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Dominating the Skies—and Losing the Wars

U.S. pilots have total mastery of the fabled “high ground” of war. And yet throughout the Greater Middle East, America’s conflicts rage on with no endgame in sight.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE


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Guantanamo Bay Should Be Closed Forever

The prison is the symbol of everything that is wrong with the United States’ so-called war on terror.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE



Batman in a Hospital Bed

With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, many Americans have already stopped thinking about our wars and the casualties from them for another year. As for me, it’s been Memorial Day ever since I first met Tomas Young.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton: Yes, Trump’s Foreign Policy Ideas Are Scary. But So Are Yours

“We need a foreign policy based on building coalitions ... [not] perpetual warfare in the Middle East,” Sanders said in a statement.

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 READ MORE


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Islamic State Counterattack in Fallujah: Can Iraqi Forces Maintain Momentum? (Video)

Iraqi troops are advancing on Fallujah despite facing fierce resistance from Islamic State, but fear is mounting about the fate of the tens of thousands of noncombatants inside the city who are caught in the crossfire.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE



Samantha Power, Former Human Rights Journalist, to Receive Award From Henry Kissinger

Although she is currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, in the past Power has called out Kissinger for his role in human rights abuses.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE



Obama in Hiroshima, Memorial Day and the Iran Deal (Video)

Historians will see Obama’s Iran nuclear deal as one of the greatest achievements of his presidency, and perhaps as a turning point in anti-proliferation through diplomacy.

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE



‘Big Stink, Necessary Evil’: A Poem That Will Change Your Perspective on the Atomic Bombings (Audio)

Jill McDonough’s poem on the planes that followed and photographed the atomic bombs the U.S. dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during World War II is a harrowing depiction of the justifications that follow mass destruction.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE



Poof! It’s Forgotten: The Snapchat Version of American Victory

I hope you’ll forgive me if I suggest that the Iraq-Syria War against Islamic State is being conveyed to us via Snapchat. Important things happen, they appear in front of us, and then ... POOF! They’re gone.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE



To the Next U.S. President, the Unlimited Power to Spy, Imprison and Kill

By mutual consent of those in power in Washington, all resistance to illegal surveillance, detainment and murder is now firmly in the past, and the power to use them will pass to the nation’s next leader—whoever it is.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE



From the Truthdig Archives: The Terror America Wrought

President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima on Friday, the first sitting U.S. president to do so since the World War II atomic bombings of Japan. To acknowledge the historic trip, Truthdig reposts Editor in Chief Robert Scheer’s 2007 piece recalling the bombings.

Posted on May 10, 2016 READ MORE



May Is the Month for Protest—Daniel Berrigan Would Agree

The Jesuit writer and activist’s death is a reminder of the necessity—and power—of protest in America.

Posted on May 7, 2016 READ MORE



What Trumps the Horrors of the South Sudanese Hellscape? The Donald

In a place where catastrophic food insecurity may tip into starvation at any time, where armed men still arrive in the night to steal and rape, a local aid worker wants—seemingly needs—to know if Donald Trump could actually be elected president of the United States.

Posted on May 6, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Resumé: What the Record Shows

To many Americans, Clinton is best-known for her advocacy of a national health care system, her assertion that it takes a village to raise a child, and her championing of women’s empowerment. The rest of the world knows her better for her passion for bombing.

Posted on May 6, 2016 READ MORE


One Major High and Many Lows in Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Speech

The leading Republican presidential candidate called out the massive ruin caused by the “dangerous idea” that the U.S. “could make Western democracies out of countries that had no experience or interest in becoming a Western democracy.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


The Panama Papers: Laundering Havens for War Budgets (Video)

In mid-April, economist Michael Hudson told The Real News Network that global oil and mining industries and the U.S. State Department created Panama and Liberia for the express purpose of tax evasion.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Exhibit One in Any Future American War Crimes Trial

Even if the accusations against Abu Zubaydah had been true, what the CIA did to him—with the knowledge and approval of the highest government officials—is a prime example of the kind of still-unpunished crimes that officials such as Dick Cheney, George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld committed in the so-called global war on terror.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 READ MORE



The World Has Lost All Sense of Perspective When We Mourn the Passing of Prince but Not 500 Migrants

“Has something gone adrift within the moral compass of our ‘news’ reporting?” asks Robert Fisk at The Independent.

Posted on Apr 23, 2016 READ MORE



Drone Victims in Pakistan and Yemen Recount Brutal Effects of Remote-Controlled Warfare (Video)

Spencer Ackerman of The Guardian interviews six families on how their lives have been changed by U.S. drone strikes.

Posted on Apr 23, 2016 READ MORE



Giving Diplomacy a Chance in Syria and Iran Should Override Power of America’s War Machine

Peaceful compromise is often the last resort for the United States. An excerpt from David Swanson’s book, “War Is a Lie: Second Edition,” looks at how the U.S. foreign policy approach applies to two countries in the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



How the United States Became a Prisoner of War and Congress Went MIA

Through inaction, the legislative branch has surrendered the final remnant of authority it retained on matters relating to whether, when, against whom, and for what purpose the United States should go to war.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic Extremism Is a Product of Western Imperialism

Islamic extremism was virtually unknown 50 years ago, and suicide bombings were inconceivable. So, what happened?

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 READ MORE



The Oilman Who Loved Dictators, or How Texaco Supported Fascism

Not one of the hundreds of foreign correspondents who chronicled the bombing of Madrid during the Spanish Civil War looked up at the ominous V-shaped formations of Hitler’s bombers and wondered: Whose fuel is powering those aircraft?

