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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.

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Director Laura Poitras Learns Why She Was Being Detained at Airports

For six years, the “Citizenfour” filmmaker was repeatedly stopped at airports without explanation. Recently, a lawsuit uncovered the startling reason.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE


North Korea’s Message for Trump: We Will Protect Ourselves With Nuclear Weapons (Video)

If the United States takes military action against North Korea, “it would mean from that very day an all-out war,” Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol (pictured) says. 

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Friendly Fire









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War Games









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Dennis Kucinich Questions White House’s Gas-Attack Narrative (Audio and Video)

The former U.S. House member tells Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept that, militarily and politically, it makes no sense “to engage in a chemical weapons attack.”

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Is This the ‘Worst Moment in American-Russian Relations’ Since the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Stephen Cohen (pictured, left), professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics and contributing editor at The Nation, analyzes the relationship between the U.S. and Russia.

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump Surrenders to the War Party

The president, who will pursue the imperial military offensive that Barack Obama initiated, hopes the “deep state” will have mercy on his presidency.

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 READ MORE


Obsolete









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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



Bridges, Not Bombs, Would Make Donald Trump Truly Presidential

As our institutions bend and buckle and approach the breaking point, the chief executive bombs Syria and is hailed by an obeisant media.

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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.

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Dickplomacy









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U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan

The Massive Ordnance Air Blast—or MOAB—weapon was developed during the Iraq War but previously wasn’t used in combat. It’s the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal.

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Pentagon Admits Killing 18 U.S.-Backed Syrian Fighters in ‘Friendly Fire’ Incident

The incident occurred days after President Trump took unilateral military action and bombed a Syrian government air base.

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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


Jared Kushner in Charge









Posted on Apr 8, 2017 ENLARGE



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



National Insecurity

Voters drawn to Donald Trump because they believed he would rein in interventionism abroad and deal with festering problems at home are in for a disappointment.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 READ MORE



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



Campaign Against Islamic State Is Halted After U.S. Airstrikes in Mosul

President Trump may have loosened the rules of engagement for the U.S. Air Force, possibly producing more casualties in Iraq.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE


Puzzling [a cartoon from the United Arab Emirates]









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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


Meals on Wheels









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Trump’s Budget









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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



The Surge Delusion

Just as the military and the public misunderstood Vietnam, many contemporary officers and politicians rely on a mythical rendering of a successful surge in the Iraq War.

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Military Nostalgia (or ‘Victory at Sea’ All Over Again)

The president’s talk of rebuilding the U.S. military has been influenced deeply by the “Victory at Sea” documentary series and the war movies of Trump’s youth.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE



Chris Hedges and Poet Linh Dinh on the ‘Irrevocable Decline of the American Empire’ (Video)

The U.S. is a poor country, and Americans “refuse to see that,” Dinh (pictured on right) argues in a conversation with the Truthdig columnist during a new episode of “On Contact.”

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 READ MORE



What Is Trump’s Mission in Syria?

The president deployed 400 additional troops there this week, in a move that is more political than military.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 READ MORE



The U.S. Is Playing With Fire on Iran

Bellicose rhetoric by Mike Flynn (pictured), U.S. national security adviser, about Tehran’s missile test points toward a potentially disastrous policy in the Trump administration.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 READ MORE



What Happens When All We Have Left Is the Pentagon?

If your military is the only well-funded, well-stocked arm of the government, it’s obvious whom you’re going to turn to in any crisis.

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Charlie Liteky, Decorated U.S. Army Chaplain Turned Peace Activist

The former Roman Catholic priest, who died Jan. 20, was the only American to renounce the Medal of Honor.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE


Checking In With Trump Supporters

By Clara Romeo

We interviewed fans of the new president to learn what drew them to the inauguration and to discover their hopes for his administration.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Pentagon Reportedly Concealed Internal Study Revealing It Wasted $125 Billion

A new investigative report by The Washington Post shows that leaders within the Pentagon buried evidence that it was wasting billions over concerns that Congress would make budget cuts.

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Pilot to Navigator









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With Obama’s Help, Commander in Chief Trump Will Wield Abundant Military and Surveillance Power

An unaccountable drone program, an FBI with a record of spying on mosques and activists, and a surveillance empire are among the powers currently held in check with restraints as durable as tissue paper.

Posted on Nov 12, 2016 READ MORE


Signing Bonuses









Posted on Oct 28, 2016 ENLARGE



Tom Hayden’s New Port Huron Statement

From the archives: The veteran social activist wrote a new preface to the manifesto that helped shape a generation’s views on racial equality, participatory democracy and the military-industrial complex.

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Islamic State Boasts That U.S. Will Go Down to Defeat in Iraq

As guerrillas spread through the beleaguered city of Mosul, a news agency linked to the militant group is carrying video of an IS fighter insisting that he and his colleagues will achieve a decisive victory.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE


Soldier’s Pay









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All-Female Crew of Pro-Palestinian Activists Attempts to Break Israel’s Naval Blockade of Gaza

Col. Ann Wright, a former U.S. diplomat, was one of 13 women on board a yacht seized by Israeli military forces for breaching the blockade.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



States Wring Major Settlement From Retailer That Sued Soldiers

A coalition of attorneys general representing 49 states and the District of Columbia announced a deal with USA Discounters that requires it to pay $40 million in penalties and wipe out more than $95 million in debt for past customers, many of them service members.

Posted on Oct 2, 2016 READ MORE



How We Could End the Permanent State of War

Despite the fact that the war state appears to be riding high, circumstances may favor a frontal challenge to that condition for the first time in many years.

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 READ MORE



The Number of U.S. Troops in Iraq Is Approaching 6,000 (Video)

Five hundred more troops will be sent to help with the massive Mosul campaign. They will not engage in fighting at the front but will help call in airstrikes on Islamic State targets and provide tactical advice and training.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on the Role of the Media in Perpetuating ‘Endless War in the Middle East’

In a new interview, the Truthdig columnist explains how both political parties and the media are accountable for radical terrorism in America—and how it can be stopped.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


The Less Than One Percent









Posted on Sep 20, 2016 ENLARGE


Pat and Kevin Tillman
Courtesy of the Tillman family

After Pat’s Birthday

Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pat (left) was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. About two years later Kevin wrote a powerful, must-read document.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE


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