171 Killed across Iraq as Fight for Ramadi Begins

The fight to win back Ramadi appears to have been launched without much help from the Iraqi army. Some army, police, and tribal forces have been deployed, but it appears that most of the fighters are Shi’ite militiamen. Husaybah has already been retaken. At least 171 were killed and 19 were wounded across the country.

Militants Push East from Ramadi; 25 Killed across Iraq

At least 25 militants were killed in Iraq on Friday.

Rand Paul and the Tripartisan Case for Optimism

On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) “filibustered” for more than ten hours against the PATRIOT Act, the USA Freedom Act, and myriad government violations of the Fourth Amendment. He also daringly added some blistering critiques of the US prison state and its racial disparities. He mentioned civil asset forfeiture and parallel construction. He read from […]

The Next Ukraine

While the world’s attention is focused on the Middle East, as usual, where ISIS – the creation of Washington’s Saudi and Gulf allies – is the focus of the latest alleged “terrorist threat,” a potentially more dangerous crisis is being ramped up by our professional regime-changers in the volatile Balkans. The Russian-Turkish plan to pipe […]

What the Fall of Ramadi Means

The fall of Ramadi, capital of Anbar, largest province in Iraq, after a rout of the Iraqi army by a few hundred ISIS fighters using bomb-laden trucks, represents a stunning setback for U.S. policy. When President Obama declared that we shall "degrade and defeat" the Islamic State, he willed the ends, but not the means. […]

Sunni Morale Bottoms as 69 Are Killed in Iraq

Sunni leaders say they will continue to fight against the Islamic State militants, as they have no choice but to do it, but they will not fight for the Iraqi government. At least 69 were killed and 44 were wounded.

Nakba and the Question of ‘Palestinian Strategy’

"What is the Palestinian strategy?" is a question that I have been asked all too often, including on 15 May, the day that millions of Palestinians around the world commemorated the 67th anniversary of the Nakba, the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians by Zionist militias in 1947-48. The question itself doesn’t require much elaboration, as […]

The Madness of THAAD

In the annual spring ritual, the Pentagon brings its tin cup to Congress to beg for appropriations. Earlier this month, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tried to explain to some bewildered members of Congress why the Pentagon required so much money when the United States already spends more than all […]

Behind the Media’s Assault on Seymour Hersh

He’s the most respected journalist in U.S. history, and for decades Seymour Hersh has consistently broken major international stories, winning him the Pulitzer Prize among other prestigious awards of journalism. But the media establishment that once idealized him now seeks his destruction. Hersh is facing a coordinated attack from his former colleagues, each scrambling to […]

Saddam Nephew among 151 Killed in Iraq

At least 151 people, mostly militants, were killed. Another 30 were wounded: In Baiji, militants reported the death of a nephew of Saddam Hussein.