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  • 'Very Soon' US forces will Arrive in Syria; Russia bombs near Turkey
    • So are these YPG fighters the new Syrian 'moderates' to take control of the future Syria. These countries in Vienna have been 'resolving' the civil war without an acceptable (and VIABLE) force on the gound.

      Sure ISIS needs to be confronted militarily, but the short-sighted 'coalition' is clobbering them in Syria, while they're enhancing recruitment by its drone warfare. Statistics came out that out of 216 killed, only 35 were the intended targets. Yet nothing about this in our MSM!

  • Palestinians need hope, not calm
    • Great article. Only Aljazeera (and probably RT) among the media in the US talks about 'Occupied Palestinian territory'. The MSM talks, at best, about two sides competing for the same land, presumably with equal justice based on different histories. No mention of the international determination that the West Bank and Gaza are OCCUPIED, and that the occupiers are not allowed to move its citizens into occupied territory according to the Geneva Conventions.

      So frustrating being Jewish in the US with most of my friends believing that Israel is the aggrieved party. 'Thosa Arab savages need to accept Israel's primacy in whatever land they want!' The debate is still one-sedied here, though it's slowly changing. I didn't think Apartheid be uprooted in South Africa, but the march of history towards freedom worked its way to correct an injustice and will likewise do its job in Palestine.

  • Why Obama and Putin are Both Wrong on Syria
    • The US is doing anything it can to stay relevant, kind of flailing about like a drunken, powerful bully. That means pretty much supporting its Saudi and Israeli allies, and to a lesser extent Egypt.

      They're clueless in Syria, and almost that bad in Iraq,except there's a better delineation of 'bad' guys and 'good' guys there. What really gets me about Iraq is that Obama talks about it just happening and not we were the culpits nor that there needs to be some accountability. Every time I hear him talk about violations of international law, like in Ukraine, I have to laugh and wonder if he really believes it himself. As Putin alluded to in 60 Minutes this exceptionalism is a crock and needs to be countered at every turn.

  • Aqsa Crisis: PM Netanyahu wants Israeli Forces to use Live Fire against Rock Throwing Demonstrators
    • It's incredible how our MSM ignores this story completely. It only reports on Israel's response to 'terrorist' attasks, like the rockets from Gaza. It'll only change when the U.S. (and Israel) get more and more isolated. A good start would be Corbyn becoming PM In the UK!

  • Sanders surges in Iowa as Clinton faces Enthusiasm Gap
    • The Bern is great, except on foreign policy. I wish he was a little more like Corbyn. Of course criticism of Israel is the real third rail of American politics.

  • Israeli Policies could make Gaza uninhabitable in 5 years: UN
    • Israel has said they won't give up any land and that they want to put the Gazans on a diet and mow them like grass. So keep on blaming Hamas! One day maybe the world will wake up and confront the biggest terrorist nation of all!

  • Obama: We don't have a "complete strategy" against ISIL
    • Obama, true to being a wishy-washy politician, needed to say, that when Abadi reconciles with the Sunni majority in Anbar and recruits them into the armed forces, then, and only then, should we aid them. Plain and simple!

  • Yemen conflict fans food insecurity
    • A shameful example of how the U.S. pretty much runs the UN. It and its cronies in Saudi Arabia pushed its agenda of Shia aggression in Yemen, even in the face of its marginalization by Hadi. Once again we took sides in a civil war. Just like in Iraq and Syria! Will our rapacious military-industrial complex ever be curbed! Whatever we touch turns to s***! Just witness Libya and iraq for prime examples!

  • President Hillary Clinton's Middle East Policy: Interventions, Wars, More of Same
    • Does it really matter who is POTUS? As long as the myth of American Exceptionalism and the 'shining light on the hill' prevails we're all doomed to living in a society where militarism prevaails both at home and abroad. And with the MSM a willing accomplice this will be perpetuated until there are 'bottom-up' revolutionary activity. 'Black Lives Matter' is a movement that shows promise to make real change. Hopefully we'll see something in the international arena soon, but as there's very little, if any, debate in the MSM on our Iran policy, or our declaring Venezuela 'a national security threat', not to mention even the slightest objective disussion on Israel occupation of Palestinian lands, I'm not very helpful. Americans live in a cocoon, apart from the rest of the world. As a recent example, was there a word in our MSM how Latin America rose up in arms on our blatant attempt to interfere in Venezuela, until Obama backed down. The attitiude is that we'll do what we want and the rest of the world be damned!

