On Israel’s Bizarre Definitions: The West Bank Is Already Annexed

Wednesday, July 1, was meant to be the day on which the Israeli government officially annexed 30% of the occupied Palestinian West Bank and the Jordan Valley. This date, however, came and went and annexation was never actualized. “I don’t know if there will be a declaration of sovereignty today,” said Israeli Foreign Minister, Gabi … Continue reading “On Israel’s Bizarre Definitions: The West Bank Is Already Annexed”

How the Pentagon Failed to Sell Afghan Government’s Bunk ‘Bountygate’ Story to US Intelligence Agencies

Reprinted from The Grayzone with the author’s permission. The New York Times dropped another Russiagate bombshell on June 26 with a sensational front-page story headlined, “Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says.” A predictable media and political frenzy followed, reviving the anti-Russian hysteria that has excited the Beltway establishment for … Continue reading “How the Pentagon Failed to Sell Afghan Government’s Bunk ‘Bountygate’ Story to US Intelligence Agencies”

When George W. Bush Aides Back Joe Biden, You Know the Presidential Campaign is Getting Ugly

The 2020 election campaign is likely to get much uglier before November 3rd. Both parties face internal wars that will shape future U.S. foreign policy. In Democratic primaries younger progressive candidates continue to challenge establishment paladins. And leading members of the bipartisan War Party continue to fall. The latest Bigfoot loss appears to be Eliot … Continue reading “When George W. Bush Aides Back Joe Biden, You Know the Presidential Campaign is Getting Ugly”

How Truman and the Military Subverted the First Atomic Bomb Movie

“If our sin as scientists was to make and use the atomic bomb,” Leo Szilard, famed physicist would admit, “then our punishment was to watch The Beginning or the End.” Szilard’s exposure to the 1947 MGM movie, however, went far beyond merely enduring a viewing of the first Hollywood drama about the creation and use … Continue reading “How Truman and the Military Subverted the First Atomic Bomb Movie”

International Racketeering: ‘Godfather’ Donald’s Mafia War on the ICC

Free advice: one way for an administration to avoid the ire of an International Criminal Court (ICC) is not to act like a mafia crime family. Appearances and all. Only discretion has never been Donald Trump’s game. The kid from Queens – who built a casino empire in mobbed-up 1980s Atlantic City – thrives in … Continue reading “International Racketeering: ‘Godfather’ Donald’s Mafia War on the ICC”

Key US Ally Indicted for Organ Trade Murder Scheme

When President Clinton dropped 23,000 bombs on what was left of Yugoslavia in 1999 and NATO invaded and occupied the Yugoslav province of Kosovo, U.S. officials presented the war to the American public as a “humanitarian intervention” to protect Kosovo’s majority ethnic Albanian population from genocide at the hands of Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic. That … Continue reading “Key US Ally Indicted for Organ Trade Murder Scheme”

Nuclear Testing, Never Again

Seventy-five years ago, on July 16, the United States detonated the world’s first nuclear weapons test explosion in the New Mexican desert. Just three weeks later, U.S. Air Force B-29 bombers executed surprise atomic bomb attacks on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing at least 214,000 people by the end of 1945, and injuring … Continue reading “Nuclear Testing, Never Again”

Remember When America Killed Moscow’s Soldiers

Policymakers who spent years treating Russia as an enemy are now enraged over unverified claims that Moscow paid the Afghan Taliban to kill American military personnel. That would be outrageous, of course. Perhaps US policymakers now know how Soviet officials felt after Washington provided Stinger missiles and other weapons to the Afghan Mujahedeen to kill … Continue reading “Remember When America Killed Moscow’s Soldiers”

Israel Is Trying To Provoke Iran To Start a War

With only four months left to the U.S. presidential elections, and the increasing likelihood of Donald Trump, the most pro-Israel President in history, losing, Israel has been trying to provoke Iran to start a war, so that it can drag the United State into it. This is not anything new. For over a decade Benjamin … Continue reading “Israel Is Trying To Provoke Iran To Start a War”

