FAILED: Foreign Policy as We Know It by David Swanson

Syria: Stop the War march, London, 31 August 2013

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
November 30, 2017

The Stop the War Coalition has just published a short summary of what’s wrong with foreign policy, going through a partial list of current wars one by one. Of course this is a British organization with a British perspective, but it’s the closest thing to what a well-funded U.S. anti-war organization might produce, and it ought to be considered by people everywhere, as it impacts us all.

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Demystifying US and Israeli Power by Susan Cain and Mark Mason (must-read)

Massive DC Rally And March For Gaza 2

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by Susan Cain and Mark Mason
Guest Writers, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD
crossposted from The Real News Network, Nov. 13, 2015
previously posted November 24, 2015
November 13, 2017

Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex. ~ Frank Zappa

Introduction

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Mark Mason: The U.S. Is The Biggest Terrorist Organization On Earth

Fight Racism Fight Imperialism - Anti-Trump protesters start to gather in London's Trafalgar Square.

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Interview with Mark Mason
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Mark Mason, PhD (his website)
Tasnim, Oct. 28, 2017
November 4, 2017

An American political commentator denounced the US government as the world’s biggest terrorist organization, saying such an empire would never honor treaties or deals because upholding an agreement means the US is not really an empire.

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Anglo-American War Plan for North Korea by Finian Cunningham

World War 3 - XVIII

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Oct. 12, 2017
October 13, 2017

The United States and Britain – the two countries responsible for so many recent wars and conflicts – are at it again. This time, the diabolical double-act has North Korea in its sights, despite the risk that such an attack could ignite a global nuclear war.

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Trump’s Reality Free Zone: Tweeting About Armageddon by Felicity Arbuthnot

Nuclear Nightmare - Open Your Eyes And Awake !

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
October 12, 2017

When US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, stated of North Korea (4th September 2017): “When a rogue regime has a nuclear weapon and an ICBM pointed at you, you do not take steps to lower your guard. No one would do that”, she unwittingly put her finger on why the DPRK has been conducting missile tests and stating that they have ever bigger, better and longer range capabilities. There is no certainty that either of the latter is the case, but the tiny country has been subject to nearly seventy years of vilification and ever more threatening behavior from the US and allies, with the language of Donald Trump, from near day one of his Presidency of the US regime reaching ever more apocalyptic heights.

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Why United States Is the Fourth Reich by Finian Cunningham

World War 3 - III

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Sept. 27, 2017
September 28, 2017

US President Trump’s declaration last week before the UN to “totally destroy” North Korea and his general ranting about American military might is on par with the Nazi Third Reich’s invocation of “Total War”.

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Stop Allowing YOUR Emperor to Threaten Nuclear Apocalypse by David Swanson + Larry Wilkerson: North Korea is Not an Existential Threat

Nuclear Nightmare - Open Your Eyes And Awake !

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 5, 2017

North Korea is open to reasonable negotiations. The United States, as embodied in the buffoon whom we have allowed to hold more power than any royal monarch has ever known, would prefer Armageddon to reasonable negotiations.

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The Continuing Debate: Capitalism vs. Socialism by William Blum

Unions Behind Labor Day

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by William Blum
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
August 25, 2017

I’m back

It has recently been reported that Senator John McCain has an aggressive brain tumor. Not long ago I would have thought: “Good. It’ll be great to be rid of that neanderthal reactionary bastard!”

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This Time The Target Is North Korea by Felicity Arbuthnot + Bruce Gagnon: This Whole Pivot is Aimed at Russia and China

Diplomacy Not War

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
August 24, 2017

North Korea an Aggressor? A Reality Check

“ … war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.” (Howard Zinn, 1922-2010)

“All war represents a failure of diplomacy.” (Tony Benn, MP, 1925-2014)

“No country too poor, too small, too far away, not to be threat, a threat to the American way of life.” (William Blum, Rogue State)

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The 16 Year War in Afghanistan – Headlines Tell the Story by Ralph Nader

Stop the Wars!

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Dandelion Salad

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
August 15, 2017

Since 2001 the US has been at War in Afghanistan – the longest war in US history. Headlines concisely tell the story of this cruel boomeranging quagmire of human violence and misery. Below are some newspaper headlines from 2010 to the present to show that a militarized foreign policy without Congress exercising its Constitutional duties and steadfast public engagement will drift on, costing our soldiers’ lives and limbs, nearly three-quarters of a trillion taxpayer dollars, hundreds of thousands of Afghani lives and millions of refugees, with no end in sight.

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With Friends Like These (Who Needs Allies?) by Greg Maybury

Scott Ludlam visits Pine Gap

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by Greg Maybury
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Pox Amerikana
August 4, 2017

‘[For us] it is one thing to remain a good friend, but too close an embrace will lead Americans and others to resurrect the “deputy sheriff” tag. The Americans have always put their own interests first and will continue to do so; we should follow their example. American interests will not always be the same as Australian and vice versa. The bottom line, however, is the domestic political one. Australians are afraid of the outside world and convinced of their inability to cope with it. Any Australian government which suggested that we do without a great and powerful friend to look after us would have to consider the electoral implications.’ — Source: Cavan Hogue — fmr. Ambassador and Dep. Permanent Representative when Australia was last on the UN Security Council. He has also served as head of mission in Mexico, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow and Bangkok, along with other posts. He is an Adjunct Professor in International Communication at Macquarie University, Sydney.

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Europe’s Shameful Refugee Policy by Graham Peebles

Mayday Hamburg Recht auf Stadt-Never mind the papers

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
July 21, 2017

This time of year Mediterranean beaches are the destinations of choice for many European holidaymakers; it’s also the beginning of the busiest time of year for the people smugglers based in Libya and elsewhere along the North African coast. July to October is their peak season — during this time in 2016 around 103,000 refugees were crammed into unsafe boats, often in the dead of night, and cast off into the Mediterranean Sea.

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The Tragedy of the “Ships of the Desert” by Felicity Arbuthnot + Gulf Crisis: Camels Become Casualties of Qatar Blockade

Camels

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
July 21, 2017

The last straw will break the camel’s back. (Various attributions)

After his visit to the Kingdom in May, Donald Trump decided to back the Saudi-led blockade of tiny Qatar (2015 population 2.235 million, but just 313,000 citizens) imposed less than a month later.

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The Rise and Rise of the Regime Renovators (Another Splendid Little Coup) by Greg Maybury

On the walls of the former American embassy

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by Greg Maybury
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Pox Amerikana, June 26, 2017
June 27, 2017

‘It has been a splendid little war, begun with the highest motives, carried on with magnificent intelligence and spirit, favored by that Fortune which loves the brave.’ US Secretary of State John Hay, defining the Spanish-American War of 1898, in a letter to Theodore Roosevelt, July 27 of that year, the war ushering in America’s Imperial era and unequivocally heralding its hegemonic ambitions.

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Christopher Hitchens and Michael Parenti Debate: Iraq and the Future of US Foreign Policy (2005)

Smash US Empire

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by Michael Parenti
Writer, Dandelion Salad
originally published Dec. 23, 2011
June 24, 2017

Here is a debate held at Wesleyan University in 2005 between Christopher Hitchens and me. Hitchens went to his grave as a supporter of the Bush/Cheney venture. He supported Bush in 2004. His turn to the right (from weak leftish/center) won him the attention of all the mass media, especially Fox and the like, and lecture invitations at fat fees. Others of us were less enthralled about his anti-Islam warrior politics.

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