WHICH TARGET AFTER SYRIA?

19 years of “war without end” President George W. Bush decided to radically transform the Pentagon’s missions, as Colonel Ralph Peters explained in the Army magazine Parameters on September 13, 2001. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld appointed Admiral Arthur Cebrowski to train future officers. Cebrowski spent three years touring military universities so that today all general officers … Continue reading WHICH TARGET AFTER SYRIA?

Iran Is China’s Secret Weapon for Killing off the US Dollar’s Global Reserve Status

Federico Pieraccini There is a strong current of change affecting the international political arena. It is the beginning of a revolution brought on by the transition from a unipolar to multipolar world order. In practice, we are faced with the combination of several factors, including the application of US tariffs on Chinese exports, Washington’s sanctions … Continue reading Iran Is China’s Secret Weapon for Killing off the US Dollar’s Global Reserve Status

No matter how it appears, Trump isn’t getting out of Syria and Afghanistan

He’s just shifting the burden to allies and relying more on mercenaries By Stephen Gowans The announced withdrawal of US troops from Syria and the drawdown of US occupation forces in Afghanistan very likely do not represent the abandonment of US aims in the Middle East, and instead more likely reflect the adoption of new … Continue reading No matter how it appears, Trump isn’t getting out of Syria and Afghanistan

Erdogan, MBS, Islamic leadership and the price of silence

The House of Saud's ties to the Khashoggi slaying are being milked by the Turkish President for maximum benefit amid debate on leadership of the Islamic world and how the crisis may affect US and Saudi strategy in the Middle East By Pepe Escobar It was packaged as a stark, graphic message, echoing across Eurasia: … Continue reading Erdogan, MBS, Islamic leadership and the price of silence

Erdogan a threat to US effort to contain Iran

Washington needs to find a way to tone down the Turkish president's assault on the Saudis, which could undermine the push to restrict Iran in Syria, Iraq and Yemen By Stephen Bryen Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is ratcheting up the pressure on Saudi Arabia for the now-admitted killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi – a strategy … Continue reading Erdogan a threat to US effort to contain Iran