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Walter C. Uhler is an independent scholar and freelance writer whose work has been published in numerous publications, including The Nation, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Journal of Military History, the Moscow Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. He also is President of the Russian-American International Studies Association (RAISA).
(24 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Hitting Penn State's Board of Trustees Where it Hurts
The movement to peacefully topple Penn State's Board of Trustees has gained momentum, especially with the announcement of a "Rally for Resignation" to take place on Sept. 15th. Anorther way to get the attention of the BOT is to threaten to change previous plans to contribute to the university.
(67 comments) SHARE Monday, October 1, 2012 Did Mike McQueary Commit Perjury?
There's a material difference in Mike McQueary's sworn testimony before his email of November 15, 2011 was published and after it was published. The difference might constitute perjury.
(38 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 6, 2014 Did Right-Wing Protesters Hire Snipers to Kill Protesters and Police at Maidan?
Evidence indicates that protesters in Ukraine hired snipers whose murders could be blamed on the government of Viktor Yanukovych. Rather than rushing to recognize such people as the new rulers in Ukraine, the US, EU and Russia must investigate. In the process, Vladimir Putin's decision to send troops to the Crimea might be seen in a new light.
(23 comments) SHARE Monday, August 27, 2012 Another Media Clown Show Stupifies Minds About Penn State
Three days ago, Philadelphia's NBC TV 10 6:00 PM News aired a broadcast, actually a clown show under the guise of a news report, about Penn State that could not but further stupify the public about the Sandusky scandal.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 23, 2012 The Tide Begins to Turn on the Sandusky Scandal
With the counteroffensive launched by former Penn State President Graham Spanier and his laywers yesterday, the tide has begun to turn in the Sandusky scandal. John Ziegler's hilarious animation -- which deserves to go viral -- shows just how absurd Freeh's allegation of a cover-up by Paterno et. al. actually is.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 20, 2007 Truth, Lies, Errors and Bullshit About Iraq and Iran
The thought provoking book, On Bullshit, by Professor Emeritus Harry G. Frankfurt provides a perspective from which to evaluate bullshit flung by the Bush administration, the neocons and the mainstream media.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, March 14, 2014 The Hypocritical United States of Amnesia and Russia
Due to its amnesia, Americans forget the many violations of national sovereignty committed by their government, as well as NATO's and the EU's relentless expansionism that now threatens to encircle Russia. All they see, alas, is Putin's interference in the Crimea.
(38 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 30, 2015 Appropriating Russia's History to Bolster Ukrainian Nationalism
The celebrations in Moscow and Kiev of the one thousand year anniversary of the death of Prince Vladimir (who brought Christianity to Russia)provided an occasion to note how Ukraine's leaders appropriate Russia's history to bolster Ukrainian nationalism.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, November 5, 2012 Thinking about Racism as the Election Draws Near
As recent survey by three reputable scholars found that Republicans far exceed Democrats or Independents when tested for indications of explicit antiblack racism. But, then, racism and conservatism have long been linked in American history.
(12 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 30, 2007 William Kristol, the New York Times and Nazi Gunter d'Alquen
In post-war Germany, the former editor of the Nazi paper, Das Schwarze Korps, was put on trial and convicted for his earlier pro-war propaganda. In Bush's Amerika, a propagandist for our illegal, immoral war against Iraq lands a job at the New York Times.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Why Russia Probably will not Bomb Kiev's Forces in Eastern Ukraine
Although President George H. W. Bush set a precedent when he ordered the bombing of Panama, which he justified in part by claiming a need to protect the lives of Americans living there, it is unlikely that President Putin will bomb Kiev's coup regime forces in eastern Ukraine to protect the many Russians living there. Russia is not the mad bomber that America has become.
SHARE Sunday, October 21, 2012 Mendacious Mitt Politicizes Benghazi
As he demonstrated by politicizing the tragedy in Benghazi, Mitt Romney shares George W. Bush's contempt for facts and truth. That's why he shouldn't be elected to become our next Commander in Chief
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 8, 2020 Trump, Hannity, and America's Long National Nightmare
Part two of my review of Brian Stelter's new book, titled, HOAX: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth, turns its attention to the reciprocal brown nosing by Trump and Sean Hannity to energize the cult supporting both Trump and Fox News -- to America's detriment.
SHARE Thursday, April 3, 2008 "Symbolic Racism" and the "US of KKK A"
My brief, two-part, introduction to "Racism 101" should persuade you that Rev. Jeremiah Wright's utterance about present-day racism is no more outrageous than are the smug, self-serving beliefs of symbolic racists who maintain that "discrimination is no longer an obstacle for blacks, that their current lack of upward social mobility is caused by their unwillingness to work hard, that the
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 12, 2020 My Invitation to Let President Trump Know What I Think of Him
Today, I -- a liberal Democrat -- was invited to complete a fundraising poll inquiring as to what I think about President Trump. It reminded me of the time when Republicans made the mistake of inviting me to George W. Bush's President's Dinner in 2007. In both instances, I was given a direct line to campaign officials for stating what was on my mind.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, November 12, 2012 Fox News, Benghazi and President Reagan
Fox News deals in misinformation and lies. It misled it viewers during the election campaign and it is misleading them on Benghazi. What they won't do, however, is compare the attack on Benghazi with the three attacks on the U.S. in Beirut -- in 18 months! -- during President Reagan's watch.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Examining the Flashpoints in Ukraine
The crisis in Ukraine, in the final analysis, boils down to Russia's willingness to go to war rather than allow NATO forces and weapons in its back yard. Americans should understand, given that their leaders once threatened nuclear war over the issue of Russian missiles in Cuba.
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, August 20, 2007 Blaming All Americans for Bush's Debacle in Iraq?
