Afghan Withdrawal Enhances Long-Term US Credibility

The failure of America’s expensive Potemkin regime in Afghanistan triggered predictable wailing and caterwauling by members of Washington’s War Party. In their view the U.S. can never leave any conflict anywhere at any time lest no one ever again believe that America will defend even itself in the future. Abandon Kabul today and the Russians … Continue reading “Afghan Withdrawal Enhances Long-Term US Credibility”

Despite Its Exit, the US Will Continue To Wage War on the Taliban

The United States has always been a bad loser. Whether it has viewed itself as an imperial power, a military superpower or, in today’s preferred terminology, the “world’s policeman”, the assumption is that everyone else must submit to its will. All of which is the context for judging the outcry in western capitals over the … Continue reading “Despite Its Exit, the US Will Continue To Wage War on the Taliban”

A Bright Future for Weapons and War

Originally posted at TomDispatch. There are always winners and losers, aren’t there? For instance, the seven children who died in that last drone strike the U.S. military launched in Kabul as it was leaving town were certainly losers. Those who ordered that strike against an ISIS-K suicide bomber who wasn’t there… well, no, not actually. … Continue reading “A Bright Future for Weapons and War”

Washington’s Wars: The Killing of Zemari Ahmadi

The US government killed no ISIS-K fighters in its drone strike in Kabul last month. Instead, it killed 10 civilians. Zemari Ahmadi arrived home from work on Aug. 29 as his white Toyota Corolla was hit by an MQ-9 Reaper drone missile. He worked with Nutrition & Education International, a US-sponsored NGO, which gives food … Continue reading “Washington’s Wars: The Killing of Zemari Ahmadi”

Old Soldier Mark Milley Should ‘Fade Away’

A week after President Harry Truman fired WWII war hero Gen. Douglas MacArthur in April 1951, MacArthur addressed a joint session of Congress with some self-pity about being overruled and under-appreciated by that civilian Truman: "Old soldiers never die – they just fade away." MacArthur had publicly criticized Truman for denying him permission to nuke … Continue reading “Old Soldier Mark Milley Should ‘Fade Away’”

From the ‘Iron Wall’ to the ‘Villa in the Jungle’: Palestinians Demolish Israel’s Security Myths

25 years before Israel was established on the ruins of historic Palestine, a Russian Jewish Zionist leader, Ze’ev Jabotinsky, argued that a Jewish state in Palestine could only survive if it exists "behind an iron wall" of defense. Jabotinsky was speaking figuratively. However, future Zionist leaders, who embraced Jabotinsky’s teachings, eventually turned the principle of … Continue reading “From the ‘Iron Wall’ to the ‘Villa in the Jungle’: Palestinians Demolish Israel’s Security Myths”

Antiwar Voices Blast Biden Over ‘Absurd’ $500 Million Saudi Military Contract

Peace and human rights advocates on Friday accused President Joe Biden of breaking his promise to end American support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen after the US State Department approved a potential agreement to provide half a billion dollars worth of support services to the Middle East monarchy known for its pervasive human rights … Continue reading “Antiwar Voices Blast Biden Over ‘Absurd’ $500 Million Saudi Military Contract”

Biden Shelves Diplomacy To Confront Russia and China

On September 8, 2021, Secretary of State Antony Blinken declared that the US was getting tired of waiting for Iran: "I’m not going to put a date on it but we are getting closer to the point at which a strict return to compliance with the JCPOA does not reproduce the benefits that that agreement … Continue reading “Biden Shelves Diplomacy To Confront Russia and China”

Palestinian Prison Break: Israel Has Every Reason To Fear This Bold Move

It would be impossible for Palestinians not to revel in six prisoners carrying out a daring escape from one of Israel’s most secure and modern jails. Israel may be working overtime to demonize the six men as “terrorists”, but for Palestinians, they are among its finest and bravest foot soldiers. They are prisoners of war, … Continue reading “Palestinian Prison Break: Israel Has Every Reason To Fear This Bold Move”