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The National Security State’s Incestuous Relationship With Islamic State

Paris changed everything; Paris changes nothing. Each view is, in its own way, undoubtedly true. And here’s a third sentence I know to be true: This can’t end well.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

Taking Selfies in Iraq and Afghanistan: America’s Peculiar Brand of Global Imperialism

Overloaded with gadgets, ignorant of foreign cultures, spoiling for action, and never (individually) staying long, American troops have become the imperial equivalent of globetrotting tourists.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE

Iraq, Afghanistan and Other Special Ops ‘Successes’

U.S. special operations forces deployed to a record-shattering 147 countries in 2015—75 percent of the nations on the planet, a jump of 145 percent since the Bush administration. I pursued that record of “success” with a few experts on the subject. 

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE

American Hypocrisy: GOP Against Sharia Law at Home but Sees Its Backers as ‘Moderates’ in Syria

The same GOP politicians who denounce all U.S. Muslims for allegedly wanting to impose Sharia on all Americans are talking about the Syrian rebels who want a Sharia society as “moderates” and “U.S. allies” being targeted by Russia. 

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE


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U.S. to Ax $500 Million Scheme to Train Syrian Rebels

As the Russian military intervenes directly to support the Syrian government, the U.S. will end a $500 million program to train and equip “moderate” Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE

Roseburg Shooter Mercer Killed One-Third the Annual Gun Death Toll of England and Wales

The U.S. is downright weird compared with many other countries: We continue to be peculiar in handing out powerful magazine-fed firearms to almost anyone who wants them. 

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Special Ops Forces Deployed in 135 Nations

They belong to the special operations forces, America’s most elite troops. And odds are, if you throw a dart at a world map or stop a spinning globe with your index finger and don’t hit water, they’ve been there sometime in 2015.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Military Turned Blind Eye Toward Wealthy Afghans’ Child Rape Practices

Outrage has ensued over revelations that U.S. military personnel ignored the rape of boys occurring among Afghanistan’s elite while American troops were stationed there.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

Air Force Times Runs Veterans’ Ad Urging Drone Pilots to Refuse to Fly

In mid-September, the weekly military newspaper published an advertisement carrying a message from 54 U.S. military veterans urging U.S. drone operators to refuse to follow orders to fly surveillance and attack missions, citing international law.

Posted on Sep 19, 2015 READ MORE

Garrisoning the Globe: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Undermine National Security and Harm Us All

Our network of overseas bases have helped lock us inside a permanently militarized society that has made everyone on this planet less secure, damaging lives at home and abroad.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

The Shared Failings of America’s Military Academies and Senior Officers

Familiar as America’s most senior military officers may be with the warnings of Thomas Jefferson, they have consistently ignored or misapplied them, facilitating our current state of endless war and national decline.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE

A Vice Admiral and WWII Hero Condemns Nuclear Weapons 70 Years After Nagasaki and Hiroshima

Long-ago visits to ground zero of the atomic bombings convinced this highly decorated military man of the abject immorality of ever using such technology.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE

One Boy, One Rifle and One Morning in Malakal

When I was their age, I wasn’t trusted to drive, vote, drink, get married, gamble in a casino, serve on a jury, rent a car, or buy a ticket to an R-rated movie. No one would have thought it a good idea to put an automatic weapon in my hands. But someone thought it was acceptable for them, including the government of the United States.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE

The American Military Uncontained

Despite all the happy talk about a “new world order” after the Cold War, the U.S. military never gave a serious thought to becoming a “normal” military for normal times. Instead, in the words of Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, our leaders sought to “reshape norms, alter expectations, and create new realities” by “unapologetic and implacable demonstrations of will.”

