Israel Rejects ICC Investigation: What Are the Possible Future Scenarios?

The Israeli government’s position regarding an impending investigation by the International Criminal Court of alleged war crimes committed in occupied Palestine has been finally declared by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “It will be made clear that Israel is a country with rule of law that knows how to investigate itself,” Netanyahu said in a … Continue reading “Israel Rejects ICC Investigation: What Are the Possible Future Scenarios?”

President Joe Biden Set for Summit with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga

Tokyo’s boosters call Japan America’s most important ally. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe forged a close relationship with President Donald Trump, playing to the latter’s vanities. In response, Trump seemed to go easier on Tokyo, a longtime Pentagon cheap rider, than South Korea or Europe. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is due in Washington on Friday, … Continue reading “President Joe Biden Set for Summit with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga”

Keep Ukraine Out of NATO

The Biden administration risks creating a crisis with Russia with its ill-considered shows of support for the Ukrainian government. President Biden expressed his “unwavering support” for Ukraine in a phone call with Ukrainian President Zelenskiy, and there are reports that U.S. ships may be sent into the Black Sea to “send a message” to Russia. … Continue reading “Keep Ukraine Out of NATO”

Could the Philippines Drag the US Into War with China?

Tensions are rising again between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over rival claims to small islands and their surrounding waters in the South China Sea. The latest incident began in late March when more than 200 Chinese “fishing vessels” arrived at Whitsun Reef, which Manila calls Juan Felipe Reef – a … Continue reading “Could the Philippines Drag the US Into War with China?”

Putin and Xi Have Red Lines, Too

In recent days, Russian tanks, artillery, armor, trucks and troops have been moving by road and rail ever closer to Ukraine, and Moscow is said to be repositioning its 56th Guards Air Assault Brigade in Crimea. Military sources in Kyiv estimate there are now 85,000 Russian troops between six and 25 miles from Ukraine’s northern … Continue reading “Putin and Xi Have Red Lines, Too”

Cold War Fever in Brussels

In recent months it has not been just Covid that raised the temperature in Europe’s hotheads: Cold War fever has set in among the Brussels leadership, with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel rallying the troops against public enemy number one, the Russian Federation. In the United States, … Continue reading “Cold War Fever in Brussels”

Secretary of State Blinken Throws Down the Gauntlet to China and Russia… Again

America began a new week with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. One might forgive a traveler from another land or time forming the impression that almost all U.S. television news, cable and network alike, consisted of different channels of Voice of the White House. (Or the … Continue reading “Secretary of State Blinken Throws Down the Gauntlet to China and Russia… Again”

Push Saudi Arabia To End the Assault on Yemen

More than six years ago Saudi Arabia attacked Yemen. The goal was to reinstall a friendly president to do Riyadh’s bidding. The royal regime assumed the campaign would be over in six weeks. Yet again the gods punished hubris and made the vainglorious pay a terrible price. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was merely the … Continue reading “Push Saudi Arabia To End the Assault on Yemen”

It Began With Twelve, How Will It End? – Mozambique: AFRICOM’s Newest Adventure

White faces in fatigues – I’m sure that’s just what most Mozambicans were hoping to see upon their shores. After all, it certainly isn’t the first time. Ever since the Portuguese started planting trading posts and forts on what was known as the Swahili Coast around the year 1500, an arrival of armed whites has never … Continue reading “It Began With Twelve, How Will It End? – Mozambique: AFRICOM’s Newest Adventure”

The Cold War, Rebooted and Rebranded

Originally posted at TomDispatch. When it comes to future conflicts or present-day war games, they have all the advantages and we have none! Or as Eric Edelman, a former undersecretary of defense for policy, told CNN recently, “Russia and China are playing a home game, we are playing an away game.” And mind you, we’re … Continue reading “The Cold War, Rebooted and Rebranded”

