Yes, But Isn’t There a Bigger Issue Here?

The title of this essay is the follow-up question I have always wanted mainstream media reporters to ask a political figure after he or she gives the rote response, “Israel has a right to defend itself” (e.g., Biden, Pence and Buttigieg) after the five million Palestinians confined in the “occupied territories” launch a rocket attack … Continue reading “Yes, But Isn’t There a Bigger Issue Here?”

If Not Now, When; If Not Us, Who?: Support Antiwar.com!

Sometime this year, the 19th in America’s longest, most futile, war in Afghanistan – really any day now – a young man (or woman) will be killed in a war older than he is. In these dark times, it feels like an inevitability, but it’s not quite – if only just. History rolls along, certainly, … Continue reading “If Not Now, When; If Not Us, Who?: Support Antiwar.com!”

America’s Arms Sales Addiction

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Honestly, if a single corporate entity controlled three-quarters of the global market in a product, you’d call it a monopoly, right? Well, in 2011, that was the situation of the United States when it came to the arms trade. This country sold more than three-quarters of the weapons on the global … Continue reading “America’s Arms Sales Addiction”

Combat Vet Senator Richard Black Fighting the War Party

Two weeks ago the Virginia State Senate switched hands from the Republicans to the Democrats, another step in the state’s leftward turn. One of the Democratic pick ups was in the 13th district, where incumbent State Senator Dick Black is retiring from public service. Black is a Vietnam veteran and former colonel in the US … Continue reading “Combat Vet Senator Richard Black Fighting the War Party”

A New Generation of Vets: Ending Endless War From the Right

They sure didn’t look the part. These weren’t a bunch of stereotypical hippie peaceniks. As I surveyed the room in the beautiful DC brownstone which hosted the BringOurTroopsHome.us opening night reception, I saw well-built, well-dressed men and women, many still sporting military-style haircuts (though often with a well-groomed beard). Instead of tie-dye shirts, I spied … Continue reading “A New Generation of Vets: Ending Endless War From the Right”

A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Lebanese have been demonstrating in the streets against corruption and for democratic rights. The protesters come from all economic classes and religious/ethnic groups. Like the Arab Spring uprisings that began in 2010, these protests are spontaneous and without traditional leaders. And they are sending corrupt political parties and foreign … Continue reading “A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq”

Coming to Terms With the US Role in Central America

On March 11, 1999, President Bill Clinton took an unprecedented step. During a four-nation visit to Central America, he expressed regret for the role the United States had played in a brutal counter-terrorism campaign that had caused the deaths of thousands of civilians in Guatemala’s civil war. President Clinton’s apology followed the publication of the … Continue reading “Coming to Terms With the US Role in Central America”

Finally Got Him: The Bolivian Coup

The U.S. says it wasn’t a coup. Trump’s official statement “applauds” the Bolivian regime change for preserving democracy. Trump identifies the event as “a significant moment in democracy” because it stymied Bolivian President Evo Morales’ attempt “to override the Bolivian constitution and the will of the people. . ..” But all three White House claims … Continue reading “Finally Got Him: The Bolivian Coup”

When Did Ukraine Become a ‘Critical Ally’?

On hearing the State Department’s George Kent and William Taylor describe President Donald Trump’s withholding of military aid to Ukraine, The New York Times summarized and solemnly endorsed their testimony: “What clearly concerned both witnesses wasn’t simply the abuse of power by the President, but the harm it inflicted on Ukraine, a critical ally, under … Continue reading “When Did Ukraine Become a ‘Critical Ally’?”

The Trump Doctrine Demands a Democratic Response

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. I’ve been publishing antiwar material for more than five years now. Seeing as I only retired this past February, I did most of my dissenting while still on active duty, and much of it during the Obama years. During that time, the overwhelming majority of hate mail in my … Continue reading “The Trump Doctrine Demands a Democratic Response”

A Lesson for the Palestinian Leadership: The Reasons Behind Israel’s Arrest and Release of Jordanian Citizens

