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U.S. Army / Sgt. Joseph Rivera Rebolledo

CIA Director Is a Downer When He Makes Sense

CIA Director Leon Panetta estimates that there are currently fewer than 100 al-Qaida fighters—that’s one for every thousand or so U.S. soldiers—left in Afghanistan. Outgoing intelligence director James Jones has used the same figure. (Rant continues after the jump.)

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Leave the Nation-Building to Afghans

The good news? Nobody has to pretend anymore that Gen. Stanley McChrystal knew how to fix Afghanistan within a year. The bad news? Now we’re supposed to pretend that Gen. David Petraeus does.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE


After 41 Years, a Belated Victory for Butter

The last time America found itself in a budget debate pitting domestic priorities against war expenditures, Richard Nixon was in the White House and David Obey was the youngest member of Congress.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. JoAnn S. Makinano

5 Million Iraqis Killed, Maimed, Tortured, Displaced—Think That Bothers War Boosters?

The immensity of Iraqi civilian suffering is incomprehensible. How can war’s cheerleaders like Christopher Hitchens claim to fight on behalf of the people whose lives they helped destroy?

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE


Runaway Defense Spending Not Winning Any Wars

In Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, the major places of military interest to the United States today, there are indications that things are coming apart.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


War for Resources: From Slander to Clarion Call

Reading this week’s New York Times headline—“U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan”—many probably wondered how this information was being presented as “news” in 2010.

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 READ MORE


Historical Lessons Warn Against Modern U.S. Foreign Policy

The lesson of modern European history—the world wars and the great totalitarian convulsions—is that trying to create a utopia invites disaster.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 READ MORE



Ari Mintz

A ‘Prophecy’ Worth Watching

Theater, which at its best makes us more human and humane, has become increasingly mediocre, produced as spectacle or driven by the presence of Hollywood celebrities.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Stealth Superpower: How Turkey Is Chasing China in Bid to Become the Next Big Thing

Turkey has ambitions beyond the Middle East and the means to get there.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Israel’s Gift to Iran’s Hard-Liners

Juan Cole, who offers the single best available running commentary on the Middle East, considers the ways in which, on the first anniversary of the fraudulent Iranian elections and the rise of the Green Movement, the policy moves of both the U.S. and Israel continued to backfire in Iran.

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE



Sarah Palin: Competent Manager

How Sarah Palin says she would have dealt with the oil spill, why white people in Santa Monica are dodging immigrant police, and why the EPA is after the Amish.

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE


Why We Can’t Just ‘Look Forward’

The years of detainee abuse and constitutional violations cannot be dismissed so easily, because the past is still with us—and so are the dangers that drew America’s leaders toward the dark side.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE


Newest National Security Strategy Is an Elaboration of the Old

Even though Barack Obama writes that America cannot allow the burdens of the 21st century to “fall on American shoulders alone,” he similarly cannot accept that the United States deviate from the globalist ambitions emphasized in the published strategies of both the Bush and Obama administrations.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE


The Gaza Freedom Flotilla: Framing the Narrative

They called it “Operation Sea Breeze.” Despite the pleasant-sounding name, Israel’s violent commando raid on a flotilla of humanitarian aid ships, which left nine civilians dead, has sparked international outrage.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE



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The Christian Fascists Are Growing Stronger

Tens of millions of Americans are creating a theocratic state based on “biblical law,” and shutting out all those they define as the enemy.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Hussein Malla

A Warning From Noam Chomsky on the Threat of Elites

Whether in war or finance, the imperial mentality of elites is increasingly threatening the “unpeople” of the world, as Noam Chomsky writes in his latest book.

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: ‘Treat Palestinians Like Jews’

Robert Scheer addresses reader questions and comments about his most recent column and Israel’s deadly attack on the aid flotilla.

Posted on Jun 5, 2010 READ MORE


American soldier in Afghanistan
Flickr / National Guard

10 Things We Must Remember on Memorial Day

According to Yale historian David Blight, Memorial Day got its start at the end of the Civil War. 145 years after the end of our Civil War, our nation is engaged in near civil wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which we had a part in starting and no plans for ending.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Elizabeth Dalziel

This Country Needs a Few Good Communists

Hope in this age of bankrupt capitalism will come with the return of the language of class conflict. It does not mean we have to agree with Karl Marx, but we have to speak in his vocabulary.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. David Ake

Memorial Day and Our Discontents

Why is it that every Memorial Day we note that a holiday set aside for honoring our war dead has become instead an occasion for beach-going, barbecues and baseball?

Posted on May 30, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Rand Paul and Social Justice

On Thursday Robert Scheer responded to reader questions and comments about his column “Blame Clinton, Not Paul.” Scheer said, “both Democrats and Republicans have betrayed the interests of black and brown people and those who got stuck with subprime mortgages, and that’s the pressing civil rights issue right now.”

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s New Security Strategy Looks Much Like the Old One

Though the president reiterated his promise of success, the future he outlined at West Point is hard to distinguish from what we have already been through in Iraq, with less than reassuring results.

Posted on May 26, 2010 READ MORE


Alleged Chicago Torturer’s Overdue Day in Court

Abu Ghraib has nothing over Chicago. Forty years ago, Jon Burge returned from Vietnam, joined the Chicago Police Department and allegedly began torturing people.

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE



Rep. Alan Grayson Introduces the ‘War Is Making You Poor Act’

The bill would cut the DoD’s budget and use that money to make the first $35,000 each American earns tax-free.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Obama Outlines National Security Doctrine

Eight years ago President George W. Bush went to West Point to declare a new, bomb-a-holic course for American security. Now, President Barack Obama has used the same platform to declare a revised doctrine, one that roots security in diplomatic engagement and international alliances.

