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Tom Engelhardt: Is Donald Trump an Asteroid?

Honestly, This Could Get a Lot Uglier. Sixty-six million years ago, so the scientists tell us, an asteroid slammed into this planet. Landing on what’s now Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, it gouged … Continue reading

January 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Why does Trump keep acting against U.S. interests in foreign policy?

Why does Trump keep acting against U.S. interests in foreign policy? Stupidity? Narcissism? Or maybe it’s money from Russia and elsewhere. Let’s take a bird’s eye view at the foreign … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · 5 Comments

Iman Chahin Sharba: Prior to the Departure

Before I was killed by a matter of minutes I was combing the hair of my daughter And braiding her plaits With a pair of tweezers in the shape of … Continue reading

May 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Adam Johnson: 10 of the Most Sociopathic Washington Post Columns

. For casually threatening economic ruin, inciting violence against entire populations, pushing for bombing faceless Muslims, or downplaying racism and child rape, there’s no better outlet than long-time echo chamber … Continue reading

May 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Isis – A Cup We Have Filled With Hatred

The claim to be a civilized society, the claim to be rational, advanced, even superior, is utterly bankrupt of any truth if, at those very moments when civility and rationality … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Robert Koehler: Why Bombing a Hospital is a War Crime

U.S bombs hospital in Afghanistan, kills 22 people including three children, apologizes, promises to investigate itself. “We tried to take a look into one of the burning buildings. I cannot … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

David Vine: Garrisoning the Globe

How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Undermine National Security and Harm Us All With the U.S. military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

W. J. Astore: The United States of Militarism

A century ago, the USA was a dynamic, forward-looking, freedom-espousing country that was focused on science and technology and its practical applications, as represented by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

W.J. Astore: America’s Military Strategy? Persistent Overreach

Reports that President Obama is considering even more troops and bases to fight ISIS in Iraq put me to mind of Roman general Publius Quinctilius Varus. Two millennia ago, Varus … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daniel N. White: The Fish Rots from the Head — My Q&A with Admiral William McRaven

A strange turn of fate now makes Admiral (retired) William McRaven, formerly head of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), a neighbor of mine. He’s the new Chancellor of the University … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Andy Piascik: How About Sanctions Against the United States?

As Washington’s allies in Ukraine burn people alive and the United States imposes sanctions on Russia and Venezuela, it’s essential to keep in mind which country it is that’s the … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 3 Comments

William J. Astore: The American Military Uncontained

Chaos Spread, Casualties Inflicted, Missions Unaccomplished:  It’s 1990. I’m a young captain in the U.S. Air Force. I’ve just witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, something I never thought … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Andrew Cockburn: The Kingpin Strategy — Assassination as Policy in Washington and How It Failed, 1990-2015

As the war on terror nears its 14th anniversary — a war we seem to be losing, given jihadist advances in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen — the U.S. sticks stolidly … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

W. J. Astore: A Nixon Quote Explains the Root of So Many U.S. Foreign Policy Blunders

On 30 April 1970, 45 years ago this month, President Richard M. Nixon ordered an invasion into Cambodia. Explaining his reasoning for widening the war in Southeast Asia, Nixon declared: … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

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