The Bipartisan Assault on the Right to Travel

This originally appeared at the Future of Freedom Foundation. Americans used to boast proudly that unlike most countries in the world, domestic travel in the United States was unfettered by legal obstacles. Unfortunately, an array of restrictions on airline travel reduced that freedom, but one could still drive from Massachusetts to California without once having … Continue reading “The Bipartisan Assault on the Right to Travel”

Why We Don’t Negotiate

The signature of Joe Biden’s State Department has been the abdication of diplomacy. Its head, Antony Blinken, the chief U.S. diplomat, has abdicated the role of diplomat. Though obvious in Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea, this absence of diplomacy has been nowhere more evident than in the Russo-Ukrainian war where the State Department has … Continue reading “Why We Don’t Negotiate”

Depleted Uranium Added to Toxic Mess in Ukraine

Following on from its decision to donate widely banned cluster munitions to Ukraine the US is sending armor-piercing depleted uranium (DU) munitions to fight Russia. Indifferent to the poisonous effect of these weapons, the Justin Trudeau government has remained mum on Washington’s escalatory move. Depleted uranium (DU) is a by-product from the production of fuel … Continue reading “Depleted Uranium Added to Toxic Mess in Ukraine”

The West’s Blueprint for Goading China Was Laid Out in Ukraine

The West is writing a script about its relations with China as stuffed full of misdirection as an Agatha Christie novel. In recent months, US and European officials have scurried to Beijing for so-called talks, as if the year were 1972 and Richard Nixon were in the White House. But there will be no dramatic, … Continue reading “The West’s Blueprint for Goading China Was Laid Out in Ukraine”

Why Are We in Niger?

The July military coup in the west African country of Niger has once again brought attention to the fact that the US government runs a global military empire that serves Washington’s special interests, and not the national interest. Before the coup made news headlines, most Americans – including many serving in Congress – had no … Continue reading “Why Are We in Niger?”

Will Ukraine’s Western Apologists Finally Admit the Truth?

For Western officials and their news media conduits who have carefully crafted the myth that Ukraine is a vibrant democracy, the past few weeks have been extremely challenging.  First came the revelation that members of the country’s draft boards had engaged in a pervasive degree of corruption. Prospective conscripts were paying $5,000 bribes to avoid … Continue reading “Will Ukraine’s Western Apologists Finally Admit the Truth?”

Hawks Want Biden To Take the Fight With Russia Global

Reprinted with permission from the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft Hawkish critics of the Biden administration have been constantly agitating for escalation over Ukraine for the last year and a half. Whatever Biden has done in support of Ukraine, hawks complain that he has been too slow and too stinting in what the U.S. provides, … Continue reading “Hawks Want Biden To Take the Fight With Russia Global”

How 9/11 Bred a ‘War on Terror’ From Hell

On September 11th, 22 years later, what are we to make of it all? Who even remembers that, as the Pentagon burned, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld picked up a scrap of hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 from the smoking ruins of that building. Soon after, he would tell his aides (as one of them … Continue reading “How 9/11 Bred a ‘War on Terror’ From Hell”

Is the CIA in Your Underwear?

In a year, if a friend asks you if the CIA is in your underwear, you’d probably not take the question seriously. You’d be wrong. The CIA is spending millions in tax dollars to get into your underwear next year. Eleven years ago, when this column asked if the CIA was in your kitchen, folks … Continue reading “Is the CIA in Your Underwear?”