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America’s Africa Misadventure
By Najum Mushtaq

In a region where a higher level of U.S. engagement is long overdue and should be welcomed by all quarters, the new U.S. Africa Command (Africom) has elicited widespread suspicion. Given its emphasis on the use of military power and its interventionist framework, Africom will in all likelihood be counterproductive for U.S. strategic interests in the region; most African countries see military motives behind Washington’s rhetoric of peace, cooperation, and humanitarianism. Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

Akbar Atri
Could this Iranian exile dissident, who champions regime change in Iran through his work with groups like the Committee on the Present Danger, be the "Iranian Ahmed Chalabi"?

David Horowitz
The right-wing commentator known for his diatribes against liberals has designated the last week in October "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week."

Committee on the Present Danger
Reinvented after 9/11 to promote an expansive "war on terror," this Cold War-era anti-communist outfit has, along with a host of other neoconservative-led pressure groups, recently set its sights on pushing U.S. intervention in Iran.

Forgotten American Coalition
According to its chair, Gary Bauer, the members of this new pro-war letterhead coalition—which include Christian Right leaders, neoconservatives, social conservatives, and hardline nationalists— "believe defeat at the hands of an ideology that worships death would be immoral."

Gary Becker
In his writings, the Nobel laureate and Hoover Institution fellow switches between free-market economic principles and hawkish support for the "war on terror."

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Hillary’s "Soft Power"
By Jim Lobe

Potentially the next president, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton espouses the benefits of "soft power" in U.S. foreign relations while leaving open the possibility of using hard power in Iran. Read full story.

Genocide Politics
By Khody Akhavi

While it has been quick to announce "genocide" in other parts of the world, the Bush administration sees a House resolution on the Armenian genocide as a threat to its prosecution of the "war on terror." Read full story.

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Jon Lerner is a conservative political strategist and top adviser to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. He was a key figure in the “Never Trump” Campaign, which appears to have led to his being ousted as Vice President Mike Pence’s national security adviser.


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Former Sen Mark Kirk (R-IL) is an advisor for United Against Nuclear Iran. He is an outspoken advocate for aggressive action against Iran and a fierce defender of right-wing Israeli policies.


A military historian, Kimberly Kagan heads the Institute for the Study of War, where she has promoted the continuation of U.S. war in Afghanistan.


A “non-partisan” policy institute that purports to defend democracies from “militant Islamism,” the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is an influential base of hawkish advocacy on Middle East policy.


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Other than the cynical political interests in Moscow and Tehran, there is no conceivable rationale for wanting Bashar al-Assad to stay in power. But the simple fact is, he has won the war. And while Donald Trump has reveled in positive press coverage of the recent attacks on the country, it is clear that they were little more than a symbolic act.


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The reality is that the Assad regime is winning the Syrian civil war, and this matters far less to U.S. interests than it does to that regime or its allies in Russia and Iran, who see Syria as their strongest and most consistent entrée into the Arab world. Those incontrovertible facts undermine any notion of using U.S. military force as leverage to gain a better deal for the Syrian people.


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An effective rhetorical tool to normalize military build-ups is to characterize spending increases “modernization.”


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The Pentagon has officially announced that that “long war” against terrorism is drawing to a close — even as many counterinsurgency conflicts  rage across the Greater Middle East — and a new long war has begun, a permanent campaign to contain China and Russia in Eurasia.


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Revelations that data-consulting firm Cambridge Analytica used ill-gotten personal information from Facebook for the Trump campaign masks the more scandalous reality that the company is firmly ensconced in the U.S. military-industrial complex. It should come as no surprise then that the scandal has been linked to Erik Prince, co-founder of Blackwater.


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As the United States enters the second spring of the Trump era, it’s creeping ever closer to more war. McMaster and Mattis may have written the National Defense Strategy that over-hyped the threats on this planet, but Bolton and Pompeo will have the opportunity to address these inflated threats in the worst way possible: by force of arms.


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We meet Donald Trump in the media every hour of every day, which blots out much of the rest of the world and much of what’s meaningful in it.  Such largely unexamined, never-ending coverage of his doings represents a triumph of the first order both for him and for an American cult of personality.


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