December 2011

JFP 12/30: Mossad: Iran nuke not "existential" threat; Congress attacks Taliban peace deal

Just Foreign Policy News, December 30, 2011
Mossad: Iran nuke not "existential" threat; Congress attacks Taliban peace deal

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Can China avoid playing into the hands of US militarists?
JFP argues that China could take advantage of opportunities to help countries in the region become more independent of the US, rather than pursuing policies that could make other countries in the region more dependent on the US.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/690249/Tough-stance-could-cost-China-dear.aspx

Robert Parry: Slip-Sliding to War with Iran
US media continue to invoke a recent IAEA report as a justification for confrontation, without noting a change in leadership at the IAEA engineered by the US for the express purpose of facilitating such confrontation.
http://consortiumnews.com/2011/12/29/slip-sliding-to-war-with-iran/

Iran Hawk Watch
New at Lobe Log: tracking pro-war commentary in U.S. media.

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JFP 12/29: US-financed Egypt military assaults US-financed democracy groups

Just Foreign Policy News, December 29, 2011
US-financed Egypt military assaults US-financed democracy groups

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Dewey Defeats Truman: CNN Excludes Democrats and Independents From Iowa Caucus Poll
A new CNN poll which is driving a lot of press coverage shows Romney leading Paul in Iowa. But the CNN poll excluded Democrats and independents, whom other polls have shown giving Paul the edge because of his anti-war stance; by ignoring these voters, CNN silenced anti-war voices.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/iowa-caucus-poll_b_1174668.html

Is a Vote for Romney a Vote for War?
Mitt Romney has promised a more confrontational military policy towards Iran. His advisers include people who have been cheerleaders for war with Iran, and were cheerleaders for the Iraq war. He has pledged to increase the military budget. His advisers include people directly affiliated with military contractors who stand to profit if there were a new war and the military budget were increased. Furthermore, he opposes withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and he opposes the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

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JFP 12/28: 2/3 of "foreign aid" is military; case for Iran strike savagely mocked

Just Foreign Policy News, December 28, 2011
Is a Vote for Romney a Vote for War?

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Is a Vote for Romney a Vote for War?
Here are some things we know about Mitt Romney. He has promised a more confrontational military policy towards Iran. His advisers include people who have been cheerleaders for war with Iran, and were cheerleaders for the Iraq war. He has pledged to increase the military budget. His advisers include people directly affiliated with military contractors who stand to profit if there were a new war and the military budget were increased. Furthermore, he opposes withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and he opposes the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, although the Iraq withdrawal is supported by eight in ten Americans, including the majority of Republicans.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/is-a-vote-for-romney-a-vo_b_1171099.html

Washington Post: Under Obama, an emerging global apparatus for drone killing
Other commanders in chief have presided over wars with far higher casualty counts. But no president has ever relied so extensively on the secret killing of individuals.

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JFP 12/27: Is a Vote for Romney a Vote for War?

Just Foreign Policy News, December 27, 2011
Is a Vote for Romney a Vote for War?

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Is a Vote for Romney a Vote for War?
Shouldn't the fact that the Iraq war was a consequence of George W. Bush becoming president, although that consequence was not apparent in 2000, inform how we judge the likely consequences of Mitt Romney becoming president?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/is-a-vote-for-romney-a-vo_b_1171099.html

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JFP 12/26: Karzai accepts peace talks in Qatar; drone strike pause may continue

Just Foreign Policy News, December 26, 2011
Karzai accepts peace talks in Qatar; drone strike pause may continue

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New York Times: Errant NATO Airstrikes in Libya: 13 Cases
A multimedia presentation of the New York Times' investigation into civilian casualties in Libya caused by NATO airstrikes.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/12/16/world/africa/nato-airstrikes-in-libya.html

Glenn Greenwald: The intellectual cowardice of Bradley Manning's critics
Greenwald notes the absurdity of those who claim that Daniel Ellsberg was a hero while branding Bradley Manning a traitor, noting that their stated motivations were the same, their impact was the same, and the documents that Ellsberg leaked were more "secret."
http://www.salon.com/2011/12/24/the_intellectual_cowardice_of_bradley_mannings_critics/

If Ron Paul Wins Iowa, Antiwar Democrats and Independents Likely to Provide Margin of Victory

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JFP 12/23: Iowa antiwar vote could be decisive; urge @BarackObama to announce ceasefire

Just Foreign Policy News, December 23, 2011
Iowa antiwar vote could be decisive; urge @BarackObama to announce ceasefire

