Iraq All Over Again? And Where Is Katharine Gun?

Some called her a traitor; others insisted she was a hero. Whatever, she blew the whistle ultimately revealing the truth behind the build-up to the Iraq War-regime change, disguised as terrifying threats of weapons of mass destruction. Exaggerating threats to provoke a war? Sound familiar? Never mind that invading another country for the purpose of … Continue reading “Iraq All Over Again? And Where Is Katharine Gun?”

Lesson From FBI’s ‘Niger Uranium Forgeries’ File

An analysis of 640 pages of FBI investigatory records obtained by IRmep under the Freedom of Information Act reveals how the FBI Director limited Senator John D. Rockefeller’s urgent 2003 written demand for accountability over faulty Iraq war intelligence into a narrow overseas investigation. The released files, originally scheduled for declassification on December 31, 2028 … Continue reading “Lesson From FBI’s ‘Niger Uranium Forgeries’ File”

China Victory Assured With Any US/Iran Conflict

The outcome of a U.S. war with Iran is as predictable as the outcome of the 1997 blockbuster Titanic. The great ship of state ends up at the bottom of the ocean – everything else is just small drama. The above is not a desperate cry for caution or pragmatism. It is based on the … Continue reading “China Victory Assured With Any US/Iran Conflict”

The Relation Between Press Freedom and Assange

The printing press was the origin of mass media, so freedom in its applications was always important. As a central vehicle for political discourse, such freedom was proportionate to that of society as a whole, in a two-way causal relationship. “Press” then became the term for influential public coverage of an issue, as in good … Continue reading “The Relation Between Press Freedom and Assange”

The United States of Aggression: War With Iran Would Spell the End of the Republic

Who do we think we are? Truly. The latest reports that the Trump administration is considering plans for deploying 120,000 troops to the Middle East – presumably to strike Iran – demonstrates how Washington’s foreign policy has finally gone off the rails. Crazier still, the impending war with Iran isn’t even the today’s biggest news … Continue reading “The United States of Aggression: War With Iran Would Spell the End of the Republic”

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Back in 2012, I stumbled across figures on the U.S. government’s classification of documents and was stunned. In 2011, 92,064,862 of them had been sequestered and 26,058,678 of those given “top secret” status. (Who even knew that so many documents could be generated by a single government?) And that top-secret figure, … Continue reading “Now You See It, Now You Don’t”

Israel’s Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue To Bomb Gaza

On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets. The clashes were instigated by Israel, when the Israeli military … Continue reading “Israel’s Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue To Bomb Gaza”

Bolton Is Spinning Israeli ‘Intelligence’ to Push for War Against Iran

John Bolton has gotten away with a dangerous deception. The national security adviser’s announcement Sunday that the Pentagon has deployed air and naval forces to the Middle East, which he combined with a threat to Iran, points to a new maneuver to prepare the ground for an incident that could justify a retaliatory attack against … Continue reading “Bolton Is Spinning Israeli ‘Intelligence’ to Push for War Against Iran”

The Alarming Rise of Civilian Deaths in the War On Terror

“There is no military solution” is an often-heard saying since the “global war on terror” began almost 18 years ago. We need political solutions to the military conflicts we’ve embroiled ourselves in over the last two decades, most policymakers agree. But in the meantime, the last three administrations have sent in the military to pave … Continue reading “The Alarming Rise of Civilian Deaths in the War On Terror”

What’s Next: War With Venezuela?

Mix a little socialism in with the oil and war may be unavoidable. Thus, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, talking about Venezuela: “The president has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent. Military action is possible. If that’s what’s required, that’s what the United States will do.” He goes on, demonstrating how we lie about war … Continue reading “What’s Next: War With Venezuela?”

Canada’s Minister of Defence Is an Arms Pusher?

Last Friday members of Mouvement Québécois pour la Paix interrupted a $135-a-plate luncheon to confront defence minister Harjit Sajjan. At an event sponsored by SNC Lavalin, Bombardier, Rio Tinto, etc., we called for cutting military spending, for Canada to withdraw from NATO and an end to weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. While Sajjan’s responsibility for … Continue reading “Canada’s Minister of Defence Is an Arms Pusher?”

What’s To Be Done About the Dire State of US-Russia Relations?

The way things between US and Russia are now going we are quickly approaching a repeat of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, which was a pivotal moment of the last century. Back then, both nations stood “eyeball to eyeball” in a way that could have resulted in the nuclear exchange, the deaths of 100 million … Continue reading “What’s To Be Done About the Dire State of US-Russia Relations?”

