We Spent a Billion Dollars Fighting the Houthis… and Lost

Why does it seem the Pentagon is far better at spending money than actually putting together a successful operation? The failed “Operation Prosperity Guardian” and the disastrous floating Gaza pier are but two recent examples of enormously expensive initiatives that, though they no-doubt enriched military contractors, were incapable of meeting their stated goals. To great … Continue reading “We Spent a Billion Dollars Fighting the Houthis… and Lost”

Encouraging War in Ukraine, New York Times Misses the Point

On the eve of a Ukraine Peace Summit in Geneva that did not talk about peace and did not include Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin set out Russia’s peace proposal to end the war. Putin’s peace proposal contains little that is new and is largely consistent with what he has been saying since the beginning … Continue reading “Encouraging War in Ukraine, New York Times Misses the Point”

The United States Is the Main Obstacle to Peace in Palestine

On June 13, Hamas responded to persistent needling by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken over the U.S. proposal for a pause in the Israeli massacre in Gaza. The group said it has “dealt positively… with the latest proposal and all proposals to reach a cease-fire agreement.” Hamas added, by contrast, that, “while Blinken continues to talk about … Continue reading “The United States Is the Main Obstacle to Peace in Palestine”

America Isolated: Why Some Western Capitals Are Shifting Positions on Gaza

On June 6, Spain joined South Africa’s case at the United Nations top Court, accusing Israel of genocide. This move followed a decision by Madrid and two other western European capitals – Dublin and Oslo – to recognize the state of Palestine, thus breaking ranks with a long-established US-led western policy. As per American thinking, … Continue reading “America Isolated: Why Some Western Capitals Are Shifting Positions on Gaza”

The Ukrainian Border War Folly

Someone should tell the European ruling elites to take a long jump off a short pier. Their endless whining about the Ruuskies and Putin is just plain pathetic because – It’s not justified – Russia bears no hallmarks of an expansionist imperial power. The Russia-Ukraine conflict is none of western Europe’s business – since its … Continue reading “The Ukrainian Border War Folly”

Gaza Ceasefire Proposal: Diplomacy or Magic Trick?

On June 10, the Security Council adopted a U.S. resolution for a ceasefire in the war in Gaza. The vote was 14-0 with Russia abstaining. There are many odd features of the resolution: especially who proposed it and who has accepted it. At stage left and stage right are the Israeli and Hamas negotiating teams. … Continue reading “Gaza Ceasefire Proposal: Diplomacy or Magic Trick?”

Countdown to Zelensky’s ‘Peace Summit’

Only a few days remain until the opening of the Summit on Peace in Ukraine, hosted by the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) at the request of the Ukrainian government, and scheduled for June 15 to 16.  The bucolic setting, in Bürgenstock overlooking Lake Lucerne, couldn’t be more pleasant.  Gentle Alpine breezes will be … Continue reading “Countdown to Zelensky’s ‘Peace Summit’”

The Day the West Defined ‘Success’ as a Massacre of 270 Palestinians

Israel hasn’t just crossed the Biden administration’s pretend “red lines” in Gaza. With its massacre at Nuseirat refugee camp at the weekend, Israel drove a bulldozer through them. On Saturday, an Israeli military operation to free four Israelis held captive by Hamas since its 7 October attack on Israel resulted in the killing of more … Continue reading “The Day the West Defined ‘Success’ as a Massacre of 270 Palestinians”

Does the Constitution Apply to Biden’s War in Ukraine?

Can the president fight any war he wishes? Can Congress fund any war it chooses? Are there constitutional and legal requirements that must first be met before war is waged? Can the United States legally attack an ally? These questions should be front and center in a debate over the U.S. involvement in Ukraine. Sadly, … Continue reading “Does the Constitution Apply to Biden’s War in Ukraine?”