War in Mockingjay and the Hunger Games Series

On November 21, the third film in the Hunger Games series was released. Mockingjay, Part 1 continues the films’ habits of improving upon their earnest, and gratuitously violent Young Adult novel origins. This is thanks to the brilliance of Jennifer Lawrence’s performance, and a general habit of the filmmakers of taking author Suzanne Collins’ story […]

Not Again, Mr. Obama! On ‘A More Expansive Mission’ in Afghanistan!

President Obama has authorized "a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned". Imagine that, like the late U.S. war veteran Jacob George, you’re sent on this "more expansive mission". Your military helicopter is landing on farmland amidst mud-house villages, like a futuristic war machine inserted into an agricultural community […]

285 Killed Across Iraq As Badr Brigades Refuse To Leave Kurdish Region

At least 285 people were killed and 43 more were wounded across Iraq. The Badr Brigades warned they would not leave newly recaptured Saidiya a couple days after Peshmerga troops asked them to.

Iraq War 4.0?

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Let’s play a game, the kind that makes no sense on this single-superpower planet of ours. For a moment, do your best to suspend disbelief and imagine that there’s another superpower, great power, or even regional power somewhere that, between 2001 and 2003, launched two major wars in the Greater Middle […]

We Are the Enemy: Is This the Lesson of Ferguson?

If you dress police officers up as soldiers and you put them in military vehicles and you give them military weapons, they adopt a warrior mentality. We fight wars against enemies, and the enemies are the people who live in our cities – particularly in communities of color. – Thomas Nolan, criminology professor and former […]

Rand Paul Sorta Goes to War

I was always made a little bit nervous every time I heard Ron Paul – and other libertarians – inveigh against the modern practice of going to war without a formal declaration of war. Well, yes, it’s unconstitutional, and, yes, process is important, but what made me uneasy is that I was always worried someone […]

Australian Strikes Claim Militants; 229 Killed Across Iraq

At least 229 people were killed, mostly in airstrikes. The Australian forces reported killed 100 alone on a mountain near Kirkuk. Another 50 were wounded.

Is Obama Weak on Foreign Policy?

One reason that Barack Obama is slumping in the polls is that Republicans have successfully painted him as weak on foreign policy. Yet, during his tenure so far, Obama has used air power to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, surged American forces in Afghanistan to satisfy the U.S. military, re-entered the civil war in Iraq, […]

Hagel Didn’t Start the Fire

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam war veteran and the lone Republican on Obama’s national security team, has been fired. And John McCain’s assessment is dead on. Hagel, he said, “was never really brought into that real tight circle inside the White House that makes all the decisions which has put us into the incredible […]

83 Killed As Peshmerga Ask Badr Brigades For Control of Iraq Town

At least 83 people were killed and 40 more were wounded in the latest Iraq violence. Also, a new battle could be brewing between Iraq security forces.