Foreign Affairs Magazine at a Turning Point on US Global Hegemony?

I have not critiqued articles in Foreign Affairs magazine for at least two years because it seemed pointless to whip a dead horse. Dead intellectually I mean. I regretted the loss of a sparring partner given that FA was and remains broadly representative of the US foreign policy establishment. FA was for a long time … Continue reading “Foreign Affairs Magazine at a Turning Point on US Global Hegemony?”

A Bloody Start to Ramadan in Afghanistan

The US backed Afghan president Ashraf Ghani called for a Ramadan truce with the Taliban this year, but the Taliban rejected it, continuing attacks against Afghan government forces. The Taliban insisted there will not be any ceasefires or peace until foreign troops have left the country. Spokesman for the Taliban Zabiullah Mujahid tweeted on May … Continue reading “A Bloody Start to Ramadan in Afghanistan”

The Two Narratives of Palestine: The People Are United, the Factions Are Not

The International Conference on Palestine held in Istanbul between April 27-29 brought together many speakers and hundreds of academics, journalists, activists and students from Turkey and all over the world. The Conference was a rare opportunity aimed at articulating a discourse of international solidarity that is both inclusive and forward thinking. There was near consensus … Continue reading “The Two Narratives of Palestine: The People Are United, the Factions Are Not”

Baghdadi Is Alive – and So Is the ISIS Narrative

On April 29, the so-called caliph of Islamic State (ISIS or IS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, appeared in an 18-minute propaganda video published by Al Furqan media network. In his first public appearance since the summer of 2014, Baghdadi covered a host of issues, including recent events. He addressed IS’s loss of Baghouz (the group’s last … Continue reading “Baghdadi Is Alive – and So Is the ISIS Narrative”

Mueller Stoked Trump-Russia Alarmism, Despite Finding No Collusion

The Mueller report did not find evidence that contacts between Trump campaign advisers and staff and Russians during the 2016 election campaign constitute “collusion” or “conspiracy” with a Russian effort to elect Donald Trump. Nevertheless, Mueller’s report is bound to prolong the U.S. political obsession with the Trump-Russia collusion narrative, because it keeps alive the … Continue reading “Mueller Stoked Trump-Russia Alarmism, Despite Finding No Collusion”

A Dollar-by-Dollar Tour of the National Security State

Originally posted at TomDispatch. In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during … Continue reading “A Dollar-by-Dollar Tour of the National Security State”

Designating the Brotherhood: Squandering Terrorist Resources

This past week the Trump administration has signaled that he intends to officially designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. This is an absurd and damaging decision. For most of this very decentralized organization’s 100-year history, it has eschewed and condemned violence. The few Muslim Brotherhood affiliated groups that have not completely disavowed violence … Continue reading “Designating the Brotherhood: Squandering Terrorist Resources”

Julian Assange: An Opportunity for the US and the UK to Change Direction on Press Freedom

May 3 was World Press Freedom Day. The annual observance usually focuses on the World Press Freedom Index published each year by Reporters without Borders. Break out the champagne! The United States ranked 48th of 179 countries this year, falling three places from 2018. A day earlier, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in court in … Continue reading “Julian Assange: An Opportunity for the US and the UK to Change Direction on Press Freedom”

Note to Washington: Hands Off the ‘New’ Arab Spring

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. American meddling has a way of making things worse, everywhere and all the time. So, as Algeria and Sudan now undergo coups and government transitions, here’s a thought for the U.S. empire: Leave well enough alone! It’s only been a couple weeks, but optimistic liberal interventionists have already dubbed … Continue reading “Note to Washington: Hands Off the ‘New’ Arab Spring”

Assange’s US Extradition Battle: The Fight to Defend the Conscience of America

It has been over three weeks since Ecuador illegally terminated political asylum of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the UK police violently arrested him. Assange is now held in solitary confinement in what many have called the UK’s Guantanamo Bay. On Thursday, Assange’s fight against US extradition began at a UK court. The US charged … Continue reading “Assange’s US Extradition Battle: The Fight to Defend the Conscience of America”

Biden vs. Bernie – a Foreign Policy Faceoff

Supporters of former Vice President Joe Biden praise him as a man with extensive foreign policy experience. He’s living proof, however, that extensive doesn’t necessarily mean good. Biden reflects the mindset of the previous generation of mainstream Democratic leaders who are out of touch with the anti-interventionist sentiments of most Americans. “We don’t like his … Continue reading “Biden vs. Bernie – a Foreign Policy Faceoff”

