Brinks or Blackwater: My Frightening Encounter With A Combat-Mode Guard & His Gun

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For years since the United States invaded Iraq, I’ve witnessed countless photo and video images of innocent civilians – men, women, teens and children – being rudely and aggressively threatened by hired uniformed militants (mostly men), wielding guns

Washington’s Darkest Secret

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by Charley James – According to both the 9/11 Commission report and Richard Clarke’s book, Against All Enemies, in the summer of 2001 former CIA director George Tenet raced around Washington clanging “alarm bells” to anyone who would listen about a possible al Qaeda attack on the United States. The CIA and the National Security [...]

Lessons on the Battlefield Need to Be Learned at a Higher Level

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General David Petraeus, the former military commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and author of the military’s most recent counterinsurgency manual, learned the lessons of the successful British counterinsurgency experience in Malaya in the 1950s. He was able to reduce the violence in Iraq by instituting a policy of U.S. military restraint in that country.

Obama Should Drop Plans to Escalate Afghan War; Send Peace Corps Instead

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by Sherwood Ross – President-elect Obama should drop his plans to escalate the war in Afghanistan, a country that never attacked America, out of pity for a helpless civilian population that will only suffer increasing misery from an expanded fight against the Taliban and its allies.

Deluding Himself at Home and Abroad

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by Charley James – To prove to himself once and for all that everything is going swell in Iraq, George Bush spent one of his last weekends in office sneaking into Baghdad to say, “So long, suckers! Glad we destroyed you!” in front of what he assumed would be a friendly, naïve audience of Iraqi [...]

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

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by Ivan Eland – As rage coursed through India after the Mumbai terrorist bombings, Condoleezza Rice, the Bush administration’s Secretary of State, flew to India and cautioned the Indian government on avoiding a knee-jerk and counterproductive response. She warned the Indians that “any response needs to be judged by its effectiveness in prevention and also [...]

Why Those Pearl Harbor “Conspiracy” Theories Ain’t So

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by Sherwood Ross – As the anniversary of the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor rolls around, critics of President Franklin Roosevelt will again claim he had advance knowledge of the strike and allowed it to happen. That would be treasonable on FDR’s part, of course. A rational examination of events, though, shows [...]

U.S. Troops to Stay in Iraq Until 2012?

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by Joseph Palermo – In yet another cynical ploy from the good offices of the George W. Bush Administration, we are now told that after “tough” negotiations the Iraqi Parliament has approved a December 31, 2011 exit date for American combat troops.

The Face of Hatred

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My visit to Mumbai before the attacks

Heed Russia’s Warnings About Further NATO Expansion

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by Ivan Eland – Upon Barack Obama’s election, the Russians made threats to U.S. allies over their acceptance of a U.S. missile defense system. Also, Russia recently sent its first large military force to Latin America since the end of the Cold War to participate in naval exercises off the Venezuelan coast. Is this a [...]

Pentagon Targets African-American and Hispanic Kids to Fight Its Wars: Third in a Three-Part Series

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by Sherwood Ross – If African-Americans are overrepresented in the armed forces it is likely because of the military’s practice of “strategically targeting low-income youth and students of color,” the ACLU has found. Result: While African-Americans make up only 16% of the same-age civilian population, in 2006 they represented about 22% of enlisted Army personnel.

“No Child Left Behind” Is a Trojan Horse for Pentagon Recruiters: Second in a Three-Part Series

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by Sherwood Ross – The Pentagon has used the No Child Left Behind Act as a Trojan Horse to propagandize vulnerable teenage students, invade their privacy, harass them, and get them to enlist.

U.S. Breaks International Pledge Not to Recruit Children Under 17: First in a Three-Part Series

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by Sherwood Ross – In violation of its pledge to the United Nations not to recruit children into the military, the Pentagon “regularly target(s) children under 17,” the American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU) says.

Military Action May Sometimes Be Moral and Constitutional, But Not Smart

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by Ivan Eland – President-elect Barack Obama—showing the obligatory toughness toward foreign “evildoers” needed (especially by Democrats) in American political campaigns—pledged to use the American military to go after al Qaeda in Pakistan. Of all people, his hawkish rival, Senator John McCain, who supported the unprovoked U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, criticized Obama’s approach [...]

