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Pentagon Confirms Airstrike Killed More Than 100 Civilians in Mosul

This account is at odds with what the U.S.-led coalition’s top officer suggested during a Pentagon press briefing held 11 days after the strike.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE


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Two Views on Trump and the Israel Reality

Can Donald Trump bring peace to the Middle East? Author Yoav Litvin and Tom Dine, former head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, examine the possibility.

Posted on May 22, 2017 READ MORE



Trump to Make Speech on Islam During Saudi Arabia Visit

The president’s address is said to have been written by adviser Stephen Miller, a notoriously far-right critic of Muslims. What could possibly go wrong?

Posted on May 20, 2017 READ MORE



The U.S. and Turkey Are Deeply Divided Over Syria Policy

Two really big egos met at the White House this week, as Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan consulted with Donald Trump. They have different priorities on Syria.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE



Mosul on My Mind

Iraq’s military, along with the U.S. Air Force, claims to be taking great care to avoid destruction in Mosul, but significant swathes of the Iraqi city is likely to be left in ruins.

Posted on May 16, 2017 READ MORE



The Hazards of Military Worship

An Army strategist notes that, while everyone loves the troops and their generals, history indicates that military advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Posted on May 13, 2017 READ MORE



Obama and Trump Could Both Be Considered Guilty of War Crimes

A group of Obama White House lawyers—who defended the U.S. bombing of Libya, drone wars and the “proxy” war against Syria—is suing Trump for failing to legally justify his attack on a Syrian air base.

Posted on May 11, 2017 READ MORE



Which Middle East Authoritarian Leader Is Trump Most Like?

Trump’s firing of James Comey raises the question of whether he and his fellow neofascists intend to lead the U.S. down the path being taken by Egypt’s and Turkey’s presidents (pictured).

Posted on May 10, 2017 READ MORE



Forbidden Questions: 24 Key Issues Ignored by the Washington Elite and the Media

The media’s obsession with Donald Trump provides an excuse for highlighting trivia while slighting issues that deserve far more attention.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE



What Foreign Policy Will New French President Pursue in the Middle East?

Although Emmanuel Macron seems to shy from furthering foreign military engagement, his positions on Middle Eastern foreign policy seem similar to those in Washington, D.C.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE



What Is the ‘Trump Doctrine’ of Foreign Policy?

At first glance, international relations under the new president seem inconsistent and arbitrary. In fact, he’s operating on four major principles.

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump Is on Course to Be One of the Worst Presidents in U.S. History

Trump had a chance for a transformational presidency, but his decisions in his first 100 days in office have put him on an almost irreversible path to failure.

Posted on May 1, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Sends Troops to the Turkish-Syrian Border

The president is in the position of trying to separate—and make peace between—a major military power and a band of leftist Kurds.

Posted on May 1, 2017 READ MORE



The Honeymoon of the Generals

Trump has appointed generals to crucial posts in his administration, lifted restraints on how commanders in the field can act and let the military send more personnel into the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE



How to Lose the Next War in the Middle East

The short answer: Fight it.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 READ MORE



Neocons Have a Long List of Endless-War Ideas for Donald Trump

The Democrats’ “Russia-made-Hillary-lose” hysteria has pushed a weakened president toward hawks who support massive U.S. military intervention worldwide. (Pictured, at center, neocon Robert Kagan.)

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE


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Turkey’s Democracy Is in Trouble as Leader Erdogan Gains More Power With Constitutional Change

Sunday’s referendum results will move the country to a system that potentially gives Erdogan enough political longevity to eventually achieve his desired “dictatorship Lite.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE


War Games









Posted on Apr 15, 2017 ENLARGE



What Does an ‘America-First’ Foreign Policy Actually Mean?

Donald Trump’s talk of finally winning again is a recipe for prolonging wars guaranteed to create more chaos and failed states in the Middle East, and possibly beyond.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE



In Just Three Months, Trump Has Escalated Four Middle Eastern Wars

The president campaigned on reducing these foreign entanglements, but in office he has forgotten that commitment.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE



Ahmadinejad’s Surprise Comeback: Can We Survive Iran’s Former President and Trump at the Same Time?

If Ahmadinejad is elected next month, the stream of nonsense coming at us from both Tehran and Washington would be too much to bear.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE



Dereliction of Duty, Redux

All the evidence in Syria leads to an inescapable conclusion: The American military strike was a violation of international law.

