Patrick Cockburn: Saudi Arabia Drone Attack Changes Global Warfare — and US IC Either Has No HUMINT, IMINT, or SIGINT on Iran Or US IC Was Part of a Joint Israel Saudi Arabia False Flag Action

The drone attacks in Saudi Arabia have changed the nature of global warfare On the morning of 14 September, 18 drones and seven cruise missiles – all cheap and unsophisticated compared to modern military aircraft – disabled half of Saudi Arabia’s crude oil production and raised the world price of oil by 20 per cent. …

Patrick Cockburn: Economic Sanctions = War Crimes

It’s Time to Call Economic Sanctions What They Are: War Crimes Economic sanctions are like a medieval siege but with a modern PR apparatus attached to justify what is being done. A difference is that such sieges used to be directed at starving out a single town or city while now they are aimed at …

Patrick Cockburn: The Age of Disintegration – Neoliberalism, Interventionism, the Resource Curse, and a Fragmenting World

The Age of Disintegration  Neoliberalism, Interventionism, the Resource Curse, and a Fragmenting World  By Patrick Cockburn, TomDispatch, 28 June 2016 Everywhere nation states are enfeebled or collapsing, as authoritarian leaders battle for survival in the face of mounting external and internal pressures.   . . .   A common explanation for the rise of Islamic …

Patrick Cockburn: Where Are All These Refugees Coming From?

Refugee crisis: Where are all these people coming from and why? It is an era of violence in the Middle East and North Africa, with nine civil wars now going on in Islamic countries between Pakistan and Nigeria. This is why there are so many refugees fleeing for their lives. Half of the 23 million …

Chuck Spinney: Patrick Cockburn on US Military Failure PBI: Without Intelligence with Integrity, Force Structure is Fraud

Can a Gold-Plated Military Counter ISIS? Lightly armed guerrilla/insurgent/terrorist forces are once again holding off the high-tech, heavily armed forces of the United States. War with Isis: Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter the militants’ gruesome tactics The West needs more than a ‘White Knight’ if it wants …

Patrick Cockburn: Letter from Arabia — ISIS is the Lesser of All Evils — And Most Certainly Less Evil Than an Invading Occupying USA…

The Impossible War Isis cannot be beaten as long as there is civil war in Syria BY PATRICK COCKBURN CounterPunch • SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 A letter printed at the bottom of this article was emailed by a friend soon after her neighbourhood in Mosul was hit by Iraqi airforce bombers. This was some hours before …

Patrick Cockburn: Hazards of Revolution — and Counter-Revolution

Hazards of Revolution Patrick Cockburn London Review of Books, 9 January 2014 EXTRACTS: Why have oppositions in the Arab world and beyond failed so absolutely, and why have they repeated in power, or in pursuit of it, so many of the faults and crimes of the old regimes? The contrast between humanitarian principles expressed at …

Patrick Cockburn: Saudi Arabia Funds Terrorism & Mass Murder — USG Silent & Therefore Complicit [While Also Approving $4B to “Train & Equip” Saudi National Guard]

Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis World View: Everyone knows where al-Qa’ida gets its money, but while the violence is sectarian, the West does nothing Patrick Cockburn The Independent, Sunday 8 December 2013 Donors in Saudi Arabia have notoriously played a pivotal role in creating and maintaining Sunni …

Chuck Spinney: Patrick Cockburn Interviews Muqtada al-Sadr on Iraq — Toxic Mix of Sectarianism, Incompetent and Corrupt Government, and Interference by US, UK, and Iran

The United States bears a moral responsibility for the murderous state of affairs in Iraq, but contemporary American grand strategy has become a self-referencing mix of arrogance, narcissism, and exceptionalism; so it is not surprising that most Americans have dismissed Iraq their minds (as they are now dismissing Afghanistan).  Below is an excellent reminder of the situation …

Berto Jongman: Greenwald on ISIS, Rothkopf on National Insecurity Plus Spinney, Polk, Cockburn, and Steele on How ISIS and Hamas Have Won and Everything We Plan to Do Will Deepen Our Losses

Americans Now Fear ISIS Sleeper Cells Are Living in the U.S., Overwhelmingly Support Military Action Glenn Greenwald The Intercept, 8 September 2014 EXTRACTS What kind of country goes around bombing people with no strategic purpose and with little motive other than to “flex muscles” and “show toughness”? This answer also seems clear: one that is …

Chuck Spinney: Patrick Coburn on Chaos in Libya – What Has US “Power” Done?

Special report: We all thought Libya had moved on – it has, but into lawlessness and ruin Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi PATRICK COCKBURN Independent, TUESDAY 03 SEPTEMBER 2013 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/special-report-we-all-thought-libya-had-moved-on–it-has-but-into-lawlessness-and-ruin-8797041.html Related articles

Michel Onfray: French Joined the Americans in War on Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Mali…Reap As Ye Sow…

Michel Onfray : « La France doit cesser sa politique islamophobe » Point: After the announcement of the attacks of November 13, you wrote on twitter: “It was the [Western] Right and Left  who sowed the war against political Islam and we are now reaping blowback from that war against political Islam. “Do not you feel like you …