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The week that ushered in new Cold War

Posted by seumasach on July 29, 2014

The USA fought the the Cold War from a position of strength, having emerged from WW2 as the world’s leading power. The USA is now in a position of weakness. A new Cold War cannot resolve their problems. They can either launch a hot war or embrace the new multipolar reality. I suspect a hot war is not a real option since the military oppose it. This new Cold War is therefore a half-way house representing a stalemate between the president and the Pentagon, on the one hand, and the State Department, the CIA and the Deep State on the other. Obama cannot embrace multipolarity because of the opposition of the latter, who , in turn, cannot bounce the military into WW3. The position of the Deep State is steadily being eroded as their various covert programmes, in Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine run into the ground.


Indian Punchline

29th July, 2014

If future historians were to pinpoint the transition when the post-cold war era morphed into the new Cold War, they are bound to take a close look at this week. The Barack Obama administration is in a triumphalist mood after the success, finally, in rallying the US’s major European allies — UK, France, Germany and Italy — behind its concerted strategy to isolate Russia from Europe and impose biting sanctions against it. 

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Obama to veto Senate anti-Iran bill

Posted by seumasach on January 11, 2014

“The Senate bill also calls for “diplomatic, military and economic support” to Israel in case Tel Aviv decides to launch an attack against Iran’s nuclear energy program.”

Congress wants war against Iran, White House asks


11th January, 2014

The White House says some American lawmakers want the United States to attack Iran as they are supporting a new bill to impose further sanctions against the country.

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US gives up on Central Asian base

Posted by seumasach on October 21, 2013


Indian Punchline

21st October, 2013

The United States has turned its back on what could have been a thrilling episode in the Great Game in Central Asia. The Pentagon announced on Friday that the US is vacating Manas airbase in Kyrgyzstan by July 2014, as demanded by Bishkek.

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Obama’s transformative agenda for Middle East

Posted by seumasach on November 15, 2012

So, the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens at Benghazi has turned out to be a defining moment for the US’ Middle East strategy. Obama made it clear the US is nowhere near deciding to arm the Syrian opposition fighters. 

This stance won’t go down well in Riyadh, Doha and Ankara. Interestingly,  Obama is also refusing to endorse the enthusiasm shown by Britain and France.


15th November, 2012

President Barack Obama reiterated at his first press conference in Washington after election victory on Wednesday that his “top priority” will be far on the recovery of the US economy — “jobs and growth”. The only foreign-policy issues to figure were the Iran problem and Syria.

Obama emphatically stressed a diplomatic solution to the Iran problem. He phrased a compromise formula: “There should be a way in which they [Iran] can enjoy peaceful nuclear power while still meeting their international obligations and providing clear assurances to the international community that they’re not pursuing a nuclear weapon.”

Low-grade uranium enrichment to be allowed under strict IAEA safeguards? Seems so. Most significant, Obama confirmed his intention to “make a push in the coming months to see if we can open up a dialogue” between the US and Iran “to see if we can get this thing resolved.”
Bravo! Obama said the onus is on Iran to “walk through the door.” He pointedly refrained from voicing coercive sentiments. He was manifestly conciliatory, stressing that US won’t stand on “diplomatic niceties or protocols” in working out the one-on-one conversation with Tehran, and “if Iran is serious about wanting to resolve this, they’ll be in a position to resolve it.”
On Syria, Obama said US will talk with the Syrian opposition’s umbrella group that was formed in Doha over the weekend and sees it as “a legitimate representative of the aspirations of the Syrian people”, but Washington is “not yet prepared to recognize them as some sort of government in exile” despite it being a “broad-based representative group.”
He explained: ”One of the questions that we’re going to continue to press is making sure that that opposition is committed to a democratic Syria, an inclusive Syria, amoderate Syria. We have seen extremist elements insinuate themselves into the opposition, and one of the things that we have to be on guard about — particularly when we start talking about arming opposition figures — is that we’re not indirectly putting arms in the hands of folks who would do Americans harm, or do israelis harm, or otherwise engage in actions that are detrimental to our national security.” [Emphasis added.]
So, the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens at Benghazi has turned out to be a defining moment for the US’ Middle East strategy. Obama made it clear the US is nowhere near deciding to arm the Syrian opposition fighters.
This stance won’t go down well in Riyadh, Doha and Ankara. Interestingly,  Obama is also refusing to endorse the enthusiasm shown by Britain and France. To quote Obama, US wants to make sure “we are encouraging the most moderate, thoughtful elements of the opposition that are committed to inclusion, observance of human rights, and working cooperatively with us over the long term.” [Emphasis added.]
Of course, Obama’s repeated reference to an “inclusive” transition in Syria will be noticed in Moscow and Beijing. The transcript of the press conference is here.