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE

Texas Wingnuts

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Sex, Drugs and Dead Soldiers: What the U.S. Africa Command Doesn’t Want You to Know

As American military operations have ramped up across Africa, reports of excessive drinking, sex with prostitutes, drug use, sexual assaults, and other forms of violence by AFRICOM personnel have escalated, and many of them have been kept under wraps.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE

Military Missions at Record High After U.S. Signs Deal to Stay in Africa for Decades

Despite grim outcomes since the American military began “pivoting” to Africa after 9/11, the U.S. recently signed an agreement designed to keep its troops on the continent until almost midcentury.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE

Manhunters Inc.: How the Predator Became Washington’s Calling Card

The metamorphosis of the drone from eye to weapon came about almost by chance as the new millennium began. Barely two months after the outbreak of hostilities in Afghanistan, President George W. Bush declared: “It is clear the military does not have enough unmanned vehicles.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE

Leaving the Killing to Computers

The Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine, Andrew Cockburn, tells Jon Stewart about the increasingly technologically dependent and hands-off process that American officials use to kill militants and, inadvertently, civilians in other countries.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE

The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

The BDSP is based on a bedrock belief in how America should work: that the only strength that really matters is military and that a great country is one with the capacity to beat the bejesus out of everyone else.

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. May Supply Weapons to Ukrainian Forces

American officials on Sunday signaled their openness to supplying the Ukrainian military with arms in their fight against Russian-backed separatists, The New York Times reports.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE

The Golden Age of Black Ops

Just 66 days into fiscal 2015—America’s most elite troops had already set foot in 105 nations, approximately 80 percent of 2014’s total. This secret war across much of the planet remains unknown to most Americans.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE

Guantanamo Diary Reveals Horrors of U.S. Torture Program

A harrowing memoir by a current Guantanamo detainee illuminates the U.S. rendition and torture program from the perspective of one of its victims. The author’s advocates struggled for six years to get the manuscript declassified.

Posted on Jan 17, 2015 READ MORE

Feds Bar Companies’ Long-Distance Lawsuits Against Soldiers

In the latest move against companies targeting military customers, federal regulators prohibit two Virginia-based lenders from suing out-of-state debtors in Virginia courts.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE

Party On!

Unbelievably enough, a bankrupt 13-year-old policy of war to the horizon remains ascendant in Washington, and “war fever” seems to be breaking out yet again. In this context, it’s curious that four crucial aspects of war, American-style, were missing from the blitz of Hagel reportage.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 READ MORE

The Bases of War in the Middle East

There is almost no way to overemphasize how thoroughly the U.S. military now covers the Greater Middle East. After 35 years of base-building there, it’s long past time to look carefully at how this garrisoning affects the region, the U.S., and the world.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE

American Weapons Provided to Syrian Rebels Fall into al-Qaeda’s Hands

The al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (the Succor Front) not only took the territory of the moderate Muslim Syria Revolutionaries Front this weekend, it also polished off the Movement of the Resolute.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE

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The U.S. Is Backing Out of Afghanistan and Taking Its Military Housing With It

After 13 years in Afghanistan, a belligerent period considered to be “America’s longest war,” combat troops are coming home. But they’re not the only ones packing up in the country.

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 READ MORE

‘An Awfully Expensive Hammer to Hit a Couple of Cheap Nails’

“Last Saturday’s strikes” against Islamic State “are indicative of a key complexity of the U.S.-led campaign in Iraq and Syria,” Foreign Policy’s Justine Drennan writes at Stars and Stripes. “In throwing its hugely expensive 21st-century weaponry at a band of insurgents, the Pentagon is using planes that can cost nearly $200 million apiece against pickup trucks costing virtually pennies in comparison.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE

Pirates of the Gulf of Guinea

If the Gulf of Guinea rings any bells at all, it’s probably because of the Ebola outbreak in, and upcoming U.S. military “surge” into, Liberia, the nation on the northern edge of that body of water. But for those in the know, the Gulf itself is an intractable hot spot on a vast continent filled with them and yet another area where U.S. military efforts have fallen short.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE

Ebola Troops

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE

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Shiite Militias of Iraq Reject U.S. Return, Threaten to Attack U.S. Forces

The pan-Arab, London-based daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat (The Middle East) reports that the major Shiite militias of Iraq are denouncing Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi for welcoming U.S. air support in the fight against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 READ MORE

Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed: The Underrated Saudi Connection

By continuing contradictory policies in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. has ensured that ISIS can reinforce its fighters in those countries and vice versa. So far, Washington has been successful in escaping blame for the rise of ISIS by putting all the blame on the Iraqi government. In fact, it has created a situation in which ISIS can survive and may well flourish.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE

‘The End of a Country, and the Start of a New Dark Age’

In a terrifying excerpt from his essential new book, “The Jihadis Return: Isis and the New Sunni Uprising,” veteran Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn describes the native barbarous forces overcoming Iraq and the surrounding region, and the kind of society—thanks in large part to the failed U.S. intervention there—they look set to build.

