Tag: U.S. foreign policy

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Banishing Our Diplomats

By John Frederick Kaufman The newest foreign policy news today is that Russia has retaliated for the expelling of Russian diplomats (some of whom are said to be spies) by both European nations and the United States. Russian diplomats were banished from our shores by President Trump (in a rather quiet, un-Trumpian manner) in response to the nerve-agent poisoning in England of a former Russian double agent … Read More Banishing Our Diplomats

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The Pacific is Back Early as Threats of Nuclear War Disturb the Peace

By John Frederick Kaufman Today The Pacific returns to the daily digital domain after a few months respite. In fact, if it wasn’t for the recent launching of words of war back and forth across the Pacific Ocean, this publication and its editorial committee of one would still be lounging around on a beach with a book, or with a book about beaches. Alert … Read More The Pacific is Back Early as Threats of Nuclear War Disturb the Peace

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Rumple Oxbridge: “The Mother of All Bombs”

By Rumple Oxbridge (The Pacific’s unreal radical rhymer) How many mothers can it kill, this “mother of all bombs?” It’s only dropped on terrorists we’re certain have no wombs. What is the mother of this bomb– fear, or hate, or profit? Your question makes no sense to us. Our job is just to drop it. How can you be so sure this bomb will not … Read More Rumple Oxbridge: “The Mother of All Bombs”

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A Statement Against the U.S. Missile Strikes & Escalating War in Syria

By John Frederick Kaufman On the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I (the war that failed, as all the others have, to “end all wars”), President Donald Trump reportedly ordered the firing of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase known as Al Shayrat. It is the view of The Pacific blog that this action is detrimental to the cause of achieving … Read More A Statement Against the U.S. Missile Strikes & Escalating War in Syria

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Phyllis Bennis: “Trump, Syria, and Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don’t, and the Dangers Ahead”

  (Post from Common Dreams website) . . . “In the meantime we know another truth: that a US military escalation against Syria (because we must not forget that US Special Forces and US bombers are already fighting there) will not help the victims of this heinous chemical attack, it will not bring the devastating war in Syria to a quicker end, it will … Read More Phyllis Bennis: “Trump, Syria, and Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don’t, and the Dangers Ahead”

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Syria: War Still Not the Answer

The ongoing war in Syria is a vast catastrophe; what began as a peaceable resistance movement against the Assad regime, one among many in the “Arab Spring” of 2011,  has devolved into a brutal war in which at least 300,000 have been killed and as many as 96,000 Syrian civilians have died, including more than 17,000 children. It is crucial to remember that the U.S.-led Coalition bombing … Read More Syria: War Still Not the Answer

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Bad News: Under Trump, U.S. War Escalates in Middle East & Africa

Good reporting from the NY Times today on the increasing activity of the United States’ armed forces in wars in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. Civilian casualties are on the rise and evidence suggests we are at least partly to blame. Here is a succinct summation of events in the Middle East by NY Times’ reporters Ben Hubbard and Michael R. Gordon: “Two months after the … Read More Bad News: Under Trump, U.S. War Escalates in Middle East & Africa