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Forgiveness, Not Appeasement

Judith Acosta, LISW, CCH | Posted 12.02.2016 | Religion
Judith Acosta, LISW, CCH

In recent months, the words "forgiveness" and "diplomacy" have been used interchangeably with the words "appeasement" and "idiocy." For many reasons, ...

The German Foreign Minister Should Know Better.

András Simonyi | Posted 06.22.2016 | World
András Simonyi

I am struck by the bizarre statement by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier about his disappointment with "NATO's provocation of Russia" because of the recent military exercise in Poland.

Marco Rubio Gets Desperate: War-Mongering Neoconservative Attacks Unnamed 'Isolationists'

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.11.2017 | Politics
Doug Bandow

After claiming a special expertise in foreign policy, GOP presidential wannabe Marco Rubio finds himself under fire because of his no-nothing, neoconservative tendencies. He's responded in the usual way for someone whose policies would keep America perpetually at war: accuse his critics of being "isolationists."

Russia's European Game In Syria

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 10.14.2016 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

In the hell of bad solutions on offer for Syria, some are worse than others. And the one devised by Russian President Vladimir Putin is probably the most infernal of all.

In Hurling Epithets at Obama, Republican Wannabees Are Also Viciously Attacking U.S. Allies Cameron, Hollande, and Merkel

Paul Abrams | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Paul Abrams

If our president is an appeaser, however, then so are all our allies who participated in crafting and agreeing to this deal with Iran.

Ronald Reagan Was No Neocon: Peace Through Strength Did Not Mean War at Any Price

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

A de facto peacenik who was horrified by the prospect of needless war, Reagan likely would have been appalled by the aggressive posturing of most of the Republicans currently seeking the White House.

Putin in a Headlock

András Simonyi | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
András Simonyi

The west owes it to the Russian people not to give up and keep pressing Vladimir Putin, until he changes course.

Lannisters in Foggy Bottom

Dinkar Jain | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Dinkar Jain

It is fine if Americans want to retire from their role in world policing, but juvenile and impractical interventions like the one in Ukraine or the sudden abdication of responsibility like in Syria are inexcusable.

Homer Simpson and the WMDs in Iraq... (Doh)... I Mean Iran

Nicolas J.S. Davies | Posted 12.08.2012 | World
Nicolas J.S. Davies

Can American policy makers and politicians take for granted that they are ruling a nation of Homer Simpsons who can be duped into war by the very same trick that we just fell for ten years ago? Our leaders are being extra-careful not to say "WMD"s, but surely Bart and Lisa can connect the dots.

Andrea Stone

Invoking 'Appeasement,' Republican Candidates Blast Obama At Jewish Forum | Andrea Stone | Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Though Wednesday marked the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, speeches by a series of U.S. presidential candidate...

Burma: Engagement or Appeasement?

John Feffer | Posted 02.05.2012 | World
John Feffer

The imminent détente with Burma has continued to generate criticism from those who suffer from the appeasement complex, a syndrome that causes politicians to conflate diplomacy with selling out and negotiating with kowtowing.

Iraqis Take to Street in Protest; "It Will Start Again Next Friday," Says Alusi

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heather Robinson

Former Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al-Alusi contacted me last Friday to report that major protests are taking place across Iraq. While there have bee...

Never Again: Germany's Responsibility

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heather Robinson

A few nations and their leaders mouth words of support for Israel and her people while adopting policies of appeasement. We have been here before.

The Silly Season In Politics

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

"Silly season" refers to late summer, when governments go on massive taxpayer-funded vacations all over the world. This year's season could produce a bumper crop of silly.

British House of Commons: Demanding Justice For Armenians, Not Just Genocide Recognition

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harut Sassounian

This continuum of massacres, genocide and deportations highlights the existence of a long-term strategy implemented by successive Turkish regimes from the 1890's to more recent times.

Appeasment 2008: Another Republican National Security Failure

Larry Beinhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Beinhart

"Chamberlain's deal with Hitler has become shorthand for naive, weak leadership." Newsweek, June 23, 2008 It was George Bush who raised the specter o...

Seth Colter Walls

Another Appeaser? Conservative Hero Sarkozy To Meet With Syrian President | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Back in May, President Bush traveled to Israel's Knesset to deliver a speech that equated negotiations with modern terror-sponsoring states to World W...

"Appeasement" Israeli Style

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamal Dajani

On the surface, a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and a prisoner swap deal between Hezbollah and Israel provide a glimmer of hope for a period of tranquility between the conflicting parties.

Why Junior and McClone Won't Talk to Enemies

Philip Slater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Slater

Refusing to communicate simply hobbles your foreign policy. We never stopped talking to the Soviet Union during the Cold War -- if we hadn't, probably none of us would be alive to have this discussion.

What Would Buddha Do?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

In Buddhism, the notion of balance is central. Over the Bush years, there has been a damaging drift toward absolutism. You're with us or against us, diplomacy is appeasement, tax cuts forever, the axis of evil, and markets always work best (and government, worst).

McCain's Pastor Problem

Sarah Posner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Posner

Bush, Cheney, and their band of neoconservative outlaws who led us into one catastrophic war and might lead us into another are pleased to have these faith-based cheerleaders on the sidelines.

A Feel-Good Moment: Ed Rollins Hears "Death Knell" For GOP

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John McCain "can't win" if he's seen as "the Bush third term" -- this, from a Republican?