ONE LESSON IS BETTER THAN NONE

In my last column I did my best to summarize a very disagreeable book. Today, I will be looking at another rather short book, which has an interesting and important central theme. That theme is that “warfare against civilians must never be answered in kind”1 – further, that such warfare is everywhere and always “self-defeating” … Continue reading “ONE LESSON IS BETTER THAN NONE”

Why Are We Meddling in the Ukraine?

I strongly oppose H. Res. 339, a bill by the United States Congress which seeks to tell a sovereign nation how to hold its own elections. It seems the height of arrogance for us to sit here and lecture the people and government of Ukraine on what they should do and should not do in … Continue reading “Why Are We Meddling in the Ukraine?”

Destabilizing the Balkans: US & Albanian Defense Cooperation in the 1990s

Recent events in the Balkans indicate that the foreign policy team of President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney is confronted with a monumental task in this part of the world. Unfortunately, little is known about the magnitude of problems that the Bush administration has inherited from the Clinton administration in this part of … Continue reading “Destabilizing the Balkans: US & Albanian Defense Cooperation in the 1990s”

The Truth, At Last

In the gray, matter-of-fact bureaucratese so typical of a government document, the leaked “Israeli Art Student Papers” – posted on Antiwar.com yesterday – confirm what we have been saying in this space all along: that an underground apparatus of Israeli covert agents, centered in the southwestern US but extending nationwide, carried out extensive operations in … Continue reading “The Truth, At Last”

Conscription: A Tradition of Slavery

I rise to introduce legislation expressing the sense of Congress that the United States government should not revive military conscription. Supporters of conscription have taken advantage of the events of September 11 to renew efforts to reinstate the military draft. However, reviving the draft may actually weaken America’s military. Furthermore, a military draft violates the … Continue reading “Conscription: A Tradition of Slavery”

Mideast: The Iraqi Connection

Why is the Bush administration, after a period of benign neglect, suddenly interested in mediating the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian dispute? It’s hardly a news flash that it’s mainly because the administration is just itching to attack Iraq. But how realistic is the idea that the United States can play deus ex machina in the Middle East … Continue reading “Mideast: The Iraqi Connection”

What Are We Fighting For?

As a commentary on how quickly the original rationale for this war has been abandoned, Maureen Dowd dubs the Evil One “Osama bin Later,” or, alternatively, “the One Formerly Known as Evil,” as the President declares: “I am truly not that concerned about him.” Yesterday bin Laden was the epitome of Pure Evil – today … Continue reading “What Are We Fighting For?”

God, It’s Great To Be American!

There’s nothing like being in the safe hands of the Bush administration. I mean, how embarrassing for those poor people in Zimbabwe, dealing with their rigged presidential election. Imagine the shame of knowing opposition voters had been systematically disenfranchised, and that the Supreme Court had stepped in to support a specific presidential candidate. That could … Continue reading “God, It’s Great To Be American!”

God, It’s Great To Be American!

There’s nothing like being in the safe hands of the Bush administration. I mean, how embarrassing for those poor people in Zimbabwe, dealing with their rigged presidential election. Imagine the shame of knowing opposition voters had been systematically disenfranchised, and that the Supreme Court had stepped in to support a specific presidential candidate. That could … Continue reading “God, It’s Great To Be American!”