A Note to My Readers

I am dealing with some medical issues, but my column will return Friday. NOTES IN THE MARGIN You can check out my Twitter feed by going here. But please note that my tweets are sometimes deliberately provocative, often made in jest, and largely consist of me thinking out loud. I’ve written a couple of books, […]

Mission Unaccomplished, 15 Years Later

Originally posted at TomDispatch. If you’re going to surround yourself with generals in the Oval Office, as Donald Trump has done, that means one thing in these years: you’re going to appoint men whose careers were made (or unmade) by what was once known as the Global War on Terror. They will be deeply associated […]

Civilians Flee Renewed Fighting in Mosul; 154 Killed in Iraq

Civilians in Mosul’s outskirts are handing themselves over to security forces for relief.

Democratic Ex-Dove Proposes War on Iran

Rep. Alcee Hastings has sponsored a bill to authorize President Trump to attack Iran. Hastings reintroduced H J Res 10, the “Authorization of Use of Force Against Iran Resolution” on Jan. 3, the first day of the new Congress after President Trump’s election. Hastings’s bill has come as a shock to constituents and people who […]

Trump’s ISIS Plan: Another US Invasion?

Just over a week into the Trump Administration, the President issued an Executive Order giving Defense Secretary James Mattis 30 days to come up with a plan to defeat ISIS. According to the Order, the plan should make recommendations on military actions, diplomatic actions, partners, strategies, and how to pay for the operation. As we […]

Non-combat Death of U.S. Servicemember; 144 Others Killed in Iraq

A U.S. servicemember died in a non-combat-related incident.

The War Party Fights Back

The Munich conference held over the weekend – an annual event that brings the leaders of the Atlantic alliance together to celebrate their hegemonic pretensions – was anything but celebratory this time around. Despite the assurances of Vice President Pence that America’s commitment to NATO is “unwavering,” the Euro-crats in the audience were miffed that […]

‘We’re a Nation at War’

Last week, Army General Raymond “Tony” Thomas, head of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), expressed his dismay about the Trump administration. “Our government continues to be in unbelievable turmoil,” Thomas opined. “I hope they sort it out soon because we’re a nation at war.” What does that mean, we’re a nation at war? Many will […]

Early Advances in Mosul Operation; 151 Killed in Iraq

Security forces met with light resistance so far in Mosul.

Defense Officials Say Mosul Operations Restart; 85 Killed in Iraq

Baghdad announced that the military has begun to move on western Mosul.