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AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-12-10 - Original post - cached version

Since the beginning of the nuclear age and the dropping of the first atomic bombs, humankind has struggled with the reality of being able to destroy the planet on the one hand and the abolition of these weapons on the other. This year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-12-08 - Original post - cached version

The rumors of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s demise may finally not be greatly exaggerated.

A marked man, it was only about a month ago the media speculated on how soon United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley would replace Tillerson. Two weeks ago a trial balloon floated up with Mike...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-12-08 - Original post - cached version

Now that some of the dust has settled on President Trump’s yesterday announcement that the US would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, what might we expect? How does Iran fare? Will the Saudis and Jordanians feel the pinch? Will the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner emerge as a major...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-12-06 - Original post - cached version

How will President Trump’s announcement that the US would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital affect US policy in the Middle East? How might it affect our security, as the move will most certainly inflame and cause anger in the Muslim world? Is there a silver lining? We cover this...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-12-04 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. government still keeps 41 prisoners at the Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp in Cuba. Incredibly, some of these so-called alien enemy combatants have been imprisoned for up to 15 years without benefit of trial; indeed, without even being charged with a crime. How is this possible in a...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-12-04 - Original post - cached version

I recently spoke at a conference sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers discussing the moral injury suffered by veterans returning from war. Other speakers included a clinician from the local Veterans Administration Medical Center, a woman Somali veteran and poet, and a panel...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-12-03 - Original post - cached version

Chris writes:

For the last few months I have been battling some cognitive dissonance when making conclusions about the current state of U.S. foreign affairs. Ever since the Ron Paul days of 2008, I have been firm in my conviction that the libertarians are correct in this regard. I think...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-12-02 - Original post - cached version

For over a year, the United States has been disengaged from Libya’s turmoil, with President Donald Trump declaring America had “no interest” in its interminable civil war.

That all changed Friday December 1st, when the President abruptly announced a rethink in a meeting with the head of...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-12-02 - Original post - cached version

In a word, dishonesty. That’s the key reason why America keeps losing its wars of choice, whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, or elsewhere.

Dishonesty is nothing new, of course. Recall the lessons from the Pentagon Papers in the Vietnam War. U.S. leaders knew the war was lost, yet...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-30 - Original post - cached version

In August ten villagers in Somalia were killed in a military raid conducted by US and Somali troops. According to a recent investigation by the Daily Beast, they were killed by Americans. A subsequent Pentagon/AFRICOM investigation claimed that those killed were all enemy combatants. Who’s...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-30 - Original post - cached version

On November 8, just as President Trump was clinching new business deals with the repressive Communist government of China, the Trump administration announced new rules rolling back President Obama’s opening with Cuba. The new regulations are supposed to punish hotels, stores and other businesses...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-29 - Original post - cached version

If you heard mention of people being shackled on the deck of a ship out in the ocean for weeks or months exposed to the elements and with only a bucket for a bathroom, you might assume the full story is about the cruel actions of pirates or slave traders from centuries past. However, as...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-29 - Original post - cached version

The US general in charge of the war in Afghanistan has announced that with the new US strategy we are “turning the corner” in the 16 year war. Where have we heard that before? Over and over since the election of Hamid Karzai in 2004! Turning the corner? Hardly! Today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-29 - Original post - cached version

Stalemate: That’s the word of choice being used by U.S. generals to describe the Afghan War. What, exactly, is a stalemate? I played chess at an early age, caught up in the Bobby Fischer craze of the early 1970s, and I still play occasionally. In chess, a stalemate is a special kind of draw, and...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-29 - Original post - cached version

The Trump Administration is increasingly isolated at the UN Security Council, as the UN has once again certified that Iran is in compliance with its obligations under the P5+1 agreement. Trump argues that Iran is not in compliance with the “spirit” of the deal – a confusing claim that is...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-27 - Original post - cached version

At at time when many in the US are obsessed with the idea that Russia might have meddled in our elections last year, the US State Department has announced a new program to overtly meddle in the election of Hungary – a fellow NATO member country. Is this another case of “do as we say, not as we...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-22 - Original post - cached version

The Transportation Safety Administration gets away with what would be prosecuted as sexual assault if any of the rest of us did it. Yet Americans put up with the groping and downright punching of private parts because they still believe the TSA keeps them safe. And when the TSA’s own Inspector...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-22 - Original post - cached version

During the spring of 1999, as part of Voices in the Wilderness’s campaign to end indiscriminately lethal U.S./U.N. economic sanctions against Iraq, the Fellowship of Reconciliation arranged for two Nobel Peace laureates, Adolfo Perez Esquivel and Mairead Maguire, to visit the country....

