Gareth Porter: Kerry sought to ‘send a message’ to Assad via cruise missile strikes against Syrian government positions but Obama refused proposal. Forcing Assad to Step Down
Tina Dupuy: For the last seven years these hysterics have developed their own rhythm: Widespread panic over Obama’s alleged extremism, followed by calmer voices saying a beloved white president did the same thing, then the whole episode evolving into dog whistles for a bloc resenting “political correctness.”
Gareth Porter: President Obama, who once called the idea of “moderate” Syrian rebels a “fantasy,” has maintained the fiction to conceal the fact that many “moderates” are fighting alongside Al Qaeda’s jihadists, an inconvenient truth that is complicating an end to Syria’s civil war. Obama Syria
RJ Eskow: Police officers in urban America, like correctional officers, are themselves often struggling to escape economic hardship.
Dyson vs. West: Black ‘leaders’ have never agreed on everything – and that’s OK an’t we all just get along? Better yet, when it comes to black intellectuals, can’t we agree to disagree? After all, it’s not as if black leaders and thinkers always have agreed on everything. In an extensive essay in The New […]
Steve Hochstadt: Giuliani said that Obama does not love Americans. In fact, it is many Republicans who don’t love their fellow citizens, if they are too liberal. That is a difficult partisan divide to overcome.
John Peeler: Normalization of relations with Cuba is no doubt the most radical step Obama has taken in a presidency largely marked by caution and incrementalism.
Joe Palermo: The corporate media are treating torture as if it’s just another “issue” like immigration reform or the federal budget. It isn’t. You cannot justify the unjustifiable.
Randy Shaw: I’ve been disappointed in the Barack Obama Presidency, but the relentless attacks on him are disconnected from reality.
Unpopularity of President Obama: Dems need Robert Kennedys, not Karl Roves. With Kennedy, it was all hands on deck; Obama.
Joe Palermo: Scherer and Altman leave Time readers with the impression that somehow Nancy Pelosi is equally responsible for the Republican Tea Party crazies in the House who are driving the country into the ground to win concessions from the president they despise.
Norman Solomon: The prize remains the most prestigious in the world. But the award has fallen into an evasive pattern, ignoring the USA’s continuous “war on terror” and even giving it tacit support.
Robert Reich: Kerry is an intelligent man, but he has a fatal flaw. He craves the limelight. He wants to be in the center of the action and attention.