America’s Afghanistan Fiasco: The Buck Stops With Biden

September 23, 2021

On August 31, President Joe Biden formally drew to a close the war in Afghanistan, touting “the extraordinary success” of the withdrawal of US troops after 20 years of fighting. Despite the incorrect “assumption — that the Afghan government would be able to hold on for a period of time...

The Media Is Suffering From the Havana Syndrome
September 23, 2021

The Media Is Suffering From the Havana Syndrome

US Militarism’s Toxic Impact on Climate Policy
September 23, 2021

US Militarism’s Toxic Impact on Climate Policy

Competing Doctrines in a New Cold War
September 22, 2021

Competing Doctrines in a New Cold War

For Americans, Abortion Is More Controversial Than Same-Sex Marriage

For Americans, Abortion Is More Controversial Than Same-Sex Marriage

September 21, 2021

The raging debate around abortion rights in the United States has recently been reignited when Texas passed a law banning all abortions past the detection of a fetal heartbeat, usually at a six-week mark. The issue gained further traction after the Supreme Court failed to block the...

Bite-Size Me: Why Democrats Fear Transformation

Bite-Size Me: Why Democrats Fear Transformation

September 21, 2021

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House, has committed to the strategy recommended by the progressive wing of her party to force through President Joe Biden’s proposed $3.5-trillion spending plan for infrastructure. It covers much more than the basic $1.5-trillion nuts-and-bolts...

Leaving Afghan Allies Behind Is a Threat to US Security

Leaving Afghan Allies Behind Is a Threat to US Security

September 21, 2021

The grave humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is one thing. It speaks for itself. What is not spoken about are the implications it carries for Americans. The one element that is crucially being (publicly) ignored by the US government and the US media is that former employees and contractors of...

The Raucous Sound of AUKUS

The Raucous Sound of AUKUS

September 20, 2021

The European Union received a serious shock last week that confirmed the seismic shock it received a month ago when US President Joe Biden made good on his decision to unilaterally abandon the 20-year NATO military campaign in Afghanistan. France had a more specific reason to complain. As AP...

America’s Post-9/11 Lessons and Lamentations

America’s Post-9/11 Lessons and Lamentations

September 20, 2021

Earlier this month, Americans and people around the world commemorated a day that still resonates with disbelief, astonishment and profound sorrow. We don’t know how the world will look at the events of 9/11 in 100 years. But, after 20 years, the heaviness persists and the portents remain still...

Understanding and Misunderstanding the Biden Doctrine

Understanding and Misunderstanding the Biden Doctrine

September 17, 2021

US Foreign policy has long been more about the evocative vocabulary used to describe it than the geopolitical reality it is meant to address. The vocabulary politicians and the media use to define foreign policy belongs to a tissue of artificially generated illusions that serve not so much to...

The Handcuffing of Joe Biden

The Handcuffing of Joe Biden

September 17, 2021

The far right would like to impeach Joe Biden, kick him out of the White House, perhaps even throw him in jail. “Lock him up” has been a predictable chant at Trump rallies going back to before the 2020 election. Even Republicans in Congress have joined this chorus. Bipartisanship? As...

For 20 Years in Afghanistan, Ignorance Was Bliss

For 20 Years in Afghanistan, Ignorance Was Bliss

September 16, 2021

The war in Afghanistan is over, but the commentary on what it was all about and where it leaves us is just beginning. The events that have unfolded over the past few weeks have predictably generated a plethora of credible and less credible theses that continue to appear in every serious...

How America Won the War in Afghanistan

How America Won the War in Afghanistan

September 15, 2021

The Second World War ruined our concept of conflict. It led us to believe that conflicts are wars, and wars consist of two sides fighting, with a singular monolithic outcome that one side wins. Everyone comes home. There is a parade. A sailor kisses a woman. Boom. War won. This is a myth of...

General Petraeus and the Question of Torture

General Petraeus and the Question of Torture

September 15, 2021

The end of the US engagement in Afghanistan has produced a moment of reckoning for the nation. Everything to do with that war will inevitably be reviewed by commentators. Its origins in the 9/11 attacks of 2001 are already the focus of everyone’s attention. So is its crucial role as the intended...

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