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”

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”

America and Russia: The Tale of the Tape

There’s no there there. The Mueller Report is (basically) in and (gasp!) and it seems the special counsel found no evidence of overt collusion between President Trump and Russia. You could almost hear the life force being sucked out of Rachel Maddow and a mainstream liberal crew that had foolishly gone all in on Mueller … Continue reading “America and Russia: The Tale of the Tape”

With Friends Like These: Abusive Frenemies and American Mideast Policy

Pop quiz: name the two largest (by far) recipients of U.S. foreign military aid and one other country which recently negotiated the biggest American arms sale deal in world history. Let’s call them the Big three (beneficiaries of largesse, that is). Need some hints? One is ruled by a dictatorial general who came to power … Continue reading “With Friends Like These: Abusive Frenemies and American Mideast Policy”

On Leaving the US Army

Originally posted at TomDispatch. It turns out that I can thank former Army colonel and historian Andrew Bacevich for the fact that U.S. Army Major Danny Sjursen began his article-writing career at TomDispatch. That was in February 2017. His first piece was headlined “Mission Unaccomplished, 15 Years Later” and it began this way: “The United … Continue reading “On Leaving the US Army”

A Cruel, Costly, and Anxious ‘Cold’ War

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. Nothing is inevitable. Not war, not peace. Those writers and politicians who tell readers or constituents otherwise are selling snake oil. So it is, oftentimes, with proclamations about the Cold War. Americans have been taught, programmed even, to believe that a permanently bellicose nuclear standoff with the Soviet Union … Continue reading “A Cruel, Costly, and Anxious ‘Cold’ War”