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AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-20 - Original post - cached version

I first learned of Gideon Levy many years ago, during a casual conversation with an Israeli human rights activist. He told me that he had asked Levy why was he such a serious critic of Israel’s government and its policies with the Palestinians. Levy, whose own father was a German Jewish refugee...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-19 - Original post - cached version

Former UK Ambassador to Syria Peter Ford joins today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report to share his vast experience in the region. He has notably deviated from the government/media narrative about the alleged Assad gas attack. How likely is it that Assad used gas? Why are inspectors being prevented from...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-18 - Original post - cached version

An endless war in Afghanistan, where the US takes the side of the communists it opposed in the 1980s. No end in sight and no one even knows what victory looks like. Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Syria – once the US gets involved it becomes just another government program that can never be cancelled. In...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-18 - Original post - cached version

Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton was on the phone with Egypt’s intelligence chief trying to organize a Arab army to take over US duties occupying northeastern Syria. The Trump Administration’s big idea is to have the Saudis lead the occupation to “prevent ISIS 2.0 from emerging in...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-17 - Original post - cached version

Only a couple of weeks ago, US president Donald Trump stated his desire to bring American troops home from Syria: “We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon …. Let the other people take care of it now.”

As if on cue: An alleged chemical attack in Douma, where the Assad regime’s forces...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-17 - Original post - cached version

Once again, the U.S. military has launched Tomahawk cruise missiles against Syria, as well as a new weapon called the JASSM-ER, described as “a stealthy long-range air-fired cruise missile.” According to FP: Foreign Policy, the latter weapon is “likely being closely watched in Tokyo, where...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-17 - Original post - cached version

It is now being reported that Mike Pompeo is unlikely to be approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. GOP Senator Rand Paul will join all 10 Democrats on the committee in denying him approval.

However, the Republican leadership plans to bring his nomination to the floor anyway....

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-17 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

Trump reportedly deferred to Mattis’ advice and ordered a smaller attack on Syria than he and Bolton had originally wanted:

President Donald Trump deferred to his Pentagon chief’s caution and tempered his preference for a more...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-16 - Original post - cached version

Tell the Senate: Block Trump’s War Cabinet

Trump’s new cabinet nominees risk putting us on paths to war with Iran and North Korea. They’ve overseen and support torture, and will continue American support for the Saudi war in Yemen. The Senate must reject them.

Sign the petition and...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-16 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

Jack Goldsmith and Oona Hathaway review the preposterous legal “arguments” in support of yesterday’s illegal attack. Here they address the erroneous claim that the attack was justified under international law because it was a response to...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-16 - Original post - cached version

The US has once again flagrantly violated international law. Without UN approval, they launched dozens of airstrikes on Syria. Ottawa immediately supported the US bombing. In a statement Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, "Canada supports the decision by the United States, the United Kingdom,...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-15 - Original post - cached version

Politicians, pundits and activists who’ve routinely denounced President Trump as a tool of Vladimir Putin can now mull over a major indicator of their cumulative impacts. The U.S.-led missile attack on Syria before dawn Saturday is the latest benchmark for gauging the effects of continually...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-14 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

The illegal attack on Syria that the Trump administration has been threatening for the last week has started:

President Trump ordered a military attack against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, joining allies Britain and...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-14 - Original post - cached version

On Fox News last night

“The only upside I can see is non-intervention.”
~ Col. Douglas MacGregor, former top planner for Gen. Wesley Clark (NATO commander), former commanding officer of H.R. McMaster

The post Col. Douglas MacGregor Speaks Against Syria Strikes as He...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-13 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

Isabel Hardman reports on how the Syria intervention debate is developing in Britain:

Theresa May is holding an emergency Cabinet meeting today on how to respond to the latest chemical weapons attack in Syria. Already sources are...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-13 - Original post - cached version

Washington, DC – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today (April 12, 2018) called for President Trump to refrain from using military action against Syria that would expand and escalate the conflict, and likely result in additional civilian and military casualties, more refugees, and fewer resources to...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-13 - Original post - cached version

On Tucker Carlson April 12, 2018

The post Professor Stephen Cohen: I’m More Afraid of Nuclear War Than Anytime Since Cuban Missile Crisis appeared first on Antiwar.com Blog.

