Sunday, March 26, 2017

Foreign Policy

Meet the New Waste. Worse than the Old Waste?

Jim Bovard writes: "Trump proposes to devote almost all of the savings from cutting domestic programs into the Pentagon, whose budget would rise by $52 billion, roughly 10%. Since 9/11, the Defense Department has been...

US Airstrike Kills 33 Civilians Sheltering at Syrian School

US forces were conducting an airdrop of Kurdish fighters around the Syrian town of al-Mansour, near the ISIS capital city of Raqqa, and carrying out heavy airstrikes to cover the drop. Among the airstrikes,...

The Drone Memos

AS THE FORMER deputy legal director of the ACLU, Jameel Jaffer made many arguments challenging the Obama administration’s drone program over the years, both in and out of court. While those critiques frequently included complex...

Hands Off the Iran Deal!

President-elect Donald Trump vows to either tear up or rewrite the recent international nuclear deal with Iran, calling it ‘disastrous,’ and ‘the worst deal ever negotiated by Washington.’ Iran, which has closed important nuclear facilities,...

Br’er Rabbit and the Neocons

Considering the hawkishness of Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense-designate James Mattis, the neocons' opposition to Donald Trump looks more like Br'er Rabbit's opposition to the briar patch.

Rex Tillerson: US Forces Will Stay in Iraq After Defeat of Islamic State

U.S. military forces will remain in Iraq after the military defeat of the Islamic State in order to avert another resurgence of the terrorist organization, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced Wednesday. "The military power...

Don’t Forget President Obama’s Scandals

In this election cycle, it's been difficult to escape fawning pieces about President Obama and his legacy. They range from this lovely gusher from David Brooks from earlier this year, lauding President Obama's character and leadership, to...

Libertarians and War: A Bibliographical Essay

The relationship between war and libertarianism has interested me since 9/11. In the aftermath of those terrorist attacks, I witnessed in grim fascination many libertarians make excuses for government in the realm of national...

Our Peace President

"In President Obama’s last year in office, the United States dropped 26,171 bombs in seven countries. This estimate is undoubtedly low, considering reliable data is only available for airstrikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and...