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

To understand what’s really going on in the Middle East, the worst place to turn is the US mainstream media. Geopolitical analyst and Ph.D. candidate Marwa Osman joins today’s Liberty Report live from Beirut, Lebanon to tell us why the MSM refuses to explain what’s really behind the tragedy in...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

The media frenzy over “Russiagate” seems to get progressively more stupid as desperation takes hold. To sustain the sense of frenzy – which Russiagate cultists call “drip drip drip” – they need new sensational bombshells every day. Except there aren’t any. So the media makes them up.

Case...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Five years ago, Antiwar.com made a bold move and embraced bitcoin and the crypto community. Early Bitcoin provided donors a way to make quick, low cost, anonymous donations (even very small amounts) that couldn’t be achieved through traditional online avenues. It has been a win/win situation....

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Ron Paul breaks down the massive DoD spending bill Conference Report that has just passed Congress. More money for Ukraine? Israel’s missile defense? Lots of welfare for the military industrial complex? More money for the failed F-35? Lots of money for other countries to buy our weapons, to keep...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

U.S. and Coalition forces have seriously undercounted the number of civilians killed in air attacks against ISIS. That is the key finding of an 18-month-long investigation led by Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal and published this week in the New York Times Magazine. Khan/Gopal surveyed 103 sites of...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Perhaps only ancient Sparta claimed to support its military more than the United States. From the “soldiers in uniform board first” rituals that happen only in American airports, to politics where a decision not to serve is forever held against a candidate, there are reminders that America’s...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

According to a new study by Brown University’s Watson Institute, the real cost of the US wars since 9/11 is three times the Pentagon’s estimate. Some $5.6 trillion have been spent on the endless global war. The total costs of 16 years of war are even higher, and they extend beyond just finance...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

In a recent interview with host Wilmer Leon at the Inside the Issues show, former presidential candidate and United States House of Representatives Member Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) discussed how what Kucinich terms the “permanent government” has worked to ensure the United States continues...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Our government likes to talk about global security, which in their minds is basically synonymous with homeland security. They argue that the best defense is a good offense, that “leaning forward in the foxhole,” or always being ready to attack, is the best way to keep Americans safe. Hence the...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Several times over my 29 years in Congress I have wondered whether there are any fiscal conservatives at the Pentagon.

It seems that the Defense Department is just like every other gigantic bureaucracy. When it comes to money, the refrain is always "more, more, more."

On November...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

On Sunday, Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a press conference that the US military would remain in Syria for the long haul, “as long as there are ISIS who want to fight” he said. He falsely claimed that the US operates in Syria with UN permission. According to a blockbuster BBC report,...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Edward S. Herman died on November 11, 2017, at the age of 92. Fortunately, it was a peaceful death for a supremely peaceful man. In all he did, Ed Herman was a tireless champion of peace.

Ed Herman could be considered the godfather of antiwar media critique, both because of his own...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

The neocon interventionists run Washington foreign policy. Even a Donald Trump, whose foreign policy positions during the campaign infuriated the neocons, has had his administration infiltrated with neocons. According to recent press reports, the Koch Foundation plans to spend a few million...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

The US media (and some neocon politicians) are furious that President Trump didn’t lecture Philippine President Duterte on human rights and that he dared speak with Russian President Putin. How dare he listen to Putin on meddling our elections and raise doubts about the US intelligence community...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-09 - Original post - cached version

The Saudi crown prince is rumored to soon take over as king. He has moved against possible rivals within his own family and seized billions of dollars. Meanwhile he’s threatened Lebanon and his government has ordered Saudi citizens to leave Lebanon. This while blaming Iran for a Yemeni missile...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-09 - Original post - cached version

In policy terms, the Trump administration has approached North Korea largely the same way the Obama administration has – with a heavy reliance on sanctions, appeals to China, and occasional threats.

