Back to Realism: The Conservative Case for Palestine

This article being about the Israel/Palestine crisis – a veritable "third-rail" in American political discourse – it’s necessary to start with a few disclaimers. This author is not anti-Semitic and believes the Israeli state has a right to exist. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s address the controversial caveat: Palestinians, for moral and … Continue reading “Back to Realism: The Conservative Case for Palestine”

This Is What It Looks Like When Imperialism Comes Home

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. You have to hand it to him—the man has a way with words and he sure knows how to fire up his base. Early in November, President Donald Trump addressed a crowd of supporters in Montana, and he gushed with pride about his recent deployment of active-duty troops to … Continue reading “This Is What It Looks Like When Imperialism Comes Home”

Go With Your Gut, Mr. President: You Called US Defense Spending “Crazy,” and You Were Dead On

When he’s right, he’s right. Look, I’ve been critical of this president too many times to count, but – unlike most mainstream media pundits – I’m willing to give credit when it’s due. Last week, in a surprise morning tweet, President Trump called U.S. defense spending, which topped out at a record $716 billion this … Continue reading “Go With Your Gut, Mr. President: You Called US Defense Spending “Crazy,” and You Were Dead On”

Tragic Dawn of Overseas Imperialism

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. Empire. It is a word that most Americans loathe. After all, the United States was born through its rebellion against the great (British) empire of the day. American politicians, policymakers and the public alike have long preferred to imagine the U.S. as, rather, a beacon of freedom in the … Continue reading “Tragic Dawn of Overseas Imperialism”

What Is Left for the US To Do in Afghanistan? The Answer: Lose.

I’ll admit it. I’m sick of writing about America’s longest war – the quagmire in Afghanistan. Still, in a time of near media blackout on this issue, someone has to keep banging the drum. Of late, it seems every single week that those of us who follow the war are inundated with more bad news. … Continue reading “What Is Left for the US To Do in Afghanistan? The Answer: Lose.”

A Savage ‘War To End All Wars,’ and a Failed Peace

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. “Over there, over there, / Send the word, send the word over there. / That the Yanks are coming, / the Yanks are coming … / We’ll be over, we’re coming over, / And we won’t come back till it’s over, over there.” ~ An excerpt from George M. … Continue reading “A Savage ‘War To End All Wars,’ and a Failed Peace”

Three Thanksgivings – Snapshots From a Career of Failure

Millions of American troops have spent countless holidays away from home, in Iraq, Afghanistan and various smaller wars across the region – it’s worth asking what it’s all for. The memories can be fond, some of them anyway. Patrolling in the morning with a platoon full of mates – brothers, really – and then returning … Continue reading “Three Thanksgivings – Snapshots From a Career of Failure”

Global War to Infinity and Beyond

Originally posted at TomDispatch.I remember Chalmers Johnson once describing to me his surprise on discovering that, after the Cold War ended and the Soviet Union imploded, the whole global military structure that Washington had set up – which he later came to call “America’s empire of bases” or our “globe-girdling Baseworld” – chugged right on. … Continue reading “Global War to Infinity and Beyond”

Nexus of Evil: The Cynical Saudi-Israeli Alliance and the Reshaping of the Middle East

The Saudis did 9/11. Okay, probably not their government or their intelligence services directly – though there is some controversial, if circumstantial evidence that raises serious questions – but rather their citizens (15 out of 19 hijackers) and their ideology. The Saudi Wahhabi brand of fundamentalist Islam differs only ever so slightly from the faith … Continue reading “Nexus of Evil: The Cynical Saudi-Israeli Alliance and the Reshaping of the Middle East”

The Reclamation of George W. Bush Is an American Tragedy

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. The whole charade plays best as farce. Absurdity incarnate. The sight of former President George W. Bush receiving a medal from Democrat Joe Biden – once an ardent opponent of Bush’s war policy – in Philadelphia for “his work with veterans,” on Veterans Day no less, induced nothing short … Continue reading “The Reclamation of George W. Bush Is an American Tragedy”