The Offending Tweets That Got Me Banned for Life From Twitter

A leaky little “bird” inside Twitter tells me these are the tweets that got me banned for life. I have no way of verifying this; official Twitter will not respond to my inquiries. I stand accused of dehumanizing several reporters (“targeted abuse”), using words to offend them into silence. It seems now you can judge … Continue reading “The Offending Tweets That Got Me Banned for Life From Twitter”

US Is Playing With Fire if It Walks Away From the Iran Nuclear Deal on May 12

A foreign policy crisis is coming May 12. President Donald Trump’s likely decision on that day to not continue waiving sanctions on Iran under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will significantly increase the chances of war. The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed by China, Russia, and most of western Europe requires the … Continue reading “US Is Playing With Fire if It Walks Away From the Iran Nuclear Deal on May 12”

James Comey’s Book Is Mostly About Making Jim Comey Rich

Despite the lofty title, in A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership James Comey comes across in turns petty, smug, sanctimonious, bitter, and most of all, pandering. Comey feeds the rubes exactly what they paid the carnival sideshow barker in front at Barnes and Noble to hear: the pee tape, the jokes about small hands, … Continue reading “James Comey’s Book Is Mostly About Making Jim Comey Rich”

FARA: Freedom of the Press, But On the Government’s Terms

A bipartisan group of lawmakers called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate if Al Jazeera, the news outlet connected to the Qatari government, should register with the Justice Department as an agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA.) This has broad implications for our First Amendment, our access to dissenting opinions, and in … Continue reading “FARA: Freedom of the Press, But On the Government’s Terms”

Why Leave Well Enough Alone in Jerusalem?

“Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” President Donald Trump said. “This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality.” Trump’s formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital, reversing some seven decades of American policy, is arguably the most unnecessary decision of his time in office, and the clearest … Continue reading “Why Leave Well Enough Alone in Jerusalem?”

The Next Middle East War, Post-ISIS

Islamic State is in fatal decline. The Middle East will soon enter a new era, post-Islamic State, dominated by the Saudi-Iranian power struggle. The struggle will, as it has as it ran alongside the fight against Islamic State, involve shifting Sunni and Shiite allegiances. But the fight is not about religion. Religion this time has … Continue reading “The Next Middle East War, Post-ISIS”

How To Sustain Perpetual War (It’s Easy, Hide the Bodies)

Sustaining America’s state of post-9/11 perpetual war requires skillful manipulation of the public at home. The key tool used for this purpose is the bloodless narrative, a combination of policy, falsehoods and media manipulation that creates the impression that America’s wars have few consequences, at least for Americans. How can the American government sustain its … Continue reading “How To Sustain Perpetual War (It’s Easy, Hide the Bodies)”

Does It Matter Who Pulls the Trigger in the Drone Wars?

We’re allowing a mindset of “anything Trump does is wrong” coupled with lightening-speed historical revisionism for the Obama era to sustain the same mistakes in the war on terror that have fueled Islamic terrorism for the past 15 years. However, there may be a window of opportunity to turn the anti-Trump rhetoric into a review … Continue reading “Does It Matter Who Pulls the Trigger in the Drone Wars?”

Department of Homeless Security

Busy weekend for terrorism. Nine people stabbed in a shopping mall in Minnesota (meh), and the big one in New Jersey/New York. It was there Afghan American Ahmad Rahami made up a bunch of pipe bombs and pressure cooker IEDs, distributed them in four separate locations, and set off two explosions. The one detonation in … Continue reading “Department of Homeless Security”