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** Action: Urge @BarackObama to announce Christmas ceasefire
A thousand people have signed our petition to President Obama calling for a Christmas cease-fire in Afghanistan. If you use Twitter, help us get @BarackObama's attention. Post the following update to Twitter:

Dear @BarackObama: a thousand Americans urge you to announce Christmas ceasefire in #Afghanistan http://bit.ly/uKeQiw

If Ron Paul Wins Iowa, Antiwar Democrats and Independents Likely to Provide Margin of Victory
If a recent Public Policy Polling survey gives an accurate forecast, then a key story on election night in Iowa will be that antiwar Democrats and independents provided the margin of victory. If that result occurs, it will be due to the actions of roughly 8,400 people.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/if-ron-paul-wins-iowa-ant_b_1165423.html

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JFP 12/22: For Christmas, a one-day halt to night raids

Just Foreign Policy News, December 22, 2011
For Christmas, a one-day halt to night raids

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**Action: For Christmas, Help Us Press for a Cease-Fire in Afghanistan
Don't you think it would be a good thing if President Obama would order U.S. forces in Afghanistan to cease offensive actions on Christmas? Wouldn't it be a step forward if, for one night, Afghan civilians knew that U.S. forces wouldn't break into their homes, endangering their lives? Wouldn't that be a great way for U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan to celebrate Christmas-to take the day off from offensive military action?
Urge President Obama to declare a cease-fire in Afghanistan on Christmas.
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Stop the War on Christmas: Cease Fire in Afghanistan

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JFP 12/21: US Gen. says troops may stay past '14; what if Chinese troops had a base in Texas?

Just Foreign Policy News, December 21, 2011
US Gen. says troops may stay past '14; what if Chinese troops had a base in Texas?

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How would Americans feel if Chinese troops had a military base in Texas?
What if they were patrolling American streets? Making "mistakes" that killed American civilians? What if they were not subject to American law?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMHBEAeNa-c

Stop the War on Christmas: Cease Fire in Afghanistan
Shouldn't Americans of every faith tradition band together to stop the war on Christmas? Let us call on President Obama to announce that on Dec. 24th and 25, the United States will observe an offensive ceasefire in Afghanistan, and urge others to join the ceasefire, as a goodwill gesture to promote peace talks. According to recent press reports, a U.S.-initiated Christmas truce would complement peace efforts that the Obama Administration is already pursuing, while bringing a pause, at least, to universally detested US night raids.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/20-9

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JFP 12/20: Stop the War on Christmas: Cease Fire in Afghanistan

Just Foreign Policy News, December 20, 2011
Stop the War on Christmas: Cease Fire in Afghanistan

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Stop the War on Christmas: Cease Fire in Afghanistan
Shouldn't Americans of every faith tradition band together to stop the war on Christmas? Let us call on President Obama to announce that on Dec. 24th and 25, the United States will observe an offensive ceasefire in Afghanistan, and urge others to join the ceasefire, as a goodwill gesture to promote peace talks. According to recent press reports, a U.S.-initiated Christmas truce would complement peace efforts that the Obama Administration is already pursuing, while bringing a pause, at least, to universally detested US night raids.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/stop-the-war-on-christmas_b_1160669.html

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Stop the War on Christmas: Cease Fire in Afghanistan

Shouldn't Americans of every faith tradition band together to stop the war on Christmas? Let us call on President Obama to announce that on December 24th and 25th, the United States will observe an offensive cease-fire in Afghanistan, and urge others to join the cease-fire, as a goodwill gesture to promote peace talks.


Far from being utopian, I claim that this is a pragmatic political proposal, with little cost and significant potential benefits; indeed, according to recent press reports, a US-initiated Christmas truce would complement peace efforts that the Obama Administration is already pursuing.

The political cost would be negligible. Would Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and John McCain denounce President Obama for announcing that US forces in Afghanistan will stand down to mark the birth of the Prince of Peace? If they did, would anyone take them seriously?

This is a decision that President Obama can make unilaterally as Commander-in-Chief. He does not need the permission of Lindsay Graham, the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, or the Washington Post editorial board. If President Obama decides that US forces in Afghanistan will not take offensive military actions on Christmas, so shall it be.

Already, Reuters reports, the Obama Administration is contemplating confidence-building measures to promote peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, including transferring Afghan prisoners at Guantanamo to Afghan government custody and supporting the establishment by the Afghan Taliban of a political office in Qatar for the purpose of participating in peace talks.