September 14, 2001: The Day America Became Israel

This article is dedicated to the memory of an activist, inspiration, and recent friend: Kevin Zeese. Its scope, sweep, and ambition are meant to match that of Kevin’s outsized influence. At that, it must inevitably fail – and its shortfalls are mine alone. That said, the piece’s attempt at a holistic critique of 19 years … Continue reading “September 14, 2001: The Day America Became Israel”

Faux Peace: Israel and Arab Gulf Royals

Ascribing the euphemism, peace, for formally normalizing the relationship between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the smaller Island of Bahrain with Israel, is an abysmal attempt to repackage Jarred Kushner’s string of failures and Donald Trump’s obsession for a pseudo achievement in a difficult election year. Perched behind the Resolute desk on August 13, … Continue reading “Faux Peace: Israel and Arab Gulf Royals”

How USA and Turkey Plunder and Loot Syria With Impunity

While President Trump lashes out at rioting and looting in Portland and Kenosha, half way around the world, the USA and Turkey are plundering and looting Syria on a vastly greater scale with impunity and little publicity. Turkey Loots Syria, then Disrupts Safe Water Supply Turkey has been plundering the Syrian infrastructure for years. Beginning … Continue reading “How USA and Turkey Plunder and Loot Syria With Impunity”

A ‘Persistent Eye in the Sky’ Coming to a City Near You?

“Gorgon Stare will be looking at a whole city, so there will be no way for the adversary to know what we’re looking at, and we can see everything.” That same persistent eye in the sky may soon be deployed over U.S. cities. At the time he made that comment about surveillance drones over Afghanistan, … Continue reading “A ‘Persistent Eye in the Sky’ Coming to a City Near You?”

Are Christian Zionists the ‘Largest Pro-Israel Lobby’?

The claim that US Christian Zionists are “the largest Israel lobby” is a canard now so commonplace that it appears within the first paragraph of Wikipedia’s page on the “Israel lobby in the United States.” But are Christian Zionists really the largest Israel lobby? That all depends on your definition of “large,” “lobby” and beliefs … Continue reading “Are Christian Zionists the ‘Largest Pro-Israel Lobby’?”

Trump and Biden Should Tell Americans When They Plan To Go to War

With the election just weeks away, both President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden claim to be the best person to protect Americans in a dangerous world. Yet neither one has explained when they would take the U.S. into war. Trump was recently asked whether he would let China “get away with” invading … Continue reading “Trump and Biden Should Tell Americans When They Plan To Go to War”

Peace Plans That Have Nothing To Do With Peace

On September 11, 2020, Bahrain announced that it had agreed to normalize relations with Israel, following a similar agreement by the United Arab Emirate (UAE). Both agreements are being packaged and sold as historic peace plans. They’re Not Peace Plans When President Carter brokered the peace plan between Israel and Egypt, that was a historic … Continue reading “Peace Plans That Have Nothing To Do With Peace”

Arranged Marriage: Bahrain and Israel’s Peculiar ‘Peace’

At a White House ceremony today, the Israelis and Emiratis will officially normalize diplomatic relations. Bahrain, the latest “prospect” to sign on to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s diplomatic road-show, is sending some officials to the party. When both deals are sealed, Abu Dhabi and Manama will be the third and fourth Arab countries to … Continue reading “Arranged Marriage: Bahrain and Israel’s Peculiar ‘Peace’”

Are the Forever Wars Really Ending?

“There is no… sound reason for the United States to continue sacrificing precious lives and treasure in a conflict not directly connected to our safety or other vital national interests.” So said William Ruger about Afghanistan, our longest war. What makes this statement significant is that President Donald Trump has ordered a drawdown by mid-October … Continue reading “Are the Forever Wars Really Ending?”

