How Can America Wake Up From Its Post-9/11 Nightmare?

Looking back on it now, the 1990s were an age of innocence for America. The Cold War was over and our leaders promised us a "peace dividend." There was no TSA to make us take off our shoes at airports (how many bombs have they found in those billions of shoes?). The government could not … Continue reading “How Can America Wake Up From Its Post-9/11 Nightmare?”

Will Americans Who Were Right on Afghanistan Still Be Ignored?

America’s corporate media are ringing with recriminations over the humiliating U.S. military defeat in Afghanistan. But very little of the criticism goes to the root of the problem, which was the original decision to militarily invade and occupy Afghanistan in the first place. That decision set in motion a cycle of violence and chaos that … Continue reading “Will Americans Who Were Right on Afghanistan Still Be Ignored?”

Biden Must Call Off the B-52s Bombing Afghan Cities

Nine provincial capitals in Afghanistan have fallen to the Taliban in six days – Zaranj, Sheberghan, Sar-e-Pul, Kunduz, Taloqan, Aybak, Farah, Pul-e-Khumri, and Faizabad – while fighting continues in four more – Lashkargah, Kandahar, Herat, and Mazar-i-Sharif. U.S. military officials now believe Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, could fall in one to three months. It is horrific … Continue reading “Biden Must Call Off the B-52s Bombing Afghan Cities”

America’s Afghan War Is Over, So What About Iraq – and Iran?

At Bagram air-base, Afghan scrap merchants are already picking through the graveyard of U.S. military equipment that was until recently the headquarters of America’s 20-year occupation of their country. Afghan officials say the last US forces slipped away from Bagram in the dead of night, without notice or coordination. The Taliban are rapidly expanding their … Continue reading “America’s Afghan War Is Over, So What About Iraq – and Iran?”

How Biden Helped Hardliner Raisi Win Iran Election

It was common knowledge that a U.S. failure to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal (known as the JCPOA) before Iran’s June presidential election would help conservative hard-liners to win the election. Indeed, on Saturday, June 19, the conservative Ebrahim Raisi was elected as the new President of Iran. Raisi has a record of brutally cracking … Continue reading “How Biden Helped Hardliner Raisi Win Iran Election”

The Emperor’s New Rules

The world is reeling in horror at the latest Israeli massacre of hundreds of men, women and children in Gaza. Much of the world is also shocked by the role of the United States in this crisis, as it keeps providing Israel with weapons to kill Palestinian civilians, in violation of U.S. and international law, … Continue reading “The Emperor’s New Rules”

How the United States Helps To Kill Palestinians

The U.S. corporate media usually report on Israeli military assaults in occupied Palestine as if the United States is an innocent neutral party to the conflict. In fact, large majorities of Americans have told pollsters for decades that they want the United States to be neutral in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But US media and politicians … Continue reading “How the United States Helps To Kill Palestinians”

Biden’s Appeasement of Hawks and Neocons Is Crippling His Diplomacy

President Biden took office promising a new era of American international leadership and diplomacy. But with a few exceptions, he has so far allowed self-serving foreign allies, hawkish U.S. interest groups and his own imperial delusions to undermine diplomacy and stoke the fires of war. Biden’s failure to quickly recommit to the Iran nuclear deal, … Continue reading “Biden’s Appeasement of Hawks and Neocons Is Crippling His Diplomacy”

US Joins Past Empires in Afghan Graveyard

An Afghan taxi-driver in Vancouver told one of us a decade ago that this day would come. “We defeated the Persian Empire in the eighteenth century, the British in the nineteenth, the Soviets in the twentieth. Now, with NATO, we’re fighting twenty-eight countries, but we’ll defeat them, too,” said the taxi-driver, surely not a member … Continue reading “US Joins Past Empires in Afghan Graveyard”

Ten Problems With Biden’s Foreign Policy – and One Solution

The Biden presidency is still in its early days, but it’s not too early to point to areas in the foreign policy realm where we, as progressives, have been disappointed – or even infuriated. There are one or two positive developments, such as the renewal of Obama’s New START Treaty with Russia and Secretary of … Continue reading “Ten Problems With Biden’s Foreign Policy – and One Solution”