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Image created from image crediting Saturday, November 19, 2016 (11 comments)     

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The Russian Navy Is Back America's legions of pro-war neocons are now screaming that the Red Navy's deployment to Syrian waters is somehow a grave threat to the West. It is not. The US Navy and land-based NATO air power could easily deal with the Russians. What really worries the neocons is that the Russian flotilla might deter or impede an Israeli attack on Syria and Lebanon.

Syria War Sunday, September 4, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Pentagon And CIA At War In Syria The Russians have entered the fray in an effort to prevent their ally, Bashar Assad, from being overthrow by western powers. Also perfectly predictable. Russia claimed to be bombing ISIS but in fact is targeting US-backed groups. Washington is outraged that the wicked Russians are doing in the Mideast what the US has done for decades.

President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Sunday, July 10, 2016 (27 comments)     

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Send Our War Criminals to the Hague Court The men and women responsible for this biggest disaster in our era should be brought to account. As long as Bush and Blair swan around and collect speaking fees, we have no right to lecture other nations, including Russia and China, on how to run a democracy or rule of law. Bush and Blair should be facing trial for war crime at the Hague Court.

Crumbling Infrastructure Sunday, June 5, 2016 (1 comments)     

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War And Debt Is Why Our Trains Are Broken History is full of empires that ignored their own infrastructure and social well-being in favor of pursuing military glory abroad. All are on the trash-heap of history. America is headed that way, addicted to debt and war. We spend close to $1 trillion annually on the military and nuclear forces. This sum is not for "defense," but for offense around the globe.

Did Saudi King Salman snub President Obama by not meeting him at the airport? Saturday, April 23, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Defending Democracy To The Last Drop Of Oil Poor President Barack Obama flew to Saudi Arabia this past week but its ruler, King Salman, was too busy to greet him at Riyadh's airport. This snub was seen across the Arab world as a huge insult and violation of traditional desert hospitality. Obama should have refused to deplane and flown home. Alas, he did not. Obama went to kow-tow to the new Saudi monarch and his hot-headed son, Crown Prince Muhammed bin Nayef.

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The Phony War in Syria For a variety of reasons, the much ballyhooed "final offensive" against ISIS is moving with all the speed of a medieval army of drunken foot soldiers and all the audacity of a lady's garden party. The US continues to tip-toe and lilly-dip in Syria and Iraq, likely assuring that the US will eventually get stuck in another big Mideast conflict.

Secretary Clinton Speaks With Press Following Action Group for Syria Me Monday, March 7, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Hillary Haunted by Libya Neither the Democrats nor Republicans have so far dared reveal what really happened in Benghazi. The so-called 2011 "popular revolution" in Libya was an elaborate plot by France, Britain, the US, aided by the Gulf Emirates and Egypt, to overthrow Libya's four-decade long strongman Khadaffi and seize control of his high-grade oil.

George W. Bush Sunday, February 21, 2016 (2 comments)     

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George W. Bush Haunts the GOP Few Americans understand the legacies of Bush, Cheney, Hillary Clinton and the neocons. Who even remembers former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright actually saying that the deaths of over 500,000 Iraq children (UN figures) caused by US sanctions were "worth the price." George Bush is no cowboy saint. He, Cheney and their henchmen should all face justice for their crimes.

Tragedy in Paris Sunday, November 22, 2015 (3 comments)     

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The First Paris Massacre France's long colonial rule in Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, as well as most of West Africa, brought larger numbers of menial African workers to France. So, too, "harkis," former soldiers in France's Algerian Army. Their offspring form today's underclass in France: poor, living in ghettos, victims of racism and bigotry against Muslims.

Paris terror attacks Sunday, November 15, 2015 (1 comments)     

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The City of Light Falls Dark France has made many enemies for itself across the Mideast. It appears only a matter of time before France's partners in Mideast intervention, the United States and Britain, become new targets of jihadist violence. IS has put Muslims everywhere in peril as well as besmirching the name of Islam. Europe may seize the Paris attacks as an excuse to bar any further refugees.

Russian airliner crash in Egypt Sunday, November 8, 2015 (3 comments)     

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A Vile Crime... But Productive Many inhabitants of Sinai look to the local branch of Islamic State as a legitimate liberation movement against Egypt's US and Saudi-backed military junta which has lately been also getting very chummy with Moscow. What better way to poke the eye of Cairo, Washington, and Moscow than by downing a Russian airliner over Egypt. A terrible, despicable crime, to be certain, but effective.

U.S. vs China Sunday, November 1, 2015 (11 comments)     

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The US and China Are Playing With Matches America's Asian allies are too scared of China to do much about China's muscular takeover of the South China Sea -- which Beijing calls "the 9 dash zone." So the Asians are all hiding behind America's apron, hoping Uncle Sam will face down China.

