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The coming crash of American diplomacy in the Middle East

Posted by seumasach on February 18, 2014

This neo-con view of Obama’s Middle East policy is in marked contrast to that of the left. The left see nothing but growing US belligerence, a new cold war, retreat by Iran, renewed possibility of an attack on Syria and an intractable Israel. Bolton’s view is actually more realistic pointing to the ebbing of US global power and the consequent concessions to one-time enemies. Bolton, of course, hopes that US diplomacy will fail, as do so many vested, lobby interests in the vague hope of returning to the Anglo-American global hegemony agenda. He darkly evokes “another 9/11, another disaster” which “will produce the necessary awakening.”

John Bolton


18th February, 2014

President Obama has three significant Middle East diplomatic initiatives underway, treating, respectively, Iran’s nuclear weapons program; Syria’s deadly, exhausting conflict; and the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Into these negotiations, Obama and his administration have poured enormous amounts of American prestige, time and effort.

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An Obama legacy sails into view

Posted by seumasach on January 13, 2014


13th January, 2014

The US president Barack Obama lost no time to greet the agreement reached yesterday between Iran and ‘P5+1′ opening the Iran nuclear program to “new and more frequent inspections”. Obama knows — and he knows we know — that, finally, slowly but surely, the historic legacy of this extraordinary statesman is taking shape in front of our eyes.

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Obama administration presses Senate on Iran sanctions

Posted by seumasach on November 3, 2013

Obama administration presses Senate to hold off on new round of Iran sanctions

Star Tribune

31st October, 2012

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden and senior Obama administration officials convinced a number of senators on Thursday to hold off on another round of Iran sanctions as Western powers test Tehran’s willingness to scale back its nuclear aims.

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How AIPAC lost its grip

Posted by seumasach on October 5, 2013



3rd October, 2013

have always believed that, at some point, the Israeli prime minister and his lobby would lose their grip on U.S. Middle East policy. At least I’ve believed that since 1982 when Tom Dine, AIPAC’s most successful executive director, explained how it would happen.

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Obama v. Wall Street

Posted by seumasach on September 21, 2013

Cailean Bochanan

21st Septemebr, 2013

I’ve already been called mad for my assertion over the last nine months or so that Obama is actually engaged in some kind of peace process involving a historic compromise with Russia in working a resolution of the Syria crisis as well as a broader Middle East settlement. I seem to be the only one who doesn’t know that Obama is a bad guy and that bad guys do bad things, like rocketing Syria at the first available opportunity. My detractors assessment of my mental health is about to become a lot worse since I now propose to suggest that Obama is readying to pit himself against Wall Street- yes, that’s right. Obama, the Manchurian Candidate with a chip in his brain. is about to take on the financial oligarchy of whom he is nothing other than a puppet! What could be the basis for such an exorbitant thesis?

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US lawmakers call for review of Patriot Act

Posted by seumasach on June 11, 2013

So this whole affair serves as a cue for Obama to “review” the Patriot Act which correlates with his apparent sidelining of Homeland Security

US lawmakers call for review of Patriot Act after NSA surveillance revelations


10th June, 2013

The White House has said it would consider congressional calls to review the Patriot Act after conceding that revelations over the scale of US surveillance activity had sparked “an appropriate debate”.

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