Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Foreign Policy

Will Obama’s ‘Good War’ in Afghanistan Continue?

Last week, as the mainstream media continued to obsess over the CIA’s evidence-free claim that the Russians hacked the presidential election, President Obama quietly sent 300 US Marines back into Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. This...

The Art of War

As historian Nick Turse exhaustively details in his 2008 book, The Complex, the warfare state insidiously invades our everyday lives. From the products we purchase to the entertainment we consume, war is ever-present. War is...

Russian Hacking Report: All Hat, No Cattle

 In early 2003, US Secretary of State Colin Powell took the stage at the UN “to share with you what the United States knows about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.” Powell justified the impending US invasion of Iraq on...

The ‘War on Terrorism’ Just Keeps Making It Worse

European political leaders are making the same mistake in reacting to the massacre at the Christmas fair in Berlin, in which 12 died, as they did during previous terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels....

The Sheriff of Asia – Bougainville 1975-1997

The North Solomons or Bougainville was given its modern name in 1768 when a French explorer named the already inhabited mountainous tropical island paradise after himself. It was not until 1899 in the last...

After Aleppo: We Need a New Syria Policy

Over the past week, eastern Aleppo was completely brought back under control of the Syrian government. The population began to return to its homes, many of which were abandoned when al-Qaeda-linked rebels took over...

There’s more propaganda than news coming out of Aleppo this week

There was a period in 2011 and 2012 when there were genuinely independent opposition activists operating inside Syria, but as the jihadis took over these brave people were forced to flee abroad, fell silent...

Rex Tillerson and Russia: Conflict or Confluence of Interest?

Politics breeds bad incentives. While not everyone may agree with that statement, we all routinely witness its unhappy results. Economic policies are passed that benefit a small minority of business interests while raising prices for all consumers....

How Obama made Syria’s civil war much, much worse

Aleppo has fallen. And much of the West is awash in a considerable amount of guilt over the Syrian city's fate. The Eiffel Tower was dark yesterday in honor of the victims of Bashar al-Assad's...

Is the Battle for Mosul Doomed?

Since the battle to retake Mosul began in mid-October, Iraqi and coalition spokesmen have touted the significant number of villages retaken around the periphery of Mosul by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and the...