Biden Keeps the US Mired in the Middle East

US foreign policy has been consumed by hawkish obsessions in the Middle East for the last thirty years, and the next decade promises more of the same. Despite repeated claims over the last decade that the US is "retreating" from the region, one administration after another keeps our country mired in its conflicts and rivalries. … Continue reading “Biden Keeps the US Mired in the Middle East”

Why the War Party Insists Intervention Is Always Necessary

The world seems in chaos, a dream come true for Washington’s War Party as it continues to press for a battle or two on every continent. However, this campaign for perpetual intervention and endless war by the Blob, as the foreign policy establishment is known, has lost public support. Even President Joe Biden, a captive … Continue reading “Why the War Party Insists Intervention Is Always Necessary”

US Lectures Africa, Ignoring History and Hiding Purpose

On Friday, November 19, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered a scolding and patronizing lecture to Africa. Blinken blamed increasing extremism and authoritarianism for endangering democracy and human rights on the continent. He seemed to make American military aid to Africa contingent on improved behavior. Left unsaid was that returning under America’s wing is … Continue reading “US Lectures Africa, Ignoring History and Hiding Purpose”

America’s Privileged Policy Elites and Their Lack of Accountability

It is increasingly apparent that America’s political and military elites are almost never held to account for their blunders or even outright crimes. The latest episode is the Pentagon’s multi-year campaign to conceal information about a March 2019 airstrike in Syria that killed as many as 64 civilians, including women and children. Despite the New … Continue reading “America’s Privileged Policy Elites and Their Lack of Accountability”

Playing With Fire on Russia’s Borders

Belarusian autocrat Alexander Lukashenko has cleared out the encampment at his border crossing into Poland, where thousands of Middle Eastern migrants had been living in squalor. Last week, that border crossing was the site of clashes between asylum-seekers trying to push through the razor wire and Polish troops resisting with water cannons. While the crisis … Continue reading “Playing With Fire on Russia’s Borders”

The High Stakes of the US-Russia Confrontation Over Ukraine

A report in Covert Action Magazine from the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic in Eastern Ukraine describes grave fears of a new offensive by Ukrainian government forces, after increased shelling, a drone strike by a Turkish-built drone and an attack on Staromaryevka, a village inside the buffer zone established by the 2014-15 Minsk Accords. The People’s … Continue reading “The High Stakes of the US-Russia Confrontation Over Ukraine”

How Many Dead Kids Before We Admit US ‘National Security’ Is a Lie?

A new defense budget looms. Maybe we’re running out of wars to fight, but no matter. The proposed figure before Congress is bigger than ever: $778 billion. How fascinating – and how irrelevant – that the vote is scheduled just a few days after the New York Times published its investigation of a U.S. airstrike … Continue reading “How Many Dead Kids Before We Admit US ‘National Security’ Is a Lie?”

Haiti and Ecuador: Two Plays, One Plot

Though their long histories of wishing America would leave them alone and of trying to assert their own democratic voice are uniquely their own, the recent story of American interference in Haiti and Ecuador seem to be following the same plot. Act I: The Coup In Haiti, this act has been reprised a number of … Continue reading “Haiti and Ecuador: Two Plays, One Plot”

Joe Biden Said He Was Against Endless Wars: But His Defense Secretary Is for Endless Entanglement

Can’t America ever walk away? Like an abused spouse, Washington keeps returning to the Middle East and prostrating itself before vicious dictatorships, antediluvian monarchies, sectarian oppressors, lazy looters, and selfish aggressors. Washington’s latest kowtow to all came from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin when he spoke on Saturday before the Manama Dialogue, a security conference in … Continue reading “Joe Biden Said He Was Against Endless Wars: But His Defense Secretary Is for Endless Entanglement”