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‘The Finest Fighting Force in the History of the World’


Here’s my 21st century rule of thumb about this country: If you have to say it over and over, it probably ain’t so.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE

A Civil War Story About Islamic State Might Spark a Peace Movement


The task of the peace movement, now as during the Vietnam War, is to provide an alternative to the story Americans are being told about Islamic State. Muslims are fighting a civil war, and Washington’s job is to adopt policies most likely to keep Americans safe.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE

The Final Breakup of Iraq? Barzani Calls for Kurdistan Referendum


Barzani Masoud, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, has called for an immediate nonbinding referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan over whether its people want to secede from Iraq and form an independent Kurdish state.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE

Denmark to Refugees: Want In? Hand Over Those Valuables


Those seeking asylum in Denmark will have to pay to stay, following a referendum Tuesday that established new guidelines for refugees, including stipulations about handing over certain personal belongings upon arrival.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE

Will American ‘Successes’ Lead to More Iraqi Military Failures?


There’s good news coming out of Iraq ... again. The efforts of a 65-nation coalition and punishing U.S. airstrikes have helped local ground forces roll back gains by Islamic State.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE

Your Fear of Terrorism Could Get You Killed


Americans overestimate the risk of attacks by a factor of 1.7 million.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE

Sarah Palin Takes the GOP Campaign to New Lows


Palin’s endorsement of front-runner Donald Trump this week was a master class in surrealist poetry. Geniuses of the Dada movement would have been humbled by her obliteration of the bourgeois concept we call logic.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE

You Won’t Like It, but Here’s the Answer on Islamic State


Some advice for your presidential candidate of choice—whoever he or she might be. Just don’t expect it to necessarily be an easy sell to all Americans.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE

Thanks to Donald Trump, Police Brutality and Guns, the United States’ Reputation Is Plummeting


When I was visiting abroad recently, my non-American friends were quite candid with me: They see my country as increasingly intolerant, violent and inhospitable.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE

Doubling Down on a Failed Strategy: The Pentagon’s Dangerous ‘New’ Base Plan


The Obama administration’s consideration of a Pentagon proposal to create a “new” and “enduring” system of military bases around the Middle East confirms that the military intends to stay in the region for decades, if not generations, to come.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE

Thwarted Territorially in Ramadi, Islamic State Reverts to Terrorism in Baghdad


One of the problems Iraq and Syria will face as Islamic State is gradually rolled back from its territorial acquisitions is that it will demobilize its conventional forces and return to being a terrorist organization.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE

Weapons Industry Revenue Forecaster Enthuses Over Global Turmoil


Contrary to expectations that revenues would fall as the U.S. downsized its military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, the professional services firm Deloitte gushes in a new report that “the resurgence of global security threats” promises a lucrative “rebound” in military spending.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE

American Artists Against War


Artists of conscience have always responded angrily and passionately to war, genocide and torture. This book examines the work of American visual artists from 1935 to 2010 who believed that governments and humanity must be held to higher moral standards.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE

Iraqi Shiites Up in Arms, Claim Saudi Arabia Is ‘Spying on Behalf of Islamic State’


Saudi Arabia’s execution on Saturday of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr has so far not created a crisis between Riyadh and the Shiite-dominated Baghdad government. But Saudi Arabia’s name with the rank-and-file Shiites and parliamentary backbenchers is mud.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE

The American Empire: Murder Inc.


Investigative journalist Allan Nairn knows firsthand how the U.S. uses mass killing as a routine tool of foreign policy. The horrifying tactics of Islamic State, he says, are an imitation of what we have been doing and what we have been teaching our international proxies for generations. Update: Video added.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE

Refugee Crisis Leaves the Deepest, and Cruelest, Mark on 2015


It was a year of Trump, Shkreli, terror attacks, mass murders, police shootings and the legalization of same-sex marriage. But the most significant news was about the thousands fleeing from war or the harsh results of climate change.

