Israel’s Strategy, America’s Mythology

bombing gaza

Ira Chernus: Bombs are falling and people are dying in Gaza. It’s headline news in America’s mass media. As usual, though, we get only today’s events, with no historical context to explain what’s really going on and why.

Dick Cheney Wrong Again

Dick Cheney Wrong Again

Ivan Eland: Unbelievably, former Vice President Dick Cheney, after being wrong on every foreign policy issue for more than a decade, has again crawled out of his Wyoming cave and begun outrageously sniping at Barack Obama’s performance in foreign policy.

Intended Consequences of Iraq War

Iraq War Consequences

Munir Moon: Since the American public does not have an appetite for sending any troops to Iraq, American soldiers are being sent there as so-called military advisors. Isn’t this how we got started in Vietnam?

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.

Neocon Creative Destruction

Iran Relations with US

Trita Parsi: To work with Iran or not to work with Iran? That’s the question dogging Washington as Iraq descends into chaos, reminding America that its mission there was never truly accomplished.

Pivot to Persia

US Iran Relations

Trita Parsi: Washington may not want to admit it, but Iran is the most stable country in the Middle East right now.

“Iraq” Still Arabic for “Vietnam”

Is Iraq Like Vietnam

Ira Chernus: Obama is stuck in much the same dilemma that faced Kennedy: feeling compelled, both by global geopolitical and domestic political concerns, to bolster an ally, but knowing that all the military aid in the world won’t help such a fatally flawed ally win the military victory that the U.S. government wants.

Iraq and the Neo-Cons: The Sequel

Neocons Iraq War

Joe Palermo: The neo-cons brought the country the Iraq war and we should remember that fact, particularly since it appears that these dead-enders have burrowed themselves so deeply into the foreign policy establishment their bullshit views are still widely ventilated.

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.

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