Is Money for Military Operations Well Spent?

It has been estimated that Australians have forked out around $15 billion to fund overseas defense missions since 1999. This figure is estimated to increase by around $1 billion or more in recent years owing to war against the Islamic States in Iraq. This estimation was provided in a report by the online Australian news portal news.com.au.… [Read more]

Disgusted

During the 1960s, politician after politician said that if we do not stop the communists in South East Asia they would take over the continent. The Domino Theory would take place where, if not stopped, every country in that part of the world would fall to communism.

Fifty years ago President Kennedy sent large numbers of American troops into Viet Nam to help the South Vietnamese government fight Ho Chi Minh’s army of communists. … [Read more]

Don’t do it, sir…A Canadian plea to stay out of Syria

Readers of this space know that this Canuck is an admirer of President Obama. An easy call even if the President did not possess his many admirable qualities, given the sad state of his opposition, with knee-jerk abysmalism, and an always tried, never true policy of ‘well, shit, we’re not him’ its ragged, pathetic battle cry.… [Read more]

Syrian involvement—is it a good idea?

The first thing I want to do is list our foreign policy successes in the Middle East over the last 20 years.

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Addressing Iraq’s Disease — Iran and AQI are only the Symptoms

As we pass the 10th anniversary of the American overthrow of the Saddam Hussein regime, it seems the mainstream media has temporarily awoken from its longstanding coma regarding Iraq coverage. Yet the coverage still focuses on the wrong issues — rehashing the crimes of the past or dabbling in ridiculous counterfactuals instead of addressing what is happening in the country right now.… [Read more]

Let’s Stop the Al Jazeera Hysteria

Al Jazeera: When many Americans hear that name a nefarious image comes to mind. Adjectives like anti-American, antisemitic, jihadist, and terrorism spring about the fearful American psyche. And boy were we reminded of this within the past few months.

For example, during Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing, the brainless and spineless wonder Sen. Ted Cruz chastised the former moderate Republican senator and Purple-Heart-recipient for speaking ill of the United States during a 2009 interview on Al Jazeera, a network the moronic Cruz described as “a foreign network, broadcasting propaganda to nations that are hostile to us.”

To clarify, the grave sin Hagel committed in Cruz’s simple mind was his nuanced agreement with a caller on the Al Jazeera program that the United States is often perceived as a bully and that this perception should be altered in order to improve U.S.-Middle East relations.… [Read more]

The Iraq War Revisited: Could It Ever Be Justified?

The Bush administration lied about key evidence pertaining to Iraq’s WMD program and the Hussein government’s links to Al Qaeda. It exaggerated the dangers and strength of both. And it played on people’s fears as a means of justifying war and regime change.

As the vast amount of evidence points, all of these faults are more than clear, as Rachel Maddow revisited in her recent special “Hubris: Selling the Iraq War.” But as I watched this special and was reminded of the various lies and tragic blunders that surrounded the Iraq War, I was left with an array of different questions.… [Read more]

Indians and Pakistanis unite in their demand: ‘We want war! We want war!’

Drums of war are beating loudly!! In response to a small but brutal skirmish on the India–Pakistan border, ordinary people on both sides of the border are making emotional appeals to go to war.

Let us place the morality of such actions aside for the time being; a large concern about this is that it appears we are not ready to learn anything from history.… [Read more]

Wrapping Up Afghanistan, Moving Forward in Iraq and Nation-Building at Home

During his recent weekly address, President Obama discussed ending the war in Afghanistan, bringing the troops home and rebuilding America. After over a decade at war in the Middle East – America’s longest war – further drawdown of troops and redirecting our attention to home base is welcome news to many of us. Afghan President Hamid Karzai joined the POTUS for talks on the partnership between our two nations and the role of U.S.… [Read more]

Iraq and Syria: You Can’t Address One Without the Other

As much as I cringe whenever I hear someone spout that “all politics is local,” this clichéd idiom often rings true. Microanalyses of regional and societal happenings are indispensable. Yet this advice sometimes wrongly plays the role of replacement to macroanalyses rather than complement. While in-depth reports on specific countries or regions are important, ignoring regional context can often be disastrous, especially in areas, like the Middle East, where ethnic, religious, ideological, and economic identities readily cross state borders.… [Read more]