Obama’s Sand Trap

Obama Middle East Choices

Tom Hayden: His military and diplomatic advisers are not useful caddies, because they are handing him the wrong clubs, military ones, for a struggle, which he says has no military solution.

The Growing Power of the Green Regions

Jerry Brown Green Energy

Tom Hayden: The policy goal of this de facto Green Bloc is to maintain progress towards the international climate science goal of 80 percent greenhouse gas reductions below 1990 levels by 2050.

Breaking Up “Broken Windows” Policing

Broken Windows Policing Theory

Tom Hayden: In light of the evidence, the broken windows theory should be scrapped as deeply flawed and probably an unconstitutional form of racial profiling and selective prior restraint against young people.

Hijos de las Guerras

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Tom Hayden: The tens of thousands of Central American children streaming towards the US border are refugees from violence and economic crisis fostered by decades of wrongheaded US foreign policy.

South Vietnam All Over Again?

South Vietnam All Over Again

Tom Hayden: We’ve seen this before, in South Vietnam, where proposals for a provisional, face-saving power-sharing arrangement in the South were rejected because of a superpower belief that our bombs and advisers could protect an unpopular client forever.

White Power Rising

White Power Rising

Tom Hayden: We who were raised on the myths of pluralism and melting pots often have a hard time grasping the persistent growth of a Tea Party that still spouts the very doctrines which we believed were obsolete 50 years ago.

Madness in Iraq and the Comeback of the Neocons

Comeback of the Neocons

Tom Hayden: The confused Congress needs to be called upon to be a counterweight against the hawks who want nothing more than to blame Obama instead of themselves for “losing” Iraq. But there is far more to do. We are deep into the battle over memory.

Americans Welcome Sgt. Bergdahl Home

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Tom Hayden: Bergdahl could have been released in the same prisoner swap nearly three years ago, but the Republican-led opposition scuttled the deal by opposing, “negotiating with terrorists.”

Two? Three? How Many Americas?

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Tom Hayden: In a country so closely divided, the Left is never as marginal as many often feel. Where elections are frequently settled by one percent or by the margin of registration and turnout, every faction of the Left is potentially critical to winning or losing.

Time Now to Normalize Relations with Cuba?

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Tom Hayden: But while causing traffic jams on an interstate bridge is an outrage, how does it compare with a lone Senator flaunting his own president, fomenting US military interventions, and sabotaging a possible bridge to Cuba? Time will tell.

Another Cold War?

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Cold War: The new Cold War is upon us, and the American elites have no suggestions except to fight it again.

The Urgency of Venezuela

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Venezuela Crisis: There’s a secret network that works to undermine any Latin American threat to the dominance of American capital.

Ending the Cuba Travel Crisis

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Tom Hayden: There is an opportunity for President Barack Obama to begin rolling back our Cuba sanctions policy by finding a bank willing to do business with Cuba so that hundreds of thousands of Cubans can spend the holidays with their families.

Can Public Opinion Stop U.S. War in Syria?

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Tom Hayden: We are edging closer to the neo-conservative dream of total conflagration in the Muslim Middle East. Despite only 11 percent public support for US military intervention in Syria, a reluctant President Barack Obama is being pushed into escalation.

Jerry Brown’s Energy Diplomacy

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Tom Hayden: While Obama is seeking a geopolitical pivot to project US power toward China, Brown is seeking a different pivot through energy conservation away from the gathering threat of climate change.

Tide Turning Against Counterterrorism Secrecy

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Tom Hayden: Obama’s speech at the National Defense University on counterterrorism revealed a commander-in-chief increasingly worried about political criticism of his Guantanamo detentions, his penchant for secrecy and his drone warfare policies.

How U.S. Policies Feed Sweatshop Fires

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Tom Hayden: It is not enough to blame the corruption of Bangladesh factory owners, nor sufficient to suggest better training and factory codes from Walmart or the Gap. It is time to ban the US sale of garments made in Bangladesh until enforceable labor codes are imposed.

Jerry Brown, Archimedes, and the Search for an Energy Tipping Point

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Tom Hayden: Brown is not burdened with the Cold War-like tensions rising between the US and China, but can focus instead on mutually beneficial energy and environmental initiatives, which later might evolve to become US national policy.

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