      I think HRC will be a slight improvement on the Repubs in the domestic arena, but overseas the Empire will march forward - till its doom!

  • Netanyahu slips, Reveals reason for Opposition to Iran Deal
    • To get the REAL news, contrary to our state-sponsored broadcast media, we need to watch RT and Aljazeera America. The latter sometimes tries too hard to please the host country, still it's far more objective than CNN, ABC and the other MSM.

  • Washington's 2 Air Wars: alongside Iran in Iraq, Saudis in Yemen
    • Hadi was the only candidate, so not much democracy there. So in Iraq the Shia persecuted the Sunni and in Yemen it's the opposite. All we need is one more match to light the flame and we got a regular conflagration over there. (It might even happen without that match.) All this is the legacy of the U.S. intervention over there, both the invasions and supporting corrupt and dictatorial regimes!) Something for the jingoists over here to be proud of!

  • Obama with Drama: Translating his comments on Israel's Netanyahu from the Vulcan
    • They still can still be prosecuted for violations of interational law. They may not have to 'cooperate' with the court when their soldiers commit massacres, but they're still accountable as nations for their crimes!

  • Apartheid Forever: Israel's Netanyahu rules out Palestinian Citizenship Rights
    • Unfortunately the politics isn't yet in the U.S. to condemn Bibi's government. The politicians are bought and controlled; likewise the mass media. I hear nary a contraruy word about Israel, though the NY Times is getting better.

      The only hope is that the U.S gets isolated on the World stage and feel embarrassed at supporting a criminal regime. That's what sort of happened with Cuba, where the US was thoroughly condemned and now is happening at its attempts to bully Venezuela. Latin America will have no more of that any more, and hopefully Europe will act similarly soon.

  • Snowden will return to US if fair trial guaranteed – NSA whistleblower’s lawyer
    • The only guarantee is that he won't be executed. The solitary confinement will make him wish for death! I can't imagine anyone believing the U.S. anyway. Just like they told Russia they wouldn't advance beyond West Germany in the early '90s, so now they're having military exercises in Estonia!

  • 'American Terrorist': Middle East reacts to Murder of 3 Muslim-American Students in N Carolina
    • I'm appalled by the US media on this act of terrorism. CNN goes out of the way to indicate why it's not a hate crime. If they were shot in the parking lot in a fit of passion over a spot, that would be one thing, but this was an execution in their room.

      I hope Bill Maher and others reflect on their role in villifying over a billion people with one stroke of the brush. The vast majority are peaceful, even after provocations like this crime, as well as the illegal wars and drone attacks waged against them.

      Imagine the reaction if this was an attack on Jews or synagogues. Anti-semites, terrorists! Now it's a lone, angry man!

  • When you've Lost Bernie Sanders: How Netanyahu destroyed the Israel Lobby
    • I sure hope you're right, Professor Cole. One of my biggest disappointments was when Senators Sanders and Warren jumped on the pro-Israeli bandwagon over the Gaza massacre. Israel is the true third-rail of American politics. The American people, while still supporting Israel but with a smaller majority, is way ahead of Congress, where the support is almost unanimous. Hopefully the American people will come to realize that Israel is much more a liability than an asset.

  • GOP's Scott Walker: Pitches possible Syria War to make us Like Him
    • Most of the American people believed that Saddam was responsible for 9/11. They have the memory and attention span of a gnat. Mix this with the bloodthirstiness of ISIS (and radical Muslims in general) and you have the makings of endless wars - all to the delight of military-industrial complex, whic Ike warned as about. We can only hope that somewhere along the way the impoverishment of our society will wake them up!

  • Israel destroys water lines feeding Palestinian areas in Jordan Valley
    • Is there no end to Israeli crimes? How long will the international community allow the US to run interference for Israel?! There's not much question that Israel just wants to make life so miserable for the Palestinians that they leave. I firmly believe that this issue is a major contribution to the escalation of tensions in the world. Solve it and a lot of support for ISIS and Al-Qaeda will dry up.

  • Journalist Greste Freed by Egyptian Junta, but Press Freedom still Hostage
    • A wonderful piece, Professor Cole. I just hope the Egyptians ealize how they through away their revolution. I know they're tired and they want security, but the adage is that if you give up your liberty for security, you'll eventually get neither.

