US Foreign Policy Goes Retro

Progressives have saddled themselves with a theory of history that sees the "march of progress" as an ever upwardly-bound journey to political perfection: thus the appellation "progressive," as in "things are getting progressively better." Yet history – real history, that is – lacks any such teleological plan or direction. It is characterized, instead, by ups […]

Ten Doctors Among 109 Killed Across Iraq

At least 109 people were killed across Iraq and 13 more were wounded.

NSA Was Not the Only Government Agency to Spy on You

In the rush to sensationalize the Paris terrorist attacks and minimize all other news (for example, even more horrendous terrorist attacks in Nigeria), the American media has conveniently overlooked one major ill effect of the public hysteria it is helping to foment. In a mini-redux of what happened subsequent to the 9/11 attacks, the American […]

The Persians Are Coming!

“The Iranians are on the march,” warned John McCain Sunday. “Iran is building a new Persian Empire,” echoed Col. Ralph Peters. So alarmed is Speaker Boehner, he invited Bibi Netanyahu to come and challenge U.S. policy toward Iran from the same podium where the president delivered his State of the Union address. Bibi will make […]

215 Killed in Iraq, Including Civilians Executed by Shi’ite Militiamen

At least 215 people were killed and 299 were wounded. Most of the casualties today were either civilian or military. In Anbar, officials accused militiamen of killing civilians, and in Mosul mortar fire accidentally released a poisonous cloud of chlorine gas.

Russophobia Trumps Terrorism: Media Stir Over Arrest of Chechens in France

The arrest in France of Chechens is being used to stoke up hatred of Russia, and showcase the hypocrisy of the West on terrorism. Five “Russians” were arrested in France earlier this week, and the ensuing media frenzy – however brief – over the event sought to implicate Russia in the French terror crisis that […]

Bringing the Battlefield to the Border

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Predator drones, tested out in this country’s distant war zones, have played an increasingly prominent role in the up-armoring of the U.S.-Mexican border. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched its first Predator in 2004, but only really ramped up drone use in March 2013. There have been approximately 10,000 Predator flights […]

Slandering Ron Paul

In the midst of his polemic against Ron Paul and the concept of "blowback" as the progenitor of Islamist terrorism, Kevin D. Williamson, writing in National Review Online, avers I’m "an intelligent man" – but after reading his jeremiad, I’m not sure I can return the compliment. He urges his readers to consider my "cracked […]

Military Operations, Attacks Across Iraq Leave 692 Killed

Over 650 militants were reported killed over the last three days, mostly in Nineva and Diyala provinces. These high figures have not been independently confirmed, but extensive operations have been ongoing in those two areas. Assuming they are correct, at least 692 people were killed and 89 were wounded. Several bombs exploded in Baghdad as well.

Bombers Return to Baghdad; 134 Killed across Iraq

Baghdad once again suffered a series of bombings that left dozens hurt or injured. At least 134 people were killed and 59 were wounded across the country.