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 READ MORE

Will Airstrikes in Iraq Escalate Growing Crisis?

The Pentagon announced that the U.S. military carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq on Friday targeting artillery used by the militant group Islamic State. “Democracy Now!” hears from Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and author of the recent article, “Don’t Go Back to Iraq!: Five Steps the U.S. Can Take in Iraq Without Going Back to War.”

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE

The Fourth Branch

As every schoolchild knows, there are three check-and-balance branches of the U.S. government: the executive, Congress, and the judiciary. That’s bedrock Americanism and the most basic high school civics material. Only one problem: It’s just not so.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE

Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide

With stores near military bases across the country, the retailer USA Discounters offers easy credit to service members. But when those loans go bad, the company uses the local courts near its Virginia headquarters to file suits by the thousands.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE

Still Living With Jack Bauer in a Terrified New American World

Once upon a time, if a character on TV tortured someone, it was a sure sign that he was a bad guy. Now, the torturers are the all-American heroes. From “24” to “Zero Dark Thirty,” it’s been the good guys who wielded the pliers and the waterboards. We’re not only living in a post-9/11 world, we’re stuck with Jack Bauer in the 25th hour.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE

Gays in the Military

A new photo book puts a face to the struggles of homosexual men and women in the U.S. armed forces.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE

Pity the Children

War brings with it a host of horrors, but the worst is what it does to children. The suffering of the young, perpetrated by those who carry weapons, exposes war’s demented pathology.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE

300 U.S. Troops Are Heading to Iraq

President Obama announced Thursday that up to 300 “military advisers” will assist Iraq’s embattled army against advancing Sunni insurgents, and insisted that the U.S. would not be drawn into another war in the country.

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Sends Troops as Isis Sweeps Iraq

Amid a rampant insurgency in Iraq and forced talks between the U.S. and Iran, President Obama has ordered the urgent deployment of several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE

‘Urgent’ U.S. Attack in Iraq and Syria Possible

The Obama administration is considering an air assault on Islamic extremists taking control of areas throughout Syria and Iraq.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE

VA Secretary Says 18 More Veterans Died in Phoenix

In a new revelation about the growing VA scandal, the organization’s acting secretary said Thursday that an additional 18 veterans whose names were kept off an electronic medical appointment list died while awaiting appointments.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE

‘The Failed State Chick’ on Boko Haram

“The abduction of the girls is, of course, an extremely grave crime,” journalist Corinne Dufka says. “But to focus exclusively on the girls lacks an appreciation of the wide and systematic crimes committed by Boko Haram in recent years, and also by the Nigerian army since the state of emergency was declared almost a year ago.”

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE

The U.S. Military’s New Normal in Africa

The real “new normal” for U.S. Africa Command is the culmination of years of construction, ingratiation, and interventions, the fruits of wide-eyed expansion and dismal policy failures, the backing of proxies to fight America’s battles, while increasing U.S. personnel and firepower in and around the continent.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE

Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa

The U.S. has been making common cause with one of the continent’s former European colonial powers in a set of wars that seem to be spreading, not staunching violence and instability in the region.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE

Why Didn’t Anyone Ever Question the Legality of Quebec’s Referenda on Independence?

Crimea, like the Canadian province, should have the right to vote on its future status; the U.S. is prepared for a “military response” in Ukraine; meanwhile, the creator of the World Wide Web explains, “Nothing is perfect.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE

Vulnerable Foreign Laborers Toil on U.S. Bases in Afghanistan

Al-Jazeera America looks at the human trafficking system that brings tens of thousands of foreign laborers to work on U.S. military bases in Afghanistan.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE

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