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The Think Tank Dedicated To Keeping the US in the Syria Quagmire

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) released a report on November 21st titled "Russia’s Dead-End Diplomacy in Syria." The report focuses on Russia’s role in supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and calls for the U.S. to maintain a presence in Syria. The ISW presents itself as a "non-partisan, non-profit, public policy research organization." … Continue reading "The Think Tank Dedicated To Keeping the US in the Syria Quagmire"

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Moral Injury and America’s Endless Conflicts

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Many men do monstrous things. And some men are very nearly monsters, capable of killing without compunction or remorse. In the everyday civilian world, we generally seek to lock them up. In war, they have a chance to fully flower. And if they serve in militaries that fight serial conflicts where … Continue reading "Moral Injury and America’s Endless Conflicts"

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NATO Is a Brain Dead, Obsolete, Rabid Dog. Euthanize It.

On November 27, US president Donald Trump signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. In early November, French president Emmanuel Macron complained that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is experiencing “brain death” as its member states go their own ways, with “no coordination whatsoever of strategic decision-making.” US president Donald Trump’s reply: … Continue reading "NATO Is a Brain Dead, Obsolete, Rabid Dog. Euthanize It."

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Trump Was Right Before He Was Wrong: NATO Should Be Obsolete

The three smartest words that Donald Trump uttered during his presidential campaign are “NATO is obsolete.” His adversary, Hillary Clinton, retorted that NATO was “the strongest military alliance in the history of the world.” Now that Trump has been in power, the White House parrots the same worn line that NATO is “the most successful … Continue reading "Trump Was Right Before He Was Wrong: NATO Should Be Obsolete"

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Trump’s Plan To Fight a Terror War Against the Cartels

The 50-year US war on drugs has been a total failure, with hundreds of billions of dollars flushed down the drain and our civil liberties whittled away fighting a war that cannot be won. The 20 year “war on terror” has likewise been a gigantic US government disaster: hundreds of billions wasted, civil liberties scorched, … Continue reading "Trump’s Plan To Fight a Terror War Against the Cartels"

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In Hong Kong, It’s US vs. China Now

At first glance, it would appear that five months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong had produced a stunning triumph. By September, the proposal of city leader Carrie Lam that ignited the protests – to allow criminal suspects to be extradited to China for trial – had been withdrawn. And though the protesters’ demands escalated … Continue reading "In Hong Kong, It’s US vs. China Now"

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The Catalan Leadership Is Serious About Independence

A few days back, Vicente Navarro – who interestingly goes by Vicenç, the Catalan version of his name, when writing in Madrid’s Castilian-language El País – endeavored to provide English-language readers with a run-down of recent social and political happenings in Spain at Counterpunch ("What is Happening in Spain?"). The article has much to recommend … Continue reading "The Catalan Leadership Is Serious About Independence"

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Profiles in Absurdity: Remembering the ‘Terror’ Wars

Series note: It has taken me years to tell these stories. The emotional and moral wounds of the Afghan War have just felt too recent, too raw. After all, I could hardly write a thing down about my Iraq War experience for nearly ten years, when, by accident, I churned out a book on the … Continue reading "Profiles in Absurdity: Remembering the ‘Terror’ Wars"

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What’s Next for Bolivia After Military Coup?

In 2005, I sat in a lounge off the Senate chamber in La Paz, Bolivia, waiting for an interview. I was wearing my best coat and tie. With my thinning hair and gray mustache, I could pass for a Bolivian of European descent. In fact, numerous people smiled and said "buenos días," as if I … Continue reading "What’s Next for Bolivia After Military Coup?"

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Britain’s Chief Rabbi Is Helping To Stoke Antisemitism

Chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has not only misrepresented the known facts about Labour and its supposed antisemitism crisis. He has not only interfered in an overtly, politically partisan manner in the December 12 election campaign by suggesting that Jeremy Corbyn – against all evidence – is an antisemite. By speaking out as the voice of … Continue reading "Britain’s Chief Rabbi Is Helping To Stoke Antisemitism"

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Iraqis Rise Up Against 16 Years of ‘Made in the USA’ Corruption

As Americans sat down to Thanksgiving dinner, Iraqis were mourning more than 60 people killed by police and soldiers on Thursday in Baghdad, Najaf and Nasiriyah. Nearly 400 protesters have been killed since hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets at the beginning of October. Human rights groups have described the crisis in … Continue reading "Iraqis Rise Up Against 16 Years of ‘Made in the USA’ Corruption"

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Non-Intervention: An Imperfect Solution to a Terrible Problem

On November 27, US president Donald Trump signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. The bill, passed by veto-proof majorities in Congress amid large protests in the “special administrative region,” allows the president to impose sanctions on officials who violate human rights there, and requires various US government departments to annually review Hong … Continue reading "Non-Intervention: An Imperfect Solution to a Terrible Problem"

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The Real Danger of the US Normalizing Israeli Settlements

It is hardly shocking that the United States government has finally decreed that illegal Jewish settlements which have been built in defiance of international law, are, somehow, "consistent" with international law.  US foreign policy has been edging closer towards this conclusion for some time. Since his advent to the White House in January 2017, President … Continue reading "The Real Danger of the US Normalizing Israeli Settlements"

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Is Ukraine Vital to US Security?

The ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Trump can certainly compete with Hollywood’s most successful drama or comedy shows. However, when we deal with national security issues one expects the actors, in this case members of Congress and witnesses, to tell the truth. In this case, some do, but some regrettably do not. The whole picture, … Continue reading "Is Ukraine Vital to US Security?"

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