Bombing Hospitals All in a Day’s Work

The destruction of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, with 22 dead so far, including doctors, other staff and patients, capped a week that also saw the bombing of? another hospital in Afghanistan, plus the U.S.-backed Saudi Arabian bombing of a wedding party in Yemen set up in tents far out in the […]

Glossing the Hospital Massacre

Wasn’t there some grandiose purpose to having U.S. military forces operating in Afghanistan?  What was that, again?  I’m having a hard time understanding just what was the point of the initial invasion and subsequent occupation of that country, and why it is continuing.  Events such as the October 3rd bombing of a hospital in the […]

Trump Against the War Party

War is the great clarifier. The Russian move to quash both ISIS and the US-backed jihadist movement aimed at overthrowing Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad has defined the lines of demarcation between the candidates for US President in both parties, and shown us what they are made of. The issue at hand: should the US impose […]

49 Killed in Iraq; Militants Execute Deserters

At least 49 were killed across Iraq. Over two dozen of them were ISIS/DAASH deserters.

Seize the Chaos

Israel lacks a national motto. If its leaders are looking for a Latin one, “carpe chaos” would be an apt and honest choice. “Seize the chaos” is half of Israeli foreign policy in a nutshell (the other half being the instigation of that chaos in the first place). Indeed, even its friends in the media […]

War Party Targets Putin and Assad

Having established a base on the Syrian coast, Vladimir Putin last week began air strikes on ISIS and other rebel forces seeking to overthrow Bashar Assad. A longtime ally of Syria, Russia wants to preserve its toehold on the Mediterranean, help Assad repel the threat, and keep the Islamic terrorists out of Damascus. Russia is […]

Reality and Symbolism in Public Affairs

While the American media was enamored by the charismatic pope’s "historic" visit to the United States (I seem to remember popes have visited before), more important earthly developments occurred. The leaders of the next two most powerful countries in the world (after the United States) did or were scheduled to meet with President Obama, and […]

I Wish Nobody Was Bombing Syria

The US regime change policy for Syria has been a catastrophe. More than 200,000 killed and an entire country reduced to rubble at least partly because President Obama decided that “Assad has lost his legitimacy.” How is it that the president of a country 6,000 miles away has the authority to decide whether another leader […]

Bombers Strike across Iraq; 191 Killed, 116 Wounded

Bombers struck in several town across Iraq, including Baghdad.

The Hope Behind Putin’s Syria Help

Russia’s airstrikes on rebel strongholds in Syria, now in their fifth day, are a game-changer. To borrow an aphorism from philosopher Yogi Berra, “The future ain’t what it used to be.” Yogi also warned, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” What follows, then, will focus primarily on how and why the violence […]