The Donald’s Latest Iranian Caper – Sh*t-Faced Stupidity

This is just wanton shit-faced stupidity. We are referring to the Trump Administration’s escalation of sanctions on Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei and its foreign minister, and then the Donald’s tweet-storm of bluster, threats and implicit redlines when they didn’t take too kindly to this latest act of aggression by Washington. That last point can’t be emphasized … Continue reading “The Donald’s Latest Iranian Caper – Sh*t-Faced Stupidity”

Korean War at 69: Truman, Treaties, and the Bricker Amendment

Originally published Apr 19, 2003 Historical Revision Outflanked One of the noteworthy features of the very late 20th and very early 21st centuries is the way in which everything that was once an historical accusation has become a defense. Thus, if on the evidence, FDR had a really good idea where the Japanese fleet was … Continue reading “Korean War at 69: Truman, Treaties, and the Bricker Amendment”

One Cheer for Trump on Iran

On June 21, President Donald Trump informed the world (via tweet) that after getting US forces “cocked and loaded” to carry out strikes on Iranian targets the night before, he had canceled those strikes at the last minute rather than prospectively kill 150 people. “Not proportionate,” he wrote, “to [Iranian forces] shooting down an unmanned … Continue reading “One Cheer for Trump on Iran”

No War With Iran, for Now – but Mike Pompeo and John Bolton Still Really, Really Want One

After a week of high drama in which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated the Trump administration was preparing for war with Iran, President Trump sought to end the war crisis, at least for now, by declining to retaliate against Iran over what he called “very minor” attacks. Trump canceled a retaliatory strike on Iran … Continue reading “No War With Iran, for Now – but Mike Pompeo and John Bolton Still Really, Really Want One”

Trump: War President or Anti-Interventionist?

Visualizing 150 Iranian dead from a missile strike that he had ordered, President Donald Trump recoiled and canceled the strike, a brave decision and defining moment for his presidency. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence had signed off on the strike on Iran as the right response to Tehran’s … Continue reading “Trump: War President or Anti-Interventionist?”

Boxed In by Neocons and the Media, Will Trump Launch Iran War?

President Trump did the smart thing last week by calling off a US airstrike on Iran over the downing of an American spy drone near or within Iranian territorial waters. According to press reports, the president overruled virtually all his top advisors – Bolton, Pompeo, and Haspel – who all wanted another undeclared and unauthorized … Continue reading “Boxed In by Neocons and the Media, Will Trump Launch Iran War?”