Would Social Media Have Censored Video of 9/11 or Kennedy Assassination?

According to CNN Business, “Facebook, YouTube and Twitter struggle to deal with New Zealand shooting video.” “Deal with” is code for “censor on demand by governments and activist organizations who oppose public access to information that hasn’t first been thoroughly vetted for conformity to their preferred narrative.” Do you really need to see first-person video … Continue reading “Would Social Media Have Censored Video of 9/11 or Kennedy Assassination?”

Chelsea Manning: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Again

One of the 21st century’s greatest heroines is behind bars again, held in contempt by federal judge Claude M. Hilton for refusing to help prosecutors trump up charges against the journalists who published information she paid dearly for giving them. Chelsea Manning spent more than six years in prison – 854 days of it in … Continue reading “Chelsea Manning: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Again”

Aircraft Carriers: Give Truman and Ford a Burial at Sea

The US Department of Defense wants to retire an old aircraft carrier early while building two new ones (and adding other goodies to their shopping list). Surprise, surprise – politicians from states with the shipyards and naval bases that employ their constituents want to keep the old carrier AND build the new ones. America and … Continue reading “Aircraft Carriers: Give Truman and Ford a Burial at Sea”

Mueller Report: Secrecy Shouldn’t be an Option

As February draws to an end, rumors abound that we’re about to see Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Or at least that someone – namely, newly confirmed US Attorney General William Barr – is about to see that report. The rest of us, maybe not so … Continue reading “Mueller Report: Secrecy Shouldn’t be an Option”

The First Rule of AIPAC Is: You Do Not Talk about AIPAC

Washington’s political establishment went berserk when US Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) publicly noted that US-Israel relations are “all about the Benjamins” – slang for $100 bills, referring to money shoveled at American politicians by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Omar was accused of antisemitism – immediately by Republicans, shortly after by members of … Continue reading “The First Rule of AIPAC Is: You Do Not Talk about AIPAC”

A Preference for Peace: Not the Same Thing as Support for the Bogeyman of the Week

I’m not ashamed to admit it: I’m a peacenik. I think war is a bad thing. I’ve seen it up close and personal as an infantryman, and I’d like to see less of it, preferably none at all, either up close or from a distance. In part, this desire also makes me a “non-interventionist.” That … Continue reading “A Preference for Peace: Not the Same Thing as Support for the Bogeyman of the Week”

Venezuela: None of Our Business

On January 23, the President of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Juan Guaido, was sworn in as “interim president.” In what was presumably a pre-coordinated move, Guaido’s administration was quickly recognized by the governments of the United States, Canada, and several countries in Latin America. Guaido’s claim rests on a provision in Venezuela’s constitution which allows him … Continue reading “Venezuela: None of Our Business”

Syria: In the History of Bad Excuses, This One’s Top-Tier

US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) thinks – I’m using the term “thinks” very loosely here – that Americans dying in Syria is a compelling reason to continue exposing Americans to the danger of dying in Syria. So do Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), James Inhofe (R-OK), and Jack Reed (D-RI). Ever since US president Donald Trump … Continue reading “Syria: In the History of Bad Excuses, This One’s Top-Tier”

Now More Than Ever, It’s Clear the FBI Must Go

The New York Times reports that “[i]n the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as FBI director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests.” That’s an interesting way of putting it, but let’s try … Continue reading “Now More Than Ever, It’s Clear the FBI Must Go”

Trump’s Holiday Gift to America: Hope for a Little More Peace on Earth?

In March, US president Donald Trump promised the American public that US troops would be leaving Syria “very soon.” Nine months later, he threw Washington’s political establishment into turmoil by finally ordering the withdrawal he’d promised. Politicians like US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who’d never once in four years bestirred themselves to authorize the previous … Continue reading “Trump’s Holiday Gift to America: Hope for a Little More Peace on Earth?”