US Is Sending Tanks to Ukraine. But Why?

The US announced on January 25 that it will send thirty-one M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. The tanks may take months or even years to arrive and may never see the battlefield. But that may never have been the intent. The M1 Abrams is the main battle tank of the US military and is one … Continue reading “US Is Sending Tanks to Ukraine. But Why?”

Warmongers 101 – Who Is the Institute for the Study of War?

Attention Students! Before we begin, that’s not a typographical error in the title. Whenever one investigates a "think tank," "study group," "not-for-profit," "non-governmental organization," or other such meddlesome troublemakers it needs to start with who rather than what. The people involved make the difference betwixt a mere charity and a nefarious character. As will be … Continue reading “Warmongers 101 – Who Is the Institute for the Study of War?”

What Can the United States Bring to the Peace Table for Ukraine?

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has just issued its 2023 Doomsday Clock statement, calling this "a time of unprecedented danger." It has advanced the hands of the clock to 90 seconds to midnight, meaning that the world is closer to global catastrophe than ever before, mainly because the conflict in Ukraine has gravely increased … Continue reading “What Can the United States Bring to the Peace Table for Ukraine?”

Leopards vs. the Russian Bear

ALERT MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: VETERAN INTELLIGENCE PROFESSIONALS FOR SANITY (VIPS) SUBJECT: Leopards vs. the Russian Bear Decisions in an Intelligence Vacuum Dear President Biden: We are aware that the just-reported decision to send Abrams tanks to Ukraine responds to Berlin’s coy insistence that "you go first." Now Leopard tanks from Germany and other … Continue reading “Leopards vs. the Russian Bear”

NATO’s Phony (and Dangerous) Nonbelligerent Status Regarding the Ukraine War

U.S. leaders and their media allies have fostered numerous, self-serving myths about the war in Ukraine. One myth is that Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine was entirely unprovoked, since NATO’s expansion to Russia’s border was not a hostile act. Another fable is that Ukraine is a freedom-loving democracy. Still another is that the Russia-Ukraine … Continue reading “NATO’s Phony (and Dangerous) Nonbelligerent Status Regarding the Ukraine War”

Let the Weapons Flow and the Body Count Grow

Reprinted from Bracing Views with the author’s permission. Two articles I read Monday are typical of polarized, indeed antithetical, views on the Russia-Ukraine War. At the British Guardian, Simon Tisdall says this is Europe’s moment to step up and support Ukraine in a righteous war against Putin. He concludes, with passion: Zelenskiy is right. Risk-averse … Continue reading “Let the Weapons Flow and the Body Count Grow”

In Venezuela, the US Recognizes a Nonexistent Government

In a piece of bizarre political theater, the US now officially recognizes a government in Venezuela that does not exist. Despite the termination of the government recognized by the US, State Department spokesman Ned Price assured a press briefing that "our approach has not changed." The US still considers the elected President illegitimate – an … Continue reading “In Venezuela, the US Recognizes a Nonexistent Government”

World War Three Isn’t Coming. We’ve Been Living It All Our Lives.

If I mention the date February 24, 2022 to you, you’ll likely note it as the day on which Russian forces invaded Ukraine. Whether that date will remain carved in stone in your memory probably depends on where things go from here, nearly a year later, with the war in what looks like stalemate but … Continue reading “World War Three Isn’t Coming. We’ve Been Living It All Our Lives.”

‘Freedom for Assange and Journalism Are at Stake’: Belmarsh Tribunal Comes to DC

As Julian Assange awaits the final appeal of his looming extradition to the United States while languishing behind bars in London's notorious Belmarsh Prison, leading left luminaries and free press advocates gathered in Washington, D.C. on Friday for the fourth sitting of the Belmarsh Tribunal, where they called on U.S. President Joe Biden to drop … Continue reading “‘Freedom for Assange and Journalism Are at Stake’: Belmarsh Tribunal Comes to DC”