Category: Foreign Policy

The War on Terror is a Racket

You probably first became aware of former congressional staffer Mike Lofgren when he became disgusted by the debt-ceiling fiasco, quit his job, and went public with a scathing tell-all article at Truthout.org in September 2011. To those millions of Americans…

Netanyahu and Anti-Semitism

Benjamin Netanyahu gave his speech. Now people can analyze what he said and what impact it will have. Personally, I didn’t watch it. Too much crap has gone on in my personal life over the last week, and I didn’t…

Arsonists Complain About Fire

I’m not going to praise the fascist Ba’ath Party, either in its Syrian or Iraqi manifestations. But, prior to the invasion of Iraq, those two societies were the most ecumenical, tolerant places in the Arabian peninsula. People intermarried freely and…

I Tried to Talk Us Out of Libya

Back when Libya first started to fall apart in February 2011, I noted that Gaddafi was nearing the point where hanging from a lamppost might be an attractive alternative to an exile in Pyongyang. In the beginning, I wasn’t focused…

New Bibi Excuse- Blame John Boehner

Deputy Israeli Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi appeared on a Tel Aviv radio program today and completely threw John Boehner under a bus. Mr. Hanegbi insisted that the invitation for Netanyahu to speak before a Joint Session of Congress had been…

One Party Support for Israel

Over in Israel, the media are trying to figure out the safest way for Bibi Netanyahu to back out of his planned speech before a Joint Session of Congress. Here at home, the prime minister’s emissaries appear to be completely…

“If [random left wing South American president] was 1% as horrible as Saudi Arabia, the Washington Post editorial board would never stop freaking out about it.” – Atrios

An Eventful Day in the Middle East

The king of Saudi Arabia has died at the overripe age of 91. You can read some primers on the Saudi Arabian monarchy and the politics of succession here and here. It is reported that Prince Salman will become the…