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What Was John McCain's True Wartime Record in Vietnam?
Although the memory has faded in recent years, during much of the second half of the twentieth century the name “Tokyo Rose” ranked very high in our popular consciousness, probably second only to “Benedict Arnold” as a byword for American treachery during wartime. The story of Iva Ikuko Toguri, the young Japanese-American woman who spent... Read More
The entire political spectrum ranging from the ‘libertarian’ left, through the progressive editors of the Nation to the entire far right neo-con/Zionist war party and free market Berkeley/Chicago/Harvard academics, with a single voice, hailed the election of Barack Obama as a ‘historic moment’, a ‘turning point in American history and other such histrionics. Introduction The... Read More
The Obama team is taking shape and the new rainbow coalition will include maverick Republicans who see the light. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans have already confirmed the same leadership team that lost earlier this month while the Great White Hope of the GOP is in Alaska writing her book, with a little help from her friends... Read More
According to the British Telegraph a high turnout of California blacks supporting Barack Obama helped to pass Proposition Eight, banning gay marriage, in a statewide referendum last week. Since Obama’s presence on the ticket increased the black percentage of the vote total from 6 percent in 2004 to 10 percent this year, the referendum passed... Read More
Is Redistribution Really All That Bad?
Redistribution is never an issue when the money is flowing upwards. It's only when working people are poised to get a few scraps that all hell breaks loose. That's when self-styled "mavericks" and their political cadres spring into action and unleash their vitriol at anyone who challenges the failed "trickle-down" dogma of the investor class.... Read More
Twelve Reasons to Reject Obama and Support Nader/McKinney
The presidential elections in the US, once again, provide an acid test of the integrity and consequential conduct of US intellectuals. If it is the duty and responsibility of the public intellectual to speak truth to power, the recent statements of most of our well-known and prestigious public pundits have failed miserably. Instead of highlighting,... Read More
Despite my desire to see John McCain and his brand of neocon-Republicanism soundly defeated, I can’t stand the idea of awarding my vote to his leftist, black-nationalist adversary Barack Obama. I’ll therefore do in this presidential race what I’ve done in every other presidential contest since 1988 (when I allowed myself to be talked into... Read More
Recently I’ve come across two statements that have evoked radically different public reactions. One is by a Minnesota Republican congresswoman, Michelle Bachmann, who told Chris Matthews on his TV program that Obama holds “anti-American views,” like other unnamed members of Congress. The far more significant remark is by Melissa Harris-Lacewell, a professor of politics and... Read More
Having missed the first two presidential debates because they conflicted with "Dancing with the Stars," I was quite excited to note that the third debate posed no programming conundrum and that it would start at nine o'clock, meaning that I would be able to watch the first hour before falling asleep. What I saw was... Read More
I attended a reunion dinner last night with about fifteen former CIA colleagues from the Directorate of Operations. The discussion inevitably turned to politics and it soon became clear that I was the only one present who would not be voting for John McCain. Though feeling somewhat like General Custer at the Little Big Horn,... Read More
Sarah Palin basically adhered to a straight Bush foreign policy, as Joe Biden noted, though there were a couple of exceptions. Her great love for Israel and her willingness to let Tel Aviv attack Iran as if there would be no consequences for the United States is a result of both her Israel-centric view of... Read More
PARIS — The French are still trying to understand how Barack Obama popped out of nowhere to run for the world's most powerful office. Now, they are struggling to comprehend last week's Republican convention that produced the political bombshell from Alaska. French, like many North Americans, were stunned and confused by Sen. John McCain's surprise... Read More
Last week it dawned on me while listening to the two major presidential candidates talk about abortion that their topic meant about as much to them as river boat gambling. Like having gambling facilities placed on the edge of a river from whose activities the state can then draw revenues, the politics of abortion means... Read More
How quickly time passes! It has been a mere year and a half since the first candidate debates, and the party conventions are upon us already. Next week, the Democratic Party convention in Denver — "Most Diverse in Party History" boasts the website. The following week, the Republicans in Minneapolis-St. Paul — "Twin Cities Promise... Read More
CounterPunch Diary
"Change” and “hope” are not words one associates with Senator Joe Biden, a man so ripely symbolic of everything that is unchanging and hopeless about our political system that a computer simulation of the corporate-political paradigm senator in Congress would turn out “Biden” in a nano-second. The first duty of any senator from Delaware is... Read More
I've been receiving a number of really nasty anonymous e-mails regarding my blog piece last week that suggested the possibility that the Office of Special Plans rather than CIA actually forged the December 2003 letter that linked Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda. The e-mails appeared to come from a common source as they all praised Doug... Read More
One of the false signals that left-leaning, hawkish Republicans like McCain get from the media establishment is that they should be looking to perform certain “sensitive” acts, and particularly if those acts acts indicate that they're 'reaching out.' In McCain's case his reaching leftward has cut it predictably with some groups. Such gestures have brought... Read More
McCain Cries "No Mas!"
