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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, November 14, 2015 The War Party Lost the GOP Debate
What we are seeing is a rising tide of disgust with our policy of global intervention -- in a confused inchoate sense, in the case of Trump, and in a focused, self-conscious, occasionally eloquent and yet still slightly confused and inconsistent way in the case of Sen. Paul. Either way, the real voice of the American heartland is being heard.
(1 comments) Monday, October 26, 2015 Not Sorry Enough: Tony Blair Apologizes for Iraq War "Mistakes"
Tony Blair says he's sorry. It only took him 12 years to own up, but hey -- it's better than what's happening on this side of the Atlantic, where not one word of apology to the relatives and loved ones of those who died -- never mind the nation at large, or the Iraqi people -- has been uttered by the architects of the Iraq war.
(1 comments) Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Trump vs. Jeb
While Jeb may believe attacking his brother is a mistake Trump will come to regret--the reality is that Trump has hit a nerve. And he dug the stiletto in deeper when he tweeted a New York Times op ed piece pointing out that George W. Bush had plenty of warning before 9/11 that something big was in the works.
(87 comments) Friday, October 9, 2015 Switching Sides in the "War on Terrorism"
The enemy is no longer the jhadists -- the ones who took down the World Trade Center and attacked the Pentagon -- it's now the Russians, and the secular Syrian government, along with Iran and Hezbollah. So a "war on terrorism" that began with an attack by al Qaeda on American territory, one which struck at the very heart of Manhattan, has ended up arming the very people who murdered 3,000 people that fateful autumn morning.
(3 comments) Sunday, October 4, 2015 War Party Hates Putin -- Loves al-Qaeda
The cloud of propaganda hovering over events in Syria gets thicker by the minute, but it's possible to see the reality of what's occurring if we remember one thing: our former enemies -- al-Qaeda and its imitators -- are now Washington's allies. However, we have to ask, as Putin did at the UN: "Who's playing who here?"
(1 comments) Saturday, September 12, 2015 The Long Road From 9/11
Patrick Clawson and his crowd have lost the tug-of-war with the pro-American faction of the foreign policy establishment: that's the significance of the Iran deal, and its importance should not be underestimated. This is a tipping point, a real sea-change -- but the neocons never give up, and they never give an inch. We underestimate them at our peril.
(5 comments) Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Politics 2016: Who Will Stand Up to the War Party?
It's hard for people to stand up to popular sentiment, especially in wartime. It is especially hard for politicians, and others in the political realm -- pundits, party officials, and activists. And yet some have been willing to pay the price and stand up for principle: cowardice isn't a necessary requirement for a career in politics.
(1 comments) Friday, August 28, 2015 Imperial America -- Or: Have we gone crazy?
Disengaged yet disgruntled, kept down and yet increasingly uppity, average Americans are both apathetic and angry when it comes to politics. They are ready for someone who simultaneously entertains and entrances them with the prospect of an American Caesar.
(7 comments) Saturday, August 15, 2015 Chelsea Manning and Hillary Clinton: A Case of Double Standards
Chelsea is being left to rot in jail, subjected to the harassment and cruelty of her jailers, while Hillary routinely flies around in a private jet, lying to the American people and refusing to answer questions from reporters. That's "justice," American-style, circa 2015.
(8 comments) Friday, August 7, 2015 The Liberation of US Foreign Policy
The backlash against our Israel-centric foreign policy has been a long time coming, and that it is now being given expression by the President of the United States is significant beyond measure. The Lobby recognizes this fact, which is why they're spending many millions, and calling in all their chits, in an all-out effort to defeat the Iran deal.
Monday, August 3, 2015 In Washington, War Is Peace
The USIP is today a neoconservative stronghold, a permanent niche for this secretive and powerful clique to push its agenda of perpetual war in the name of "peace." It is an institution that could only exist in the Washington of 2015: a federal agency supposedly devoted to "peace" that spends its resources pushing for US intervention on a global scale. It's high time for this scam to be eliminated.
(1 comments) Thursday, July 30, 2015 Rand Paul: Fraud, Failure, Liar
Rand-ism sends the following message: We're against "big government," and even government spying on Americans, but don't worry, all you Fox News enthusiasts out there, we're not averse to bombing the sh*t out of helpless civilians when the occasion calls for it.
Sunday, July 19, 2015 Bibi's Bombast Bamboozles Boehner
Netanyahu announced that the Israeli cabinet had voted unanimously against the Iran deal -- a proclamation of resounding presumption, since the Jewish state was not a party to the agreement. He went on to say that Israel reserves the right to "defend itself," a not-so-subtle threat to launch a first strike against Tehran: "We have strength, and it is great and mighty," he said.
(2 comments) Saturday, July 11, 2015 Chris Christie for President? Or: The Sopranos Go to Washington
Christie said, "I'm good at getting attention" -- and that's all he's really after. His bloated persona -- a caricature of the cocksure New Jersey borderline thug -- thrives on drama for its own sake. In short, it's all about him -- and you can just forget about the facts. The governor of a state where violent crime is skyrocketing, home foreclosures are up, and corruption is a way of life is no friend of the factual.
(14 comments) Monday, June 15, 2015 Nuke Russia? The warlords of Washington haven't ruled it out
The US, while sending only a few hundred "advisers" to Iraq, is sending a huge shipment of tanks and other heavy weaponry to nearly every country in Eastern Europe -- enough to equip 5,000 American troops. Ostensibly proposed in response to a nonexistent Russian "threat" to invade its Baltic neighbors, this represents a significant escalation of the new cold war.
(1 comments) Monday, June 8, 2015 The Israeli-Saudi Alliance -- Does it go deeper than a mutual antipathy to Iran?
One wonders about the history of the Israeli-Saudi alliance. Its provenance, we are told, is of relatively recent vintage. But how far back does it really go? The alleged menace of Iran is said to bring these two theocracies into strategic alignment, but there is some evidence that is not the whole of it.
(7 comments) Saturday, June 6, 2015 Ukraine's Tragicomedy
The goal is to isolate Russia, both economically and politically, and eventually move the West's regime change operation into the Russian heartland, restoring the rule of the oligarchs -- their oligarchs, as opposed to Putin's -- and silencing the Russian leader's trenchant critique of US hegemonism.
(1 comments) Friday, May 1, 2015 Lessons of the Vietnam War...We haven't learned them
The lessons of Vietnam, and of the cold war generally, haven't been learned by our political elites for the simple reason that they don't want to know about anything that contradicts their dogmatic worldview. That conception of how the world works is rooted in their own little careers, and the colossal conceit that is the hallmark of elite culture in this country.
(3 comments) Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Who Hacked the White House?
The new cold war with Russia is upon us, and the rule is: when in doubt, blame Putin. Our technologically ignorant -- and government-subservient -- media is all too prone to fall for this nonsense. While I wouldn't rule out anyone -- including some of our vaunted "allies" -- as being responsible, in this case I'd look at the knee-jerk accusations aimed at the Kremlin with a very jaundiced eye.
(4 comments) Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Espionage, Treason, and the Congressional Fifth Column
Israelis penetrated our communications, and used other means -- including "informants" presumably inside the U.S. government -- to uncover details about the emerging deal with Iran, and then passed this information on, perhaps indirectly, to their congressional fifth column, including presidential aspirants Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul, all of whom then signed on to Sen. Tom Cotton's "open letter" to Tehran.