The Folly of Empire and the Albatross of Debt

Like the case of Rome before it, Empire is bankrupting America. The true fiscal cost of the national security budget is now upwards of $1.3 trillion per year (counting veterans expense and international operations and aid), but there is no way to pay for it. That’s because the 78-million strong Baby Boomers are in the … Continue reading “The Folly of Empire and the Albatross of Debt”

NATO’s Endgame Appears to Be Nuclear War

Reprinted from Common Dreams. The world is at its most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Back then, however, the fear of total destruction consumed the public; today, few people seem even to be aware of this possibility. It is easily imaginable that nuclear war could break out between Russia (and perhaps … Continue reading “NATO’s Endgame Appears to Be Nuclear War”

NATO’s 75th Anniversary: The Broken Promises That Led to War

Reprinted from The Nation with permission. If diplomacy can pave the path to peace, then broken diplomatic promises can lead to war. Since the hopeful end of the Cold War, four key promises were made by the West. Each of them was intended to pave the path to the new and stable era of peace, … Continue reading “NATO’s 75th Anniversary: The Broken Promises That Led to War”

Inside China-Focused Congressional Hearings, Panic, Paranoia, and Hypocrisy Reign

On June 26th, the Committee on Oversight and Accountability sat down for a Congressional Hearing titled, “Defending America from the Chinese Communist Party’s Political Warfare.” This was one of many Congressional hearings aimed at tackling the “China threat.” As a general premise, I didn’t have a lot of hope for the hearing. Language is crucial, … Continue reading “Inside China-Focused Congressional Hearings, Panic, Paranoia, and Hypocrisy Reign”

Sharon Revisited: Netanyahu’s Ultimate Aim in Gaza and Why It Will Fail

Israel never learns from its mistakes. What Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to implement in Gaza is but a poor copy of previous strategies that were used in the past by other Israeli leaders. If these strategies had succeeded, Israel would not be in this position in the first place. The main reason … Continue reading “Sharon Revisited: Netanyahu’s Ultimate Aim in Gaza and Why It Will Fail”

Is Putin Prepared To Compromise?

The West has repeatedly dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offers to negotiate without even exploring them. They have repeated the claim that Putin is not serious about negotiating and that he offers only ultimatums without being willing to compromise. But former Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Oleksandr Chalyi, a former member of Ukraine’s negotiating … Continue reading “Is Putin Prepared To Compromise?”

Playbook for a Military Draft

A new report released 18 June 2024 by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) provides a remarkably candid window into the flawed and dangerous thinking of military strategists who support continual “readiness” for an on-demand military draft, even while they claim — perhaps truthfully — not to prefer a draft, even as Plan … Continue reading “Playbook for a Military Draft”

Lessons From the Cold War: Now Is the Time for De-Escalation

Most Americans think of the Cuban Missile Crisis as a time where we came uncomfortably close to nuclear exchanges with the Soviet Union. The truth is, though, things came much closer than they realize. Nuclear missiles staged in Cuba should be considered tame compared to what happened under the waves of the Atlantic off the … Continue reading “Lessons From the Cold War: Now Is the Time for De-Escalation”

Early Signs of the Failure of American Global Power

Originally appeared at TomDispatch. In his years in power, Joe Biden and his top foreign policy officials have come up with a distinctly more aggressive and militarized approach to a rising China and, in particular, its claims to areas of the South China Sea or the island of Taiwan. As an old Cold Warrior who … Continue reading “Early Signs of the Failure of American Global Power”