      Also it's unfortunate that the U.S. is short-sighted in supporting al-Sisi, just cause he's allied with Saudi Arabia and Israel in cracking down on legitimate Muslim aspirations. Sooner or later that dike will burst and we'll be embroiled in yet another hotspot in the ME.

  • Netanyahu Imported by GOP to ensure Iran War
    • Great article as usual, Professor! I just hope eventually that the MSM and the American people realize the price we're paying for our blind support for Israel. Our interests don't always coincide. Fairness in support of the peoples of the ME is a much better goal than support for this bellicose, land-grabbing 'ally'.

  • Israel's Syria Strike: Is it trying to Help al-Qaeda vs. Hizbullah & Iran?
    • Israel feels besieged in the court of public opinion (other than in the U.S.), so it's a full court press to deflect attention from its crimes and internal problems and to ensure their alliances with the U.S. and its cronies in Europe remain strong. They believe everyone will forget the crimes in Gaza. Now Bibi's going to Congress to ratchet up the pressure over here. They're also hoping there's enough chaos in their vicinity so they have that 'national security' excuse to ignore any investigations. Also the election in Israel ... There's lots of reasons to enter the fray in Syria. After all, Israel is America-lite!

  • Yes, they're Condemning the Paris Attacks: The Muslims' War on Terror
    • Were all Jews asked to condemn the slaughter of some 30 Muslims in Hebron by Baruch Goldstein, a fanatical Zionist in 1994? Should all Americans be asked to condemn the murderous wars of George Bush? We need to ask why the Muslim world is held to a higher standard! First the West humiliates them by killing them and supporting their dictators, then we wonder why a miniscule number of them commit such heinous acts!?

  • Why Europe must stop blocking Palestinian membership of the Int'l Criminal Court
    • What we need are other states to step up to the plate to support financially the Palestinians when the aid is removed by the US and others. Unfortunately Saudi Arabia and other so-called supporters of a Palestinian state are afraid of the mighty US.

  • The Wider Appeal of ISIL and Sunni Grievances
    • It's easy to condemn the excesses and barbarity of these radicals, but one misses the central impetus - the West' invasion of Muslim lands with their armies and their unprincipled support for Israel and brutal Arab dictators. If the West would DEMAND the end to the land grab on the West Bank and DEMAND the Shiite suppression of Sunni rights on Iraq and the Sunni suppression of Shoa rights in Bahrain, support for ISIL would wither away. Unfortunately the West has tunnel vision and hasn't a clue on how to win over tha 'Arab street'.

  • Must Muslim Americans Condemn ISIL? Must Turkish Jews Condemn Gaza War?
    • ... As Professor Cole implies you can politely ask one's opinion, but to expect or demand basically an apology is racist.and is a not too subtle attempt to assign collective guilt!

  • Middle East "Allies" decline to Commit Forces, Resources against ISIL
    • The consequences of that horrific war will reverberate for decades Iraq, Syria, soon Lebanon, then Jordan and Saudi Arabia! Remember that domino theory of the Vietnam era. It's coming to pass 50 years later. America, as well as ISIS, should be considered the scourge of mankind. Neither recognizes international borders. The only difference is the US uses 21st century methods, while ISIS uses medieval ones.

  • Russia denounces Obama Plan for Syria Air Strikes as Violation of Int'l Law
    • Crimea and Eastern Ukraine are in Russia's back yard, like when Russia 'invaded' Cuba in the early 60's (Remember it almost triggered a nuclear holocaust!). I mean. NATO squeezed Russia; we tweaked the Bear and it roared back. How is that the same as going 8,000 miles and causing death and destruction like the U.S.?!

      We have no moderate allies in Syria so that's a fiasco waiting to happen with any stupid, mindless, bombing campaign. In Iraq it'll be deja vu all over again (as Yogi would say), with he Kurds, Shia and us against the Sunni. Abadi is no different than Maliki and the Sunnis will be excluded again! Like Julie said this will be ideal for Israel, with the Arabs killing each other and it getting a pass for its brutal genocide of the Palestinians!

  • Israelis Alarmed as al-Qaeda Captures Golan, UN Peacekeepers
    • My hopes are that ISIS' pressure and the perseverance of the brave Gazans and Abbas' decision to circumvent the sham US-sponsored talks might finally bring the Palestinians some justice - and a state!

