The Media’s Betrayal of American Soldiers

It is a rare thing, indeed, when both establishment and media "liberals" and "conservatives" agree on anything. Nevertheless, lightning has proverbially struck this week as both sides attack President Trump with equal vehemence. Thus, here we are, and here I am – in the disturbing position of defending Trump’s (until Sunday) peace policy for Afghanistan. … Continue reading “The Media’s Betrayal of American Soldiers”

Profiles in Absurdity: Remembering the ‘Terror’ Wars

When they saw Afghanistan, all they could think of was Iraq. Indeed, most military thinkers are perennially driven by the tunnel-vision of personal experience; rarely a good thing. Indeed, the generals and colonels managing the foolish, politically driven 2009-12 Obama "surge" into Afghanistan – what he’d absurdly labeled the "good war" – had few fresh … Continue reading “Profiles in Absurdity: Remembering the ‘Terror’ Wars”

How the US Shattered the Middle East

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. Yemen is a nightmare, a catastrophe, a mess—and the United States is highly complicit in the whole disaster. Refueling Saudi aircraft in-flight, providing targeting intelligence to the kingdom and selling the requisite bombs that have been dropped for years now on Yemeni civilians places the 100,000-plus deaths, millions of … Continue reading “How the US Shattered the Middle East”

Profiles in Absurdity: Remembering the ‘Terror’ Wars

It has taken me years to tell these stories. The emotional and moral wounds of the Afghan War have just felt too recent, too raw. After all, I could hardly write a thing down about my Iraq War experience for nearly ten years, when, by accident, I churned out a book on the subject. Now, … Continue reading “Profiles in Absurdity: Remembering the ‘Terror’ Wars”

We’re Listening to the Wrong Voices on Syria

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. Once upon a time, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard traveled to Syria and met with the strongman President Bashar Assad. She considered her willingness to engage all sides of the country’s bloody civil war to be an important step toward peace. For this bold action, she was widely pilloried at … Continue reading “We’re Listening to the Wrong Voices on Syria”

Stop Pretending: Washington and Kabul Never (Really) Controlled Rural Afghanistan

Here we go again. The typically underreported non-news of Orwellian America. This week, two more U.S. soldiers – Green Berets – were killed in a firefight with the Taliban in Faryab province, just another hopeless corner of rural Afghanistan. The two posthumously promoted Master Sergeants represented the 15th and 16th American deaths in the country … Continue reading “Stop Pretending: Washington and Kabul Never (Really) Controlled Rural Afghanistan”

What Fareed Zakaria Gets Wrong About Afghanistan: Everything.

Since when does a (mostly) respected press pundit sound just like an army general? Well, for a while now, in fact. Politicians and reporters will argue viciously about all kinds of issues: immigration, healthcare, race, et al. There’s only one sacred cow that mainstream insiders – both "left" and right – dare not challenge: the … Continue reading “What Fareed Zakaria Gets Wrong About Afghanistan: Everything.”

The US Government Doesn’t Care About Afghan Women

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. In once, and to some extent still, relatively cosmopolitan Baghdad, Iraq, I once saw three young female college students from Mustansiriyah University walking home from class. They couldn’t have been more differently clothed. One wore a full burqa that exposed only her eyes; another a hijab, a more modest … Continue reading “The US Government Doesn’t Care About Afghan Women”

India: The Next Apartheid State?

It has long been called the most dangerous place in the world. Still, few Americans know anything about the place; nor could they point out the troubled region of Kashmir on a map. Yet for 62 years India and Pakistan have contested for control of the province. In fact, a long-running insurgency there has even … Continue reading “India: The Next Apartheid State?”

Justice or Militarism: US Army Regulations Might be Stricter Than the in the NYPD

I lost my temper. In retrospect I was out of control. Waving my pistol around like a damn cowboy and screaming at a frail old man who didn’t know anything. It was New Year’s Eve 2006, just south of Baghdad, and yet another roadside bomb had just exploded near my platoon’s patrol, in broad daylight … Continue reading “Justice or Militarism: US Army Regulations Might be Stricter Than the in the NYPD”