Time To Rethink the US-South Korea Alliance

North Korea has blown up the inter-Korean liaison office in Kaesong. It is threatening an all-out pamphlet war in response to defectors sending anti-regime propaganda to the north. South Korea’s unification minister has stepped down after failing to meet with his North Korean counterparts during his 14-month tenure. Pyongyang is not happy about the balloons … Continue reading “Time To Rethink the US-South Korea Alliance”

The Police and the Pentagon Are Bringing Our Wars Home

Uniformed U.S. soldiers occupied the center of the city, where an armored personnel carrier was stationed at a major intersection. Was it Kabul or Atlanta? A US military helicopter hovered over crowds of unarmed civilians, its down-drafts whipping debris and broken glass into their faces. Was it Mogadishu or Washington, D.C.? Armed, uniformed men surrounded … Continue reading “The Police and the Pentagon Are Bringing Our Wars Home”

Sovereignty Mockery: Drone Tyranny at Home and Abroad

Take it from a penitent practitioner of drone warfare: Americans do not want these devices hovering over their cities. Only it’s already a reality. Literally as I type, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is flying a predator drone over Minneapolis, surveilling people protesting the police execution of George Floyd. Almost certainly, this particular prototype isn’t … Continue reading “Sovereignty Mockery: Drone Tyranny at Home and Abroad”

New ICC Complaint Filed Over US-Israel War Crimes in Palestine

A prominent Canadian human rights lawyer has submitted a request to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate senior US and Israeli officials for alleged war crimes committed against the Palestinian people. William Schabas, a professor of international law at Middlesex University in London, filed a lengthy Article 15 communication with the ICC’s Office of … Continue reading “New ICC Complaint Filed Over US-Israel War Crimes in Palestine”

New York Times Deploys Heavy Gun to Back ‘Intel’ on Russian Bounties

The New York Times is pulling out all the stops in promoting its dubious story on Russia offering bounty for dead U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. Wednesday’s installment, a “news analysis” by Times veteran writers David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt, treats the allegations that Russia paid Taliban or Taliban-related terrorists to kill US troops as … Continue reading “New York Times Deploys Heavy Gun to Back ‘Intel’ on Russian Bounties”

Trump’s Record on Foreign Policy: Lost Wars, New Conflicts, and Broken Promises

On June 13, President Donald Trump told the graduating class at West Point, “We are ending the era of endless wars.” That is what Trump has promised since 2016, but the “endless” wars have not ended. Trump has dropped more bombs and missiles than George W. Bush or Barack Obama did in their first terms, … Continue reading “Trump’s Record on Foreign Policy: Lost Wars, New Conflicts, and Broken Promises”

Who To Believe on Afghan Intelligence: CIA, NSA, or Pentagon?

Digging below the” bombshell” headlines and MSM chyrons on the current Russian-bounty-on-US-soldiers in Afghanistan allegations, it seems three separate US government (USG) agencies – the CIA, the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Pentagon – have different assessments as to the veracity of this story. To ascertain which assessments are most reliable, one has to … Continue reading “Who To Believe on Afghan Intelligence: CIA, NSA, or Pentagon?”

When New York Times Reporter Was Chief Propagandist for Atomic Bomb

William L. Laurence earned the nickname “Atomic Bill” several times over. He was a Pulitzer-winning New York Times science reporter who became embedded with the Manhattan Project and followed its creation of the first atomic bombs at several sites around the United States. As the first use of the new weapon against Japan neared, seventy-five summers ago, … Continue reading “When New York Times Reporter Was Chief Propagandist for Atomic Bomb”

Afghanistan Bounties: Pot, Meet Kettle (and Turn Off the Stove!)

