The assumption that North Korea will never give up its nuclear weapons, no matter the security guarantees or economic incentives, may finally be put to the test according to a report that the Trump administration is considering a groundbreaking diplomatic proposal to end its decades-long commitment to maximum pressure. Based on comments from an unidentified … Continue reading “Why North Korea May Relinquish Its Nukes”
History never truly retires. Every event of the past, however inconsequential, reverberates throughout and, to an extent, shapes our present, and our future as well The haunting image of the bodies of Salvadoran father, Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter, Valeria, who were washed ashore at a riverbank on the Mexico-US border cannot be … Continue reading “Who Killed Oscar and Valeria: The Inconvenient History of the Refugee Crisis”
Five of the 24 men sentenced last week by an Italian court to life in prison for their roles in a brutal and bloody US-backed Cold War campaign against South American dissidents graduated from a notorious US Army school once known for teaching torture, assassination and democracy suppression. On July 8 judges in Rome’s Court … Continue reading “Five Men Sentenced to Life for Operation Condor Killings Trained at School of the Americas”
A Turkish diplomat was murdered during a shooting at a restaurant in Iraqi Kurdistan. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: Turkish Diplomat Among 20 Killed or Found Dead in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
It’s easy to be confused about what’s happening between the U.S. and Iran. On July 10, President Trump again accused Iran of violating the Obama-era nuclear deal, in a tweet that he concluded by promising to increase US sanctions “substantially.” Similarly, headlines – such as a recent New York Times article that originally proclaimed, “With … Continue reading “Iran’s Not the Aggressor – The US Is”
Originally posted at TomDispatch. Congratulations to us! Talk about the art of the deal! Whether we know it or not, in the wake of those presidential Fourth of July festivities on the Washington Mall (“the biggest ever fireworks”), we’re all Saudis now. And here’s the good news: it only cost the Pentagon $1.2 million extra … Continue reading “Eisenhower’s Worst Nightmare”
Friday’s surprising report that Robert Mueller had successfully sought an extra week to prepare for his House testimony on Russiagate (now set for July 24) must have come as scary news to those of his fans who can put two and two together. Over the past few weeks, it has become clearer that each of … Continue reading “Mueller, Dems Scramble as Russiagate Falls Apart”
A Turkish soldier was killed in a bombing. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: Turkish Soldier Among 12 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
What if George Soros and Charles Koch teamed up to do a thing? Sounds pretty scary so far. What if the project was to build a new antiwar think tank in Washington with the financial backing to make a serious mark? Does that sound even scarier? It shouldn’t. The reasons why are Trita Parsi, Andrew … Continue reading “2¾ Cheers for the New Quincy Institute”
Several bombs exploded in Baghad. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: Bombers Return to Baghdad; 16 Killed Across Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
As we remember Justin Raimondo, we present a piece based on a speech he gave to the Palestine Center conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2003. How is it that U.S. policy in the Middle East has essentially nothing to do with vital American interests? How is it that, … Continue reading “Israel’s Amen Corner”
It is undoubtedly my favorite part of every wedding. That awkward, but strangely forthright moment when the preacher asks the crowd for any objections to the couple’s marriage. No one ever objects, of course, but it’s still a raw, if tense, moment. I just love it. I suppose we had that ubiquitous ritual in mind … Continue reading “What Was It All for For: Vets Have Finally Turned on America’s Endless Wars”
Mainstream news coverage of foreign government influence on U.S. elections has been extensive since allegations first surfaced about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race. According to a new poll, a solid 60.0% majority of Americans now believe Russia is the single top meddler in US elections, followed by China (16.4%) and the United Kingdom … Continue reading “Only 5.7% of Americans Say Israel Is the Top Meddler in US Elections”
Airstrikes targeting ISIS in remoted parts of Nineveh province were successful. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: Desert Strikes Target ISIS; 13 Killed Across Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
For more than three months, people in Hong Kong massed in the streets to protest a proposed extradition law. Critics say it would allow China to extradite dissenting students, journalists, and business people to the mainland, where they could face prison for their views. Rallies and marches of tens of thousands grew to perhaps almost two … Continue reading “What’s Really Going On in Hong Kong?”
