Summary: On the fifth anniversary of his overthrow, anthropologist Maximilian Forte is haunted by thoughts about Libyan ruler Mummar Gaddafi. It's a sad chapter in the history of US foreign policy, rich with lessons for us -- and one of Hillary Clinton's two major initiatives (other other is the massive screw-up of her 1993 health … Continue reading Haunted by Gaddafi on the fifth anniversary of his overthrow
Summary: In 2011 our hawks confidently led us to intervene in Libya, supporting the overthrow of Colonel Qaddafi. As was quite obvious even then, we were again supporting Islamic fundamentalists destroying a secular regime, again unleashing chaos from which nothing good can result. Journalist and Middle East specialist Nicolas Pelham walks us through a Libya … Continue reading See Libya burn. We helped set it afire.
Summary: In our multi-media flood of news it's easy to miss important inflection points. One might have just happened; something long predicted by experts in 4GW: the outbreak of complex violent conflicts in the Middle East as the conservative regimes respond to the jihadist ideologies sweeping through region. . Content The oligarchs strike back Watch … Continue reading The long-simmering conflict in the Middle East breaks out, surprising US experts
Summary: Why are oil prices so high? After inflation they're above 1980 record highs. Peak oil enthusiasts have explanations (usually wrong, like their forecasts). There are many factors at work, including one simple but hidden reason: American foreign policy. The USA has played a large role in the suppression of oil production in three major … Continue reading The nation responsible for the record high oil prices we pay is …
Summary: As the cries for war rise again in America, let's reflect on the consequences from our last several interventions. We bomb foreign nations hoping to build better societies; repeated failure doesn't discourage our hawks. Third in a series about lessons learned from our wars after 9-11. Three years ago: "Yesterday, in response to a … Continue reading What did we learn from our intervention in Libya?