“American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan,” claims the New York Times. More controversially, the authors write that US president Donald Trump was briefed on the assessment (he denies it) and the piece’s tag line says that his administration … Continue reading “Afghanistan Bounties: Pot, Meet Kettle (and Turn Off the Stove!)”

Serving the Bottomless Kool-Aid: ‘Blame Russia’ Rides Again!

When a nation touts its own exceptionalism, that’s called patriotism. Absolute Americanism so red-blooded that it’s become mandatory for all political aspirants (think Obama’s “belief” with “his every fiber”) to prostrate themselves at exceptionalism’s altar. Funny, when an individual believes himself exceptional – that’s diagnosable. Sociopaths afflicted with messiah complexes proclaim their exceptionalism. No one … Continue reading “Serving the Bottomless Kool-Aid: ‘Blame Russia’ Rides Again!”

Stumbling Towards Catastrophe: The New Cold War With China

With tensions between the US and China at an all-time high, experts warn the two powers are closer to a military confrontation than ever before. A war with China should be unthinkable in Washington since the conflict could be catastrophic to the entire world as the threat of it erupting into a full-blown nuclear war … Continue reading “Stumbling Towards Catastrophe: The New Cold War With China”

Why Are American Forces Still Guarding the Korean Peninsula?

Seven decades ago Americans found themselves at war in a country most people couldn’t locate without a map. That included two young army officers, Charles Bonesteel and Dean Rusk, a future Secretary of State. On August 10, 1945, the Pentagon tasked them with determining a convenient division of the Korea peninsula. Since they knew nothing … Continue reading “Why Are American Forces Still Guarding the Korean Peninsula?”

Prioritizing the Pentagon in a Pandemic

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Since it began in 2002, TomDispatch has been following the twenty-first-century rise of the Pentagon and the rest of the U.S. national security state, amid distant wars that simply never seem to end. While much has, in this Covid-19 era of ours, been in the process of going down (billionaires aside), … Continue reading “Prioritizing the Pentagon in a Pandemic”

Stop Blaming Russia, China for US Disarmament Failures

On June 22 and 23, Russian and American diplomats met in Vienna to discuss New START, a nuclear arms reduction treaty which expires next year. The treaty provides for an optional five-year extension. Alternatively, the parties could negotiate a new agreement as has happened several times in the past. A third possibility involves one or … Continue reading “Stop Blaming Russia, China for US Disarmament Failures”

Remember America’s Great Kosovo Ally? Never Mind the War Crimes!

The Trump administration, in the personality of Richard Grenell, former U.S. ambassador to Germany, has become intricately and bizarrely involved in Balkan politics. His effort to reconcile Kosovo and Serbia, from which the former seceded in 2008, risks an embarrassing crash after the indictment of Kosovar President Hashim Thaci of war crimes. But Grenell has … Continue reading “Remember America’s Great Kosovo Ally? Never Mind the War Crimes!”

The Evil Revealed in First US Nuclear Test: 74 Years Ago Over Bikini

Besides revealing how the Truman White House and military sabotaged the first movie about the atomic bomb, from MGM, my new book, The Beginning or the End explores other key nuclear-related events of that crucial year of 1946. Among the most important: the start of U.S. nuclear blasts in the Pacific, which would fuel the … Continue reading “The Evil Revealed in First US Nuclear Test: 74 Years Ago Over Bikini”

Will Biden Remain Tone Deaf to Palestinian Rights?

Joe Biden wants you to believe that he is opposed to Israel’s likely annexation of parts of the West Bank that Netanyahu plans to carry out in July. “I do not support annexation,” he said during a call with American Jewish donors on June 16. But only a month ago, Biden senior foreign policy advisor … Continue reading “Will Biden Remain Tone Deaf to Palestinian Rights?”

