User Profile: Joseph McBirnie
This user has submitted 107 translations to Watching America.
Trump did well in accepting the option of exploratory negotiations ... but the question remains: What are his chances of accomplishing what his American predecessors did not?
The Americans, according to experts, are retreating. The current world is made for new leaders. [Read more]
Trump’s positive rapport with President Xi may be what is causing a closer relationship between the two countries, despite the policy disagreements. [Read more]
There has never been a breach in the relationship between U.S. Jews and Israel as large as the one today. There are two problems facing Israel. The first has to do with the right wing in Israel, both in terms of Jewish teaching and its implementation that threatens to thwart peace with Palestine and Arab countries. [Read more]
During a luncheon with U.N. Security Council ambassadors at the White House last week, President Donald Trump described the state of U.S. contributions to the United Nations as there being “much work” for the ambassadors to achieve, and pushed for reform. He described the budget of the international organization as [Read more]
It is clear that other international forces are gaining ground and competing with the United States. [Read more]
American policy ... has bet on successive U.S. administrations and now Trump to solve the problem, despite their blatant bias toward the enemy. [Read more]
Inertia means stability and lack of movement. But sometimes things move very quickly, and do so repeatedly so as to seem rigid to the lazy eye. For example, the Palestinian situation seems frozen, although it has been moving with great speed. It has gone down a virtual black hole, which swallows it in a deliberate [Read more]
At the farewell press conference on his eve of his departure from the White House, Barack Obama offered a range of advice and recommendations for his successor, Donald Trump. He concentrated on foreign policy, with the Middle East in particular. Though he put forth his best efforts to advise the next team during the [Read more]
We are seeing attempts to crush the images of Trump and Putin in the minds of Americans. [Read more]
Everyone expected that the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, would beat the Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, in a landslide victory to become the 45th president, opening a new chapter in American history. What happened shook the world and had global repercussions. Trump, who attempted [Read more]
Year after year, the fallout in the United States garners world attention. The U.S. presidential election is no longer an internal affair; it is substantiating the world’s opinion that the U.S. has become a prevailing source of evil throughout the world. Ultimately, its effects will expand and affect all five [Read more]
Wherever you go in the Arab world, you hear criticism of America and the West. I can assure you that over the last few years, I have not met an Arab who didn’t blame the West for its inability to not meddle in the internal affairs of other countries or regions in general. I cannot say that I’m surprised, but the [Read more]
America has not become the earthly paradise about which the poet Walt Whitman dreamed. It has not become the planet that President Roosevelt envisioned. Rather it has become the vision and model of satirists like Ginsberg, Corso and Miller, whose works acknowledge hatred, love and the desire to be better.
Perhaps Trump benefited from the anti-Islamic atmosphere in many countries in the world, as he speaks frankly about Muslim extremism. We have seen many such campaigns during the past few weeks between supporters and opponents of this position.
However, Trump and his agitating rhetoric have not taken into account [Read more]
This does not mean that the formation of American public opinion is pro-Israel due to the power of the Jewish lobby alone. [Read more]
The Damascus criminal Bashar Assad told the French press that he seeks to complete the restoration of Syrian land militarily, but admits that it will take a long time. The U.S. secretary of state replied to his remarks saying, “He's deluded if he thinks that there is a military solution to the conflict in Syria.” [Read more]
I say to the American media and lawmakers: Do you not notice that your streets are no longer safe? [Read more]
Russian military intervention has impacted the hunt for remnants of terrorist organizations in Syria and has attacked Syrian infrastructure. The facts on the ground collide with the supposed axis formed by the United States, which claims victories and progress there and in Iraq.
After the Russian military [Read more]
Secretary John Kerry did not invoke Zoroaster, Emerson or even Whitman when he stated repeatedly on behalf of the State Department that Tel Aviv’s security is U.S. security. The U.S. continues to perpetuate the 1948 political earthquake that hit the eastern Mediterranean.
Palestinians had awaited what Kerry would [Read more]
Trump appeals to this television mindset to which the United States is addicted. [Read more]
Researchers trace the first use of the term “soft power” to Joseph Nye, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs for U.S. President Bill Clinton and chairman of the National Intelligence Council. He published a book on the subject that described the rise of new guidelines for U.S. foreign [Read more]
[T]he commonalities between Hollywood and groups affiliated with Islamic State are being overlooked. [Read more]
When he stood in the Sharm el-Sheikh Conference, he did not see international delegations rallying to support Egypt, but those seeking to secure the future of Israel. [Read more]
Because Syria has fought relentlessly against terrorism, its presence outside of the alliance remains incomprehensible and reveals the true character of the war as a farce. [Read more]
The 2016 budget presented by President Obama to Congress reached $4 trillion, or what is roughly equivalent to the budgets of all Western European countries, with the Defense Department’s share totaling $585.3 billion, or what is more than all the combined defense budgets in the whole world.