As John Feffer explains in this short video, the primary difference is that Trump’s...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-08 - Original post - cached version

Both firms used to push the story that the Russians hacked the DNC and John Podesta’s emails were in the pay of the DNC. The FBI was blocked from examining the DNC servers that the Democrats claimed were hacked. The Russia-Gate story hinges on some very sketchy and highly compromised objective...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-08 - Original post - cached version

The reckless threats of nuclear war flung back and forth between the North Korean and U.S. governments remind me of an event in which I participated back in the fall of 1961, when I was a senior at Columbia College.

At the end of August 1961, the Soviet government had announced that it...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-07 - Original post - cached version

Why has President Trump’s son-in-law/top advisor Jared Kushner been spending so much time with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman? Last month was his third trip this year? The visit occurred right before Bin Salman purged his political rivals, claimed that Lebanon had declared war on his...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-07 - Original post - cached version

Your correspondent attended the November 4 Harvard University colloquium on the topic: Is Nuclear First Strike Legal or Just? The intellectual firepower contained in the panels convened by Elaine Scarry and Jonathon King was impressive: William Perry, former US Secretary of War; Zia Mian,...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-07 - Original post - cached version

Place: Knight Auditorium
Date: Thursday, November 9
Time: 6:00 p.m.

I will be giving my speech “How Economists Helped End the Draft” at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan this Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

Earlier in the day I’m giving a guest lecture in a class on...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-07 - Original post - cached version

Will President Trump’s lengthy visit to Asia signal the beginning of a more diplomatic approach to Washington’s disputes in the region? Will President Trump have a face-to-face with Russian President Putin? Trump has signaled a willingness to sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Any...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-06 - Original post - cached version

“U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era: Can Realism and Restraint Prevail?” was held Friday morning at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Watch full video here.

WASHINGTON – What is the fate of realism and restraint in the Trump era?

The consensus among the foreign...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-05 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson swore into office a new Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Dr. A. Wess Mitchell became the Trump Administration’s top diplomat for Europe, “responsible for diplomatic relations with 50 countries in Europe and Eurasia, and...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-02 - Original post - cached version

"We’re long past the time we should have gotten out of Afghanistan," US Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) told the Oversight & Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security today. The Congressman, who sits on the Ron Paul Institute’s Board of Advisors, brought in quotes from Georgie Anne Geyer,...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-02 - Original post - cached version

“We are deeply disappointed that House leadership has again prevented a debate and vote on ending U.S. participation in the famine-inducing Saudi-led war in Yemen. We remind the House leadership that under the War Powers Resolution of 1973, “‘introduction of United States Armed Forces’ includes...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-02 - Original post - cached version

Here are two items this morning from FP: Foreign Policy (foreignpolicy.com), which provides a daily summary (Situation Report, or SITREP) of news items related to the U.S. military and foreign policy. Together, they represent the very definition of insanity.

Item 1: The Congressional...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-01 - Original post - cached version

Masoumah invites Afghan mothers to speak about difficulties they face (credit: APVs)

On a recent Friday at the Afghan Peace Volunteers‘ (APV) Borderfree Center, here in Kabul, thirty mothers sat cross-legged along the walls of a large meeting room. Masoumah, who co-coordinates the Center’...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-01 - Original post - cached version

Horrible events like yesterday’s attack in New York capture our attention. The mainstream media focuses non-stop on every imaginable aspect of such events. Unfortunately there is little attention to tragedies of a far greater magnitude in places like Yemen which are largely due to our...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-11-01 - Original post - cached version

On a Sunday morning more than two weeks after four U.S. soldiers were ambushed and killed in Niger, Rep. Walter Jones sat at the desk in his North Carolina office, doing what he’s done more than 11,000 times in 14 years: signing letters to families of the dead troops.

That is how...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-31 - Original post - cached version

This Letter to the Editor appeared in The Times-News in Burlington, North Carolina, October 15, 2017.

If the writers of the Constitution were alive today, they might well ask: Where’s Congress? They gave our representatives and senators the power to decide about going to war as a check on...

AntiWar.com Blog - 2017-10-31 - Original post - cached version

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) challenged the Defense Secretary and Secretary of State yesterday, asserting that no one of intellectual honesty would believe that the 9/11 war authorization had anything to do with ISIS or Niger. He has a good point. But the White House does not want its war wings clipped...

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