September 14, 2001: The Day America Became Israel

This article is dedicated to the memory of an activist, inspiration, and recent friend: Kevin Zeese. Its scope, sweep, and ambition are meant to match that of Kevin’s outsized influence. At that, it must inevitably fail – and its shortfalls are mine alone. That said, the piece’s attempt at a holistic critique of 19 years … Continue reading “September 14, 2001: The Day America Became Israel”

Arranged Marriage: Bahrain and Israel’s Peculiar ‘Peace’

At a White House ceremony today, the Israelis and Emiratis will officially normalize diplomatic relations. Bahrain, the latest "prospect" to sign on to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s diplomatic road-show, is sending some officials to the party. When both deals are sealed, Abu Dhabi and Manama will be the third and fourth Arab countries to … Continue reading “Arranged Marriage: Bahrain and Israel’s Peculiar ‘Peace’”

The Tragedy of Col. (ret.) Joel Rayburn: A Former Student’s Lament

There are maybe a dozen instructors whom I remember well from my cadet days at West Point. A few of these were monsters; the rest inspiring in some way. Major Joel Rayburn was the latter sort. I was a secret-geek of a history major in my junior year: Spring 2004, I believe. The classroom was … Continue reading “The Tragedy of Col. (ret.) Joel Rayburn: A Former Student’s Lament”

NATO’s ‘Unified Front’ at Breaking Point

Last month, a Turkish warship came one step away from firing missiles at a French naval vessel off the coast of Libya. In response, Paris suspended its involvement in Operation Sea Guardian – a multinational maritime effort to provide security in the Mediterranean Sea and halt the arms trafficking fueling Libya’s ongoing civil war. Initially, … Continue reading “NATO’s ‘Unified Front’ at Breaking Point”

America’s Expeditionary Kleptocracy: A Banana Republic and Its Banana Wars

According to Transparency International’s 2019 Corruption Perception’s Index, the US is the world’s 23rd least swindling state. A bit better than Bhutan, but not quite as honest as Uruguay or the United Arab Emirates. So much for "We’re number one! We’re number one!" Still, I think the index was rather generous to Uncle Sam. Maybe … Continue reading “America’s Expeditionary Kleptocracy: A Banana Republic and Its Banana Wars”

‘I Pity The Fool’: Mr. Max Boot on Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy ‘A-Team’

Dream with me. Imagine an America where even marginal accountability reigned. A land of appropriate consequences for war-criminal cheerleaders. A country where going 0 for 4 on "freedom" wars – Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria – got pundits and policymakers sent down to the minors. Heck, one might make some strategic moves in a town like … Continue reading “‘I Pity The Fool’: Mr. Max Boot on Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy ‘A-Team’”

Lebanon: Inconvenient Truths About Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and the Shia ‘Street’

This is the fourth segment in the author’s backstory series – "Lebanon: Bellwether, Battleground, and Bastard Child" – in the wake of the August 4, 2020 Beirut port explosion. Check out parts one, two, and three, plus stay tuned for upcoming segments at Antiwar.com. There’s been a lot of nonsense passing as truth in post-blast … Continue reading “Lebanon: Inconvenient Truths About Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and the Shia ‘Street’”

Lebanon: The Top Ten Myths About the Country and its Conflicts (Part Two)

This is the third segment in the author’s backstory series – "Lebanon: Bellwether, Battleground, and Bastard Child" – in the wake of the August 4, 2020 Beirut port explosion. Check out part one and two, plus stay tuned for upcoming segments in Antiwar.com "A Syrian military communiqué said two Syrian soldiers were killed and 10 … Continue reading “Lebanon: The Top Ten Myths About the Country and its Conflicts (Part Two)”

Lebanon: The Top Ten Myths About the Country and Its Conflicts

This is the second segment in the author’s backstory series – "Lebanon: Bellwether, Battleground, and Bastard Child" – in the wake of the August 4, 2020 Beirut port explosion. Read part one here. Stay tuned for upcoming segments in Antiwar.com "Lebanon is less a country than a heartbreak. Its conflicts seem not only beyond cure … Continue reading “Lebanon: The Top Ten Myths About the Country and Its Conflicts”

Lebanon: Bellwether, Battleground, and Bastard Child of the Mideast

When I was a kid, "Beirut" became a cultural shorthand for any chaotic and violent urban setting. In the 1990s, my hometown rappers – the Wu Tang Clan – repeatedly shouted out the Lebanese city (plus one of its civil war antagonists, the P.L.O. – Palestinian Liberation Organization); but so did Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, … Continue reading “Lebanon: Bellwether, Battleground, and Bastard Child of the Mideast”