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Opinion: -  The Banality of Evil on Sanctions. How Special Ops Became the Solution to Everything. Illustrations by Mike McQuade Image above, clockwise from top left: A U.S.

How Special Ops Became the Solution to Everything

Army Special Forces sniper, 1991; the aftermath of Operation Eagle Claw, the failed U.S. rescue operation in Iran, 1980; a marine during the invasion of Grenada, 1983; Captain Vernon Gillespie Jr. in Vietnam, 1964; soldiers on patrol at Camp Victory, in Somalia, 10 days after 18 Americans were killed during the Delta-led Battle of Mogadishu, 1993.* This article was published online on March 12, 2021. Updated at 7:17 p.m. A Biden Adminstration Makes the Lessons of WWI Newly Relevant. Kit Knightly (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) It’s November the 11th again.

A Biden Adminstration Makes the Lessons of WWI Newly Relevant

The poppies are all out, worn by TV personalities (as instructed by their PR department), and politicians who have long forgotten what it was supposed to mean. “Never Again”, that was the intention. An Honest War Is As Rare As An Honest Politician: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. Once upon a time a particular type of cell cluster evolved the capacity for abstract thought, clawed their way up the food chain, conquered all other life forms on their planet, then spent all their time inventing reasons to be miserable.

An Honest War Is As Rare As An Honest Politician: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

An honest war is as rare as an honest politician. Our society fixates on Nazi Germany with such masturbatory fascination because it allows us to pretend that horrific mass-scale evil is just something that was inflicted in the past, by someone else, in another part of the world, and not right here and now by our own government. Most Significant Trade Wars In U.S. History. President Trump’s newly implemented tariffs against China have escalated the trade war between the two countries, continuing a long history of American trade conflicts with wide-ranging consequences.

Most Significant Trade Wars In U.S. History

The Making of the Military-Intellectual Complex. Despite the disastrous failures of Kissinger’s foreign policy—most notably, he and Nixon expanded the Vietnam War and achieved little in result—his NSC remained the model for future administrations.

The Making of the Military-Intellectual Complex

Even the liberal President Jimmy Carter “affirmed the NSC’s position in the system” by allowing his National Security Advisor, the Columbia political scientist Zbigniew Brzezinski, to design a personalist policy process that attenuated the influence of the State Department, Defense Department, and other elements of the security bureaucracy. Regardless of whether they were a Republican or a Democrat, Cold War presidents consistently centralized power in their White Houses. President Ronald Reagan’s NSC again highlighted the dangers of such centralization. In his first term in office, NSC staffers persuaded Reagan to deploy Marines in Lebanon, a pointless act that culminated in the October 23, 1983 bombing of the Marines’ barracks.

This would change under President George W. Tweet, Twit, Twat. Tiger Beat on the Potomac tells us, alarmingly, that Comrade Stupid’s national security advisor and friend of the United Nations, John Bolton, is now a Tweetering fool, like his boss!

Tweet, Twit, Twat

Hey, if Hair Füror could over-throw democracy here via the Twatter, so can Bolton, amirite? Yeah, I’m right! I suppose in the long run, dropping verbal bombs is better than actual ones, but when the next war is declared via Twitter, I think maybe @Jack might want to reconsider how his First Amendment Project is working out. Sharing Means Caring, fool! The Death of Global Order Was Caused by Clinton, Bush, and Obama. A recurring theme of foreign-policy commentary since 2016 has been the prior status and uncertain future of the so-called liberal order.

The Death of Global Order Was Caused by Clinton, Bush, and Obama

Some writers question whether a liberal order ever existed or challenge its alleged virtues, while others are quick to defend its past achievements and bemoan its potential demise. If there is a consensus among these various commentators, however, it is that U.S. President Donald Trump poses a particular threat to the U.S. -led, rules-based order that has supposedly been in place since 1945. Good riddance to James Mattis, Trump’s last general. The word “unprecedented” is being used a lot by retired generals, political pundits, and national security experts discussing the resignation of General James Mattis as secretary of defense yesterday.

Good riddance to James Mattis, Trump’s last general

No one could remember a member of any president’s cabinet resigning without lobbing a few words of praise at the president who appointed him, but Mattis did just that on Thursday. His letter of resignation, it was noted, did not even feature a citation such as “sincerely” in closing. Mattis simply signed his name across the middle of the bottom of the page and left it at that. The word “anxiety” is also flying around. The nation’s capital awoke this morning to a headline in its hometown newspaper, the Washington Post, which read, “’A morning of alarm’: Mattis departure sends shock waves abroad.” Endless War Has Been Normalized And Everyone Is Crazy. By Caitlin Johnstone Source: Since I last wrote about the bipartisan shrieking, hysterical reaction to Trump’s planned military withdrawal from Syria the other day, it hasn’t gotten better, it’s gotten worse.

