The claim that US Christian Zionists are "the largest Israel lobby" is a canard now so commonplace that it appears within the first paragraph of Wikipedia’s page on the "Israel lobby in the United States." But are Christian Zionists really the largest Israel lobby? That all depends on your definition of "large," "lobby" and beliefs … Continue reading "Are Christian Zionists the ‘Largest Pro-Israel Lobby’?"
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With the election just weeks away, both President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden claim to be the best person to protect Americans in a dangerous world. Yet neither one has explained when they would take the U.S. into war. Trump was recently asked whether he would let China "get away with" invading … Continue reading "Trump and Biden Should Tell Americans When They Plan To Go to War"
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On September 11, 2020, Bahrain announced that it had agreed to normalize relations with Israel, following a similar agreement by the United Arab Emirate (UAE). Both agreements are being packaged and sold as historic peace plans. They’re Not Peace Plans When President Carter brokered the peace plan between Israel and Egypt, that was a historic … Continue reading "Peace Plans That Have Nothing To Do With Peace"
At a White House ceremony today, the Israelis and Emiratis will officially normalize diplomatic relations. Bahrain, the latest "prospect" to sign on to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s diplomatic road-show, is sending some officials to the party. When both deals are sealed, Abu Dhabi and Manama will be the third and fourth Arab countries to … Continue reading "Arranged Marriage: Bahrain and Israel’s Peculiar ‘Peace’"
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"There is no… sound reason for the United States to continue sacrificing precious lives and treasure in a conflict not directly connected to our safety or other vital national interests." So said William Ruger about Afghanistan, our longest war. What makes this statement significant is that President Donald Trump has ordered a drawdown by mid-October … Continue reading "Are the Forever Wars Really Ending?"
Reprinted from The Grayzone with the author’s permission. A September 1 report in the Moscow daily Kommersant on a “dark web” site offering a database of personal information on millions of registered American voters undermines one of the central themes of the Russia hysteria pervading US politics. Democratic politicians and corporate media pundits have long … Continue reading "Dark Web Voter Database Report Casts New Doubts on Russian Election Hack Narrative"
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America’s post-9/11 wars have had disastrous consequences. They have been a geopolitical bust, fragmenting rather than eliminating terrorist groups, enhancing Iran’s influence, and destabilizing the Middle East. The humanitarian consequences have been even worse: thousands of Americans killed, tens of thousands wounded, hundreds of thousands of civilians killed, millions of people displaced, al-Qaeda in Iraq … Continue reading "Saudi Arabia and America Are Responsible for the ‘Houthi Threat’ in Yemen"
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Suckers? Give me a break. It’s perfectly clear that Donald Trump considers just about every last one of us a sucker (including the members of his base) and that’s not news at all. It’s only news when he calls the military dead of past wars "suckers" and "losers," as reported by Jeffrey Goldberg in an … Continue reading "Ending the Pentagon’s Pandemic of Spending"
Most Americans’ response to the September 11 terrorist attacks was one of absolute shock. Hijacked planes, explosions, collapsing towers, screams, sirens, chaos – this was the stuff Hollywood movies were made of. American Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld explained that the collective surprise and panic in the aftermath of the attacks were due to "the … Continue reading "9/11 and the Failure of Imagination"
Protests turned violent in Hilla.
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Next week, on September 15, Donald Trump will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan for a ceremonial signing of the Israel-United Arab Emirates deal to normalize relations between the two countries. Termed the Abraham Accord, the deal has been condemned by many for failing to secure … Continue reading "Peace Through Weapons Sales to the UAE"
Seventy-five years ago Japan was preparing to officially surrender. On August 23, 1945 Lt. John K. Bremyer was working at the Office Messenger Mail Center in the navy complex on the Mall in Washington, D.C., when he received orders from Adm. William "Bull" Halsey to bring a precious item to the battleship Missouri for the … Continue reading "The Roots of America’s Disastrous Overseas Failures: Hubris as Foreign Policy Goes Back More Than a Century"
I went to the Old Bailey today expecting to be awed by the majesty of the law, and left revolted by the sordid administration of injustice. There is a romance which attaches to the Old Bailey. The name of course means fortified enclosure and it occupies a millennia old footprint on the edge of London’s … Continue reading "Hypocrisy on Display at Assange’s Extradition Hearing"
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There are maybe a dozen instructors whom I remember well from my cadet days at West Point. A few of these were monsters; the rest inspiring in some way. Major Joel Rayburn was the latter sort. I was a secret-geek of a history major in my junior year: Spring 2004, I believe. The classroom was … Continue reading "The Tragedy of Col. (ret.) Joel Rayburn: A Former Student’s Lament"
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It isn’t easy to analyze President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. It is at times reckless and foolish. And the president has failed to fulfill his promises to halt America’s "endless wars." Yet, unlike his predecessors going back to Ronald Reagan, Trump has not started any new or joined any old conflicts. Today that passes for … Continue reading "Time To Halt America’s Endless War in Afghanistan"