Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Foreign Policy

Why Does Assad Buy Oil From ISIS?

A common claim in the mainstream narrative about the Syrian conflict is that the “Assad regime” is “colluding” with the notorious terror group, ISIS. Some commentators even suggest that the Syrian government actually created...

TGIF: Operation CYA – Afghanistan

Steve Bannon's Breitbart and others notwithstanding, that was Trump being Trump when he announced he would not be quitting Afghanistan, despite the manifest futility and counterproductivity -- that is, idiocy -- of America's 16-year war there....

Preserving the Iran Nuclear Deal: Perils and Prospects

Introduction On July 14, 2015, the United States and its partners—China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom, collectively known as the P5+1—signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. The JCPOA is...

Escape from the Aleppo Zoo

I haven't seen many miracles in my decades of travel around the globe, particularly not in the strife-torn Mideast. But last week I participated in a real miracle in Jordan as the splendid Four Paws...

Anti-War Awakening on a Bus Trip from Baltimore

In the summer of 1975, I took off hitchhiking from the mountains of southwest Virginia to visit a college girlfriend in New England. Less than 300 miles into the trip, my thumb lost whatever...

Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan

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War With North Korea May Be Inevitable: P-Gon Has Made Up Its Mind

In 2002, I was a Boy Scout on my way to the premiere camping experience of the organization: Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.  The Ranch's base camp sits at an elevation of 5,000...

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...

McMaster, Mattis Purge Dangerous Flynn Crazies From the NSC

The purged crazies were pushing for open warfare against Syria to "confront Iran" Beloved of the establishment for all the predictable, horrible reasons the war criminal H.R. McMaster has nonetheless done at least something right....

‘Blowback’ by Chalmers Johnson

Blowback is a book that many of us know about due to its relevance in the post 9-11 world. Because of this I had known about this book for some time before I was...
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