  • Need for Tough Love: Defending the Gaza Assault Hurts Israeli, American Interests
    • Just the power of being labeled anti-Semitic has cowered so many people. Hell, I hear our media use Israel's officials the same as U.S. officials, as the purveyors of the given truth. People are losing their jobs in universities, on radio stations, just for any criticism of Israel. It's as close to McCarthyism as we've come since the 1950's. More and more there's a siege mentality in Israel and here too. I think as more and more people come to realize the truth, the more the hardcore will circle the wagons. But in the end, just like in South Africa, the truth will prevail!

  • Top 5 Ways the US is Israel's Accomplice in War Crimes in Gaza
    • As long as the mainstream media depict Israel as a democracy besieged by terrorist Hamas, the American people will support Israel. Not many question CNN or ABC it's sad, but true. I mean, how many question the illegal and immoral war against Iraq - even to this day! Why does the rest of the world get it, but not the U.S?! My guess is this has to do with American exceptionalism, and as Israel is looked upon as our 51st state. ....

  • Gaza: Why a 'Cease-Fire' is Not enough
    • Granting the truth of #1, which I'm not sure of , the colonization is still a violation of Geneva convention. How about collective punishment?! You Israeli apologists are laughable!

  • U.N.: One Child Killed Every Hour in Gaza
    • This whole tragedy in Gaza is the logical outcome of the international community ignoring the creeping, brutal and ILLIGAL settlement of occupied lands. The US turned a blind eye and is as guilty as Israel of these crimes. As for the asymmetric warfare, what is a weak occupied people to do, succumb to a brutal siege or fight back - in any way possible. Hey, look Israel's airport was closed for two days! I hate any attempt at moral equivalency between the 'terrorist' Hamas and Israel. Is rael was doing the same and worse pre-1948 against the British!!

  • Gaza War Devastates Israeli Tourism Revenue, Points to Fragile Apartheid Future
    • While lots of these comments here about the effects of this war of liberation of the Palestinians cheer me up, i do get depressed when I hear our media as well as entities like the EU parlaiment condemning Hamas' rockets without a condemnation of Israelis' occupation and siege. The subtext here is you'll get your rights and your freedom if and when Israel decides to give them to you, not a moment before. It is such an abdication of the responsibilities of the UN and other international bodies. They all cower before the Almighty USA!

  • From Kerry to Selena Gomez & Rihanna, Israel's Claims of Precision, Compassion are Dissed
    • This is one 'baby boomer' who couldn't be more appalled by the savagery of Israel's onslaught. I'm also Jewish, and sometime feel ashamed for my co-religionists, though I know there are fair and sympathetic ones among them. What bothers me the most is that the MSM here and the politicians actually think this all started with Hamas' rockets, not with 'administrative' detentions (and killings), and a brutal siege of Gaza and the theft of Palestinian land and water, etc, etc ad nauseam. Even in Israel there's more balance in the media and in the body politic.

  • The Map: A Palestinian Nation Thwarted & Speaking Truth to Power
    • @jay I think Israel will eventually have to choose between a one-state and two-state solution. And as the world wouldn't tolerate an apartheid South Africa, likewise Israel. The US can run interference for only so long. Eventually Israel will come to its senses about the two-state solution. It will probably bring the Jews close to a civil war, but it will happen!

  • Bush Trifecta lands on Obama: Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan Imploding
    • Juan, great piece as usual. I would take exception with your 'no good deed' at the beginning. It may have been tongue in cheek, but the U.S. like other countries promote their own interests, not 'good' deeds. In the ME we're there primarily to keep relatively cheap oil flowing and, geopolitically, to promote the Zionist agenda. To those ends we promote peace and 'democracy'. We've supported murderous thugs throughout the world (think School of the Americas as an example), so our democratic credentials are murky at best!

  • Opportunities Abound in Iraq to Reset US Middle East Policy
    • I just love this extreme form of American Exceptionalism supported by out politicians and mainstream media. Kidnappings, bombing, any form of mayhem. These people should listen to Pete Seeger's 'Last Train to Nuremberg'. We're all guilty and there will be BLOWBACK!

  • Don't Trust the Bombers on Iraq: "Shock and Awe" Never Works
    • Right on, Professor.With their tail between their legs. Never a happier moment for me than seeing those scenes from Saigon in '75.

