(Ivan Eland) President-elect Donald Trump, during his campaign, refreshingly criticized Republican George W. Bush’s war in Iraq and Democrat Barack Obama’s war in Libya; seemingly advocated a more restrained American foreign policy abroad; touted the need for a better relationship with Russia; and even propounded a badly needed reassessment of overextended U.S. alliances around the world. However, already his apparent consideration of the usual hawkish Republican retreads for top foreign policy and national security posts threatens to take him down the well-worn path of the Bush presidency he so vehemently criticized during the political season.
The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook wall of my friend, Natalie M…
Natalie M.: He is really starting to get on my nerves! Telling the black Americans to vote while he is aggressively trying to pass trans-Pacific partnership trade agreement (TPP) during the lame duck. Tpp screws over the American people and gives more power to corporations.
As I scrolled through my Facebook news feed, I discovered the following artworkhere, being shared by the page, “The Art of Not Being Governed,” and originally posted it to my own wall, along with commentary…
(Ramzy Baroud) Everyone seems to have a theory on how to obliterate ISIS, or ‘Daesh’. However, two points are rarely raised: one, concerning the origins of the group and the second, on whether there are genuine intentions to defeat it, in the first place.
We must boldly address the first to unravel the enigma behind the rise and growth of ‘Daesh’ – otherwise, how else can the group be dismantled.
We must contend with the second point before engaging in superfluous discussions about the most appropriate war strategy – that if war is, at all, the answer.