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Crimea and Punishment

Randall Amster | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Randall Amster

Russia's brazen annexation of Crimea presents a vexing foreign policy crisis for the Western powers. How can these actions be denounced without pointing a finger back upon their own forays and interventions?

Once Fair Game Plame Delivers Blowback

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Charles Karel Bouley

She never wanted to be famous. In fact, her life was to be one in shadows, a double life of secrets and yes, intrigue. The stuff of spy novels. So it makes sense that she's written one of her own entitled Blowback. After all, what's an outed spy to do?

Violating the Law to Subsidize Egypt's Coup: Bipartisan Foolishness in Washington

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

U.S. policy in Egypt has been a disaster. Now the short-lived democratic revolution has been replaced by military rule with a meaningless civilian veneer. Washington should cut off foreign aid and disengage.

Learning From Shakespeare

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Muslim antagonism towards the United States would not have awakened if we had refrained from material military, economic, or diplomatic assistance in favor of oppressive Muslim regimes.

Filling the Empty Battlefield

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.23.2013 | Books
Tom Engelhardt

There was a secret history of twenty-first-century American war crying out to be written. Now, we have it in the form of Jeremy Scahill's latest book, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield.

Memo to the Presidential Candidates: Cut the Warfare State, Not the Welfare State

David Coates | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
David Coates

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's foreign policy and military stance is taking us in entirely the wrong direction. We need saving from a Romney-led repeat of George W. Bush's disastrous military forays into a Middle East.

ReThink Review: Argo - Blowback to the Future

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

With an impressive 91 percent fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, Argo has been receiving some Oscar buzz, with some critics claiming it's one of the year's best films.

Obama's America: Waiting for Blowback

Nicolas J.S. Davies | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Nicolas J.S. Davies

The current expansion of U.S. special forces to conduct covert and proxy warfare sacrifices U.S. long term interests in peace, stability and the rule of law for short-term political gain, just as when U.S. "advisers" were sent to Vietnam.

What Happens When They Get Drones?

Steve Clemons | Posted 08.01.2012 | Books
Steve Clemons

David Ignatius' latest novel, Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage, has recently appeared in paperback and should be required reading for wannabe strategists who want a glimpse of how messy and convulsive the future is probably going to be.

"Blowback" and "Baseworld": Remembering Chalmers Johnson

Mark Engler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Engler

On November 20, Chalmers Johnson, scholar of East Asian development and critic of American empire, died at age seventy-nine.

The Impact Today and Tomorrow of Chalmers Johnson

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Chalmers Johnson led the way in understanding the dynamics of how states manipulated their policy conditions and environments to speed up economic growth. Johnson passed away Saturday; He was 79.

Terrorism: Why They Want to Kill Us

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Bandow

There can sometimes be a case for military intervention or use of drones. But the high costs of these tactics must be recognized and weighed. To reduce terrorism, Washington should do less, not more, abroad.

Mujahideen Victory Day: Afghans Still Voiceless Decades Later

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Blowback in Kyrgyzstan

Joseph Huff-Hannon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph Huff-Hannon

The unexpected swiftness with which an unpopular regime was swept aside in Kyrgyzstan is a good reminder of the inevitable breaking point produced by a US foreign policy that is only semantically dedicated to human rights.

Who's Next? Lessons from the Long War and a Blowback World

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

"The Long War" merely exchanged the shock-'n'-awe geographical breadth of the President Bush's chosen moniker ("global") for a shock-'n'-awe time span.

Af-Pak Blowback

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

Even with so much sophisticated military hardware at their disposal, half a million Pakistani soldiers can't seem to counter the determined efforts of, at most, 15,000 Taliban fighters.

Blowback Amnesia

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Allison Kilkenny

If Americans can collectively act like adults and think past the next thirty seconds, they'll see that a ground invasion into Somalia is an awful idea.

Previously Unknown Hagel Letter Warns Rice of Russia Collision

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

This letter warns the administration that its actions in the Balkans ran the risk of triggering blowback from Russia -- it seems it was ignored.

Iran Attack Not a Problem, Say War Wonks

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

For better or worse, we're constitutionally incapable of summoning up sufficient cynicism to imagine the moral depravity required to start another war.

Fox News' Snub of Paul Could Trigger New Hampshire 'Blowback'

Matt Simon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Matt Simon

Ron Paul is sort of like a porcupine; a porcupine looks cuddly and cute, but if you try to step on one you're liable to wind up with a few holes in yo...