Syria’s Sunken Cost Fallacy: Not a Reason To Stay

I’m just old enough to remember a time – before 9/11 – when the death of a US soldier in combat was an exceptionally rare thing. Indeed, its hard not to look back fondly on those days of relative peace. Since then, nearly 7000 Americans – and perhaps half a million local civilians – have … Continue reading “Syria’s Sunken Cost Fallacy: Not a Reason To Stay”

Korean Summit: It’s Not About Us

Originally published April 23, 2018: Justin is recuperating from his recent radiation treatment and has suggested running this still-relevant, and, sadly, still timely column about the state of US politics and North Korea. Written nearly a year ago, every word rings true. Especially gut-wrenching is his comment about US Establishment resistance to peace in the … Continue reading “Korean Summit: It’s Not About Us”

Silence of the Lambs: The Case of Marzieh Hashemi

In the wake of the outcry after the abduction and murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi – in a foreign country and under the directive of a rogue Crown Prince – one would think the threshold to condemn the detention of an American journalist in the United States without charge or trial would be quite … Continue reading “Silence of the Lambs: The Case of Marzieh Hashemi”

Syria: In the History of Bad Excuses, This One’s Top-Tier

US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) thinks – I’m using the term “thinks” very loosely here – that Americans dying in Syria is a compelling reason to continue exposing Americans to the danger of dying in Syria. So do Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), James Inhofe (R-OK), and Jack Reed (D-RI). Ever since US president Donald Trump … Continue reading “Syria: In the History of Bad Excuses, This One’s Top-Tier”

America’s War Culture

For most of the opinion-making class in America today, war is the default position. Representatives of establishment newspapers and TV news operations are not likely to grill someone who favors U.S. military intervention somewhere – anywhere. He or she will have no burden of proof to sustain. But those who oppose a new war or … Continue reading “America’s War Culture”

Living the Nuclear Past – and Future

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Let me tell you a little story about Hiroshima and me: As a young man, I was anything but atypical in having the Bomb (we capitalized it then) on my brain, and not just while I was ducking under my school desk as sirens howled their nuclear attack warnings outside. Like … Continue reading “Living the Nuclear Past – and Future”

Where Is the North Korean Road Map?

There is a possibility of complete denuclearization of North Korea in the years to come. But Washington needs to handle diplomacy in a manner similar to steps taken toward normalization of relations with Vietnam. Those steps involved a Road Map involving graduated unilateral confidence building measures on both sides. When Step 1 was completed, the … Continue reading “Where Is the North Korean Road Map?”