Friday, August 18, 2017

Foreign Policy

US Army Investigator Accuses National Security Adviser McMaster of War Crimes in Iraq

Former commander in charge of US Army Military Police in Iraq says President Trump's new National Security Adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, ‘ordered’ criminal abuse of hundreds of Iraqi detainees in 2005 “Detainees were abused at...

TGIF: Trump Assumes Command of the American Church

As Donald Trump demonstrated in his first address to Congress, no matter how loathsome a ruler may be, he can bring an assembly of politicians to its feet and disarm some critics simply by invoking...

Is There a Western Plot to Overthrow Assad?

The Western narrative of the Syrian conflict, which began in the Spring of 2011, suggests that the Syrian people began to peacefully protest for an end to the Assad regime, which then responded with...

TGIF: Let’s All Calm Down about Russia

I can understand why the ruling elite, broadly conceived to include the intel bureaucracy and military-industrial complex, has an interest in positing Russia as our enemy. The reasons are obvious enough. What I can't...

TGIF: The Real Danger from Trump Is Ignored

While the chattering classes spend all their time rehashing Donald Trump's alleged -- there's a word you don't much see in the media anymore -- coordination with Russians over their alleged -- there it...

Shadow Wars: An Explosive New History Documents the Rise of ISIS

Christopher Davidson's new book Shadow Wars: The Secret Struggle for the Middle East (Oneworld Publications) is an absolute must read. It's a mammoth of a tome at 528 pages with 119 pages of endnotes, but an...

TGIF: The American Way of War

The most striking fact about the United States of America is not its supposed founding principles -- more often lauded than observed -- but how often "the greatest country on earth" has waged war....

Trump and Saudi King Salman Agree to Safe Zones in Syria and Yemen

Update 1/30/2017: 1) Here's the White House readout of the call, which clarifies some points, but leaves many other questions unanswered: White House readout of @POTUS call with Saudi King Salman says Trump asked for,...

TGIF: The Bogosity of Trump’s “America First”

It says something about the complexity of language (and me perhaps) that I took so long to realize that Donald Trump's "America First" slogan, which I found off-putting from the start, consists of the same...

TGIF: Trump’s “Fire and Fury” Wouldn’t Be the First for North Korea

Leave it to Donald Trump to threaten to rain "fire and fury" on the North Korean people the same week the world observed the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. government's vindictive atomic bombings of...