The release on November 6 of two Jordanian nationals, Heba al-Labadi and Abdul Rahman Mi’ri from Israeli prisons was a bittersweet moment. The pair were finally reunited with their families after harrowing experiences in Israel. Sadly, thousands of Palestinian prisoners are still denied their freedom, still subjected to all sorts of hardships at the hands … Continue reading “A Lesson for the Palestinian Leadership: The Reasons Behind Israel’s Arrest and Release of Jordanian Citizens”

Bring Our Troops Home Takes Fight To End America’s Endless Wars to Capitol Hill

Veterans and state legislators from 26 states, led by retired Army National Guard Sergeant Dan McKnight, traveled to Washington during Veterans Day week to press members of Congress, Senators and senior Congressional staff to end America’s endless wars, especially the 18-year-old war in Afghanistan. McKnight, a military combat veteran who serves as BringOurTroopsHome.US Chairman, is … Continue reading “Bring Our Troops Home Takes Fight To End America’s Endless Wars to Capitol Hill”

The Ukrainian Influence Peddling Rings – A Microcosm of How Imperial Washington Rolls

Last night we heard some knucklehead on the War Channel (CNN) braying about Ukraine as a vitally important “ally and strategic partner”. The implication, of course, was that the Donald’s attempted squeeze play on its new President was dangerously undermining national security. What unadulterated tommyrot! The safety and security of the American homeland has absolutely … Continue reading “The Ukrainian Influence Peddling Rings – A Microcosm of How Imperial Washington Rolls”

How To Make American Foreign Policy Yours

Originally posted at TomDispatch. In case you hadn’t noticed (and not to notice you’d have to be blind), we’re not exactly alone in this country anymore. We were true pioneers in what might be considered a great American tradition of interfering in the affairs of other nations – think about just how radically the U.S. … Continue reading “How To Make American Foreign Policy Yours”

November 11: Remembering the Tragedy and Legacy of World War I

Watching Londoners reveling in the streets on Armistice Day*, November 11, 1918, the war critic and pacifist Bertrand Russell commented that people had cheered for war, then cheered for peace – ” the crowd was frivolous still, and had learned nothing during the period of horror.” ~ Adam Hochschild. 2011. To End All Wars: A … Continue reading “November 11: Remembering the Tragedy and Legacy of World War I”

The Armistice We Need: Time for Vets To Reclaim Veterans’ Day

It wasn’t supposed to be this way; wasn’t meant to be celebrated as such. Veterans’ Day, that is. When the guns fell silent after more than four years of slaughter in the Great War – which consumed at least 9 million soldiers’ lives – in a widely celebrated, long-awaited armistice, veterans, and even many leaders, … Continue reading “The Armistice We Need: Time for Vets To Reclaim Veterans’ Day”

Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire

Originally posted at TomDispatch. What a strange world we’re in! Imagine that only recently Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the remaining 1,000 U.S. military personnel from Syria (launching a bloodbath in Kurdish-controlled areas on its northern border in the process). He was, if you remember, bringing them all “home.” Almost immediately, however, Secretary of … Continue reading “Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire”

The New Middle East That’s Coming

The fallout from the September attack on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil facilities is continuing to reverberate throughout the Middle East, sidelining old enmities – sometimes for new ones – and redrawing traditional alliances. While Turkey’s recent invasion of northern Syria is grabbing the headlines, the bigger story may be that major regional players are contemplating … Continue reading “The New Middle East That’s Coming”

The Rule of Law or CIA Coup?

Americans should support the impeachment and removal of President Donald Trump, but not for Ukrainegate. In fact, they should oppose his impeachment on Ukrainegate grounds completely. Trump’s real offense is waging an un-authorized, unconstitutional, illegal, treasonous and for-real genocidal war against the human beings of Yemen. His war crimes in Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Syria and … Continue reading “The Rule of Law or CIA Coup?”

