Why North Korea May Relinquish Its Nukes

The assumption that North Korea will never give up its nuclear weapons, no matter the security guarantees or economic incentives, may finally be put to the test according to a report that the Trump administration is considering a groundbreaking diplomatic proposal to end its decades-long commitment to maximum pressure. Based on comments from an unidentified … Continue reading “Why North Korea May Relinquish Its Nukes”

Who Killed Oscar and Valeria: The Inconvenient History of the Refugee Crisis

History never truly retires. Every event of the past, however inconsequential, reverberates throughout and, to an extent, shapes our present, and our future as well The haunting image of the bodies of Salvadoran father, Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter, Valeria, who were washed ashore at a riverbank on the Mexico-US border cannot be … Continue reading “Who Killed Oscar and Valeria: The Inconvenient History of the Refugee Crisis”

Five Men Sentenced to Life for Operation Condor Killings Trained at School of the Americas

Five of the 24 men sentenced last week by an Italian court to life in prison for their roles in a brutal and bloody US-backed Cold War campaign against South American dissidents graduated from a notorious US Army school once known for teaching torture, assassination and democracy suppression. On July 8 judges in Rome’s Court … Continue reading “Five Men Sentenced to Life for Operation Condor Killings Trained at School of the Americas”

Iran’s Not the Aggressor – The US Is

It’s easy to be confused about what’s happening between the U.S. and Iran. On July 10, President Trump again accused Iran of violating the Obama-era nuclear deal, in a tweet that he concluded by promising to increase US sanctions “substantially.” Similarly, headlines – such as a recent New York Times article that originally proclaimed, “With … Continue reading “Iran’s Not the Aggressor – The US Is”

Eisenhower’s Worst Nightmare

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Congratulations to us! Talk about the art of the deal! Whether we know it or not, in the wake of those presidential Fourth of July festivities on the Washington Mall (“the biggest ever fireworks”), we’re all Saudis now. And here’s the good news: it only cost the Pentagon $1.2 million extra … Continue reading “Eisenhower’s Worst Nightmare”

Mueller, Dems Scramble as Russiagate Falls Apart

Friday’s surprising report that Robert Mueller had successfully sought an extra week to prepare for his House testimony on Russiagate (now set for July 24) must have come as scary news to those of his fans who can put two and two together. Over the past few weeks, it has become clearer that each of … Continue reading “Mueller, Dems Scramble as Russiagate Falls Apart”

What Was It All for For: Vets Have Finally Turned on America’s Endless Wars

It is undoubtedly my favorite part of every wedding. That awkward, but strangely forthright moment when the preacher asks the crowd for any objections to the couple’s marriage. No one ever objects, of course, but it’s still a raw, if tense, moment. I just love it. I suppose we had that ubiquitous ritual in mind … Continue reading “What Was It All for For: Vets Have Finally Turned on America’s Endless Wars”

Only 5.7% of Americans Say Israel Is the Top Meddler in US Elections

Mainstream news coverage of foreign government influence on U.S. elections has been extensive since allegations first surfaced about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race. According to a new poll, a solid 60.0% majority of Americans now believe Russia is the single top meddler in US elections, followed by China (16.4%) and the United Kingdom … Continue reading “Only 5.7% of Americans Say Israel Is the Top Meddler in US Elections”

What’s Really Going On in Hong Kong?

For more than three months, people in Hong Kong massed in the streets to protest a proposed extradition law. Critics say it would allow China to extradite dissenting students, journalists, and business people to the mainland, where they could face prison for their views. Rallies and marches of tens of thousands grew to perhaps almost two … Continue reading “What’s Really Going On in Hong Kong?”

