US Should Do the Opposite of What Saudis Want

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. Consider the irony: The United States, which bills itself as the world’s beacon of freedom, has for some 70 years allied itself with one of the last absolute monarchies on the planet. Time and again, Washington has done the bidding of Saudi Arabia in the Greater Middle East, as … Continue reading “US Should Do the Opposite of What Saudis Want”

Circle of Absurdity: Killing the Islamists We Create

The U.S. military remains mired in countless wars in the Greater Middle East. Ironically – and tragically – it tends to combat Islamists that Washington either armed or birthed. We, Americans, truly are a strange lot. Our government in Washington – ostensibly representative of "We the People" – speaks of peace, but wages endless war, … Continue reading “Circle of Absurdity: Killing the Islamists We Create”

Cleaning House, Enabling War

Originally posted at TomDispatch. His appointment was a genuine Bolton from the blue (so to speak). After all, everyone knew that former U.N. Ambassador (and Fox News commentator) John Bolton couldn’t be chosen for a major post in the Trump administration. No, not because of his outlandish views on war-making, or his responsibility for helping … Continue reading “Cleaning House, Enabling War”

Unbridgeable Gap: Who We Were and Who We Thought We Were

"War is just a racket… I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service…during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism." ~ Major General Smedley Butler, US … Continue reading “Unbridgeable Gap: Who We Were and Who We Thought We Were”

Where Have You Gone, George McGovern?

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. He knew war well—well enough to know he hated it. George McGovern was a senator from South Dakota, and he was a Democrat true liberals could admire. Though remembered as a staunch liberal and foreign policy dove, McGovern was no stranger to combat. He flew 35 missions as a … Continue reading “Where Have You Gone, George McGovern?”

The March We Need: A March for Peace… or, at least, De-Escalation

Students march for gun control; women march for a variety of causes, and, well, against anything Trump; but who is marching for less American war in the Greater Middle East? Why? Why isn’t there a passionate coalition willing to combat the American war machine? A machine that is, by now, on autopilot. This weekend, hundreds … Continue reading “The March We Need: A March for Peace… or, at least, De-Escalation”

Trump, 14 EU Nations Expel Russian Diplomats and Recall Ambassadors

Why a new Cold War? Why now? This morning, Americans awoke to news that the supposedly Russia-supplicant Trump administration, along with 14 other EU nations, will expel scores of Russian diplomats. The announcement, which Russia called a "provocative gesture," and vowed to retaliate against, constitutes the largest collective expulsion of Russian Intel officers in history. … Continue reading “Trump, 14 EU Nations Expel Russian Diplomats and Recall Ambassadors”

Illegal Wars: The New American Way

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. [T]he President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons. … – S.J. Res. 23 (107th): Authorization for the Use … Continue reading “Illegal Wars: The New American Way”

Wake-Up Call: Damaged Vets, Unnecessary War, and the Price We Pay

"If you don’t care for obscenity, you don’t care for the truth; if you don’t care for the truth, watch how you vote. Send guys to war, they come home talking dirty." ~ Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried (1990) Violence begets violence. The empire, it seems, always comes home…eventually. No doubt, Albert Wong, who … Continue reading “Wake-Up Call: Damaged Vets, Unnecessary War, and the Price We Pay”

Unmitigated Failure: Operation Iraqi Freedom, 15 Years Later

We were always caught in the middle. We still are. As a young man, a new lieutenant, and a true believer, I once led a US Army scout platoon just south of Baghdad. It was autumn 2006, and my platoon patrolled – mainly aimlessly – through the streets and surrounding fields of Salman Pak. To … Continue reading “Unmitigated Failure: Operation Iraqi Freedom, 15 Years Later”