The US War on Drugs Is Driving the Displacement Crisis

We are torn by images of unaccompanied minors and overcrowded facilities at our southern border, but few in the United States are asking why so many Central American families are so desperate to escape their own countries that they are willing to risk everything – including family separation. These migrants are not fleeing some Act … Continue reading “The US War on Drugs Is Driving the Displacement Crisis”

Germany’s Political Crisis and the Future of Nord Stream 2

In a Blinken of an Eye The Biden Administration entered the White House accompanied by hopes that it would return to some kind of normal in its relations with the European Union. While Biden, unlike Obama, would not score a Nobel Peace Prize solely for his existence, his victory was warmly welcomed in capitals around … Continue reading “Germany’s Political Crisis and the Future of Nord Stream 2”

Germany’s Political Crisis and the Future of Nord Stream 2

In a Blinken of an Eye The Biden Administration entered the White House accompanied by hopes that it would return to some kind of normal in its relations with the European Union. While Biden, unlike Obama, would not score a Nobel Peace Prize solely for his existence, his victory was warmly welcomed in capitals around … Continue reading “Germany’s Political Crisis and the Future of Nord Stream 2”

Germany’s Political Crisis and the Future of Nord Stream 2

In a Blinken of an Eye The Biden Administration entered the White House accompanied by hopes that it would return to some kind of normal in its relations with the European Union. While Biden, unlike Obama, would not score a Nobel Peace Prize solely for his existence, his victory was warmly welcomed in capitals around … Continue reading “Germany’s Political Crisis and the Future of Nord Stream 2”

The Problem of Humanitarian Intervention: A Tough Challenge With No Good Answer

Today, April 7, is the official anniversary of the start of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Probably a half million or so people – estimates range wildly – were murdered in just 100 days. Most of the victims were Tutsis, though a number of moderate Hutus also were killed. Hundreds of thousands of women were … Continue reading “The Problem of Humanitarian Intervention: A Tough Challenge With No Good Answer”

The Problem of Humanitarian Intervention: A Tough Challenge With No Good Answer

Today, April 7, is the official anniversary of the start of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Probably a half million or so people – estimates range wildly – were murdered in just 100 days. Most of the victims were Tutsis, though a number of moderate Hutus also were killed. Hundreds of thousands of women were … Continue reading “The Problem of Humanitarian Intervention: A Tough Challenge With No Good Answer”

The Problem of Humanitarian Intervention: A Tough Challenge With No Good Answer

Today, April 7, is the official anniversary of the start of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Probably a half million or so people – estimates range wildly – were murdered in just 100 days. Most of the victims were Tutsis, though a number of moderate Hutus also were killed. Hundreds of thousands of women were … Continue reading “The Problem of Humanitarian Intervention: A Tough Challenge With No Good Answer”

For What Should We Fight Russia or China?

Last Monday, in a single six-hour period, NATO launched 10 air intercepts to shadow six separate groups of Russian bombers and fighters over the Arctic, North Atlantic, North Sea, Black Sea and Baltic Sea. Last week also brought reports that Moscow is increasing its troop presence in Crimea and along its borders with Ukraine. Joe … Continue reading “For What Should We Fight Russia or China?”

Why Is the Biden Administration Pushing Ukraine To Attack Russia?

On March 24th, Ukraine’s President Vladimir Zelensky signed what was essentially a declaration of war on Russia. In the document, titled Presidential Decree No. 117/2021, the US-backed Ukrainian leader declared that it is the official policy of Ukraine to take back Crimea from Russia. The declaration that Ukraine would take back Crimea from Russia also … Continue reading “Why Is the Biden Administration Pushing Ukraine To Attack Russia?”

