Ivan Eland: If Turkey feels more insulated from ISIS and the Syrian civil war—as the safe zone created by Turkish and coalition bombing will ensure—it is even more unlikely to use its army to battle ISIS.
Ivan Eland: U.S. authorities should demand that reluctant regional allies, who should be more threatened by ISIS’s ascendancy than is the United States, accept the responsibility for the long-term degradation of ISIS
Ivan Eland: Taken together, the post-9/11 illegalities by the intelligence community during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations probably constitute the worst constitutional scandal in American history.
Ivan Eland: Talk of inclusive governments or power sharing arrangements in these nations is as naïve as Rodney King’s heartfelt statement, “Why can’t we all just get along?”
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.
Ivan Eland: Many recent indicators point to a U.S. national security bureaucracy running roughshod over the sad remnants of the founder’s republican vision. As in the Roman world, empire is gradually snuffing out the republic.
North Korea Abuses Human Rights: The almost 65-year U.S.-led effort to isolate this regime has failed. Let’s try alternatives.
Bipartisan Budget Agreement — The intrinsically secure U.S. currently accounts for almost 40 percent of worldwide defense spending.
Ivan Eland: If the real objective is to weaken Iran as power in the Middle East through a military attack by either the US or Israel, using Iran’s nuclear program as an excuse, the interim agreement is a disaster because it removes the imperative for any military strike.
Ivan Eland: Senator Feinstein—who, as chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, is supposed to oversee and rein in spy agencies—is leading this charge in the wrong direction.
Ivan Eland: The U.S. quest to be “Big Man on Campus” and retain “influence” in Europe after the Cold War has allowed its NATO allies to get away with even more than they did back then.
Ivan Eland: Domestic surveillance should be eliminated, unless it falls strictly within the Constitution’s requirement of obtaining a search warrant only if “probable cause” exists that a suspect has committed a crime.
Ivan Eland: Americans have been especially oblivious to their government’s rampant and needless intervention into the affairs of other countries and the fact that it causes heinous blowback terrorism—not only against American facilities, businesses, and people overseas but right here at home.