It’s Always About the Oil

Originally posted at TomDispatch. What more did you need to know once Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, claimed by the Taliban, was Iranian-inspired or plotted, one “in a series of attacks instigated by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its surrogates against American and allied interests”? In … Continue reading “It’s Always About the Oil”

Lies About Iran Killing US Troops in Iraq Are a Ploy to Justify War

One of the many myths that have been used to justify the push for war with Iran led by National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is that Tehran is responsible for the killing of more than 600 U.S. troops during the Iraq War. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, whose … Continue reading “Lies About Iran Killing US Troops in Iraq Are a Ploy to Justify War”

Dogs of War Howl for Blood in Iran While Americans Cheer US Bombers on July 4th

President Trump’s order to the Pentagon to have an aerial parade of military aircraft over Washington, DC on July 4 provided a history lesson of America’s war mongering in the past two decades, and a terrifying view of what might appear in the skies of Iran if John Bolton gets his way. The combat aircraft … Continue reading “Dogs of War Howl for Blood in Iran While Americans Cheer US Bombers on July 4th”

Frog-Marching Trump Toward War on Iran

Hypocrisy seems to have become a defining characteristic of US foreign policy, especially when it comes to Iran. After breaking the Iran deal last year and, de facto, forcing the Europeans to violate the deal in May, the US Administration is now complaining that Iran is no longer abiding by its obligations under the deal! … Continue reading “Frog-Marching Trump Toward War on Iran”

Ex-FBI, CIA Officials Draw Withering Fire on Russiagate

As Congress arrives back into town and the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees prepare to question ex-Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller on July 17, partisan lines are being drawn even more sharply, as Russiagate blossoms into Deep-State-gate. In Sunday, a top Republican legislator, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) took the gloves off in an unusually acerbic public … Continue reading “Ex-FBI, CIA Officials Draw Withering Fire on Russiagate”

The Real Biden Apology America Deserves: The Iraq War

Uncle Joe has never been much for apologies. Whether it was his backing of the ‘90s crime bill that helped fuel mass incarceration, or his mistreatment of Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas hearings, Biden has been loathe to admit wrong and make amends. Thus it was a bit of a surprise this weekend when … Continue reading “The Real Biden Apology America Deserves: The Iraq War”

Trump-Kim DMZ Meeting a Victory for Peace, Though Pompeo-Bolton Sabotage Looms Large

President Donald Trump yanked the US-North Korean diplomatic process back onto the rails last week by meeting Chairman Kim Jong-un in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the Koreas. Tellingly, a strong majority of South Koreans approved of the meeting, while a cadre of American media shills and military industry-funded pundits lashed out against it. Critics … Continue reading “Trump-Kim DMZ Meeting a Victory for Peace, Though Pompeo-Bolton Sabotage Looms Large”

About the Weapons Trump Showed Off on the 4th of July

President Trump’s display of military weapons in Washington D.C. on the 4th of July this year was for him and his supporters a demonstration of our country’s military might, and thus the means by which the US can get its way in the world under his America First foreign policy. But for someone who was … Continue reading “About the Weapons Trump Showed Off on the 4th of July”

North Korea: Call It Diplomacy 101, Not a Photo Op

You have to negotiate with your enemies. Fact of life, whether they are autocrats or segregationist Senators. They “have” what you want, the power to stop you from achieving your goals. And of course you have to give something up, nobody surrenders power or nukes for free. This is nothing new. Call it Diplomacy 101. … Continue reading “North Korea: Call It Diplomacy 101, Not a Photo Op”

Trump’s Salute: Apotheosis of the Warfare State

Granted. The Donald skipped American history class – along with much else that even modestly educated people still recall. But owing to his late life conversion to flag-hugging patriotism you would think he might have taken time to actually read the Declaration of Independence. Obviously not. We have scoured its 1334 words, and our recollection … Continue reading “Trump’s Salute: Apotheosis of the Warfare State”

Putting the Warriors on Terror on Trial

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. “It is natural for mankind to set a higher value on courage then timidity, on activity than prudence, on strength than counsel.” ~ Montesquieu, “The Spirit of the Laws” They are undoubtedly America’s favorite, most lauded shock troops. More, even, than the Marines or the Army’s Green Berets and Rangers, Navy SEALs have captured America’s … Continue reading “Putting the Warriors on Terror on Trial”