A bomb targeted a security convoy in Diyala province. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: Bomb Targets Brigadier General; Eight Killed Across Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
Originally posted at TomDispatch. What more did you need to know once Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, claimed by the Taliban, was Iranian-inspired or plotted, one “in a series of attacks instigated by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its surrogates against American and allied interests”? In … Continue reading “It’s Always About the Oil”
A new mass grave was discovered in Yazidi territory. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: Mass Grave Found; 24 Killed or Found Dead in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
One of the many myths that have been used to justify the push for war with Iran led by National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is that Tehran is responsible for the killing of more than 600 U.S. troops during the Iraq War. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, whose … Continue reading “Lies About Iran Killing US Troops in Iraq Are a Ploy to Justify War”
Originally posted at TomDispatch. It’s no small thing to lodge a word or phrase of your own in our language. So give Dwight D. Eisenhower credit. In his presidential farewell address to the American people in 1961, the former five-star general of World War II warned – and who would have known better – of … Continue reading “Drowning in Militarism”
President Trump’s order to the Pentagon to have an aerial parade of military aircraft over Washington, DC on July 4 provided a history lesson of America’s war mongering in the past two decades, and a terrifying view of what might appear in the skies of Iran if John Bolton gets his way. The combat aircraft … Continue reading “Dogs of War Howl for Blood in Iran While Americans Cheer US Bombers on July 4th”
Will of Victory operations continue, but a pair of blasts took place in Shirqat. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: Double Bombing in North; Eight Killed Across Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
Hypocrisy seems to have become a defining characteristic of US foreign policy, especially when it comes to Iran. After breaking the Iran deal last year and, de facto, forcing the Europeans to violate the deal in May, the US Administration is now complaining that Iran is no longer abiding by its obligations under the deal! … Continue reading “Frog-Marching Trump Toward War on Iran”
As Congress arrives back into town and the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees prepare to question ex-Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller on July 17, partisan lines are being drawn even more sharply, as Russiagate blossoms into Deep-State-gate. In Sunday, a top Republican legislator, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) took the gloves off in an unusually acerbic public … Continue reading “Ex-FBI, CIA Officials Draw Withering Fire on Russiagate”
Uncle Joe has never been much for apologies. Whether it was his backing of the ‘90s crime bill that helped fuel mass incarceration, or his mistreatment of Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas hearings, Biden has been loathe to admit wrong and make amends. Thus it was a bit of a surprise this weekend when … Continue reading “The Real Biden Apology America Deserves: The Iraq War”
The Will of Victory operation has gotten off to a slow start in western Iraq. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: Will of Victory Operation Continues; Seven Killed Across Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
America is still fighting the last war. I admit to having a bit of the same problem. I’m now working on a new book to follow-up my previous one about the war in Afghanistan. The tentative title is Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism. [You are cordially invited to participate in a … Continue reading “Fighting the Last War”
President Donald Trump yanked the US-North Korean diplomatic process back onto the rails last week by meeting Chairman Kim Jong-un in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the Koreas. Tellingly, a strong majority of South Koreans approved of the meeting, while a cadre of American media shills and military industry-funded pundits lashed out against it. Critics … Continue reading “Trump-Kim DMZ Meeting a Victory for Peace, Though Pompeo-Bolton Sabotage Looms Large”
President Trump’s display of military weapons in Washington D.C. on the 4th of July this year was for him and his supporters a demonstration of our country’s military might, and thus the means by which the US can get its way in the world under his America First foreign policy. But for someone who was … Continue reading “About the Weapons Trump Showed Off on the 4th of July”
Iraqi forces launched the Will of Victory Operation The post Iraq Daily Roundup: New Anti-ISIS Operation; 14 Killed Across Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
You have to negotiate with your enemies. Fact of life, whether they are autocrats or segregationist Senators. They “have” what you want, the power to stop you from achieving your goals. And of course you have to give something up, nobody surrenders power or nukes for free. This is nothing new. Call it Diplomacy 101. … Continue reading “North Korea: Call It Diplomacy 101, Not a Photo Op”
Granted. The Donald skipped American history class – along with much else that even modestly educated people still recall. But owing to his late life conversion to flag-hugging patriotism you would think he might have taken time to actually read the Declaration of Independence. Obviously not. We have scoured its 1334 words, and our recollection … Continue reading “Trump’s Salute: Apotheosis of the Warfare State”
Several attacks on security forces were reported. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: Attacks on Security Forces; Six Killed Across Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
