Darker Horizons Ahead: Rethinking the War on ‘IS’

As much of the Middle East sinks deeper into division between competing political camps, the so-called "Islamic State" ("IS") continues its unhindered march towards a twisted version of a Muslim caliphate. Many thousands have lost their lives, some in the most torturous ways, so that "IS" may realize its nightmarish dream. Of course, violence meted […]

Perfect American Nuclear Horror

We love nuclear horror stories in America. We love them whether they’re somber like the film On The Beach, soapy-dramatic like the cult show Jericho, or retro-future like the Fallout series of video games. We laugh at the lunatic optimism of duck and cover, and marvel at the strangeness of the (perhaps exaggerated) all-encompassing fear […]

Turkey Escalates Airstrikes; 175 Killed across Iraq

At least 175 were killed and 88 were wounded in the latest attacks. Turkey continued its airstrikes, but no casualty figures were made available.

Washington and Tehran Come in From the Cold

Every election needs an organizing catchphrase and that goes doubly for the Republican presidential race, with 16 candidates having entered the fray and more on the way. I think I have the perfect one for the moment: “You’ve been Trumped!” After all, one striking thing about the Republicans, now that they’ve morphed into the party […]

Rand Paul: Fraud, Failure, Liar

As the smoke wafted up into the already smoggy Los Angeles air, a group of young libertarians watched as Jayel Aheram burned his “Stand With Rand” t-shirts. He had two of them, a token of his former esteem for the “libertarian-ish” presidential candidate and Senator from Kentucky, whose father had inspired young Jayel to identify […]

Those Who Want War With Iran Should Explicitly Declare It

After twelve years of diplomatic confrontation between Iran and the United States and its allies, the two sides have reached a historic agreement in Vienna, Austria. Iran and P5+1 – the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany – announced that their intensive negotiations that began 20 months ago, shortly after […]

Suicide Bombers Ignite Battles in Ramadi and Baiji; 72 Killed across Iraq

At least 72 people were killed and 58 were wounded across Iraq. Suicide bombers ignited battles in Ramadi and Baiji.

Do We Need To Bring Back Internment Camps?

Last week, Retired General Wesley Clark, who was NATO commander during the US bombing of Serbia, proposed that “disloyal Americans” be sent to internment camps for the “duration of the conflict.” Discussing the recent military base shootings in Chattanooga, TN, in which five US service members were killed, Clark recalled the internment of American citizens […]

Iran Nuclear Agreement Is Good, But Ratification Process Is Not

It is nothing short of amazing that the Obama administration was able to get an ever – hostile Iran to drastically reduce its nuclear program, to which it has a right as a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, for 10-15 years. Iran has been hostile to the United States since the Iranians ousted the […]

A Foreign Enemy is a Tyrant’s Best Friend

The recent Iran nuclear deal represents a thaw in the American cold war against that country. It is a welcome sequel to the Obama administration’s partial normalization with Cuba announced late last year. Hardliners denounce these policies as “going soft” on theocracy and communism. Yet, it is such critics’ own hardline, hawkish policies that have […]