Category Archives: war is conservative?

On the political sociology of Samuel Huntington

Twenty years ago, in the Summer of 1993, the esteemed and controversial political scientist Samuel Huntington published his famous essay, “The Clash of Civilizations?” His thesis had two parts. First, It is my hypothesis that the fundamental source of conflict … Continue reading

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COLUMN: US averts war, Russia gives up an ally

Last week, the same day the Bashar al-Assad-Charlie Rose interview aired, in which Assad chucklingly denied knowledge of Syria’s chemical weapon stockpile, US Secretary of State John Kerry declared out loud that if Syria turned over its entire stockpile to … Continue reading

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COLUMN: Obama refashions War on Terror

James Fallows believes Obama’s May 23 2013 foreign-policy speech equated to the “argument that the time has come to end the ‘war on terror.’” Indeed, Fallows comes close to suggesting Obama’s speech ended the war on terror. I think Fallows is … Continue reading

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calls for impeachment and war pick up

In a recent blog post, political scientist Brendan Nyhan writes: My research suggests that the structural conditions are strongly favorable for a major media scandal to emerge. Indeed, former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee recently made news by predicting the events of … Continue reading

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Steve Coll on Zero Dark Thirty: Bigelow misses the banal bureaucratized nature of US torture

Steve Coll, writing at the New York Review of Books (link): More importantly, Zero Dark Thirty ignores what the record shows about how regulated, lawyerly, and bureaucratized—how banal—torture apparently became at some of the CIA black sites. A partially declassified … Continue reading

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James Fallows on chickenhawks pushing war again

The reasonable James Fallows, on his blog, writing about the rush for war in Iran by those with no military experience themselves: Chickenhawks. Even more than was the case a decade ago with the Iraq war, there is a strong … Continue reading

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Obama’s take on the latest rush to war

Link “At this stage, it is my belief that we have a window of opportunity where this can still be resolved diplomatically.  That’s not just my view.  That’s the view of our top intelligence officials; it’s the view of top … Continue reading

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