Iraq executed dozens of Sunnis convicted on terror charges.
On Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Nixon bowed to the inevitability of impeachment and conviction by a Democratic Senate and resigned. The prospect of such an end for Donald Trump has this city drooling. Yet, comparing Russiagate and Watergate, history is not likely to repeat itself. First, the underlying crime in Watergate, a break-in to wiretap … Continue reading “Unlike Nixon, Trump Will Not Go Quietly”
“. . . real security can only be shared . . .” I call it news in a cage: the fact that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. In other words, how nice, but it has nothing to do with the real stuff going on across … Continue reading “Peace on the Far Side of Nuclear Weapons”
Originally posted at TomDispatch. Ambassadors of the traditional kind? Who needs them? Diplomats? What a waste! The State Department? Why bother? Its budget is to be slashed and its senior officials are leaving in droves ever since Donald Trump entered the Oval Office. Under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, hiring is frozen, which means those … Continue reading “A Wider World of War”
Militants staged an attack on Iraqi troops near the Syrian border.
For the second time in two months, someone who has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State has plotted to kill innocents in New York City and has executed his plot. According to police, at the height of the Monday morning rush hour this week, in an underground pedestrian walkway that I have used many times, … Continue reading “Yes, the Constitution Applies to the New York Bomber”
President Donald Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was irresponsible and dangerous for more reasons than I can count. Let me outline just a few of the principle concerns. While we have all grown weary of hearing the overused mantra “this is the end of the peace process,” Trump’s decision may, in … Continue reading “Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Rubber Stamps 70 Years of Israeli Violations”
“Today with the signing of this defense bill,” US president Donald Trump said as he affixed his signature to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act on December 12, “we accelerate the process of fully restoring America’s military might.” Is Trump truly under the mistaken impression that US military might is ailing? Or is he mindlessly … Continue reading “Here Comes the Next ‘Defense’ Shakedown”
As mortars continued to fall on Tuz Khormato on Tuesday, the UN said is it launching a probe into rights abuses in the city.
In April 2002, about a year before the invasion of Iraq, then-president George W. Bush told a group of assembled reporters that Saddam Hussein had to go. When asked how he would accomplish this, Bush replied cryptically, “Just wait and see.” I was reminded of this quote when President Trump was asked about North Korea’s … Continue reading “How the US Could Provoke a New Korean War”