Washington Has Backed Islamist War Criminals in Syria

When large-scale demonstrations broke out against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in early 2011, Barack Obama’s administration promptly exploited the situation and began to back anti-regime factions. As those demonstrations evolved into an armed insurgency later that year, Washington cooperated closely with outside sponsors of the rebellion, especially Saudi Arabia and Turkey, to channel financial … Continue reading “Washington Has Backed Islamist War Criminals in Syria”

‘Made Possible by Viewers Taxpayers Like You’: French African-Adventurism & Wedding-Bombings

Counterinsurgency snake oil was sold to soldiers and civilians alike as a “new” brand of urbane and civilized warfare. The absurdly over-the-top euphemistic buzzwords and mantras applied to such strategies – “stability-” and “information” “operations,” “handshakes&hand grenades,” or “nation builders as well as warriors” – should’ve tipped us off that something severely dark was concealed … Continue reading “‘Made Possible by Viewers Taxpayers Like You’: French African-Adventurism & Wedding-Bombings”

‘Made Possible by Viewers Taxpayers Like You’: French African-Adventurism & Wedding-Bombings

Counterinsurgency snake oil was sold to soldiers and civilians alike as a “new” brand of urbane and civilized warfare. The absurdly over-the-top euphemistic buzzwords and mantras applied to such strategies – “stability-” and “information” “operations,” “handshakes&hand grenades,” or “nation builders as well as warriors” – should’ve tipped us off that something severely dark was concealed … Continue reading “‘Made Possible by Viewers Taxpayers Like You’: French African-Adventurism & Wedding-Bombings”

Is the Volunteer Military Too Expensive? Or Is Global Intervention Too Expensive?

The Napoleonic Wars consumed the lives of between 2.5 million and 3.5 million soldiers, most unwilling draftees. Although defeated, discredited, and exiled after years of brutal conflict, the self-anointed emperor responsible for those deaths today is honored – lionized, actually – in Paris. His tomb is located in the Hotel Les Invalides surrounded by commemorations … Continue reading “Is the Volunteer Military Too Expensive? Or Is Global Intervention Too Expensive?”

Is the Volunteer Military Too Expensive? Or Is Global Intervention Too Expensive?

The Napoleonic Wars consumed the lives of between 2.5 million and 3.5 million soldiers, most unwilling draftees. Although defeated, discredited, and exiled after years of brutal conflict, the self-anointed emperor responsible for those deaths today is honored – lionized, actually – in Paris. His tomb is located in the Hotel Les Invalides surrounded by commemorations … Continue reading “Is the Volunteer Military Too Expensive? Or Is Global Intervention Too Expensive?”

The Political Logic of Zionism

Angela Davis – a famous activist and author – was scheduled to speak at an event by Butler University titled “Joint Struggle and Collective Liberation” on April 1, 2021, but the university authorities decided on March 29, 2021, to cancel it, without letting the organizers know. Mark Apple, interim director of strategic communications at Butler, … Continue reading “The Political Logic of Zionism”

The Political Logic of Zionism

Angela Davis – a famous activist and author – was scheduled to speak at an event by Butler University titled “Joint Struggle and Collective Liberation” on April 1, 2021, but the university authorities decided on March 29, 2021, to cancel it, without letting the organizers know. Mark Apple, interim director of strategic communications at Butler, … Continue reading “The Political Logic of Zionism”

The Liberal Contempt for Martin Luther King’s Final Year

The anniversary of his assassination always brings a flood of tributes to Martin Luther King Jr., and this Sunday will surely be no exception. But those tributes – including from countless organizations calling themselves progressive – are routinely evasive about the anti-militarist ideals that King passionately expressed during the final year of his life. You … Continue reading “The Liberal Contempt for Martin Luther King’s Final Year”

Stephanopoulos, Blinken Score Win for MICIMATT

Interviewed Wednesday on The Critical Hour, I took issue with the prevailing conventional view that George Stephanopoulos’s mousetrapping President Biden into calling Putin a “killer” and Secretary of State Blinken’s boorish attempt to get China to kowtow in Alaska were “disastrous”. One must always ask cui bono? Who profits from those two “disasters”. Were they … Continue reading “Stephanopoulos, Blinken Score Win for MICIMATT”

As Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Pleads Guilty, Advocates Warn of ‘Profound Threat’ to Free Press

