Regarding Seth Rogen: Some Feelings Ought To Be Hurt

When actor Seth Rogen, an atheist of Jewish heritage, announced that he no longer supports Israel – “I was fed a huge amount of lies about Israel my entire life” – he was criticized for his apostasy. (Being an atheist does not constitute Jewish heresy, but breaking with Israel does.) Then, during a call with … Continue reading “Regarding Seth Rogen: Some Feelings Ought To Be Hurt”

America’s 30-Year War Against Iraq: Bring the Troops Home

Three decades ago Iraq’s Saddam Hussein invaded neighboring Kuwait. It was no contest. Hussein was vastly more ruthless than Kuwait’s emir. Iraq’s military was significantly larger than Kuwait’s armed forces. Hussein declared his conquest to be Iraq’s 19th province. However, President George H.W. Bush decided that Iraq’s aggression would not stand. The following February the … Continue reading “America’s 30-Year War Against Iraq: Bring the Troops Home”

Intel Vets: To Nancy Pelosi – Did Russia Hack the DNC Emails?

MEMORANDUM FOR: Speaker Nancy Pelosi FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: Did Russia Hack the DNC Emails? Dear Madam Speaker: After your intelligence briefing Friday, Politico reported that you were sharply frustrated by the lack of detail presented on “Russia’s continued interference in the 2020 election campaign.” You were quoted as saying you thought … Continue reading “Intel Vets: To Nancy Pelosi – Did Russia Hack the DNC Emails?”

US Cold War China Policy Will Isolate the US, Not China

Tensions between the United States and China are rising as the U.S. election nears, with tit-for-tat consulate closures, new US sanctions and no less than three US aircraft carrier strike groups prowling the seas around China. But it is the United States that has initiated each new escalation in U.S.-China relations. China’s responses have been … Continue reading “US Cold War China Policy Will Isolate the US, Not China”

AFRICOM Denies Reports of 3 Somali Children Killed in US Strike

The US military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) is denying local media reports that three children were killed in an air strike targeting al-Shabaab militants in southern Somalia last Wednesday. Local media and AFRICOM report that the US carried out an air strike near the town of Jilib in Middle Jubba province on July 29. According to … Continue reading “AFRICOM Denies Reports of 3 Somali Children Killed in US Strike”

I Was Wrong: Congress Isn’t Cowardly; It’s Evil!

Sometime during my "brief" spell as an imperial-accomplice, zombie-flicks became all the rage. So did tweeting and texting, by the way – which I learned the hard way when a phone bill ran to several hundred bucks after returning from my first failed war-surge. Turns out my data plan was almost as inadequate as the … Continue reading “I Was Wrong: Congress Isn’t Cowardly; It’s Evil!”

The Coronavirus May be Novel, But It’s the Same Old Foreign Policy

U.S. foreign policy suffers from such tunnel vision that it is unable to change course even with the appearance of something as colossal as the COVID-19 pandemic. The American foreign policy response to the pandemic has ranged from the negative end of the spectrum where the pandemic is ignored and no change is made to … Continue reading “The Coronavirus May be Novel, But It’s the Same Old Foreign Policy”

When Should the US Go to War?

The U.S. is the most militarized and warlike nation on earth. Most Americans don’t think of their nation that way. Indeed, stating this fact often generates anger and outrage. However, what other state has gone to war so often since the Cold War ended? Certainly not the countries most likely to be on the Right’s … Continue reading “When Should the US Go to War?”

Ten Years After Lieberman’s ‘Internet Kill Switch,’ the War on Freedom Rages On

In 2010, US Senators Joe Lieberman (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Thomas Carper (D-DE) introduced their Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act. Better known as the “Internet Kill Switch” proposal for the emergency powers it would have conferred on the president, the bill died without receiving a vote in either house of Congress. A … Continue reading “Ten Years After Lieberman’s ‘Internet Kill Switch,’ the War on Freedom Rages On”