William J. Astore: We spend roughly $700 billion a year on national “defense” and wars, ensuring that we have “global reach, global power.” To what end?
Gary Corseri: Not only neocons but “neo-liberals” see no space between the interests of the US and Israel!
Kathy Kelly: The continuously assertive military posturing of NATO undermines and conflicts with the mission and development of instruments for international negotiation and constructive cooperation.
We are appalled by this call for direct U.S. aggression against Syria, and believe it points to the urgent need for open public debate on U.S. foreign policy.
Ivan Eland: Trump’s foreign policy views, if you think about it, are less scary, even in their implications for possible nuclear war, than Clinton’s belligerent interventionism—sold as “American world leadership.”
Kathy Kelly: The U.S. is actively engaged in five wars and is considering a sixth in Libya. Russian military spending will fall next year, and the U.S. will out-spend Moscow by a factor of 10. Who in this comparison looks threatening?”
Ron Briley: The election of Hillary Clinton is preferable to the dangerous Donald Trump having his finger on the nuclear trigger, but Clinton in the White House will only perpetuate the American empire and foster discontent with America’s role in the world.
Mel Gutov: In short, Hillary is an armchair warrior, to the right of Trump when it comes to international entanglements.
Walter Moss: Where Bernie has a great advantage over Hillary is that he is less hawkish, less inclined to pursue foolish policies that are extremely costly, both in human lives and financially.
Mel Gurtov: Amidst the economic downturn in China, two developments that are not “in the human interest” stand out: rising unemployment among workers in state-owned enterprises, and repression of criticism of the party-state leadership.
Robert Burrowes: Conscious self-hatred is an intensely unpleasant feeling to experience and, consequently, people who feel self-hatred learn to fearfully and deeply suppress their awareness of it when they are very young.
Pavel Novák: It is fascinating, as well as disconcerting, that countries such as the Czech Republic and Slovakia, who have gained much from their membership in the EU and have been enjoying continuous growth and prosperity, endanger the integration and basic freedoms of the EU, and themselves.
Walter Moss: Putin distrusts democracy and believes that Russia and many other countries require a strong state government.