Dark Web Voter Database Report Casts New Doubts on Russian Election Hack Narrative

Reprinted from The Grayzone with the author’s permission. A September 1 report in the Moscow daily Kommersant on a “dark web” site offering a database of personal information on millions of registered American voters undermines one of the central themes of the Russia hysteria pervading US politics. Democratic politicians and corporate media pundits have long … Continue reading “Dark Web Voter Database Report Casts New Doubts on Russian Election Hack Narrative”

Saudi Arabia and America Are Responsible for the ‘Houthi Threat’ in Yemen

America’s post-9/11 wars have had disastrous consequences. They have been a geopolitical bust, fragmenting rather than eliminating terrorist groups, enhancing Iran’s influence, and destabilizing the Middle East. The humanitarian consequences have been even worse: thousands of Americans killed, tens of thousands wounded, hundreds of thousands of civilians killed, millions of people displaced, al-Qaeda in Iraq … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia and America Are Responsible for the ‘Houthi Threat’ in Yemen”

Ending the Pentagon’s Pandemic of Spending

Suckers? Give me a break. It’s perfectly clear that Donald Trump considers just about every last one of us a sucker (including the members of his base) and that’s not news at all. It’s only news when he calls the military dead of past wars “suckers” and “losers,” as reported by Jeffrey Goldberg in an … Continue reading “Ending the Pentagon’s Pandemic of Spending”

9/11 and the Failure of Imagination

Most Americans’ response to the September 11 terrorist attacks was one of absolute shock. Hijacked planes, explosions, collapsing towers, screams, sirens, chaos – this was the stuff Hollywood movies were made of. American Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld explained that the collective surprise and panic in the aftermath of the attacks were due to “the … Continue reading “9/11 and the Failure of Imagination”

Peace Through Weapons Sales to the UAE

Next week, on September 15, Donald Trump will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan for a ceremonial signing of the Israel-United Arab Emirates deal to normalize relations between the two countries. Termed the Abraham Accord, the deal has been condemned by many for failing to secure … Continue reading “Peace Through Weapons Sales to the UAE”

The Roots of America’s Disastrous Overseas Failures: Hubris as Foreign Policy Goes Back More Than a Century

Seventy-five years ago Japan was preparing to officially surrender. On August 23, 1945 Lt. John K. Bremyer was working at the Office Messenger Mail Center in the navy complex on the Mall in Washington, D.C., when he received orders from Adm. William “Bull” Halsey to bring a precious item to the battleship Missouri for the … Continue reading “The Roots of America’s Disastrous Overseas Failures: Hubris as Foreign Policy Goes Back More Than a Century”

Hypocrisy on Display at Assange’s Extradition Hearing

I went to the Old Bailey today expecting to be awed by the majesty of the law, and left revolted by the sordid administration of injustice. There is a romance which attaches to the Old Bailey. The name of course means fortified enclosure and it occupies a millennia old footprint on the edge of London’s … Continue reading “Hypocrisy on Display at Assange’s Extradition Hearing”

The Tragedy of Col. (ret.) Joel Rayburn: A Former Student’s Lament

There are maybe a dozen instructors whom I remember well from my cadet days at West Point. A few of these were monsters; the rest inspiring in some way. Major Joel Rayburn was the latter sort. I was a secret-geek of a history major in my junior year: Spring 2004, I believe. The classroom was … Continue reading “The Tragedy of Col. (ret.) Joel Rayburn: A Former Student’s Lament”

Time To Halt America’s Endless War in Afghanistan

It isn’t easy to analyze President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. It is at times reckless and foolish. And the president has failed to fulfill his promises to halt America’s “endless wars.” Yet, unlike his predecessors going back to Ronald Reagan, Trump has not started any new or joined any old conflicts. Today that passes for … Continue reading “Time To Halt America’s Endless War in Afghanistan”

Lifting Embargo on American Non-Lethal Arms to Cyprus Is Aimed Against Russia

Washington announced the lifting of the embargo to sell American-made non-lethal equipment to the Republic of Cyprus. US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, told Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis over the phone on Tuesday that Washington decided to lift the embargo imposed on Cyprus since 1987, but only for non-lethal equipment. “The Republic of Cyprus is … Continue reading “Lifting Embargo on American Non-Lethal Arms to Cyprus Is Aimed Against Russia”

Trump Regime vs. the ICC: The Wrong Side of ‘Sovereignty’

In June, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order providing for sanctions against persons who “have directly engaged in any effort by the [International Criminal Court] to investigate, arrest, detain, or prosecute any United States personnel without the consent of the United States.” On September 2, The US regime imposed such sanctions on two … Continue reading “Trump Regime vs. the ICC: The Wrong Side of ‘Sovereignty’”

Assange’s US Extradition Hearing Resumes Monday – We Need To Step Up the Fight

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing is set to start on Monday September 7 at the Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court of London and could last three or four weeks. Assange has been indicted on 17 charges of espionage and one charge of conspiring with a source to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse … Continue reading “Assange’s US Extradition Hearing Resumes Monday – We Need To Step Up the Fight”

