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Presidential Medal of Hypocrisy

Barack Obama presents Shimon Peres with the Presidential Medal of FreedomOn July 6, 1945, Harry Truman authorized awarding the Medal of Freedom "to any person....who, or on after December 7, 1941, has performed a meritorious act or service which has aided the United States in the prosecution of a war against an enemy or enemies and for which an award of another United States medal or decoration is considered inappropriate."

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America’s Partnership with Egypt’s Dictatorship

Egyptby Jacob G. Hornberger

This week, the Egyptian people got a taste of the reality of military dictatorship, while the American people got a taste of the reality of U.S. foreign policy.

The Egyptian Supreme Court dissolved the Egyptian Parliament, and Egypt’s military dictatorship declared martial law in the country. These dictatorial events occurred just a few days before Egypt’s presidential run-off election.

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US Supreme Court Approves Police State Harshness

 Boumediene v. BushOn June 12, 2008, the Supreme Court ruled 5 - 4 in Boumediene v. Bush. It affirmed habeas rights for Guantanamo detainees. It let them petition for release from lawlessly imposed custody.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion. He said America maintains complete jurisdiction over Guantanamo regardless of its offshore location. He opposed political branches "govern(ing) without legal restraint."

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American Dream Now Fantasized in Mandarin

obama-huOh, irony of ironies! We have been accusing the Chinese Mainlanders for years of stealing Americans’ intellectual property with predictably inscrutable results. Now that they have come into possession of the American Dream – some might say, lock, stock and barrel—will our embassy in Beijing present the latest rulers of the Mao Zedong dynasty – Mao Tse-tung to those of us who still romanize Beijing as Peking – with a formal complaint… asking perhaps, to have our Dream back or, at the very least, have them forgive most of the 1.2 trillion dollars which the United States owes them?

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If Europe is 'a culture of peace', why NATO?

EuropeIt is undoubtedly true that the greatest unacknowledged achievement of the European Union is to establish "a culture of peace" within its regional enclosure for the 68 years since 1944. This has meant not only the absence of war in Europe, but also the absence of "war talk", threats, crises, and sanctions - with the single important exception of the NATO Kosovo War of 1999 that was part of the fallout from the breakup of former Yugoslavia.

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