Barack Obama proved yesterday why November's presidential election will end in a 50-state sweep. John McCain has no chance. It's like George Bush climbing into the ring with Mike Tyson; one thundering left hook and the Crawford Caligula would be sprawled across the canvas in a pool of his own blood. "No mas"! The same... Read More
Reality Check
Obama's candidacy is over; kaput. He's already stated that he has no intention of stopping the war, so he has disqualified himself. That's his prerogative; no one put a gun to his head. His op-ed in Monday's New York Times just removes any lingering doubt about the matter. What Obama proposes is moving the central... Read More
Delusions About Obama
Every four years, liberals and progressives are expected to set aside their beliefs and stand foursquare behind the Democratic Party candidate. This ritual is invariably performed in the name of party unity. It doesn't matter if the candidate is a smooth-talking politician who's willing to toss his pastor of 20 years overboard for a few... Read More
After just having read a George Will column suggesting the likelihood of an Obama presidency lasting until 2016, it dawned on me that most observers have not really reflected upon this perilous leap that we as consumers and global democrats (but not as real citizens of a functioning constitutional republic) are about to take. I... Read More
For those of our readers who might have thought even for a moment that John McCain?s reaching out to black Democrats with teeth-gnashing for not having supported the compulsory MLK sacral holiday was a fluke, please note the following advertisement put out by the GOP and then distributed by the onetime conservative Human Events. Although... Read More
The Republican blitz unleashed against Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama last week showed just how bitter, dirty and ugly the 2008 presidential campaign is likely to be. After Obama said he favored direct negotiations with Iran, Venezuela, and Cuba, and dismissed any potential danger from Iran as "tiny," Republican candidate John McCain accused him of being... Read More
Republican candidate-presumptive John McCain is interviewing possible vice presidents this week end. A number of "conservative" Republicans including Romney, Crist, and Jindal will be involved, but the media is generally not reporting that Senator Joe Lieberman is also one of the finalists. I predicted back in February that McCain would opt for his sometime Democrat... Read More
A longer version of this article went into the Lancaster Newspapers, for which I’m a regular columnist and through which I’m now reaching about half a million readers. Despite the local popularity of my columns, I’ve not been syndicated; nor have I been invited on to Republican talk radio nor asked to appear with prepubescent... Read More
Richard Spencer's guarded statement of preference for Obama over Baldwin got me to thinking why there may be some merit in his counsels. Although I don't think the media would be any more likely to notice our vote in the fall than it was to report the 16 % of the Pennsylvania Republican primary vote... Read More
Matthew Roberts may be correct that Chuck Baldwin and his Constitution Party represent the Right in a paradigmatic sense, but what is less demonstrable is whether it would pay for readers of this website to vote for Baldwin as a presidential candidate. The point to be stressed is that our side will not be able... Read More
PARIS — The more things change, as the French are fond of saying, the more they remain the same. But things have really changed here in France, at least since the long ago days of my youth in the later 1950's and early 1960's, and they are no longer the same. In those bygone days,... Read More
Obama’s rivals may now be competing with him for the prize of uttering the stupidest remarks about the working stiffs in our state. Dee Dee Myers, who is a close personal friend of Hillary and was a confidante of Bill during his presidency, has spoken with great terseness on MSNBC about Obama’s widely publicized concerns... Read More
There seems to be a lot of back-and-forthing on the TAC blog site about Barack Obama and, more specifically, whether conservatives and Republicans will vote for him. Forgive me, but it seems to me to be a bit of an egghead exercise speculating on what real Republicans and real conservatives think and what they will... Read More
Barack Obama says he's happy to see his primary race with Hillary Clinton continue right up to the bitter end. But there is deepening worry in this overwhelmingly Democratic Party city that the fratricidal battle between Obama and Clinton is tearing apart the party and boosting Republican hopes of victory in November. Obama leads by... Read More
