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AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

Iranians’ access to medicine is being choked off by the Trump administration’s illegitimate reimposition of sanctions:

The number of European and Iranian banks conducting such transactions has dwindled, observers say. The refusal to...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-17 - Original post - cached version

In this same week the New York Times asserted North Korea is engaged in a “great deception” over its nuclear forces, South Korean unification minister Cho Myoung Gyon is visiting the United States with plans to meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a Member of Congress, and to address several...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-17 - Original post - cached version

One has to admire the Canadian government’s manipulation of the media regarding its relationship with Saudi Arabia. Despite being partners with the Kingdom’s international crimes, the Liberals have managed to convince some gullible folks they are challenging Riyadh’s rights abuses.

By...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

The fighting in Yemen has killed at least 57,000 people, and the real death toll is likely much higher:

The database gives an indication of the scope of the disaster wreaked in Yemen by nearly four years of civil war. At least 57,...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-16 - Original post - cached version

The post Jim Bovard: Hitchhiking to an Antiwar Awakening appeared first on Antiwar.com Blog.

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Seventeen years of “war on terror” has cost the United States nearly six trillion dollars. How are we doing? Any victories? Nope. Not a one. In Afghanistan the Taliban re-claim new territory daily. Iran’s influence has increased due to our policies. Al-Qaeda was viewed by the Washington...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-15 - Original post - cached version

November 14, 2018

Washington, DC – Following a move by House Republicans to block a vote on bipartisan resolution (H. Con Res. 138), legislation that would have ended U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia’s genocidal war in Yemen, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today spoke on the House floor...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Just days into a ceasefire with Gaza, the Israelis sent commandos in to assassinate a Hamas leader. Hamas then surprised Israel with more than 400 rockets in retaliation, leading to another ceasefire agreed by Netanyahu. But this time his defense minister was having none of it. He wants a...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-15 - Original post - cached version

A letter from Sen. Rand Paul to his Senate colleagues:

November 14, 2018

Dear Senate Colleague:

Tomorrow the Senate will vote to proceed to S.J. Res. 65, a resolution of disapproval that would block the sale of offensive weapons to Bahrain, a member of the Saudi-led...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Today, November 14, the U.S. House will consider H.Res. 1142, the “rule” bill allowing for debate on HR 6784, which removes the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act.

The House Rules Committee inserted a provision declaring that “the War Powers Act does not apply to H.Con.Res. 138,”...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-14 - Original post - cached version

In the first International Atomic Energy Agency inspection since the Trump Administration slapped back all sanctions, Iran has been given a clean bill of health regarding the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement. Iran is keeping up its end of the bargain even as the...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-13 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

John Bolton used a vindictive WWI-era slogan while threatening Iran with harsh sanctions enforcement:

The U.S. intends to double down on sanctioning Iran, pressuring the nation until it submits, National Security Adviser John Bolton...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-13 - Original post - cached version

CNN’s Jim Acosta has had his White House press credentials suspended following a tense exchange with Trump on Wednesday. CNN, the White House Correspondents’ Association and others have denounced the move.

CNN says it’s “Facts First.” That’s about as believable as Trump’s claim of “...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-13 - Original post - cached version

The weekend commemoration of the end of World War I, and particularly the speech from the French president, demonstrate why the “war to end all wars” did not at all end all wars. They still don’t get it, so we are forced to repeat it. How does our current policy look so much like that of the...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-12 - Original post - cached version

Today French President Emmanuel Macron officiated at a ceremony before the Arc de Triomphe in Paris marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War. While dozens of heads of state from around the world were present, the featured guests were the German Chancellor...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-12 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted at TomDispatch.

Death-by-ally: now that, by definition, is a fate from hell. You might at least imagine that such “insider attacks” – in which a member of the Afghan security forces turns his weapon on his American or NATO trainers or advisers and tries to gun them down...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-09 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

The Trump administration’s Yemen policy is already indefensible, and they may be about to make it even worse:

The Trump administration is considering designating Yemen’s Houthi rebels a terrorist organization, people familiar with...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-08 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

After two years reckless and irresponsible Trump administration foreign policy, the new Democratic House majority is in a position to provide greater oversight and scrutiny of the president’s policies:

A Democrat-led House will...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-08 - Original post - cached version

Now this makes me proud to be an American. “Salute to service” during Ravens-Steelers game.

