nuclear arsenal, an open secret that U.S. and Israeli politicians typically refuse to acknowledge as part of Israel’s strategy of “nuclear ambiguity.”… Continue Reading  

The Costs and Consequences of Managing Rogue States

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by Paul R. Pillar Many variables are involved in the messy predicaments in the Middle East, but one way of framing the history and issues of U.S. policy toward the region is in terms of the approaches that have been… Continue Reading  

A Case for Demilitarizing the Military

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by Gregory Foster Item: Two U.S. Navy patrol boats, with 10 sailors aboard, “stray” into Iranian territorial waters, and are apprehended and held by Iranian revolutionary guards, precipitating a 24-hour international incident involving negotiations at the highest levels of government… Continue Reading  

Does Sheldon Adelson Hold the GOP Captive?

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by Jim Lobe A critical congressional battle—but by no means the final one—over the fate of the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action between the P5+1 and Iran has been fought, and the powerful Israel lobby has been at least temporarily… Continue Reading