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The Hypocritical United States of Amnesia and Russia

During the mid-1980s, right-wing Americans loved to invoke President Reagan’s observation about the Soviet Union: “They reserve unto themselves the right to commit any crime, to lie, to cheat,” in order to attain a one-word Socialist or Communist state. The Soviet Union was the “Evil Empire.” But, it was the Reagan Administration, you’ll recall, that ordered the execution of Operation Urgent Fury, the invasion of Grenada in October 1983. Eleven of the twelve members of the United Nations Security Council called the invasion a “flagrant violation of international law.” The only Security Council member to veto the condemnation was the very country accused of the flagrant violation. It also was the Reagan administration, you’ll recall, that was hauled before the International Court of Justice in 1984 by Nicaragua, and found … Read entire article »

Filed under: American History, Current Events, Featured, Foreign Policy, History, Military History, Russian History

American Militarism: Part One (Rachel Maddow)

On April 14th my better half and I dined with another couple at Tre Scalini in South Philadelphia before scurrying over to Irvine Auditorium on the University of Pennsylvania campus to listen to Rachel Maddow speak about her book, Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. Ms. Allyson Schwartz, currently a member of the U. S. House of Representatives and a recently announced candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, gave Ms. Maddow a glowing introduction. So, too, did Philadelphia’s Mayor, Michael Nutter. Although she charmed her audience with wit, humor and a velvety-fisted critique of the many idiocies that pass for policies in the Republican Party these days, one might guess that the people who actually came to hear Ms. Maddow speak about her book were disappointed. After … Read entire article »

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Israel’s Bomb, Iran’s Pursuit of the Bomb and U.S. War Preparations (Part 3 of 3)

Four years after the Bush administration duped Americans into believing that Saddam Hussein was somehow involved in the al Qaeda terrorist attacks that rocked the United States on 9/11, Bush administration officials — prodded by Israel — are now asking Americans to believe that Iran either has the bomb or is vigorously pursuing it. As former weapons inspector, Scott Ritter, put it in his recent book (Target Iran), “the last thing the Bush administration wanted was to have the U.S. public pondering the possibility that Iran might not, after all, be pursuing a nuclear weapons program, but rather only a peaceful nuclear energy program.” [p. 145] But, thanks to lies and deceit by Iran, as well as unsubstantiated allegations by the Bush administration … Read entire article »

Filed under: Book Reviews, Foreign Policy, History, Iran, Military History

Israel’s Bomb, Iran’s Pursuit of the Bomb and U.S. War Preparations (Part 2 of 3)

One person possessing the courage to admit guilt for his role in producing the bomb was Albert Einstein. Some five months before his death in late 1954, Einstein declared: “I made one great mistake in my life, when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made, but there was some justification – the danger that the Germans would make them.” [Karpin, pp. 358-59] Another person, David Ben-Gurion, reached just the opposite conclusion about the bomb. Notwithstanding the role that Zionist settlers played in stirring up Arab hatred in Palestine, in the wake of the Arab attacks on Jews in Jerusalem in August 1929 and the “Arab Revolt” of 1936, Ben-Gurion told friends in Jerusalem, “The danger … Read entire article »

Filed under: Book Reviews, Foreign Policy, History, Iran, Military History

Israel’s Bomb, Iran’s Pursuit of the Bomb and U.S. War Preparations (Part 1 of 3)

Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan, by Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Harvard University Press, 2005, $29.95 Five Days in August: How World War II Became a Nuclear War, by Michael D. Gordin, Princeton University Press, 2007, $24.95. The Bomb in the Basement: How Israel Went Nuclear and What that Means for the World, by Michael Karpin, Simon & Schuster, 2006, $26.00. Target Iran: The Truth About the White House’s Plans for Regime Change, by Scott Ritter, Nation Books, 2006, $25.95. Four years ago today, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell played a major role in persuading a gullible, stupefied and craven American news media and public – but not a cynical world – to support the Bush administration’s illegal, immoral invasion of Iraq. He did so by presenting … Read entire article »

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The 60th Anniversary of VE Day, Bush’s Visit to Russia and America’s Hypocrisy about “Spheres of Influence”

As President Bush prepares to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the May 8–9, 1945 surrender of Nazi Germany to American, British and Soviet forces, Americans might well use the occasion to finally acknowledge the preponderant role played by the Soviet Union’s Red Army in ensuring Germany’s defeat. It may have saved Western civilization. As historian Robert Service acknowledges in his recent biography of Joseph Stalin, were it not for the Soviet victory in World War II, “perhaps Germany would permanently have bestridden the back of the European continent.”1 True, Stalin’s overtures to Hitler and the consequent signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop nonaggression pact on 24 August 1939 facilitated Hitler’s invasion of Poland, which … Read entire article »

Filed under: American History, Military History, Russian History

America’s Pursuit of the Ultimate Weapon

Originally published in Defense News “The obsessions of the technological utopians derive equally from the deeply and quaintly American belief that all human problems have engineering solutions, and from the profoundly unAmerican … post-Vietnam search for technological silver bullets that will permit U.S. forces to wage war without suffering – or perhaps even inflicting casualties.” ~MacGregor Knox and Williamson Murray, “The Dynamics of Military Revolution” “Every military weapon ever built has instigated another weapon to counter it.” ~Helen Caldicott, “The New Nuclear Danger” Earlier this spring, within the space of four days, the Washington Post and the New York Times printed articles about America’s national missile defense program that spoke volumes about the technological utopianism and recklessness of President George W. Bush’s administration. On April … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bush Administration, Military History