Exactly Like Its Predecessors, Trump’s Peace Plan Has Been Designed To Fail

Donald Trump’s supposed “deal of the century,” offering the Palestinians economic bribes in return for political submission, is the endgame of western peacemaking, the real goal of which has been failure, not success. For decades, peace plans have made impossible demands of the Palestinians, forcing them to reject the terms on offer and thereby create … Continue reading “Exactly Like Its Predecessors, Trump’s Peace Plan Has Been Designed To Fail”

We’re Not the Good Guys

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Headlined “U.S. Seeks Other Ways to Stop Iran Shy of War,” the article was tucked away on page A9 of a recent New York Times. Still, it caught my attention. Here’s the first paragraph: “American intelligence and military officers are working on additional clandestine plans to counter Iranian aggression in the … Continue reading “We’re Not the Good Guys”

North Korea Nuclear Freeze? Finally, a Realistic Proposal

As President Donald Trump met with Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un for the third time at the end of June – becoming the first sitting US president to visit North Korea – the New York Times ran a piece suggesting the appearance of a new option on the proverbial table: A negotiated “nuclear freeze” rather than … Continue reading “North Korea Nuclear Freeze? Finally, a Realistic Proposal”

If War Breaks Out With Iran, It Won’t Be an Accident

Some things are still unclear about Trump’s recent decision to bomb Iran – and his rapid-fire follow-up decision not to. We still don’t know what he or his bomb-Iran cheerleaders – National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – thought the bombing would actually accomplish. We also don’t know why Trump … Continue reading “If War Breaks Out With Iran, It Won’t Be an Accident”

How Does the War on Terror Stack Up to Some of History’s Most Infamous Genocides?

The Merriam-Webster definition for genocide is “the deliberate and systematic destruction of a race, political or cultural group”. The inheritors of the once-Ottoman now-Turkish state responsible for the Armenian Genocide still dispute the genocidal charges even 100 years after the events. Genocide can be a culturally defining event. The Gallic peoples of France, after suffering … Continue reading “How Does the War on Terror Stack Up to Some of History’s Most Infamous Genocides?”

The ‘Trump Doctrine’ Is Sinking Fast

Tehran resident Dariush is exactly the kind of person that the Trump Administration claims to be supporting. He is a middle-class businessman who hates the clerical regime. The White House thinks Iranians like Dariush would welcome the overthrow of their government. But when I talked to Dariush by phone, he was more angry at President … Continue reading “The ‘Trump Doctrine’ Is Sinking Fast”

Hope for a Breakthrough in Korea

There is hope for some real progress in U.S.-North Korean relations after Sunday morning’s unscheduled meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, largely because Russia and China seem more determined than ever to facilitate forward movement. Sitting down before the talks began, Kim underlined the importance of the meeting.“I hope it … Continue reading “Hope for a Breakthrough in Korea”

Burying My Neighbors and Slaughtering Brown-Skinned People

As my son-in-law Jon heads off for a six-month deployment to Iraq this week – a war President Obama supposedly ended back in 2011 – I was struck by the war lobby-employed patois in the Democratic Party “debates.” The best part of Wednesday night’s in-tandem press conference was also the only point in the dog-and-pony … Continue reading “Burying My Neighbors and Slaughtering Brown-Skinned People”

Backing the Bad Guys: America Is Helping To Sabotage the ‘New’ Arab Spring

Months back, when protests rocked Algeria and Sudan, toppling two autocratic strongmen, observers almost immediately dubbed it a “New Arab Spring.” This, of course, was a reference to the popular demonstrations that rocked the Arab World in 2011, ranging from Tunisia to Egypt, Libya and Syria, Bahrain to Yemen. The results of Spring 1.0 were … Continue reading “Backing the Bad Guys: America Is Helping To Sabotage the ‘New’ Arab Spring”

A Wounded Erdogan Could Be Even More Dangerous

For the second time in a row, Turkish voters have rebuked President Recep Tayyir Erdogan’s handpicked candidate for the mayoralty of Istanbul, Turkey’s largest and wealthiest city. The secular Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, swamped Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate Binali Yildirim in an election that many see as a report … Continue reading “A Wounded Erdogan Could Be Even More Dangerous”