Tag: Ivan Eland

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Oil Supplies Remain US Focus

Despite rhetorical suggestions about a shift in U.S. geopolitical strategy, the pre-placement of military stockpiles indicates that America’s security interests will remain focused on protecting oil supplies, writes the Independent Institute’s Ivan Eland.

Beating the Drums of War, Again

USS Maine, which exploded and sank in Havana Harbor in 1898, touched off the Spanish-American War

The U.S. news media is in harness again, pulling the latest bandwagon for war, this time with Iran. So, Americans should expect soft coverage of U.S.-Israeli provocations of Iran and media outrage over any Iranian retaliation, as the Independent Institute’s…

Failure of ‘Pro-Democracy’ Wars

President George W. Bush meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in June 2006

A key justification for three recent U.S. military actions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya was to oust brutal dictators and pave the way for a more democratic future. But these violent strategies have fallen short on the pro-democracy front, writes…

Keeping American Hands Off Iraq

On June 28, 2004, U.S. pro-consul Paul Bremer signed over limited sovereignty to Iraq

After years of American-led sanctions followed by a U.S. invasion and long occupation, Iraq is a shattered society with sectarian tensions again on the rise, but the Independent Institute’s Ivan Eland says the United States should resist the impulse to…

The Bad-Tasting Medicine of Retreat

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announcing final U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq

America’s still-influential neocons are pounding President Obama for failing to negotiate a longer U.S. military occupation of Iraq, blaming him for the country’s latest political crisis. But the Independent Institute’s Ivan Eland says the U.S. pullback was part of a…

Ivan Eland Disputes War-for-Oil Dogma

Ivan Eland's book "No War for Oil: U.S. Dependency and the Middle East"

At least since the oil shocks of the 1970s, it has been Official Washington’s dogma that the United States must stand ready to fight wars over access to Middle East oil, but the Independent Institute’s Ivan Eland questions that certainty…

The Risk of the ‘Cheap’ Libya Victory

Amateur video image of Muammar Gaddafi shortly before his death

The Western powers achieved violent “regime change” in Libya under cover of a UN resolution to “protect civilians” and by relying mostly on air power to isolate and then kill Muammar Gaddafi and doing it all at a much lower…

The Never-ending Terror Threat

Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden

For a decade now, the American people have been told that only a “long war” against Islamist extremism can keep them safe from terrorism, even at the cost of trillions of dollars and loss of their liberties. Not even the…

The Slippery Slope of Assassinations

Anwar al-Awlaki

With the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen and al-Qaeda associate based in Yemen, the Obama administration has stepped onto a slippery slope where loosening standards for extrajudicial killings could slide into a terrifying use of government power, the…

Surrendering Liberties After 9/11

After the 9/11 attacks, many Americans were ready to surrender constitutional liberties for an extra measure of security and the Bush administration was more than willing to accept that deal. But the Independent Institute’s Ivan Eland says the trade-offs haven’t…