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All Quiet on the Humanitarian Front

  • October 18, 2013
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It’s long been one of the recurring paradoxes of ‘humanitarian war’   that Western governments are willing to project military power far beyond their borders in order to save dark-skinned bodies from the dictators and regimes that oppress them, yet remain generally antipathetic to the presence of these same bodies in their own national territory.


Goodbye to Uncle Sam?

  • September 24, 2013
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The US bombardment-that-never-was in Syria has provoked an array of negative responses amongst those who wanted such an outcome, which spans a wide political spectrum. Republican hard-rightists and liberal interventionists alike have expressed alarm at the hesitancy and incompetence of the Obama administration and the war-weary “isolationist” mood of the American public.

Some have described Obama”s...

Last Flight of the Liberal Bombardiers

  • September 09, 2013
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Liberal interventionism is a serious business that requires tough, decisive men who are ready for the long haul, not sissies or whimps.   No matter how many disasters unfold, no matter how many times the outcome of these interventions departs from their original predictions and expectations, such men must always ready for the next one,...

Stuck Inside of Moscow with the Kremlin Blues Again

Stuck Inside of Moscow with the Kremlin Blues Again

  • September 06, 2013
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Pity David Cameron.   It’s bad enough that he has to show up at the G-20 Conference, all dressed up and no one to bomb, because that “copper-bottomed —-”   Miliband voted against him, thereby denying him the opportunity to stand ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with Obama.   Then he has to endure the galling spectacle of France...

Hello America: The President Would Like Your Permission to Bomb

  • September 04, 2013
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Americans may be reluctant to get involved in another Middle Eastern war, but the US political elite is not going to allow public opinion get in the way of another righteous intervention.   Because foreign policy, national security and reasons of state are serious matters that require serious leaders,  with wisdom, judgment and insight, and an...

Miliband Says No…For Now

  • August 31, 2013
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It was a rare, refreshing and really quite astonishing sight to see the Labour Party finally resist the militarist temptation that has proven so disastrously appealing during the Blair years, and reject the government’s motion on Syria.   Given that some of the same people who had once voted for the Iraq War now...

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