“Why is the land of Afghanistan somehow critical to our need to fight terrorism?”

by Bernard Schaer

I admit it. My wife and I watch “Hardball with Chris Matthews” over our customary afternoon cup of coffee. Chris loves his job, you can tell. Despite the show’s title, though, most of his questions are of the softball kind, the kind one would expect from an MSM politcal program.
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Three Good Reasons To Liquidate Our Empire and 10 Ways to Do It

by Chalmers Johnson

However ambitious President Barack Obama’s domestic plans, one unacknowledged issue has the potential to destroy any reform efforts he might launch. Think of it as the 800-pound gorilla in the American living room: our longstanding reliance on imperialism and militarism in our relations with other countries and the vast, potentially ruinous global empire of bases that goes with it. Continue reading

the contrarian – Attack Bares America’s Achilles’ Heel

by Dave McGill

It’s become increasingly apparent that this nation has fallen behind the curve with respect to a type of warfare that could paralyze everything from banking and business transactions to nuclear defense capabilities.

Over the July 4th weekend and into the following week, a widespread cyber attack knocked out the websites of several governmental agencies. Coming, as it did, on the nation’s birthday and just days after President Obama described Russian Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin as having “one foot in the old ways of the Cold War,” the attack was seen by some as a warning shot. Continue reading

The Toll – 6/14/09 – and “The Obama Effect”

by Dave McGill

From the U.K.’s Guardian to San Francisco’s Chronicle, and beyond, the media is attributing good and bad events to “the Obama effect.”

In the process, the election and performance of the Obama administration is being credited with influencing everything from the recent domestic terrorist attacks by the lunatic fringe of the right wing to the apparent improvement¬†in conditions along “Wall Street.” Continue reading