America’s Pattern of Killing Innocent Civilians

Members of Congress have been actively debating whether and how to limit U.S. military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its war against Houthi forces in Yemen. American involvement in that region is reflected in a report by President Obama to Congress on October 14, 2016, stating that the Houthis had attacked US ships operating in … Continue reading “America’s Pattern of Killing Innocent Civilians”

Time for Trump To Cut the Prince Loose?

Was the assassination of JFK by Lee Harvey Oswald still getting as much media coverage three weeks after his death as it did that first week after Nov. 22, 1963? Not as I recall. Yet, three weeks after his murder, Jamal Khashoggi, who was not a U.S. citizen, was not killed by an American, and … Continue reading “Time for Trump To Cut the Prince Loose?”

The Saudis Keep Changing Their Story on the Murder of Khashoggi. What Should We Do?

The Saudi version of the disappearance and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi seems to change every day or so. The latest is the Saudi government claim that the opposition journalist was killed in a “botched interrogation” at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Or was it a fist-fight? What is laughable is that the Saudi king … Continue reading “The Saudis Keep Changing Their Story on the Murder of Khashoggi. What Should We Do?”

17 Years of War (and More to Come)

Originally posted at TomDispatch. We’re already two years past the crystal anniversary and eight years short of the silver one, or at least we would be, had it been a wedding – and, after a fashion, perhaps it was. On October 7, 2001, George W. Bush launched the invasion – "liberation" was the word often … Continue reading “17 Years of War (and More to Come)”

A Tale of Two Despots

While the whole civilized world is reeling in shock at the barbaric murder of Washington Post writer and Saudi “moderate” Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), the spotlight moves away from another despot on the other side of the world whose temperament was once thought to be more … Continue reading “A Tale of Two Despots”

Quagmire: What the Attack on General Miller in Afghanistan Tells Us

This week, the Taliban ambushed the latest senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan – General Miller. Though he was unhurt, senior Afghan officials were killed. I knew one of them – General Raziq – and he might just have been a war criminal…that’s instructive. by Danny Sjursen This week, the Taliban demonstrated – once again – … Continue reading “Quagmire: What the Attack on General Miller in Afghanistan Tells Us”