Articles and Posts by Alexander Cockburn:
The Lost-Cause War in Afghanistan(1)
In the wake of the lethal rampage by a U.S. sergeant who killed 16 Afghans in the early hours of March 11, the Taliban have put a halt to talks with the Americans and President Hamid Karzai, who has demanded that NATO troops pull out of the villages and return to their camps.
Loom of the Jackboot: Obama Gives Military Extreme Powers(3)
At least the DPRK doesn’t trumpet its status as the least-best sanctuary of liberty. American politicians, starting with the president, do little else.
U.S. and Saudi Relations on Oil(1)
Pose a threat to the stability of Saudi Arabia, as the Shiite upsurges are now doing in Qatif and al-Awamiyah in the country’s oil-rich Eastern Province, and you’re brandishing a scalpel over the very heart of the long-term U.S. policy in the Middle East.
The Lesson for Democrats: Any Republican Will Do(15)
He blew it. Two days before the United States was officially set to default on its debts on August 2, President Barack Obama had the Republicans where he wanted them.
Here we have the supposed specter of Uncle Sam turning into a deadbeat rather than the best credit risk on the planet. On Aug. 2, the United States could start defaulting on its obligations, as the tea party crowd in the House of Representatives refuses to raise the debt ceiling.
Can Any of These Republicans Win? Can Obama Lose?(0)
There will be many, many more debates, all conducted in the idiom of political infantilism, as was bleakly conceded by David Brooks, the New York Times‘ leading Republican columnist, himself the retailer of noxious policies at a more devious level.
Obama on Osama—a Volcano of Lies(5)
Barack Obama, who pledged to restore ethical honor to the White House after the Bush years, is now burying himself under an active volcano of lies, mostly but not exclusively concerning the assassination of Osama bin Laden.
Oh, What a Stupid War!(18)
The war on Libya now being waged by the U.S., Britain and France must surely rank as one of the stupidest martial enterprises, smaller in scale to be sure, since Napoleon took it into his head to invade Russia in 1812.
Here, on the Other Side of the Ring of Fire(18)
Americans read the increasingly panic-stricken reports of deepening catastrophe at Fukushima 1, speed to the pharmacy to buy iodine and ask, “It’s happened there; can it happen here?”
The Quran at Fahrenheit 451(13)
By the end of this week, the air was so thick with pieties about the need for tolerance and respect for all creeds that one yearned for the Rev. Terry Jones, mutton chop whiskers akimbo, to toss those Qurans in the burn barrels outside his Gainesville church in Florida and torch them on this year’s anniversary of 9/11