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John Bolton, war, defense, peace,

War Minus One Warmonger

At long last, John Bolton’s 17 month tenure in the Trump Administration is over. I won’t pretend not to be pleased. Yet I also do not pretend this national security advisor was always and completely on the wrong side. He has consistently claimed to have an ulterior motive for his

Greenland, Trump, land, territory, purchase, ice,

Buying Ice

The president wants to buy more land. On our dime. “The idea of the U.S. purchasing Greenland has captured the former real-estate developer’s imagination,” began a Wall Street Journal report last week. Donald Trump has asked about it anyway, “with varying degrees of seriousness.” Grønland — “Kalaallit Nunaat” — is

Hong Kong, police, riots, protests, violence,

Protests and Propaganda

Poised to gobble up Hong Kong whole, completing the process Britain began when it ceded the colony back to China in 1997, the government of China remains concerned about world opinion, for it engages in massive propaganda. “When a projectile struck a Hong Kong woman in the eye this week

Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic Presidential Debate, war, peace, foreign policy,

Who’ll Stop the Wars?

“Why were you the lone voice out there going after the neo-cons, going after the people who took us into these wars?” Chris Mathews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball, asked presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) after Wednesday night’s debate.  Pro-peace candidates do well with voters, but still most politicians and

war, false flag, Iran, Iraq, lies,

Remember . . . the Maine?

“President Trump warned Thursday that America ‘will not stand’ for Iran shooting down a U.S. drone over the Strait of Hormuz,” a Fox News report summarizes, “while at the same time leaving open the possibility that the attack was unintentional.”  This incident immediately follows the previous week’s apparent provocation, attacks on

Venezuela, quagmire, mud, Maduro, socialism,

For Freedom in Venezuela

Last week’s coup in Venezuela flopped, it’s reported. But “coup” isn’t quite right: a popular rebellion failed to spark defections from key military commanders, who have become the end-all and be-all of Nicolás Maduro’s reign-at-rifle-point and rule by decree.  Anyone with open eyes can see the illegitimacy of the Maduro

Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, war, MSM, mainstream media,

Bellicose Exclusions

“Jones and his Infowars nutritional supplement sales empire are having a bit of a rough moment,” wrote Justin Peters last year at Slate, “since the bellicose conspiracist has recently been banned from several social media and podcast platforms due to his hostile and hateful behavior.” Like much of the commentary

Victory & Surrender

Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker sums up in a single word the recently announced framework of an agreement between the United States of America and the Taliban: Surrender. “This current process bears an unfortunate resemblance to the Paris peace talks during the Vietnam War,” writes Crocker in a

self licking ice cream, war, foreign policy, government

What Kind of Ice Cream Cone?

When I wrote about the Donald’s change of troop positions abroad last week, it was less than completely clear that the US President aimed to withdraw troops from Afghanistan as well as Syria. But multiple reports on the day I posted “Strategic Disengagement” make it clearer: about half of America’s

Donald Trump, Trump, Syria

Strategic Disengagement

The policy was announced in a Tweet: President Trump said it was time to pull out of Syria. We won, he explained. “After historic victories against ISIS, it’s time to bring our great young people home!” There is, of course, much outcry among Republicans, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and pundit

Donald Trump, Trump, politics, Saudi Arabia,

The Grateful President

What are you thankful for? Surely you were asked over Thanksgiving by friends or relatives — just as the president was by reporters. No doubt you had more social grace than to launch into a full-throated self-endorsement. In his defense, President Trump first answered, “For having a great family,” before

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