When Washington Cheered the Jihadists
Official Washington helped unleash hell on Syria and across the Mideast behind the naïve belief that jihadist proxies could be used to transform the region for the better, explains Daniel Lazare.
Sunday, November 15, 2015(7 comments)
How Saudi/Gulf Money Fuels Terror
With the death toll in the Paris terror attacks still rising, French President Hollande is condemning an "act of war" by the Islamic State, but the underlying reality is that France's rich friends in the Persian Gulf are key accomplices in the mayhem, writes Daniel Lazare.
Saturday, January 14, 2017(8 comments)
The Scheme to Take Down Trump
The U.S. intelligence community's unprecedented assault on an incoming U.S. president -- now including spreading salacious rumors -- raises questions about how long Donald Trump can hold the White House, says Daniel Lazare.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Obama Climbing into Bed with Al-Qaeda
President Obama is tolerating the smuggling of high-tech U.S. weapons to a Syrian rebel coalition led by an Al-Qaeda affiliate, as these Islamists -- supported by the Saudis and other U.S. allies -- mount a new offensive to topple the secular government in Damascus, as Daniel Lazare explains.
Monday, October 10, 2016(25 comments)
Hillary Clinton: Candidate of War
The U.S. political/media establishment only permits the propaganda version of the Syrian conflict -- and Hillary Clinton fully embraced it in her belligerent comments in the second presidential debate, writes Daniel Lazare.
Sunday, September 10, 2017(5 comments)
The Dangerous Decline of U.S. Hegemony
The bigger picture behind Official Washington's hysteria over Russia, Syria and North Korea is the image of a decaying but dangerous American hegemon resisting the start of a new multipolar order, explains Daniel Lazare.
Saturday, February 4, 2017(8 comments)
Steering Trump Back to Endless War
President Trump's chaotic first two weeks have seen senior aides reverse his most promising plans for restoring realism to U.S. foreign policy, especially regarding Russia and the Mideast, reports Daniel Lazare.
Thursday, August 24, 2017(3 comments)
Israel's Alarm over Syrian Debacle
Meddling by the U.S. and its allies was supposed to topple the Assad regime in Syria and give Israel a freer hand, but instead has brought Iran and other adversaries to Israel's border, a risky moment, says Daniel Lazare.
Monday, January 23, 2017(7 comments)
America's Putin Derangement Syndrome
The mainstream U.S. media blames Russian President Putin for pretty much everything -- from the Mideast mess to Europe's disorder to the U.S. elections -- but the reality is quite different, notes Daniel Lazare.
How North Korea Outmaneuvered U.S.
Like U.S. presidents before him, Donald Trump blustered about North Korea, but the seemingly isolated nation has somehow survived and may now be coming out on top, as Daniel Lazare explains.
Sunday, November 13, 2016(11 comments)
How Electoral College Cheats Democracy
A shadow over Donald Trump's "election" is the fact that Hillary Clinton appears headed toward a significant plurality of the national popular vote, a quirk from the archaic Electoral College, notes Daniel Lazare.
Monday, August 22, 2016(2 comments)
US Hawks Advance a War Agenda in Syria
The U.S. government, having illegally sent American troops into Syria, is now threatening to attack the Syrian military if it endangers those troops, an Orwellian twist that marks a dangerous escalation, explains Daniel Lazare.
Monday, August 29, 2016(2 comments)
Obama's Imperial Mideast Policy Unravels
President Obama's Mideast policy is such a confusing mess that he is now supporting Turkey's invasion of northern Syria although it's primary target is not ISIS but another U.S. ally, the Kurds, explains Daniel Lazare.
Thursday, October 6, 2016(2 comments)
The Joint US-Saudi Guilt for 9/11
As guilty as Saudi Arabia may be over 9/11, the broader guilt is shared by generations of U.S. officials who coddled Saudi extremism and cooperated in building a jihadist movement for geo-political gain, writes Daniel Lazare.
Thursday, July 21, 2016(5 comments)
US-Backed Syrian "Moderates" Behead 12-Year-Old
The grisly beheading of a 12-year-old boy by U.S.-backed Syrian rebels spotlights Washington's creepy excuses for arming "moderate" jihadists who are barely distinguishable from Al Qaeda and ISIS, reports Daniel Lazare.
Friday, February 16, 2018(1 comments)
NYT's "Really Weird" Russiagate Story
The Russiagate narrative has taken a turn toward the surreal with a report in the New York Times alleging that U.S. spies paid a "shadowy Russian" $100,000 for dirt on the president, explains Daniel Lazare.
Saturday, November 21, 2015(2 comments)
The Saudi Connection to Terror
While Official Washington devotes much sound and fury to demands for a wider war in Syria and the need to turn away Syrian refugees, Democrats and Republicans dodge the tougher question: how to confront Saudi Arabia about its covert funding for Islamic State and Al Qaeda terrorists, writes Daniel Lazare.
Friday, April 20, 2018(4 comments)
There is a fever that seizes this land from time to time and it is the fever of war, a condition that this time seems immune to all known cures, starting with reason, as Daniel Lazare explores.
Saturday, September 3, 2016(5 comments)
Hillary Clinton's "Exceptionalist" Warpath
Democrats and Hillary Clinton are delighting in attacking Donald Trump from the right, employing McCarthyistic tactics and embracing the imperialist notion of "American exceptionalism," says Daniel Lazare.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017(1 comments)
How the Press Serves the Deep State
Mainstream U.S. media is proud to be the Deep State's tip of the spear pinning President Trump to the wall over unproven allegations about Russia and his calls for detente, a rare point where he makes sense, notes Daniel Lazare.
Friday, October 16, 2015
The Reckless Guns of October
With Official Washington's armchair warriors demanding confrontation with Russia over Syria, the prospects for the conflict spinning out of control rise by the day. Years from now, historians may shake their heads over the failure to compromise, cooperate and deescalate, as Daniel Lazare describes.
Only Making Matters Worse in Syria
Washington's foreign policy establishment is determined to escalate U.S. military attacks in Syria even though that won't resolve the conflict and will only get more people killed, a dilemma addressed by Daniel Lazare.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
The Bolton Appointment: How Scared Should We Be?
Donald Trump's appointment of war hawk John Bolton is a cause for concern, Daniel Lazare writes, but what is perhaps an even bigger concern is that both major U.S. political parties are dominated by war hawks.