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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.

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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.

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The Forever Prisoners of Guantanamo

I looked forward to writing an essay highlighting the detention camp’s last 100 days. It never happened.

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 READ MORE



In Afghanistan, America’s Biggest Foe Is Self-Deception

That a few thousand troops could reverse the present situation and ensure progress toward victory is a fantasy.

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 READ MORE



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



Loving America and Resisting Trump

We’re engaged, we’re awake, we’re in love, and no one is taking our country from us.

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 READ MORE



Is Trump Headed for War With China?

Sooner or later, if the president doesn’t dial down his rhetoric on China, its leaders will surely ratchet up theirs.

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 READ MORE



Football Is Trump-ball Lite

Who needs a reality show about violence, domination and sexism now that we have a reality that replicates football’s authoritarianism?

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‘Goldmanizing’ Donald Trump

Two former Goldman Sachs executives (pictured, Gary Cohn)—along with the Federal Reserve—are likely to control our economy and financial system in the years to come.

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 READ MORE



A Violent Cesspool of Our Own Making

When it comes to building and exporting murderous weaponry, not even Vladimir Putin’s Russia comes close to the United States.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump Against the World

For all their international experience, the new president and his appointees care about the planet the way pornographers care about sex.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 READ MORE



The Year of the Commando

In one conflict zone after another across the northern tier of Africa and the Greater Middle East, U.S. special operations forces waged their particular brand of low-profile warfare during 2016.

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 READ MORE



Washington’s America-First Commandos in Africa

A document from U.S. Special Operations Command Africa shows that military support to partner nations in Africa is prioritized to suit American, not African, needs and policy goals.

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Military’s Role in Asia in the Age of Trump

It would be wise to look once again for alternatives to our militaristic policies in Asia, for more equitable ties with Japan and South Korea, and for a shift away from confrontation with North Korea and China.

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 READ MORE



How to Swamp Washington and Double-Cross Your Supporters

It’s been a month since the election, and here’s what’s clear: Crony capitalism, the kind that festers and grows when offered public support in its search for private profits, is the order of the day among Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE



Was 11/8 a New 9/11?

Forget Vladimir Putin and his rickety petro-state. The most dangerous nation on the planet now may be ours: belligerent, irrational, heavily armed and in possession of staggering powers to intervene, interfere, and repress.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE



An Interrogation in the President-Elect’s Private ‘Public’ Park

High above, in Manhattan’s very own gilt “White House,” Donald J. Trump was huddled with his inner circle, plotting how they would “drain the swamp” and remake Washington, perhaps the world.

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 READ MORE



No ‘New Normal’

I’ve fought, organized and loved too long to let Trump and the people who run him shove me—or any of us—back into a bottle.

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 READ MORE



On the Road With Our American Selves

After the fluorescent circus of Election 2016, I imagine what would be truly exceptional: an America that values all human life in the same way.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 READ MORE



Rebirth of a Nation?

There’s good reason to assume Donald Trump will be a Clintonesque hawk or even worse, but there is also reason to believe—due to his propensity for lies, bluster and backing down—that he could turn out to be less bellicose.

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 READ MORE



With President Trump, Is the American Experiment Over?

The empire of chaos has made the trip homeward. It’s now with us big time, all the time.

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Whose Finger on the Nuclear Button?

As the U.S. prepares to elect a new president, the threshold at which some party to a non-nuclear conflict may choose to employ atomic weapons appears to be at its lowest in decades.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump, the Greatest Victim in the History of the World

Trump seems incapable of taking responsibility for the harm he’s done, and when his own actions finally call down retribution—branding him as a loser—then come the conspiracy theories and the vindictive wail of the victim.

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One Veteran’s War on Islamophobia

When I chose to serve in the military 20 years ago, I did so to protect what I viewed as our sacred foundational values of liberty, equality and democracy. Now I’ve joined forces with fellow veterans to fight again for those sacred values, this time, right here at home.

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 READ MORE



Waking Up in Hillary Clinton’s America

When we awaken on November 9th, it will undoubtedly be dawn in Hillary Clinton’s America and that potentially means four years of an economic dystopia that will (as would Donald Trump’s version of the same) leave many Americans rightfully anxious about their economic futures.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 READ MORE



Why Is It So Hard to Reduce the Pentagon Budget?

