Is Government Faithful to the Constitution?

Is Government Faithful to the Constitution? When the government is waving at us with its right hand, so to speak, it is the government’s left hand that we should be watching. Just as a magician draws your attention to what he wants you to see so you will not observe how his trick is performed, […]

The Obscenity of Respectable Politics

After several years of absence from the national spotlight, former Vice President Dick Cheney has unfortunately returned in recent weeks in an attempt to defend the Bush administration and to condemn the Senate’s torture report. That report is, Cheney noted, “full of crap.” It is unsurprising that he would react that way. If there’s anything […]

Operation To Free Yazidi Town Begins; 131 Killed Across Iraq

A large number of militants were killed in northern Iraq today during an operation to liberate Sinjar. Overall at least 131 people were killed and 12 were wounded.

To My Readers

I’ve been at the doctor all day, which means I’ll miss my deadline – so, unfortunately, no column today. Which I very much regret since I had a hot topic in the pipeline: but it’ll just have to wait until Friday’s column. So please tune in then: it’s going to be a good one. NOTES […]

Iraq: 241 Killed, Including 150 Women Who Spurned ISIS Suitors

At least 241 were killed and 12 more were wounded, including 150 women who were executed for rejecting ISIS/DAASH marriage proposals.

Questioning the Powerful

"I thought that when we showed up for class, someone else would be teaching it," said one of my students at the start of my class on Monday, April 7, 2014. "Really?" I asked. "Why?" "Because of that question you asked the Admiral on Friday," he answered. I looked around and saw the looks on […]

Turkey Is a Bad Ally

Being a superpower has its drawbacks. One of them is being manipulated by smaller countries that know that American wants to be "Big Man on Campus" in the world, usually giving its taxpayers only vague "influence" around the globe for all the money they pour into military power and foreign aid. However, sophisticated countries usually […]

101 Killed in Iraq, and Thousands Are Missing

At least 101 people were killed and 34 were wounded. Thousands are missing.

The Constitution’s Pearl Harbor

It was a sneak attack. As the stream of borrowed money that funds the Regime was threatened with a (temporary yet embarrassing) cutoff, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Oceania), inserted what Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan) calls a "novel" provision into H.R. 4681, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 – one "that for the first time […]

Beyond the Senate Torture Report

Originally posted at TomDispatch. It came from the top and that’s never been a secret.  The president authorized the building of those CIA "black sites" and the use of what came to be known as "enhanced interrogation techniques" and has spoken of this with a certain pride. The president’s top officials essentially put in an […]