Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Foreign Policy

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...

NYT Op-Ed: Let’s Not Get Carried Away on Trump-Russia

The New York Times published a remarkable op-ed on Tuesday by David Brooks, entitled "Let's Not Get Carried Away". The topic of the column is the Trump-Russia collusion investigation, and its apparent purpose is to...

70% of Americans Are Not Zionists

But Democratic and Republican Party Platforms Are An unprecedented poll reveals the gaping void between American identification with Israel and the official positions taken by both major political parties. A majority of American adults – 70.3 percent...

Why Afghanistan? Fighting a War for the War System Itself

President Donald Trump is hesitating to agree to thousands of additional troops for the war in Afghanistan as recommended by his secretary of defense and national security adviser, according to a New York Times report over...

US Warplane Shoots Down Syrian Jet over Eastern Syria

US Accuses Syrian Plane of Attacking Kurdish Forces The US has confirmed that in an incident Sunday evening, an American F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government Su-22 bomber south of Tabqa, accusing the...

Bacevich: The “Global Order” Myth

Andrew Bacevich has (another) must-read piece, "The ‘Global Order’ Myth." It's a great article, although I think he gives too much credit to Trump and has too benign a view of the pre-1945 American state....

The Problem Isn’t Willie Pete. The Problem is War Crimes.

The New York Times reports that US and/or US-allied forces in Syria may be using white phosphorous munitions in the assault on Raqqa, capital city of the Islamic State in Syria. The use of white phosphorous in war is a...

The Confused Logic of War: Review of Howard Zinn’s ‘The Bomb’

The Bomb is a combination of older essays written by Howard Zinn which looks at the morality of the mass aerial bombings of civilian dense targets. Zinn was himself a bombardier during World War...

Stop Arming Terrorists? Duh

Someone just fucking shoot me. In between doing lines of ground kopi luwak and practicing visualization techniques that are supposed to keep me from slashing the tires of my enemies, I spent my afternoon today...

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...