Triumph of Conventional Wisdom: AP Expunges Iran/Contra Pardons from Barr’s Record

A president facing a major scandal, just as the highest-profile trial is about to begin, pardons the indicted or convicted officials around him to effectively stop the investigation that’s closing in on his own illegal conduct. Trump soon? We’ll see. But this actually describes what President George H.W. Bush did in 1992. The Iran/Contra scandal … Continue reading “Triumph of Conventional Wisdom: AP Expunges Iran/Contra Pardons from Barr’s Record”

Elizabeth Warren Pierces Through Rhetoric on Economy, Muddles on Foreign Policy

In her New Years Eve announcement forming an exploratory committee for the presidency, Sen. Elizabeth Warren made a great point: “Right now, Washington works great for the wealthy and the well-connected. It’s just not working for anyone else.” In case you missed that, she pointedly did not say “the economy isn’t working well” or such, … Continue reading “Elizabeth Warren Pierces Through Rhetoric on Economy, Muddles on Foreign Policy”

McCain as Confederate

The day after John McCain died, I happened to visit a memorial to Confederate prisoners of war at Point Lookout, Maryland. Flying a Confederate flag overhead, the monument seemly ironically features a quote at the base from Maya Angelou. I realized there the way I felt about the soldiers commemorated there was decidedly similar how … Continue reading “McCain as Confederate”

Nuclear Annihilation of a Radical Message on Israel

There were some lovely, moving moments in the memorial service of Concepcion Picciotto at Luther’s Place Church on Saturday. Concepcion is known – with William Thomas, who died a few years ago – for leading what is apparently the longest protest in U.S. history: Against nuclear weapons in Lafayette Park, in front of the White … Continue reading “Nuclear Annihilation of a Radical Message on Israel”

Face It: Trump Is Right About Iraq – and That Should Sink Clinton

At first I thought it ironic that Saturday’s Republican debate happened in the “Peace Center” in Greenville, South Carolina. [video and transcript] But perhaps that had a positive effect. Actually, no. For the discerning listener, Donald Trump has been critical of U.S. militarism for some time. On Russia, on Syria, on Iraq and on North … Continue reading “Face It: Trump Is Right About Iraq – and That Should Sink Clinton”

The Left and Right Must Stop the Establishment’s Perpetual War Machine

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, some of us tried to raise questions of U.S. foreign policy. I got my mic cut on O’Reilly’s show. Others got far worse – a friend basically felt he had to move out of his neighborhood he was so reviled for criticizing the US’s militarism. Oh, yeah, and … Continue reading “The Left and Right Must Stop the Establishment’s Perpetual War Machine”

The Absurd US Stance on Israel’s Nukes: A Video Sampling of Denial

On Tuesday, at a rare joint session of Congress for a foreign leader, members of Congress will clap hands raw for Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel—a nation many members of Congress are incapable of speaking simple truths about. The upshot of the professional wrestling “fight” between Obama and Netanyahu the last several days … Continue reading “The Absurd US Stance on Israel’s Nukes: A Video Sampling of Denial”