Israel’s Friends at the RNC: ‘Christian Zionists’ Dictate the Agenda of the Republican Party

It is difficult – and futile – to argue which American president has historically been more pro-Israel. While former President Barack Obama, for example, has pledged more money to Israel than any other US administration in history, Donald Trump has provided Israel with a blank check of seemingly endless political concessions. Certainly, the unconditional backing … Continue reading “Israel’s Friends at the RNC: ‘Christian Zionists’ Dictate the Agenda of the Republican Party”

Novichok and Nonsense: From a Post-Factual to a Post-Logic World

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” These words of sage commentary from the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York State were overturned half a decade ago when we entered the world of “fake news” and facts became irrelevant to public discourse. Since then American political elites … Continue reading “Novichok and Nonsense: From a Post-Factual to a Post-Logic World”

NATO’s ‘Unified Front’ at Breaking Point

Last month, a Turkish warship came one step away from firing missiles at a French naval vessel off the coast of Libya. In response, Paris suspended its involvement in Operation Sea Guardian – a multinational maritime effort to provide security in the Mediterranean Sea and halt the arms trafficking fueling Libya’s ongoing civil war. Initially, … Continue reading “NATO’s ‘Unified Front’ at Breaking Point”

America Was Supposed To Be a City on a Hill, Not Model Its Foreign Policy After Nazi Germany

When a country’s foreign policy begins to resemble that of Nazi Germany it’s time for a rethink. That undoubtedly is a shocking thought to some. But noting how Washington brutally treats both friends and foes doesn’t mean the U.S. is Nazi Germany, in intent or behavior. However, anyone who wants America to be the fabled … Continue reading “America Was Supposed To Be a City on a Hill, Not Model Its Foreign Policy After Nazi Germany”

‘Dying to Fish’: How Israeli Piracy Destroyed Gaza’s Once Thriving Fishing Industry

On August 16, the Israeli navy declared the Gaza sea a closed military zone. A few days later, a group of Gaza fishermen decided to take their chances by fishing within a mere two or three nautical miles off the Gaza shore. No sooner had they cast their nets, Israeli navy bullets began whizzing all … Continue reading “‘Dying to Fish’: How Israeli Piracy Destroyed Gaza’s Once Thriving Fishing Industry”

Trump Must Back Iraq Withdrawal Promise With Action

Earlier this month, while meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister, President Trump reaffirmed his intent to remove all US troops from Iraq. “We were there and now we’re getting out. We’ll be leaving shortly,” the president told reporters at the time. Although President Obama should never have sent US troops back into Iraq in 2016, … Continue reading “Trump Must Back Iraq Withdrawal Promise With Action”

Where Will All These War Games Lead?

In northeast Syria last week, a U.S. military vehicle collided with a Russian armored vehicle, injuring four American soldiers. Both the Americans and Russians blame each other for failing to follow established rules of the road. Had an American been killed, we could have had a crisis on our hands. Query: With the ISIS caliphate … Continue reading “Where Will All These War Games Lead?”

America’s Expeditionary Kleptocracy: A Banana Republic and Its Banana Wars

According to Transparency International’s 2019 Corruption Perception’s Index, the US is the world’s 23rd least swindling state. A bit better than Bhutan, but not quite as honest as Uruguay or the United Arab Emirates. So much for “We’re number one! We’re number one!” Still, I think the index was rather generous to Uncle Sam. Maybe … Continue reading “America’s Expeditionary Kleptocracy: A Banana Republic and Its Banana Wars”

When Will Donald Trump Stop Even One Endless War?

These days the U.S. is the world’s most militaristic power, threatening, droning, bombing, invading, and occupying far more countries than any other nation. Operating on the well-established principle that might makes right, American presidents routinely intervene with neither domestic nor international legal warrant, as in Syria today. Washington also routinely sanctions allies as well as … Continue reading “When Will Donald Trump Stop Even One Endless War?”