US Corporate Media Are All-In On Venezuela Regime Change

As is all too often the case when the United States sets its sights on its next target for war or regime change, the corporate mainstream media –  which supposedly exists to speak truth to power –  is once again marching in lockstep with the government as it beats the drums of war, this time … Continue reading “US Corporate Media Are All-In On Venezuela Regime Change”

Former Director of Selective Service Says It’s Time To End Draft Registration

In what could, and perhaps should, be the beginning of the end for draft registration, the former director of the Selective Service System told a Federal hearing last week that the program he helped create and once ran is no longer working, that the database of registrants has become so hopelessly incomplete and inaccurate that … Continue reading “Former Director of Selective Service Says It’s Time To End Draft Registration”

Ending the Pentagon’s Long Con

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Consider it a conundrum. Both parties in Congress and the president simply can’t pour enough money into the Pentagon and the rest of the national security state. As a result, theirs has been a cumulative trillion-dollar budget for years and it’s still on the rise. On the other hand, the domestic … Continue reading “Ending the Pentagon’s Long Con”

Will Technology Stamp a ‘Forever’ on America’s Wars?

Originally posted at TomDispatch. More than a decade ago, I saw the future – and it sure looked bleak. I was in Orlando, Florida (like I said, bleak!), for the 26th Army Science Conference, a showcase for emerging military technologies that was nothing if not underwhelming. All these years later, only a few memories leap … Continue reading “Will Technology Stamp a ‘Forever’ on America’s Wars?”

‘Revenge of the Kurds’: Erdogan’s Missteps Are Piling Up

After 18 years of unchallenged power and success, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suddenly finds himself in the middle of several domestic and foreign crises with no obvious way out. It’s unfamiliar ground for a master politician who’s moved nimbly from the margins of power to becoming the undisputed leader of the largest economy in … Continue reading “‘Revenge of the Kurds’: Erdogan’s Missteps Are Piling Up”

The Pentagon’s Days of Future Past

I remember spending a day with a Polish cavalry regiment at their headquarters outside Warsaw, and one saw the most marvelous demonstrations of horsemanship. But somehow, I knew enough about military affairs to realize how sad that was. This was an old-fashioned army. ~ British Observer of the Polish Army in the 1930s Polish cavalry … Continue reading “The Pentagon’s Days of Future Past”

What’s Behind Bolton’s Attacks on the ‘Troika of Tyranny’?

If you’re in the market for a troika of tyranny, Donald Trump, John Bolton, and Mike Pompeo certainly fit the bill. Or, if you’d rather focus on countries not individuals, you might single out Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt as the three most likely candidates. Perhaps, if you’re in a confessional mood, … Continue reading “What’s Behind Bolton’s Attacks on the ‘Troika of Tyranny’?”

No Joy In Never-Trumpville: Mighty Mueller Has Struck Out

RussiaGate starts with Carter Page and ends with him, too. So forget the ballyhooed 448 pages of mostly trivia, non sequiturs, innuendo, and regurgitated Deep State agit prop, lies and smears in the Mueller Report. We will get to some of that in Part 2, but today we intend to dwell on the essence of … Continue reading “No Joy In Never-Trumpville: Mighty Mueller Has Struck Out”

The Stories of the Battle of Raqqa

In a stunning piece of journalism, Amnesty International and Airwars teamed up to find the real number of civilian deaths in the US led coalitions air war on the Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria from June-October 2017. According to the report the coalition admitted to 159 deaths up to April 24th 2019 but the study … Continue reading “The Stories of the Battle of Raqqa”

Vietnam, a US Tragedy

It is the war that never dies. Vietnam, the very word shrouded with extraordinary meaning in the American lexicon. For some it represents failure; for others guilt; for still more, anger that the war could have and should have been won. Americans are still arguing about this war, once the nation’s longest. For those who … Continue reading “Vietnam, a US Tragedy”

Notre Dame of Gaza: Our Mosques and Churches Are Also Burning

As the 300-foot spire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris tragically came tumbling down on live television, my thoughts ventured to Nuseirat Refugee Camp, my childhood home in the Gaza Strip. Then, also on television, I watched as a small bulldozer hopelessly clawed through the rubble of my neighborhood mosque. I grew up around … Continue reading “Notre Dame of Gaza: Our Mosques and Churches Are Also Burning”