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 READ MORE



5 Questions That Are Unlikely to Be Asked During the 2016 Presidential Election

In October 2012, I considered five critical foreign policy questions that were not being discussed by then-candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Sadly, those questions remain as pertinent and unraised today as they were four years ago. Unlike then, however, answers may be at hand, and believe me, that’s not good news.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE



GOP Debate ‘Civil’? Not With Rubio Extolling Egypt’s Military Junta and Israel’s Stand on Palestine

The headlines Friday about the GOP debate in Miami stressed how relatively civil it was, with less name-calling and pissing matches among the remaining candidates. Those editors have a weird definition of civility.

Posted on Mar 13, 2016 READ MORE



Been There, Done That: The American Way of War as a Do-Over

Yearly do-overs are a hell of a way to run a war, but they’re a great mechanism for ensuring that no one will need to take responsibility for a disaster of 14 years and counting.

Posted on Mar 12, 2016 READ MORE



Killing Someone Else’s Beloved: The American Way of War in Campaign 2016

The crowd that gathered in an airplane hangar in the desert roared with excitement when the man on stage vowed to murder women and children.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 READ MORE



Candidates Upped the Ante at Latest GOP Debate, Promising 4 Ground Wars and the Murder of Innocents

At yet another GOP debate, there was a foreign policy section, which Fox News predictably put under the heading of “terrorism.”

Posted on Mar 6, 2016 READ MORE



War, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing.

You could think of American war in the 21st century as an ongoing experiment in proving just that point.

Posted on Feb 26, 2016 READ MORE



Julian Assange Explains Why Voting for Hillary Clinton Will ‘Spread Terrorism’

The WikiLeaks founder tells Americans that his “years of experience in dealing with Hillary Clinton” and the “thousands of her cables” he’s read have led him to a crucial conclusion.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



How a Pink Flower Defeated the World’s Sole Superpower

In the American failure in Afghanistan lies the greatest policy paradox of the century: Washington’s massive military juggernaut has been stopped dead in its steel tracks by a pink flower, the opium poppy.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Talks With Ron Kovic About the Continuing Struggle of Veterans

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence”—the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW—Vietnam veteran, author and peace activist Ron Kovic discusses what has changed and what hasn’t since his time in combat.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The U.S. Military Suffers from Affluenza

The Pentagon has immense difficulty shouldering blame for its massively fatal failures and wrongdoing, and thus suffers from an institutional version of affluenza.

Posted on Feb 12, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Missed the Eighth GOP Debate? Watch the Highlights Here

If you didn’t have a chance to watch the Republican debate Saturday night, or simply want a refresher, here are some of the most important moments.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Five Worst Foreign Policy Moments of the GOP New Hampshire Debate (Video)

The New Hampshire GOP debate’s most charged moments may have been mostly on domestic issues, but—inevitably with this gang—war, torture and sundry mayhem did make an appearance.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 READ MORE



Manna From Hell

War is hell. Unless, of course, you happen to be a global corporate peddler of rockets, drones, bombs and all the other hellish weaponry of military conflict.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE



Six National Security Questions the Presidential Candidates Don’t Want to Answer

Instead of considered discussion of first-order security concerns, the candidates have regularly opted for bluff and bluster, their chief aim being to remove all doubts regarding their hawkish bona fides.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE



Failed States and States of Failure

Here, amid Washington’s remarkably unwinnable wars, interventions, and conflicts, is a range of tomorrow’s headlines that could be written today and stand a painfully reasonable chance of coming true.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE



Dickey Chapelle Under Fire

Dickey Chapelle, the first female American war correspondent to be killed in action, is featured in a new pictorial memoir that collects her photos and notebooks from World War II to Vietnam.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



Plutonium’s Global Problems Are Piling Up

Increasing worldwide stockpiles of surplus plutonium are becoming a political embarrassment, a worrying security risk and a hidden extra cost to the nuclear industry.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



Your Fear of Terrorism Could Get You Killed

Americans overestimate the risk of attacks by a factor of 1.7 million.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



You Won’t Like It, but Here’s the Answer on Islamic State

Some advice for your presidential candidate of choice—whoever he or she might be. Just don’t expect it to necessarily be an easy sell to all Americans.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE



War Talk, Jingoism and White Supremacy at GOP Debate

The GOP presidential debate Thursday night veered even further right on international issues, given the absence of Rand Paul, who represents the party’s libertarian wing, which is less interested in foreign wars.

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 READ MORE



Weapons Industry Revenue Forecaster Enthuses Over Global Turmoil

Contrary to expectations that revenues would fall as the U.S. downsized its military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, the professional services firm Deloitte gushes in a new report that “the resurgence of global security threats” promises a lucrative “rebound” in military spending.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



Why ‘Collateral Damage’ Elicits So Little Empathy Among Americans

Journalists and rivals called Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on his inane and ruthless suggestion that the United States begin carpet-bombing Islamic State forces in Syria. But his poll numbers still crept up.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



Syrians Under Siege Since July Say They Are Eating Leaves and Dying of Starvation

Roughly 30,000 residents of a Syrian town a few dozen miles from the capital, Damascus, say they are trapped and dying of starvation as a result of a monthslong siege by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



American War Crimes: Candidates Compete to Promise the Most Torture and Slaughter

There’s nothing like the heady combination of a “populist” Republican race for the presidency and a national hysteria over terrorism to make Americans want to reach for those “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



Borders of Love, Borders of War

In a Turkish city near the Syrian conflict zone, an ancient tide of passions—both human and political—moves millions.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE


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