The Five Lamest Excuses for Hillary Clinton’s Vote to Invade Iraq

Former senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton is the only candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination who supported the invasion of Iraq. That war not only resulted in 4,500 American soldiers being killed and thousands more permanently disabled, but also hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths, the destabilization of the region with the … Continue reading “The Five Lamest Excuses for Hillary Clinton’s Vote to Invade Iraq”

Republican Candidates Defend Killing Civilians To Fight Terrorism – and So Do Democrats

There has been a lot of consternation expressed in the media at a series of statements by Republican presidential candidates during their most recent debate and elsewhere in which a number of them appeared to be advocating the large-scale killing of civilians through aerial bombardment as a legitimate means of defeating the so-called “Islamic State.” … Continue reading “Republican Candidates Defend Killing Civilians To Fight Terrorism – and So Do Democrats”

The Troubling Implications of Hillary’s Anti-BDS Letter

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s position on the Israeli occupation of the West Bank does not bode well for her future foreign policy By Stephen Zunes On July 2, former secretary of state and frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban, a strong supporter of the right-wing … Continue reading “The Troubling Implications of Hillary’s Anti-BDS Letter”

How the US Contributed to Yemen’s Crisis

Washington’s support for Yemen’s former dictatorship – and of Saudi efforts to sideline the country’s nonviolent pro-democracy movement – helped create the current crisis By Stephen Zunes As a Saudi-led military coalition continues to pound rebel targets in Yemen, the country is plunging into a humanitarian crisis. Civilian casualties are mounting. With U.S. logistical support, … Continue reading “How the US Contributed to Yemen’s Crisis”

The Latest Blow to Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Though not technically using its veto power, the Obama administration is responsible for the defeat of a draft UN Security Council resolution passed at the end of last month calling for a “just, lasting and comprehensive peaceful solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Reiterating a series of UN Security Council resolutions supported by previous administrations, the … Continue reading “The Latest Blow to Israeli-Palestinian Peace”

Gaza and the Bipartisan War on Human Rights

Israel’s seven weeks of attacks this summer on heavily populated civilian neighborhoods in Gaza has led to unprecedented concern among Americans who, while still broadly supportive of Israel, found the attacks to be disproportionate and unnecessary. Close to 1,500 Palestinian civilians in Gaza were killed in the Israeli attacks – more of 500 of whom … Continue reading “Gaza and the Bipartisan War on Human Rights”

US Culpability in the Failure of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

The murder of three Israeli youth by unknown Palestinians and the less-publicized but equally tragic murder of three Palestinian youth by Israelis, along with Israeli bombing of urban areas in Gaza and the arrest and detention of hundreds of Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces, serves as a reminder that Israeli-Palestinian peace is still a long … Continue reading “US Culpability in the Failure of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks”

Washington and the Egyptian Tragedy

As in El Salvador, Nicaragua, East Timor, Angola, Lebanon, and Gaza in previous years, the massive killing of civilians in Egypt is being done with U.S.-provided weapons by a U.S.-backed government. As a result, the Obama administration and Congress are morally culpable for the unfolding tragedy. While the apparent decision to suspend some military aid … Continue reading “Washington and the Egyptian Tragedy”

Despite Horrific Violence, the US Should Stay Out of Syria

The worsening violence and repression in Syria has left policymakers scrambling to think of ways the United States could help end the bloodshed and support those seeking to dislodge the Assad regime. The desperate desire to “do something” has led to increasing calls for the United States to provide military aid to armed insurgents or … Continue reading “Despite Horrific Violence, the US Should Stay Out of Syria”

The Case Against Kerry

President Obama’s selection of John Kerry as the next secretary of state sends the wrong signal to America’s allies and adversaries alike. Kerry’s record in the United States Senate, where he currently chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, has included spurious attacks on the International Court of Justice, unqualified defense of Israeli occupation policies and human … Continue reading “The Case Against Kerry”