America’s Afghan War Is Over. But What About Iraq and Iran?

July 13, 2021

At Bagram air base, Afghan scrap merchants are already picking through the graveyard of US military equipment that was until recently the headquarters of America’s 20-year occupation of their country. Afghan officials say the last US forces slipped away from Bagram in the dead of night, without...

Trump Might Find Himself Accidentally at War

September 25, 2019

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 He apparently rescinded his decision only 10 minutes before the attack was to be carried out, after his...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

September 05, 2019

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

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...

America Is Keeping the World Safe

November 09, 2018

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?

November 07, 2018

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

July 19, 2018

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

July 02, 2018

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”

June 29, 2018

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”

June 12, 2018

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...

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