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McCain vs. McCain: Final Round

(5) Comments | Posted October 17, 2008 | 5:57 PM

Regardless of what one might think about Obama as a potential president -- and I believe he has the potential to be a great President, but only IF he weans himself off of the array of tired democratic apparatchiks now advising him on finance, foreign policy, and defense, I think...

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McCain vs. McCain - When Strategic "Genius" is Mortal Blunder.

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2008 | 1:23 PM

When Counterpunch and the Washington Post contain opinion pieces that agree, it is time to sit up and take notice. Something is happening.

Two recent op-eds -- "The Maverick Who Has No Clothes" in Counterpunch and "The Ugly New McCain" in the Washington Post offer an excellent...

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The Case Against Admitting Georgia and Ukraine to NATO

(4) Comments | Posted September 15, 2008 | 7:40 PM

Putin's and Medvedev's stroke in Georgia has placed the Bush Administration (not to mention the legacy of Clinton's policy of militarizing humanitarian intervention) on the horns of dilemma that threatens to make both the Bush Administration's policy of messianic unilateralism and the United States an international laughing stock.

On...

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Afghanistan: Good War or Quagmire? The Dilemma of Redeployment

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2008 | 6:55 PM

The Democratic train for launching a Vietnam-style campaign of gradual escalation of the war in Afghanistan is leaving Mr. Obama's station at warp speed. The knee jerk, lemming-like calls of beltway politicos for redeployment of troops from Iraq to the so-called "good war" in Afghanistan may merely lead our country...

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Obama's Politics of Change: Afghanistan & Gore's Transformative Vision

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2008 | 4:39 PM

I am in almost complete agreement with Tom Hayden's article in the Nation criticizing Obama inter alia for jumping on the "good war" bandwagon by proposing to transfer troops from Iraq to Afghanistan. Hayden's essay is a very good article in my opinion, has lots of useful information, for which...

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On the Pentagon Pundits and Why Lying is Still a Loser in the End

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2008 | 12:59 AM

David Barstow's recent New York Times expose Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon's Hidden Hand describes how the Bush administration used and was used by a coterie of opportunistic retired military officers posing as unbiased media advisers to the fourth estate in its coverage of the so-called long war on terror....

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The Art of Nonlearning in the Real World

(4) Comments | Posted April 17, 2008 | 6:59 PM

The Bush administration's theory and practice of grand strategy can be summarized by the sound byte, "You are either with us or against us." But the art of grand strategy is far more subtle than this. The late American strategist, Col John R. Boyd (USAF Ret) evolved five criteria for...

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