Sunday, September 24, 2017

Foreign Policy

War and the Privilege of Perspective

The other morning, I had just finished coaching a young lad who used to live in the Lebanon. A nice man in his early twenties who is grateful to now live in Australia. As...

Senate Campaign Faces Scrutiny of Strategist’s Work for Saudis

Boston Herald spotlights Holly Robichaud’s engagement in Saudi effort to amend Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act On defensive, Robichaud advances misleading argument about JASTA, makes false claim about VFW, American Legion stances Holly Robichaud A U.S....

New Snowden NSA Documents Released

From The Intercept: SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA’s most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate. After editorial review, The Intercept is releasing nine years’ worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003....

No, It’s Not ‘Moral Relativism’ to Oppose Nuking North Korea

Alexis de Tocqueville, a French aristocrat who achieved fame through his observations about early American democracy, noted that American political rhetoric is so abstract and imprecise that it both “exaggerates and hides any true...

What We Aren’t Being Told About Myanmar?

The narrative we’re being served on Myanmar is a cartoon. On the one hand we have villains — who have conveniently already been subject to “liberal humanitarian” demonization for years now — who have allegedly decided...

Dennis Rodman Could Save Us All from Nuclear War

Former Bulls star and North Korea’s leader are an unlikely pair that just may save us all – well, at least from a nuclear disaster that is. Dennis Rodman, who has also paid several...

“Fool’s Errand”: A Guide to the New Forgotten War

I was one of the first American officials to arrive in Kabul at the end of 2001. The war that seemed to be ending back then is currently in its 16th year with no...

Why Does Assad Buy Oil From ISIS?

A common claim in the mainstream narrative about the Syrian conflict is that the “Assad regime” is “colluding” with the notorious terror group, ISIS. Some commentators even suggest that the Syrian government actually created...

TGIF: Operation CYA – Afghanistan

Steve Bannon's Breitbart and others notwithstanding, that was Trump being Trump when he announced he would not be quitting Afghanistan, despite the manifest futility and counterproductivity -- that is, idiocy -- of America's 16-year war there....

Preserving the Iran Nuclear Deal: Perils and Prospects

Introduction On July 14, 2015, the United States and its partners—China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom, collectively known as the P5+1—signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. The JCPOA is...
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