On Saturday, September 14th, two oil refineries and other oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia were hit and set ablaze by 18 drones and 7 cruise missiles, dramatically slashing Saudi Arabia’s oil production by half, from about ten million to five million barrels per day. On September 18, the Trump administration, blaming Iran, announced it was … Continue reading “Will Americans Let Trump Start a War for Saudi Arabia?”
Even if US intelligence decisively shows that some of the drones and cruise missiles used in the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil fields originated in Iran, a decision to go to war with Iran would be inexcusable and insupportable. For one thing, such a decision would not serve US national interests; it would be based … Continue reading “No War for Saudi Oil!”
For most Israelis, the general election on Tuesday was about one thing and one thing only. Not the economy, nor the occupation, nor even corruption scandals. It was about Benjamin Netanyahu. Should he head yet another far-right government, or should his 10-year divisive rule come to an end? Barring a last-minute upset as the final … Continue reading “Israelis Have Made Their Verdict Clear: Benjamin Netanyahu’s Time Is Up”
A bomb left on a minibus killed a dozen people at a checkpoint near Karbala. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: Bus Bombing Near Holy City; 30 Killed Across Country appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
Originally posted at TomDispatch. Today’s piece by Stephanie Savell, co-director of the invaluable Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute, goes hand-in-hand with the release of a new report by that very group, “The Human and Financial Costs of the Explosive Remnants of War in Afghanistan.” You can read the report itself by … Continue reading “The Imperial Debris of War”
ISTANBUL – The drone attack on Saudi Arabia oil facilities on September 14 is jolting the entire Middle East, the latest incident in a months-long battle between the Trump Administration and Iran. Yemen’s Houthi movement claimed credit for the devastating attack that shut down half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo … Continue reading “What Trump’s Missteps on Iran Have Wrought”
A trial in Great Britain has just concluded with potentially dangerous implications for personal freedom here. Great Britain is currently the most watched country in the Western world – watched, that is, by its own police forces. In London alone, the police have erected more than 420,000 surveillance cameras in public places. That amounts to … Continue reading “Don’t Smile for the Camera”
Joe Biden’s recent efforts to deny his record of support for invading Iraq are marvels of evasion, with falsehoods that have been refuted by one well-documented appraisal after another after another. This month, Biden claimed that his vote for war on the Senate floor was somehow not a vote for war. Ironically, while he was … Continue reading “The Official Secrets Movie vs. Joe Biden’s Lies About the Iraq War”
If their was a meter to measure White House statements – or the tweets that pass for them – the needle would be wildly swinging from “willing to talk” to “locked and loaded.” But, the needle never needed to be so jittery. Iran’s Need to Enrich A gust of the wind of international law is … Continue reading “How America Created the Nuclear Conflict With Iran”
Turksih forces started another phase in their operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The post Iraq Daily Roundup: New Anti-PKK Operations; Three Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
This article originally appeared at TruthDig. “I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy. I considered the war in Vietnam already lost.” ~ John Bolton, in his Yale University 25th reunion book Fitting words from the gold standard in Washington “chicken hawks.” For John Bolton has made a career … Continue reading “John Bolton’s Living Obituary”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is moving quickly to alter the political reality in Palestine, and facing little or no resistance. On September 10, Netanyahu declared his intentions to annex swathes of Palestinian land adjacent to the Jordan River, an area that covers 2,400 square kilometers, or nearly a third of the Occupied West Bank. … Continue reading “Apartheid Made Official: Deal of the Century Is a Ploy and Annexation Is the New Reality”
American democracy and capitalist prosperity are dying on the vine of Empire. And this weekend’s drone attack on the largest oil processing facility on the planet is a graphic case of why. So is the related picture below. The scene is of Yemenis burying a busload of children who were obliterated by American-made bombs delivered … Continue reading “Locked and Loaded on Behalf of Empire First”
We are now just one week away from the end of Julian Assange’s uniquely lengthy imprisonment for bail violation. He will receive parole from the rest of that sentence, but will continue to be imprisoned on remand awaiting his hearing on extradition to the USA – a process which could last several years. At that … Continue reading “The World’s Most Important Political Prisoner”
All wars require casus belli, ostensible justifications. After all, despite humanity’s long history of vicious warfare, interstate combat often requires a government distant from its working class to motivate its people to kill and die for distant institutions and esoteric ideologies. That said, Washington doesn’t exactly have a strong track record of honesty regarding its … Continue reading “John Bolton’s Dream: Saudi Oil and the Casus Belli for War with Iran”
“Iran has launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply,” declared Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Putting America’s credibility on the line, Pompeo accused Iran of carrying out the devastating attack on Saudi oil facilities that halted half of the kingdom’s oil production, 5.7 million barrels a day. On Sunday, President Donald Trump did … Continue reading “‘Locked and Loaded’ for War on Iran?”