Biden’s Troubling Foreign Policy

Last spring, the Biden campaign decided to hit back hard against accusations of being soft on China. So the campaign produced a blistering ad attacking Trump’s failure to confront China in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Biden ad was xenophobic and racist. “Trump let in 40,000 travelers from China into America,” says … Continue reading “Biden’s Troubling Foreign Policy”

The Israel-UAE Deal Isn’t About Peace at All

In some ways, the U.S.-brokered plan for mutual recognition between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is big news. For more than a quarter of a century, only two Middle Eastern countries – Egypt and Jordan – had officially recognized Israel. None of the Gulf monarchies did. So, it was a pretty big deal when … Continue reading “The Israel-UAE Deal Isn’t About Peace at All”

What’s in the Israel/UAE Agreement? Here’s Five Things That Aren’t

The other day, a large box was delivered to my door. When I opened it, there was only a tiny item in the large box. Donald Trump called the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) a “HUGE breakthrough.” But like the package at my door, when you unpack the deceptive … Continue reading “What’s in the Israel/UAE Agreement? Here’s Five Things That Aren’t”

‘I Pity The Fool’: Mr. Max Boot on Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy ‘A-Team’

Dream with me. Imagine an America where even marginal accountability reigned. A land of appropriate consequences for war-criminal cheerleaders. A country where going 0 for 4 on “freedom” wars – Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria – got pundits and policymakers sent down to the minors. Heck, one might make some strategic moves in a town like … Continue reading “‘I Pity The Fool’: Mr. Max Boot on Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy ‘A-Team’”

Netanyahu vs. Gantz: Gaza Escalation as Reflection of Israel’s Political Rivalry

Only recently, the Palestinian group, Hamas, and Israel seemed close to reaching a prisoner exchange agreement, where Hamas would release several Israeli soldiers held in Gaza while Israel would set free an unspecified number of Palestinian detainees held in Israeli prisons. Instead of the much-anticipated announcement of some kind of a deal, on August 10, … Continue reading “Netanyahu vs. Gantz: Gaza Escalation as Reflection of Israel’s Political Rivalry”

Belarus: Why the Ongoing Political Unrest Is Unlike Maidan

In the past couple of weeks the mass demonstrations protesting the obviously falsified Belarus presidential elections became featured news reporting in Western media, edging out coverage of the Coronavirus pandemic and of street disorders in the USA following yet another shooting of some unarmed black man by white police. In this context, I was invited … Continue reading “Belarus: Why the Ongoing Political Unrest Is Unlike Maidan”

After Beirut Blast, Israel Revives Tale of Hezbollah Ammonium Nitrate Terror Plots

Reprinted from The Grayzone with the author’s permission. Israeli officials have exploited the massive explosion at the Port of Beirut this August to revive a dormant propaganda campaign that had accused the Lebanese militia and political party Hezbollah of storing ammonium nitrate in several countries to wage terror attacks on Israelis. The Israeli intelligence apparatus … Continue reading “After Beirut Blast, Israel Revives Tale of Hezbollah Ammonium Nitrate Terror Plots”

Washington Should Remember the Past and Avoid a World War I Redux

Attempting to apply historical lessons to current events typically is problematic. Circumstances change dramatically; almost any moment in time in 1914 looks radically different from any one in 2020. The rise of a dictator and onset of a war may be examples of dangerous trends to be avoided, but rarely are similar enough to current … Continue reading “Washington Should Remember the Past and Avoid a World War I Redux”

Lebanon: Inconvenient Truths About Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and the Shia ‘Street’

This is the fourth segment in the author’s backstory series – “Lebanon: Bellwether, Battleground, and Bastard Child” – in the wake of the August 4, 2020 Beirut port explosion. Check out parts one, two, and three, plus stay tuned for upcoming segments at Antiwar.com. There’s been a lot of nonsense passing as truth in post-blast … Continue reading “Lebanon: Inconvenient Truths About Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and the Shia ‘Street’”

Artificial (Un)intelligence and the US Military

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the U.S. military, as TomDispatch regular Michael Klare informs us today, has had a brilliant idea – robot generals (!) – into which to sink yet more billions of our tax dollars as divestment in our infrastructure, schools, health care, and the … Continue reading “Artificial (Un)intelligence and the US Military”

Pompeo’s Iran Failures Make War More Likely

The US foreign policy establishment has for decades been dominated by neoconservative interventionists and falsely-named “humanitarian” interventionists. These people believe that because the United States is the one “exceptional nation,” no conflict anywhere in the world could possibly be solved without our butting our noses into it. One of President Obama’s few foreign policy successes … Continue reading “Pompeo’s Iran Failures Make War More Likely”