Posted on May 22, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Rand Paul

Why is a lefty excited by the thought of a Kentucky libertarian in Congress? Robert Scheer responds to reader questions and comments about his latest column.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


What Next for NATO?

The European Union doesn’t know where it stands at this moment. NATO thinks it knows and is gambling.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE



Iraq Electoral Commission

Iraq’s Election Results Stand

The Iraqi electoral commission has upheld the results of the country’s parliamentary election after a partial recount demanded by the incumbent prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, whose coalition finished second in the voting.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen

Iraq Election Victor Fears Sectarian War

Iyad Allawi, whose Iraqiya Party won the most seats in Iraq’s recent election, says sectarian violence could overtake Iraq, the region and even “the world at large” if the opposition continues to try to undermine his victory and establish a Shiite-dominated parliament.

Posted on May 10, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Olivier Laban-Mattei

After Religion Fizzles, We’re Stuck With Nietzsche

The traditional religious institutions are in irreversible decline. They have nothing left to say. And their aging congregants, who are fleeing the church in droves, know it. But don’t think the world will be a better place for their demise.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE


U.S. soldier in Afghanistan
Flickr / U.S. Army

America’s War Disease

The Afghanistan war, along with Iraq, has become a chronic illness that America has learned to ignore. News of the sick economy, natural and human-made disasters and momentary sensations flashes across cable news screens and the Internet, leaving hardly any space for the war.

Posted on May 7, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Eboni Knox

No One Cares

We are approaching a decade of war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq is in its eighth year. The peace movement, despite the heroic efforts of a handful of groups, is dead.

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE


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Hedges Joins Kucinich, Scahill for Teach-In on Ending U.S. Wars

Did Congress declare war on Afghanistan according to the rules set forth in the Constitution? According to David Swanson, who joined Chris Hedges, Jeremy Scahill, Ann Wright and Josh Steiber for a teach-in Thursday on Capitol Hill ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


The NATO Nuisance

Large and firmly implanted bureaucratic organizations are almost impossible to kill, even when they have no reason to continue to exist, as NATO has not since the Soviet Union, communism and the Warsaw Pact all collapsed.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez

When It Comes to War, Congress Is on Permanent Vacation

Judging by the lack of interest, involvement and oversight, it’s difficult not to conclude that Congress has largely taken a not-my-problem approach to America’s wars. (continued)

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Karim Kadim

Iraq Hit by Wave of Bombings

A series of deadly bombings in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq struck a party headquarters, two mosques and other sites, in apparent retaliation for a U.S.-Iraqi raid five days earlier that killed the two top leaders of the country’s insurgency.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The World Prefers Obama’s America

As approval ratings for Barack Obama decline at home, world opinion of the United States is rising steadily under his stewardship.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE


Exaggeration of Iranian Threat Could Have Dire Consequences

It is a dismaying reflection that the facilitators of major violence thus far in the 21st century have been lies told by democratic governments.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Department of State

Two Top Al-Qaida Leaders Killed in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced Monday that two major al-Qaida figures in Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri, were killed by American and Iraqi forces Sunday morning.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / So Cal Metro

Border Agents Shoot Man at Tijuana Crossing

Seemingly taking a cue from Iraqi anti-insurgency manuals, U.S. border agents opened fire on a man as he attempted to drive through the border checkpoint at the Tijuana-San Ysidro crossing, fleeing officials after he failed to present legal identification.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE


What Obama’s Nuclear Weapons Conference Missed

The specific inspiration for weapons proliferation among vulnerable Third World states is the desire to have a nuclear deterrent against invasion or attack by the United States (or in the Iran case, Israel), or by some other nation in the future.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE



War and Taxes Edition

On today’s list: Behind the Vatican’s blame-the-gays strategy, how much you owe for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the most corporate band and nine myths about socialism in the U.S.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE



One Marine’s ‘Liberty Walk’ for the Rest of Us

Ernest Logan Bell, a 25-year-old Marine Corps veteran walking 90 miles to make a point, is the new face of the resistance. He is young, at home in the culture of the military, deeply suspicious of the federal government, disgusted by the liberal elite, unable to find work and angry.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


Maliki
Wikimedia Commons

Iran Casts a Vote in Iraq

Shiite-dominated Iran has shifted its stance toward neighboring Iraq, backing Sunni inclusion in a new government in Baghdad and likely putting a damper on current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s attempts to shape the new government.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE



Collateral Murder in Iraq

A United States military video was released this week showing the indiscriminate targeting and killing of civilians in Baghdad.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

As Iraq Threatens to Come Apart, U.S. Problems in Afghanistan Mount

Washington once again finds itself dangerously entangled with the hostile policies, nationalistic interests and supporters, and personal ambitions of a foreign figure whom it counted on to serve American interests.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


Baghdad bomb site
AP / Karim Kadim

Baghdad Bomb Attacks Kill 50

A string of at least seven bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday killed 50 people, the latest in a series of attacks that have claimed about 120 lives in the Iraqi capital over the last five days, sparking concern that the level of violence and sectarian unrest will rival the bloody months before the surge of 2007.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE



Robert Reich Edition

What Noam Chomsky has to say about globalization, why older is wiser, and proof that at least two of the three bozos who most wrecked the economy still don’t get it.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


Video Shows Gunning Down of Journalists and Iraqi Civilians

The website WikiLeaks has found and decrypted a 2007 video showing a U.S. Apache helicopter firing on more than a dozen people, including two Reuters journalists. The U.S. military previously denied knowing how the journalists and civilians died.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Alaa al-Marjani

25 Dead in Baghdad Shooting

In the early hours of Saturday morning, a group of men dressed as Iraqi army soldiers busted into five houses in a southern district of Baghdad, handcuffing up to 25 people and shooting them in the head.

Posted on Apr 3, 2010 READ MORE


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