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Archives by Tag 'drones'
Did Obama “Radicalize” the Tsarnaevs?
SHELDON RICHMAN
If the Brothers Tsarnaev’s bombing at the Boston Marathon is an argument against immigration, then Tim McVeigh’s bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is an argument against reproductive freedom. Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev came to the Unit...
As Others See Us
RALPH NADER
In watching the massive media coverage and the reaction to the brutal bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the wise poem “To A Louse…” composed in 1785 by the Scottish poet Robert Burns came to me: “O wad some Pow’r the giftie gi...
Blowback and the Cycle of Violence
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
The United States and the Central Intelligence Agency have never acknowledged the potential for “blowback,” or negative fallout, from their military and covert actions.  The Watergate burglary by the veterans of the Bay of Pigs was an obvious example of blowback.  C...
Decoding the Arrest of Musharraf
JP SOTTILE
The drone war may have just taken out a high value target—former President of Pakistan and Bush Administration partner in the War on Terror, Pervez Musharraf. No, he didn’t get blown to bits by a ...
What If the Tsarnaevs’ Motive Was Revenge for U.S. Foreign Policy?
SHELDON RICHMAN
On the day of the Boston Marathon bombings, President Obama stood in the White House briefing room and ...
The Boston Marathon Bombing, Drones and the Meaning of Cowardice
BARRY LANDO
Paris. As I write this, we still don’t know who was responsible for the horrific bombing attack in Boston. Perhaps it will turn out to be the work of home grown rightwing nuts; perhaps it’s the act of foreign terrorists. But, whatever the source, what ...
Two Obamas, Two Classes of Children
RALPH NADER
An Associated Press photograph brought the horror of l...
Droning Into a War on Tribal Islam
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Bina Shah has written an excellent ...
America’s Death Wish
NORMAN POLLACK
Again we hear (NYT ed., 4/6) about “the damage wrought by the gun lobby,” as though a cabal of manufacturers and other interested parties was responsible for the diseased mentality centered on gun violence in America.  What a convenient scapegoat, when in real...
Prisoners of the War on Terror
JUDY BELLO
Hundreds of prisoners of the US War of  Terror languish in prisons around the world, in Guantanamo and on the US mainland.  Some have been there as long as 12 years   some have sentences that extend beyond the span of their life; many have never been charged with a cri...
Medals for Murder
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
On the internet there have been photographs going round of a row of puffy-faced North Korean generals with flabby chests covered in medals.  Their decorations are absurd, of course, because none of these chubbies has heard a shot fired in anger. And western propaganda m...
Papa Obama and President Drone
ANDREW LEVINE
When Barack Obama first appeared on the national scene, he was a Rorschach inkblot upon whom gullible liberals projected their hopes and anxious “conservatives” their fears. The scare quotes are justified because then, as now, there was not much that is genuine...
The Mildly Distinctive, Mostly Mainstream Foreign Policy of Rand Paul
STEVE BREYMAN
One thing you can say about Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is that he’s a crafty politician. His thirteen-hour filibuster to protest President Obama’s nomination of National Security Advisor John Brennan as CIA...
Where Democracy Ends, Fascism Begins
NORMAN POLLACK
In today’s Washington Post (Mar. 27) Greg Miller and Julie Tate report on John Brennan’s facing “a quandary over clandestine service appointment,” the term “quandary,” in this case, ordinarily signifying perplexity or doubt, is really not quite accurate...
Droning On
MICHAEL BRENNER
Drones are still hovering over the capital – figuratively, for the time being. The images generated by Eric Holder’s disquieting testimony and Rand Paul’s filibuster are lingering. They have not ignited an uproar of protest against targeted assassinations, signature...
Obama’s Zones of Ambiguity
WILLEM de LINT and ADAM POCRNIC
“Fascism is capitalism plus murder.” ― Upton Sinclair “If the president does it, it isn’t illegal.” ― Richard M. Nixon In a 5-4 ruling labelled “Kafkaesque” the Supreme Court refused an application by ...
Lament of the Drones
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Frogs in the marsh mud drone their old laments. — Vergil, Georgics It is wonderful how a new weapon can rejuvenate a word that has long been something of a dullard.  The reinvigorated word is “drone.” In days...
Hard Lessons From Iraq
ROBERT DODGE, MD
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. As one of the longest and one of the most costly wars in U.S. history, the true costs in dollars, lives, environmental contamination and opportunity costs may never be fully appreciated.  This “preventi...
Obama is the Worst US President Ever
RON RIDENOUR
Yes, I mean it: the worst ever! We’ve had James Monroe and his doctrine of supremacy over Latin America. We’ve had Theodore Roosevelt and his invasion of Cuba; Nixon, Reagan, Bush-Bush and their mass murder, and all the war crimes and genocide committed by most...
The Grand Bargainer
ANDREW LEVINE
In democracies, the demos rules.  According to the original meaning of the term, that means the popular masses, as distinct from social or economic elites.  More usually nowadays, the term has no class content; “demos” denotes an undifferentiated citizenry....
Architect of Terror
NORMAN POLLACK
In the supposed controversy over Brennan’s confirmation as CIA Director, the elephant in the room that everyone has stepped around is the CIA itself.  Massive evidence of torture (under the impersonal designation, E.I.T.) should, were democracy truly applicable to the ...
An Interview with Michael Klare
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
Michael T. Klare is the author of the book, The Race for What’s Left (2012), in which he...
Obama’s Partner in War Crimes
NORMAN POLLACK
When Senate Democrats such as Harry Reid praise Brennan to the heavens, as America’s savior, and Diane Feinstein settles for OLC legal memos confined to the killing of Americans, but not the basis for the entire armed drone program for targeted assassination, it ...
Neo-Imperialism and the Arrogance of Ignorance
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Most Americans do not realize the extent to which the U.S. is becoming involved militarily in the welter of conflicts throughout Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa (check out the chaos as mapped ...
Medal of Dishonor
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Drone warfare has become one of the key weapons in the United States government’s global “war on terror.”  But drones especially present a moral challenge for all Americans in this manufactured war.  They are the glaring tip of American imperialism, and must be ca...