Monthly Archives: May 2007

By Their Footprint, Ye Shall Know Them

Okay, guess what the image above represents? A redesign of Manhattan southeast of Houston Street? A sprawling Southern California college campus? No, it’s an architectural plan for the new half-billion dollar U.S. embassy in Baghdad. This is how the architects’ … Continue reading

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A Patriotic Officer Confronts Bush — And the Democrats

I’ve long admired Andrew Bacevich’s analyses and commentary on the Bush Administration’s misadventures in the Middle East. Bacevich, a moderate Republican veteran of Vietnam and graduate of the U.S. military academy has taught in various strategic studies centers has written … Continue reading

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Blowback in Tripoli

A Lebanese mother mourns her soldier son Last March, I noted Seymour Hersh’s alarming report on the efforts by Dick Cheney and his friends in Saudi Arabia to wage a proxy war against Iran, by enlisting all manner of Sunni … Continue reading

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Blowback in Tripoli?

A Lebanese mother mourns her soldier son Last March, I noted Seymour Hersh’s alarming report on the efforts by Dick Cheney and his friends in Saudi Arabia to wage a proxy war against Iran, by enlisting all manner of Sunni … Continue reading

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Iraq: The Slimiest Benchmark

The art of political hegemony is achieved when a narrow group of people is able to convince a wider society that the group’s own, narrow interests, in fact, represent the general interest or the “greater good.” Nowhere is there currently … Continue reading

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Getting Sarkozy Wrong

Bonhomie does not a policy make: Sarkozy’s agenda is “to the left of Kucinich” One of the reasons I know I’m doing something right on this web site is the fact that I’m lucky enough to have Bernard Chazelle as … Continue reading

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Palestinian Pinochet Making His Move?

There’s something a little misleading in the media reports that routinely describe the fighting in Gaza as pitting Hamas against Fatah forces or security personnel “loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas.” That characterization suggests somehow that this catastrophic civil war that … Continue reading

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Gavin Evans: Why Blair Embraced Bush

In all the political obits this week to Tony Blair, the one theme that nobody seems to have touched is what, in his personal makeup, allowed him to move from a paid up member of the Chile Solidarity Campaign in … Continue reading

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What Belfast Teaches the Middle East

Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness: hard men make a deal Yes, yes, I know, Northern Ireland and the Middle East are entirely different situation, and things that worked in one place are not going to necessarily work in the other. … Continue reading

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Worse Awaits Olmert, More So Israel

If you think it strange that Ehud Olmert is still prime minister of Israel even after it’s official inquiry into the war found him to be an incompetent shlemiel, that may simply be a sign of the leadership crisis in … Continue reading

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