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Strategic Culture - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

From Obama to Trump, the Escalation of Drone Warfare

Allegra HARPOOTLIAN

We’re only a few days into the new decade and it’s somehow already a bigger dumpster fire than the last. On January 2nd, President Trump decided to order what one expert called “the most important decapitation...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

Fears grow that a phase two accord between Beijing and Washington will struggle to get off the drawing board

Gordon WATTS

Great expectations were replaced by even greater euphoria after China and the United States finally hammered out a phase one trade deal just...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-16 - Original post - cached version

Ron PAUL

President Trump’s decision earlier this month to assassinate Iran’s top military general on Iraqi soil – over the objection of the Iraqi government – has damaged the US relationship with its “ally” Iraq and set the region on the brink of war. Iran’s measured response – a few...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-16 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

The hashtag #CNNIsTrash is the number one trend on Twitter as of this writing due to the network’s appalling treatment of Bernie Sanders in last night’s Democratic...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Former Bush administration official Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says that reports of US pressure on the OPCW’s Syria chemical weapons investigation in Douma recall the Bush administration’s coercion of the IAEA and OPCW before the Iraq war.

Aaron MATÉ

OPCW whistleblowers have exposed a...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Thomas S. HARRINGTON

The Catalan conflict is generating a constitutional crisis in Madrid with far-reaching implications for the future of the European Union. In a stunning and legally questionable move on January 3, Spain’s Central Electoral Commission voted to remove Catalan President...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

Fintan O’TOOLE

We are so used to egregious lies we scarcely notice them anymore. But we may be entering a new phase of official mendacity. Governments don’t usually resort to lies that have long been exploded – they think up new ones instead. Yet if the...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

The New York Times reports that GRU operatives launched a successful “phishing attack” on the Ukrainian gas company at the heart of scandalous allegations about Joe Biden,...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

Daniel LARISON

Walter Russell Mead makes another far-fetched claim:

America’s alignment with the principles of freedom is both a major foreign-policy advantage and a source of confusion and distress. On the positive side, despite America’s flaws and inconsistencies, ...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

The government which runs a globe-spanning empire led by a reality TV host keeps talking about the lack of normality in the nation of Iran.

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Strategic Culture - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version

Eric MARGOLIS

What ever happened to Iraq? Is it not an independent country with a democratic government thanks to the 2003 US invasion? So says Washington.

The murder of senior Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani suddenly shone a strobe light on ‘independent’ Iraq, and what...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

Democratic Party royal family member Chris Cuomo delivered a pearl-clutching, hand-wringing monologue on CNN last night about how appalling and outrageous it is for...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Our confrontation with Iran is part of a larger overconfidence in our military to solve all the world’s problems.

Andrew J. BACEVICH

Critics of the Soleimani assassination point out that it was an action devoid of strategic purpose. They are...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

Democratic Party royal family member Chris Cuomo delivered a pearl-clutching, hand-wringing monologue on CNN last night about how appalling and outrageous it is for...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-11 - Original post - cached version

Lee CAMP

Bombs have numbers. Humans have names. Our American military boasts a skill and passion for using numbers to turn names into yet more numbers. But these numbers have grown so gargantuan and out of control that one struggles to comprehend them.

In just 10 months in 2018—the...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-11 - Original post - cached version

War? Iran knows it will get crushed militarily, Trump knows he’d be crushed politically, and Iraq still needs us around.

Peter VAN BUREN

History will judge the long-term impact of the death of Qassem Soleimani. In the short-to-medium term, let’s step back...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-10 - Original post - cached version

The president has squandered much of his promise with his hard line on Iran.

Scott MCCONNELL

Fifteen months ago I had a private conversation with President Trump about Iran.

It wasn’t long. It was, frankly, casual. It took...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-10 - Original post - cached version

Early evidence suggests Ukranian Airlines 737 could have been shot down

Stephen BRYEN, Shoshana BRYEN

Ukrainian Airlines flight PS752 crashed after takeoff from Iran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport on Wednesday, killing everyone on board. Information is not yet complete,...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-09 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

The United States and Iran entered into a direct military exchange for the first time ever with the drone assassination of General Qassem Soleimani last week and a ...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-09 - Original post - cached version

Trump will not escalate the crisis with Iran but talked tough, while inviting NATO to take over at least part of U.S. role in the region.

