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Edison Jennings: The Cats of Rome

The cats of Rome sleep, feed, and breed
among the tumbled travertine, and slip,
tails high, across the flag draped avenues.

September 23, 2021 · 3 Comments

Andrew J. Bacevich: My Son Was Killed in Iraq 14 Years Ago—Who’s Responsible?

The Islamic Republic? George W. Bush? Both answers feel like evasions.

June 1, 2021 · 7 Comments

Molly Ivins: Greatest Hits

“I have been attacked by Rush Limbaugh on the air, an experience somewhat akin to being gummed by a newt. It doesn’t actually hurt, but it leaves you with slimy stuff on your ankle.”

February 1, 2020 · 4 Comments

Allegra Harpootlian: How the U.S. Presidency Became a Killing Machine

The assassination complex from Bush to Obama to Trump. We’re only a few days into the new decade and it’s somehow already a bigger dumpster fire than the last. On … Continue reading

January 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Klare: The Missing Three-Letter Word in the Iran Crisis

If the United States goes to war with Iran, you are unlikely to hear the word “oil” uttered by top Trump administration officials, but make no mistake: that three-letter word lies at the root of the present crisis, not to speak of the world’s long-term fate.

July 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: We’re not the good guys

Addicted to war? Not us.

July 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Turning 74 in a Failing World

Three Failing Experiments? Mine, America’s, and Humanity’s.  There was a period in my later life when I used to say that, from the age of 20 to my late sixties, I … Continue reading

July 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: Making Atrocities Great Again

War Crimes and War Criminals, Old and (Potentially) New. A barely noticed anniversary slid by on March 20th. It’s been 15 years since the United States committed the greatest war … Continue reading

April 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Andrea Germanos: Supreme Court Delivers ‘Dangerous Message’ — Immunity for Former Bush Officials Over 9/11 Detentions

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that former George W. Bush officials cannot be held liable for the abuse and detention of a group of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab … Continue reading

June 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Mantra for 9/11

Exceptional Pain Dispensed by the Indispensable Nation Fourteen years later and do you even believe it? Did we actually live it? Are we still living it? And how improbable is … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Forgive Me, Mr. President

Maybe it’s that pesky Sixth Commandment: Thou shalt not kill. Or verse 5:53 of the Koran: Who so kills a soul, unless it be for murder or for wreaking corruption … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 4 Comments

Doug Anderson: Revisiting the Second Iraq War

Now that we are sinking quickly into America’s Third Iraq War, we might want to take a look at what we can learn from the second one. On September 11, … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

Marc Jampole: Sanitizing Evil

Like the Nazis & other evil-doers, American torture apologists use language to sanitize evil How do we know that those who are defending the American torture program under the presidency … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Torture Wars

It came from the top and that’s never been a secret. The president authorized the building of those CIA “black sites” and the use of what came to be known … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

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