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“Double Government” in the US – an explanation for another Obama failure?

Review of essay by Michael J Glennon Harvard National Security Journal January 2014.

There is a fairly widespread feeling in international circles that the Obama presidency promised more than it delivered, and the continuity in national security policy of the Bush presidency is seen as part of this. Many observers, at home and abroad, are disappointed at this, and struggle to explain how Obama has signally failed to live up to his promise of fundamental change.

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The US Israeli Lobby

Richard Whelan shows that specific Christian groups are the real power in the US Israeli lobby, in an article in the April 2014 edition of Doctrine And Life, published by Dominican Publications.

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Iran, the US, and the Middle East

A number of interesting, off the record, perspectives came up at the IISS conference in Geneva, Global Strategic Review in September 2010.

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China’s Use of Its Financial Muscle: China’s Growing Financial Power May Not Be As Strong a Weapon As Many Think

There is a widespread belief (apparently shared by President Obama) that because of growing Chinese economic and financial power, and particularly its large holdings of US securities, China can now dictate terms to the US, particularly on financial matters. Even the assumption that this is the case by policymakers can lead to restricted policy decisions and choices. Continue reading

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Who is Barack Obama?

“If Illinois isn’t the most corrupt state in the United States, its certainly one hell of a competitor”, said FBI agent Robert Grant at a press conference this week (December 9, 2008.) He was talking about investigating Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s attempt to” sell “ Barack Obama’s Senate seat, a manoeuvre which vividly illustrates the political cesspit out of which the president — elect has come, though he apparently was not involved in this scandal. Continue reading

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Iran Remains on Target for Nuclear Weapons Despite US Intelligence Mistakes

The public heaved a sigh of relief at the recent US intelligence announcement that Iran was not pushing its nuclear weapons programme in 2003 despite claims to the contrary , mixed with exasperation that yet again, the United States had misread the Middle East. Continue reading

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