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Justin Raimondo is the editorial director of Antiwar.com. He is the author of An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard (Prometheus Books, 2000), Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement (ISI, 2008), and Into the Bosnian Quagmire: The Case Against U.S. Intervention in the Balkans (1996).
He is a contributing editor for The American Conservative, a senior fellow at the Randolph Bourne Institute, and an adjunct scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He writes frequently for Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.
Saturday, December 14, 2013 Goliath: The Book That May Delegitimize Israel's Apartheid State (2 comments)
This coarsening -- brutalization, really -- of Israeli society is something one imagines Leibowitz would have despised had he lived to see it. The mere fact that the Israelis routinely arrest and torture Palestinian children as young as eight should be enough to delegitimize the "Jewish state" in the eyes of the world -- that is, if enough eyes see it.
Saturday, November 23, 2013 We're Never Leaving Afghanistan (5 comments)
Rather than ending the war, the Obama-Karzai pact institutionalizes it, making the occupation of Afghanistan a permanent feature of US military operations in the region. It even maps out a place for this new US colony in the annual budget, and there is no time limit on any of this: "2024 and beyond." From this quagmire there is to be no extrication -- that, in short, is the sum total of our great "victory" in Afghanistan.
Friday, October 25, 2013 Hands Off Glenn Greenwald! (3 comments)
Glenn Greenwald, the former lawyer-turned-blogger, now a world-famous journalist, whose incisive reporting on the story of how the National Security Agency has been spying on Americans' phone records, emails, and other online communications has roiled the Obama administration and started a fierce national debate over what kind of country we are -- and what kind of country we're turning into.
Friday, August 16, 2013 Egypt's Tiananmen
While Washington's wonks speculate back and forth as to how much advance notice Washington had of the coup-that-isn't-a-coup, the world's Muslims know it couldn't have happened without a green light from this administration -- that is, if it wasn't Washington's idea in the first place.
Saturday, July 27, 2013 The Battle for the Amash Amendment: Victory in Defeat (1 comments)
There hasn't been a vote like this in the House -- nor a debate quite like it -- since the last time the Patriot Act came up for renewal, in 2011. What -- or, rather, who -- jolted GOPers out of their somnolent indifference to the Fourth Amendment? Two words: Edward Snowden.
Monday, July 1, 2013 Politics and Persona: Edward Snowden as Symbol (1 comments)
Like Snowden, Americans don't want to live in a world in which the government has the power to watch their every move, chart their every thought, and control the very levers of their lives. They are contemptuous of the smear campaign being launched against Snowden and Greenwald, and they are demanding answers.
Monday, June 24, 2013 Edward Snowden, A Modern Paul Revere (13 comments)
The creation of a secret police state apparatus represents a fork in the road for the United States. Snowden said his motive was to make it possible for the American people to decide whether the Surveillance State is what they want -- and that they couldn't do this unless they knew what was going on behind their backs.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Edward Snowden vs. the Sovietization of America (17 comments)
Government officials are howling with outrage, and calling for Edward Snowden's head. The pundits are livid: how dare this "narcissist" who didn't go to an Ivy League college presume to sit in judgment of his betters! Whatever their disagreements, politicians and talking heads of the left and the right agree: Snowden is a "traitor"!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 The Resurrection of Barack Obama (9 comments)
Lies mixed with indisputable truth -- that's been the Obama Method since day one. It's worked so far: we'll see how long it works this time. The President's rhetorical talent is formidable, and it's earned him some time to make good on his promises -- but the hour is late. 2016 approaches. The future of his party, and the country, hangs in the balance, as does his legacy.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 Raping the World -- Sexual Assault In The US Military
Political correctness has mandated a sexually integrated military, with women (and openly gay men) living and working alongside testosterone-soaked heterosexual men who have come to believe they are exempt from the rules us lowly civilians must live by. Is it any wonder that rape is part of the military culture?
Saturday, March 30, 2013 Will Budget "Cuts" Impact US Aid to Israel? -- Not hardly (1 comments)
Obama, on his trip to Israel, presented Netanyahu with a new 10-year aid "package" totaling some $40 billion -- a $10 billion increase over the last such agreement. And since our special alliance with Israel is "eternal," as the President rhapsodized, this amount will presumably increase unto eternity. Or until the American people put a stop to it -- whichever comes first.
