Palestine’s Crisis of Leadership: Did Abbas Destroy Palestinian Democracy?

The crisis of leadership throughout Palestinian history did not start with Mahmoud Abbas and will, regrettably, be unlikely to end with his departure.  Although Abbas has, perhaps, done more damage to the credibility of the Palestinian leadership than any other leader in the past, he is also a byproduct of a process of political fraud […]

Abusing Dead Syrian Children

Images are a powerful tool in the hands of propagandists. A picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes. If a powerful image can be manipulated to tell a tale even if false, it can persuade more viscerally than can a thousand reasoned arguments. So it is with the tragic photograph making the […]

The Fantasy World of Ben Carson

In the fantasy world of Ben Carson – neurosurgeon and Fox News star-turned-presidential candidate – the roots of Muslim hostility to Israel go all the way back to the rivalry of Jacob and Esau. Asked by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt about the roots of the Islamic State, Carson replied: “Well, first of all, you […]

Coalition Members Accused of Killing Civilians; 55 Killed across Iraq

At least 55 were killed and 28 were wounded in fresh violence.

Who Is Listening to Dick Cheney?

Dick Cheney is a former vice president who had an enormous effect on public policy, and therefore on history. He should be interviewed by media outlets. He should be asked tough questions about every single aspect of his tenure in the White House. We cannot pretend that Cheney does not belong in history books, or […]

ISIS Militants Execute Their Own; 321 Killed across Iraq

At least 321 were killed across Iraq. A large number of militants were killed by their own comrades.

Politics 2016: Who Will Stand Up to the War Party?

For anyone with hopes of changing our foreign policy of relentless aggression, the presidential candidates now parading their wares before the public are truly a depressing sight. The Republicans are vying with one another for the “honor” of being the most warlike, and even Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) – son of the resolutely anti-interventionist Ron […]

Ron Paul and Lost Lessons of War

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul lays out a national security strategy for the United States in his book, Swords into Plowshares, which Carl von Clausewitz , the author of On War, would have approved. Clausewitz, a Prussian general in the early Nineteenth Century, is considered perhaps the West’s most insightful strategist, and On War is […]

4,547 Killed in August Bloodshed across Iraq

During August at least 4,547 people were killed and 2,296 were wounded. These figures include civilians, security personnel and militants. At least 350 were killed and 10 were wounded> in more recent fighting.

Republicans Candidates Bashing Obama Over Iran Forget Bush’s Role

Rather than a contest between two or three viable candidates, U.S. presidential elections have historically been a referendum on the administration holding power. With at least some awareness of this fact, Republican candidates are busy criticizing President Barack Obama’s foreign policy and desperately trying to link Hillary Clinton, his former Secretary of State and still […]