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    Reagan Documents Shed Light on US ‘Meddling’

    “Secret” documents, recently declassified by the Reagan presidential library, reveal senior White House officials reengaging a former CIA “proprietary,” The Asia Foundation, in “political action,” an intelligence term of art for influencing the actions of foreign governments.The documents from 1982 came at a turning-point moment when the Reagan...

    Six Major US Foreign Policy Failures of the Post-Cold War Era
    Sep15

    Six Major US Foreign Policy Failures of the Post-Cold War Era

    In the 1990s, US officials, all of whom would go on to serve in the George W. Bush White House, authored two short, but deeply important policy documents that have subsequently been the guiding force behind every major US foreign policy decision taken since the year 2000 and particularly since 9/11.These documents include the Defense Planning...

    American Jackboot Diplomacy
    Sep06

    American Jackboot Diplomacy

    The latest extraordinary roughshod violation of Russian diplomatic rights by the American authorities shows that the US doesn’t want to restore normal bilateral relations. Indeed, it has now resorted publicly to jackboot diplomacy.The rapid ordering of Russia to vacate three of its diplomatic properties – in a matter of hours – amid...

    Trump’s New Strategy for Afghanistan Is Neither New, nor a Strategy, nor Trump’s
    Aug26

    Trump’s New Strategy for Afghanistan Is Neither New, nor a Strategy, nor Trump’s

    For some time it has been clear that the White House of President Donald Trump was convulsed with a struggle among various court factions vying for the Emperor’s ear. Crudely oversimplified, these are variously described as:1. The military “Junta” (Generals McMaster, National Security Council; Mattis, Pentagon; and Kelly, White...

    End Democracy Promotion Balderdash
    Aug12

    End Democracy Promotion Balderdash

    The Trump administration’s foreign policy often resembles a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party or a loose cannon on a ship deck. But every now and then, a good idea emerges from the fracas. Such is the case with a reform that could sharply reduce America’s piety exports.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is revising the State Department...

    Bring the Troops Home From Korea
    Aug11

    Bring the Troops Home From Korea

    There is one good solution to the Korean crisis, one that the mainstream press commentators simply will not confront. It’s not a solution that is likely to be adopted, especially by a blustery and bellicose president and a national-security establishment that has a Cold War anti-communist mindset. Nonetheless, it bears pointing out.What is...

    The Unsung Summit of Putin and Trump
    Aug09

    The Unsung Summit of Putin and Trump

    This week marks the 72nd anniversary of the criminal US bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And as is the case each year, there is much discussion and lamenting over this atrocity, as there well should be. For the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not necessary for victory; Japan had already sued for peace. It was the opening salvo, a brutal...

    Isolated Trump Flails Helplessly as He Bows to Irrational Policies on Russia and Europe Imposed by Congress
    Aug04

    Isolated Trump Flails Helplessly as He Bows to Irrational Policies on Russia and Europe Imposed by Congress

    President Donald Trump has signed the sanctions bill against Russia, North Korea, and Iran. With the near-unanimous, veto-proof margin by which the so-called “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” was passed by both the House and the Senate, Trump was in a lose-lose position.In the signing statement issued by...

    Russia Sanctions and The Coming Crackdown on Americans
    Aug04

    Russia Sanctions and The Coming Crackdown on Americans

    Illustration from “Hamilton 68” project website.Last week I wrote an article and did an interview explaining that in my reading of the new Russia sanctions bill just signed by President Trump, there is a measure opening the door to a US government crackdown on some of the non-mainstream media. In particular, Section 221 of the...

    Countdown To War On Venezuela
    Jul30

    Countdown To War On Venezuela

    On Sunday Venezuela will hold an general election of participants of a constitutional assembly. Half of the representatives will be elected from regular electoral districts. The other half will be elected from and by eight special constituencies like “workers”, “farmers”, “employers”, etc. The second part may...

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