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-13 - Original post - cached version

The post Jeffrey D. Sachs Says US Must Exit Syria Now appeared first on Antiwar.com Blog.

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-13 - Original post - cached version

The post Sen. Rand Paul Grills Mike Pompeo At Confirmation Hearing appeared first on Antiwar.com Blog.

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-12 - Original post - cached version

While Defense Secretary Mattis says the Pentagon is “still looking” for evidence a chemical attack even took place in Syria last weekend, President Trump has seemingly backed off his Tweet yesterday threatening Russia with missiles. Meanwhile, despite a mainstream media attempted blackout of...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-12 - Original post - cached version

Delivered on the floor of the House of Representatives, April 12, 2018

In the days leading up to the Congressional vote on whether to go to war in Iraq years ago, Fortune Magazine had an article headlined "We Win – What Then?"

The article said a prolonged war in Iraq would make...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-12 - Original post - cached version

From BBC:

The post Former UK Ambassador to Syria: Douma Chemical Attack Likely Staged appeared first on Antiwar.com Blog.

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-11 - Original post - cached version

The post Glenn Greenwald and Tucker Carlson Tell the Truth About Going to War in Syria appeared first on Antiwar.com Blog.

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-11 - Original post - cached version

A rare voice of sanity on any news network today. I have not seen any dissident voices regarding Syria on CNN or MSNBC this week. If anyone has, please send me a link.

The post Tomi Lahren: A Rare Voice of Sanity on Fox News About Syria appeared first on Antiwar.com Blog....

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

Jack Goldsmith and Oona Hathaway explain at length why an attack on Syria would be illegal:

Bottom line: If you support the coming air strike in Syria, you are supporting a rationale that allows the president to use air power...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-10 - Original post - cached version

Special Counsel Robert Mueller was supposed to be investigating whether the Trump Campaign colluded with the Russians to get Trump elected president. As predicted it’s gone far off the rails, with a FBI raid yesterday on the president’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. The issue? Whether Trump...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-10 - Original post - cached version

From tonight’s Tucker Carlson Show on Fox News:

The post American Journalist Who Was Hostage by Islamists in Syria Says America Should Stay Out appeared first on Antiwar.com Blog.

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-09 - Original post - cached version

I beseech you, sir, to consider the possibility that the supposed chlorine gas attack at Douma, Syria may have been a carefully constructed propaganda fraud on the part of the rebels encircled in Douma. Such a fraud would have as its purpose the elicitation of exactly the kind of response that...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-09 - Original post - cached version

After the pro-rebel White Helmets claimed over the weekend that Syria’s Assad has “again” gassed his own citizens, President Trump is threatening massive retaliation. Russia has stated that it would strike any source of incoming missiles into Syria. Will President Trump listen to his neocon...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-08 - Original post - cached version

Poster by James Groleau, 1981.

From Resisters.info

The “National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service” has announced that the second of its “open-mike public hearings" throughout the US on whether registration for a military draft should be ended or extended will...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-07 - Original post - cached version

From the Archives: As President Trump faces opposition from his generals to pull U.S. troops from Syria, here’s a look back to a similar fix another new president had gotten himself into, as Ray McGovern reported on March 28, 2009.

I was wrong. I had been saying that it would be naïve to...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-06 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

To get some idea of what John Bolton will tell Trump about Syria, it is useful to revisit an old Bolton op-ed from a few years ago. It may give us some clues about the position he’ll take on Syria today, and it is a helpful reminder that...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-06 - Original post - cached version

Within the U.S. “defense” establishment there’s an eagerness to refight the Cold War with Russia and China, notes Michael Klare at TomDispatch.com. The “long war” on terror, although still festering, is not enough to justify enormous defense budgets and traditional weapon systems like aircraft...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-06 - Original post - cached version

From Consortium News:

A memorial service in celebration of the life and work of Consortium News Founder and Editor Robert Parry will be held on April 14, 2018 at 2:30pm in the Galaxy Ballroom of the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, VA located at 900 S. Orme St. 22204.

