Posted by seumasach on January 31, 2017
31st January, 2017
Three things stand out in the respective readouts on the phone conversation between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. One, they do not contradict each other in content, while the Russian readout is a more detailed version.
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Posted by seumasach on January 25, 2017
24th January, 2017
The other day on Twitter someone tweeted me the news of the latest drone strike in Yemen, with the taunting message: “Congrats, @JustinRaimondo.” I had to laugh, and bemoan my fate: “I am now to be held responsible for everything the Trump administration does, especially their failure to go full pacifist!” Of course, you don’t have to be a pacifist to oppose our drone campaign, in Yemen or elsewhere, as I do, but the comment and my response underscore a basic flaw in the thinking of Trump’s anti-interventionist critics.
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Posted by seumasach on January 22, 2017
21st January, 2017
When China’s President Xi Jinping articulated his idea of the Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) in Astana in September 2013 and again a month later in Jakarta, what emerged was a vision to parlay large-scale economic dynamism into a foreign policy projecting Chinese influence overseas in the name of development. Inclusive and expansive at once, this is an ambitious vision and one which could seal ours as the Chinese century if it succeeds in weaving the loose ends of China’s overseas interests into a coherent whole. Three years into SREB, now better known as the “Belt& Road Initiative” (BRI), a part of the vision is slowly taking on flesh. The volume of media reports attests to this. What remains less clear is the strategic implications and opportunities of BRI on China’s partners. Occupying a slight sliver at the intersection of West Asia and the Middle East, Europe and Africa — regions of intimate relevance to BRI — Israel too has joined the new Silk Road caravan. Where does it fit in, and what difference does BRI make?
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Posted by seumasach on January 17, 2017
Whereas all is seen through the prism of ideology, the reality behind the Trump phenomena is the failure of the unipolar project. Facts have hard heads and must ultimately impose themselves. The conveyor belt for this realism is ,logically, the armed forces who, on the hand, suffered directly from the futile wars and, on the other, survived the attempts of the neoconservative chickenhawks to isolate and diminish them. In this sense it is a patriotic movement. But, far from making America great again, the real challenge is to make of the USA a functioning nation state.
15th January, 2017
The failed foreign-policy strategy of the neoconservatives and neoliberals has served to dramatically reduce Washington’s role and influence in the world. Important alliances are being forged without seeking the assent of the United States, and the world model envisioned in the early 1990s – from Bush to Kagan and all the signatories of the PNAC founding statement of principles – is increasingly coming undone. Donald Trump’s victory represents, in all likelihood, the last decisive blow to a series of foreign-policy strategies that in the end undermined the much-prized leadership of the United States. The ceasefire in Syria, reached thanks to an agreement between Turkey and Russia, notably excluded the United States.
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Posted by seumasach on January 11, 2017
South China Morning Post
10th January, 2017
Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma has offered the company’s e-commerce platform to help US businesses sell products to Asia, with the potential of creating up to 1 million American jobs, giving Donald Trump bragging rights of fulfilling his campaign vow even before he formally takes office.
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Posted by seumasach on January 9, 2017
5th January, 2017
The US President-elect Donald Trump caught the attention of observers of international politics ever since he walked into the lion’s den, WaPo editorial board office, and began talking about US foreign policies soon after securing the Republican Party nomination. A Trump presidency instantaneously found appeal as good for world peace.
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Posted by seumasach on December 14, 2016
14th December, 2016
While the Democrats morph into a neoconservative party of paranoiacs whose main issue is hating on Russia, and the John McCain-Lindsey Graham duo arises to make its last stand in a Trumpified GOP, Rex Tillerson is the perfect target of their ire. Seeking to delegitimize the President-elect as a Russian-controlled Manchurian candidate, the CIA-Clinton-Saudi axis of “resistance” is on the warpath, and Tillerson’s alleged ties to Vladimir Putin are taking center stage in what is bound to turn into a knock-down drag-out fight on the Senate floor.
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Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2016
The loss of the Turkey “vassal” secures the failure of the state Department’s Syria policy. At the same time, China has made a bold move in supporting Damascus militarily showing that they cannot be “contained” in the Asia-Pacific. The writing is on the wall for US hegemony as it has been for some time: the question really is can the USA abandon exceptionalism and enter into power sharing agreements with it’s rivals. Such leadership is badly needed but as the USA fragments into a chaos of interest groups, lobbies and identities where can it come from? Both Clinton’s neoconservative revival and Trump’s anti-China isolationism look like the pure fantasy of a nation unable to realistically assess it’s own status.
25th August, 2016
The main architect of Washington’s plan to rule the world has abandoned the scheme and called for the forging of ties with Russia and China. While Zbigniew Brzezinski’s article in The American Interest titled “Towards a Global Realignment” has largely been ignored by the media, it shows that powerful members of the policymaking establishment no longer believe that Washington will prevail in its quest to extent US hegemony across the Middle East and Asia. Brzezinski, who was the main proponent of this idea and who drew up the blueprint for imperial expansion in his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, has done an about-face and called for a dramatic revising of the strategy. Here’s an excerpt from the article in the AI:
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Posted by seumasach on August 25, 2016
This is the logical culmination of the emergence of Russia as the dominant military and diplomatic force in the Middle East.
25th August, 2016
Vladimir Putin is ready and willing to host peace talks aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to Egypt’s president.
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Posted by seumasach on August 21, 2016
21st August, 2016
First Russian involvement changed the fortunes of the Syrian civil war to a large extent. Then first some, and later much, of the world began a sort of decoupling with the Gulf regimes, especially Saudi Arabia, and moved closer to Iran. Then the Syrian Arab Army started regaining lost cities and highways, especially the route from the Turkish border to the disputed city of Aleppo; which no longer supplies rebels with American anti-tank weapons, etc. And now, with the Americans, GCC, Nato, etc, on the back foot, the Chinese have also engaged with the war, training the Syrian forces as they close the noose around the rebels, particularly ISIS.
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Posted by seumasach on August 15, 2016
15th August, 2016
Russian military officials say Moscow is close to reaching an agreement with Washington on how to coordinate fight against militants in Syria’s war-ravaged city of Aleppo.
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