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Our President's Word Wars

These days I find myself thinking often about a cartoon by the late Theodore Geissel. In it, a woman with a sweater that reads “America First” reads aloud from a storybook to two children: “And the Wolf chewed up the children and spit out their bones,” she relays. “But ...

A Brief Missive

I'm involved in a time-consuming research project, the results of which will show up in this space sometime next week, and so there's no column today. But I'll be back on Monday. In the meantime, I want to give you something to read that you might find illuminating, amusing, or perhaps both. It's ...

Teenagers Blown-up by Old Landmine; 46 Killed in Iraq

An old landmine killed a pair of teenage shepherds. The post Teenagers Blown-up by Old Landmine; 46 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

Great Mosque Destroyed in Mosul; 91 Killed in Iraq

A historic mosque and its picturesque minaret were destroyed in Mosul. The post Great Mosque Destroyed in Mosul; 91 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

To Ted Cruz: Further Militarizing Mexico's Drug War Is a Horrible Idea

Ted Cruz recently provided an exclusive interview to Breitbart News. He asserted that the U.S. military should be working in conjunction with the Mexican government to fight the cartels. He didn't suggest a full-scale invasion, but he did propose something similar to our program, "Plan Colombia." If ...

Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel. When Haley speaks about Israel, her language is not merely emotive nor tailored to fit the need of a specific occasion. Rather, her words are resolute, consistent and are matched by a ...

Chemical Weapons Report in Mosul; 84 Killed in Iraq

Several troops were sickened by what may have been chemical weapons use in Mosul. The post Chemical Weapons Report in Mosul; 84 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

Trump's Love Affair With the Saudis

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Not that anyone in a position of power seems to notice, but there's a simple rule for American military involvement in the Greater Middle East: once the U.S. gets in, no matter the country, it never truly gets out again. Let's start with Afghanistan. The U.S. first ...

The Militarization of US Policy on Latin America Is Deepening Under Trump

In a high-level meeting Friday, the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador will discuss the region's security with American and Mexican officials. Innocuous enough, you may think. But part of the meeting will be held on a US military base in Miami, Florida - the headquarters of the US ...

Our Rush to War in Syria

The downing of a Syrian fighter jet by the United States – and, more recently, of an Iranian drone – augurs a confrontation that could take us down the road to World War III. The US media is echoing the Pentagon's explanation, which is that the Syrian jet bombed units … Continue reading ...

92 Killed in Iraq, Including French and Kurdish Journalists

A landmine killed French and Kurdish journalists. The post 92 Killed in Iraq, Including French and Kurdish Journalists appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

Potential Savings in the Defense Budget

President Donald Trump has always had contradictions in his "tough guy" national security policy. For starters, he has proposed a nearly 10 percent increase in defense spending, but also claims that his demands for U.S. allies to spend more on defense are producing results. And during his campaign, ...

After the ISIS War, a US-Russia Collision?

Sunday, a Navy F-18 Hornet shot down a Syrian air force jet, an act of war against a nation with which Congress has never declared or authorized a war. Washington says the Syrian plane was bombing U.S.-backed rebels. Damascus says its plane was attacking ISIS. Vladimir Putin's defense ministry was ...

Poll: Most Americans Aren't Zionists

An unprecedented poll reveals the gaping void between American identification with Israel and the official positions taken by both major political parties. A majority of American adults – 70.3 percent – do not consider themselves Zionists when defined as "A Zionist is a person who believes in ...

Trump Turns Back the Clock With Cold War Cuba U-Turn

Nostalgia seems to be very popular in Washington. While the neocons and Democratic Party hard-liners have succeeded in bringing back the Cold War with Russia, it looks like President Trump is determined to take us back to a replay of the Bay of Pigs! In Miami on Friday, the president announced that ...

Troops Launch Operation in Final Mosul District; 151 Killed in Iraq

Iraqi troops launched an operation in the Old City district of Mosul. The post Troops Launch Operation in Final Mosul District; 151 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

The Summer of Love and the Winter of National Insecurity

It's the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. What better place to celebrate than that fabled era's epicenter, San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, where the DeYoung Museum has mounted a dazzling exhibition, chock full of rock music, light shows, posters, and fashions from the mind-bending summer of ...

The Little Putsch That Could… Beget a Great Big Coup

Bull's eye! "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice … You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" The Donald ...

Hodgkinson's Disease: Politics and Paranoia in the Age of Trump

James T. Hodgkinson, the would-be assassin of Republican congressmen, wasn't a radical. If you look at his published output – a series of letters to his local newspaper in Belleville, Illinois, as well as the majority of his Internet postings – it's mostly about matters nearly every progressive ...

Border Crossing Secured; 162 Killed in Iraq

The Iraqi Army, supported by Sunni tribal fighters and U.S. air forces, dislodged Islamic State militants from an area surrounding the al-Waled border crossing which is on the main highway route between Baghdad and Damascus. U.S. forces are based nearby in Syria. At least 162 were killed and nine ...

UN Fears for Civilians Trapped in Mosul; 14 Killed in Iraq

The U.N. said that thousands have been shot trying to escape the Islamic State militants in Mosul. The post UN Fears for Civilians Trapped in Mosul; 14 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

It Doesn't Matter Who Controls the Military

There are more than 8,000 troops still fighting in America's longest war. According to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, we need about 3,000 more. The idea that 3,000 troops will change a decade and a half long stalemate seems dubious, but that's the number Mattis suggests. Others in the ...

Demonstrators Demand Arrest of Former PM Maliki; 46 Killed in Iraq

Demonstrators called for the arrest of former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The post Demonstrators Demand Arrest of Former PM Maliki; 46 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

Forget the Russian 'Threat': Mexico Is Our Real Problem

We often hear the Russia-haters accuse Vladimir Putin of murdering journalists: when Oliver Stone recently challenged the veracity of that unproved charge, he was booed by Stephen Colbert's audience of trained seals hand-raisers. Yet we hear almost nothing about the one country where journalists who ...

Derangement and Danger on the Potomac

The horrific shooting spree on the practice field of the GOP's congressional baseball team happened early in the morning, but it was hardly the end of Wednesday's madness on the Potomac. As it happened, the former was apparently another random eruption by of one of America's sicko lone wolves - a ...

A Planet's Future Threatened by the Fate of Its Children

Originally posted at TomDispatch. In her first interview since President Obama commuted her 35-year sentence and she was released from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Chelsea Manning explained to Nightline co-anchor Juju Chang why she leaked documents about America's wars in Iraq ...

Heavy Fighting in Mosul; 396 Killed in Iraq

Heavy fighting took place in Mosul, where militants appeared to have retaken some ground. The post Heavy Fighting in Mosul; 396 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

Journalism, History, and War: Sit, Type and Bleed

The typical newsroom setup, where journalists chase after news headlines dictated by some centralized news gathering agency – often based in some western capital – does not suffice any more. In the case of the Middle East, the news narrative has been defined by others and dictated on Arab ...