Joe LAURIA

Following Iran’s retaliatory missile strikes on two US military bases in Iraq on Wednesday, President Donald Trump imposed...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-08 - Original post - cached version

On foreign soil, as a guest nation, US has assassinated a diplomatic envoy whose mission the US had requested.

Pepe ESCOBAR

The bombshell facts were delivered by caretaker Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, during an extraordinary, historic parliamentary session in Baghdad on...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-08 - Original post - cached version

He exceeded his authority and ordered what looks like an illegal assassination. Toothless resolutions won’t be enough.

Barbara BOLAND

The United States’ targeted airstrike against Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq has placed...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-07 - Original post - cached version

Eric MARGOLIS

France’s favorite sports are striking and street demonstrations. At heart, most French are revolutionaries and protestors.

In France, the answer to every problem seems to be ‘aux barricades!’ (to the barricades!). Demonstrations are typically followed by a hearty...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-07 - Original post - cached version

The Selective Service website crashed last week as the meme went viral—but what are fears of a military draft really about?

Jeff GROOM

Immediately following President Trump’s decision to eliminate Qasem Soleimani in a risky drone strike at Baghdad’s...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-06 - Original post - cached version

Michael HUDSON

The mainstream media are carefully sidestepping the method behind America’s seeming madness in assassinating Islamic Revolutionary Guard general Qassim Suleimani to start the New Year. The logic behind the assassination this was a long-standing application of U.S. global...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-06 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

Following a vote by the Iraqi parliament to remove foreign troops from the nation, the US president threatened to destroy Iraq’s economy in retaliation and to refuse to leave...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-05 - Original post - cached version

Paul STREET

Anyone who hoped that the terrible experience of a neofascistic presidency might jolt the Democratic Party media and politics establishment into embracing the basic lesson of the 2016 election – that running a dismal, dollar-drenched centrist well to the right of the citizenry...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-05 - Original post - cached version

Pepe ESCOBAR

It does not matter where the green light for the U.S. targeted assassination in Baghdad of Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani and the Hashd al-Shaabi second-in-command Abu Madhi al-Muhandis came from.

This is an act of war. Unilateral, unprovoked and...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-04 - Original post - cached version

Craig MURRAY

For the United States to abandon proxy warfare and directly kill one of Iran’s most senior political figures has changed international politics in a fundamental way. It is a massive error. Its ramifications are profound and complex.

There is also a lesson to be learned...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-04 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

The US has admitted to assassinating Iran’s most beloved military leader, General Qassem Soleimani, in a drone strike which seems very likely to ignite a full-scale war. Six...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-03 - Original post - cached version

Because today’s events could lead to a hot war with Iran, and ahead of another razor-thin election here.

W. James ANTLE III

The anti-Benghazi!” President Donald Trump replied after liberals referred to the storming of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad as his...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-03 - Original post - cached version

Fears of a major war in the Middle East exploded Thursday night with the U.S. assassination of arguably the second most powerful man in Iran.

Joe LAURIA

The U.S. assassination of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani at Baghdad airport on Thursday...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-02 - Original post - cached version

TruePublica

In the decade from 2010 to 2020, a period in which the Conservative government oversaw the Great Recession and managed the slowest recovery from any economic slump on record – it heaped misery on millions in the shape of a failed policy called austerity.

It doubled the...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-02 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

Crazy, stupid conspiracy theorists believe a mature worldview requires skepticism toward power.

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Strategic Culture - 2020-01-01 - Original post - cached version

Tensions in the Middle East threaten to boil over after last weekend’s strikes. This could be the worst thing possible for the president.

Patrick BUCHANAN

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future,” Yogi Berra reminded us.

But on...

Strategic Culture - 2020-01-01 - Original post - cached version

Does research reflect global middle class angst, a uniquely Korean malaise – or mere talk?

Andrew SALMON

From afar, South Koreans might appear to be blessed among East Asians.

