Senate Report: Bad News

Evidence presented by the Senate Intelligence Committee report on “enhanced interrogations,” aka “torture,” and “renditions,” aka “black site” hidden prisons, has further besmirched American prestige abroad. Except for evidence of CIA deception, little is new in the report. But putting the out information has reinforced U.S. culpability for wrongdoing. In addition, it has ignited even more nasty partisan conflict in government.December 12, 2014

Senate Report: Good News

While further tarnishing the U.S. image and that of the CIA and the Bush administration, the report has demonstrated the honesty and transparency of the country’s political system. Even Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) welcomed the report for this reason.December 12, 2014

A Wise Voice from the Washington Post

December 10, 2014

Walter Pincus has been with the Washington Post for many decades. As a young reporter in the mid-1960s, he wrote a path-breaking series on the struggle between the Philippines and the United States over the further payment by Washington of Philippine war-damage claims arising from promises made during the Second World War.  ...more

Do Americans Care about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

December 10, 2014

Well, one thing’s for sure: Evangelical Christians worry more about Israel’s Jewishness than American Jews.

Israel is in the midst of political turmoil with the Knesset voting to dissolve itself and calling for new elections in March, just as most Israelis and Palestinians seem to have lost any hope for a two-state solution....more

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