Arshad M Khan

Source:  Eurasia Review

“Tacticswithout strategy is the noise before defeat” — Sun Tzu

The shiny new American M16s and camouflage uniforms of some groups of ISIS fighters might give a clue to the question no one in our compliant mainstream media is asking. How… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 11:14AM

OBAMA IGNORES SOUTH ASIA AT PERIL OF LEGACY

 Arshad M Khan

Source:  Asia Times Online

Drawn into Iraq again after leaving as he promised during his campaign, President Barack Obama is fighting another war. Within a few short months, he will be into his two last years as president - a lame duck.… Read full post »

Arshad M Khan

This article first appeared in Eurasia Review

A lie told often enough becomes truth.  So it is said.  Thus over two-thirds of Americans had been convinced of Saddam Hussein’s WMDs, and his al-Qaeda connections despite his secular government headed by a Christian Prim… Read full post »

Arshad M Khan

This article first appeared in Counterpunch

 

In our present world of religiously held economic beliefs, agnosticism might be prudent.  On the one side, advocates just want to cut taxes and reduce spending; on the other we have seen a stimulus package of dole-outs and… Read full post »


Arshad M Khan

 

Source:  This article first appeared in Eurasia Review


As ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) consolidates its hold in the north and west seizing towns along the main roads to Jordan and Syria, Nouri al-Maliki's government is in a
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JUNE 13, 2014 11:11PM

ARE WARS NECESSARY OR OUTMODED?

Arshad M Khan

This article first appeared on 12 June, 2014 in
 Countercurrents.org

Friday June 6 was the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The beachhead secured at the cost of 10,000 dead and wounded opened a second front against the Germans. Stalin was much relieved for his country had… Read full post »

JUNE 1, 2014 11:59AM

The Reverence for Life

 Arshad M Khan

Source:  This article was first published in Dissident Voice 

The President’s foreign policy address at West Point was interesting in that he advocated a judicious use of military force. But proxies can be just as devastating and proxies of proxies uncontroll… Read full post »

MAY 22, 2014 10:42PM

Are GMO Foods Safe?

By Arshad M Khan

Help me with this:  In the US, 88 percent of corn and 94 percent of soybeans grown are now GMO.  Are these foods safe?

The Russia-based Genetic Safety Public Association (GSPA) has conducted a modest, underfunded experiment in which one group of hamsters had… Read full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2013 7:05PM

Christmas Party Tale -- Take a Cab!

Christmas Party Tale -- Take a Cab!
 
From Humor at ofthisandthat.0rg
 
With the holidays upon us I would like to share an experience with my family & friends about drinking and driving.  As you may know some of ushave been known to have brushesRead full post »

Arshad M Khan

Nelson Mandela died peacefully at 8:50pm last Thursday, December 5, 2013, in his Johannesburg home.  The South African President called him a son of Africa and father to the new nation of South Africa.  Tributes are pouring in particularly from the western world…

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Arshad M Khan

There is an old joke about a tortoise saying to a hare, “you can run but you can’t hide.” So it used to be with politicians running for elections and relying on constituent donations — thus sensitive to voter sentiment. Not any more.… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 11:16PM

He May Be Bad, But Is He Mad?


by Arshad M. Khan

The title (referring to Assad) is the question George Galloway MP asked in the House
of Commons when he shredded Prime Minister David Cameron.  In a first for a
modern Prime Minister on an issue of military intervention, Cameron lost the vote, and
therefore the British will
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SEPTEMBER 24, 2012 12:51PM

BLOWBACK: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT


Arshad M Khan

Mr. President:  Just three weeks ago (August 31, 2012), this letter asked the question, "How long will it be before these groups turn on their erstwhile supporters as they have in Afghanistan?"  The question referred to our support for religious fundamentalist (even fanatic…

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AUGUST 13, 2012 12:32PM

THE WISCONSIN MUSKRAT

Arshad M Khan

News Item:  Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan picked by Mitt Romney as his Vice Presidential running mate.

Yep!  I'll admit it.  I am a Wisconsin muskrat.  I love to hunt and I love to fish ...and I eat what I hunt and I eat what I fish.

That's the way… Read full post »

 Arshad M Khan

The military exercises held jointly with the Philippines off Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea were, if not provocative, certainly thought provoking.  We have made public this new strategy of "re-balancing", that is an increased military presence in the Pacific aim… Read full post »

 Arshad M Khan

Babylonians — oh yes! it’s the Iraqis again — developed a zero about 300 B.C. It was represented by two slanted wedges on their clay tablets and served as a place holder in the sexagesimal (base 60 unlike our current base 10)… Read full post »

Arshad M Khan

Mr. President:  In the late 1950s, I remember a fellow student at King's College (University of London), traveling to the United States for a summer job, then reporting back that it was a land of milk and honey.  Here is the question:  If the… Read full post »

MARCH 10, 2012 11:47AM

AFGHANISTAN: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

 Arshad M Khan


The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited. ...
Sun Tzu

The recent riots in Afghanistan following the disposal of Korans in…

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FEBRUARY 27, 2012 4:55PM

WAR AS POLICY FAILURE

 Arshad M Khan

 Sun Tzu's admonition that war is a failure of policy rings ever more true.

The latest from Afghanistan has dozens of demonstrators and several ISAF personnel killed since reports surfaced of Korans being sent to incinerators for disposal.  That is the trouble with occupRead full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2012 7:11PM

THE DARK MATTER IN THE FINACIAL UNIVERSE

 Arshad M Khan

Here is a frightening statistic:  In 1980, almost 98 percent of traded financial assets met transparency guidelines, exchange-based rules and anti-fraud requirements.  By 2008, over 90 percent did not.  Yet, nothing has been implemented to restructure this prec… Read full post »

JANUARY 29, 2012 12:40AM

THE AUDACITY OF TROPE

 Arshad M Khan

 News Item:  Obama delivers his third State of the Union address

"Let me be clear" ..."Change isn't easy".  "Make no mistake".  "It won't happen overnight."

"Let me be clear.  Bankers don't need another vote in the United States Senate.  They've got pl… Read full post »

JANUARY 24, 2012 11:54AM

SO WHAT IS THE STATE OF THE UNION?

By Arshad M Khan

A featured topic in the State of the Union address is expected to be "insourcing" -- manufacturing jobs returning to the U.S.  The figure being quoted is 374,000 in the last two years.  Siemens, the German electrical giant, is given as an example.… Read full post »

JANUARY 8, 2012 6:31PM

Any Purpose to the Defense Cuts?

Arshad M Khan

New plans and cuts in the Defense budget announced last Thursday reflect the consequences of Iraq and Afghanistan.  It is clear we will henceforth be relying on a  much smaller footprint -- special forces and drones to the fore - recalling the concept of "offshore… Read full post »

JANUARY 1, 2012 5:37PM

Is Capitalism Passe'?

 Arshad M Khan

Year end is time for summaries and if one can summarize this administration's achievements on the economic front, it would be thus:  It has bankrupted the institution of bankruptcy for the banks that matter.  As a consequence, interest rates, calculated on the probab… Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2011 11:18AM

What They Do and Don't Do

Arshad M Khan

While the headlines scream unemployment is down to 8.6 percent, the fine print tells us it is due in good measure to the 315,000 people too discouraged to look for work last month.

But buried in the back pages (p.21 in the Washington Post last… Read full post »