Sanctions Bill: An Ode to Hypocrisy, Groupthink, Smugness, and Cronyism

The Republican-controlled Congress couldn’t get it together on healthcare, infrastructure, immigration, or much of anything else, but, hey, they got together with the Democrats on a Russia sanctions bill: the “Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act.” If you read the text, the proportion of moral preening, rheotorical rodomontade, and blustering bloviation is unusually high, … Continue reading “Sanctions Bill: An Ode to Hypocrisy, Groupthink, Smugness, and Cronyism”

Trump Ends Syrian Regime Change Campaign

The headline in the Washington Post said it all: “Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow.” The madness that has infected what passes for journalism today could not be more starkly dramatized: everything is seen through the distorting lens of Russophobia. It doesn’t matter that that … Continue reading “Trump Ends Syrian Regime Change Campaign”

The ‘Foreign Meddling’ Double-Standard

We’re all supposed to be outraged by alleged Russian “meddling” in the 2016 election, despite the fact that no actual evidence of such interference has been made public. First it was “17 intelligence agencies” supposedly confirmed that Moscow was behind the DNC/Podesta email releases, and then it was down to just three – with the … Continue reading “The ‘Foreign Meddling’ Double-Standard”

Space Cadets and Sex Changes: Our “Defense” Budget Is a Bad Joke

The United States spends more on the military than the top eight countries combined – but that’s still not enough for our military-industrial-congressional complex. They want yet more tax dollars shoveled into that bottomless maw, and it looks like they’re going to get it. The House of Representatives just passed the National Defense Authorization Act … Continue reading “Space Cadets and Sex Changes: Our “Defense” Budget Is a Bad Joke”

Tucker Carlson, Neocon Slayer

Oh, it was glorious fun, yielding the kind of satisfaction that us anti-interventionists rarely get to enjoy: not one but two prominent neoconservatives who have been wrong about everything for the past decade – yet never held accountable – getting taken down on national television. Tucker Carlson, whose show is a shining light of reason … Continue reading “Tucker Carlson, Neocon Slayer”

Russophobia Hits the Libertarian Movement

Fear and loathing of Russia is all the rage in Washington, D.C., as both liberal Democrats and neoconservative Republicans unite in a campaign to demonize the Kremlin as “the premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS," as Sen. John McCain recently put it. While Hillary Clinton and her dead-ender supporters conjure a Vast Russian … Continue reading “Russophobia Hits the Libertarian Movement”

Sikkim Stand-Off: China and India Collide in the Himalayas

India’s ultra-nationalist government under Prime Minister Nahendra Modi is engaged in an aggressive face-off with China that could end in a large-scale military conflict. Although the strip of land, called Donglang, that is at the center of the dispute has long been acknowledged as Chinese territory under an 1890 agreement between China and Great Britain, … Continue reading “Sikkim Stand-Off: China and India Collide in the Himalayas”

Anti-Interventionist Voters Elected Trump

How did Donald Trump defy all the pollsters, the pundits, and the Twitterverse “experts” and take the White House? According to the Democrats, it was all a Russian plot – Kremlin-directed Twitter “bots” spread “misinformation” and “fake news,” Russian hackers stole the DNC’s emails, and this deprived Hillary Clinton of her rightful place as President … Continue reading “Anti-Interventionist Voters Elected Trump”