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  • The Lost-Cause War in Afghanistan

    By Alexander Cockburn | March 20, 2012
    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

    By Alexander Cockburn | December 28, 2011
    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

    By Alexander Cockburn | October 07, 2011
    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

    By Alexander Cockburn | August 08, 2011
    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.
  • Apocalypse Nigh?

    By Alexander Cockburn | July 28, 2011
    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?

    By Alexander Cockburn | June 17, 2011
    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

    By Alexander Cockburn | May 09, 2011
    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!

    By Alexander Cockburn | March 24, 2011
    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

    By Alexander Cockburn | March 18, 2011
    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?"
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