Category Archives: Featured Analysis

What’s Iraq About Now?

Four years into the Iraq war — “hard to believe,” eh, Mr Wolfowitz? — don’t expect the U.S. media to dwell on the conceptual foundations of this catastrophe. That may be because the media was rather complicit in laying those … Continue reading

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Condi’s Savage War on the Palestinians

In the coming weeks, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will cluck regretfully about the violence unfolding in the Palestinian territories as if the chaos in Gaza has as little to do with her as, say, the bizarrely warm winter weather … Continue reading

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Marx, Fukuyama and the Planet

Getting a little hot around here, eh Friedrich? It gives me great pleasure to welcome guest columnist Gavin Evans to Rootless Cosmopolitan, with a thoughtful offering on global warming and what it says and does to our received notions of … Continue reading

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Israel Disappoints the Neo-cons in Lebanon Proxy War

Hear, Oh Israel! Charles Krauthammer is disappointed. Very disapppointed. And he clearly speaks for the rest of the neo-conservative fraternity that has worked so hard to destroy any distinction between U.S. interests and Israeli interests. That’s because, as we pointed … Continue reading

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Six Fallacies of the U.S. Hizballah Campaign

Is Iran Driving the Conflict? People outraged by the hundreds of Lebanese killed in Israeli bombing raids over the past week may be tempted to see in the U.S. rush to ship Israel extra supplies of bombs and missiles to … Continue reading

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Berserk in Gaza: Olmert Blows It

World Cup blogging continues here — but there’s more to life than football, Barry, so read this too! Even before the Palestinians committed the cardinal sin of electing Hamas to govern them, Israel had no intention of negotiating with Mahmoud … Continue reading

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Zarqawi Death Suggests the U.S. Has Brought the Baathists in From the Cold

Late last year, after Musab al-Zarqawi’s group bombed hotels in Jordan, I wrote that the move would widen the rift between Zarqawi and the nationalist-Baathist leadership of the Iraq insurgency. It was already clear back then that the U.S. was … Continue reading

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Behind Ahmedinajad’s Letter

You don’t see much of this man in the Western media, but Hassan Rohani speaks for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the man who actually rules Iran. Rohani is promoting a negotiating agenda quite different from Ahmedinajad’s — and he has the … Continue reading

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Iran, Not Iraq, Fuels the ‘Rumsfeld Rebellion’

Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld in theirFord Administration days The retired generals (presumably, as is typical in U.S. public life, speaking on behalf of those still on active duty, since they can’t speak for themselves) who have — in a … Continue reading

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A Self-Defeating Iran Strategy

The boundaries between the U.S. and Israeli flags literally blur in the backdrop as Cheney threatens Iran from the podium of the America Israel Political Action Committe Last September, I noted that “the Bush administration appears not to have gamed … Continue reading

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