Tuesday, June 27, 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...

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...

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,...

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: 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: What a Perverse Presidential Incentive System!

All I can say is, we've got a hell of a political system on our hands when the surest way for a president to win the adoration of those who thought him a dangerous, ignorant,...

TGIF: Trump’s Mideast Mission Impossible

By now, comparing someone to the underwear gnomes of South Park fame is trite. Were it not for Donald Trump, I wouldn't go near it. But I cannot resist because it's a salient feature of his way...