Category: Campaign 2012

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Preparing to ‘Mow the Grass’ in Gaza

An Israeli Air Force F16I preparing to take off during Operation Cast Lead against targets in Gaza three years ago. (Credit: Yosi Yaari,  Fresh Military & Security Forum, Israel, via Hebrew Wikipedia)

Even as Israeli leaders focus the world on a possible war with Iran, the neocons are prepping public opinion for another bloody assault on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, what one article likened to “mowing the grass.” Ex-CIA analyst Paul…

‘War on Women’ Breaches Global Norms

The 1992 elections, sometimes called "the year of the woman," expanded the number of Democratic senators to five, (from left) Sens. Patty  Murray, Carol Moseley Braun, Barbara Mikulski, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.

Republican bills taking aim at women’s reproductive freedoms have raised alarms about a “war on women,” a development that is shaking up the American political scene. But some of the legislation also is putting the U.S. outside the bounds of international norms,…

Republicans, a Threat to the Republic?

Gov. Sarah Palin campaigning for vice president in 2008. (Photo credit: Shealah Craighead/SarahPAC)

From the Archive: As Americans watch HBO’s “Game Change” about Election 2008 and reflect on the madcap Republican presidential race of 2012 they confront again the GOP’s modern tendency to promote patently unfit individuals for high office, as Robert Parry…

Israel’s Tragedy of ‘Victories’

Bodies of Palestinian refugees at the Sabra camp in Lebanon, 1982. (Photo credit: U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees)

Exclusive: For decades, Israel and its Arab neighbors fought wars rather than make the difficult compromises that peace would require. However, over the past decade, Israel’s security perimeter has expanded, now reaching nearly 1,000 miles to Iran and entangling the…

Pols Resist Refunding Ponzi Cash

Convicted financier Robert Allen Stanford

When financier Robert Allen Stanford was a high-flying billionaire, he spread his campaign donations around to powerful politicians of both parties, from Barack Obama to John McCain. But now with Stanford convicted of fraud a federal court is demanding refunds…

Will Netanyahu Defy Obama on Iran?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Exclusive: President Obama sent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu home with a warning that Israel cannot count on U.S. support if it unilaterally bombs Iran. Top neocons are fuming and Netanyahu must weigh the risk of defying Obama on Iran…

An Israeli October Surprise on Obama?

President Obama talks with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office. (White House photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama is walking a political tightrope between constraining Iran’s nuclear program and restraining Israel’s war threats, while political critics are shaking the supports. But ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar says Obama’s predicament may be even trickier, with Israeli hardliners possibly…

Obama Cedes Ground on Iran War

President Obama signs the prosthetic arm of Marine Sgt. Carlos Evans during a tour of the White House for wounded veterans on March 6, 2012. (White House photo by Pete Souza)

Amid the pounding of war drums on Capitol Hill, on newspaper op-ed pages and on the Republican campaign trail President Obama has insisted on giving peace one more chance regarding Iran’s nuclear program, but he has conceded key ground on…

Romney’s Made-up History on Iran

Ronald Reagan delivering his First Inaugural Address in 1981, with President Jimmy Carter on right.

Exclusive: In facing down Iran as U.S. president, Mitt Romney says he would be guided by the experience of Ronald Reagan threatening Iran with a military strike if it didn’t free 52 Americans held hostage during Jimmy Carter’s presidency. But…

Can Rush Keep It Up?

Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh’s gross comments about a female college student who voiced support for President Obama’s birth-control insurance compromise have forced some old Republican allies to distance themselves from the talk-radio star, raising questions about Limbaugh losing his potency, says Peter…