Trump Turns Back the Clock With Cold War Cuba U-Turn

Nostalgia seems to be very popular in Washington. While the neocons and Democratic Party hard-liners have succeeded in bringing back the Cold War with Russia, it looks like President Trump is determined to take us back to a replay of the Bay of Pigs! In Miami on Friday, the president announced that he was slamming … Continue reading “Trump Turns Back the Clock With Cold War Cuba U-Turn”

Why Are We Attacking the Syrians Who Are Fighting ISIS?

Just when you thought our Syria policy could not get any worse, last week it did. The US military twice attacked Syrian government forces from a military base it illegally occupies inside Syria. According to the Pentagon, the attacks on Syrian government-backed forces were “defensive” because the Syrian fighters were approaching a US self-declared “de-confliction” … Continue reading “Why Are We Attacking the Syrians Who Are Fighting ISIS?”

Are We Fighting Terrorism, Or Creating More Terrorism?

When we think about terrorism we most often think about the horrors of a Manchester-like attack, where a radicalized suicide bomber went into a concert hall and killed dozens of innocent civilians. It was an inexcusable act of savagery and it certainly did terrorize the population. What is less considered are attacks that leave far … Continue reading “Are We Fighting Terrorism, Or Creating More Terrorism?”

President Trump: Toss Your Generals’ War Escalation Plans in the Trash

By the end of this month, Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Advisor HR McMaster will deliver to President Trump their plans for military escalations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. President Trump would be wise to rip the plans up and send his national security team back to the drawing board – or replace … Continue reading “President Trump: Toss Your Generals’ War Escalation Plans in the Trash”

President Trump: Cancel Your Saudi Trip, Play More Golf

President Trump is about to embark on his first foreign trip, where he will stop in Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican, before attending a NATO meeting in Brussels and the G-7 summit in Sicily. The media and pundits have loudly wondered why hasn’t he gone on a foreign trip sooner. I wonder why go … Continue reading “President Trump: Cancel Your Saudi Trip, Play More Golf”

Candidate Trump: ‘I Love WikiLeaks.’ President Trump: ‘Arrest Assange!’

“I love WikiLeaks,” candidate Donald Trump said on October 10th on the campaign trail. He praised the organization for reporting on the darker side of the Hillary Clinton campaign. It was information likely leaked by a whistleblower from within the Clinton campaign to WikiLeaks. Back then he praised WikiLeaks for promoting transparency, but candidate Trump … Continue reading “Candidate Trump: ‘I Love WikiLeaks.’ President Trump: ‘Arrest Assange!’”

After Trump’s Syria Attack, What Comes Next?

Thursday’s US missile attack on Syria must represent the quickest foreign policy U-turn in history. Less than a week after the White House gave Assad permission to stay on as president of his own country, President Trump decided that the US had to attack Syria and demand Assad’s ouster after a chemical attack earlier in … Continue reading “After Trump’s Syria Attack, What Comes Next?”

Yes, Let’s Allow the Syrian People To Decide for Themselves

Is common sense beginning to creep into US policy in the Middle East? Last week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the longer-term status of Syrian President Assad would be “decided by the Syrian people.” The media reported this as a radical shift in US foreign policy, but isn’t this just stating what should … Continue reading “Yes, Let’s Allow the Syrian People To Decide for Themselves”

Did the Government Spy on Trump? Of Course. It Spies on All of Us!

There was high drama last week when Rep. Devin Nunes announced at the White House that he had seen evidence that the communications of the Donald Trump campaign people, and perhaps even Trump himself, had been “incidentally collected” by the US government. If true, this means that someone authorized the monitoring of Trump campaign communications … Continue reading “Did the Government Spy on Trump? Of Course. It Spies on All of Us!”

Why Trump’s Syria ‘Surge’ Will Fail

Last week President Trump significantly escalated the US military presence in Syria, sending some 400 Marines to the ISIS-controlled Raqqa, and several dozen Army Rangers to the contested area around Manbij. According to press reports he will also station some 2,500 more US troops in Kuwait to be used as he wishes in Iraq and … Continue reading “Why Trump’s Syria ‘Surge’ Will Fail”