The All-American Way

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Today, in the context of the Black Lives Matter protests, TomDispatch regular Andrew Bacevich considers the all-American version of “extreme materialism” that Martin Luther King called out more than half a century ago. And when it comes to the overwhelming urge to get one’s hands on the goods, among the looters … Continue reading “The All-American Way”

The Korean War and US ‘Total Destruction’ Began 70 Years Ago

For a brief moment in the summer of 1945 there was joy in Korea. Koreans, who had suffered tremendously during half a century of brutal Japanese occupation and World War II, celebrated what they believed was their liberation by victorious US and Soviet forces. Full of hope for a future free of foreign rule, they … Continue reading “The Korean War and US ‘Total Destruction’ Began 70 Years Ago”

The ‘New’ American Mercenary: A Pocket History

Though the bizarre story has been subsumed by other events, last month’s aborted invasion of Venezuela should’ve hardly shocked anyone. The United States has long used mercenaries to do its bidding. They have provided Washington distance and deniability for unsavory operations. During the Cold War, the U.S. hoped this would limit domestic and international protest. … Continue reading “The ‘New’ American Mercenary: A Pocket History”

Israel Leverages Dubious ‘Nuclear Archives’ To Secure New IAEA Demands on Iran

Reprinted from The Grayzone with the author’s permission. The approval by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of a June 19 resolution calling on Iran to comply fully with agency demands for cooperation marks a new stage in the long-running Israeli campaign to isolate Iran over alleged covert nuclear weapons activities. The IAEA has … Continue reading “Israel Leverages Dubious ‘Nuclear Archives’ To Secure New IAEA Demands on Iran”

New Film Explores US Suppression of Key Footage from Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Last month, I completed work on my first film, writing and directing a documentary titled Atomic Cover-up. Below you can watch via a link four brief clips. The story for me began, however, thirty-eight years ago this month. That day also helped set me on the path to spending four weeks in Hiroshima and Nagasaki … Continue reading “New Film Explores US Suppression of Key Footage from Hiroshima and Nagasaki”

Destroying Syria: Congress Declares “I’m from Washington and I’m Here To Impoverish You”

Another round of sanctions, the ironically named Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, has taken effect in Syria. Through the magic of secondary sanctions, Washington will forbid everyone on earth from dealing with the Syrian regime. Even before the penalties took effect, noted the Washington Post: “they have already contributed to the collapse of Syria’s long-troubled … Continue reading “Destroying Syria: Congress Declares “I’m from Washington and I’m Here To Impoverish You””

As Coronavirus Rips Through Yemen, Saudi Bombs Continue to Fall

With an already shattered medical infrastructure due to the five-year US-Saudi siege, Covid-19 has rapidly spread through Yemen. The Arab country lacks the basic necessities for preventative measures like clean water, and a population facing malnourishment is especially vulnerable to the disease. A recent uptick in Saudi bombing might put a country already on the … Continue reading “As Coronavirus Rips Through Yemen, Saudi Bombs Continue to Fall”

Caesar Tries To Suffocate 17 Million Syrians

Since 2011, the US and allies have promoted, trained and supplied militants trying to bring about “regime change” in Damascus. Having failed in that effort, they have tried to strangle Syria economically. The goal has always been the same: to force Syria to change politically. This month, June 2020, the aggression reaches a new level … Continue reading “Caesar Tries To Suffocate 17 Million Syrians”

Syria: Old Pretexts, New Sanctions, Still Counterproductive

This week, the United States is hitting new sanctions on Syria. Compounding existing EU and American sanctions on state assets as well as hundreds of companies and individuals, these are set to become the toughest sanctions yet throughout the entire conflict. Given the falling apart of the “Assad gasses his own people” narrative, American lawmakers … Continue reading “Syria: Old Pretexts, New Sanctions, Still Counterproductive”

Tipping the Nuclear Dominoes

If the Trump administration follows through on its threat to re-start nuclear tests, it will complete the unraveling of more than 50 years of arms control agreements, taking the world back to the days when school children practiced “duck and cover,” and people built backyard bomb shelters. It will certainly be the death knell for … Continue reading “Tipping the Nuclear Dominoes”