Category Archive: Foreign Policy

Jul 13 2014

Neo-Cons and Hillary Clinton

Jacob Heilbrunn has a column in the New York Times arguing that the neo-conservatives who have found such influence in the Republican party over the last 35 years are now preparing to embrace Hillary Clinton in a bid to keep that influence if she wins the White House.

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Jun 26 2014

Tony Perkins is Suddenly a Cultural Relativist

The Christian right constantly, and wrongly, accuses “the left” of being moral and cultural relativists. But in a recent email to his followers, Tony Perkins suddenly transforms himself into a cultural relativist — but only for a single issue. And yep, it’s all about The Gay.

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Jun 20 2014

Why Bill Kristol Should Be Ignored on Iraq

Bill Kristol, predictably, thinks we should send troops back into Iraq to restart the war: “[President Obama needs to go] on TV saying, ‘This is a strategic crisis, for the reasons I’m going to lay out here. We have to do something that no one wants to do, which is to go back in with …

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Jun 19 2014

Bush, Obama and Renewed Violence in Iraq

Sometimes my mind just boggles at how ridiculous the American media and political discourse can be. A perfect example is the current attempt to turn the inevitable — yes, inevitable — violence in Iraq into a political weapon to use against President Obama. This begins with Fox News actually crediting President Bush with anticipating the …

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May 30 2014

IAEA: Iran Nowhere Near a Nuclear Weapon

As many on the right and within Israel continue to beat the drums of war and want an invasion of Iran, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has issued a report saying that Iran has complied with the requirements of a negotiated arrangement and is now nowhere near being able to produce even a single …

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Apr 21 2014

Putin, Netanyahu and Neo-Con Cognitive Dissonance

A very interesting thing has happened in the wake of Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and hostile moves in the eastern Ukraine — he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are suddenly buddies. Israel even abstained from the UN vote that condemned Russia’s recent military actions. This poses a real problem for American neo-cons who …

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Apr 09 2014

Ignorance and Foreign Policy

Americans tend to be notoriously ignorant about the goings on in the rest of the world, which is why this article by several social scientists who did a clever survey about the situation in the Ukraine is not the least bit surprising. It found that the less people know about where the Ukraine is, the …

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Mar 22 2014

I’m Warmonger-Weary

Bill Kristol is clutching his pearls once again over the idea that the American people are “war-weary” and might not follow his inevitable advice to invade another country for no reason anytime soon. He quotes a letter to the Wall Street Journal from one Heidi Szrom of Valparaiso, Indiana:

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Mar 12 2014

Rice the Latest Foreign Policy Hypocrite

Former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice joins the long list of current and former officials showing breathtaking but predictably hypocritical positions on Russia’s invasion of Crimea and other activities in the Ukraine.

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Mar 06 2014

Putin and Obama’s ‘Weakness’

Now that the Ukraine has blown up and Putin has sent troops into Crimea, the right is having a grand old time blaming it all on Obama being “weak” on foreign policy and thus making Putin feel “emboldened” that he could do it. Sarah Palin is even claiming to be a prophet, with Fox News …

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Mar 05 2014

Really, John Kerry?

The Academy Awards were Sunday night and the award for best actor really should have gone to John Kerry for managing to deliver this line about the Russian invasion of Crimea without busting a gut laughing. “You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests. This is an act …

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Mar 04 2014

Putin is the One Showing Weakness

As the right fires up its mantra machine and chooses “Putin is exploiting Obama’s weakness to invade the Ukraine” as its collective response to the situation there, Zack Beauchamp argues, correctly I think, that the one who is showing weakness here is Putin.

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Jan 10 2014

Gates: Obama Just Not Enthusiastic Enough

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, a Republican that President Obama asked to stay on in that position after the 2008 election, has a new book out that apparently makes some rather incoherent criticisms of the president. Greg Jaffe has a review of the book in the Washington Post. One of the odd positions he …

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Jan 04 2014

Afghanistan Likely to Turn Ugly When We Leave

The American intelligence community has apparently now concluded what anyone with even a modest understanding of history and human nature could — and did — predict back in 2001: That when the American occupation of Afghanistan ends this year, it’s likely to descend into civil war and chaos.

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Dec 29 2013

John Bolton’s Macho Foreign Policy

John Bolton, the far-right’s go-to guy on foreign policy, has a list of President Obama’s foreign policy “failures” that reveals much about the right-wing view of that subject. The psychological roots of that view, it seems to me, are found in typical American male psychology.

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