Key American Allies in the Middle East Are the Real Tyrants

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Think of U.S. policy in the Middle East as the proverbial broken record. Explain it as you will, Washington’s focus always comes back to Iran. Seldom has a country that remains anything but a superpower (even a regional one) loomed larger. It all started in 1953 when the CIA overthrew Mohammad … Continue reading “Key American Allies in the Middle East Are the Real Tyrants”

The Pence Prophecy: VP Predicts Perpetual War at the West Point Graduation

Time was that a stint, or even a career, in the military did not necessarily translate into any serious combat duty. That may seem hard to believe eighteen years after 9/11, but this middle-aged middling major is just old enough to remember such a bygone era. As a cadet at West Point (2001-05), having joined … Continue reading “The Pence Prophecy: VP Predicts Perpetual War at the West Point Graduation”

The Time Has Come for Patriotic Dissent: Stopping War With Iran Is Essential

What if they called a war and no one came? Well, now’s the time folks. The apparent march to war with Iran represents a pivotal moment in the historical arc – the rise and fall – of our republic come empire. This potential war is so unnecessary, so irrational, that it borders on the absurd. … Continue reading “The Time Has Come for Patriotic Dissent: Stopping War With Iran Is Essential”

The United States of Aggression: War With Iran Would Spell the End of the Republic

Who do we think we are? Truly. The latest reports that the Trump administration is considering plans for deploying 120,000 troops to the Middle East – presumably to strike Iran – demonstrates how Washington’s foreign policy has finally gone off the rails. Crazier still, the impending war with Iran isn’t even the today’s biggest news … Continue reading “The United States of Aggression: War With Iran Would Spell the End of the Republic”

Classifying Defeat: Hiding Data on the Losing Afghan War

The longest war in U.S. history has cost 2400 American lives and nearly a trillion dollars. Still, the government in Washington conceals the truth and most of the populace yawns. By now there should be no doubt that America has lost the battle for Afghanistan, placing it in good company with the British and Soviet … Continue reading “Classifying Defeat: Hiding Data on the Losing Afghan War”

Note to Washington: Hands Off the ‘New’ Arab Spring

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. American meddling has a way of making things worse, everywhere and all the time. So, as Algeria and Sudan now undergo coups and government transitions, here’s a thought for the U.S. empire: Leave well enough alone! It’s only been a couple weeks, but optimistic liberal interventionists have already dubbed … Continue reading “Note to Washington: Hands Off the ‘New’ Arab Spring”

The United States of Incarceration

You’ve got to give it to the Defense Department – they’re assiduous planners. I know: I used to be one. So the latest news that the DOD is preparing its 40 remaining forever prisoners at the extralegal detention center of Guantanamo Bay for nursing home and hospice care, should come as little surprise. It still … Continue reading “The United States of Incarceration”

Vietnam, a US Tragedy

It is the war that never dies. Vietnam, the very word shrouded with extraordinary meaning in the American lexicon. For some it represents failure; for others guilt; for still more, anger that the war could have and should have been won. Americans are still arguing about this war, once the nation’s longest. For those who … Continue reading “Vietnam, a US Tragedy”

How Do You Prefer Your Empire: Coarse or Polite?

It amounts to a matter of taste; how you prefer the emperor to behave. Such is political life in the late-stage American Empire. Both major parties offer nothing but the same – hyper-military interventionism and the quest for global hegemony – in the charade of choice each election cycle. The question, as 2020 approaches, is … Continue reading “How Do You Prefer Your Empire: Coarse or Polite?”

Who Will Be the Last to Die for a Lie?: The Afghan War Drags On

We have to fight "them" (read: "terrorists") there so we won’t have to fight them here! You’ve probably heard that tired old trope. Whenever someone dares suggest that after eighteen years of fruitless wars perhaps it’s time for Uncle Sam’s losing war machine to de-escalate in the Greater Middle East, you can expect some version … Continue reading “Who Will Be the Last to Die for a Lie?: The Afghan War Drags On”