One of the really weird ironies of politics these days is the huge divergence between what the US people actually want and what the radical right-wingers in Washington actually do. You won’t hear this on “Fox So-Called News,” but right now the US people are as progressive as they ever have been. Read full article.
The New York Times has published over the weekend [9 Sep 14] an excellent study of how foreign governments are buying influence at Washington’s think tanks. According to the story, foreign governments are not only getting prominent think tanks to embrace their views of what is in America’s interest, but to lobby for these views with politicians and high officials.
Noah Feldman: The Unconstitutional Judiciary in the USA — Surrendering Judgment to the Executive AND Protecting a Private Cabal
Phi Beta Iota: The story documents two subversions of the US Constitution. First, the judiciary is allowing Executive administrative claims to totally subject the rule of law — no facts, no judgment. Second, the government is further abusing its powers by using them to protect a private cabal from being held accountable for defamation. What would the authors of the US Constitution think? In a further irony, the author, a Harvard law professor, observes separately in his book The Rise and Fall of the Islamic State, that it is the executive imbalance of power –the neutering of the legislative and judicial branches — that produces dictatorships across the Muslim world.
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You would think it would be obvious by now that the trillions of dollars we spend on the military industrial complex and its wars are not making us safer and that our geopolitical strategy is not producing the outcomes we seek.
Who can even keep track of Pentagon operations and spending anymore?