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Posts Tagged ‘foreign policy’

US policies exploit citizens, their prosperity, and the peace.

Posted by Jesse on March 13, 2009

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Neo-conservatives don’t exist

Posted by Jesse on March 10, 2009

Or so says Richard Perle. He “declined to identify what was a neo-conservative philosophy, or worldview”. Here’s the WaPo article Lobe refers to “Prince of Darkness Denies Own Existence”.

This interview with Jim Lobe starts out giving some nice examples and insights on various political movements concerning US policy. Specifically, liberal internationalism, neo-conservatism, realism, intervention, and unilateralism and how these lines are divided, (especially concerning the middle east and Israel).

Scott Horton asks about Dennis Ross,  his background and significance, etc.

From antiwar.com:

Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service, discusses the balance of power between different foreign policy factions, the work record of Dennis Ross from Oslo Accord negotiator to WINEP associate, the centrality of uranium refining in U.S./Iran relations, the resurgence of the Arab League and the National Intelligence Council appointment saga of Chas Freeman.

MP3 here. (62:41)

Jim Lobe is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy, particularly the neo-conservative influence in the Bush administration. The Washington Bureau Chief of the international news agency Inter Press Service (IPS), Lobe has also written for Foreign Policy In Focus, Alternet, Tompaine.com, and was featured in BBC and ABC television documentaries about motivations for the US invasion of Iraq. His articles appear regularly on Antiwar.com.

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A Prayer of Encouragement for Sensibility and Wisdom

Posted by Jesse on January 7, 2009

Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself. Lao Tzu

Obama’s Opportunity

by Rep. Ron Paul

Our interventionist foreign policy stands ready to be put on a new course with the new administration. Unfortunately, it seems the new administration is likely to continue the mistakes of the past. I’ve often discussed interventionist foreign policy and the resulting blowback. The current administration’s foreign policy, I’m afraid, has created a huge impetus for blowback against the United States. However, I truly believe much of the world stands ready to look beyond our nation’s recent blunders if the new administration proves to be heading in a more reasonable direction.

Other nations around the world find our interference in their affairs condescending, and it is very dangerous for us. We may think we have much to gain by inserting ourselves in these complex situations, but on the contrary we suffer from many consequences. Other countries have their problems, to be sure. But how would we feel if China or Russia came to our soil and tried to depose our problematic leaders or correct our policies for us? Our problems are ours to solve, and we need to give other countries that respect as well. Instead, we have been turning alleged, phantom threats into real, actual threats.

We should follow the foreign policy advice of the Founders – friendship and commerce with all nations. One positive step would be to end our destructive embargo of Cuba, which deprives our farmers of a market just 90 miles from U.S. shores while strengthening the Communist regime. We’ve seen 50 years of statist restrictions not accomplish anything. A change is needed. Other countries should decide how to govern themselves. Even if we don’t necessarily approve, it’s none of our business. If other people foolishly choose to live under statist experimental regimes, they need to fail in their own right, and not have us as a scapegoat. We need to focus on our own affairs.

However, the pressures exerted on our leadership from the military-industrial complex and big business is not in favor of peace or freedom, or especially nonintervention. Intervention is big business. Defense contracts topped $300 billion last year, and total spending on war and our overseas empire is up to $1 trillion per year. That represents a lot of people earning a living off of war and conquest. But rather than adding to our economy, all of this money is taken from the economy in order to wage war and destruction. Imagine if those resources were put to creative, productive use here at home!

We need to rein in our overseas empire, as quickly as possible. We need to bring our troops home and get our economy back into the business of production, not destruction. The smartest thing we could do is admit we don’t know all the answers to all the world’s problems. If the new administration can take a closer look at real free trade and no entangling alliances, we would be much better off for it. Economically, we could save hundreds of billions of dollars each year! The new leadership has the opportunity and the political capital to do this. But unfortunately, it is not likely to happen.

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The American People Are Not Getting the Facts…Do you recognize your government?

Posted by Jesse on December 7, 2008

War Made Easy w/Norman Soloman

Awesome speech by Steven Kinzer: “Thomas Jefferson is the author of the phrase that I take as my guiding principle…. I don’t consider myself a polemicist, or an ideologue, or a Bush-basher.I am reality-based. I am fact based. I like to deal with whats real, not visionary fantasies of utopia. It says: “Let facts be submitted to a candid world.”

Anthony Gregory: “Seriously this is disgusting practice. And it’s become a talking point. In the Republican Debates you get applause in proportion to how much you praise and promote torture. This is a terrible development in our culture. It’s very corrupting in every way….But bad as all this is…Where  war and empire really attack the individual is in the war itself.

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Nader vs Baldwin “Let’s Get it On!”

Posted by Jesse on October 24, 2008

The opening question in this video is ridiculous.. It’s nice to know that those who provided the forum were so passionate about the issue. Good question, but to spend 3 minutes asking the question and then only allowing a minute to respond?! It should have been broken in to parts.

The video shows the candidates responses on protection of Israel, etc.

More videos on youtube and probably cspan.

Obviously, just as the corporate media does in their so-called “debates”, the answers by each candidate can be anticipated and follow-up questions should be on-hand. Fortunately a more open and free debate, like this one, is more conducive to a free society and the questions and answers were closer to the heart of the issues. The corporate “debates” only seek to undermine what they don’t want the public to hear. Special interest pervades.

What isn’t known or agreed upon is how the corporatocracy establishes and maintains its influence. I am of the ilk that it comes down to money. The last thing that should be done is to allow the powers-that-be more power over money. Which means, as far as visible knowledge is concerned….I am definitely in the minority.

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The best question asked all campaign season:

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