Originally posted at TomDispatch. I’ve long been struck by one strange aspect of the most recent part of the American Century: just how demobilized this country has been in the midst of distant wars that have morphed and spread for almost 17 years. I was born in July 1944 into a fully mobilized country fighting … Continue reading “The Fog of War in America”
I rarely have the chance to watch TV, but I would be lying if I say I did not love political dramas. As a former student of Political Science, I see the way American politics is played out on television as a dramatized caricature of reality. My feelings are slowly changing with each passing day … Continue reading “The US Has Always Blurred the Lines Between Diplomacy and Espionage”
The latest example of alleged Russian perfidy – the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia – is yet another case of faith-based attribution. In accusing Russia of some heinous crime – in this instance, the murder of a former double agent working for MI6 – one needn’t present any real evidence: it’s only … Continue reading “Russian to Judgment: Who Poisoned Sergei Skripal?”
Let’s try to make this simple: The basic rationale behind charges that Russian President Vladimir Putin interfered in the 2016 U.S. election to help candidate Donald Trump rests, of course, on the assumption that Moscow preferred Trump to Hillary Clinton. But that is wrong to assume, says the House Intelligence Committee, which has announced that … Continue reading “Intel Committee Rejects Basic Underpinning of Russiagate”
Militiamen found a mass grave they attributed to the Islamic State militants.
P.M. Abadi’s security officer was shot dead by a Shi’ite militiaman at a checkpoint.
In a Wall Street Journal column called "The Clear and Present Danger of Trump," former Clinton adviser William Galston of the Brookings Institution recently proclaimed, "It is time for the secretary of defense, the secretary of state, and the national security adviser to confront Mr. Trump, collectively and directly, to inform him that unless he … Continue reading “Cold Warriors Becoming Overheated Over Trolls”
ISIS staged several attack in towns and villages near Kirkuk.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s team swept a doubleheader on March 1, with his mid-day speech claiming strategic parity with the U.S., and then the nightcap duel with NBC’s Megyn Kelly. Any lingering doubt that Putin is a shoo-in for another term as President is now dispelled. Putin might consider sending NBC a thank-you note. As … Continue reading “NBC’s Clueless Boost for Putin”
They say that even a blind squirrel occasionally finds an acorn, and by our lights the Donald just proved that in spades with his spur of the moment acceptance of Kim Jong Un’s proposal for a summit meeting. It is no exaggeration to say that the shock of it nearly sent Imperial Washington into cardiac … Continue reading “Trump’s Spur of the Moment ‘Yes’ Unmasked 68 Years of Washington Duplicity”