Israel Screams for Ice Cream: The Minutiae and Madness of a Toxic Relationship

No matter how powerful or influential, a nation’s government is ultimately just a pack of people – a clique of flawed and fallible human beings. Now I don’t know about you, but in my own wee experience, when a person over-the-top-overreacts over some small matter – this tends to mask a massive insecurity, blind spot, … Continue reading “Israel Screams for Ice Cream: The Minutiae and Madness of a Toxic Relationship”

Spare Us an Afghan Threequel, Joe: Don’t Get Pulled Back In!

"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!" ~ Michael Corleone, The Godfather III (1990) Kandahar Airfield ("KAF") was as bizarre as it was dusty. You sort of tasted it before you smelled it – and smelled before you saw it. It’s been a full decade since I first did. When … Continue reading “Spare Us an Afghan Threequel, Joe: Don’t Get Pulled Back In!”

Manufactured Mission: The Iraq & Syria Forever War-Factories

It is by now a near cliché in defense-watcher circles to talk about the common peril of "mission creep” in military interventions. Naturally, that’s not translated to America avoiding this tendency – of gradually shifting objectives during the course military missions, until stuck in unplanned long-term quagmires – very much at all. Nevertheless, as if … Continue reading “Manufactured Mission: The Iraq & Syria Forever War-Factories”

Out of the Freezer for Good: The Seeds of the Next Nagorno-Karabakh War

This past September, Turkey and Israel encouraged Azerbaijan’s "mini-Stalin" of a strongman to forcefully seize the disputed mountainous patch of Armenian-inhabited Caucasus-earth known as Nagorno-Karabakh. These treaty or decisively de-facto allies, respectively, armed and backed Baku’s decision to take what’s been called a "frozen conflict" out of the freezer for good – thereby committing the … Continue reading “Out of the Freezer for Good: The Seeds of the Next Nagorno-Karabakh War”

How To Lose a Country in 10 Years: The Burkina Faso Formula

If the US Government was trying to destroy Burkina Faso, it could hardly have done it any better. But this already impoverished, landlocked West African country is simply symptomatic of Franco-America’s Sahel-wide exercise in absurdity. It goes like this: in the years following the 9/11 attacks there was no Islamist militant threat to speak of … Continue reading “How To Lose a Country in 10 Years: The Burkina Faso Formula”

Where Have You Gone Daniel Ellsberg? Nowhere. – 50 Years of Courage in an Era of Apathy

He hasn’t gone anywhere, actually. He’s been here all along – poking small holes of decency in sick system, for five-plus decades. At 90, Dan Ellsberg is with us still, and still calling bullshit on a government that couldn’t act right if it tried, to a citizenry that couldn’t care less. Most of it, anyway; … Continue reading “Where Have You Gone Daniel Ellsberg? Nowhere. – 50 Years of Courage in an Era of Apathy”

The Frankenstein Monster of the West: The IDF and Israeli Militarism Run Amok

The latest Israeli bombardment of its internally – and seemingly eternally – occupied open air prison of Gaza followed a familiar pattern. First, there was the disturbingly drastic casualty disparity: a 21-to-one overall, and 33-to-one for children, Palestinian-to-Israeli death ratio (in the three previous Gaza bombings since 2008, the overall statistic was 35-to-one). Next, there … Continue reading “The Frankenstein Monster of the West: The IDF and Israeli Militarism Run Amok”

Not Even Past: Dan Ellsberg vs. New Madmen’s Theories of Cold War & Press Suppression

Once upon a time, the United States of America – the world’s self-styled "beacon of democracy" – nearly nuked China’s then 600 millions worth of innocents. This, before Beijing even had any A-Bombs of its own. Well, that much we’ve known, in broad strokes – though, I fear, without the requisite resultant soul-searching – since … Continue reading “Not Even Past: Dan Ellsberg vs. New Madmen’s Theories of Cold War & Press Suppression”

Refusing Erasure: Palestinian Resistance, Israel’s Hopeless Fury, and a Coming Cataclysm

There hadn’t been much talk of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Nor had there been serious attempts at diplomacy, of Washington brokering a settlement. The reasons were manifold: part apathy, part outrage-exhaustion, part Donald Trump’s intentionally ditching the illusion of America-the-honest-broker and decisively swinging support to one side (Israel), and part Joe Biden’s desire to avoid the … Continue reading “Refusing Erasure: Palestinian Resistance, Israel’s Hopeless Fury, and a Coming Cataclysm”

The Russian Bounty Story Is a Deadly Example of Fake News

Originally appeared at ScheerPost A New York Times report about Russia paying Taliban militants to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan turned many heads in the summer of 2020 when it was first published. It solidified many Democrats’ views that Russia is a dangerous enemy that is consistently acting to not only undermine the U.S., but … Continue reading “The Russian Bounty Story Is a Deadly Example of Fake News”