Monthly Archives: December 2016

On ‘A Middle East graveyard for western delusions’, a comment by Political Cynic

Headline: A Middle East graveyard for western delusions Sub-headline: Aleppo’s fall signals the collapse of US and European influence The human catastrophe of Western colonialism, from its inception to the  Sykes-Picot Agreement to the present humanitarian crisis in Syria, is … Continue reading

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The New Cold War: Episode CCCXXXI, The Cambridge Intelligence Seminar is infested with Russian callabos, reports The Financial Times! Political Reporter comments

The American reader well over fifty will be vividly reminded of the era of Joe McCarthy and his zealous allies Nixon, Mundt and McCarren in the year 1952 , judging from the headline of this ‘news story’ awash in the … Continue reading

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Episode MMDXXVI of The American Political Melodrama: On Francis Fukuyama’s Straussian pessimism, a comment by Publius (Revised)

How many times must readers be presented with the maladroitly expressed Straussian pessimism of Mr. Fukuyama, as having some kind of objective value? Mr. Fukuyama is part of a coterie of Political Romantics, who view themselves as the natural inheritors … Continue reading

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Episode MMDXXV of The American Political Melodrama: On John Bolton & Trump, a comment by Political Reporter

As frightening as Bolton is, The Brookings Institution headed by ‘Russia Hand’ Strobe Talbott, who exemplifies the ‘ethos’ of the New Cold Warrior, if you’ll pardon the misuse of the word ‘ethos’, were/are still a clear and present danger the … Continue reading

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Episode MMDXXIV of The American Political Melodrama: Robert Zoellick defends ‘Liberty’, ‘Open Doors’ & America as the indispensable nation, a comment by Old Socialist

Headline: With Trump, the US foreign policy framework is at risk Sub-headline: America has been a voice for liberty, open doors and leader of the free world The estimable Mr. Zoellick appears regularly in the pages of The Financial Times, … Continue reading

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@AAzmanova

What you advocate in your essay at Social Europe, For A European Political Economy Of Trust  could very easily be called Neo-Liberalism Lite! The old order of Keynesian economics, the dreaded Welfare State, and other such anachronisms don’t appeal to … Continue reading

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On the New Cold War and the 2016 American Election: The Russians are coming! Redux

Headline: U.S. investigating potential covert Russian plan to disrupt November elections By Dana Priest, Ellen Nakashima and Tom Hamburger September 5 ‘U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the … Continue reading

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Episode MMDXXIII of The American Political Melodrama, Peter Beinart chatters: ‘Why Trump’s Republican Party Is Embracing Russia’, Political Observer comments

Mr. Beinart has perfected the art of ‘Liberal’ bourgeois political chatter, that hews to the current iteration of Political Orthodoxy. Along the way the names of Kissinger and Kennan are dropped, and the idea of ‘Civilizational Conservative’, and other foreshortened … Continue reading

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On the political myopia of Gideon Rachman, a comment by Political Reporter

Trump’s ‘five fateful foreign policy choices’ headline begins this essay, but just one sentence of Mr. Rachman’s dependable, and infrequently modulated political melodrama, demonstrates a certain repetitive political myopia, my apologies to the reader for this clumsy description, yet I … Continue reading

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On the French Political Melodrama: Anne-Sylvaine Chassany on the political perversity of ‘many leftwing voters’, a comment by Old Socialist

Ms. Chassany’s descriptive analysis of the French political contest is awash in the indispensable polling numbers favored by a class of the pseudo-technocrats, whose corollaries in the American election, were proven to be, not exactly wrong, but wide of the … Continue reading

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