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U.S. Special Ops Forces Deployed to 137 Nations—So Far—in 2017


A lack of meaningful strategic results from these deployment levels has not led Washington to raise fundamental questions about ways the U.S. employs its elite forces.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 READ MORE
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Trump Accuses Syria of Planning Gas Attack as U.N. Ambassador Points Finger at Russia and Iran


There seems to be a faction of hawks around the president who want to maintain a condition of undeclared war with Russia and Iran.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 READ MORE

Why Does the U.S. Hate Iran? Think Oil and Strategic Power.


Iran is a paragon of human rights, democracy and social liberty compared with some of our Middle Eastern allies. But our policymakers aren’t letting that sway them.

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 READ MORE

Saudi Arabia Is ‘Playing’ Donald Trump With Potentially Disastrous Consequences


Trump’s newfound ardor for the Saudi regime is a far cry from his past positions, including his campaign assertion that the Saudis were behind the 9/11 attacks.

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 READ MORE

Friend Or Foe (Video)









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Killer Drones and the Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy


Continuing the use of drone warfare will exacerbate foreign distrust of American intentions, playing into the hands of our opponents.

Posted on Jun 21, 2017 READ MORE

A Psychedelic Spin on ‘National Security’


Two kinds of radicalism emerged in the ’60s: one promoting a more humane idea of security, the other aimed at building a life that transcended the question of security altogether.

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 READ MORE

Cuba’s Formal Response to Trump’s Speech on Policy Changes


The Cuban government says the president’s speech was “full of hostile anti-Cuban rhetoric reminiscent of the times of open confrontation with our country.”

Posted on Jun 18, 2017 READ MORE

Trump to Partly Roll Back Obama’s Cuba Policy


The previous administration’s measures are branded a failed “appeasement” effort. (Update: The president has announced the change in a Miami speech.)

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 READ MORE

Is Trump Launching a New World Order?


The president is attempting to lay the foundations for a world in which fossil-fuel powers will contend for supremacy with post-carbon, green-energy states.

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 READ MORE

Why Saudi Extremism Is an Argument for Electric Cars, Wind and Solar Energy


Saudi Arabia has gotten too big for its britches, and the oil-producing Middle East is turning even more unstable. And if you are an American, it is your fault.

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 READ MORE

The Tillerson-Trump Rumble Over Qatar Shows White House Divisions


The U.S. has two foreign policies: that of the former ExxonMobil CEO who is an old Middle East hand, and that of a Queens real estate mogul who became president.

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 READ MORE

Avoiding Apocalypse on the Korean Peninsula


North Korea hasn’t been cowed into compliance by Washington’s warnings and military muscle-flexing. Here’s why diplomacy is not naive appeasement in the Korean crisis.

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 READ MORE

London Mayor Urges Britain to Disinvite Trump


The president’s shameful and out-of-context attacks on London Mayor Sadiq Khan (pictured) have reminded us of how boorish Donald Trump can be. Britain agrees.

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 READ MORE

Goodbye Pacific Pivot, Hello Pacific Retreat


Who will take America’s place in Asia?

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 READ MORE

Could U.S. Exit From Paris Accord Be ‘Good News for the Rest of the World’?


With the United States out of the agreement, the administration now cannot undermine global climate talks as part of the Trump effort to promote fossil fuels.

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 READ MORE

Bilderberg 2017: Closed-Door Meeting of Global Leaders Will Focus on Trump ‘Progress Report’


The secret Bilderberg meetings taking place in Virginia are attended by elite participants from 21 countries, including top officials from the Trump administration.

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 READ MORE

The Irrationality of America’s Iran Hysteria


While President Obama’s modest overtures toward the country were greeted with scathing partisan scorn, the Trump administration has a unique opportunity to normalize relations with Iran.

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 READ MORE

Anti-Trump Sentiment Is Even Stronger in Europe Than in the U.S.


European governments, preparing for a round of major summits with Donald Trump, are wary.

Posted on May 22, 2017 READ MORE

Trump to Make Speech on Islam During Saudi Arabia Visit


The president’s address is said to have been written by adviser Stephen Miller, a notoriously far-right critic of Muslims. What could possibly go wrong?

