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George W. Bush destroyed the state and army of Iraq, but it was located within a constellation of relatively powerful and capable states interested in some form of stability or control. The United States also poured massive doses of money and power into Iraq in an attempt to influence its outcomes. However, when the US... Read More
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In my opinion, a lot of the mockery of the North Korean nuclear test—the silly little man with his silly little bomb—is racism that reassures. It evokes the explanation for why many poor rural whites adopted a posture of racial exclusion instead of class solidarity with poor rural blacks in the American South: “because 'If... Read More
[I got my Defcons flipflopped in the original post.  Herewith corrected.  According to Wikipedia, the US military has only gone to Defcon 2 once, for the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Even 9/11 was only Defcon 3.  The different levels also have catchy descriptions, like "Cocked Pistol" and "Double Take", that are used during exercises.  So if... Read More
Looking at the way this post scans on this site and over at Counterpunch, it occurs to me that I should have blockquoted the excerpts from the HRW report to make it clear they were direct quotes and not my paraphrases. So I've done that! Further my speculation that Edward Snowden, as a CIA guy,... Read More
One of my favorite actors, Michael Caine (Zulu, The Italian Job, Man Who Would Be King, The Ipcress File, The Quiet American) said, "Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath." That quote comes to mind when I consider the West’s efforts to keep a lid on things... Read More
News flash: war is hell, even when it’s a humanitarian intervention. It’s pretty clear, listening to today’s NPR report on Libya, that the “no fly zone” is pretty much past the “protect civilian” stage and well into the “kill Libyan soldiers” phase. Pictures of dead Libyan soldiers seem to be relatively rare, but here’s one,... Read More
The Great Awakening Gets Closer to China I have an article up at Asia Times that’s a bit more torn from the headlines than usual: Syrian sauce for the Chinese gander. My ongoing interest in writing about Syria as the authoritarian Middle Eastern analog to China dovetailed with the explosion of protests in the southern... Read More
In the last couple weeks, I’ve had two articles up at Asia Times. The March 19 piece, China embroiled in a Libyan muddle, correctly predicted that China—despite its abhorrence of foreign intervention--would not vote against the Libya no-fly-zone because of its desire to stay on the good side of Saudi Arabia. (The piece was completed... Read More
The New York Times Misuses and Misremembers the Definition of Torture. Three BBC correspondents were treated horribly in Libya  by Khadafi forces.  They were beaten, hooded, and subjected to mock executions. The New York Times headlined its report 3 BBC Journalists Report Being Tortured in Libya. It's noteworthy, and not in a good way, that... Read More
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