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.

Trump Needs To Rethink Terror Policies

Although Donald Trump had good inclinations on some foreign policy issues during his campaign and transition period – for example, staying out of unneeded brushfire wars, reexamining U.S. alliances, and pushing wealthy allies to do more for their own security – his policy toward “radical Islamic terrorism” always needed some work. Now, having been president […]

How Did It Start?

So how the hell did it all start? Last week I tried to describe the 1948 war, starting from the shooting at a Jewish bus on the morrow of the UN partition resolution. Some readers dispute the timing. They insist that the war started on May 15, on the morrow of the founding of the […]

Silent, Peaceful Rally Held in Baghdad; 67 Killed in Iraq

Followers of Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr were able to hole a peaceful rally a week after a protest turned bloody.

German Intel Clears Russia on Interference

After a multi-month, politically charged investigation, German intelligence agencies could find no good evidence of Moscow-directed cyber-attacks or a disinformation campaign aimed at subverting the democratic process in Germany. Undaunted, Chancellor Angela Merkel has commissioned a new investigation. Last year, Berlin’s two main intelligence agencies, the BND and BfV (counterparts of the CIA and FBI) […]

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The foreign policy issue in American politics has undergone some remarkable shifts over the years. We are in the midst of just such a shift, but before we can properly understand what is happening today we must consult Clio, the muse of history, and see what patterns we can discern. As witnesses to the birth […]

Mayhem in Baghdad as ISIS Strikes Again; 91 Killed in Iraq

Militants attacked several locations in Baghdad including a car dealership.