Beyond Simplistic ‘Peace’

So here’s an odd, mostly overlooked scrap of recent news: Donald Trump wants to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq before he leaves office, and is expected to announce a drawdown of troops in both countries. Currently there are approximately 4,500 troops in Afghanistan and 3,000 in Iraq. The drawdown would leave 2,500 troops … Continue reading “Beyond Simplistic ‘Peace’”

As Israel Destroys EU Projects in Palestine, European Foreign Policy Remains Impotent

Belgium is furious. On November 6, the Belgian government condemned Israel’s destruction of Belgian-funded homes in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank. Understandably, Brussels wants the Israeli government to pay compensation for the unwarranted destruction. The Israeli response was swift: a resounding "no." The diplomatic row is likely to fizzle out soon; neither will Israel cease … Continue reading “As Israel Destroys EU Projects in Palestine, European Foreign Policy Remains Impotent”

The Things We Know, But Do Not Say, About the Costs of American War

This originally appeared at The Baraza. “Well, we like war. We’re a war-like people,” the comedian George Carlin, whom I’ve been missing of late, pronounced way back in 1992, on the heels of America’s triumphalist First Persian Gulf War “victory.” The cheers from his dedicated fanbase crowd aside, George’s wasn’t a popular view at the … Continue reading “The Things We Know, But Do Not Say, About the Costs of American War”

A Washington Echo Chamber for a New Cold War

Originally posted at TomDispatch. War: what is it good for? Apparently, in Washington’s world of think tanks, the answer is: the bottom line. In fact, as the Biden presidency approaches, an era of great-power competition between the United States and China is already taken for granted inside the Washington Beltway. Much less well known are … Continue reading “A Washington Echo Chamber for a New Cold War”

Will Biden Jettison the Anti-Russia Hysteria?

Joe Biden’s administration will face the daunting challenge of repairing the badly frayed U.S. relationship with Russia. Unfortunately, the president-elect is not well-positioned to undertake that task, and he should blame himself and his political associates for that situation. For four years, the Democratic Party and its media allies relentlessly pushed the narrative that Donald … Continue reading “Will Biden Jettison the Anti-Russia Hysteria?”

Killing al-Qaeda’s No. 2 Man Multiple Times and Using the IAEA Report as Excuse for Attacking Iran

Two recent reports are serious warnings to those who oppose the United States endless wars in the Middle East. The reports indicate that although President Trump has lost the elections, his efforts against Iran are continuing, and that he may be looking for an excuse to attack Iran in the last few weeks of his … Continue reading “Killing al-Qaeda’s No. 2 Man Multiple Times and Using the IAEA Report as Excuse for Attacking Iran”

Donald Trump Isn’t Gone Yet and I Already Miss Him

The Trump presidency has been a wreck. An unqualified, unprepared narcissist with a nanosecond attention span and compulsion to tweet, while holding a multitude of ill-considered opinions, became the world’s most powerful and important person. It sounded like the script for a great movie. However, it played out as the most incredible reality show in … Continue reading “Donald Trump Isn’t Gone Yet and I Already Miss Him”