How are you with numbers? I can deal with $1.5 million. I think I can even imagine $1.5 billion, a sum a thousand times greater. But how about a million times greater: $1.5 trillion? That happens to be the estimated cost of the Pentagon’s program to build, deploy, and maintain the no-longer-so-new F-35 jet fighter … Continue reading “A Wasteful Weapon for America’s Forever Wars”
Israelis are getting ready to head to the polls for the second time in 2019. Israel’s last national elections were five months ago in April, ending in a razor-tight finish with Netanyahu’s Likud party winning 35 Knesset seats and the Blue and White party winning 35 Knesset seats. The remaining 50 Knesset seats were won … Continue reading “Two Elections, One Apartheid State”
On September 11, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled in favor of Antiwar.com and against the FBI in the landmark case of Garris v. FBI (known as Raimondo and Garris v. FBI until Justin’s death), and the court ordered the FBI to destroy records it collected during its unlawful investigation … Continue reading “The FBI vs. Antiwar.com”
Militants continue attacks in Diyala. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: ISIS Attack on Soldiers; Three Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
Presidential candidate Joe Biden is adding lies on top of lies to cover up his backing of the Iraq invasion. At last night’s ABC/DNC debate Biden lied about his Iraq record, just like he did at the first two debates. In the July debate, Biden claimed: “From the moment ‘shock and awe’ started, from that … Continue reading “Biden Taking Iraq Lies to the Max”
This article originally appeared at TruthDig. Last week, in a well-received Wall Street Journal op-ed, former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis delivered a critique of Donald Trump that was as hollow as it was self-righteous. Explaining his decision to resign from the administration, the retired marine general known as “Mad Dog” eagerly declared himself “apolitical,” … Continue reading “The Madness of James Mattis”
The sudden and bitter departure of John Bolton from the White House was baked in the cake from the day he arrived there. For Bolton’s worldview, formed and fixed in a Cold War that ended in 1991, was irreconcilable with the policies Donald Trump promised in his 2016 campaign. Indeed, Trump was elected because he … Continue reading “After Bolton, Trump Goals Remain Unrealized”
At least one person died, and six children were wounded: A Fijian soldier died in August in Iraq. The details surrounding the death have not yet been published widely, but it does not appear to be combat-related. Six children were wounded when a bomb exploded in a playground in Yangecha near Tuz Khormato. The post … Continue reading “Iraq Daily Roundup: Fijian Soldier Dies in Iraq”
Several attacks were reported in Diyala province, including the shooting down of a drone aircraft. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: Five Killed; Attacks Against Troops in Diyala Province appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
National Security Advisor John Bolton became the latest American casualty of Washington’s 18-year war in Afghanistan on September 10, fired by US president Donald Trump shortly after Trump announced that he had planned, but was canceling, a meeting with Taliban leaders at Camp David to ink a “peace deal.” Firing Bolton is a good start. … Continue reading “Trump Didn’t Start the War in Afghanistan, But He Owns It”
The New York Times on September 10 ran six articles with the word Trump in the headlines. Two of the stories were clearly warranted – one on Trump’s continuing resolve to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan, and one on the way the commerce department played along with Trump’s false message about the Alabama destination of … Continue reading “Trump, the New York Times, and John Bolton”
Forty tons of explosives were dropped on one ISIS location. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: Six Killed; Coalition Carpet Bombs ISIS Target appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
Originally posted at TomDispatch. Years ago, a man drove me around Vietnam, day after day, taking me to villages where I interviewed people about their experiences during what they called the American War. They told me about how they had lost eyes or legs or siblings or parents. They told me about being shot or … Continue reading “Ending War, American-Style”
It is a rare thing, indeed, when both establishment and media “liberals” and “conservatives” agree on anything. Nevertheless, lightning has proverbially struck this week as both sides attack President Trump with equal vehemence. Thus, here we are, and here I am – in the disturbing position of defending Trump’s (until Sunday) peace policy for Afghanistan. … Continue reading “The Media’s Betrayal of American Soldiers”
Washington, DC was buzzing with talk of troop withdrawals and the impact on peace talks in Afghanistan. The US could start withdrawing troops within months, the start of what would be a gradual withdrawal of all 14,000 US troops from the country. Then on Sept. 7, President Donald Trump called off planned secret Washington meetings … Continue reading “Will Trump Bring Peace to Afghanistan?”
Another warehouse mysteriously blew up in Iraq. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: 22 Killed, Another Warehouse Explodes appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
Back in the 1960s, the CIA official Cord Meyer said the agency needed to “court the compatible left.” He knew that drawing liberals and leftists into the CIA’s orbit was the key to efficient propaganda. Right-wing and left-wing collaborators were needed to create a powerful propaganda apparatus that would be capable of hypnotizing audiences into … Continue reading “Will NPR Now Officially Change Its Name to National Propaganda Radio?”
When Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev received his peace prize in 1990, the Nobel Prize committee declared that “the two mighty power blocs, have managed to abandon their life-threatening confrontation” and confidently expressed that “It is our hope that we are now celebrating the end of the Cold War.” Recently, U.N. General Secretary António Guterres funereally … Continue reading “Demythologizing the Roots of the New Cold War”
The people of Zimbabwe reacted to the death of ex-dictator Robert Mugabe with either indifference or a bitter “good riddance”. However, in the neocon-ridden precincts of the US foreign policy establishment, the reaction was different – there his passing was mourned. The US Embassy in Harare even tweeted its heartfelt condolences. These divergent reactions to … Continue reading “My Encounter With Robert Mugabe”
At least 4 bombs were planted in Kirkuk. Three of them exploded. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: 15 Killed; Bombs Rattle Kirkuk appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
A U.S. service member was reported wounded during a mortar attack in Mosul. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: Six Killed, US Service Member Wounded appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
Attack on military personnel were overshadowed by the discovery of a mass grave. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: 11 Killed, 28 Found in Mass Grave appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
Nine former U.S. envoys to Afghanistan put their names on an article posted on the Atlantic Council’s blog on Tuesday. The article, titled “U.S.-Taliban Negotiations: How to Avoid Rushing to Failure,” makes the argument that if a major withdrawal of U.S. troops occurred in Afghanistan, the country would fall into a “total civil war.” The … Continue reading “Former US Envoys to Afghanistan Want To Kill Peace Deal”
This article originally appeared at TruthDig. Yemen is a nightmare, a catastrophe, a mess—and the United States is highly complicit in the whole disaster. Refueling Saudi aircraft in-flight, providing targeting intelligence to the kingdom and selling the requisite bombs that have been dropped for years now on Yemeni civilians places the 100,000-plus deaths, millions of … Continue reading “How the US Shattered the Middle East”
A mass grave was found just south of Mosul. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: 13 Women Found in Mass Grave appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
If at first you don’t succeed, spread some money around. The Financial Times reports that the US State Department is offering cash bribes to captains of Iranian ships if they sail those ships into ports where the US government can seize them. The offers are funded from a “Rewards for Justice” program authorizing payouts of … Continue reading “War in All But Name as US State Department Offers Bribes to Pirates”
Through the summer the world has watched as protests shook Hong Kong. As early as April they began as peaceful demonstrations which peaked in early June, with hundreds of thousands, in protest of an extradition bill. That bill would have allowed Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of China, to return criminals to Taiwan, mainland … Continue reading “‘Hands Off Hong Kong’ – The Cry That Never Went Up”
On September 1, the Lebanese group Hezbollah, struck an Israeli military base near the border town of Avivim. The Lebanese attack came as an inevitable response to a series of Israeli strikes that targeted four different Arab countries in the matter of two days. The Lebanese response, accompanied by jubilation throughout Lebanon, shows that Israeli … Continue reading “The War Ahead: Netanyahu’s Elections Gamble Will be Costly for Israel”
An American civilian was killed as he tried to defuse an improvised explosive device. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: American Bomb Expert Among 11 Killed appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.
It has taken me years to tell these stories. The emotional and moral wounds of the Afghan War have just felt too recent, too raw. After all, I could hardly write a thing down about my Iraq War experience for nearly ten years, when, by accident, I churned out a book on the subject. Now, … Continue reading “Profiles in Absurdity: Remembering the ‘Terror’ Wars”
President Trump stirred some controversy when he attended the G7 summit in France last weekend and suggested that Russia should rejoin the group. Trump’s critics in the mainstream media and intelligence community were quick to say his suggestion was a sign that he’s a “Russian asset” or “Putin’s puppet.” The evidence for these accusations are … Continue reading “Trump Is Not a ‘Russian Asset’”
As Israel’s Netanyahu government continues its customary pre-election bombardment of “Iranian threats” (including at least one in Iraq that, by angering the Iraqi government, may put US troops in danger), fans of Bibi in the “nationalist” Trump administration may want to reflect that he is certainly not an American nationalist. During a previous campaign, Bibi … Continue reading “Bibi Netanyahu, Ingrate”
Many articles about the ongoing war in Yemen are available online. But few, at least in my estimation, provide a space where the voices of the Yemeni people can be heard. In this article, in addition to giving an overview of the conflict, I have included the words and stories of civilians caught up in … Continue reading “‘Too Frail To Even Cry’: The War in Yemen and Its Bounty of Suffering”
ISIS militants attacked a militia outpost. The post Iraq Daily Roundup: 12 Killed; Clashes at Militia Outpost appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.