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OPINION: Getting US Foreign Policy Right

US foreign policy and reluctance towards intervention

Political sentiment in the United States seems to be turning against the interventions and nation-building projects that have characterized US foreign policy in recent years. The revulsion at the cost and size of government, including the cost of expensive wars in the Middle East, has been amply demonstrated during the debt ceiling drama of recent weeks.

OPINION: Broaden Torture Prosecutions

Bush announcing Iraqi Freedom, cc wikicommons

"Nobody's above the law," President Barack Obama declared in 2009, as Congress contemplated an investigation of torture authorized by the Bush administration. But Mr. Obama has failed to honor those words.

Iraq – An End or an Escalation?

Future of Iraq

Amid much fanfare last week, the last supposed “combat” troops left Iraq as the administration touted the beginning of the end of the Iraq War and a change in the role of the United States in that country.

CIA plans to manipulate opinion on Afghanistan leaked

CIA office

'Out-of-the-box' CIA think tank proposes concerns over women's rights, fear of terrorism as ways to boost support for Afghan war.

Israel’s Growing Regional Isolation

Middle East Map, cc Flickr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/, opendemocracy

Despite Israel and Hamas’ separate announcements of a ceasefire in Gaza, prospects for a regional peace ensuring Israeli stability and security are likely to collapse, resulting in the escalation of Islamic extremism and Israel’s increasing isolation.

Hamas Ends Truce with Israel

Israel Hamas, cc Flickr, OpenDemocracy, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

On Friday, Hamas suspended its six-month truce with Israel, announcing that the ceasefire would not be extended.

U.S. Anti-Terror Covert Ops

U.S. Army Cpl. Shaun Armstrong, of South Carolina, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, scans the area during an air-assault mission in Khost province, Afghanistan, as part of Operation Champion Sword, Aug. 2. Afghan national security forces and International Security Assistance Forces teamed up for the joint operation, targeting specific militants in eastern Afghanistan., US Army, public domain

U.S. Special Operations Forces have conducted nearly a dozen covert operations inside friendly and neutral countries as part of the "war on terror", authorized by presidential level secret orders. 

Extraordinary Rendition

The United States' Camp X-Ray in Cuba

Since the early 1990s, the United States government has been operating a program to forcibly seize suspected terrorists in foreign countries and transfer them to a 3rd state without the knowledge or consent of the host country. This practice is known as extraordinary rendition.

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