Norman Solomon

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As Bernie Sanders says, "The old way of thinking is what brought us Donald Trump." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Monday, January 11, 2021
Denouncing Republican Evils Can’t Do Much for the Biden Presidency Without Demanding Progressive Policies
The Republican plunge into Trumpism has made the party especially unhinged and dangerous, but its basic ideology has long been a shameless assault on minimal standards of human decency. Now—while Democratic leaders and most corporate media outlets are suitably condemning the fascist tendencies of...
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A button features President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' inauguration is on display by a street vendor during a canvass launch event at New Life Outreach Christian Center January 2, 2021 in Eatonton, Georgia. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Monday, January 04, 2021
In 2021, the Best Way to Fight Neofascist Republicans Is to Fight Neoliberal Democrats
The threat of fascism will hardly disappear when Donald Trump moves out of the White House in two weeks. On Capitol Hill, the Republicans who've made clear their utter contempt for democracy will retain powerful leverage over the U.S. government. And they're securely entrenched because Trumpism...
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Antony Blinken (R), President-elect Joe Biden's pick for secretary of state, is a staunch supporter of U.S. militarism. Views
Monday, December 28, 2020
Neera Tanden and Antony Blinken Personify the 'Moderate' Rot at the Top of the Democratic Party
Sometimes a couple of nominations convey an incoming president’s basic mindset and worldview. That’s how it seems with Joe Biden’s choices to run the Office of Management and Budget and the State Department. For OMB director, Biden selected corporate centrist Neera Tanden, whose Center for American...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden (R) looks on as former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks after he was nominated to be Secretary of Transportation during a news conference at Biden's transition headquarters on December 16, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Monday, December 21, 2020
Why Progressives Must Not Give Joe Biden a Political Honeymoon
The third time would not be a charm. People on the left did very little to challenge Bill Clinton after he won the presidency in 1992. Two years later, a big Republican wave took control of Congress. People on the left did very little to challenge Barack Obama after he won the presidency in 2008...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is seen in the Senate subway during a Senate vote in the Capitol on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Views
Monday, December 14, 2020
Bernie Sanders and Our Winter of Progressive Discontent
Bernie Sanders is not in a good political position right now. Yes, he continues to speak vital truths to—and about—power. His ability to reach a national audience with progressive wisdom and specific proposals is unmatched. And, during the last several decades, no one has done more to move the...
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 CEO of the Center for a New American Security and Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Views
Tuesday, December 08, 2020
The Collapse of Michèle Flournoy’s Hopes Shows What Can Happen When Progressives Put Up a Fight
Just a few weeks ago, super hawk Michèle Flournoy was being touted as a virtual shoo-in to become Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Defense. But some progressives insisted on organizing to raise key questions, such as: Should we accept the revolving door that keeps spinning between the Pentagon...
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Michele Flournoy, President, Center for a New American Security speaks during a conference on the transition of the US Presidency from Obama to Trump at the US Institute Of Peace at the US Institute Of Peace in Washington DC, January 10, 2017. (Photo: Chris Kleponis/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 30, 2020
Some Liberals and Arms-Control Experts Are Cheering for War Profiteers to Be in Biden’s Cabinet
No matter who ends up winning Senate confirmation for top positions on President Biden's "national security" team, an ominous dynamic is already underway. Some foreign-policy specialists with progressive reputations are voicing support and evasive praise for prospective Cabinet members—as though...
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Former Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy prepares to testify during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on "NATO at 70: An Indispensable Alliance" on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Views
Monday, November 23, 2020
Hey Joe, Where You Going With That Pentagon in Your Hands?
By all accounts, the frontrunner to be Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of Defense is Michèle Flournoy. It’s a prospect that should do more than set off alarm bells—it should be understood as a scenario for the president-elect to stick his middle fingers in the eyes of Americans who are fed up with...
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Representative Rashida Tlaib looks on before Democratic U.S. Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks at IBEW Local Union 58 on October 25, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Harris is traveling to multiple locations in the metro Detroit area to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. (Photo: Nic Antaya/Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 16, 2020
Corporate Democrats Are to Blame for Congressional Losses—So Naturally They’re Blaming Progressives
Corporate Democrats got the presidential nominee they wanted, along with control over huge campaign ad budgets and nationwide messaging to implement "moderate" strategies. But, as the Washington Post noted , Joe Biden's victory "came with no coattails down ballot." Democratic losses left just a...
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Monday, November 09, 2020
Progressive Message to Joe Biden: Don't You Dare 'Cooperate' With Mitch McConnell
Near the end of his well-crafted victory speech Saturday night, Joe Biden decried “the refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with one another.” He went on to say that “we can decide to cooperate. And I believe that this is part of the mandate from the American people. They want us to...
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