There’s One Reason America Refuses to Hold Saudi Arabia Responsible for Murder
The apparent extrajudicial execution of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey on Oct. 2, 2018 seemed like a watershed moment in the protracted push to hold the autocratic, theocratic Saudi regime accountable. The moment seems to have passed. The recent U.S. elections have overshadowed the story, and neither... Read more
The Stories War Tells Me
I’m here in Chicago, 7,000 miles and 15 years away from Jalalabad, a desolate town in southwestern Afghanistan. Yet sometimes it seems to me as if it were yesterday, or even tomorrow, and anything but thousands of miles distant. There are moments when it feels like I never left... Read more
‘They Will Not Forgive Us’
It was only an announcement, but think of it as the beginning of a journey into Hell. In late October 2018, Pres. Donald Trump made public his decision to abrogate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a 1987 agreement with the Soviet Union. National Security Advisor John Bolton, a Cold... Read more
Brass Parachutes

Brass Parachutes

WIB politics November 7, 2018

Governments and corporations want to make sure their leaders and employees act in the best interest of the organization. The private sector has a number of tools for protecting itself from conflicts of interests or otherwise compromising confidential business information. Law firms have conflict-of-interest reviews, and it’s pro forma... Read more
It’s Unlikely Iran Will Stop Developing Missiles
Iran is continuing to develop increasingly long-range ballistic missiles — and is firing some shorter-range missiles in combat — despite demands from the U.S. government that the Islamic republic totally give up any weapons that could, in theory, carry a nuclear warhead. On Sept. 8 and Oct. 1, 2018,... Read more
Socializing America’s Defense Industry
Given his erratic behavior, from daily Twitter eruptions to upping his tally of lies by the hour, it’s hard to think of Donald Trump as a man with a plan. But in at least one area — reshaping the economy to serve the needs of the military-industrial complex —... Read more
Peril in a Tripolar World
When it comes to relations between Donald Trump’s America, Vladimir Putin’s Russia and Xi Jinping’s China, observers everywhere are starting to talk about a return to an all-too-familiar past. “Now we have a new Cold War,” Russia expert Peter Felgenhauer commented in Moscow after Trump announced plans to withdraw... Read more
Why American Leaders Persist in Waging Losing Wars
As America enters the 18th year of its war in Afghanistan and its 16th in Iraq, the war on terror continues in Yemen, Syria and parts of Africa including Libya, Niger and Somalia. Meanwhile, the Trump administration threatens yet more war, this time with Iran. And given these last... Read more
Ranger Things

Ranger Things

WIB politics October 25, 2018

A recent article on claims that the Pentagon’s Close Combat Lethality Task Force wants to make sure infantry squads approach training like the 75th Ranger Regiment does. “Rangers are doing Ranger things,” stated Joe L’Etoile, the task force’s director. “Infantrymen in the Marine Corps need to be doing infantrymen... Read more
Unsolicited Advice for an Undeclared Presidential Candidate
Dear Sen. Elizabeth Warren: As a constituent, I have noted with interest your suggestion that you will “take a hard look” at running for president in 2020, even as you campaign for reelection to the Senate next month. Forgive me for saying that I interpret that comment to mean... Read more
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