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The stark fact that significant portions of our planet are under the
supervision of exceptionally stupid and ill-informed people is provoking
unwonted expressions of anger and alarm.

Can we please stop calling it a quagmire? The United States isn't mired
in a bog or a marsh in Iraq (quagmire's literal meaning); it is
free-falling off a cliff.

One of my favorite little films is a satirical documentary titled
Babakiueria.

"How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"

In his April 13 press conference, Bush lamented the poor showing of Iraqi security forces in recent clashes with insurgents.

Keen to control the flow of information, the Bush political machine has
labored day and night to obstruct public oversight of US foreign policy.
But the basic reality cannot be hidden.

Correction: "The Man" is the term Dick Cheney uses to refer to George W. Bush, not the term used by other officials to refer to Cheney. (6/1/04)

Like dirty money, tainted reputations can be laundered, as the
Administration fervently hopes in the case of John Negroponte. Now UN
ambassador, Negroponte has been chosen by George W.

Blogs

The monarchy's motivations are not primarily sectarian.

March 27, 2015

Stephen Cohen talks with Jon Batchelor about how history informs the Ukranian crisis today.

March 25, 2015

Dozens of poor El Salvadorans were killed during the bishop’s funeral thirty five years ago.

March 25, 2015

Our own progress against racism in the United States remains too recent, too fragile and too incomplete to go on abetting apartheid in Israel.

March 20, 2015

After waiting years for a decision on their visa applications with no explanation for the delay, nine Iraqis are suing the US government they once worked for.

March 20, 2015

US liberalism and "democracy promotion" are in part to blame for current tensions with Russia.

March 20, 2015

The story Frank tells in his new memoir of Robert McNamara’s visit to Harvard in 1966 is, to put it generously, incomplete.

March 20, 2015

Stephen Cohen discusses whether the ceasefire, enforced by Minsk II, has the potential to return the Russian-Ukrainian border to the Kiev government.

March 19, 2015

Netanyahu won on the back of racism, making liberal support for Israel impossible. But Washington will likely persist.

March 18, 2015

American fingerprints are all over a botched commando raid in the southern Philippines that left dozens dead and shocked the country.

March 17, 2015