Hubris Unlimited: Tom Cotton versus Reality

Freshman Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) wants the United States to pick a fight with Iran. Not an all-out brawl, he says; just an itty-bitty bout along the lines of 1998’s Operation Desert Fox, in which US aircraft carried out four days of airstrikes on Iraq. Setting aside the fact that there’s just no reason for […]

Bombers Strike in Baghdad; 479 Killed Across Iraq

A rare suicide attack took place in the Kurdish capital on Friday, as other militants targeted Baghdad. At least 479 were killed and 72 more were wounded there and across Iraq.

The Murderers of Kiev

There seems to be a “suicide” epidemic afflicting opponents of the current Ukrainian government – nine opposition politicians and two journalists have mysteriously died since the beginning of the year. Here is the timeline of terror that has opponents of the regime fearing for their lives: January 26 – Nikolai Sergienko, former deputy chief of […]

Footing the Bill While Israel Thumbs Its Nose

It’s tax season again. How about a little accounting? Every year, Washington sends $3.1 billion of taxpayers’ hard-earned money to Israel. It’s only fair to ask what Americans are getting in return. That seems especially appropriate now. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is busy badmouthing the tentative nuclear deal with Iran, a major diplomatic achievement […]

A US-Russia War Over Ukraine?

"Could a U.S. response to Russia’s action in Ukraine provoke a confrontation that leads to a U.S.-Russia War?" This jolting question is raised by Graham Allison and Dimitri Simes in the cover article of The National Interest. The answer the authors give, in "Countdown to War: The Coming U.S. Russia Conflict," is that the odds […]

313 Killed in Iraq as Fighting Increases on Two Fronts

The U.S. military is turning its attention towards the strategic city of Baiji and away from the humanitarian emergency in Ramadi. At least 313 were killed and 49 more were wounded across the country. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey said the U.S. has been forced to adjust its current campaign and target […]

Changing Why Wars Happened

Fiction is easy to change. Sure, you described something one way, but you can always change your mind to make the past fit better into the present. Sometimes – especially in the wild worlds of comic books or science fiction – we call this retroactive continuity, or retconning. If a character is brought back from […]

Do Something, Anything: Naming and Shaming in Yarmouk

The population of Syria’s Palestinian Refugee Camp, Yarmouk – whose population once exceeded 250,000, dwindling throughout the Syrian civil war to 18,000 – are a microcosm of the story of a whole nation, whose perpetual pain shames us all, none excluded. Refugees who escaped the Syrian war or are displaced in Syria itself, are experiencing […]

ISIS Takes Villages in Anbar, as 290 Are Killed Across Iraq

At least 290 were killed across Iraq as Islamic State militants took more villages around Ramadi.

The US Military’s Battlefield of Tomorrow

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Years ago, Chalmers Johnson took a term of CIA tradecraft, “blowback,” and put it into our language. Originally, it was meant to describe CIA operations so secret that, when they blew back on this country, Americans would be incapable of tracing the connection or grasping that the U.S. had anything to […]