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The story of Obama: all in the company (Part I)

Posted by seumasach on August 22, 2010

Wayne Madsen


20th August, 2010

Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen has discovered CIA files that document the agency’s connections to institutions and individuals figuring prominently in the lives of Barack Obama and his mother, father, grandmother, and stepfather. The first part of his report highlights the connections between Barack Obama, Sr. and the CIA-sponsored operations in Kenya to counter rising Soviet and Chinese influence among student circles and, beyond, to create conditions obstructing the emergence of independent African leaders.

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Behind the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by seumasach on October 20, 2009

Thierry Meyssan

19th October, 2009

While the Nobel Peace Prize award has led to a chorus of praise from the Atlantic alliance leaders, it has also raised skepticism around the world. Rather than discuss the reasons that might after the fact justify this surprising choice, Thierry Meyssan exposes the corruption of the Nobel Committee and the ties between its chairman, Thorbjørn Jagland, and Obama’s associates.

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William Astore: Apocalypse Then, Afghanistan Now

Posted by smeddum on October 13, 2009

October 11, 2009

Here’s the thing: This may be our next “Vietnam moment,” but Afghanistan is no Vietnam: there are no major enemy powers like the Soviet Union and China lurking in the background; no organized enemy state with a powerful army like North Vietnam supporting the insurgents; no well organized, unified national liberation movement like the Vietcong, and that’s just a beginning. Almost everywhere, in fact, the Vietnam analogy breaks down — almost everywhere, that is, except when it comes to us. Because we never managed to leave Vietnam behind, even when we were proclaiming that we had kicked that “syndrome,” it turns out that we’re still there. Our military leaders, for instance, only recently dusted off the old Vietnam-era counterinsurgency doctrine that once ended in catastrophe, shined it up, and are now presenting it as an ingenious new solution to war-fighting. Let’s face it: everything about American thinking still stinks of the Vietnamese debacle, including the inability of our leaders to listen to a genuinely wide range of options. Read the rest of this entry »

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President Obama’s Unconstitutional ‘Czars’

Posted by seumasach on September 10, 2009

September 9, 2009 (LPAC)– Although several Presidents have had “czars” — a special advisor to the President on a particular issue — President Obama, in a mere 8 months, has far exceeded the use of czars by any previous Administration, having appointed at least 32, the latest being Lazard’s Ron Bloom as “manufacturing” czar. 25 new czar positions were created by Obama.

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Neoliberalism, Charter Schools and the Chicago Model Obama and Duncan’s Education Policy: Like Bush’s, Only Worse

Posted by smeddum on August 25, 2009

August 24, 2009



In his first major speech on education since his election and swearing in as President, a speech made to an unscheduled meeting of the Council of Chief State School officers, held on March 10, 2009 in Washington D.C., Barrack Obama repeated the claims heard from many quarters that the United States must drastically improve student achievement to regain lost international standing in the world.  He called for tying teachers’ pay to student performance (merit pay) and for expanding charter schools throughout the nation.  In calling for merit pay for teachers, Obama argued:

“Too many supporters of my party have resisted the idea of rewarding excellence in teaching with extra pay, even though we know it can make a difference in the classroom.”

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Guess What? He’s a Terrible President

Posted by seumasach on August 19, 2009

David Michael Green


19th August, 2009

Both President Obama’s health care plan and his presidency are going down the toilet.

This is well, and right, and just as it should be.

Obama is turning out to be a disastrous president, wholly unsuited for the times and our national and global challenges, and his job approval ratings reflect this.

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All in the family! The Wall Street White House

Posted by seumasach on July 4, 2009

Andrew Cockburn

4th July, 2009

Robert Hormats, Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs, is to be installed as Under Secretary of Economics, Business, and Agricultural Affairs. This comes as one more, probably unnecessary reminder of the total control exercised by Wall Street over the Obama administration’s economic and financial policy. True, Hormats is “a talker rather than a decider” according to one former White House official, but he will find plenty of old friends used to making decisions, almost all of them uniformly disastrous for the U.S. and global economy

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