What Fareed Zakaria Gets Wrong About Afghanistan: Everything.

Since when does a (mostly) respected press pundit sound just like an army general? Well, for a while now, in fact. Politicians and reporters will argue viciously about all kinds of issues: immigration, healthcare, race, et al. There’s only one sacred cow that mainstream insiders – both "left" and right – dare not challenge: the … Continue reading “What Fareed Zakaria Gets Wrong About Afghanistan: Everything.”

Mr. President: Send Sam Nunn to Moscow

Nowadays it is hard for anyone much under the age of 50 to imagine, but once upon a time the threat of nuclear war and the prospect of planetary extinction were things people actually worried about. Backyard bomb shelters, duck and cover in the classroom, LBJ’s 1964 “Daisy” ad, apocalyptic books and films like On … Continue reading “Mr. President: Send Sam Nunn to Moscow”

President Moon Loses the Trust of North Korea as Prospects for Peace Look Grim

"His shameless talk of dialogue between the North and South [at a time like this] raises questions about his mental faculties… We have nothing to say to South Korean authorities and have no intention of sitting down with them again."* These are just some of the highlights of a North Korean spokesperson’s ruthless response to … Continue reading “President Moon Loses the Trust of North Korea as Prospects for Peace Look Grim”

Ex-Blackwater Guard Nicholas Slatten Sentenced to Life for Nisour Square Massacre

Former Blackwater USA guard Nicholas Slatten was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison nearly eight months after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder for his role in the September 2007 massacre of 17 Iraqi civilians at Nisour Square in Baghdad. "The jury got it exactly right, this was murder," US Judge Royce … Continue reading “Ex-Blackwater Guard Nicholas Slatten Sentenced to Life for Nisour Square Massacre”

The US Government Doesn’t Care About Afghan Women

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. In once, and to some extent still, relatively cosmopolitan Baghdad, Iraq, I once saw three young female college students from Mustansiriyah University walking home from class. They couldn’t have been more differently clothed. One wore a full burqa that exposed only her eyes; another a hijab, a more modest … Continue reading “The US Government Doesn’t Care About Afghan Women”

Americans Oppose Israel Lobby Junkets

Seventy members of the U.S. Congress (16% of the total membership) are visiting Israel during recess. Most of the private funding for the junket arrives through an entity called the American Israel Education Foundation. AIEF officially formed as a "supporting organization of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee" (AIPAC) in 1988 and applied for tax … Continue reading “Americans Oppose Israel Lobby Junkets”

Seth Rich’s Ghost Haunts the Courts

As if it weren’t enough of a downer for Russiagate true believers that no Trump-Russia collusion was found, federal judges are now demanding proof that Russia hacked into the DNC in the first place. It is shaping up to be a significant challenge to the main premise of the shaky syllogism that ends with “Russia … Continue reading “Seth Rich’s Ghost Haunts the Courts”