Tag: Iraq War

Trump Might Find Himself Accidentally at War

Trump Might Find Himself Accidentally at War

After Iran shot down a $220-million US unmanned aerial vehicle over the Strait of Hormuz on June 20, President Donald Trump said the United States was “cocked and loaded” to retaliate. He apparently rescinded his decision only 10 minutes before the attack was to be carried out, after his...

We’re Not the Good Guys

We’re Not the Good Guys

Headlined “U.S. Seeks Other Ways to Stop Iran Shy of War,” the article was tucked away on page A9 of a recent New York Times. Still, it caught my attention. Here's the first paragraph: “American intelligence and military officers are working on additional clandestine plans to...

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

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

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...

America Is Keeping the World Safe

America Is Keeping the World Safe

Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo know how to make other countries feel safe — and will punish them if they don’t agree. When they are not morbidly tuning into the far more indigestible lessons to be learned from the latest spectacular mass murder, the American public and the pundits are busying...

How Serious Is America When It Threatens Other Nations?

How Serious Is America When It Threatens Other Nations?

The US brand is facing a serious challenge to its seriousness. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. Former US Ambassador to Bahrain Adam Ereli was interviewed by Yahoo Finance on the question of US sanctions on Iran and the consequences for America’s allies. Unreservedly endorsing...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Nobody” Knew about Brexit

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Nobody” Knew about Brexit

When you’re told nobody had any idea, you can only conclude that there were plenty of people who knew what you weren’t supposed to know. In an interview with British TV presenter Piers Morgan, US President Donald Trump revealed what he learned about Queen Elizabeth’s take on Brexit. It...

How the Last Superpower Was Unchained

How the Last Superpower Was Unchained

In the 21st century, insurgent movements, now largely religious or terror-based or both, offer a grim new version of containment to the last superpower. Think of it as the all-American version of the human comedy: a great power that eternally knows what the world needs and offers copious advice...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: UK Complicity in “Rendition”

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: UK Complicity in “Rendition”

Fifteen years later, it is revealed that the UK aided and assisted — but didn’t usually commit — rendition and torture. George W. Bush’s war in Iraq is still a work in progress, depending on how one defines progress. In March, The Economist claimed that, with the Islamic State (IS)...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Another “Witch Hunt”

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Another “Witch Hunt”

Those who complain of witch hunts are often clamoring for impunity, hoping that their status puts them above the law. Although the last witch trial in the Western world took place in 1944 in the United Kingdom when Scottish medium Helen Duncan was tried for “fraudulent witchcraft,” the...

The US Military Takes Us through the Gates of Hell

The US Military Takes Us through the Gates of Hell

This essay is the introduction to Tom Engelhardt’s new book, A Nation Unmade by War, a Dispatch Book published by Haymarket Books. As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer...

How Washington Created a Never-Ending Blowback Machine

How Washington Created a Never-Ending Blowback Machine

One form of blowback from the disastrous wars that were meant to create the basis for a Pax Americana helped to produce the conditions that put Donald Trump in the White House. You want to see “blowback” in action? That's easy enough. All you need is a vague sense of how Google search...

Global War on Terror: Mapping a World From Hell

Global War on Terror: Mapping a World From Hell

America's war on terror has now spread to 76 countries across the globe.  He left Air Force Two behind and, unannounced, “shrouded in secrecy,” flew on an unmarked C-17 transport plane into Bagram Air Base, the largest American garrison in Afghanistan. All news of his visit...

US Special Ops at War 

US Special Ops at War 

US Special Operations Forces were deployed to 149 nations in 2017, or about 75% of the countries on the planet. At around 11 o’clock that night, four Lockheed MC-130 Combat Talons, turboprop Special Operations aircraft, were flying through a moonless sky from Pakistan into Afghan airspace. On...

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