Friday, February 1, 2013 Hagel Hearing: The War Party's Waterloo
There was something profoundly weird about the ritualistic invocations of undying loyalty to Israel, a country mentioned 135 times in the course of the hearing: Afghanistan only merited 27, while al Qaeda got two and Mali one. One would have thought Hagel had been nominated for Israeli Defense Minister instead of the top civilian in the Pentagon.
Saturday, October 13, 2012 The Israel Lobby and the Road to War (3 comments)
Israel's alleged "existential crisis" is nothing but hysterics on the part of Israel's leaders, but let's leave that aside for the moment and ask a more fundamental question: where do Israel's interests end and America's begin, or is there no daylight between the two?
Saturday, September 29, 2012 The Hollow Empire (1 comments)
The US has lost the war in Afghanistan. The announcement that joint operations involving US/NATO forces and Afghan military and police personnel will cease - "temporarily" -- went down with a whimper, not a bang. Neither major party is much interested in the subject of a war we have been fighting for over a decade, at a cost measured in hundreds of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars.
Friday, September 28, 2012 Bibi's Crazy UN Speech (6 comments)
The ticking-bomb theme, which has been used to justify everything from torture to the invasion of Iraq, permeates Israeli propaganda in the US and was a cental theme of Bibi's speech. Don't delay, don't think, act now -- before the fraud is exposed, and we discover that -- as in the case of the Iraqis -- those "weapons of mass destruction" were just a figment of our easily manipulated collective imagination.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Dempsey's Dissent (1 comments)
With back-to-back deployments, and two wars without a victory, what does the Pentagon have to look forward to but a third war, one which promises to be regional in scope. Little wonder they're beginning to make their opposition known.
Thursday, August 23, 2012 Bibi's War -- We don't have to fight it (3 comments)
Has there ever been a more brazen display of a foreign government dragging a more powerful nation into a war not of its own choosing? I'm talking about the almost comical efforts by the Israelis to goad Washington into attacking Iran: the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu has done everything and then some to put pressure on the Obama administration to act.
Saturday, August 4, 2012 Gore Vidal: The Last Jeffersonian (2 comments)
I won't be surprised to see Vidal's posthumously published works shoot to the top of the bestseller list. That's because the power of what Vidal represented -- not the "ranting" of a Southern populist, as Lind would have it, but the sharp dissent of an American original and a literary giant, whose oeuvre will be remembered -- and read -- long after the journalistic twitterings of his critics are justly forgotten.
Monday, July 30, 2012 Playing to the Peanut Gallery (1 comments)
Romney's trip abroad is in the way of an audition before our allies and client states, where he is expected to pass muster with his litany of entirely predictable pledges to abjure "isolationism" and keep the gravy train flowing to our client states, such as Israel.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 The Lies We Tell (1 comments)
Floating a story about how the administration is resisting increasing pressure to intervene in Syria is a good way to deflect attention from what they are in fact doing right at this moment to overthrow a foreign government. Thanks to our "democratic" system, this administration will pay no political price for meddling in the Syrian mess.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Tall Tales in Tremseh (2 comments)
The real meaning of this propaganda campaign is clear enough: nations targeted for regime change that dare mount a military defense are engaging in "war crimes." This is the first law of the New World Order, one that Bashar al-Assad and his like defy at their peril.
Saturday, July 7, 2012 Assange's Last Stand? (7 comments)
If there was ever a clear-cut case of good versus evil, then surely it is the contest between Julian Assange and most of the world's governments. They hate him because he exposed their lies, their manipulations, and their routine violations of the most elementary rules of human decency. The US government would dearly love to get its hands on Assange: rumor has it a secret grand jury indictment has already been handed down.
Saturday, June 23, 2012 How To Judge A Political Candidate (1 comments)
In judging which political candidates to support, and (more importantly) the question of whom to oppose, the rule should be: judge harshly. That may sound unreasonable, and even a bit dogmatic, but the reality is that the only way to get the kind of behavior we want in politicians, when it comes to the vital issue of war and peace, is to punish them for warmongering and support them when they work for peace.
