War Making in the Age of the Imperial Presidency

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Seventeen days after the Twin Towers fell in an apocalyptic mushroom cloud of smoke and ash, Congress passed with a single dissenting vote an "Authorization for Use of Military Force," or AUMF, stating: "That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons … Continue reading “War Making in the Age of the Imperial Presidency”

A Red Scare in the Gray Zone

Memo to Senator John McCain: Senator, the other day I noticed that, as chairman of the Armed Services Committee, you threatened to subpoena the Trump administration for information about the recent attack in Niger that killed four American soldiers. “There’s a mindset over there that they’re a unicameral government,” you said. “It was easier under … Continue reading “A Red Scare in the Gray Zone”

Take Your (Tiny) Fingers Off the Button

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Trump’s Nuclear Dreams – Nightmares Past and Present Preventing a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea may be the most pressing challenge facing the world right now. Our childish, ignorant, and incompetent president is shoving all of us – especially the people of Asia – ever nearer to … Continue reading “Take Your (Tiny) Fingers Off the Button”

Teaching Revisionist History 101 at West Point

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, a former businessman who had helped run companies into the ground, he was widely considered ill-prepared for the presidency, out of his depth, a lightweight in a heavyweight world. Still, having won the Republican nomination and then a uniquely contested election, once … Continue reading “Teaching Revisionist History 101 at West Point”

Gitmo’s Living Legacy in the Trump Era

Originally posted at TomDispatch Karen Greenberg first arrived at TomDispatch in January 2005 in tandem with defense attorney Joshua Dratel. Their book The Torture Papers was just being published and they were asking questions. Thirty-seven of them, to be exact, all pointed, all uncomfortable, all directed at then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, all focused on … Continue reading “Gitmo’s Living Legacy in the Trump Era”

How the Military-Industrial Complex Preys on the Troops

Originally posted at TomDispatch. I’m sure you’ve heard about the $65 million. Or was it $86 million? Or was it even more? You know, the funds the Pentagon sunk into that hotshot plane it was preparing for its Afghan drug interdiction program. You haven’t? Well, as Megan Rose reported at ProPublica, with its “electro-optical infra-red … Continue reading “How the Military-Industrial Complex Preys on the Troops”

Autopilot Wars: Sixteen Years, But Who’s Counting?

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Even though the article was buried at the bottom of page eight of the September 28th New York Times, it caught my attention. Its headline: "Russia Destroys Chemical Weapons and Faults U.S. for Not Doing So." In a televised ceremony, wrote reporter Andrew Higgins, Russian President Vladimir Putin "presided over the … Continue reading “Autopilot Wars: Sixteen Years, But Who’s Counting?”