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 READ MORE


Weight and Sea









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Why Russia Won’t Leave Syria

Russia has all but won the war in Syria, and it’s not going to yield the sphere of influence it has made in the region to Donald Trump or anyone else.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE



Islamic State Strikes Egyptian Christians on Palm Sunday

The terrorist group claims responsibility for two suicide bombings at churches that left more than 40 dead and 100 wounded.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 READ MORE



Iraqi Shiite Cleric Says Russia, America and Assad Should All Get Out of Syria

Muqtada al-Sadr also calls on Donald Trump to stop taking frivolous positions that damage the world community.

Posted on Apr 9, 2017 READ MORE


Jared Kushner in Charge









Posted on Apr 8, 2017 ENLARGE



Is It Our Goal to Prolong the Syrian War?

Some see a covert U.S. policy—under both Obama and Trump—to keep the war going and then, one day, to “pick up the remnants.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE



The Pandora’s Box of War

Amid the U.S. outrage over Syrian civilian deaths from banned weapons, we should not forget America’s role in creating and perpetuating the seemingly endless conflict.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Intervenes in the Civil War in Syria

The likelihood is that Thursday’s cruise missile attack was a one-off action rather than the beginning of a full-scale campaign.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE



Resurrecting the Unholy Trinity: Torture, Rendition and Indefinite Detention Under Trump

In the Middle East and elsewhere, the Trump administration has begun to signal that human rights aren’t exactly on its agenda.

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 READ MORE


Blind Taste Test









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Kushner! The Musical (Video)









Posted on Apr 6, 2017 ENLARGE



Washington’s Supreme Hypocrisy on Chemical Weapons and Civilian Deaths

The use of chemical weapons in Syria is an atrocity, but American politicians’ outrage draws on myths of American exceptionalism and erosion of political memory.

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Behavior May Encourage Attacks, Says Islamic State Spokesman

Disturbing signs emerge that the president’s odd self-presentation and erratic pronouncements could lead to a serious security threat worldwide.

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 READ MORE



Demobilizing America: A Nation Made by War and a Citizenry Unmade by It

For more than 15 years, the U.S. has been fighting essentially failed or failing wars—efforts that seem only to spread the terrorism they’re supposed to eradicate.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 READ MORE


Manufacturing Enemies









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Mainstream Media Soft-Pedaled Mosul Airstrike Headlines, Critics Charge

“[L]eading news networks went out of their way to craft some of the most euphemistic headlines imaginable,” a Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting article says about the recent U.S.-led attacks that killed hundreds of Iraqis.

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 READ MORE



An American Century of Carnage: Measuring Violence in a Single-Superpower World

Are we in an era of a “new peace”? Think again.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE



U.S. Admits Probable Role in Civilian Deaths in Mosul

American commanders have said that their military may bear some responsibility for Thursday’s errant airstrike, but the Iraqi prime minister disagrees.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE



Islamic State Is Encouraging Loner Attacks to Mask Its Decline

The terrorist organization is playing a long game in trying to herd Europe’s tens of millions of Muslims into radicalism.

Posted on Mar 25, 2017 READ MORE



It’s Time to Stop Looking to the Generals for Advice on National Security Policy

A new report by Army Gen. Joseph Votel (pictured with President Trump) is emblematic of how national security policy has become divorced from reality. 

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 READ MORE



President Blowback: How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home

If you want to know where Donald Trump came from, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter. Look someplace far more improbable: Iraq.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump Meets the Heir Apparent of the Saudi Throne: Oil Boycott or Bromance?

Prince Muhammad bin Salman is likely to come away empty handed in the most important dispute—the one over Syria.

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE


Historian Juan Cole Warns Against Strongmen at Home and Abroad

In an interview by Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, the Middle East scholar also says that Islamic terrorism is overreported in the U.S. and criticizes the linking of violence and religion.

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Misuse of American Military Power Leaves the Middle East in Chaos

Policymakers seriously overestimated the efficacy of American power to shape foreign peoples and cultures.

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 READ MORE


State Solutions









Posted on Feb 20, 2017 ENLARGE



Here We Go Again: Trump Administration Threatens Iran (Video)

Mike Flynn, the president’s national security adviser, made a brief statement Wednesday putting Iran “on notice.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Visa Denials Target Same Countries Bush Vowed to Overthrow

These are not countries that pose a danger to the U.S. They are countries that face instability and displacement when the U.S. comes knocking.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE


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