This budget challenges [Read more]
There is no longer any doubt among the nations of the world that the United Nations has become a virtual subject to the United States. At the forefront is the Security Council, the drafts and resolutions of which the U.S. State Department admittedly manages and prepares.
Therefore, given this direct intrusion into [Read more]
U.S. President Barack Obama is caught between Republican demands and Democratic resentment and is unable to reconcile the two. [Read more]
It was not a Democratic defeat, a referendum on the surprising successes of the Obama administration regarding domestic affairs, or a punishment for his mismanagement. It is a shift in the political mood. [Read more]
Forty-four presidents have flocked to rule the United States, and one of them continuously governed from 1933 to 1945. President Roosevelt was not only great and unique in his management of American affairs during the most important turning points, when he led a coalition of nations to victory during World War II, but [Read more]
Twelve past recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize in four separate fields from 1976 to 2011 directed an open letter to another Nobel Prize winner, President Barack Obama, requesting that he inform the U.S. and the world of the content of an intelligence report regarding various torture techniques administered in [Read more]
America answers to no one and it is prepared to make deals with the devil to achieve its goals if necessary. [Read more]
The American war on terror, within the framework of Operation Enduring Freedom, not only did not make the world safer but has also made terrorism more rampant ... [Read more]
After a setback in June, two competing theories jumped up like a cat on a hot tin roof. The first is held by those loyal to the government and called for the administration to provide support to those attempting to expel the Islamic State from Mosul, Tikrit and the mountain regions. The second is held by the [Read more]
Tripoli: After the rebel forces successfully stopped Moammar Gadhafi’s advance in Sirte, and with their continuing progress in Misrata, U.S. President Barack Obama raised the possibility of arming the Libyan rebels in the event that the ongoing military operations do not adequately weaken the Libyan regime. Obama [Read more]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed President Barack Obama’s vision for a peace agreement in the Middle East based upon an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, including an exchange of land that takes into account the new population within Jewish settlements in the occupied areas of [Read more]
Foreign Policy Magazine considers the apparent weakness of the Obama administration toward Syria a national scandal for the United States. Because it reflects a moral failure, the strategic interests of America will pay a heavy price. The publication pointed out that Obama’s motivation seems to be the love of [Read more]
History, when isolated from our passions and attitudes, tells us that tenacious slaughter for its own sake has consequences beyond the boundaries of the grave and turns into a movement or trend that is difficult to frame. So will the killing of bin Laden and his burial in the waters of the gulf lead to the prosperity [Read more]
Will "terrorism" remain in the U.S. vocabulary after the death of Osama bin Laden, or will this “Sheikh” become the most holy of icons in the radical Islamic movement as terrorism becomes more violent and bloody? This question conveys both desire and anxiety. There is the desire to end America’s narrative of [Read more]
Earlier this month, U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia Donald E. Booth described the county as an “island of stability” amid a troubled region; however, it is an example of the double standards of most Western democracies and the U.S. in particular.
At this point in history, we have witnessed the American military [Read more]
President Barack Obama wishes that he could concentrate on domestic affairs in order to ensure his return to the White House for a second term; however, amidst his election campaign he is forced to prepare for an injection into foreign policy matters, particularly into those pertaining to the Middle East. The “Arab [Read more]
To the U.S. government, the significance of the Arab youth revolutions and its objectives defies both its understanding and classification.
