Always and Everywhere

The New York Times and the Enduring “Threat” of Isolationism via Tom Dispatch by Andrew J. Bacevich The abiding defect of U.S. foreign policy? It’s isolationism, my friend. Purporting to steer clear of war, isolationism fosters it. Isolationism impedes the spread of democracy.… Continue Reading  

A World in Which No One Is Listening to the Planet’s Sole Superpower

by Dilip Hiro via Tom Dispatch What if the sole superpower on the planet makes its will known — repeatedly — and finds that no one is listening?  Barely a decade ago, that would have seemed like a conundrum from… Continue Reading  

The Hill to the Rescue on Syria?

Don’t Hold Your Breath by Andrew J. Bacevich via Tom Dispatch Sometimes history happens at the moment when no one is looking.  On weekends in late August, the president of the United States ought to be playing golf or loafing… Continue Reading  

The Pivot to Africa

The Startling Size, Scope, and Growth of U.S. Military Operations on the African Continent  by Nick Turse via Tom Dispatch They’re involved in Algeria and Angola, Benin and Botswana, Burkina Faso and Burundi, Cameroon and the Cape Verde Islands.  And that’s just the… Continue Reading  

Now You See Him, Now You Don’t

Living in a One-Superpower World (or Edward Snowden vs. Robert Seldon Lady)  by Tom Engelhardt via Tom Dispatch He came and he went: that was the joke that circulated in 1979 when 70-year-old former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller had a heart… Continue Reading