Backing France’s African Adventures: What Could Go Wrong?… Everything

In Africa, Islamic State, and other Islamists, are just the tip of an underlying conflicts iceberg. Still, for decades, French Titanics – fueled by America – have rammed the symptomatic spire whilst ignoring the subsurface bulk of problems Paris largely caused or catalyzed. As for those running that nuance-free Emerald City of Washington – they’ve … Continue reading “Backing France’s African Adventures: What Could Go Wrong?… Everything”

Peering Into a Forever-War Crystal Ball

Originally posted at TomDispatch. More than 19 years ago, the U.S. launched the air war that would become the ground invasion and “liberation” of Afghanistan. More than 17 years ago, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld declared “major combat” over in that country with just 8,000 US troops still stationed there. Approximately nine years after that, … Continue reading “Peering Into a Forever-War Crystal Ball”

ISIS-Africa Alarmism: Brought to You Context-Free by Defense Analysts

Long before he played various roles in the Obama administration, Robert Berschinski was described as among the “rarest of creatures.” For starters, he was an R.O.T.C. cadet at an Ivy League school – Yale – on September 11, 2001, at a time when graduates of elite universities have been conspicuously absent from the military’s ranks. … Continue reading “ISIS-Africa Alarmism: Brought to You Context-Free by Defense Analysts”

In Other News: Another Franco-American Forever War Failing in Africa – Mali Edition

This past August, a U.S. military-trained African army officer staged a coup in an impoverished country – Mali – wracked by violence that’s long been folded under the opportunist umbrella of a global war on terror. Washington subsequently feigned surprise, pretended chagrin, suspended some aid – and quietly continued to back the new regime and … Continue reading “In Other News: Another Franco-American Forever War Failing in Africa – Mali Edition”

The [Neocon] Empire Strikes Back: Victoria Nuland, and the Kagans Who Love Her

Recently on Twitter, a someone graciously dubbed me a "prophet" after rereading my April article arguing that "American Exceptionalism Scars Both Victim and Victimizer" – and which pivoted around actual philosophical prophet, Ms. Simone Weil. This social media follower, "TheAyatollaOfRocknRolla," is clearly a man of cinematic allusion – to 1981’s Mad Max 2: The Road … Continue reading “The [Neocon] Empire Strikes Back: Victoria Nuland, and the Kagans Who Love Her”

‘There Won’t Be Snow in Africa This Christmas’ – But There Will Be US-Enabled War Crimes

Ethiopia has pursued "legitimate" military action in its Tigray province since early November, according Moussa Faki Mahamat, the chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission. Maybe. It does seem that the northern state’s regional forces – the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) – attacked federal military bases on November 4 and may even have executed … Continue reading “‘There Won’t Be Snow in Africa This Christmas’ – But There Will Be US-Enabled War Crimes”

Eastern [African] Exposure: Ethiopia, Ethnicity, and other Kindling for Tigray’s Backstory

There’s a whole mess of bloody messes around the world that few Americans care about. In fact, they could form a whole category of conflict labeled: "Top Ten Violent Hot Spots You’ve Never Heard Of (But Should Have)." The list might include, for starters, Nigeria’s resource war between herders and farmers (six times deadlier than … Continue reading “Eastern [African] Exposure: Ethiopia, Ethnicity, and other Kindling for Tigray’s Backstory”

Spilling Ink and Spilling Blood

Originally posted at TomDispatch. TomDispatch is essentially a no-submissions site. The only exception I’ve made over the years has been for those in the U.S. military or retired from it who, miraculously enough, became critical of it and the forever wars that it so relentlessly pursued. I’ve always felt that they had something of importance … Continue reading “Spilling Ink and Spilling Blood”

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin: A Certain Kind of Diversity

Originally appeared at ScheerPost America’s first black presumptive secretary of defense grew up in the same town – Thomasville, GA – as the first black West Point graduate, Henry O. Flipper. I actually took select cadets from my civil rights history class to visit the southwest Georgia city on an academic trip in the summer … Continue reading “Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin: A Certain Kind of Diversity”

The Right Side of History: Support Antiwar.com – Truth’s Quarter-Century Treasure Trove

Eric Garris and Scott Horton let me write pretty much anything I want. Maybe it shows. OK, we all know it does. That’s rarer than it might seem. Outside of the occasional tease about my vague left-leanings from that Antiwar.com CEO-editorial director combo, they’ve a knack for finding, guiding, and then trusting folks like me … Continue reading “The Right Side of History: Support Antiwar.com – Truth’s Quarter-Century Treasure Trove”