Medved_mzoo.jpg: Russian Bear on the move Sunday, October 4, 2015 (4 comments)     

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The Russian Bear Growls Vlad Putin keeps his game tightly under control. I'm not so sure about the Obama White House and its confused advisers. Better make a deal with Assad, a natural US ally, and end this crazy war before Sen. John McCain and his Republican crusader pals really do start World War III.

Iran threat is propaganda Sunday, April 12, 2015 (1 comments)     

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How To Deal With The Iranian Genii? More than a dozen American efforts to overthrow the Islamic government in Tehran have failed. Washington resorted to sabotage and economic warfare, sought to throttle Iran's primary exports, oil and gas, to derail its banking system, and prevent imports of everything from machinery to vitamins.

Folly of Ukraine War Monday, February 2, 2015 (3 comments)     

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March to Folly in Ukraine The United States has just made an exceptionally dangerous, even reckless decision over Ukraine. Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader who ended the Cold War, warns it may lead to a nuclear confrontation with Russia. Rule number one of geopolitics: nuclear-armed powers must never, ever fight.

Saturday, July 28, 2012     

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Has the US Given Israel a Green Light To Attack Syria? Is Washington giving Israel a green light to attack Syria as a consolation prize for delaying an attack against Iran? Sending Syria into turmoil would eliminate the most important supporter of the Palestinians resistance, cut off Hezbullah, leave it vulnerable to a final assault, and isolate Iran.

Sunday, February 6, 2011     

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For Egypt, Bread Is As Important As Freedom Now that the initial shock over Egypt's uprising has subsided, powerful special interests here in the United States are preparing to throw their support behind VP Suleiman or even continuation of President Mubarak's rule. The Israel lobby, the most powerful in Washington, is trumpeting exaggerated fears, fanned by neoconservatives and Israel, that Egypt is about to turn into a second Iran.

Thursday, January 20, 2011     

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BIG TROUBLE IN TUNISIA FOR AMERICA'S MIDEAST RAJ The US and France have always hailed Tunisia as a poster-boy for "moderation, stability, and democracy." Translation: 1. moderation: following orders from Washington and making nice to Israel; 2. stability: crushing all opposition, particularly Islamist-oriented parties, muzzling the media, and paving the way for US business; 3. democracy: holding fake elections every few years.

Monday, June 14, 2010 (1 comments)     

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Global economies must brace for continuing tough times as governments adjust The United States, 25% of the global economy, can't rein in its spending or cut debt. President George W. Bush created the biggest deficit in U.S. peacetime history. Now, President Barack Obama is making matters worse by piling on more unsustainable debt.

Sunday, April 25, 2010 (1 comments)     

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Egypt a ticking time bomb: The Arab world's leading nation has become a political and cultural backwater After three decades under Mubarak, Egypt has become a political and cultural backwater. In a telling incident, Mubarak recently flew to Germany for gall bladder and colon surgery. After billions in U.S. aid, Mubarak could not even trust a local hospital in the Arab world's leading nation.

Sunday, March 21, 2010 (4 comments)     

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Reining in U.S. rent-a-Rambos The U.S. brands all al-Qaida suspects and Taliban "illegal combatants," denying them due process of law and the Geneva Convention's prisoner protections. It's OK to murder and torture such "terrorists," says Washington. What, then, about the army of U.S. mercenary Rambos that are running amok, who wear no uniform, kill at will and have no legal oversight?

Replace Insecure http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af166/MacWriter/Decorated%20images/Endless_War.jpg Sunday, February 7, 2010 (2 comments)     

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Wars sending U.S. into ruin: Obama the peace president is fighting battles his country cannot afford Military and intelligence spending relentlessly increase as unemployment heads over 10% and the economy bleeds red ink. America has become the Sick Man of the Western Hemisphere, an economic cripple like the defunct Ottoman Empire. The Pentagon now accounts for half of total world military spending.

Sunday, January 17, 2010     

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Searching for hope in Haiti's ruins The U.S. could do enormous good for Haiti, which needs a major rescue mission for a desperate people who have failed to govern themselves and have no other hope. Most Haitians, I think, would welcome U.S. humanitarian intervention.

Sunday, January 3, 2010 (1 comments)     

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U.S. kicks hornet's nest in Yemen Just before the Detroit air incident, U.S. warplanes killed 50-100 Yemeni tribesmen fighting the American-backed regime. U.S. special forces, warplanes and killer drones have been active since 2001, assassinating Yemeni militants and anti-government tribal leaders. It was only a matter of time before Yemeni jihadists struck back at the U.S.