Compulsory Armageddon

The April 20 Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico is a gift from British Petroleum that keeps on giving: 11 human lives lost, 2,940,000 gallons of oil daily, a 2,500-square-mile oil slick, underwater plumes 10 miles across, softball-size tar balls washing up on beaches of Louisiana, marshes and wildlife wiped out, the regional economy … Continue reading “Compulsory Armageddon”

Petraeus’ Cry

"Jewish Settlers Live High While GIs Die" is what Gen. David Petraeus is saying if we strip away the niceties. Is Petraeus’ formulation anti-Semitic? Perhaps it would be better to talk of "Israeli settlers." But that portrayal is not accurate. The minority of Arab citizens of Israel, even though suffering so many forms of discrimination, … Continue reading “Petraeus’ Cry”

The Panicky Eagle Circles the Dragon

China’s premier, Wen Jiabao, has thrown the U.S. press and Congress into a tizzy with statements at his annual meeting with the press. The New York Times grumbles on page one that China is employing the dastardly tactic of "using the rules" of international trade to its own advantage. Paul Krugman, an increasingly strident economic … Continue reading “The Panicky Eagle Circles the Dragon”

Elie Wiesel’s Ignoble Recruits

Is there nothing that is safe from debasement by the propaganda machine of the U.S. and Israel? A full-page ad in the Sunday New York Times of Feb. 7 provides the answer. Sponsored by Elie Wiesel’s modestly named Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and signed by 44 Nobel laureates, 35 of them in the physical … Continue reading “Elie Wiesel’s Ignoble Recruits”

Barack Obama to Cindy Sheehan: Get Lost

I spent but a short time with Cindy Sheehan as she carried her antiwar protest from an earlier time at Crawford, TX, to Martha’s Vineyard, vacation spot for Obama and many other Democrat Party elite.   As Cindy remarked, the real story was not that she was protesting Obama’s wars but that the "leadership" of the … Continue reading “Barack Obama to Cindy Sheehan: Get Lost”

An Antiwar Effort Only the Right Can Lead

"These are extraordinary times [in the UK]. Flag-wrapped coffins of 18-year-old soldiers killed in a failed, illegal, and vengeful invasion are paraded along a Wiltshire high street. Victory in Afghanistan is at hand, says the satirical Gordon Brown. On the BBC’s Newsnight, the heroic Afghan MP Malalai Joya, tries, in her limited English, to tell … Continue reading “An Antiwar Effort Only the Right Can Lead”

The Korea, Vietnam, Iraq Syndrome

"Two, Three, Many Vietnams!" was Che Guevara’s famous call to arms. Today we remain in the throes of our third Vietnam, Iraq. This is the third time since World War II that hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops have been sent abroad in a neo-colonialist war (1). The first "Vietnam" was in fact Korea. And … Continue reading “The Korea, Vietnam, Iraq Syndrome”