Thursday, March 30, 2017

Foreign Policy

How much is an Afghan life worth? That depends

In March 2014, the U.S. military paid an Afghan man just over $1,000 to compensate for killing his civilian son in an operation near the border with Iran, according to U.S. military records released...

US Launching Soaring Number of Airstrikes Against ISIS in Iraq, Syria

Over 7,000 Strikes Carried Out in Just the Last Two Months With the fighting against ISIS increasingly confined to densely populated cities like Mosul and Raqqa, the US air war against them continues to escalate...

A US veteran reflects on protesting alongside Palestinian human rights activists in Hebron

I hadn’t been shot at in seven and a half years. In the week prior, some tear gas cans were fired by the Israeli army at my fellow Veterans For Peace members and me...

Trump’s Making His Contribution To Middle East Madness

We really could have skipped all the arduous debate on Iraq during the last presidential campaign. First, Trump was against the Iraq war from the very beginning ... Then supposedly he was for the...

US Soldiers Wounded in ‘Insider Attack’ in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Base

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan soldier opened fire Sunday inside a base in the southern Helmand province, wounding three U.S. soldiers before being shot dead. Navy Cpt. Bill Salvin, a U.S. military spokesman, said...

Tillerson: Pre-emptive force an option with North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States signaled a tougher strategy toward North Korea on Friday that leaves open the possibility of pre-emptive military action and rejects talks with the communist nation until...

The New Red Scare Masks US Foreign Policy Insanity

On March 15, US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) revealed just how ridiculous the American political establishment's reliance on Vladimir Putin as boogeyman has become. McCain, seeking the Senate's unanimous consent to advance a bill supporting admission...

Op-ed: American Church

The op-ed version of my article "Donald Trump Assumes Command of the American Church" appears this morning in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Sen. John McCain: Rand Paul Is Working for Vladimir Putin

'The Senator From Kentucky Is Now Working for Vladimir Putin' Sen. John McCain (R – AZ) has never been very good at handling not getting his way in votes on the floor of the Senate,...

Kiriakou on WikiLeaks and Trump

John Kiriakou knows a lot about leaking classified information. He went to prison for it. A former CIA agent who said too much about the Bush-era torture program, he’s also the first CIA leaker to...