The Impact of the US War on Afghanistan

The best way to continue a war that’s not supported by the public is to announce the deployment of additional troops in an incremental way, quietly and ambiguously, camouflaging it as a necessary and patriotic mission of "advising an assisting," a sort of cover as a heroic diplomat, masking the truth of war and the … Continue reading “The Impact of the US War on Afghanistan”

Trump Is Signaling an Unprecedented Right Turn on Foreign Policy

Every few years – sometimes four, sometimes eight – America’s political mood swings from one pole to another. It’s a not-uncommon disorder for democracies. Voters get disgusted with one flavor of politics and opt for another. For better or worse, the United States doesn’t have a Baskin-Robbins democracy. So, the vacillations in Americans’ political taste … Continue reading “Trump Is Signaling an Unprecedented Right Turn on Foreign Policy”

The Deep State’s Bogus ‘Iranian Threat’

Thursday we identified a permanent fiscal crisis as one of the quadruple witching forces arising in October 2017 which will shatter the global financial bubble. Today the Donald is on the cusp of making the crisis dramatically worse by decertifying the Iranian nuke deal, thereby reinforcing another false narrative that enables the $1 trillion Warfare … Continue reading “The Deep State’s Bogus ‘Iranian Threat’”

Why North Korea Wants Nuke Deterrence

The Western media has been awash in speculation as to why, about a year ago, North Korea’s “crazy” leadership suddenly launched a crash program to vastly improve its ballistic missile capabilities. That question has now been answered. In September 2016, North Korean cyber-defense forces hacked into South Korean military computers and downloaded 235 gigabytes of … Continue reading “Why North Korea Wants Nuke Deterrence”

What Is Behind the Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation?

Egypt’s enthusiasm to arbitrate between feuding Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, is not the outcome of a sudden awakening of conscience. Cairo has, in fact, played a destructive role in manipulating Palestinian division to its favor, while keeping the Rafah border crossing under lock and key. However, the Egyptian leadership is clearly operating in coordination … Continue reading “What Is Behind the Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation?”

Embracing Our Inner Empire

Originally posted at TomDispatch. “Bring the war home”: once, a long, lost time ago – in October 1969, to be exact – that slogan represented a promise made by the most radical wing of the vast movement against the war in Vietnam. Wearing football helmets and wielding lead pipes, that tiny crew of extreme leftists … Continue reading “Embracing Our Inner Empire”

The Atrocious Nature of the Vietnam War

“It’s their [South Vietnam’s] war to win. We can help them … but in the final analysis, it’s their people and their government who have to win or lose this struggle.” ~ President Kennedy in September 1963 “We are not about to send American boys nine or ten thousand miles from home [to fight in Vietnam] to do what Asian … Continue reading “The Atrocious Nature of the Vietnam War”

Trump Looks Set To Start Blowing Up the Iran Deal

President Donald Trump is expected to “de-certify” the Iran nuclear deal, claiming it is not in the national interest of the United States. Decertification would begin a 60-day congressional review period during which the administration may propose legislation to “strengthen” the agreement and Congress may decide to re-impose sanctions, according to The Washington Post. If … Continue reading “Trump Looks Set To Start Blowing Up the Iran Deal”