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How Obama is Making the World More Dangerous

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  • Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War

Shamus Cooke, Counterpunch

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Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpgFebruary 6-8, 2015 | You’re not paranoid if you think the world feels more unstable — it is.  There’s a dangerous confluence of political, economic, and military phenomena that is producing a very hazardous international situation.   Heightened national tensions that lead to regional confrontations have become normal as economic and political winds constantly shift in the direction of instability and conflict.

At the center of each maelstrom is the U.S. Government, and instead of acting as a promoter of peace and stability the Obama administration has been a catalyst of confrontation and war.

Shamus Cooke is a social service worker, trade unionist, and writer for Workers Action.

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Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War, Robert Parry, ConsortiumNews.org  / Rise Up Times

  • The armchair warriors of Official Washington are eager for a new war, this time with Russia over Ukraine, and they are operating from the same sort of mindless “group think” and hostility to dissent that proved so disastrous in Iraq.
  • Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs

It's The Blind Partisanship

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  • "While the Democratic Party was able to leverage antiwar sentiments effectively in promoting its own electoral success, the antiwar movement itself ultimately suffered organizationally from its ties to the Democratic Party."
  • "[T]he parties agree more on the substance of policy than their political rhetoric suggests."
  • Chris Hedges | The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • Ted Rall | At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party 

David Swanson, Warisacrime.org

February, 2015 | Why did the peace movement grow large around 2003-2006 and shrink around 2008-2010? Military spending, troop levels abroad, and number of wars engaged in can explain the growth but not the shrinkage. Those factors hardly changed between the high point and the low point of peace activism.

Was pulling troops out of Iraq and sending them in huge numbers into Afghanistan a move the public favored? There's not much evidence for the second half of that, and it was never a demand of the peace movement at its height. Did the wars become more legal, more honest, more internationally accepted? Hardly. The United States escalated in Afghanistan and remained in Iraq as other nations ended their minor roles in those wars. The U.S. president began taking drone wars into a number of other countries with no domestic or international authorization at all, as he would later do with Libya, and then back into Iraq again (which Congress is considering possibly deliberating on whether to debate retroactively "authorizing").

David Swanson is an American activist, blogger and author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."

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Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 1: The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction, Chris Hedges, Truthdig 

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If the left wants to regain influence in the nation’s political life, it must be willing to walk away from the Democratic Party … and back progressive, third-party candidates until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.

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Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 2: At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party, Ted Rall, AlterNet

  • If you're a leftie, the Democratic establishment doesn't care about your opinion. They certainly don't want your input. What they want is your vote -- in exchange for exactly nothing in return. They're political parasites, draining the enthusiasm and idealism of progressives, simultaneously neutering and exploiting mainline libs.
  • The Left Has Lost It’s Nerve and Direction

 

War Is the New Normal

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(Ismael Mohamad / United Press International)

  • Seven Deadly Reasons Why America’s Wars Persist
  • Groundhog Day in the War on Terror
  • Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War

William J. Astore, TomDispatch.com

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Graphic%20%7C%20Arms%20at%20the%20Statue%20of%20Liberty.jpgFebruary 1, 2015 | It was launched immediately after the 9/11 attacks, when I was still in the military, and almost immediately became known as the Global War on Terror, or GWOT.  Pentagon insiders called it “the long war,” an open-ended, perhaps unending, conflict against nations and terror networks mainly of a radical Islamist bent.  It saw the revival of counterinsurgency doctrine, buried in the aftermath of defeat in Vietnam, and a reinterpretation of that disaster as well.  Over the years, its chief characteristic became ever clearer: a “Groundhog Day” kind of repetition.  Just when you thought it was over (Iraq, Afghanistan), just after victory (of a sort) was declared, it began again.

Now, as we find ourselves enmeshed in Iraq War 3.0, what better way to memorialize the post-9/11 American way of war than through repetition.  Back in July 2010, I wrote an article for TomDispatch.com on the seven reasons why America can’t stop making war.  More than four years later, with the war on terror still ongoing, with the mission eternally unaccomplished, here’s a fresh take on the top seven reasons why never-ending war is the new normal in America.  In this sequel, I make only one promise: no declarations of victory (and mark it on your calendars, I’m planning to be back with seven new reasons in 2019).

William J. Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF), is a TomDispatch regular. His D.Phil. is in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He’s just plain tired of war and would like to see the next politician braying for it be deployed with a rifle to the front lines of battle.

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Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War, Robert Parry,  ConsortiumNews.org  / Rise Up Times

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  • The armchair warriors of Official Washington are eager for a new war, this time with Russia over Ukraine, and they are operating from the same sort of mindless “group think” and hostility to dissent that proved so disastrous in Iraq.
  • Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs

Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War

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  • The armchair warriors of Official Washington are eager for a new war, this time with Russia over Ukraine, and they are operating from the same sort of mindless “group think” and hostility to dissent that proved so disastrous in Iraq.
  • Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs
  • The Globalization of War: America’s “Long War” against Humanity ~ Michel Chossudovsky

Robert Parry,  ConsortiumNews.org  / Rise Up Times

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January 31, 2015 | If you wonder how the lethal “group think” on Iraq took shape in 2002, you might want to study what’s happening today with Ukraine. A misguided consensus has grabbed hold of Official Washington and has pulled in everyone who “matters” and tossed out almost anyone who disagrees.

Part of the problem, in both cases, has been that neocon propagandists understand that in the modern American media the personal is the political, that is, you don’t deal with the larger context of a dispute, you make it about some easily demonized figure. So, instead of understanding the complexities of 

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Iraq, you focus on the unsavory Saddam Hussein.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his new book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from barnesandnoble.com).

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Paul Craig Roberts: Russia In The Cross Hairs,Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for Political Economy

Washington’s attack on Russia has moved beyond the boundary of the absurd into the realm of insanity.

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The Globalization of War: America’s “Long War” against Humanity ~ Michel Chossudovsky, Described in Global Research

  • "In his latest masterpiece, Professor Michel Chossudovsky shows how the various conflicts we are witnessing today in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Palestine are in fact inter-linked and inter-locked through a single-minded agenda in pursuit of global hegemony helmed by the United States and buttressed by its allies in the West and in other regions of the world."  --Dr Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST)
  • Robert Parry: ‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War

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