Trump Sends “Defensive” Troops to the Middle East

September 23, 2019

Following the attack on Saudi oil facilities, US President Donald Trump has finally responded with action by sending troops to the Middle East. He has left his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, the challenge of justifying why the US even needs to take action. The impression that emerges for a naive...

Let’s Compare Iran’s Threat to a Few Others

June 25, 2019

On June 21, Fair Observer contributor Raman Ghavami expressed his concern with what he sees as Europe’s “desire to appease Iran.” At the same time, he complimented the Trump administration for its zeal that has led it to “call out Tehran on its destructive behavior.” Ghavami should learn...

Can We Trust Pompeo’s Unmistakable Certainty on Iran?

June 19, 2019

Mike Pompeo has “no doubt” that Iran is guilty of attacking the tankers in the Gulf of Oman, while the rest of the world is left wondering. Seeking to understand where US policy on events in the Persian Gulf are likely to lead, Fox News journalist Chis Wallace asked Secretary of State Mike...

Americans Expect a War They Don’t Want

May 30, 2019

The measure of the dysfunction of US democracy and the US empire has never been more apparent as the population resigns itself to seeing another war, feared by the public but craved by the media. Last week, a public opinion poll by Reuters/Ipsos revealed that “51% of adults felt that the...

The Art of Provocation: Preparing War with Iran

May 27, 2019

John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are on the lookout for Iranian provocations and are skilled at finding them, even when they don’t exist. On May 21, Trump administration officials treated key members of Congress to closed-door briefings to persuade them to back what appears to be a build-up for a...

Saudi Arabia Hates War, But Wants the US to Start One

May 21, 2019

The easiest way to determine whether a political spokesperson is hiding something and misrepresenting the truth of their own government’s position is to examine their misuse of the tools of rhetoric. An article in Forbes with the title, “Saudi Arabia Threatens 'Force If Necessary' Against...