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The Pentagon gets real

  • January 07, 2012
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Has the global financial crisis finally begun to impact America’s ability to sustain its global military presence and the megalomaniac dreams of ‘Full Spectrum Dominance’ that have intoxicated US military strategists and national security managers for more than a decade?

At first sight, Barack Obama announcement of the Pentagon’s new ‘realistic’ proposals for a ’21st century defence that sustains US leadership’ at a press conference on Thursday suggests that the answer is yes.   Flanked by medal-festooned generals, the Peace Laureate announced  a 14 percent reduction in the numbers of ground troops in...

Libya – another intervention unravels?

  • January 05, 2012
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There’s an interesting analysis by Tony Karon on Time‘s Global Spin blog of the emerging chaos in post-Gaddafi Libya.   Karon writes of Tuesday’s gunbattle in Tripoli between rival militia factions, of armed gunmen terrorising towns and neighbourhoods, of tribal and factional competition that may yet lead to civil war in a country where...

The Happy Warrior

  • January 04, 2012
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Politicians love a man in uniform, as the Gang of Four once sang, no matter how sordid, dishonest, reckless and incoherent the wars they fight in.   Last December David Cameron launched the Sun’s Military Awards ceremony with a reception at Downing Street in which he praised the ‘Herculean bravery’ of the nominees. ...

Nick Cohen: anti-fascist fighter

  • January 02, 2012
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I’m impressed.  Hardly has the nation had time to wake up from the New Year revelries and there is the redoubtable Nick Cohen, scourge of dictators everywhere, announcing his decision to  leave his friends and family and exchange his pen for a rifle in order go off to Syria to fight for the...

Obama’s New Arms Race

Obama’s New Arms Race

  • December 30, 2011
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Is it possible to take back the Nobel Peace Prize?   I only ask because the award given to Barack Obama may well go down as one of the dumbest decisions the Nobel Committee has ever made, even worse than the prizes given to Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat for a treaty that enabled Begin...

9/11: Iran Did It!

  • December 24, 2011
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With impeccable timing, a New York judge has ruled that Iran and al-Qaeda were responsible for the September 11 attacks.   Remember when you were told that Iraq was responsible for the attacks in the lead up to the invasion?  Now it turns out that Iran bore “material responsibility” for the attacks, according to US...

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