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Wise Bear on the Mountaintop

At the regularly scheduled briefing in October 2011, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin said that “China has no intention nor energy to seek global leadership.” I need to make it very clear that I sympathize with the Chinese government’s position. Maybe in the future the international community will examine […]

Campaign Finance Revolution

Several Occupy Wall Street splinter groups are now coalescing around a set of political demands. One that is long overdue and enjoys unanimous support is campaign finance reform. All the formulas that I have seen center on publicly funded elections. While this would be a huge step in the right […]

The Sacred Cow of “Democracy”

I recently happened to criticize Western-style democracy, and my Italian friends objected: “We don’t get any complaints about democracy!” I think it’s a taboo—an notion of recent decades during which Western-style democracy has become a kind of sacred cow. It was no taboo for the esteemed democrat Winston Churchill. Everybody […]

US Will Punish Its NATO Allies, Not Iran

Will the economies of Greece and Italy finally collapse without Iranian oil? Having declared that the US-EU friendship will depend on whether Brussels supports Washington in its bid for imposing sanctions against Iran, the US president left Europe with no choice. The European Union, desperate to at least slow down […]

US In the Pacific: Permanent Democracy

The United States currently has two problems. The first is fairly objective: the American economy needs to undergo a systemwide restructuring. It cannot be said that the Anglo-Saxon model has stopped working. There is a subtle point to be made. The model is now working against the United States. Delaying […]

The Iran/Iraq War: Mutual Assured Destruction

In 1979, as Iranian revolutionaries were taking charge in Tehran, Carter National Security Adviser, Afghan Frankenstein godfather and Trilateral Commission co-founder Zbigniew Brzezinski was in Kuwait City meeting with Kuwaiti Emir Sheik Jaber Ahmed al Sabah, House of Saud envoys and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The group decided that Saddam’s […]