      As for ISIS there's so many other groups rebelling, please don't fall this simplistic terrorist crap!

  • Student Debt: Blame Law-Makers, Tax-Shirking Rich, War on Drugs, not Universities
    • Professor Cole, a wonderful, concise look at capitalism run amok, with its overly privatized prisons and education. Why should the French get free education AND health care! Man the barricades, Americans! How stupid are we to buy the Exceptionalism crap of the MSM!

      I do think the core domestic issues which feed this corruption and over-privatization are our bought politicians and the 'imbedded' MSM. Any solutions there, My good Professor?

  • US Drones hitting Civilian Homes, Killing non-Combatants
    • All this jabbering skirts the issue of extra-judicial killings and interference in countries we're not at war with. It sets the precedent that a country can follow its own dictates, the rest of the world be damned. It'll come back to bite us big time.

  • Assassination by Leak: US floats Trial Balloon of Droning an American to Death
  • Benghazi Consular attack was Local, not al-Qaeda: NYT Correspondent Demolishes GOP Talking Points
    • Al-Qaeda or not Al-Qaeda debate has significance mostly in the context of U.S. politics. More to the point is that a growing number of Middle East people are becoming radicalized in response to U.S. arrogance, which can most dramatically be seen in the drone killings and spiriting away of people off the streets in violation of local sovereignty. They don't need to swear allegiance to Zawahiri; they're still sworn enemies of the U.S and its puppet governments.

  • Top Five Differences between Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson and Miley Cyrus
    • ...And 'We Can't Stop' is a wonderful tribute to the differences between people and a rebuke to haters like you-know-who!

  • US, UK suspend Aid to Syrian "Moderates" as Fundamentalists Grab Western Supplies
  • Israel forces Gaza Children to Wade through Sewage as Creepy, Evil Blockade Continues
    • I get so outraged when I see our media interview Bibi, like he's a US politician. It's like we're bound at the hip. Not even a question about The Issue, only what should be done about Iran!

  • US Drone strikes Continue in Pakistan despite PM Nawaz Sharif's UN Protest (Serle)
    • The question remains as to who is a 'civilian' and who is a 'legitimate' target. Sorry, Joe, but I take Malala's word over yours on the impact of these assasinations.

    • Since the U.S. defines an enemy as any military-age male or even any group of people, should we be surprised that there are no civilians? The real question is how long will the Great Satan be able to buy the silence of so many of the world's leaders!

  • Iranian President Rouhani acknowledges Holocaust as Crime against Jewish People
    • This extra scrutiny and scepticism on Iran's attitude to Holocaust is driven by a fear of the Israeli lobby about cozying up to Iran. Netanyahu and AIPAC are besides themselves that Israel will become more isolated than it already is.

  • Obama's Limited Options: Bombing Syria unlikely to be Effective
  • Israeli, Hizbullah Proxy War in Syria
    • Since preemption is the order of the day, and the international bodies, ie U.S.dominated, won't respond, then I feel that asynchronous warfare is acceptable. ie anything goes!

  • Did the Boston Bombing Hurt the Syrian Revolution? Obama & Putin Confer as Rebels Allege Regime Massacre
    • A pox on both of their houses! All we want is to take out an ally of Iran. Anyone who believes in our morality or exceptionalism has already drunk the Kool-aid!

  • Top Ten Myths about Israeli Attack on Gaza
    • Thanks, Professor Cole. I'm so sick of CNN, Ajami and the rest of the MSM with their lies. For them not a word about blockade or illegal colonization, only so-called self-defense.

  • Obama and the End of Al-Qaeda
    • You left out two things the U.S. can also do to improve our image - get out of Afghanistan (and stop 'droning' the Pakistanis) and become an impartial broker between the Israelis and Palestinians. The killing of Bin Laden is small potatoes compared to these other issues on the Arab street.

  • Netanyahu Commits to Colonizing East Jerusalem; First Palestinian Expelled under new Policy
    • The U.S. has no one but itself to blame with it's nods and winks to Israeli expansionism for 20 to 30 years, with only occasional protests. They'll be responsible for a conflagration in the Mid-East that'll make these brush fires look like picnics. Hopefully the American people will realize the strategic disaster this blind support for Israel is and how it jeopardizes our national interests, and provide Obama the cover to balance our relationships there.

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