Press freedom, peace, and human rights advocates are rallying behind Daniel Hale, the former intelligence analyst who blew the whistle on the U.S. government’s drone assassination program, and who pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to violating the Espionage Act. The Washington Post reports Hale, who was set to go on trial next week, pleaded … Continue reading “As Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Pleads Guilty, Advocates Warn of ‘Profound Threat’ to Free Press”

A Game of Chicken in Asia With the World at Stake

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Think of it as Cold War II or, as President Biden put it in his first news conference, “a battle between the utility of democracies in the twenty-first century and autocracies.” In other words, it’s us versus Vladimir Putin’s Russia and, above all, of course – since the Russian economy is … Continue reading “A Game of Chicken in Asia With the World at Stake”

Is the Long War Finally Ending?

In October 1944, with the end of World War II in sight, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin passed a note back and forth to each other at a conference in Moscow. On the piece of paper, Churchill had assigned percentages to several Eastern European countries. Stalin amended the numbers, and Churchill agreed. The deal remained … Continue reading “Is the Long War Finally Ending?”

NATO Appoints Turkey To Lead Drive Into the Middle East and Asia

On the first of the year the North Atlantic Treaty Organization transferred command of the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) to Turkey. On March 30 NATO turned over its current mission in Afghanistan to Turkish Brigadier General Selçuk Yurtsizoglu. In a phone conversation on April 1 U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and … Continue reading “NATO Appoints Turkey To Lead Drive Into the Middle East and Asia”

Kafkaesque Politics: The Missing Lessons From Israel’s Latest Elections

A “major setback” was the recurring term in many news headlines reporting on the outcome of Israel’s general elections of March 23. While this depiction specifically referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to secure a decisive victory in the country’s fourth elections in two years, this is only part of the narrative. Certainly, … Continue reading “Kafkaesque Politics: The Missing Lessons From Israel’s Latest Elections”

Biden and His Aides Pushed America Into Syria’s Civil War a Decade Ago

The United States tore itself apart with extraordinary violence 160 years ago. Around 750,000 Americans died in the Civil War, which would be about eight million dead today. It is an experience no American should want to go through again. Yet U.S. policymakers seem drawn to foreign conflicts like moths to light. Ronald Reagan, George … Continue reading “Biden and His Aides Pushed America Into Syria’s Civil War a Decade Ago”

Denuclearization Is a Dead End

President Biden claims to be restoring American diplomacy and rebuilding relations with allies that were strained under Trump, but his handling of the relationship with South Korea and his North Korea policy to date reveal an administration that doesn’t know how to do either one. As a candidate, Biden faulted Trump for being too accommodating … Continue reading “Denuclearization Is a Dead End”

Unhappy 18th Anniversary: How an Unholy Pro-War Lobbying Alliance Pushed America Into the Iraq Quagmire in 2003

Eighteen years ago, George W. Bush’s administration took the fateful step of launching a war to overthrow Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq. That conflict set in motion developments that destabilized not only Iraq but other already fragile countries throughout the Greater Middle East. Demonstrating an astonishing inability to learn from its predecessor’s blunder in Iraq, … Continue reading “Unhappy 18th Anniversary: How an Unholy Pro-War Lobbying Alliance Pushed America Into the Iraq Quagmire in 2003”

Autocracy vs. Democracy or China vs. America?

“I’ve known Xi Jinping for a long time. … He doesn’t have a democratic – with a small ‘d’ – bone in his body,” said Joe Biden in his first press conference as president, and then he ambled on: “He’s one of the guys, like (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, who thinks that autocracy is the … Continue reading “Autocracy vs. Democracy or China vs. America?”

‘Cut Aid Over Israeli Apartheid’ Say Americans: Poll

Israel’s American lobby has long categorically rejected assertions that Israel is or would ever become an apartheid regime. That position has become more difficult to maintain over time. Former President Jimmy Carter’s 2006 New York Times bestseller “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” argued that Israel’s construction of settlements and control of occupied territories were the primary … Continue reading “‘Cut Aid Over Israeli Apartheid’ Say Americans: Poll”