Articles by Michael Brenner

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Neo-Cons: Origin of the Species
Michael Brenner – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

18 May 2019 – Before embarking on an etymological exploration, a few prefatory remarks are in order. One, neo-conservativism is as much a state of feeling as it is a state-of-mind. Two, such logical thinking as occurs among its devotees is deductive – downplaying empirical data and encouraging ad hominem conclusions and pronouncements. Finally, it is a highly adulterated species of doctrine. It has interbred with several other intellectual and ideological entities to produce a hybrid.

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When Conquer We Must, When Our Cause It Is Just
Michael Brenner – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

12 May 2019 – Bellicosity pervades Washington’s ruling circles. Cartoon images of the enemy are disseminated everywhere. He is alien and menacing. The target is portrayed as a clear and ‘imminent’ threat to America who is beyond reason. Fictive provocations are conjured up. No evidence is presented to substantiate the claims – it’s speculation rooted it’s super-secret classified Intelligence. To question is to traffic in ‘fake news’ and disinformation, to serve as ‘useful idiot’ who is handmaiden to the terrible trio of Russia, Syria and Iran… Let’s step back a couple of generations to Vietnam.

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Satanic Venezuela vs Saintly America
Michael Brenner – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

5 May 2019 – America’s entire political class, its foreign policy community in particular, agrees that Maduro ‘has to go.’ Just as Assad ‘had to go’, Gaddafi ‘had to go,’ and before them Saddam ‘had to go.’ With the Ayatollahs high on the to-do list. The only debate is on the method. Tactics are discussed endlessly on Op Ed pages, on the talk shows, on think tank row without any reference to why he ‘must go’ – with what implications. It’s little different from the agitated post-game yapping about an NBA play-off game: why did team ‘X’ fail to execute their pick-and-roll as planned, why this match-up rather than that, what adjustments will the coach make before the next game.

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Catechism for America
Prof. Michael Brenner – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jan 2019

1 Jan 2019 – Donald Trump experienced an epiphany during his lonesome Christmas at the White House. Riveted by the telecast of the midnight Mass at the Vatican, it came unto him a blinding light that awakened his spirit. The troubled soul of America needed a patriotic version of the Church’s ancient catechism. He set about commissioning a composition modeled on the NICENE CREED and the Roman Catholic Catechism to serve as a devotional paean to America.

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Syria – Tell Me It Ain’t So
Michael Brenner – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Dec 2018

22 Dec 2018 – It is daunting to find polite words for describing American foreign policy- such is its incoherence. Purpose is obscure, logic is invisible. There is no approximation to orderly process – in thought, in deliberation, in decision. These truths have been highlighted by Trump’s stated intention to withdraw (some) American troops from Syria – and by the reaction to it. The harsh reality that it is not the White House alone that lacks anything resembling a strategy in the Middle East. That holds for their critics, too, both inside and outside the government.

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An Ongoing Liability: The CIA’s Dirty Wars
Michael Brenner - CounterPunch, 13 May 2013

The errant actions of the C.I.A. are by now so evident that they are a staple of Washington conversion. Like the weather, though, it is the topic everybody talks about, but does nothing about.

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