Issues / peace
Trump and Putin are forging a noxious alliance that gives an international platform to white supremacists and crusading Islamophobes.
If the U.S. goes ahead with the GOP plan, says Phyllis Bennis, "all bets are off."
As the president-elect promises to increase military spending, we must reflect on what comes with war.
Beltway pundits are far more supportive of Israeli settlements than the American public.
"The notion that things are getting better just because Israel and Palestine are talking," says Phyllis Bennis, "simply isn't the case."
Phyllis Bennis debates war-by-proxy in Syria, neocolonialism in the Middle East, and the global war on terror.
The civil war in Syria is already expanding beyond the borders, with regional and potentially global consequences.
McCain's trip to Syria, his calls for US air strikes, and arming rebels with heavy weapons seem designed to counter Obama plan to negotiate with Russia.
What the civil war in Syria and the Arab Spring have exposed is that the massive political and social transformation and real regime change underway is led by the people themselves, largely without military force and certainly with no role for the United States. U.S. military involvement serves only to escalate the destruction.
Violent video showing Syrian rebels executing soldiers will make it harder for the U.S. to consider direct military engagement.