The Armistice We Need: Time for Vets To Reclaim Veterans’ Day

It wasn’t supposed to be this way; wasn’t meant to be celebrated as such – as Veterans’ Day, that is. When the guns fell silent after more than four years of slaughter in the Great War – which consumed at least 9 million soldiers’ lives – in a widely celebrated, long-awaited armistice, veterans, and even … Continue reading “The Armistice We Need: Time for Vets To Reclaim Veterans’ Day”

Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire

Originally posted at TomDispatch. What a strange world we’re in! Imagine that only recently Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the remaining 1,000 U.S. military personnel from Syria (launching a bloodbath in Kurdish-controlled areas on its northern border in the process). He was, if you remember, bringing them all “home.” Almost immediately, however, Secretary of … Continue reading “Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire”

The Switch: ‘Liberal’ Thought Police and Endless War

"People can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders…All you have to do is tell them they’re being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." ~Hermann Goering, Nazi Field Marshal and Hitler henchman Somehow I’m always a … Continue reading “The Switch: ‘Liberal’ Thought Police and Endless War”

Send the FBI a Message: Support Antiwar.com, Support Free Speech

When the feds are out to get you, you just might be doing something right. And Antiwar.com has been doing what’s right for decades. Long before the 9/11 attacks and the resulting American wars of revenge and hegemony, Eric Garris, Justin Raimondo, and the site’s columnists had already diagnosed and set out to expose the … Continue reading “Send the FBI a Message: Support Antiwar.com, Support Free Speech”

Trump’s Antiwar Speech Deserved a Better Reception

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. That’s right, sandwiched between Trump’s standard braggadocio about how he single-handedly secured “a better future for Syria and for the Middle East,” and his cynical pivot to decry his opponents’ supposed desire to accept “unlimited migration from war-torn regions” across the U.S. border, was one of the strongest blasts … Continue reading “Trump’s Antiwar Speech Deserved a Better Reception”

Saudi Bases and the Bin Ladens: A Love Story

What is Trump really up to? It’s almost unknowable. At the same time that the president was pulling (some) troops out of Northeast Syria, giving an antiwar speech, and then sending other troops back into Syria to "secure the oil," he also quietly sent another 1800 service members into Saudi Arabia. What little Trump did … Continue reading “Saudi Bases and the Bin Ladens: A Love Story”

Now the Generals Speak Up?

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. Now they’ve decided to speak out! For years, I’ve published searing critiques of America’s senior generals and admirals for their failure to speak out publicly against U.S. foreign policy and warmongering. Specifically, I’ve argued that it’s their duty to loudly dissent, and if necessary resign, in opposition to the … Continue reading “Now the Generals Speak Up?”

Crackpot Congress: The Hyper-Hypocrisy of the Syria Vote

We are through the looking glass, Alice. For years now I’ve lambasted the U.S. Congress for shirking it’s constitutionally mandated duty to actually declare and oversee America’s wars. Now, in a cruel joke of sorts, it has finally decided to do so, symbolically voting to condemn the president for pulling troops out of a Syrian … Continue reading “Crackpot Congress: The Hyper-Hypocrisy of the Syria Vote”

Trump’s Ending of Wars Could Derail the Democrats

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. I hate to say I told you so, but well … as predicted, in the wake of Trump’s commanded military withdrawal from northeast Syria, the once U.S.-backed Kurds cut a deal with the Assad regime. (And Vice President Mike Pence has now brokered a five-day cease-fire.) Admittedly, Trump the … Continue reading “Trump’s Ending of Wars Could Derail the Democrats”

Endless Afghanistan: War Without Justification

"Farm boys with guns." That’s how then Captain Sjursen described average Taliban fighters while serving in Kandahar province. I was speaking to a Reuters reporter that shadowed me for a few days – since I was a New Yorker – to mark the then 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks way back in 2011. Much … Continue reading “Endless Afghanistan: War Without Justification”