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 READ MORE

Eyes Are on Mosul Next as Iraqi Army Advances in Ramadi in Face of Stiff Islamic State Resistance


Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced Friday that after the city of Ramadi was recovered from Islamic State, the Iraqi army would go on to liberate Mosul.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE

Congress Now Has Less Oversight of Drone Strikes


The U.S. military has taken greater charge of drone strikes in Iraq and Syria, effectively reducing congressional scrutiny and leaving officials, lawmakers and activists fearful of increased civilian casualties.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE

If Defeating Islamic State Is So Important, Why Isn’t Ramadi Campaign All We’re Talking About?


Given the large number of vehement pronouncements by U.S. presidential candidates about the dire threat from Islamic State, and attacks on President Obama for not doing more, you would think that the American public would be hanging on every word about any progress against the radical organization.

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE

Shiite Iraqi Politicians Denounce Turkish ‘Invasion’ and Call for Aerial Bombardment


Sources in the Turkish military announced Saturday that about 150 Turkish troops had been placed into northern Iraq along with 20 to 25 tanks.

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 READ MORE

In Address About San Bernardino Attack, President Obama Lays Out Plan to ‘Destroy’ Islamic State


Obama sought to convince Americans, including his opponents, that he is capable of handling this phase of the global conflict by pressing forward with a multipart strategy.

Posted on Dec 6, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Who Is Buying Islamic State’s Oil?

Oil is Islamic State’s lifeline—a business that provides the terrorist group with more revenue than any other source, helping to fund its war in Syria and Iraq, as well as providing electricity to the 10 million people living under the group’s control. So who are the individuals and groups involved in refining and selling this oil? And where does it end up?

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE

Beyond Islamic State: The Folly of World War IV


Arguing that no alternative exists to open-ended war represents not hard-nosed realism, but the abdication of statecraft. The real problem is war itself and the conviction that only through war can America remain America.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Sending Special Ops Troops to Fight Islamic State, but Do Iraqis Want Them?


U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Tuesday that the U.S. would send more special operations troops to Iraq to fight Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 READ MORE

Former Defense Intelligence Head Admits Islamic State Would Not Exist If Bush Hadn’t Invaded Iraq


Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn speaks out about how U.S. foreign policy has helped create and foster the growth of global terrorism.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE

Forget Islamic State: Humanity Itself Is at Stake


The crux of the matter: We either live in dignity together or continue to perish alone, in warring tribes and grief-stricken nations. This is not just about indiscriminate bombing. Our humanity—in fact, the future of the human race is at stake.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE

Happy Thanksgiving to Those Who Seek Haven


As we celebrate our beginnings in the safest, strongest, richest nation the world has ever known, is it asking too much to welcome those who are fleeing death, torture and terror in their homeland?

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 READ MORE

States of Terror


We waded into conflicts in the Middle East we did not understand, propelled forward by fantasy. And our folly spawned a death spiral of political, social and economic collapse, widespread poverty, massive displacement, misery and radical jihadism.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE

Refugees

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE

This Thanksgiving, No Place for Refugees at the American Table


As Americans prepare for one of the most popular national holidays, Thanksgiving, a wave of xenophobia is sweeping the country.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE

What Would President Obama’s Critics Do About Islamic State?


As Paris mourns its dead, critics of President Obama’s caution in the fight against Islamic State are full of sound and fury. But those who throw around such words as “weak” and “feckless” should tell us if they support the logical alternative: sending in tens of thousands of U.S. troops.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Manufacturing Terror: How Saudi Arabia Helped Create Islamic State

In light of the latest terrorist attacks in Paris, we take a look back at an interview with CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who singled out Saudi Arabia for its role in creating radical extremism in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

Mass Grave of 80 Women Executed by Islamic State Is Found in Iraq


Thought to contain the remains of as many as 80 Yazidi women, the grave was discovered near the Iraqi town of Sinjar following an offensive Friday against Islamic State by Kurdish forces.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

We Are in Pitiless Times


After Paris, macho language about “pitiless war” defines the contours of leadership. Little else is on offer. It is red meat to our emotions.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

Islamic State Says Paris Attacks Were Retaliation for French Airstrikes in Syria


The militant jihadi group has claimed responsibility for the deaths of at least 127 people across Paris, citing France’s armed campaign against it in Iraq and Syria.

