Election-Meddling Follies, 1945-2019

Originally posted at TomDispatch. In this country, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief. Let’s face it, when it comes to election meddling, it’s been me, me, me, 24/7 here. Yes, in some fashion some set of Russians meddled in the last election campaign, whether it was, as Jared Kushner improbably claimed, … Continue reading “Election-Meddling Follies, 1945-2019”

The Time Has Come for Patriotic Dissent: Stopping War With Iran Is Essential

What if they called a war and no one came? Well, now’s the time folks. The apparent march to war with Iran represents a pivotal moment in the historical arc – the rise and fall – of our republic come empire. This potential war is so unnecessary, so irrational, that it borders on the absurd. … Continue reading “The Time Has Come for Patriotic Dissent: Stopping War With Iran Is Essential”

A US War on Iran Would Be Evil, Stupid, and Self-Damaging

“If Iran wants to fight,” US president Donald Trump tweeted on May 19, “that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again.” The “threat” Trump appears to be responding to is a statement from Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that “[w]e are certain … there will not be a … Continue reading “A US War on Iran Would Be Evil, Stupid, and Self-Damaging”

Iraq All Over Again? And Where Is Katharine Gun?

Some called her a traitor; others insisted she was a hero. Whatever, she blew the whistle ultimately revealing the truth behind the build-up to the Iraq War-regime change, disguised as terrifying threats of weapons of mass destruction. Exaggerating threats to provoke a war? Sound familiar? Never mind that invading another country for the purpose of … Continue reading “Iraq All Over Again? And Where Is Katharine Gun?”

Lesson From FBI’s ‘Niger Uranium Forgeries’ File

An analysis of 640 pages of FBI investigatory records obtained by IRmep under the Freedom of Information Act reveals how the FBI Director limited Senator John D. Rockefeller’s urgent 2003 written demand for accountability over faulty Iraq war intelligence into a narrow overseas investigation. The released files, originally scheduled for declassification on December 31, 2028 … Continue reading “Lesson From FBI’s ‘Niger Uranium Forgeries’ File”

China Victory Assured With Any US/Iran Conflict

The outcome of a U.S. war with Iran is as predictable as the outcome of the 1997 blockbuster Titanic. The great ship of state ends up at the bottom of the ocean – everything else is just small drama. The above is not a desperate cry for caution or pragmatism. It is based on the … Continue reading “China Victory Assured With Any US/Iran Conflict”