Citizens of a prosperous democracy that has birthed a hero-to-zero national success story, world-...

Strategic Culture - 2019-12-31 - Original post - cached version

Peter HITCHENS

I suspect the Third World War will begin with a claimed atrocity — probably the use of poison gas by a ‘regime’ against ‘its own people’. Such things are now the favorite way to make wars where there was peace.

Border violations went out of fashion years ago....

Strategic Culture - 2019-12-31 - Original post - cached version

Patrick COCKBURN

Nationalism in different shapes and forms is powerfully transforming the politics of the British Isles, a development that gathered pace over the last five years and culminated in the general election this month.

National identities and the relationship between...

Strategic Culture - 2019-12-30 - Original post - cached version

Daniel LARISON

Kelley Vlahos comments on the recent U.S. airstrikes against Kata’ib Hezbollah, an Iraqi militia that is supported by the Iranian government:

The Pentagon claimed Sunday that the Iraqi Shia group Kata’ib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed paramilitary...

Strategic Culture - 2019-12-30 - Original post - cached version

Norman SOLOMON

A central premise of conventional media wisdom has collapsed. On Thursday, both the New York Times and Politico published major articles reporting that Bernie Sanders really could win the Democratic presidential nomination. Such acknowledgments will add to the momentum of...

Strategic Culture - 2019-12-29 - Original post - cached version

Kokho Jason SIT

Christmas has passed and New Year is just around the corner. And the sales continue. Things started six weeks before Christmas with Singles Day, which began in China and is now the world’s biggest shopping day. This was followed by Black Friday, Cyber Monday sale, the pre-...

Strategic Culture - 2019-12-29 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

This is getting really, really, really weird.

WikiLeaks has published...

Strategic Culture - 2019-12-28 - Original post - cached version

Norman SOLOMON

A central premise of conventional media wisdom has collapsed. On Thursday, both the New York Times and Politico published major articles reporting that Bernie Sanders really could win the Democratic presidential nomination.Such acknowledgments will add to the momentum of...

Strategic Culture - 2019-12-28 - Original post - cached version

Is the media suppressing evidence that the 2018 chemical ‘attack’ in Syria didn’t happen the way officials said it did?

Scott RITTER

It is perhaps the least reported media scandal about the least reported international controversy in recent times—the...

Strategic Culture - 2019-12-27 - Original post - cached version

Steve CHAPMAN

I’m starting to wonder if Donald Trump, bestselling author of “The Art of the Deal,” just isn’t very good at making deals. His presidency has been a ceaseless torrent of promises about what he’ll achieve from negotiations with foreign leaders. But time and again, he ends up...

Strategic Culture - 2019-12-27 - Original post - cached version

Andrei Martyanov’s latest book provides unceasing evidence about the kind of lethality waiting for U.S. forces in a possible, future war against real armies (not the Taliban or Saddam Hussein’s).

Pepe ESCOBAR

Once in a blue moon an indispensable book comes out making a clear case...

Strategic Culture - 2019-12-26 - Original post - cached version

Ron PAUL

The bickering over impeachment did not stop the president and Congress from coming together last week to avert a government shutdown by passing a 1.4 trillion dollar spending package.

The bipartisan agreement has something for everyone — a 22 billion dollars increase to...

Strategic Culture - 2019-12-26 - Original post - cached version

A great poet once said that you can judge a nation by how it honors (or fails to honor) its artists. In many ways, the soul of a nation is entirely shaped by the artists which that society has produced. This makes perfectly good sense, as an artist is able to portray the better ideals which that...

Strategic Culture - 2019-12-25 - Original post - cached version

Caitlin ELLIS

Vikings are often seen as heathen marauders mercilessly targeting Christian churches and killing defenceless monks. But this is only part of their story. The Vikings played a key role in spreading Christianity, too.

Norse mythology has long captured the popular...

Strategic Culture - 2019-12-25 - Original post - cached version

We forget how religious observances and jolly celebration once complimented each other, that is, before it became political.

Addison Del MASTRO

You may have learned in a college course on the history of advertising that Santa Claus was invented by 19th...

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