The Switch: ‘Liberal’ Thought Police and Endless War

“People can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders…All you have to do is tell them they’re being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.” ~Hermann Goering, Nazi Field Marshal and Hitler henchman Somehow I’m always a … Continue reading “The Switch: ‘Liberal’ Thought Police and Endless War”

Mexico: One Failed US War Doesn’t Justify Another

On November 4, ten dual US-Mexican citizens – members of an offshoot sect of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – died in a highway ambush, apparently the latest casualties of rampant and violent drug cartel activity in northern Mexico. US president Donald Trump promptly called upon “Mexico, with the help of the … Continue reading “Mexico: One Failed US War Doesn’t Justify Another”

Bases, Bases, Everywhere, and Not a Base in Sight

Originally posted at TomDispatch. In January 2004, Chalmers Johnson wrote this about what he called America’s “empire of bases” or its “Baseworld”: “As distinct from other peoples, most Americans do not recognize – or do not want to recognize – that the United States dominates the world through its military power. Due to government secrecy, … Continue reading “Bases, Bases, Everywhere, and Not a Base in Sight”

US and Its Criminal Effort in Syria

President Trump has stated his intent to withdraw US troops from Syria on several occasions since March 2018. Each time politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties, supported by the corporate-controlled media, have, based on US imperial interests, vehemently challenged the withdrawal proposal. These folks also based their opposition to withdrawal on their supposed … Continue reading “US and Its Criminal Effort in Syria”

Send the FBI a Message: Support Antiwar.com, Support Free Speech

When the feds are out to get you, you just might be doing something right. And Antiwar.com has been doing what’s right for decades. Long before the 9/11 attacks and the resulting American wars of revenge and hegemony, Eric Garris, Justin Raimondo, and the site’s columnists had already diagnosed and set out to expose the … Continue reading “Send the FBI a Message: Support Antiwar.com, Support Free Speech”

How the Judiciary Is Chipping Away at the War on Terror

In times of war, the law often does fall silent. The U.S. Supreme Court, in all its independence and courage, has endorsed concentration camps, censorship, sham military tribunals, and guilt by association at various points in its history. Textbooks and television sell us the caricature of heroic judges and inspiring courtroom debates, but in truth, … Continue reading “How the Judiciary Is Chipping Away at the War on Terror”

For 9th Straight Year, US Grants Waivers to Countries Violating Anti-Child Soldier Law

For the third straight year, President Donald Trump has issued waivers to a law that prohibits US military assistance to nations whose armies or proxy militias include children among their ranks. The White House recently announced the US was granting full or partial waivers to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) to Afghanistan, Democratic Republic … Continue reading “For 9th Straight Year, US Grants Waivers to Countries Violating Anti-Child Soldier Law”

The Lynching of the Charismatic Geek

Once upon a time, there was a very bright little boy in Australia who grew up as stranger to conventional society. His mother went from husband to husband, from theater to cult, always on the eccentric margins, while the boy’s natural father was left behind. As an adolescent he found his own world in cyberspace, … Continue reading “The Lynching of the Charismatic Geek”

Why Those ‘Endless Wars’ Must Never End

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Here’s the strange thing for the self-proclaimed greatest power in history, the very one that, in this century, has been fighting a series of unending wars across significant parts of the planet: if you exclude Operation Urgent Fury, the triumphant invasion of the island Grenada in 1983, and Operation Just Cause, … Continue reading “Why Those ‘Endless Wars’ Must Never End”

Israeli Soldier Gets Slap on the Wrist for Murder of Unarmed Child

An Israeli soldier was convicted for the death of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy during the Great March of Return protests last year at the border fence that separates the Gaza Strip from Israel. This soldier is the first Israeli to be convicted of anything since the protests began in March 2018. Not surprisingly, this soldier … Continue reading “Israeli Soldier Gets Slap on the Wrist for Murder of Unarmed Child”

Somali Villagers Say US Drone Strike Kills Civilians Gathering Frankincense

A recent US drone strike targeting Islamic State (IS) militants in northeastern Somalia accidentally killed two civilians gathering frankincense, according to village elders and a survivor interviewed by Voice of America. VOA reports the attack occurred during the afternoon on October 25 near Ameyra, a remote village in the Golis Mountain region of Bari province … Continue reading “Somali Villagers Say US Drone Strike Kills Civilians Gathering Frankincense”

Kurdish Participation in the Armenian Genocide

A bipartisan 405-11 majority of the US House of Representatives decided Tuesday to condemn the 1915 massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire. The result came after decades of attempts by the Armenian lobby, which had been successfully opposed by Turkey and its friends in the United States, especially – until recently – the pro-Israeli … Continue reading “Kurdish Participation in the Armenian Genocide”