In an otherwise thoughtful article about Bush's debacle in Iraq, former Assistant Secretary of State James Dobbins recommends that "Above all, Americans should accept that the entire nation has, to one degree or another, failed in Iraq."
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 5, 2008 The Myth of McCain's Impeccable National Security Credentials
As long as the mainstream news media continue to fawn over John McCain and portray his interventionism not as the radicalism it is, but as evidence of strong credibility on national security, they enhance his chances of becoming President and, thus, the chances of more Americans perishing needlessly on foreign soil.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 14, 2009 Igor Sutyagin and I. F. Stone: Spies?
Neither Igor Sutyagin nor I. F. Stone were spies, notwithstanding the former's incarceration in Russia and the smearing of the latter in a new book, Spies.
SHARE Wednesday, May 8, 2013 American Militarism: Part Two (Charles Krauthammer)
In order to divert blame from the Bush administration, the neoconservatives and himself for the illegal, immoral invasion of Iraq, Charles Krauthammer has deceitfully placed blame on President Obama losing Iraq.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 25, 2007 The Global Impact of Bush's War Crimes in Iraq: King Midas in Reverse
Were we merely limiting ourselves to the catastrophes that has bedeviled both the United States and Iraq as a consequence of Bush's war, we'd be forced to conclude that Bush's national security policy has the touch of King Midas in reverse.
Unfortunately, as serious pre-war scholars and critics feared and predicted, Bush's King Midas touch in reverse has extended far beyond Iraq and the United States.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 17, 2008 For Bush and McCain, Iraqis are merely "ropes for American dirty laundry"
Like the quislings in the Green Zone that the Bush administration installed via so-called "democratic elections," the Awakening forces are coming to be seen as mere "ropes for American dirty laundry." Not just the dirty laundry of Bush's sordid invasion and McCain's myopic cheerleading, but also the dirty laundry of American Exceptionalism.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 28, 2008 The Psychopath's "State of the Union": Disguising America's Deep Humiliation
"Nobody wants to be dependent on an America that talks loudly about how indispensable it is, yet stages coups, makes threats, overthrows governments, democratic or not, and kills many of the world's poorest people, to the amusement of some generals." [pp. 388-89]. Such is the state of our union.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 12, 2008 Addressing America's "Deeper Malignancies"
According to Condoleezza Rice, the Bush administration's goal after September 11 was to address the deeper malignancies of the Middle East. Given America's illegal; immoral invasion of Iraq, a more pressing question is: "When will the rest of the world unite to "address the deeper malignancies" of the United States?
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, July 21, 2008 Barack in Iraq
Having foolishly raised expectations to justify their invasion of Iraq, Bush and McCain have their reputations at stake. Which is why they cannot define success there as Barack Obama has defined it and why they have neither a strategy for success nor strategy for leaving Iraq. All they have is the surge (a mere tactic) and hope for a miracle.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 20, 2008 Obama's Populism versus McCain's Free Trade
Even before the ethics questions just raised by the New York Times, John McCain was hardly the presidential candidate to roll back widespread corporate socialism.
SHARE Sunday, August 26, 2007 Iraq, Iran and the Moral Rot Infecting the Soul of America
Walter Lippmann said it best: "No moral code, as such, will enable [a person] to know whether he is exercising his moral faculties on a real and an important event. For effective virture, as socrates pointed out long ago, is knowledge; and a code of right and wrong must await upon a perception of the true and false."
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 5, 2008 America's Occupation Trumps the "Surge" and Petraeus' Counterinsurgency Manual
As Professor Truman Cross has concluded: It is a foolish and disastrous assumption that the government of the United States should learn how to fight anti-colonial wars against peoples who will keep fighting until the Americans and all other foreigners are gone--and then get down to the business of fighting for whatever territory is up for grabs.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, June 30, 2008 Barack Obama: Don't go "Wobbly" on Iraq!
Recent flip-flops by Barack Obama bring into question his campaign pledge to "immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq ...and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months" of his inaugeration. Obama supporters need to assure that he doesn't go wobbly on that pledge.
(19 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 29, 2008 To Understand Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Recall Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Fortunately Rev. Wright does not live in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Soviet Union of the early 1970s. Otherwise he would have found himself banished from the country, not just the political campaign, for the moral thunderbolts he hurled at the state.
SHARE Tuesday, October 2, 2007 Journalistic Weeds Blighting America's Political Landscape
When Ben Stein argues that ethical investors must not shun military contractors, he emulates the journalistic weeds, such as "crabgrass" Bill O'Reilly, "pigweed" Rush Limbaugh and "creeping jenny" Ann Coulter, who have blighted America's political landscape.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 10, 2007 Bush's Campaign of Lies to Conceal War Crimes
Bush's lies about Iraq leading to war with Iraq and lies about torture leading to the continuation of torture prompt logical people around the world to suspect that his lies about Iran virtually guarantee an American attack.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, September 28, 2007 Certain Americans
Certain Americans spoil the country's political landscape, but are courted by cynical Republicans and molified by condescending feckless Democrats. Thus, our war without end.
SHARE Thursday, July 26, 2007 Bush's Missile Defense vs. My Erector Set
My erector set will provide but a slightly less reliable missle defense system than the totally unworkable Ground-based Midcourse Defense system currently deployed by the Bush administration -- but at a greatly reduced cost!
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 25, 2006 Senator Rick Santorum: Poster Boy for Obnoxious and Desperate Conservatism
Santorum revalidates the timeless truth spoken by Samuel Johnson: "Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrel."
Santorum knows even less about foreign affairs and national security than he does about the traditional family - thus validating Jose Ortega y Gasset's timeless truth about the "learned ignoramus."