Posted on Nov 14, 2015 READ MORE

American War in the 21st Century: A Scam, a Swindle and a Fraud


In the post-9/11 years, “reconstruction” and “war” have really been euphemisms for what, in other countries, would be recognized as a massive system of corruption.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE

As the Missions Creep in Iraq and Syria, Lawmakers Ask: Will We Ever Vote on War?


A bipartisan group of 35 House members issued an open letter calling for a congressional vote on war authorization “as quickly as possible.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE

‘Drone Papers’ Revelations Are a Cry for Ending the Slaughter


The unidentified whistleblower calls on Americans to demand that the government stop an illegal, immoral and ultimately ineffectual campaign. The method of picking people to assassinate is a travesty, the source says.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE

It’s Always the Same War


Barack Obama originally ran for president as the anti-war candidate. Now, as his second term winds down, the two George W. Bush/Obama wars are winding up, with a third in Syria.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: With Ahmad Chalabi’s Death, the Passing of an Age of Lies


Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi died of a heart attack in Iraq on Tuesday.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE

Why Do We Let Politicians Lie to Get Elected?


When politicians renege on campaign promises, they are not “being economical with the truth” but “deceiving the public in order to win an election”—and such betrayal in the United Kingdom should trigger a general election, according to one prominent writer.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE

Taking Selfies in Iraq and Afghanistan: America’s Peculiar Brand of Global Imperialism


Overloaded with gadgets, ignorant of foreign cultures, spoiling for action, and never (individually) staying long, American troops have become the imperial equivalent of globetrotting tourists.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Hasn’t Learned a Thing From the Iraq Experience


The former secretary of state could shatter the presidential glass ceiling for women, but as U.S. leader she’d leave the old boys’ military-industrial complex intact.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE

Iran Is Helping to Build the ‘New Syrian Army’ as Islamic State Fighters Flee to Iraq


AFP Arabic is saying that Russian airstrikes have forced “a large number” of Islamic State fighters and their families, especially foreigners, to flee Syria for western Iraq.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE

The U.S. and Russia Are Wrangling Over the Iraqi Sphere of Influence (Video)


Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi is alleged to be under “enormous pressure” from Shiite militiamen and hard-liners to seek Russian airstrikes on Islamic State (Daesh) targets.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE

Iraq, Afghanistan and Other Special Ops ‘Successes’


U.S. special operations forces deployed to a record-shattering 147 countries in 2015—75 percent of the nations on the planet, a jump of 145 percent since the Bush administration. I pursued that record of “success” with a few experts on the subject. 

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE

Bush’s Lap Dog Tony Blair Can’t Even Apologize Correctly for Destabilizing the Middle East (Video)


Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday reiterated some of his previous half-hearted “apologies” for illegally launching a war of aggression on Iraq in 2003.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE

Tony Blair Admits Iraq Invasion’s Role in the Rise of Islamic State


But Britain’s former prime minister offers no real apology for the 2003 invasion or the United Kingdom’s role in helping to remove Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE

What If They Gave a War and Everyone Came?


What if the U.S. had not invaded Iraq in 2003? How would things be different in the Middle East today? Let’s take a big-picture tour of the Middle East and try to answer those questions.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE

Netanyahu’s Blood Libel Against Palestinians


In saying a mufti put Hitler up to the Holocaust, the Israeli prime minister is attempting to paint Palestinians as congenital Jew-haters—justifying robbing them of their remaining land, their livelihoods and their lives. Netanyahu is wrong on the history.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE

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