A few months ago, I was talking to a researcher about the Pentagon, the military-industrial complex, and America’s fourth (and most powerful?) branch of government: the national security state....

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-07 - Original post - cached version

Brigadier General Joe Heck, US Army Reserve, former Member of Congress and current chair of the NCMNPS, addresses the Commission’s public meeting in Los Angeles. Photo by Edward Hasbrouck.

No matter what happens in today’s voting, it won’t end the bipartisan support for war or the need...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-06 - Original post - cached version

Antiwar.com Editorial Director Scott Horton delivered this talk on November 3, 2018 in Lake Jackson, Texas. He shared the stage with Lew Rockwell, Ron Paul, Daniel McAdams, et. al.

The post Scott Horton: ‘New Media & The Terror Wars’ appeared first on Antiwar.com Blog....

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-06 - Original post - cached version

There was plenty of noise in the run up to today’s mid-term election in the US, but were there any real differences when it comes to substantive issues? Or was it all about manufactured outrages designed to motivate people to support this or that tribe with no real thought? Was there any real...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-06 - Original post - cached version

The Trump Administration is determined to bring Iran to its knees. With a new round of “crippling” sanctions targeting any country doing business with Iran, is the US just isolating itself from the rest of the world? Is it hastening the end of “dollar hegemony” that US foreign policy has to this...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-05 - Original post - cached version

This is not a well-known story. Congress covered it up at the time. This was bipartisan murder.

The military could not meet its quotas. The draft was failing. Volunteers could not fill the ranks. In response, Robert McNamara devised a solution: draft low-IQ men who could not read or write...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-05 - Original post - cached version

Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity. ~ Jacques Ellul

I have long had mixed feelings about technology. On the one hand, I regard...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-11-02 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

Michael Horton is similarly skeptical about Mattis and Pompeo’s calls for a ceasefire in Yemen:

Yet these exhortations are meaningless without real pressure on Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which are poised to launch yet another...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-31 - Original post - cached version

The 2018 US intelligence community budget saw its biggest increase in ten years and is now higher than it has ever been. President Trump’s backers often claim that he’s in Washington to fight the deep state, but it doesn’t get more “deep state” than the US intelligence community. How to explain...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-31 - Original post - cached version

According to a new study by the University of Sussex, the 10,000 civilian dead in the Yemen war is hugely understated. The actual number of civilians killed since the Saudi attacks started in 2015 may be as high as 80,000. And on top of that, 50,000 children die each year from preventable...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-30 - Original post - cached version

It may surprise some that a Canadian general is undercutting inter-Korean rapprochement while Global Affairs Canada seeks to maintain its 70-year old war footing, but that is what the Liberal government is doing.

At the start of the month Canadian Lieutenant General Wayne Eyre told a...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-26 - Original post - cached version

Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), who will retire in January after 30 years in the United States House of Representatives, is the subject of a new biographical feature article at the Knoxville News Sentinel. Included with the article is video of an interview with Duncan in which he describes how...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-25 - Original post - cached version

A plurality of Virginians (38.1%) favor ending taxpayer funding for Israeli business ventures in the commonwealth according to a Virginia Coalition for Human Rights (VCHR) poll fielded by Google Surveys.

32.7% of Virginians were neutral about discontinuing subsidies, while 29.2%...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-25 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

The Saudi coalition bombed a vegetable market near Hodeidah earlier today and killed at least 21 people:

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-25 - Original post - cached version

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is key to the Middle East strategy of both the US and Israel. Keeping focus on regime change for Iran is the main goal of all three countries. That is why we are seeing a push to cover-up the likely complicity of MbS in the crime and instead blame 18 of his...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-23 - Original post - cached version

The media reports that some 14,000 people are marching from Honduras through Guatemala through Mexico to the US. They are supposed to arrive just in time for the US election in early November. Is this a political stunt? A genuine mass migration? What are the factors that may have led to such an...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-23 - Original post - cached version

