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”

US Troops Are Back in Saudia Arabia – This Will End Badly

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. It was big news. U.S. military forces streamed into Saudi Arabia in response to a supposedly serious threat to the kingdom’s eastern region. The American troops were invited by nervous Saudi royals; it wasn’t an American invasion per se. Everything unfolded smoothly at first; still, the consequences would be … Continue reading “US Troops Are Back in Saudia Arabia – This Will End Badly”

Could Donald Trump End the Afghan War?

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Recently, at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mark Esper, President Trump’s nominee to be the new secretary of defense, faced questioning on all sorts of subjects, including on his past position as the top Washington lobbyist for weapons-maker Raytheon and on Turkey’s purchase of a Russian missile … Continue reading “Could Donald Trump End the Afghan War?”

A Home for Patriotic Dissent: Antiwar.com – More Vital Than Ever

It was a lonely place for me. Actively dissenting in a public forum against the wars I’d fought in and the institution to which I’d dedicated my adult life since age seventeen. It was, as I’ve often said, the atheist in the monastery syndrome. I was passionate, more than a little angry; but I was … Continue reading “A Home for Patriotic Dissent: Antiwar.com – More Vital Than Ever”

An American Tragedy: Empire at Home and Abroad

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. Empires in decline tend to behave badly. Indeed, whether British, French or Russian, the twilight years of imperialism often brought brutal repression of subjects abroad, the suppression of civil liberties at home and general varieties of brutality toward foreigners, be they refugees or migrants. The British built concentration camps … Continue reading “An American Tragedy: Empire at Home and Abroad”

Peacestock 2019: The Seeds of a Veterans’ Antiwar Movement

I was just about the youngest person in the room. I usually am when I address veterans’ peace organizations. Of course, when I speak at universities, it’s the exact opposite case. Being a 35-year old post 9/11 antiwar vet can be a bit lonely, a feeling of being stuck between two generational worlds. In this … Continue reading “Peacestock 2019: The Seeds of a Veterans’ Antiwar Movement”

What Was It All for For: Vets Have Finally Turned on America’s Endless Wars

It is undoubtedly my favorite part of every wedding. That awkward, but strangely forthright moment when the preacher asks the crowd for any objections to the couple’s marriage. No one ever objects, of course, but it’s still a raw, if tense, moment. I just love it. I suppose we had that ubiquitous ritual in mind … Continue reading “What Was It All for For: Vets Have Finally Turned on America’s Endless Wars”