A Global Nuclear Winter: Avoiding the Unthinkable in India and Pakistan

President-elect Donald Trump’s off the cuff, chaotic approach to foreign policy had at least one thing going for it, even though it was more the feel of a blind pig rooting for acorns than a thought-out international initiative. In speaking with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the New York Times reported, Trump said he wanted […]

Bombers Targeting Baghdad; 41 Killed in Iraq

Trying to draw attention away from Mosul, bombers continue to target civilians in Baghdad.

Hold Your Applause, Fatah, the Palestinian Body Politic Is Rotten to the Core

In July 2003, the then Palestinian Authority Chairman, Yasser Arafat, described Mahmoud Abbas as a “traitor” who “betrayed the interests of the Palestinian People.” Arafat loathed Abbas to the very end. This particular outburst was made during a meeting with United Nations envoy Terje Larsen. The meeting took place a few months after Arafat was […]

Trump, Taiwan, and the Chinese Paper Tiger

The media and the foreign policy “experts” went ballistic recently over President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen. With one brief call, which the Trump team says was only a congratulatory call initiated by Ms. Ing-wen, Trump blew up our longstanding “One China” policy and precipitated a dangerous collision with Beijing. While […]

Soldiers Retreat after Bloody Battles in Mosul; 229 Killed in Iraq

Soldiers are retreating from multiple fronts in Mosul.

Are Sanctuary Cities Legal?

Last week, President-elect Donald Trump re-emphasized the approach he will take in enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, which is much different from the manner of enforcement utilized by President Barack Obama. The latter pointedly declined to deport the 5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States who are the parents of children born here – […]

US Strikes on Syrian Troops: Report Data Contradicts ‘Mistake’ Claims

The summary report on an investigation into US and allied air strikes on Syrian government troops has revealed irregularities in decision-making consistent with a deliberate targeting of Syrian forces. The report, released by US Central Command on 29 November, shows that senior US Air Force officers at the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) at al-Udeid […]

Bombers Successful in Mosul, Baghdad; 129 Killed in Iraq

Bombers were successful in Baghdad and Mosul. An airstrike on Qaim unfortunately killed dozens of civilians.

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis and the Spirit of Trumpism

When it comes to foreign policy, the incoming Trump administration displays a split personality. This was readily apparent during the campaign, when, on the one hand, Donald Trump told us we were lied into the Iraq war, that NATO is “obsolete,” and that we have no business supporting regime change in Syria – and, on […]

Bus Bomb Explodes at Mosul Market; 35 Killed in Iraq

A bus bomb exploded at a market in Mosul, killing women and children.