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A Quick Response to the Response to My Jacobin Piece on the US and AQ-IS

My recent Jacobin article has elicited a robust response, mostly positive. The negative crit from the right I’ll ignore, but some on the left have raised worthy objections. People have objected this graf (and with good reason). What happened to

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9 Prominent Liberals &/or Democrats Who Supported Torture Post-9/11

We still don’t know what Democratic leaders knew about Bush’s torture program and when they knew it. But some leading Dems and liberals explicitly supported torture during the Bush years. They and their defenders would likely counter that they would

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A List of Liberals & Leftists Who Supported the Bombing of Libya

I was struck by how many prominent liberal and leftist pundits and journos took no position, at least none than I could find. (I’d argue that not speaking out against intervention — a euphemism for what was clearly a war

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Islam is So Violent: The Projection of Empire

The US has bombed 14 countries in the Muslim world “just since 1980.” The US has killed “well over a million” Muslims since 1980. The US has forced regime change in “Syria (1949), Iran (1953), Iraq (Twice), Afghanistan (Twice), Turkey,

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There are Things Worse than Dictatorships (Like What Happens After the US Does Regime Change)

During this interview on RT last year, Ken Roth spoke a controversial truth: there are things worse than a dictatorship. “I don’t think a dictatorship is the worst scenario,” he says. Like many controversial truths, this one is — as

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A collection of Jon Podhoretz’s bigotry

Granted, JPod is a mere piker compared to his father, but he’s amassing an impressive record in his own right. Submissions welcome. “Richard Sherman. What a role model for today’s Taliban youth.” “Olbermann could go to Al Jazeera, but if

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As Libyans Suffer, the Western Press Scrubs US Bombs From the Record

You may recall that NATO played a decisive role in Libya’s civil war. In March 2011, as Qaddafi’s forces bore down on Benghazi, NATO took over the no-fly-zone, becoming the rebels’ air force and the sole source of their military

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A List of People Who Supported the War in Iraq

This doesn’t include neocons, because of course they supported it, or politicians. *had little or no public profile **deceased Christopher Hitchens** Dan Drezner Al Franken Ezra Klein* Joe Klein Michael Kelly** Jacob Weisberg Andrew Sullivan Jeffrey Goldberg William Saletan Fred

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The War on Syria & the New Anti-Anti-Imperialists

The war on Syria has led to an increase in anti-anti-US imperialism among western leftists. I’m calling it anti-anti-imperialism, as opposed to simple pro-US imperialism, because some of the people in question don’t support US involvement in the war. What

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This Week in U.S. Foreign Policy

The US killed dozens of people in Yemen. The US resumed arms shipments to the murderous, more Mubarak-than-Mubarak regime in Egypt. The US vowed to help Libya tackle ‘rising violent extremism.’” The US VP President shook hands with an anti-semite,

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