Beyond Golden Shower Diplomacy
Month by month, tweet by tweet, the events of the past two years have made it clearer than ever that Washington’s once-formidable global might is indeed fading. As the American empire unravels with previously unimagined speed, there are many across this country’s political spectrum who will not mourn its... Read more
Playing Trump for Peace
When, in early March 2018, Donald Trump agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the Washington foreign policy elite nearly suffered a collective heart attack. For one thing, the announcement came as a complete surprise. Trump had telegraphed his other foreign policy bombshells well in advance. Leaving... Read more
New Documents Raise Questions About Increased Nuclear Spending
There are many reasons to keep certain parts of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex a secret. But fraud, waste, and abuse run rampant when the mystique and awe of nuclear bombs gets in the way of effective oversight. And it is the taxpayer who ends up suffering. The secrets... Read more
Fears of an Aggressive Iran Are Far Older Than the Islamic Republic Is
This story originally appeared on May 27, 2015. The U.S. and Iran were once best friends. Washington saw the country as a stabilizing force in the Middle East, an ally it could rely on to keep the peace in a confusing and conflict-prone area of the world. It was... Read more
The Cavalier Crusade for a War With Iran
This story originally appeared on July 15, 2016. One year ago, opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement blasted the landmark accord as ushering in the Apocalypse. They are still at it. “After doing everything they could possibly think of to subvert and undermine the nuclear negotiations before their successful conclusion — even... Read more
An Empire of Nothing at All?
This essay is the introduction to Tom Engelhardt’s new book, A Nation Unmade by War, a Dispatch Book published by Haymarket Books. As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer... Read more
Mobilizing for the Third Gulf War
With Donald Trump’s decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, it’s time for the rest of us to start thinking about what a Third Gulf War would mean. The answer, based on the last 16 years of American experience in the Greater Middle East, is that it won’t be... Read more
Bombing Iran Is a Terrible Idea
This story originally appeared on March 28, 2015, more than three years before Pres. Donald Trump ended the Obama-era deal preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Iran hawks are playing with fire. We are close to a nuclear deal with Iran, but opponents continue to step up attacks aimed... Read more
Donald Trump’s Caliphate
They are the extremists. If you need proof, look no further than the Afghan capital, Kabul, where the latest wave of suicide bombings in May 2018 has proven devastating. Recently, for instance, a fanatic set off his explosives among a group of citizens lining up outside a government office... Read more
Saving the U.S. Military From Itself
This story originally appeared in 2007. It’s time to save the U.S. military from itself. I say this as a retired Air Force officer who served for 20 years, my last three in a “joint” assignment, working closely with Army, Marine and Navy officers and enlisted men and women.... Read more
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