A New State Is Emerging in Yemen
A new country is beginning to form in the chaos and confusion of Yemen’s civil war. A coup in Aden in late January 2018 has hastened the process. The new Yemen has its roots in the period 1990 to 1994, when the Saudi-supported North Yemen and the Cuban/Soviet-supported South... Read more
The Strange Realities of Chicago’s Gang Wars
The typical explanation for Chicago’s gang violence is as follows. Young gang members in small, disorganized cliques shoot each other over petty personal feuds that they play out on social media with the hope of gaining street notoriety and possibly fame as a rapper. This type of killing came... Read more
The War That Never Ends
Vietnam. It’s always there. Looming in the past, informing America’s future. A 50-year-old war, once labeled the longest in our history, is still being refought by one group of Americans. The military high command. And almost half a century later, they’re still losing it … and blaming others for... Read more
Empire of Graveyards
Recently, a memory of my son as a small boy came back to me. He was, in those days, terrified of clowns. Something about their strange, mask-like, painted faces unnerved him utterly, chilled him to the bone. To the rest of us, they were comic, but to him —... Read more
David’s Sling and Shield
It was a British citizen who would shape Israel’s way of warfare like no one else would in the beginning. In the 1930s, when the tension between Arabs and the Jewish-Zionist community emerged to a downright civil war in Palestine, which had been under British administration since World War... Read more
Congress Never Stopped Producing Pork
In mid-January 2018, the U.S. House Rules Committee held hearings on the idea of bringing back earmarks. While some have been angling for this idea for a while, the immediate prompt was from Pres. Donald Trump’s recent assertion that if earmarks were revived, members of Congress would get along... Read more
Donald Trump Wants Small Nukes
The Trump administration wants two new, sea-launched nuclear weapons — and looser rules for using them. Experts say the new nuclear policy could make atomic war more likely. The Nuclear Posture Review, which leaked to the press in mid-January 2018, calls for a new sea-launched cruise missile, or SLCM,... Read more
How to Avoid Armageddon in Korea
Most people intuitively get it. An American preventive strike to wipe out North Korea’s nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles, or a commando raid launched with the same goal in mind, is likely to initiate a chain of events culminating in catastrophe. That would be true above all for the... Read more
How to Build a Wall and Lose an Empire
As 2017 ended with billionaires toasting their tax cuts and energy executives cheering their unfettered access to federal lands as well as coastal waters, there was one sector of the American elite that did not share in the champagne celebration. Washington’s corps of foreign policy experts. Across the political... Read more
2018 Will Be a Good Year for Arms-Makers
As Pres. Donald Trump might put it, major weapons contractors such as Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin cashed in “bigly” in his first year in office. They raked in tens of billions of dollars in Pentagon contracts, while posting sharp stock price increases and healthy profits driven by the... Read more
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