Scientists tell us a perpetual motion machine is impossible (that pesky 2nd law of thermodynamics about entropy), but America’s leaders are proving a perpetual war machine is quite possible, as events in Afghanistan prove. The USA is now entering the 18th year of its Afghan war, with regress...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-22 - Original post - cached version

President Trump signaled over the weekend that he would withdraw from the 1987 INF nuclear treaty which prohibited missiles and missile launchers with a range from 500KM to 5,000KM. Is leaving the treaty in the US interest, as Trump claims? Who’s cheating? What are the real reasons Trump’s...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-22 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

The Trump administration is preparing to quit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty thanks to the arms control-hating John Bolton:

The Trump administration has told U.S. allies that it wants to withdraw from the...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-19 - Original post - cached version

While Washington is in a frenzy over the apparent Saudi government murder of a Saudi Washington Post journalist, little attention is being paid to news that the United Arab Emirates hired an “guns for hire” company founded by an Israeli-American to assassinate members of a political party in...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-18 - Original post - cached version

What do we call it when the government outsources censorship to the private sector? And what about when those “private” companies are in bed with government? The latest social media purge of hundreds of alternative news sites guarantees that we will be less informed. Guarantees that our only...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-17 - Original post - cached version

Saudi Arabia has made headlines recently for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. What happened to Khashoggi is certainly tragic, but it’s far from the only crime committed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Despite its history of thuggery, the US has been cozy with the kingdom for decades....

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-16 - Original post - cached version

Nikki Haley was among the most outspokenly pro-Israel and anti-Palestinian US diplomat in history. She took Washington’s previous policy of unwaveringly backing Israel at the UN to a whole new level. With Nikki gone, will US policy become more even-handed in the Middle East? On today’s Ron Paul...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-16 - Original post - cached version

There’s no hypocrisy like Capitol Hill hypocrisy. Congressional Democrats have been beating the dead horse of “Russian meddling” for nearly two years, obsessed with claims that “Russia hacked our democracy” and that a few Facebook posts from “Russia-linked” accounts are actually a massive Putin-...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-16 - Original post - cached version

President Trump has sent Secretary of State Pompeo urgently to Saudi Arabia this morning, hoping to get to the bottom of what happened to Saudi exile journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump has promised “severe punishment” to the Saudis if they are involved in killing the journalist, but the...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-15 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

When Obama was president, hawkish foreign policy pundits and analysts promoted the fiction that he “abandoned” allies and “rewarded” adversaries. This was one of Romney’s main campaign themes in 2012. Their answer to this imaginary problem...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-13 - Original post - cached version

Last week Anju Dhillon told the House of Commons "I saw firsthand the sacrifices that our men and women in the navy have made to protect our country." The Liberal MP recently participated in the Canadian Leaders at Sea Program, which takes influential individuals on "action-packed" multi-day...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-12 - Original post - cached version

In response to the disappearance and suspected murder of U.S.-based journalist and democracy advocate Jamal Khashoggi, Congressman Walter B. Jones (R-NC) is calling on President Donald Trump to investigate Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the disappearance, and to reconsider the United States’...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-12 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

Turkish authorities claim to have audio and video recordings that prove Saudi agents tortured and then murdered Jamal Khashoggi:

The recordings show that a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi in the consulate after he walked in...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-11 - Original post - cached version

Sudden concern in Washington over Saudi behavior is puzzling. But the disappearance of a Washington Post writer and the suspicion that the Saudi government is involved has led Washington and particularly the Senate and House to demand some answers. They didn’t care much about Saudi involvement...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-11 - Original post - cached version

“Clear Sky 2018” was launched yesterday in Ukraine, bringing in hundreds of NATO troops along with US fighter and transport planes. The large show of NATO military force on Russia’s border is meant to send a message to “aggressive” Russia. But the ongoing conflict over eastern Ukraine is a...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-10-10 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

Hal Brands makes an extremely shaky assertion about recent Saudi recklessness and U.S. involvement in the Middle East:

Much of Saudi Arabia’s recent behavior has been linked to the rise of MBS, who seems driven by a combination of...

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