Nuclear Standoff: Human Conscience Dismissed on a Technicality

Values the size of Planet Earth are at stake, as the American presidential election grows ever smaller, ever pettier, ever more certain that rancor triumphs over relevance. Can you imagine, let us say, an issue the size of global nuclear disarmament emerging in this race, somewhere between the groper tapes and the hacked DNC emails? … Continue reading “Nuclear Standoff: Human Conscience Dismissed on a Technicality”

What To Do in Syria: Stop the Killing

Maybe half a million dead, half a country – 10 million people – displaced from their homes, jettisoned onto the mercy of the world. Welcome to war. Welcome to Syria. This is a conflict apparently too complex to understand. The U.S. brokered a ceasefire with Russia, then proceeded to lead a bombing strike that killed … Continue reading “What To Do in Syria: Stop the Killing”

The Nuclear Breakfast Menu

Donald Trump is a reckless fool. But the U.S. defense establishment is M.A.D. And herein lies one of the darker problems with the Trump candidacy, and the reason why so many establishment conservatives are awkwardly distancing themselves from America’s leading narcissist – if not running screaming into the night in fear for their lives (and … Continue reading “The Nuclear Breakfast Menu”

Cowardice and Exoneration in Kunduz

“The people are being reduced to blood and dust. They are in pieces.” The doctor who uttered these words still thought the hospital itself was a safe zone. He was with Doctors Without Borders, working in Kunduz, Afghanistan, where the Taliban and government forces were engaged in hellish fighting and civilians, as always, were caught … Continue reading “Cowardice and Exoneration in Kunduz”

Hey, Bernie Sanders, Attack the Empire!

It’s a few days after the big vote and I’m doing my best to dig Tulsi Gabbard’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders out from beneath the pile of Super Tuesday numbers and media declarations of winners and losers. As a Boston Globe headline put it: “Clinton and Trump are now the presumptive nominees. Get used to … Continue reading “Hey, Bernie Sanders, Attack the Empire!”