Category Archives: Global Security Issues

Benghazi Is Not A Tom Clancy Novel

On CNN yesterday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) expressed dissonant disapproval of the president’s failure to teleport reinforcements to the US consulate in Benghazi. You have to admire the way he twists reality here: Look, we have to make priorities and … Continue reading

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Arc de Triomphe a la Syria

Continuing violence and atrocities are obviating any peace initiative in Syria: France now says the Security Council should consider the use of force in Syria if a UN-backed peace plan proposed by international envoy Kofi Annan fails to stop the … Continue reading

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The Zelikow Memorandum

The newly-unearthed Zelikow memorandum is interesting as historic record, like the dissenting opinion in an 8-1 Supreme Court decision. There has been some speculation that it provides a “smoking gun” to reopen the possibility of criminal prosecutions for torture, but … Continue reading

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The Syrian Experiment

As I said yesterday morning, China and Russia are using Syria as a laboratory for non-intervention. With a death toll already in the thousands, the opposition shows no sign of giving up and neither does Assad’s Alawite regime. A discussion … Continue reading

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Syria is an Experiment in Non-intervention (UPDATED)

And the Syrian people are losing. The news this morning is all about Syria exploding. Reports of aircraft being used to coordinate ground fire — including heavy weapons and artillery — should put the whole drone hysteria business into context … Continue reading

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Now Obama Is Secretly Jewish

Not only is Obama secretly Muslim, he’s also secretly Jewish: Obama is the “the first Jewish President”. That’s the title of New York magazine’s lead article, written by John Heilemann and quoting a major Obama fundraiser. [...] Should each and every … Continue reading

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The Triumphant Return of the French Empire

Call it “Revenge of the Freedom Fries.” Sarkozy is being lionized: Mr. Sarkozy, as ever, was passionate about his government’s accomplishments, both in helping oust the defeated president of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, four months ago, and now Col. Muammar … Continue reading

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The Greenwald Misconceptions

Juan Cole, in the most readable essay of the week, hammers Glenn Greenwald for his insistence that America led the charge to intervention in Libya: There is no evidence for this allegation whatsoever. When I asked Glenn Greenwald whether a … Continue reading

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Door Slamming Shut on Ghadafi

News reports out of Libya have rebels advancing around the Tripolitan plain and moving toward the strategic towns of Gharyan, Tarhuna, and Al Khunis. When these towns fall, Ghadafi will have nowhere left except Tripoli and be cut off from … Continue reading

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Food Insecurity

Hitler’s Panzers turned south in late 1942, away from Moscow, in order to roll up the Ukrainian breadbasket. Few retrospectives of Nazi Germany take account of food insecurity in a growing German nation back then, decades before the Green Revolution … Continue reading

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The Opposite of Iraq

Glenn Greenwald makes a prima facie case that America’s role in Libya is illegal, which (of course) makes this president worse than Bush. He summarizes the White House position thusly: (1) the War Powers Resolution of 1973 (WPR) authorizes the … Continue reading

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