Strategic Culture

2020 Oct 22 (All day)
Andrew J. BACEVICH The so-called Age of Trump is also an age of instantly forgotten bestselling books, especially ones purporting to provide the inside scoop on what goes on within Donald Trump’s haphazard and continuously shifting orbit. With metronomic regularity, such gossipy volumes appear, make a splash, and almost as quickly vanish, leaving a mark no more lasting than a trout breaking the surface in a pond. Remember when Michael Wolff’s ...
Tags: junktag (ignore), Imperialism, Isolationism, United States, World War II
2020 Oct 21 - 11:08pm
To no one’s real surprise, Bolivia’s deposed President Evo Morales was resoundingly vindicated in last Sunday’s election. The bleached blond European usurper woman, Jeanine Áñez, who in November of 2019 was installed as interim President by the junta regime which replaced Morales, will have to step down. She has conceded defeat at the hands of the Aymara natives that she obviously loathed. Needless to say, the sentiment was heartily mutual. The...
Tags: Americas, World, bolivia, evo morales, Latin America
2020 Oct 21 - 11:02pm
Patrick COCKBURN I was in Baghdad in 1998 during US airstrikes, watching missiles explode in great flashes of light as they hit their targets. There was some ineffectual anti-aircraft fire, the only result of which was pieces of shrapnel falling from the sky and making it dangerous to step outside the building we were in. To my surprise I saw a reporter, a friend of mine with long experience of war, crawling into the open to use a satellite...
Tags: junktag (ignore), Boris Johnson, Crisis, pandemic, United Kingdom
2020 Oct 21 - 7:50pm
It is a tragedy of our age that society has been locked in a zero-sum operating system for so long that many people living in the west cannot even imagine a world order designed in any other way… even if that zero sum system can ultimately do nothing but kill everyone holding onto it. Is this statement too cynical? It is a provable fact that if one chooses to organize their society around the concept that all players of a “great game” must exist...
Tags: Asia-Pacific, belt and road initiative, China, Diplomacy, Silk Road, United States
2020 Oct 20 - 8:27pm
I am indebted to Bryan MacDonald for this brilliant neologism: Russophrenia – a condition where the sufferer believes Russia is both about to collapse, and take over the world. An early example comes from 1992 when the then-Lithuanian Defence Minister called Russia a country “with vague prospects” while at the same time asserting that “in about two years’ time [it] will present a great danger to Europe” (FBIS 22 May...
Tags: Society, propaganda, Russia, Russian Army, Vladimir Putin
2020 Oct 20 - 7:00pm
Rod DREHER We saw last week how Big Tech — Twitter and Facebook — tried to control the political Narrative by making it impossible, or at least difficult, to spread the New York Post‘s scoop about Hunter Biden’s hard drive. Notice that the Biden campaign has not denied that what’s reportedly on that hard drive is true. The media have been running interference for Team Biden by focusing on how the Post obtained that information. Here’s another...
Tags: junktag (ignore), amazon, Censorship, Neoliberalism, United States
2020 Oct 20 - 5:35pm
The President of the United States has the power to fire off thousands of nuclear weapons and destroy the world. As succinctly explained by William Perry and Tom Collina in the New York Times, “Mr. Trump has the absolute authority to start a nuclear war. Within minutes, the president could unleash the equivalent of more than 10,000 Hiroshima bombs. He does not need a second opinion. The defense secretary has no say. Congress has no role.” This...
Tags: arms control, Security, Nuclear Weapons, republican party
2020 Oct 19 - 8:42pm
“Treason doth never prosper; what is the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.” – Sir John Harrington. As Shakespeare would state in his play Hamlet, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” like a fish that rots from head to tail, so do corrupt government systems rot from top to bottom. This is a reference to the ruling system of Denmark and not just the foul murder that King Claudius has committed against his...
Tags: Americas, History, World, CIA, fbi, John F. Kennedy
2020 Oct 19 - 7:35pm
Chris FARRELL Is it possible that the militia story [about planning to kidnap the governor of Michigan] is another contrived, anti-Trump, smear job by elements within the FBI? Current FBI Director Christopher Wray hardly engenders confidence as a strong leader bent on cleaning house and reforming a corrupt agency that attempted a soft coup against the presidency. Wray is all about damage control and institutional preservation. When it comes to...
Tags: junktag (ignore), fbi, James Comey
2020 Oct 13 - 11:00pm
The Ecuadorian diplomat who gave Julian Assange political asylum reports from the extradition hearing against the WikiLeaks journalist, and explains why it is “the most important case against the freedom of expression in an entire generation.” Fidel NARVÁEZ, Translated by Ben NORTON Editor’s note: Fidel Narváez served as Ecuador’s consul in the UK from 2010 until July 2018. He helped get Julian Assange political asylum, and regularly...
Tags: junktag (ignore), Journalism, Julian Assange, Wikileaks
2020 Oct 13 - 10:00pm
Fidel Castro had chartered a course for Cuba to ensure the island’s complete liberation from U.S. colonial influence and interference. Participating at the UN’s Sixth Committee during a debate on “Ways to Eliminate International Terrorism”, Cuban Ambassador to the UN Ana Rodriguez reminded that the island has been a target for U.S. terror as a result; the latter sponsoring Cuban dissidents such as Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles, to carry...
Tags: Americas, World, CIA, Cuba, Fidel Castro, History
2020 Oct 13 - 9:00pm
Documents reveal a flurry of activity to convince beltway elites that Armenia is the aggressor and the U.S. should favor Azerbaijan. Barbara BOLAND As conflict heats up over Nagorno-Karabakh, a tiny Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan, a covert battle is taking place on Capitol Hill to win the hearts and minds of lawmakers in Washington. Since hostilities began on September 27, hundreds of lives have been lost as Azerbaijani drones have flown within...
Tags: junktag (ignore), Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno Karabakh, turkey, United States

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