Was Obama Stampeded Into War?

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“NATO is moving very slowly, allowing Gadhafi forces to advance,” said rebel leader Abdul Fattah Younis, as the Libyan army moved back to the outskirts of Ajdabiya, gateway city to Benghazi. “NATO has become our problem.” Younis is implying that if NATO does not stop Libyan soldiers from capturing Ajdabiya, …

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The Rising Irrelevance of Obama

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“This will not stand!” declared George H.W. Bush. He was speaking of Saddam Hussein’s invasion, occupation and annexation of the emirate of Kuwait as his “19th province.” Seven months later, the Iraqi army was fleeing up the “Highway of Death” back into a country devastated by five weeks of U.S. …

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Ideology vs. the National Interest

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When a nation fights for its life, ideology goes by the board. Gen. Washington danced a jig when he heard King Louis XVI had become a fighting ally in our Revolutionary War against the Mother of Parliaments. In our Civil War, Abraham Lincoln made himself a dictator, closing newspapers, suspending …

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Retreat of the Antiwar Democrats

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In November 2006, Republicans were voted out of power in the Congress and Democrats installed to bring an end to U.S. involvement in the war in Iraq. The war had been going on as long as America’s war on Nazi Germany. No end was in sight. U.S. casualties and costs …

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Have the Neocons Destroyed the Presidency?

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George W. Bush “betrayed us,” howled Al Gore. “He played on our fear. He took America on an ill-conceived foreign adventure, dangerous to our troops, an adventure that was preordained and planned before 9-11 ever happened.” Hearing it, Gore’s rant seemed slanderous and demagogic. For though U.S. policy since Clinton …

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The Rise of Sovereignty Fears

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History Knows Where It’s Going”, exulted the April 15 full-page ad in the New York Times. Dates and names preceded: “1944, Bretton Woods: The IMF and the World Bank.” “1945, San Francisco: The United Nations.” “1994, Marrakech: The World Trade Organization.” Marrakech had just given birth, said the ad, to …

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