A senior editor of the Wall Street Journal wrote an article covering the Arab revolutions which bore the shocking announcement, “We’re (almost) all neocons now.” There is no [Read more]
In the latest developments in the region, the invasion by the oppressive Saudi forces and the accompanying international silence and massacres committed in Bahrain — against unarmed and peaceful people — have entwined the U.S. position around the heavily armed Saudi intervention forces, who are armed with the [Read more]
Following the public affairs of the United States, one notices the presence of mutual caution and the absence of mutual respect, love, and admiration between American President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This seems stable and constant and has now reached a degree of certainty. The [Read more]
According to experts in the oil industry, New Orleans holds giant oil deposits resembling Iraq’s natural oil reservoirs. The quantity stored within these deposits exponentially exceeds the amount declared to be exported to the United States, which means that unregistered oil production is taking place and being [Read more]
Correcting this course requires that Washington give the Pakistani leadership the highest degree of autonomy after submitting reliable information concerning the location and presence of terrorists. [Read more]
Recent events seem to have been overlooked, including the developments that took place in the Arab region since 1990. The U.S. war against the former regime revealed that the U.S. supports dictatorships. This was also evident in the first Gulf War when the Iraqi people rose up against the former Baath regime. America [Read more]
It has become clear that there is no point in waiting for a neutral American position. The American election campaign will overshadow the issue for two years, as Democratic presidential candidate Obama and the undetermined Republican become exposed to the Israeli “core” in the Netanyahu-led Jewish lobby. Besides [Read more]
We are disappointed about not being able to control the Egyptian elections!
This sentiment was confirmed by Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman, who acknowledged the disagreements with Egypt concerning its elections while stressing that America does not want to interfere in [Read more]
Sarkis Naoum wrote an article in Nahar entitled “Saudi-Iranian Negotiations without America,” which broke the news concerning the partial withdrawal of Saudi troops, otherwise known as the “Peninsula Shield,” from Bahrain a few weeks ago. This seems quite curious to the Arab world, which generally fears [Read more]
A Jordanian newspaper, Al-Dustour, confirmed yesterday that misinformation and media bias based on fraudulent facts are flagrantly highlighted today in a fierce media campaign.
It is based in large part on the incitement and distortion of events. When these events were amplified, the United States took a stand against [Read more]
After the events of Sept. 11, when al-Qaida bombed the Twin Towers in New York, much has happened in the Arab and Muslim world. It would not have happened without America wanting to change the political map according to the neoconservative plan in the era of U.S. President George W. Bush.
First came the occupation [Read more]
With the United States, Iraq has upheld the 2008 agreement which includes the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq by the end of 2011. However, it is striking that the agreement is free of any U.S. obligations or what might be called “the filling of the void” at the time of the withdrawal. The important question that presents [Read more]
We disagree with one interpretation of the news regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement. There are many who call it an attack on the democracy of the United States for hundreds of protesters to have been arrested, but this pays no attention to the deeper meaning and doesn’t look beyond the arrests.
Does the inflammation of myth and invoking of legend lead the United States? “Such were the populations we destroyed when they committed iniquities; but we fixed an appointed time for their destruction” (Sura Al-Kahf, 59). “And We gave Warning to the Children of Israel in the Book, that twice would they do [Read more]
It’s puzzling when dealing with the fabrications of American politicians concerning Palestine’s people and history, while candidates for the White House and Congress vie to show their dedication and allegiance to the Zionist state. The fact that only Israel is treated as a domestic issue indicates that the main [Read more]
U.S. President Barack Obama boasted that his administration has stood by and supported Israel more than any other U.S. administration! In that case, one should look for another alternative to President Obama. I will propose that perhaps the National Authority give him a prize for the explicit recognition of the obvious [Read more]
It is a well known method and has begun to be forcibly re-implemented. The U.S. occupation came to Iraq because of its military power, striking with the force of the entire world. This demonstrates the strength of the U.S. military. Thus, it is precisely because of this point that one cannot reasonably overcome them [Read more]
Washington was obviously threatening, which it repeated twice in less than a month, to play the U.S. aid card. This is a threat that Egypt also holds, which we will explain later. [Read more]
I firmly believe that attacking and liquidating these organizations are just the beginning of a long process. It will not be these organizations that liberate Egypt ... [Read more]
What kind of political mindset captivates the Iraqi people, sabotaging them and blinding them of their better interests? [Read more]
Once again, the superpowers are demonstrating that their own interests and power govern humanity today. The speeches about human development and UN charters of human rights are all infernal verbal formulations. They emerge in the minds of politicians and leaders of the majority in order to guarantee the same legal and [Read more]