This article originally appeared at TruthDig. “It is natural for mankind to set a higher value on courage then timidity, on activity than prudence, on strength than counsel.” ~ Montesquieu, “The Spirit of the Laws” They are undoubtedly America’s favorite, most lauded shock troops. More, even, than the Marines or the Army’s Green Berets and Rangers, Navy SEALs have captured America’s … Continue reading “Putting the Warriors on Terror on Trial”
Anti-ISIS operations left nearly two-dozen militants dead. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: Anti-ISIS Operations in North and West; 24 Killed Across Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
Donald Trump’s supposed “deal of the century,” offering the Palestinians economic bribes in return for political submission, is the endgame of western peacemaking, the real goal of which has been failure, not success. For decades, peace plans have made impossible demands of the Palestinians, forcing them to reject the terms on offer and thereby create … Continue reading “Exactly Like Its Predecessors, Trump’s Peace Plan Has Been Designed To Fail”
“We were cocked and loaded to retaliate last night,” Donald Trump tweeted about Iran on June 21, showing us just how close we are to yet another war. In light of the shooting down of a U.S spy drone, the tanker incidents just a few days prior, and a trajectory of other escalatory moves, Secretary … Continue reading “Iranians Are Not Our Enemies”
Originally posted at TomDispatch. Headlined “U.S. Seeks Other Ways to Stop Iran Shy of War,” the article was tucked away on page A9 of a recent New York Times. Still, it caught my attention. Here’s the first paragraph: “American intelligence and military officers are working on additional clandestine plans to counter Iranian aggression in the … Continue reading “We’re Not the Good Guys”
As President Donald Trump met with Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un for the third time at the end of June – becoming the first sitting US president to visit North Korea – the New York Times ran a piece suggesting the appearance of a new option on the proverbial table: A negotiated “nuclear freeze” rather than … Continue reading “North Korea Nuclear Freeze? Finally, a Realistic Proposal”
Some things are still unclear about Trump’s recent decision to bomb Iran – and his rapid-fire follow-up decision not to. We still don’t know what he or his bomb-Iran cheerleaders – National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – thought the bombing would actually accomplish. We also don’t know why Trump … Continue reading “If War Breaks Out With Iran, It Won’t Be an Accident”
Turkish jets continue to bomb PKK sites in northern Iraq. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: Turkish Jets Resume Strikes; Five Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
The Merriam-Webster definition for genocide is “the deliberate and systematic destruction of a race, political or cultural group”. The inheritors of the once-Ottoman now-Turkish state responsible for the Armenian Genocide still dispute the genocidal charges even 100 years after the events. Genocide can be a culturally defining event. The Gallic peoples of France, after suffering … Continue reading “How Does the War on Terror Stack Up to Some of History’s Most Infamous Genocides?”
Tehran resident Dariush is exactly the kind of person that the Trump Administration claims to be supporting. He is a middle-class businessman who hates the clerical regime. The White House thinks Iranians like Dariush would welcome the overthrow of their government. But when I talked to Dariush by phone, he was more angry at President … Continue reading “The ‘Trump Doctrine’ Is Sinking Fast”
There is hope for some real progress in U.S.-North Korean relations after Sunday morning’s unscheduled meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, largely because Russia and China seem more determined than ever to facilitate forward movement. Sitting down before the talks began, Kim underlined the importance of the meeting.“I hope it … Continue reading “Hope for a Breakthrough in Korea”
And, 163 others were wounded. The post Iraq Monthly Roundup: 409 Killed or Found in Mass Graves appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
As my son-in-law Jon heads off for a six-month deployment to Iraq this week – a war President Obama supposedly ended back in 2011 – I was struck by the war lobby-employed patois in the Democratic Party “debates.” The best part of Wednesday night’s in-tandem press conference was also the only point in the dog-and-pony … Continue reading “Burying My Neighbors and Slaughtering Brown-Skinned People”
The question, “Now what?” seems appropriate today. First of all, R.I.P. Justin Raimondo. As Tom Woods said, Justin was the soul of this site. Despite popular misunderstanding, he was not the editor or webmaster (that’s me, Jason Ditz and Eric Garris, all of whom remain on the job for you here), but was very much … Continue reading “Antiwar.com: Now What?”
Months back, when protests rocked Algeria and Sudan, toppling two autocratic strongmen, observers almost immediately dubbed it a “New Arab Spring.” This, of course, was a reference to the popular demonstrations that rocked the Arab World in 2011, ranging from Tunisia to Egypt, Libya and Syria, Bahrain to Yemen. The results of Spring 1.0 were … Continue reading “Backing the Bad Guys: America Is Helping To Sabotage the ‘New’ Arab Spring”
Basra protests turn violent. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: Basra Protests Turn Violent; Nine Killed Across Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
For the second time in a row, Turkish voters have rebuked President Recep Tayyir Erdogan’s handpicked candidate for the mayoralty of Istanbul, Turkey’s largest and wealthiest city. The secular Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, swamped Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate Binali Yildirim in an election that many see as a report … Continue reading “A Wounded Erdogan Could Be Even More Dangerous”