Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Foreign Policy

Pompeo vs. WikiLeaks: It’s No Contest

Last July, while stumping for then-candidate, now-president Donald Trump, US Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) gleefully referenced nearly 20,000 Democratic National Committee emails released by the transparency/disclosure journalists at Wikileaks. “Need further proof that the fix...

Israeli Settlers Taunt Palestinian Hunger-strikers with Barbecue

Israeli settlers held a barbecue on Thursday outside a jail where Palestinian detainees are currently on hunger strike in an attempt to make their protest more arduous. Dozens of Israelis gathered outside the Ofer jail,...

GAO Weighs In On “Countering Violent Extremism”

The ongoing controversy and litigation over the Trump administration’s “Muslim ban” has reignited a debate that has raged since the 9/11 attacks: Who commits more domestic terrorism–violent Salafists or traditional “right wing” extremists? According...

The Nerve Agent Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria

A Quick Turnaround Assessment of the White House Intelligence Report Issued on April 11, 2017 Dear Larry: I am responding to your distribution of what I understand is a White House statement claiming intelligence findings about...

The National Security State Was One Big Mistake

The year 1989 brought an unexpected shock to the U.S. national-security establishment. The Soviet Union suddenly and unexpectedly tore down the Berlin Wall, withdrew Soviet troops from East Germany and Eastern Europe, dissolved the...

US Marines Headed to South Afghanistan to Slow Taliban Gains

Largest Marine Deployment in Afghanistan Since 2014 With the US seeking to slow the mounting losses by the Afghan military in the southern Helmand Province, the Pentagon has announced a deployment of roughly 300 US...

MOAB is the new greatest show on earth

MOAB is the new greatest show on earth. Donald Trump is the first President to have seamlessly merged reality television with war. Like the director of an old Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, he's constantly looking...

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,...

Trump Joins the War Against Assad

The Donald's missile "attack" on Syria's al-Shairat air base is surely the most impetuous, thoughtless, reckless and stupid act from the Oval Office that we can remember — and that covers 50 years at...

Trump: NATO Is ‘No Longer Obsolete’

Continues to Demand Nations Increase Military Spending After fueling a lot of tensions with his comments during the 2016 campaign that NATO is an obsolete alliance, President Trump today declared that the alliance is “no...
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