Where Have You Gone Daniel Ellsberg? Nowhere. – 50 Years of Courage in an Era of Apathy

He hasn’t gone anywhere, actually. He’s been here all along – poking small holes of decency in sick system, for five-plus decades. At 90, Dan Ellsberg is with us still, and still calling bullshit on a government that couldn’t act right if it tried, to a citizenry that couldn’t care less. Most of it, anyway; … Continue reading “Where Have You Gone Daniel Ellsberg? Nowhere. – 50 Years of Courage in an Era of Apathy”

The Frankenstein Monster of the West: The IDF and Israeli Militarism Run Amok

The latest Israeli bombardment of its internally – and seemingly eternally – occupied open air prison of Gaza followed a familiar pattern. First, there was the disturbingly drastic casualty disparity: a 21-to-one overall, and 33-to-one for children, Palestinian-to-Israeli death ratio (in the three previous Gaza bombings since 2008, the overall statistic was 35-to-one). Next, there … Continue reading “The Frankenstein Monster of the West: The IDF and Israeli Militarism Run Amok”

Not Even Past: Dan Ellsberg vs. New Madmen’s Theories of Cold War & Press Suppression

Once upon a time, the United States of America – the world’s self-styled "beacon of democracy" – nearly nuked China’s then 600 millions worth of innocents. This, before Beijing even had any A-Bombs of its own. Well, that much we’ve known, in broad strokes – though, I fear, without the requisite resultant soul-searching – since … Continue reading “Not Even Past: Dan Ellsberg vs. New Madmen’s Theories of Cold War & Press Suppression”

Refusing Erasure: Palestinian Resistance, Israel’s Hopeless Fury, and a Coming Cataclysm

There hadn’t been much talk of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Nor had there been serious attempts at diplomacy, of Washington brokering a settlement. The reasons were manifold: part apathy, part outrage-exhaustion, part Donald Trump’s intentionally ditching the illusion of America-the-honest-broker and decisively swinging support to one side (Israel), and part Joe Biden’s desire to avoid the … Continue reading “Refusing Erasure: Palestinian Resistance, Israel’s Hopeless Fury, and a Coming Cataclysm”

The Russian Bounty Story Is a Deadly Example of Fake News

Originally appeared at ScheerPost A New York Times report about Russia paying Taliban militants to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan turned many heads in the summer of 2020 when it was first published. It solidified many Democrats’ views that Russia is a dangerous enemy that is consistently acting to not only undermine the U.S., but … Continue reading “The Russian Bounty Story Is a Deadly Example of Fake News”

Deby’s Death, Chad’s Crisis, and the Ghosts of Libyan Fiascoes Past

Joe Biden uttered the word "Africa" exactly once in his first address to a joint session of congress, marking the vaunted presidential cliché of his first "100 Days" in office. It was a tangential reference, but its context, implications – and what Biden didn’t say – were somewhat instructive: After 20 years of American valor … Continue reading “Deby’s Death, Chad’s Crisis, and the Ghosts of Libyan Fiascoes Past”

Asking and Analyzing Questions Others Won’t: Support Antiwar.com in Forever War Year 20

Joseph Biden has now been president just two shy of the vaunted "100 days." However arbitrary the designation, that’s a perhaps more fitting benchmark than most for Biden, since he and his biggest fans have not-so-subtly styled this commander-in-chief as a new FDR – Franklin Delano Roosevelt, after all, being the first to use the … Continue reading “Asking and Analyzing Questions Others Won’t: Support Antiwar.com in Forever War Year 20”

Our ‘Dear Friend’ Deby Is Dead – Yea, About That…

The tributes to the late President Idriss Deby just poured in last week – especially from Western leaders. And boy were the condolences nauseating – at least to anyone vaguely familiar with Chad and its longtime strongman, or those even faintly fond of decency. The worst of it came – unsurprisingly and unapologetically – from … Continue reading “Our ‘Dear Friend’ Deby Is Dead – Yea, About That…”

America’s Intel Vampires Can’t See Themselves in the Mirror: DNI’s Hypocritical and Self-Awareness-Absent Annual Threat Assessment

Make no mistake: much policy indecency is permitted and enabled by vacuously vague bureaucratic reports peddling in platitudes. For further evidence bolstering this increasingly open-and-shut case, see Exhibit number 3,472, or so: last week’s release of the Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community – the latest contribution from that politest of polite militarists, … Continue reading “America’s Intel Vampires Can’t See Themselves in the Mirror: DNI’s Hypocritical and Self-Awareness-Absent Annual Threat Assessment”

Frozen Farce: Russia Alarmism – Arctic Edition

Washington’s hypocrisy and the frontiers of its New Cold War (of choice) appear to know no bounds. Eastern Europe is the classic theater of course, but you’ll hear the Pentagon’s new buzzword-acronym priority purpose, "great power competition" (GPC) – etched in senseless stone with the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) – peddled to justify military … Continue reading “Frozen Farce: Russia Alarmism – Arctic Edition”