There are several organizations in the West, but in the Arab world, people stand by while raids and brutalities are waged by Israel on the Gaza Strip. Moreover, these American factions, which lead the call for human rights and peoples’ liberation, lead international efforts to topple the Syrian regime in light of the [Read more]
There are still free voices that are able to break through the Zionist barriers and walls imposed upon the United States and the American people. We find them frequently on the streets of Washington, in front of the White House and the Zionist Forum (AIPAC), and within slogans and positions that diverge from America’s usual contradictory policies. [Read more]
No one waited for the Sixth Summit of the Americas to produce resolutions that are worth the efforts made by Columbia in preparation for the conference. No one waited for a resolution calling for officials in Cuba to travel immediately to the city of Cartagena and participate in its proceedings. Also, no one waited for [Read more]
This week the primaries for the American presidency in the Republican Party took a new turn with Mitt Romney’s victory in Illinois. In spite of the victory of the conservative candidate Rick Santorum in the state of Louisiana, Romney is expected to become the Republican candidate in the U.S. presidential election. [Read more]
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz opined that Russia is not viable as an alternative ally to the United States. This comes as Vladimir Putin confirmed the speculation that he would be the most powerful man in Russia and would lead his country until 2024, becoming the greatest leader to rule Russia since Stalin. Putin has [Read more]
A closer analysis of recent events on the international scene, combined with a thorough study of what is happening in the United States, reveals that the American star has begun to fade. While gradually declining on all economic, political, military and social levels, the United States has begun to scramble on its way [Read more]
When it comes to the issues of the region, he [the president] usually finds himself in perpetual diplomatic negotiations with Israel, which puts pressure on the United States and in turn creates the so-called 'Arab silence.' [Read more]
Did the television film about the assassination of one of America’s opponents propel Barack Obama to victory in the presidential election? Some sensationalist media hold this opinion, but from my point of view, I believe this is incorrect, at least concerning the case of Barack Obama and his losing opponent Mitt [Read more]
There is a precedent in “Israel” that Prime Minister Netanyahu will follow wherein he will hold elections earlier at an opportune time to coalesce popular power. There are multiple motivations for his undeclared reasons behind his position. So what led to this position and what are the limits of his success? [Read more]
The candidates in U.S. debates … are scrutinized less on the substance of their arguments than on their presentation, body language, facial tics, unguarded sighs, smiles, sneers and inadvertent eye rolling. [Read more]
Israel fragments the already scattered group of Arab nations to facilitate the task of a new Zionist invasion of the world and to keep ahead of the Zionist alliance, which has not yet been able to penetrate the Eastern European alliance, along with China, Russia, Iran and South America, which the Qur’an calls the Roman state. And it is only through the alliance that the next Zionist attack can be repelled. [Read more]
As if in thanks for the military and political efforts of America against the looting of their wealth and murder at the hands of the criminal Gadhafi, the savage mobs have played this same role in Libya after being freed. [Read more]
Can anyone in the world today say that the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington did not take place? One author sensationalized the horror of what happened and the necessity for clarity after the incident. Jean Baudrillard stated that the Gulf War did not take place in his book [Read more]
The basis for the hatred of America is mostly its ignorance in most, if not all, circles. However, other reasons include historical, cultural, social, intellectual and ethical reasons, as well as customs, traditions, beliefs, military issues and the inevitable future end of the American occupation of Iraq. But across [Read more]
The redo of the Greek parliamentary election on June 17 is only the latest symptom of the most serious crisis to plague Western democracies and open societies since the 1960s. In the West, today’s liberal democracies are struggling to avoid — and in doing so are exacerbating — an identity crisis that puts the [Read more]
The Egyptian people know the reasons that led the Egyptian authorities to steadfastly hold the American perpetrators, but they may not also know the reasons that led to the release of the U.S. nationals, the conclusion of the case and their fortunate return from Cairo to their country of origin. The bail was estimated [Read more]
The White House announced President Obama’s official visit to the Zionist entity and Ramallah, Jordan, on March 20-21. This announcement increased the optimism of many politicians, observers and analysts who supposed that the U.S. president would propose a new project for a peace settlement between the Palestinians [Read more]
Kerry’s political value has exceeded that of Hillary, though the president himself acknowledged that she was knowledgeable, sophisticated, capable and pragmatic. [Read more]
It has been difficult for President Barack Obama to pursue two foreign policies: one public and one secretive. The difficulty is due to resistant forces, such as the Republican Party hawks who stalk every detail of foreign policy. How might they then overcome the difficult junctures, from Afghanistan to Pakistan, [Read more]
Santa, these people do not deserve a single tear from your noble eyes. [Read more]
Throughout the Arab world, from the Atlantic to the Gulf, American Islamic groups have unexpectedly entered the countdown stage after exposing their positions on Camp David, Americans, the World Bank and general freedoms.
