Three Administrations, One Standard Playbook

Originally posted at TomDispatch. In a Washington politically riven in ways not seen since the pre-Civil War era, take hope. Despite everything you’ve read, bipartisanship is not dead. On one issue, congressional Democrats and Republicans, as well as Donald Trump, all speak with a single resounding voice, with, in fact, unmatched unanimity and fervor as … Continue reading “Three Administrations, One Standard Playbook”

Making Nuclear Weapons Usable Again

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Speaking of the situation on the Korean peninsula, he predicted that there would be "the greatest slaughter." He later requested 34 nuclear weapons for possible use in connection with the Korean situation. He would later claim that he had considered dropping "30 to 50 tactical atomic bombs" and had suggested laying … Continue reading “Making Nuclear Weapons Usable Again”

How To Wield Influence and Sell Weaponry in Washington

Originally posted at TomDispatch. When it comes to the art of the deal, at least where arms sales are concerned, American presidents, their administrations, and the Pentagon have long been Trumpian in nature. Their role has been to beat the drums (of war) for the major American weapons makers and it’s been a highly profitable … Continue reading “How To Wield Influence and Sell Weaponry in Washington”

Washington’s Drug of Choice in the War on Terror

Originally posted at TomDispatch. As you read today’s piece by historian and TomDispatch regular Alfred McCoy, author most recently of In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power, think of Afghanistan as the gateway drug for three Washington administrations. Within weeks of the 9/11 attacks, George W. Bush … Continue reading “Washington’s Drug of Choice in the War on Terror”

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”