Category Archives: War

Fixing Afghanistan with hands tied

The Karzai government we’ve propped up in Afghanistan has come under recent scrutiny for corruption. The questionable regime there is eroding support for the American led war/occupation/reconstruction effort. Obama, who made fixing Afghanistan the central thrust of his foreign policy message in last year’s election, is trying to salvage that support by squeezing concessions out of […]

What it’s like in Gaza for the Palestinians

It’s easy to dismiss the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as a battle between civilized Westerners and barbaric terrorists. However, it’s better to think of it as a battle between the relatively rich Israelis and slum dwelling Palestinians. The Israelis live a lot like us and the Europeans whereas the Palestinians live like this: Israeli patrols tightly enforce a […]

Didn’t they get the memo?

It’s only terrorism if someone else does it: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton faced sharp rebukes from Pakistani audiences Friday, including one woman who accused the U.S. of conducting ”executions without trial” in aerial drone strikes. Slapping back, Clinton questioned Pakistan’s commitment to fighting terrorists. … During the visit and talks with Pakistani […]

Afghanistan occupation fuels insurgency

The Washington Post reports that Matthew Hoh, top civilian official in Afghanistan’s Zabul province (and former Marine Corps captain in Iraq), resigned his post last month because he realized our efforts there were conterproductive: [Matthew Hoh] said in his resignation letter, that the war “has violently and savagely pitted the urban, secular, educated and modern […]

Public opinion on “The Good War”

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Barack Obama will soon escalate military operations in Afghanistan. The president plans to increase the current force of 68,000 soldiers by at least 10,000 (likely more) and has discounted major withdrawal as an option. “We are not leaving Afghanistan,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said. “This discussion is about next steps forward […]

Taibbi on Obama’s Nobel

You never, ever get a true dissident from a prominent Western country winning the award, despite the obvious appropriateness such a choice would represent. Our Western society quite openly embraces war as a means of solving problems and for quite some time now has fashioned its entire social and economic structure around the preparation for […]

U.S. violations of nuclear non-proliferation

Robert McNamara, head of the Department of Defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, offered the following analysis in 2005: “I would characterize current U.S. nuclear weapons policy as immoral, illegal, militarily unnecessary and dreadfully dangerous.” (FAIR) Debates about nuclear weapons typically feature lawmakers hyping the potential dangers we face from nuclear-powered foes like Iran […]

Understanding Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

This morning, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the peace prize to President Barack Obama, shocking the world, infuriating America’s political Right and confusing the recipient. If the prize is based on results, then no amount of mental gymnastics could justify this selection. While the new president has toned down the belligerent rhetoric of his predecessor, […]

We got no $$$ for this war

Here’s the headline from the front page of the Times this morning: Obama Rules Out Large Reduction in Afghan Force I know Obama has never ever promised to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan. Quite the opposite. Obama campaigned on troop increases in Afghanistan. However, as I’ve said before, occupying Afghanistan doesn’t make any damned sense. It’d […]

10 Myths about Iran

Go read this article by Juan Cole now. The short version: Iran is aggressive and has threatened to attack Israel, its neighbors or the U.S. Reality: Iran has not launched an aggressive war modern history (unlike the U.S. or Israel). Iran is a militarized society bristling with dangerous weapons and a growing threat to world […]