Endless War Has Been Normalized And Everyone Is Crazy

I’m having a hard time even picking out individual bits of the collective freakout from the political/media class to point at, because doing so would diminish the frenetic white noise of the paranoid, conspiratorial, fearmongering establishment reaction to the possibility of a few thousands troops being pulled back from a territory they were illegally occupying. Endless war and military expansionism has become so normalized in establishment thought that even a slight scale-down is treated as something abnormal and shocking.

How Dangerous—and How New—Is the Defense Department’s “Collective Self-Defense” Theory? The Defense Department’s reliance on a broad interpretation of “collective self-defense” appears to authorize military operations further removed from congressional approval or other legal limits.

How Dangerous—and How New—Is the Defense Department’s “Collective Self-Defense” Theory?

Earlier this month Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) wrote to Secretary Mattis expressing alarm “that the Department of Defense believes that, by merely designating a group as a partner force, it can respond with military action to protect that partner force and its property if threatened by any group—even one that poses no direct threat to the United States, its Armed Forces or persons, nor is covered by an AUMF.” Saudi Arabia Sends Assassins To Dismember Entire International Community In Effort To Stifle Dissent.

NEW YORK CITY—Taking drastic measures to silence their critics, Saudi Arabia reportedly sent assassins to dismember the entire international community Monday as part of an effort to stifle dissent. “At the order of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, teams of assassination squads were dispatched to all corners of the globe to execute every diplomat, human rights organization member, world leader, and journalist who has spoken out against the regime,” said a source from the United Nations speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of their life, adding that a bloodbath ensued as killers infiltrated embassies, government offices, and private homes around the world with specific instructions to slaughter all detractors of Saudi Arabia.

Saudis Admit Journalist Khashoggi Died During Botched Assassination Attempt. RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA—In a press conference ahead of a meeting with U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman admitted Tuesday that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died during a botched assassination attempt. “We lured Mr. Khashoggi to our consulate in Turkey for what was supposed to be a straightforward, routine execution, but things went off the rails at some point during the torture portion, and he accidentally bled out,” said the crown prince, adding that under normal circumstances, journalists who negatively portray the Saudi regime are eliminated efficiently and without international uproar. The city fit for no-one. Untitled. The nature of the rhetoric in Donald Trump’s first speech at the United Nations General Assembly was largely predictable. Even his bizarre threat to “totally destroy North Korea” was consistent with his overall style and previous warnings. But how different was his speech, if compared with the first and last UN speeches of President Barack Obama?

A 19th Century English author, John Ruskin, once wrote, “Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts – the book of their deeds, the book of their words, and the book of their art.” Soon after former US President Barack Obama’s arrival in the Oval Office, Harvard Business School Professor, John A.

Untitled. — from TomDispatch [This piece has been adapted and expanded from Alfred W. America and the Geopolitics of Upheaval. The United States of insanity. How America and China Could Stumble to War. WOULD A Chinese leader barely in control of his own country after a long civil war dare attack a superpower that had crushed Japan to end World War II five years earlier by dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? As American troops pushed North Korean forces toward the Chinese border in 1950, Gen.

Douglas MacArthur could not imagine so. But Mao Zedong did. US Now Relatively Confident Russia Is Not Trying to Annex Alaska. Here’s What 71 Years of US Presidential ‘Red Lines’ Have Taught Us. Mapping the War Machine. Republished from a multipage article at. 9 foreign policy issues the Trump administration will have to face - Washington Post. How America became a superpower. The Futility of Air Strikes in the War on Terror. Photo Credit: vadimmmus / Shutterstock. Fellow Americans, Wake Up & Escape The Matrix. Where Do Matters Stand? Five Questions for Peter Lavelle on “Know-nothing American diplomats” - The Duran.

“The scope of our failure”: The real story of our decades-long foreign policy disaster that set the Middle East on fire. I first interviewed Andrew Bacevich, the soldier turned scholar, after he spoke at the Hope Club, an old-line gents’ establishment in Providence, Rhode Island. Seymour M. Hersh · Military to Military: US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war · LRB 7 January 2016. Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him – has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of the most senior officers on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. US Bombs Israel 'Just To Be Sure' The Pentagon’s Empire of Whining. Artificial Killing Machine – Visualizing U.S. military drone strikes / by @polygonfuture. George W. Bush’s enduring shame: The twisted legal rationales we can’t escape, a dozen years later.

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The Threat of Nuclear War, North Korea or the United States? Who Are We at War With? That’s Classified. The Emperor Strikes Back. Noam Chomsky: Obama Is ‘Running Biggest Terrorist Operation That Exists’ Secrecy News - from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy. Bradley Manning trial: 10 revelations from Wikileaks documents on Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Europe. Noam Chomsky: America is accelerating the apocalypse. The “Rot” Rots On. "Now that the SOB is dead..." Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret C.I.A. Raids. Jeremy Scahill on 'Dirty Wars' and Obama’s Expanding Drone Attacks. America’s dirty wars exposed. The Hijacking of Human Rights - Chris Hedges' Columns. America Is Plagued by Zombie “Experts” Who Are Invariably Wrong on Foreign Affairs.

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