The Pentagon Took Money for Covid-19 Relief and Bought… More Weapons

As the pandemic continues to claim lives across the country, new information keeps coming out about how the Trump administration has made it harder for Americans to protect themselves. We now know, for example, that early in the pandemic the U.S. Postal Service had planned to deliver five face masks to every US household. It … Continue reading “The Pentagon Took Money for Covid-19 Relief and Bought… More Weapons”

The Israel-UAE Deal Isn’t About Peace at All

In some ways, the U.S.-brokered plan for mutual recognition between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is big news. For more than a quarter of a century, only two Middle Eastern countries – Egypt and Jordan – had officially recognized Israel. None of the Gulf monarchies did. So, it was a pretty big deal when … Continue reading “The Israel-UAE Deal Isn’t About Peace at All”

The Police and the Pentagon Are Bringing Our Wars Home

Uniformed U.S. soldiers occupied the center of the city, where an armored personnel carrier was stationed at a major intersection. Was it Kabul or Atlanta? A US military helicopter hovered over crowds of unarmed civilians, its down-drafts whipping debris and broken glass into their faces. Was it Mogadishu or Washington, D.C.? Armed, uniformed men surrounded … Continue reading “The Police and the Pentagon Are Bringing Our Wars Home”

The US-Taliban Deal Won’t Bring Real Peace, But It Could Reduce the Bloodshed

Back in 2009, I was in Strasbourg for a “No to NATO” protest. Running from tear gas and being escorted out of a French military base by German soldiers, I spent some time with Malalai Joya – then the youngest member, and one of the few women, in the Afghan parliament. It was eight years … Continue reading “The US-Taliban Deal Won’t Bring Real Peace, But It Could Reduce the Bloodshed”

If War Breaks Out With Iran, It Won’t Be an Accident

Some things are still unclear about Trump’s recent decision to bomb Iran – and his rapid-fire follow-up decision not to. We still don’t know what he or his bomb-Iran cheerleaders – National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – thought the bombing would actually accomplish. We also don’t know why Trump … Continue reading “If War Breaks Out With Iran, It Won’t Be an Accident”

Foreign Aid That Costs an Arm and a Leg – Literally

My friend Andrew Rubin is an amputee. He’s lost his right hand, lower arm, right foot, and lower leg. He used to be an avid runner and cyclist. He can’t do much of that anymore, although his walking is getting much better. Soon he might be able to run with his artificial leg. Andrew is … Continue reading “Foreign Aid That Costs an Arm and a Leg – Literally”

The Alarming Rise of Civilian Deaths in the War On Terror

“There is no military solution” is an often-heard saying since the “global war on terror” began almost 18 years ago. We need political solutions to the military conflicts we’ve embroiled ourselves in over the last two decades, most policymakers agree. But in the meantime, the last three administrations have sent in the military to pave … Continue reading “The Alarming Rise of Civilian Deaths in the War On Terror”

Trump’s Embrace of Netanyahu Will Haunt the Middle East for Years

For Israelis, the questions had been hovering for months. Would the right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claim victory and a fifth term, moving his far-right Likud government coalition even further right? Or would the supposedly “centrist” challenger, former army chief of staff General Benny Gantz, ride to victory among corruption allegations against Netanyahu? Netanyahu faces … Continue reading “Trump’s Embrace of Netanyahu Will Haunt the Middle East for Years”

Trump’s Quiet Meeting With Saudi Arabia and Israel Portends a Dangerous Collision Course With Iran

It was a lot to take in, even in these whipsawed media moments. In one 24-hour news cycle, President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, appointed the war and torture-backing CIA chief Mike Pompeo to replace him, and then tapped Gina Haspel – who covered up CIA torture in Thailand – to replace … Continue reading “Trump’s Quiet Meeting With Saudi Arabia and Israel Portends a Dangerous Collision Course With Iran”

Is This What ‘Liberation’ Looks Like? US Airstrikes Have Devastated Mosul

ISIS’ occupation of Mosul, once Iraq’s second largest city, has virtually come to an end. Though small-scale fighting continues, and U.S. military strikes continued through at least July 17, ISIS control over the city has largely collapsed. Many among the ISIS forces were killed, many fled and many have probably melted back into local communities. … Continue reading “Is This What ‘Liberation’ Looks Like? US Airstrikes Have Devastated Mosul”