The Inauguration Speech: Consolidating the Empire

Bush’s speech demonstrated that the U.S. drive towards empire will be strengthened, focusing on “freedom” and “liberty” as the key rationale. The claim that U.S. foreign policy is based on support for freedom and liberty is a lie, and...

“U.S. Ideological Rigidity Causes Blowback Around Globe”

Blowback is a term invented by the Central Intelligence Agency to describe the unintended consequences of policies kept secret from the American people. Originally intended for internal use only, blowback today increasingly characterizes global reaction to American...

“Slowing the Military Spending Surge”

A leaked document from the Pentagon at the beginning of the new year seemed to mark a milestone. For years, the budget planners have simply added money for new weapons, and more money for actual wars, to spending for all the Cold-War-era systems already in the...

“Waving Off Debt”

Despite an increase in promised aid to tsunami-affected countries last week, the United States’ aid offering still isn’t topping the list. Australia, for one, has donated much more. But the United States could make up for its somewhat meager offering by...

The Iraqi Elections

Do we support the planned Iraqi elections? We start from a position of principle. We support elections as one component of democratization. But not every election is a legitimate instrument of democracy. An election cannot be legitimate when it is conducted under...

Oil for Food "Scandals" and the UN Call for Reform

NOTE: Rumors are circulating regarding the possible replacement for Bush’s UN ambassador, John Danforth, who resigned last week. Selection of Nicholas Burns, current ambassador to NATO and a smart hold-over from the Clinton years, would likely signal a Colin...

On the Eve of the Elections

On the Eve of the Elections 100,000 Iraqis Dead 380 tons of deadly explosives looted on the U.S. watch Israel escalates new attacks against Gaza refugee camps $70 billion in Congressional pipeline for next phase of war As the election count-down goes into its final...

Bush Administration Disasters Depicted as Triumphs

Even putting aside the many important legal and moral questions about the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq, it has been a disaster even on practical terms. Mainstream to conservative strategic analysts and retired generals–along with the...

Are the War and Globalization Really Connected?

To be radical, in the oldest sense of the word, is to go to the root. One strength of truly progressive analysis is that it places what appear to be isolated events in a larger context. It seeks to make connections between seemingly disparate political issues by...

Afghan Elections: U.S. Solution to a U.S. Problem

Afghanistan will undergo the first presidential elections in the country’s history on October 9, 2004. As if surprised by the fact that Afghans could want a voice in their country’s future, President George W. Bush touted the over 10 million Afghans...

Debates, Duelfer, & Aluminum Tubes

The Debates The debates remind us first of the need to maintain and build a broad, powerful, and INDEPENDENT peace movement, not tied to any candidate. Whoever wins or steals the election, we will likely spend much of the next four years in the streets, protesting and...

Afghanistan: Democracy Before Peace?

Afghanistan’s first election in decades is less than a month away, and, contrary to dire predictions by many analysts and observers, the UN-led voter registration program has proven to be a remarkable success. As of August 21, 2004, one week following the...

"Saddam Hussein Lite" Takes Command

While U.S. media attention has decreased significantly in the weeks since the June 28 so-called “hand-over of sovereignty,” the U.S. occupation remains very much in place, and the level of violence in Iraq has remained constant. Although U.S. casualties...

The Hand-Over that Wasn’t: How the Occupation of Iraq Continues

The U.S. occupation of Iraq officially ended on June 28, 2004, in a secret ceremony in Baghdad . Officially, “full sovereignty” was handed from the Americans to the Iraqi Interim Government. But it was clear from the start that this was sovereignty in...