Don’t Expand NATO – Disband It

“The decisions we have taken in Madrid,” North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said as a summit of the alliance’s members closed in Madrid on June 30, “will ensure that our Alliance continues to preserve peace, prevent conflict, and protect our people and our values.” Decisions taken at the summit include inviting Sweden … Continue reading “Don’t Expand NATO – Disband It”

Free Assange? Yes, But That’s Not Nearly Enough.

On June 17, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States to face 18 criminal charges: One count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, and 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act of 1917. If convicted on all charges, Assange faces up to 175 years in prison. His … Continue reading “Free Assange? Yes, But That’s Not Nearly Enough.”

Sussmann Trial: Mook Outs Clinton as ‘Russiagate’ Shot-Caller

“The trial of former Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann crossed a critical threshold Friday (May 20),” Jonathan Turley writes at The Hill, “when a key witness uttered the name ‘Hillary Clinton’ in conjunction with a plan to spread the false Alfa Bank Russian collusion claim before the 2016 presidential election.” The witness: Robby Mook, who … Continue reading “Sussmann Trial: Mook Outs Clinton as ‘Russiagate’ Shot-Caller”

Mariupol: Let’s Talk About ‘Chemical Weapons’ Propaganda

As I write this, BBC reports that UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is “urgently” investigating reports of a chemical weapons attack in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. The US Department of Defense finds the reports “deeply concerning.” Usually when the western governments start quacking about “chemical attacks,” it means they’re planning to take action of … Continue reading “Mariupol: Let’s Talk About ‘Chemical Weapons’ Propaganda”

War Is the Crime. Its Perpetrators Seldom Face Justice.

“Genocide.” That’s the announced verdict of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy as images of hundreds of civilian dead – some with their hands bound, apparently executed – emerged from the city of Bucha following a withdrawal of Russian troops. “You may remember I got criticized for calling Putin a war criminal,” says US president Joe Biden. … Continue reading “War Is the Crime. Its Perpetrators Seldom Face Justice.”

Sanctions on Russian Oil Will Drive Up American Gas Prices

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on March 4, 80% of Americans support a US government ban on the importation of Russian oil. Meanwhile, Americans are also complaining about high gas prices, which reached an average of more than $4 per gallon over the weekend following the poll’s release, in large part due to US … Continue reading “Sanctions on Russian Oil Will Drive Up American Gas Prices”

The West’s SWIFT Kick Is Aimed at Russia, But it Will Also Hit the US Dollar

As part of the western response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, several regimes acted on February 26 to exclude certain Russian banks from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) network. As of March 1, Reuters reports, SWIFT says it’s awaiting a list of the sanctioned banks so that it can cut them … Continue reading “The West’s SWIFT Kick Is Aimed at Russia, But it Will Also Hit the US Dollar”

Ukraine: Don’t Look to Politicians for Peace

At this point in my life, I’ve been consistently opposed to war for about twice as long as I spent as a Marine infantryman (with precisely the attitude toward war you would expect). The change was incremental and took a few years, but I consider my decision to march in the streets against the 2003 … Continue reading “Ukraine: Don’t Look to Politicians for Peace”

Ukraine: US ‘Diplomacy’ Is the Problem. Can It Become the Solution?

After weeks of unsuccessfully attempting to either bully Russia’s Vladimir Putin into submission or bait him into war, US president Joe Biden may finally be looking for a face-saving exit from of the Ukraine “crisis” of his own making. Reuters reports that Biden, at the urging of French president Emmanuel Macron, is willing “in principle” … Continue reading “Ukraine: US ‘Diplomacy’ Is the Problem. Can It Become the Solution?”

Vladimir Putin Is Not the Neville Chamberlain the US/NATO Is Looking For

“I think one lesson in recent history,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on January 7, referring to the entry of Russian troops into Kazakhstan to save that country’s allied regime from an uprising of dissatisfied serfs, “is that once Russians are in your house, it’s sometimes very difficult to get them to leave.” … Continue reading “Vladimir Putin Is Not the Neville Chamberlain the US/NATO Is Looking For”