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The one key way in which Romney's foreign policy differs from Obama's.

Going on the offensive has only made us more vulnerable.

Pre-emptive war flagrantly contradicts the UN's legal framework.

The terrorism war begins to sag.
The perpetrator we were meant to bag
Remains at large, and wartime fervor fades.
Then Bush and all his hawkish White House aides
Drop sanctions as the way to tame Iraq
And say, "Without delay, we must attack."
If that war sags, there's still a backup plan.
It's war without delay against Iran.
And when the zest for that war, too, has faded?
That's easy: North Korea gets invaded.
But then it's hard to think of what to do.
Destroy Bahrain? Bomb France? Invade Peru?

Fighting terrorism requires new thinking but not a US imperial role.

If the Bush Administration has its way, Iraq will be the first test of its new doctrine of pre-emption. To adopt such a destabilizing strategy is profoundly contrary to our interests and endangers our security.

Blogs

In southeast Ukraine and in Russia, conspiracy theories abound.

July 24, 2014

The New York Times blows the cover off the Syrian rebel movement.

April 29, 2013

The president continues to expand drone strikes and special operations, even as he decries the country’s war footing.

January 22, 2013

In the Algerian “rescue,” blundering, botched unilateralism. In 1975, America showed them the way.

January 20, 2013

 Eric Alterman talks jazz, blues and Floyd while Reed Richardson zeros in on the "Bunker Bluster."

March 1, 2012

In his 2012 State of the Union address, the president chose to celebrate the US military. Critics chose not raise alarm about the spread of US militarism.

January 26, 2012

While Rick Perry hails the president's authorization of the killing of two Americans in Yemen, Paul rejects “assassinating American citizens without charges.”

October 1, 2011

 Obama should make a deal with Pakistan, not threaten to bomb it.

September 26, 2011

Dennis Blair opposes drones, but stays mum on victims.

August 15, 2011

Meir Dagan calls Netanyahu, Ehud Barak “reckless and irresponsible.”

June 6, 2011