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.
Ivan Eland: The real rub is that the current Russian leader, unlike his predecessor, the drunk buffoon Boris Yeltsin, refuses to be an American lackey and endure post-Cold War US insults.
Ivan Eland: Although such a strike would have bad repercussions for the United States in the Middle East region and violate international law, at least Obama went against the Korean War precedent to reconnect with the founders.
Ivan Eland: With a $17 trillion national debt and war fatigue from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, the American public, as shown by opinion polls, has no stomach for the deep involvement in Syria that the pundits crave.
Ivan Eland: Until the United States realizes that its informal overseas empire, and the military interventions needed to maintain it, is the primary cause of anti-U.S. terrorism, the excessively grandiose and counterproductive war on terror is likely to continue endlessly.
Ivan Eland: The government is using Americans’ tax money to create the misery of airport security, which is now generating even more government revenues from slightly alleviating our pre-boarding pain.
Ivan Eland: This government “Star Wars” effort has been a boondoggle, but then huge costs and poor performance rarely cause any government program to be terminated—evidence of this effect is exhibited by the continued flow of money to the project despite three decades of failure.
Ivan Eland: The U.S. government is even more concerned about preserving U.S. military aid to Egypt—to retain its influence—than are some in the Egyptian armed forces, according to Egyptian military officials.