Despite the reactions generated by recent revelations about the sermons of Obama’s pastor, I see no reason to change my comments. The current Republican-neoconservative attacks on Obama have been accompanied by the arduous efforts of “movement conservative” celebrities to persuade Republican voters to change their party registration in order to back Hillary in the primaries.... Read More
Are you excited yet? About this coming presidential election, I mean. It only comes round once every four years, you know. The person who represents us to foreigners, who manages the federal government, and who is a key player in new legislation and the appointment of senior judges, will get replaced. Who will the new... Read More
CounterPunch Diary The Race Card; Liberals Sniffle at Buckley's Passing
Political race-baiting works in America, because racism is part of the cultural and historical furniture. In 1960, when Barack Obama's Kenyan father married Stanley Anne Dunham, a white woman who grew up in the Pacific Northwest, 22 states still had laws forbidding interracial marriages. In 1967, an appropriate year since it was the "summer of... Read More
From America's Newspaper of Record, Feb. 19: "Likely GOP presidential nominee John McCain is within single-digit striking distance of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama in heavily Democratic New York state, and leads both in the suburbs and upstate, according to a new poll released yesterday. The Siena College Survey found Clinton and Obama just... Read More
This is the third installment in a four-part symposium on the Ron Paul movement to be published in Taki’s magazine. John Derbyshire and Justin Raimondo have made previous contributions. Although it might be premature to claim that Ron Paul’s campaign is winding down, plainly the candidate has not done as well as his supporters had... Read More
Despite my general agreement with Richard Spencer’s invariably provocative political commentaries, I definitely do not share his view that McCain is “set to go down hard” in November, no matter which Democratic contender runs against him. Now that we’ve seen how easily that group Fred Barnes calls the “talk show mafia” is climbing back on... Read More
News pundits have been exploring the political battle now raging between Hillary and Obama and their respective followings about who was most responsible for the civil rights revolution of the 1960s, the then president Lyndon Johnson, who helped to grease the skids for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the subsequent Voting Rights Act,... Read More
PANAMA — Watching America's quirky electoral process from abroad always has special piquancy. In many countries, including little Panama, whoever becomes president of the United States often has more influence over these nations than their own leaders. I used to get lots of mail from American conservatives fretting the wicked Red Chinese had taken over... Read More
The Republican presidential primary debate held last week did not really change my mind about who gets my vote (Ron Paul); nonetheless, it did raise for me certain questions about the candidates’ differing assessments of the war in Iraq. For the record, I think Congressman Paul was too peremptory when he stated that the “neonconservatives... Read More
I wonder how many of our readers saw last night’s discussion with Republican pollster Frank Luntz, a commentary that was absorbing enough so that I was able to watch FOX for more than thirty seconds. The Republicans who had come to the debate in Iowa were thrilled by the thumping, warlike rhetoric of Rudy and... Read More
Having forced myself to watch the most recent display of Republican presidential intelligence in Columbia, South Carolina on May 15, I came away with impressions that clearly jar with those of the authorized FOX commentators. Unlike Hannity and Colmes, who after the debate rushed to assure us that the “Mayor” had performed brilliantly, I cringed... Read More
Ron Paul was asked: "Are you running for the nomination in the wrong party?" I forget what he said, but the actual answer is "Yes." Ron should be the candidate of the Constitution Party. The Republican Party is not a reliably conservative party. It is a slightly right-of-center party that American conservatives vote for grudgingly,... Read More
It is now over two months since I first heard a well-informed, well-connected conservative offer it as his private opinion that the next president of the United States will be Al Gore. I have since heard the same thing from three or four other insider types. I'm starting to think that President Gore is getting... Read More
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What Was John McCain's True Wartime Record in Vietnam?