FARA: Freedom of the Press, But On the Government’s Terms

A bipartisan group of lawmakers called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate if Al Jazeera, the news outlet connected to the Qatari government, should register with the Justice Department as an agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA.) This has broad implications for our First Amendment, our access to dissenting opinions, and in … Continue reading “FARA: Freedom of the Press, But On the Government’s Terms”

Why Leave Well Enough Alone in Jerusalem?

“Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” President Donald Trump said. “This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality.” Trump’s formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital, reversing some seven decades of American policy, is arguably the most unnecessary decision of his time in office, and the clearest … Continue reading “Why Leave Well Enough Alone in Jerusalem?”

The Next Middle East War, Post-ISIS

Islamic State is in fatal decline. The Middle East will soon enter a new era, post-Islamic State, dominated by the Saudi-Iranian power struggle. The struggle will, as it has as it ran alongside the fight against Islamic State, involve shifting Sunni and Shiite allegiances. But the fight is not about religion. Religion this time has … Continue reading “The Next Middle East War, Post-ISIS”

How To Sustain Perpetual War (It’s Easy, Hide the Bodies)

Sustaining America’s state of post-9/11 perpetual war requires skillful manipulation of the public at home. The key tool used for this purpose is the bloodless narrative, a combination of policy, falsehoods and media manipulation that creates the impression that America’s wars have few consequences, at least for Americans. How can the American government sustain its … Continue reading “How To Sustain Perpetual War (It’s Easy, Hide the Bodies)”

Does It Matter Who Pulls the Trigger in the Drone Wars?

We’re allowing a mindset of “anything Trump does is wrong” coupled with lightening-speed historical revisionism for the Obama era to sustain the same mistakes in the war on terror that have fueled Islamic terrorism for the past 15 years. However, there may be a window of opportunity to turn the anti-Trump rhetoric into a review … Continue reading “Does It Matter Who Pulls the Trigger in the Drone Wars?”

Department of Homeless Security

Busy weekend for terrorism. Nine people stabbed in a shopping mall in Minnesota (meh), and the big one in New Jersey/New York. It was there Afghan American Ahmad Rahami made up a bunch of pipe bombs and pressure cooker IEDs, distributed them in four separate locations, and set off two explosions. The one detonation in … Continue reading “Department of Homeless Security”

Obama and the Myth of Hiroshima

On May 27, Barack Obama became the first sitting American president to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, the site of the world’s first atomic bombing. Though highly photogenic, the visit was otherwise one that avoided acknowledging the true history of the place. Like his official predecessors (Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Peace Memorial … Continue reading “Obama and the Myth of Hiroshima”

My Dreams Seek Revenge: Hiroshima

Unlike President Obama, who today is the first sitting president to ever visit the site of the first atomic bombing, I’ve visited Hiroshima many times while living in Japan. The thing that always struck me about Hiroshima was simply being there. The train pulled into the station under an announcement that you had arrived in … Continue reading “My Dreams Seek Revenge: Hiroshima”

The New State Department Report on Hillary’s Email, and Why it Matters

The State Department Inspector General’s (IG) investigation report leaked out a day early on May 25 makes a number of significant points. These matter, and need to be considered by anyone voting in November.What’s in the IG Report Neither Clinton nor any of her senior staff would participate in the IG’s investigation. Clinton never sought … Continue reading “The New State Department Report on Hillary’s Email, and Why it Matters”