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For most of his half-century-long career, Samuel Huntington, professor of government at Harvard, has made a point of telling the US ruling elite what it has most wanted to hear.

On May 26 the New York Times finally hitched up its pants, took a deep breath and issued an editorial declaration of moderate regret for its role in boosting the case for war on Iraq.

Many people (mostly Republicans) say (mostly to Democrats) that it's wrong to "politicize" the war in Iraq. But politicizing the war is exactly what should now occur.

The "new" Bush plan to "help Iraq achieve democracy and freedom," far from laying out the definite steps needed to resolve the Iraq crisis, instead sets the stage for continuing US occupation and

The learned Wolfowitz and Perle, it seems,
Made Chalabi the hero of their dreams.
Yes, all the Sissy Hawks were glad to sup
On cockamamie tales that he served up.

The main effect of bringing back the draft would be to further militarize the nation.

We'll give you back the country soon.
Your leaders at the end of June
Will be there democratically.
We'll let you know soon who they'll be.

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Only Congress can lift the embargo, and prominent Senators have threatened to block any ambassador to Cuba.

December 17, 2014

The two countries have resumed a dialogue after fifty years.

December 17, 2014

The history of US-Cuban relations in the last fifty-five years is the history of the loss of American prestige.

December 17, 2014

Revisting Empire's Workshop.

December 11, 2014

Ferguson has put America’s racial apartheid on the global stage.

December 9, 2014

Poverty doesn’t cause terrorism, but poor countries face special problems in dealing with it.

December 8, 2014

The people who deny that we’re in a new Cold War are the people who got us into it in the first place.

December 5, 2014

Even the Senate’s favorite nuke experts aren’t on board with derailing Iran talks, but that won’t deter the incoming Republican Congress.

December 4, 2014

When it comes to Ukraine, it’s time for the hawks to stand down.

November 25, 2014

The United States is rapidly shifting toward a more aggressive foreign policy with limited public debate.

November 24, 2014