How the MSM Covered for the Generals on Their Afghan War Testimony

Although candid at times during the congressional hearings on the Afghan war held on September 28 and 29, the three four-star generals (Lloyd Austin now Secretary of Defense; Mark Milley as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Frank McKenzie, Jr. as Commander of Central Command) – with the complicity of the mainstream media … Continue reading “How the MSM Covered for the Generals on Their Afghan War Testimony”

Iraq and Afghan Wars: Requiem for America’s Ineffectual War State

Our country’s fruitless multi-trillion-dollar Wars of Choice in Iraq and Afghanistan are finally coming to an end after 20 years. This historic moment is a fitting occasion to review and constructively critique the performance of our country’s foreign policy and military establishments – the key cogs in Washington’s $1.3-trilllion/year War State – in these two … Continue reading “Iraq and Afghan Wars: Requiem for America’s Ineffectual War State”

Why the Afghan War Is and Always Will Be a Lost Cause

Revised March 4, 2021 Not surprisingly, with the Washington Establishment now back fully in charge of US foreign and military policy, the Trump Administration’s plan to end the US military engagement in Afghanistan on May 1st is being reconsidered. And right on cue, the Establishment’s cadre of armchair neocon Afghan "experts" came out with a … Continue reading “Why the Afghan War Is and Always Will Be a Lost Cause”

Who To Believe on Afghan Intelligence: CIA, NSA, or Pentagon?

Digging below the bombshell headlines and MSM chyrons on the current Russian-bounty-on-US-soldiers-in-Afghanistan allegations, it seems three separate US government (USG) agencies — the CIA, the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Pentagon – have different assessments as to the veracity of this story. To ascertain which assessments are most reliable, one has to understand how … Continue reading “Who To Believe on Afghan Intelligence: CIA, NSA, or Pentagon?”

General Mattis’ Troublesome Double Standards

Retired General James Mattis is in the news this week for penning a commentary in The Atlantic on June 3rd criticizing President Trump for threatening to use active-duty military personnel to stop the looting and destruction of property (including the defacing of war memorials in Washington DC) in the aftermath of the tragic killing of … Continue reading “General Mattis’ Troublesome Double Standards”

Gaslighting of the American Public on Pensacola Terrorist Attack Continues

The terrorist attack carried out on December 6, 2019 by a Saudi national who was in the US for pilot training at the Pensacola Naval Air Station is back in the news. Three Americans were killed and eight injured in this second surreptitious terrorist attack carried out on US soil by Saudi jihadists. At a … Continue reading “Gaslighting of the American Public on Pensacola Terrorist Attack Continues”

Trump’s Taliban Peace Deal: The Kabuki Theater Continues

I was one of the last civilian advisors to leave Afghanistan at the end of 2014, having worked in the country for six year including three in the Taliban strongholds in Kandahar and the surrounding Pashtun provinces. From this experience, I came to understand how Taliban view the US and other foreign soldiers in the … Continue reading “Trump’s Taliban Peace Deal: The Kabuki Theater Continues”

Do Saudi Arabs Really Love Americans?

Soon after the shooting of American citizens at the Pensacola Naval Air Station last Friday (December 6) by a Saudi national who was in the US for flight training, President Trump, speaking from the White House, read a statement from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. President Trump let us know "the Saudi people are greatly angered … Continue reading “Do Saudi Arabs Really Love Americans?”

Yes, But Isn’t There a Bigger Issue Here?

The title of this essay is the follow-up question I have always wanted mainstream media reporters to ask a political figure after he or she gives the rote response, "Israel has a right to defend itself" (e.g., Biden, Pence and Buttigieg) after the five million Palestinians confined in the "occupied territories" launch a rocket attack … Continue reading “Yes, But Isn’t There a Bigger Issue Here?”

Absurdity of the Neocons’ Syrian Oil Narrative

No doubt, US foreign and military policy since the 1970s has focused on access to and control over the vast oil reserves in the Middle East. Uncritical support of Saudi Arabia (home base for jihadi terrorism and the women-oppressing form of Islam practiced by the Taliban) and the Shah of Iran (oppressive dictator who led … Continue reading “Absurdity of the Neocons’ Syrian Oil Narrative”