An ideology of armed exceptionalism and the entrenched power of the arms lobby are the pillars that uphold the Defense Department’s $600 billion annual stranglehold on our tax dollars year after year.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE



All-American Slaughter: The Youthful Carnage of America’s Gun Culture

The presence of gangs in neighborhoods where many American children are killed with guns daily is used as a way to dismiss serious thinking about why this is happening.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE



The Worst Place on Earth: Death and Life in a Lost South Sudanese Town

This is no longer a town, but a killing field—a place where human remains lie unburied, whose residents have long since fled. Its few remaining inhabitants mostly are refugees from similarly ravaged villages.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 READ MORE



Learning to Claim Our Victories

Why am I feeling hopeful right now? An 11-year-old recording of the presidential nominee bragging about grabbing women “by the pussy” seems to have brought us to Peak Trump, sending even stalwart GOP leaders fleeing.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE



Unipolar No More: American Power at the Crossroads

Moscow’s frustration of Washington’s agenda to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, and China’s plan to link numerous Asian and European countries in a vast transportation and pipeline network, represent a growing international challenge to and curtailment of U.S. power.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE



The Age of Decline, Apple Pie and America’s Chosen Suicide Bomber

Thanks to perhaps trillions of words expended on him by nonstop commentators, pundits, talking heads, retired generals and admirals, former intelligence chiefs and ex-Bush administration officials, Donald Trump and his remarkable ego have become the wallpaper of our lives.

Posted on Oct 8, 2016 READ MORE



What Actually Keeps Americans Safe

The liberties designed by the Founding Fathers are still well aligned with the security of this country and the safety of Americans, while today’s government overreach is anything but.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 READ MORE



My Military, Win, Lose or Draw

Although American politicians like Hillary Clinton regularly insist that the U.S. possesses “the greatest military” on the planet, they avoid addressing what the country’s armed interventions have actually accomplished when it comes to policy goals—the true measure of success in war.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE



Arresting Our Way to ‘Justice’

We live in a country where the solution to just about any social problem is to create a law that deals with it—and then punish those who break that law.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE



War, Peace and Absurdity

Nukes, bombs and a well-oiled machinery of privatized war—here are a few recent examples from the world of American-style war and peace that make me want to shout, “You must be kidding!”

Posted on Sep 24, 2016 READ MORE



Cowboys vs. Indians Redux Over the Dakota Access Pipeline

That classic American narrative is back big time, only the Indians are now the good guys and the cowboys are on a warpath, trying to grab 640 million acres of public lands that they can plunder as if it were yesteryear.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE



Apologizing to My Daughter for the Last 15 Years of War

What I really wanted to say when I dropped her off for her last year at college was just how sorry I was that she would have to live in what 9/11 transformed into the most frightened country on earth.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE



Will Trumpism, Brexit and Geopolitical Exceptionalism Sink the Planet?

The fate of the planet rests on the willingness of each signatory nation to the Paris climate accord to abide by its obligation, however sour or bellicose its relations with other signatories may be.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 READ MORE



We the Plutocrats vs. We the People

How would I help my fellow Americans recoup their sanity, come home to democracy, and help build the sort of moral compact embodied in the preamble to the Constitution, that declaration of America’s intent and identity?

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 READ MORE



A 9/11 Retrospective: Washington’s 15-Year Air War

Al-Qaida’s U.S. attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were barbaric atrocities of the first order. Almost 15 years later, similar acts continue to be unleashed across the Greater Middle East, Africa and elsewhere.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE



What the U.S. Military Doesn’t Know (and Neither Do You)

Exactly how many times U.S. soldiers have parachuted into the sky over Africa is unknown. But according to America’s premier think tank for evaluating the military, the program in which they do so consistently produces poor results.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump in the Bayou

Mike loves the waters of Louisiana more than anything in the world. A vote for Hillary Clinton would protect the Clean Water Act and secure the Environmental Protection Agency. But there is one thing more important to Mike than clean water: pride in his people.

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 READ MORE



How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home

A Vietnam vet told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” It got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned and exploited.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 READ MORE



America’s Criminal Injustice System

In this age of stop-and-frisk, racial profiling, mandatory sentencing, the death penalty, life without parole and execution-by-cop, I—a private eye for defense lawyers—can’t defend anybody.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE



Why It’s So Hard for Members of the Military to Speak Out

Assuming that many privates and generals have complicated, often highly critical feelings about various crises of war-making, why don’t they ever express them publicly?

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 READ MORE



The Decay of American Politics: An Ode to Ike and Adlai

The problem is not Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, per se. It’s an identifiable set of arrangements—laws, habits, cultural predispositions—that have evolved over time and promoted the rot that now pervades American politics.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Military Pivots to Africa, and That Continent Goes Down the Drain

Over the past six years, each incoming commander of the U.S. Africa Command has offered a more dismal and dire assessment of the situation facing the American military there than his predecessor.

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 READ MORE



‘Pow, Pow, Yous Are Dead!’

I hid my face in my hands. It wasn’t just that my toddler son was playing guns but that he was using a Pride flag as his weapon at a vigil to mourn those killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 READ MORE



For the U.S., There’s No Business Like the Arms Business

Why do major U.S. exports like Hollywood movies and Midwestern grain garner regular media coverage, while trends in weapons exports remain in relative obscurity?

Posted on Jul 30, 2016 READ MORE



Letting Tarzan Swing Through History

Tarzan’s remarkable foresight in vanquishing the Belgian evildoers before the worst of King Leopold II’s reign of terror opens the door for his future films, where our hero stops historical catastrophes in their early stages.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE


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