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“We will be with you until you are bankrupt and your economy collapses”

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 07:00 AM PST

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross writes: [In a March 2010 video, al Qaeda spokesman Adam] Gadahn put his finger on an important insight that AQAP [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] is now reiterating: Even failed attacks can help the jihadists by “bring[ing] major cities to a halt, cost[ing] the enemy billions, and send[ing] his corporations into bankruptcy.” Failed […]

America’s obsession with The Man

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 06:00 AM PST

The American geopolitical prism is distorted in multiple ways, but none is more consistently evident than the strange idea that the actions of a nation can be understood simply by deciphering the thoughts and intentions of one man — even if we’re not always sure who The Man really is. Iran — Ahmadinejad or Khamenei? North […]

Impostor claiming to be Taliban leader was key to meetings coalition touted as mark of progress

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 05:00 AM PST

The Wall Street Journal reports: The revelation that an impostor passed himself off as a Taliban leader in Afghan peace talks called into question coalition reports of progress in the war, and illustrated how little the allies know of the insurgency’s top leaders and the difficulty that lack of knowledge presents for U.S. strategy. The man, who […]

“The whole American academic world are racists and hypocrites when it comes to Palestinians”

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 04:00 AM PST

Professor Francis Boyle slams his fellow academics for capitulating to the Israel lobby. Boyle on “The impending collapse of Israel in Palestine.”

An American jolt for the Middle East

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 03:00 AM PST

Chester Crocker, Scott Lasensky and Samuel W. Lewis propose that the US lays out its own set of principles for solving the Israeli-Arab conflict. At a minimum, the American declaration should be based on the 1967 lines, with agreed territorial swaps; support a compromise on Jerusalem that allows for two capitals for two states; include provisions […]

Tom Engelhardt: General Petraeus’s two campaigns

Posted: 24 Nov 2010 06:51 PM PST

The incredible shrinking withdrawal date By Tom Engelhardt Going, going, gone!  You can almost hear the announcer’s voice throbbing with excitement, only we’re not talking about home runs here, but about the disappearing date on which, for the United States and its military, the Afghan War will officially end. Practically speaking, the answer to when it will be […]

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