George H W Bush’s Legacy and US Wars in the Middle East

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FEATURING DR. STEPHEN ZUNES – The 41st president of the US, George H. W. Bush has died. He was 94. The BBC described him as, “a war hero, a congressman, an ambassador, the head of the CIA, Ronald Reagan’s number two and, between 1989 and 1993, the most powerful man in the world.” But that description does not capture the President’s ugly legacy, particularly in Middle East foreign policy.
The eulogies so far have mostly focused on his affable nature and Presidential demeanor. President Barack Obama called him, “a humble servant,” and President Bill Clinton said he was, “Honorable, gracious and decent.” However critics remember his actions during the First Gulf War in Iraq, and his role in the Iran Contra affair among other things…

Impeach Away! Thoughts on a Possible President Pence

August 22, 2018 in The Progressive, and Common Dreams: With the latest evidence of Donald Trump’s involvement in illegal activities and even more damaging revelations likely to come, there is now serious talk about impeachment, which would pave the way for Mike Pence to become President.Some pundits dismiss the possibility, noting Republican majorities in both houses and the need for a two-thirds Senate majority to convict and remove a President from office. Others have expressed concern over Pence, a Christian supremacist with more consistently hard right wing views than Trump, in charge of the White House.I would argue that Trump will likely be forced from office and that this would be a positive development…

Pompeo’s Iran Speech a Prelude to War?

The Progressive, May 23, 2018 The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech this past Monday targeting Iran may have created a new benchmark for hypocritical, arrogant, and entitled demands by the United States on foreign governments. It included gross misstatements regarding the seven-nation Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program, which Trump Administration unilaterally abrogated earlier this month. More critically, it promised to impose “the strongest sanctions in history” against Iran… [Full Link]

Mike Pompeo: Trump Is Handing the State Department Over from Exxon Mobil to the Tea Party

In These Times March 14, 2024:
President Trump abruptly fired Rex Tillerson and announced CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his choice to become the next Secretary of State. This decision serves as another disturbing development in the increasingly dangerous foreign policy turn taken by the current administration.
    Pompeo will only reinforce Trump’s most dangerous, reckless and militaristic instincts.
No tears should be shed over the departure of Tillerson, who oversaw the decimation of some of the more responsible agencies of the State Department and the downgrading of its capacity and resources. Tillerson cared little for diplomacy and his close relationships with the leaders of Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other oil-producing autocracies appeared to be little more than a continuation of his agenda as CEO of Exxon Mobil to promote the global production and consumption of fossil fuels.
    Still, when it came to the administration’s foreign policy, Tillerson reportedly helped to keep some of Trump’s most dangerous impulses in check and demonstrated at least some respect for protocol and international cooperation. Pompeo, by contrast, is a right-wing ideologue who will only reinforce Trump’s most dangerous, reckless and militaristic instincts.

Trump’s Far-Right Israel Stance Creates an Opening for the Left

But congressional Democrats won’t act without a push.
In These Times & The Huffington Post February 17, 2017
It was a surreal scene: On February 15, President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Washington, D.C. and spoke of their “shared values” which have “advanced the cause of human freedom, dignity and peace,” while at the same time retreating from the longstanding call for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.