Phil Butler

Business Focus on Georgia, the Caucasus, and ...

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The Republic of Georgia is all in the headlines again this week, this time over former president Mikheil Saakashvili’s alleged role in planning a violent coup in that key Caucasus country…

Good Morning Damascus: Damascus Vietnam!

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Obama and the Neocons are “all in” as the American president gives notice “boots will go on the ground” in Syria. Make no mistake, this report is a test of the will of the American people, please pay close attention, we are about to relive Vietnam…

How Vladimir Putin Took Over the World

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To create division and dissent where no discord need exist, this is the talent of the destroyers. As the world looks on Syria and an emerging Iran, the larger scope of conflict escapes a multitude. However convenient it may be to assume Syria or Ukraine…

Ukraine Gas Ring: Western Oligarchs to Take C...

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Syria is the new flashpoint in a war between the West and the East. Meanwhile, on the Ukraine front of this war guns have fallen silent. The people of the East of Ukraine (Novorossiya) are now trying to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives…

Confused Over Syria? It’s No Wonder

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Whatever news on Syria you wake up to this morning, don’t believe it. The only certainty in the Middle East right now, is that America has created one hell of a mess in the region…

When Was Russia Declared Public Enemy Number ...

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34234234Foreign relations in between the so-called “West” and Russia have become increasingly hostile the last two years. However desperate tensions may have seemed now though, a look at America’s policies over the last two administrations reveals…

Obama’s Syria Indictment

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The latest news from Washington is that the government will cease its covert training and supply of al-Qaeda in Syria. This is a dramatic turn of events, but not an unexpected one. The notion “We funded al-Qaeda,” still reverberates in many conversations, but somewhere in the White House, in some remote situation room, other…

Russia’s Casualties Will Be Ash Carter’s Wors...

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US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said earlier this week that he expects Russia will soon suffer casualties. The comment has sparked a good deal of debate as to whether Carter is just another hopeful…

What If Russia Is Asked to Fly Air Cover for ...

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The Iraqi military has taken a brutal beating in its battles against ISIL. Even with the support of American and coalition airpower, the Iraqis have lost untold material and territory since ISIL overran much of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland these last months. News now that…

Before Putin’s UN Revelation, Light Neocons S...

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America is blessed in so many ways.  Why look at our Council on Foreign Relations as one shining example. The think tank so well endowed with brilliant diplomats and policy wonder boys is clearly the nucleus from whence US policy emanates. Case in point…

Obama and NATO Paint Gigantic Bullseye on Ger...

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Yesterday at Ramstein Air Base here in Germany, hundreds marched in protest of America’s drone killing and warlike posture. Carrying signs demanding the U.S. military “to go home” and “to stop war,” a crowd of Germans peacefully protested the military…

Japan Spotlight: Is a Militant Red Sun Rising...

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The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II has been momentous for many reasons. A new law enacted by the Japanese last week is not the least of a string of consequences of a new Cold War that threatens our world.  For the first time since 1945 Japanese…


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