Saturday, April 21, 2012 Problems of Empire (8 comments)
Even if we weren't bankrupt, it is hard to see how a cost-benefit analysis can justify this level of US intervention abroad. We spend more on the military than all other nations on earth combined, and the only thing it's gotten us has been some pretty consequential blowback and a mountain of unsustainable debt. So what's the upside?
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Robert Bales: Mass Murderer and PTSD Poster Boy
What's striking about all this is the focus on Bales instead of his victims. Was he on medications? What about that "traumatic" brain injury? Had he been drinking? What was his childhood like -- his marriage, his work history? Isn't it true that "he loved children" (touted by Matt Lauer)? As for the victims, even their names are rarely reported.
Thursday, March 1, 2012 The "Trust Gap" (10 comments)
Usually, the blackmailer operates in the shadows, sneaking about delivering threatening missives to victims, while taking great pains to cover his tracks. Israelis are doing it right out in the open. If America were a normal country, this would provoke outrage in our lawmakers and media who would want to know why a supposed "ally" would knowingly put American soldiers at risk--and openly boast about keeping us in the dark.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Hope in the Belly of the Beast
The same pattern is repeating itself as the War Party gears up for an attack on Iran. By leaking the supposedly "highly classified" NIE to the media, the analysts and officials in the bowels of Langley are pushing back against the drive to drag us into another major conflict in the Middle East.
Saturday, January 28, 2012 The Greatest Threat (1 comments)
a new Threat is rising, not from without but from within -- an economic cancer eating away at the very heart of our society. We had a taste of it in '08, and in spite of the Obama-bots' Pollyannaish predictions of "recovery," ordinary people see nothing but trouble on the horizon. This is a real threat, unlike the others, one that cannot be fought by our matchless military, or even negotiated with -- and it is coming.
Friday, January 20, 2012 The Return of the Smear Bund
Israel's lobby in the US is reflexively defensive, and covertly authoritarian: they can't afford to have an open discussion of our "special relationship" with Israel -- and Israel's sick relationship with its Arab helots -- and so must resort to silencing their opponents.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 "Egypt the Prize"
The neocons were way ahead of the Obamaites in 2002, but Hillary Clinton's State Department is playing catch-up fast. The new year will see a renewed thrust of US power -- "soft" and hard -- into the most volatile region on earth, and the results are sure to be explosive.
Friday, November 18, 2011 Obama Plays the China Card (1 comments)
The propaganda war against China has taken a new tack, lately, one previously reserved for the Russians: the Chinese are routinely blamed for intrusions into US government computers, and other sensitive installations.
Saturday, October 29, 2011 The Return Of Barbarism (1 comments)
Look at these "triumphs," which, one and all, are marked by their lawlessness and bloodthirstiness: the assassination of Osama bin Laden, the drone killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, and now the lynching of Moammar Gadhafi by US-NATO proxies. The distinguishing characteristic of all three acts is barbarism -- a studied disregard for the rules of war and the common decencies that define what it means to be civilized.
Saturday, September 3, 2011 Is America a Force for Good in the World? (6 comments)
The history of the last decade or so proves, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the US government, far from being this great liberating force, the greatest factor for good in the international equation, is instead a force for naked evil. It isn't that "we are not angels," it's that we're devils. It's as simple as that.
Monday, August 22, 2011 The FBI vs. Antiwar.com (4 comments)
It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon and it was my day off. The phone kept ringing. I picked it up with annoyance: it was our webmaster, Eric Garris, telling me about this -- FBI documents recovered through the Freedom of Information Act that detail surveillance of Antiwar.com, the staff, and specifically yours truly.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 No U-Turns on the Road to Serfdom? (1 comments)
What is needed is a broad coalition of those on the right as well as the left who see the danger and are ready to unite in defense of basic constitutional liberties. Unless and until we build such a movement, the war on the Constitution will end in the unconditional surrender of our liberties by those who had neither the heart nor the nerve to fight.