...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-05 - Original post - cached version

Just a week after President Trump told an Ohio audience that US troops would be removed from Syria “very soon” and brought back home “where they belong,” he has again changed his tune. After a neocon uprising in their various think tanks and journals and after a meeting with Defense Secretary...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-05 - Original post - cached version

US Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) will join Ron Paul, Jacob Hornberger, Richard Ebeling, and Daniel McAdams at the upcoming joint Ron Paul Institute/Future of Freedom Foundation conference on US foreign policy and the importance of returning to non-interventionism as the driving principle of our...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-04 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

Max Boot rails against the possibility that our illegal, unnecessary war in Syria might come to an end:

If the United States leaves both Syria and Iraq, it will be an incalculable windfall for Iran, a rogue state that Trump claims...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-03 - Original post - cached version

Over the past week, President Trump has twice emphatically stated that he intends to remove US troops from Syria and bring them home “where they belong.” He also defied his advisors by congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on his election victory and suggested a summit meeting at the...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-03 - Original post - cached version

On April 6, 2017, the United States bombed a Syrian airbase. The bombing was in response to a chemical attack immediately thought to be ordered by the behest of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad just two days before.

This bombing was illegal. Even the U.S. government has since repeatedly...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-03 - Original post - cached version

The US is the world’s leader in arms sales overseas and has been for a quarter of a century. President Trump is only following in the footsteps of his predecessors in pushing US weapons overseas. He claims it’s about jobs. But what are the costs? What are the moral costs? Economic costs?...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-01 - Original post - cached version

It’s been 15 years since they lied us into Iraq War II.

So I did a couple of long, in-depth interviews with Jonathan Schwarz about how and why they lied us into it, and Gareth Porter about how the war played out.

Especially for those of you who were too young or wrong back then to...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-04-01 - Original post - cached version

U.S. troops use the “water cure” in the Philippines, 1902

Back in 2009, I wrote a few articles on torture during the Bush/Cheney administration. With Barack Obama elected on a vague platform of hope, change, and transparency, there was a sense torture would be outlawed and torturers would...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-03-31 - Original post - cached version

Notice to all readers: Antiwar.com will be doing an upgrade of our server on Saturday (March 31) from 7-9pm Eastern time (4-6pm Pacific). Hopefully, the site will only be offline for a very brief period within those hours.

You may still contact use via email: egarris@antiwar.com
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AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-03-29 - Original post - cached version

We are facing a presidential “war cabinet” more aggressive than any in history. John Bolton, “Mad Dog” Mattis, Mike Pompeo, Nikki Haley, “Bloody” Gina Haspel, and more. If we are not able to turn this ship around and return to a non-interventionist foreign policy, we may soon find that there is...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-03-29 - Original post - cached version

President Trump has nominated Gina Haspel to be the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Haspel had an important role in the torture regimen approved by the Bush/Cheney administration, and she worked to destroy videotaped evidence of the same. What does it say about the United...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-03-28 - Original post - cached version

President Trump’s huge military spending increase is based on a false premise: that more money means more security. If anything, the debacle of the F-35 fighter should demonstrate that massive military spending with no real purpose not only does not deliver more security but in fact undermines...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-03-28 - Original post - cached version

Originally appeared on The American Conservative February 28, 2018.

Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz spells out what the nuclear deal with Iran does and what withdrawing from it would mean:

Conversely, if Trump withdraws the United States from the agreement, with Iran complying...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-03-27 - Original post - cached version

President Trump has expelled 60 Russian diplomats from the US over UK government claims that Russia was behind the recent alleged attack on a former Russian spy in the UK. The Russians have asked for some evidence they were behind the alleged attack. London refused. What’s behind Trump’s...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-03-25 - Original post - cached version

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
SUBJECT: Request to Withdraw Nomination of Gina Haspel

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

With respect, we veteran intelligence officers from CIA and other agencies urge you to withdraw the nomination of...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2018-03-25 - Original post - cached version

From TruthDig.com:

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer meets with Truthdig columnist Maj. Danny Sjursen, a United States Army officer who served tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sjursen’s memoir, “Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the...

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