In just a few weeks, hundreds of people were killed and wounded in the streets of Egypt, Tunisia, [Read more]
The media often repeats that the U.S. administration has lost its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq because it could not maintain control after the invasions, but the truth is the complete opposite [Read more]
The recent terrorist strikes against the United States provoked a wave of questions and comments about the future of this global power, as well as the domestic and foreign fallout. The U.S. is over-stretched, a problem which will soon take a toll on its level of superiority in addition to the economic difficulties that [Read more]
For the third time, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returned to the region, announcing his intention to make multiple visits every few weeks for what was described as the continuation of negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis. As President Barack Obama did on his recent visit, he stressed that he does not [Read more]
Since the era when U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower forced Israel to withdraw its troops from the Sinai and Gaza following their capture by Egypt in 1956, Arabs remain convinced that the one who sits in the White House can make war or peace between Arabs and Israelis. The eras of President Nixon and the Separation [Read more]
A few days ago the world witnessed the destruction of a Palestinian home, built with stone and sweat, because the occupation authorities gave the owner a choice between destroying the house himself or paying for the rental of the bulldozer. The scene is reminiscent of the incident in 1948 in a Palestinian village when [Read more]
Obama’s description of Putin as a naughty boy sitting in the back row clearly indicates Washington's policies toward Moscow. [Read more]
Will America itself ignite a fire in Cairo? Will the flames be stoked by another undesirable policy? [Read more]
The U.S. administration spies on tens of millions of Americans and non-Americans. [Read more]
Kerry returned to the Middle East amid a rift in his administration. He plans on stopping in a small city in Syria where military operations have ripped through the land as a result of U.S. policies. The Syrian Arab Army has suspended the use of mines while Kerry attempts to carry out his deluded and hypocritical [Read more]
For Iraqis, Paul Bremer became camel's urine, dragging the country back to a state of lawlessness and paving the way for the masking of the Iraqi political class. [Read more]
What makes a great country like the United States of America unable to define the term 'terrorism'? [Read more]
The media began as a force of enlightenment, but in most cases it has become something destructive. Media companies fill their time with abortive speech and don’t stop to re-examine the hazardous events committed against humanity. The media moguls believe, or rather fantasize, that they are an indispensable tool for [Read more]
The media colludes with lying politicians to twist the arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and incites them to continue their opposition against Egypt’s road map. [Read more]
The surveillance scandal, with all its ramifications, has proved earth-shattering. Suffice it to say, it clarified the fact that citizens of the United States are not free and do not exercise lives free from monitoring and control. [Read more]
Since [the framework agreement] is worthless, then so is the settlement process that has continued for more than 10 years and has been Washington’s way of buying time at the expense of Palestinian rights. [Read more]
Regardless of whether John Kerry or any other U.S. official successfully serves as midwife for this deal, he should know that the birth of a child should only be rushed if the mother is in danger. [Read more]
The “masters of the financial universe” met on the 18th floor of a modern building located in the Swiss city of Basel. The meeting featured Janet Yellen, director of the U.S. Federal Reserve, and Mario Draghi, director of the European Central Bank, along with 16 other leaders of the financial world. The meeting [Read more]
An apology from Washington should entail the total condemnation of its heinous crimes. [Read more]
Soon, the U.S. administration will present us with an all new, elementary foreign policy, characterized by contradictory and ambiguous positions regarding the Arab region, particularly the Palestinian cause. Still, the policy has yet to approach its ally and mistress “Israel” critically.
The U.S. Department of [Read more]
Does the American administration not document its own hypocrisy? [Read more]
We have in Arabic the popular saying, “The free [not busy] act as judge.” But in America, it seems the free act as painter. In one of the most ironic perceptions of modern politics, we hear that former U.S. President George W. Bush has turned to painting since leaving the White House. He will display his “art,” [Read more]
The U.S. administration is not the only one that is confused and hesitant concerning the new crisis in Iraq. Everyone is confused and waiting to see how the conflict will unfold, as the political outcomes of the Arab Spring fail, Sunni-Shiite sectarian violence mounts, and terrorist groups cross-infiltrate the war in [Read more]
After many months, the debate in America still rages among experts, analysts and researchers concerning Iran and its policies in the region, as well as the nature of U.S.-Iranian relations and what they should be. The debate has enjoyed more attention after the latest developments, in which the U.S. and Iran have begun [Read more]