American officials say the CIA's bags of cash are the biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan, undermining Washington's exit strategy from the country.
The US and Israel fear chemical weapons might end up in the armoury of the rebels, especially the Islamists, that Washington, London, Paris, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are supporting.
Any real move towards peace in the Middle East would mean ending all aid to Israel (the 26th wealthiest country in the world) until it ends its violations of international law and human rights.
A US war in Syria, will look less like Iraq and more like Afghanistan 1979–88, when the United States backed an Islamist-dominated insurgency against a Russian-backed regime.
Drones, controlled far away from conflict zones, ease politicians' decisions to launch military strikes and order extra-judicial assassinations, without democratic oversight.
The alliance of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel, Jordan and the western powers has in its sights the taking out of Syria as a key ally of Iran, and with it Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Perhaps it is too easy to dance on her grave. Her funeral was a propaganda stunt, fit for a dictator: an absurd show of militarism, as if a coup had taken place.
The alleged attackers all emphatically say the same thing: that they were motivated by the continuous, horrific violence brought by the US and its allies to the Muslim world.
The scale of torture, kidnapping and detention without trial unleashed by the US government after 9/11 is indisputable, backed and emulated at every stage by its closest allies.
A single individual, President Barack Obama, is choosing to send missiles into particular houses and buildings, and most of the people being killed are innocent.