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Please. A month ago, nuclear Iran was the Worst Thing Possible (according to neo-cons and Israelis). Now that it is under control though reconciliation, the same neo-cons and Israelis mourn, decry and bemoan that very reconciliation over... rotor parts and dial assemblies for utility helicopters? We already knew how hysterical they are but this is a new low.
3 months, 1 week ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
@Amiel Ungar Yes, Iceland absorbed the same amount of bombings as Israel did. Poor excuse for avoiding participation in a conflict they advocated (http://www.ihr.org/leaflets/iraqwar.shtml).
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
"the resulting retraction of American power will leave the international system rudderless" - yes, we see the well-organized system and steady rudder American power created in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt (Mubarak was an American puppet, and the Egyptian revolution was the product of American interference according to Hillary - look how great it turned out). Pakistan and Yemen being close partners of America are also doing very well for themselves, the guidance of Uncle Sam turned them into the least safe parts of the planet.
Seriously, countries rejecting American interference, like Israel, Iran or Turkey are the most stable parts of ME. America: world police has failed miserably, its retraction is long overdue.
@Brown1 Yes! The whole military should attack another country just to give a big "f... you!" to Putin! That is responsible governing and that is the Congress is elected for.
@SinNombre Quite eloquent, isn't it? The disastrous happenings in Iraq were quite unfortunate, let's not let them cloud or judgement this time, and just go down the same road to the same results...
@opennewscast Name one recent Americal military adventure Israel helped to conduct. Yes, none. Even the Iraqi war - which Israel so fervently advocated and of which Israel benefited a lot - went down without Israeli support. Even the very close, affected and threatened Iceland, with one of the smallest militaries in the world, sent troops. Israel none. They are willing to fight terrorism until the last drop of American blood.
Wow, you are butthurt. This is indeed the lowest level of journalism I've ever seen of FP. Putin - or one of his advisors - has written quite a sensible piece, advocating against another innecessary, foolish, destructive war the US cannot afford. Yet this article ignores all this in favor of ever-American puppies, and the unique Russian trait about jailing dissidents (Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib, anyone?).
Putting off subscribing to FP All Access for now, this kind of tabloid journalism is simply not worth it.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Access denied | FP Passport
These Drezner articles are getting better and better, yet the audience at large still misses the main point: the US can only win the war on terror by ending it.
The terrorists have successfully overridden US politics, public discourse, they have already made America abandon its image, its principles, the very basic values it once stood for.
Guys like @Papa_Ray or @anjan288 above (or below, depending on you settings) suggest more horrors of war, more invasions, more deaths, less civil liberties. All in the name of peace and freedom. Even if the US could win those wars (which is hardly imaginable, as it has already lost two of the sort), in the end nothing could distinguish them from an aggressive dictatorship.
By ceasing the war on terror, getting out of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, the US would reduce its exposure to terrorism. AQ would drift into irrelevance, because popular support for them would disappear in lack of a common enemy. 9/11-style attacks are now largely impossible due to TSA and isn't that the main goal here? Disengaging from the ME is the best strategy to get rid of terrorists originating from there. Remember that even 9/11 was a direct result of constant US interference (Gulf war, intervention into Iran-Iraq war, bombing of Afghanistan in 1998, propping up of Israel, etc.).
7 months ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
This article is worthless. Moving on.
Well, the terrorists won. The mere fact that millions of Americans can actually believe this kind of idiotic fear-mongering scam proves that the terrorist-hysteria has overridden the thinking of the American public to such a degree that no actual conqueror could.
7 months ago on Access denied | The Cable
Obama only pursued the "transparent government" line while it suited his partisan needs - as long as the declassified information made the Republican administration look bad (note: it wasn't hard). Anything that makes him look bad will remain classified until a whistle-blower like Snowden reveals it or a Republican government takes office.
7 months ago on Access denied | FP Passport
@MustafaKamoona I don't think so. Israel will never strike Iran, they will have Uncle Sam do it.
A very weak defense of the Obama selection-policy that is based only on money. Let's face it: Kennedy bought the post by the pound. Yet the author tries to suggest, that for the top posts, expertise, experience, competence does not matter, only wealth. Is that the core of US decision-making? I'm afraid so.
Give the rookie a chance... but definitely not at the top.
7 months, 1 week ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
@AACNY Give the gal a break. She was on the plane the whole time. One cannot fly and do her job at the same time. She was paid to travel, right?
It is funny how she got lauded for being the SoS with the highest number of air-miles. All steam and no progress is the word here.
@SinNombre Valid points. Although what troubles me more are the opinions treated as axioms nowadays. One of these axioms is that Kissinger was "the best SoS ever", everything he was involved in was great and everybody should emulate him. It is true that he wrote eloquent books and memos, but come on, the guy accepted a Peace Prize for a peace accord that never existed. Is it the example we want Kerry to follow: get the participants together for a brief photo-op, get out quickly before everything collapses, then bask in the glory of a legendary peacemaker for the rest of his years?
What bothers me most is that the same propagandist white-washing is happening right now, with FP columns about how greatly the magnificent Iraqi war was managed. That crashing defeat is already paraded as a huge success, same will happen with the other failure of Afghanistan; while the future presidents and SoSs will be urged to follow the same footsteps into other wonderfully lost wars.
@RoscoeG You are too kind for the president. The only two criteria he considers when selecting personnel for key positions are cash (donors) or PR (like Kennedy above or Susan Rice). Competence? He never heard of it, and by looking at his track record so far it is not hard to see why.
So, in short, if the governmental spying reaches its ultimate goal, that is the fault of the one person who dared to stand up against it? There may be some alleged "side-effects" of his outcry - many of which predate the actual outcry as correctly established by @mhenriday below - but if he kept his mouth shut, the escalation of governmental spying would have been the norm, as it is already happening.
I'm sorry, blaming the whistle-blower for the abuse he stood up against is the same idiocy that blames the victim for rape.
A few guys flee China and are greeted as freedom fighters in the US. The US blames China for the affair due to their poor human rights record. It is only natural.
Snowden flees the US and it greeted as freedom fighter in Russia. Russia blames the US for the affair, because it was triggered by the large-scale human right abuse by the US government. Then again, it is only natural. So why the fuss?
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Access denied | FP Passport
Yes, the world's most important news is a 101 year-old civilian living in Syria, who is yet to stand trial for charges filed (or not filed at all?) 68 years ago.
The Wiesenthal Center should be sued to pieces by the family of the accused: nobody has the right to orchestrate an international witch-hunt for a man who has not been convicted of any wrongdoing. I could make a list by picking 60 random names from a phone-book, label the list as 'war criminals', that would have about the same credibility as the WC.
@keithweber07 She was never an idealist. The title "human rights advocate" sells well for a low-level journalist or official, but was quickly foregone as she climbed the steps. She always said what was required of her at each position as she never had any integrity. She is prefect for Obama: she will spit back the official lines no matter what and will have nothing of substance to say or do. No so good for US image.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Access denied | The Cable