Reports out of Mosul point to heavy casualties on Friday.
The corpses pile up like sandbags along the planet’s geopolitical borders. “Perhaps his condition deteriorated and the authorities decided it was better to release him in a coma than as a corpse.” So said an expert on North Korea recently, quoted in the New York Times following the death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, six days … Continue reading “When the Detainee Is American…”
When a Briton or American speaks about a "four-letter word", he means a vulgar sexual term, a word not to be mentioned in polite society. In Israel we also have such a word, a word of four letters. A word not to mention. This word is "Shalom", peace. (In Hebrew, "sh" is one letter, and … Continue reading “Peace Is a Four-Letter Word”
Douglas Valentine has once again added to the store of knowledge necessary for American citizens to understand how the U.S. government actually works today, in his most recent book entitled The CIA As Organized Crime. (Valentine previously wrote The Phoenix Program, which should be read with the current book.) The US“deep state” – of which … Continue reading “The Criminal ‘Laws’ of Counterinsurgency”
These days I find myself thinking often about a cartoon by the late Theodore Geissel. In it, a woman with a sweater that reads “America First” reads aloud from a storybook to two children: “And the Wolf chewed up the children and spit out their bones,” she relays. “But those were Foreign Children and it … Continue reading “Our President’s Word Wars”
I’m involved in a time-consuming research project, the results of which will show up in this space sometime next week, and so there’s no column today. But I’ll be back on Monday. In the meantime, I want to give you something to read that you might find illuminating, amusing, or perhaps both. It’s the April 30, … Continue reading “A Brief Missive”
An old landmine killed a pair of teenage shepherds.
A historic mosque and its picturesque minaret were destroyed in Mosul.
Ted Cruz recently provided an exclusive interview to Breitbart News. He asserted that the U.S. military should be working in conjunction with the Mexican government to fight the cartels. He didn’t suggest a full-scale invasion, but he did propose something similar to our program, "Plan Colombia." If you’re not familiar, Plan Colombia is officially the … Continue reading “To Ted Cruz: Further Militarizing Mexico’s Drug War Is a Horrible Idea”
The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel. When Haley speaks about Israel, her language is not merely emotive nor tailored to fit the need of a specific occasion. Rather, her words are resolute, consistent and are matched by a clear plan of action. Along … Continue reading “Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine”