U.S. foreign policy

Where Is The Peace Movement When We Really Need It?

Ethan Young
The Indypendent
The peace movement is where realism about U.S. military madness lives. The movement is the main challenger to nationalism and xenophobia, and the main force for internationalism in an interconnected world. It abides in the best political instincts in every other progressive social movement. Restoring it is a collective responsibility for the entire range of forces shocked into motion by the 2016 election.

Nuclear War Has Become Thinkable Again – We Need a Reminder of What it Means

Paul Mason
The Guardian (UK)
As Trump faces down North Korea, it’s alarming to think that most of the world’s nuclear warheads are now in the hands of men who are prepared to use them. We do know that Donald Trump has been obsessed since the 80s with nuclear weapons, that he refuses to take advice from military professionals and that he seems not to understand the core NATO concept of nukes as a political deterrent, as opposed to a military super weapon.

U.S. Military Should Get Out of the Middle East

Jeffrey D. Sachs
Boston Globe
It's time to end US military engagements in the Middle East. Drones, special operations, CIA arms supplies, military advisers, aerial bombings - the whole nine yards. Over and done with. That might seem impossible in the face of ISIS, terrorism, Iranian ballistic missiles, and other US security interests, but a military withdrawal from the Middle East is by far the safest path for the United States and the region. That approach has instructive historical precedents.

Red Cloud, Crazy Horse and a Foreign Policy of Delusion

Conn Hallinan
Dispatches from the Edge
The time and place was vastly different, but the men who designed the war against Native Americans would embrace the rationale that currently impels U.S. foreign policy. U.S. exceptionalism, the dangerous delusion that its institutions and its organization of capital are superior, has its roots in the campaigns against Native Americans. While it has fostered many crusades and stupendous violence, it is increasingly unacceptable and unenforceable in a multi-polar world.

A Look at Economical and Political Conditions in Iran

Faramarz Dadvar
Portside
The danger of Donald Trump resorting to military action to prop up his failing policies cannot be over-looked. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn threatened retaliation against Iran, which for those of us of a certain age sounded like the Gulf of Tonkin incident (used as justification for War in Vietnam) - later proved to be a fabrication. What really is Iran with a population of 82 million people? Here is a report on what is actually happening in Iran today.

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