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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...

Iraq: a Bad End to a Bad War

Iraq: a Bad End to a Bad War

  • December 17, 2011
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In March 2003 the United States, backed by its faithful lieutenant Britain and a hastily-concocted ‘Coalition of the Willing’,  invaded Iraq following a campaign of lies, manipulation, propaganda and manufactured intelligence.

After smashing Saddam Hussein’s decrepit army, the invaders proved unable  to install their puppet Ahmed Chalabi in power or ensure security, and began a neo-colonial...

Rise of the Swamp People

  • December 10, 2011
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Even by the Republican party’s dismal standards, the current crop of presidential candidates have to be about the most ignorant  collection of  flag-waving, corporate-worshipping, clueless morons that have ever competed for  the Oval office.

This is the party that unleashed  a swathe of wars and global mayhem over the last decade that...

The One Percent

  • November 25, 2011
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There’s a hilarious pseudo-manifesto by John Kenny in the New Yorker on behalf of a very different Occupy movement.

We, too, have mobilized.  We come from near and far, by any means necessary, some on private jets, others on extremely large private jets.  But you will not find us sleeping in a park and waiting in...

The Iran Assassination Plot – a Pretext for War?

  • October 13, 2011
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After so many years of threats and sabre-rattling, is the United States trying to provoke Saudi Arabia into a war against Iran?   If so, it must be truly desperate,  because this supposed plot to kill the Saudi Arabian  ambassador  is so wildly implausible that it really makes no sense at all.

First, allow me...

Ronald Reagan: Man of Straw

Ronald Reagan: Man of Straw

  • July 05, 2011
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Yesterday’s unveiling of a statue of Ronald Reagan in Grosvenor Square is not so much a tribute to the ‘Special Relationship’ as it is a reminder of the almost total absence of anything resembling a moral compass amongst the political elites on either side of the Atlantic.

There is no other explanation for the posthumous glorification...

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