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Controversial, Not Controversial. Brennan v. Hagel, Big Oil vs Solar & other Media Hypocrisies

Summary:  Juan Cole looks at the views of mainstream journalists, which by repetition tend to become America’s views.  They’re simple, if somewhat crazy.  But we’re not to think about them, just absorb them. . Guest post by Juan Cole From his website Informed Comment. Reposted with his generous permission. . Not controversial:  John Brennan: Served …

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More about Iran, things you know that might not be so

Some things you might find of interest about Iran, as drift towards war. Contents I have here a statement by an obvious ally of Iran working at the highest level of the US government! Quote of the Day from Jack A Smith, “A Manufactured Crisis“, Asia Times, 30 September 2009 “Top Things you Think You …

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Juan Cole describes A Century of Frenzy over the North-West Frontier

One great oddity of our wars is their architects lack of knowledge.  Not about war, or COIN.  But in the specifics of the conflict — the people and area, their history and beliefs.  Joshua Foust (writing at Registan) has often remarked about this, as have some posts on this website.  This gives a fantasy or game-like aspect …

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The enigma of Al Qaeda. Even in death, these unanswered questions remain important

Al Qaeda is dead, at least as an organization (perhaps it lives at some level as an idea, brand name, or ideology).  Unfortunately we still know neither what is was or how it died.  The answers we choose will affect US defense policy for years or decades. In December 2005 I asked a question: Is Al …

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