Posted on May 20, 2017 READ MORE

The U.S. and Turkey Are Deeply Divided Over Syria Policy


Two really big egos met at the White House this week, as Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan consulted with Donald Trump. They have different priorities on Syria.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE

‘The Coming War on China’ Discloses America’s Secret Military History in the Pacific


A new documentary by John Pilger exposes how U.S. military buildup in the Pacific has encircled China—and how local communities across Asia are resisting American nuclear and naval takeover.

Posted on May 11, 2017 READ MORE

Forbidden Questions: 24 Key Issues Ignored by the Washington Elite and the Media


The media’s obsession with Donald Trump provides an excuse for highlighting trivia while slighting issues that deserve far more attention.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE

What Foreign Policy Will New French President Pursue in the Middle East?


Although Emmanuel Macron seems to shy from furthering foreign military engagement, his positions on Middle Eastern foreign policy seem similar to those in Washington, D.C.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE

Memory Loss in the Garden of Violence: How Americans Remember (and Forget) Their Wars


The American way of recalling war has led to the populist nationalisms of today.

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE

What Is the ‘Trump Doctrine’ of Foreign Policy?


At first glance, international relations under the new president seem inconsistent and arbitrary. In fact, he’s operating on four major principles.

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Real Sin Is Not Distinguishing Between ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Dictators


In Washington, D.C., you’re supposed to diss the “bad” ones and praise the “good” ones as strong allies. But the president just seems to like them all.

Posted on May 3, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump Is on Course to Be One of the Worst Presidents in U.S. History


Trump had a chance for a transformational presidency, but his decisions in his first 100 days in office have put him on an almost irreversible path to failure.

Posted on May 1, 2017 READ MORE

Secret Documents Reveal a Constellation of American Military Bases Across Africa


While the U.S. maintains a vast empire of military installations around the world with huge, hard-to-miss complexes in Europe and Asia, bases in Africa have been far better hidden.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE

Where Is the Elizabeth Warren of Foreign Policy?


Since the election, Congressional Democrats’ silence on foreign policy questions has been deafening. It’s time for them to chart a new course.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE

Why I Will March for Science on Saturday


As the White House and Congress take their budget knives to science funding, most of the leading U.S. scientific institutions are urging their members to hit the streets.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE

Friendly Fire









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Tomahawks Away (Video)









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Posted on Apr 8, 2017 ENLARGE

Is It Our Goal to Prolong the Syrian War?


Some see a covert U.S. policy—under both Obama and Trump—to keep the war going and then, one day, to “pick up the remnants.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE

Washington’s Supreme Hypocrisy on Chemical Weapons and Civilian Deaths


The use of chemical weapons in Syria is an atrocity, but American politicians’ outrage draws on myths of American exceptionalism and erosion of political memory.

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Behavior May Encourage Attacks, Says Islamic State Spokesman


Disturbing signs emerge that the president’s odd self-presentation and erratic pronouncements could lead to a serious security threat worldwide.

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 READ MORE

U.S. Admits Probable Role in Civilian Deaths in Mosul


American commanders have said that their military may bear some responsibility for Thursday’s errant airstrike, but the Iraqi prime minister disagrees.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE

It’s Time to Stop Looking to the Generals for Advice on National Security Policy


A new report by Army Gen. Joseph Votel (pictured with President Trump) is emblematic of how national security policy has become divorced from reality. 

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Budget









Posted on Mar 17, 2017 ENLARGE

The U.S. Is Playing With Fire on Iran


Bellicose rhetoric by Mike Flynn (pictured), U.S. national security adviser, about Tehran’s missile test points toward a potentially disastrous policy in the Trump administration.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 READ MORE

White House Warns Israel to Limit Settlements in Palestinian Territory


The expansion of settlements “may not be helpful in achieving” peace, the Trump administration unexpectedly said in a statement Wednesday.

Posted on Feb 4, 2017 READ MORE

Here We Go Again: Trump Administration Threatens Iran (Video)


Mike Flynn, the president’s national security adviser, made a brief statement Wednesday putting Iran “on notice.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Jan 6, 2017 ENLARGE

The Resilience of Colonial Borders in Syria


Whenever a country falls into civil war, there are always observers who suggest that the problem could be resolved by a partition of that country.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky: ‘Most Predictable Aspect of Trump Is Unpredictability’—It’s ‘Very Dangerous’ (Video)

The renowned linguist offers a powerful assessment of the next president, explaining that while it is still unclear what Donald Trump will actually do, he is, in Chomsky’s words, an “ignorant, thin-skinned megalomaniac.”

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