US Citizen Diplomats Arrive in Iran, Invited by Ahmadinejad

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In an effort to establish peaceful diplomacy with the government and people of Iran, and to model for the new Obama administration the power of cooperative good will, three highly regarded American peace makers have ventured to Iran. CODEPINK cofounders, Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin, along with former Army Colonel and decorated Foreign Service Diplomat [...]

The Costs of War: Missing in Action

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Social workers invariably cite values such as social justice, inclusiveness, and respect for self-determination when advocating for domestic needs such as health care and other issues. What is missing from the agenda is an effort to address the costs of war that rob domestic programs of their full potential.

Since You Died

Dear Jerry: I can’t believe it’s been a year since you’ve gone. While you’ve been dead much has happened. You got cremated. Part of you was scattered at sea per your request; a bit of you escaped into the wind at the beach, some is with your family and I have a tiny spoonful of [...]

Good Bye Neoconservatives. Hello to Their Liberal Brethren?

The media and the Washington foreign policy elite breathed a sigh of relief when Barack Obama thumped John McCain in the election. Had John McCain won, there was always the chance that the neoconservatives would have beaten out the Republican realists for his foreign policy soul. With a victory by the liberal Obama, however, the [...]

Remembering …

by Charley James – Today is Remembrance Day in Canada – what Americans call Veterans Day – and everything other than retailing and restaurants shuts down tight. Canada treats Remembrance Day much more somberly than do US celebrations. This might be the result of how the British mercilessly used the colonial Canadian army as fodder [...]

The GOP Hope Chest: Three Possible “October Surprises”

With Barack Obama’s lead over John McCain increasing on an almost daily basis, the GOP is left with “a-wishin’ and a-hopin’” for a so-called October surprise that could upset the likely election outcome in the remaining 11 days.

Excavating an American

None of this turned out like I thought it would; when I was a little girl I dreamed of becoming a big Hollywood movie star. I thought it would be glamorous and sexy. I took the scenic route to Tinsel Town via a four-year stint as an Intelligence Analyst in the Air Force back in [...]

On Barack’s Platter: Iraq’s Disastrous Fallout

President Barack Obama will face a daunting international scene in January as a direct consequence of George Bush’s ill-conceived adventure in Iraq. Having argued forcefully that the war should never have been fought, and having committed himself to a “responsible” withdrawal, Obama will indeed inherit responsibility for Iraq.

Surging Through the Looking Glass

There is an “Alice-in-Wonderland” quality to the current debate on Iraq. As the war became increasingly unpopular after 2003, the Bush administration took to arguing that we couldn’t leave because it wasn’t going well. We had a duty to hang in there and give the Iraqis a chance to get on their feet. Those of [...]

The Middle East: The Sword Is Trump

The recent escalation of violence between Israel and its Palestinian and Lebanese enemies illustrates yet again a perennial feature of this excruciating conflict: on both sides, those who refuse to compromise hold the trump cards. Both Hamas in Gaza and Hizbollah in Lebanon have the ability to seize the initiative and derail efforts to forge [...]

Guantánamo Bay: Don’t Just Close It, Give It Back

Because the treatment of detainees in the prison for “unlawful combatants” at the naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, was found by the Supreme Court to be contrary to both US law and international law, the facility has become an embarrassment that even the Bush administration wants to be closed, if they can find other [...]

NATO and Revisiting George Washington’s Guidance on Permanent Alliances

In my humble opinion, the biggest opportunity to demilitarize Europe in our lifetime was lost when the decision to expand rather than dissolve the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was made.

When Will We Ever Learn?

by Barbara Mullen – I haven’t cried about Vietnam in a long time but I have lately. I lament the fact that there are war casualties like me and my children everywhere in our country who get up every day trying to act as if a war hasn’t changed their lives forever.

Military Industrial Complex: Even Worse than We Thought

In iconoclastic journalist Robert Scheer’s brilliantly titled new book “The Pornography of Power,” we get confirmation– in infuriating black and white—of rumors that have haunted the country on and off since September 11. For some of us, there’s disturbing new information too. Scheer begins by emphasizing the fear that surrounded neoconservatives as they grew up [...]

For An Iraq War Memorial

Why shouldn’t there be a war memorial on the National Mall in Washington to commemorate those who have died in the Iraq war? It could be a simple concrete wall five stories high onto which the photographs of those killed in Iraq would be projected. After dark, somewhere between the illuminated Capitol and the Lincoln [...]

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