What Was It All for For: Vets Have Finally Turned on America’s Endless Wars

It is undoubtedly my favorite part of every wedding. That awkward, but strangely forthright moment when the preacher asks the crowd for any objections to the couple’s marriage. No one ever objects, of course, but it’s still a raw, if tense, moment. I just love it. I suppose we had that ubiquitous ritual in mind … Continue reading “What Was It All for For: Vets Have Finally Turned on America’s Endless Wars”

The Real Biden Apology America Deserves: The Iraq War

Uncle Joe has never been much for apologies. Whether it was his backing of the ‘90s crime bill that helped fuel mass incarceration, or his mistreatment of Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas hearings, Biden has been loathe to admit wrong and make amends. Thus it was a bit of a surprise this weekend when … Continue reading “The Real Biden Apology America Deserves: The Iraq War”

Putting the Warriors on Terror on Trial

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. “It is natural for mankind to set a higher value on courage then timidity, on activity than prudence, on strength than counsel.” ~ Montesquieu, “The Spirit of the Laws” They are undoubtedly America’s favorite, most lauded shock troops. More, even, than the Marines or the Army’s Green Berets and Rangers, Navy SEALs have captured America’s … Continue reading “Putting the Warriors on Terror on Trial”

Backing the Bad Guys: America Is Helping To Sabotage the ‘New’ Arab Spring

Months back, when protests rocked Algeria and Sudan, toppling two autocratic strongmen, observers almost immediately dubbed it a “New Arab Spring.” This, of course, was a reference to the popular demonstrations that rocked the Arab World in 2011, ranging from Tunisia to Egypt, Libya and Syria, Bahrain to Yemen. The results of Spring 1.0 were … Continue reading “Backing the Bad Guys: America Is Helping To Sabotage the ‘New’ Arab Spring”

Giving Trump Credit (But Not Too Much) on Iran

The Donald made the right call. Now that’s a rare statement. Calling off – or at least delaying – a military strike on Iran was prudent. Nevertheless, there was something deeply unsettling about the whole thing. The system is broken, perhaps irreparably. The president never even considered seeking congressional approval before playing emperor and unleashing … Continue reading “Giving Trump Credit (But Not Too Much) on Iran”

Trump’s America and Egypt’s Dictatorship Deserve Each Other

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. He was the first duly elected president in the Arab world and the first in Egyptian history. Now Mohammed Morsi is dead, collapsing on June 17 in his glass cage during his show trial in Cairo—a victim, it seems, of criminal negligence during a brutal six-year stint in prison. … Continue reading “Trump’s America and Egypt’s Dictatorship Deserve Each Other”

Be Skeptical of Alleged Naval Provocations

Maybe they did; maybe they didn’t. That’s not the point. Even if Iran did attack a couple tankers in the Gulf of Oman – as the Trump team assures us it did – there’s no reason for a war. As I’ve written repeatedly, war with the Islamic Republic would be ill-advised, illegal, and immoral. It … Continue reading “Be Skeptical of Alleged Naval Provocations”

A Soldier’s Defense of Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange

It’s a matter of principles over personalities. Whether one loves or hates Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange is besides the point. The First Amendment freedom of the press is at stake now. In this case the government’s tool for oppression is the Espionage Act, an archaic relic from America’s repressive World War I-era legislation. Chelsea … Continue reading “A Soldier’s Defense of Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange”

Whitewashing War Crimes Has Become the American Way

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. Just after dawn on March 16, 1968, a company of U.S. Army infantrymen, led by Capt. Ernest Medina and spearheaded by Lt. William Calley, entered the small hamlet of My Lai in Quang Ngai province, South Vietnam. The villagers, mostly women and children, had no idea what was coming … Continue reading “Whitewashing War Crimes Has Become the American Way”

The View From Tehran: America’s Sordid History of Meddling in Iran

No war yet! That’s the good news…for now. A few weeks have passed since unhinged National Security Advisor John Bolton – who never saw a regime he didn’t want to change – reportedly ordered the Pentagon to update plans to send 120,000 additional troops into the Persian Gulf. All this preparation and the inherent threat … Continue reading “The View From Tehran: America’s Sordid History of Meddling in Iran”