Cathy Breen: Trump’s threats a few days ago to put sanctions on Iraq, “sanctions that would make Iran sanctions seem tame,” can only be called blasphemous.
Norman Solomon: It’s a partisan pattern that’s all too common among Democrats on Capitol Hill — goading Trump as a wimp and then bemoaning his aggressive actions.
Rosemary Joyce: Today I tendered my resignation from the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, which advises the U.S. State Department on requests from other countries to help protect their heritage from illicit trafficking.
Tom Hall: Might Trump’s efforts to stir up a new Middle East war actually have the potential to motivate Middle East nations to align themselves in ways that promote more balance, and therefore, better opportunities for less war and more peace?
resident Trump says he ordered the U.S. drone attack that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani because the terrorism mastermind was planning “imminent and sinister attacks” on Americans Maybe Trump is telling the truth. But I can think of 15,413 (and counting) reasons why a lot of Americans wonder if he’s not. Fifteen-K-plus is how many documented […]
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies: U.S. officials and corporate media are falsely painting Kata’ib Hezbollah and the PMUs as independent, renegade Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, but they are really an official part of the Iraq security forces.
Slava Zilber: There was Iranian involvement and I think probably a mistake by the Iranians: that they thought this was the beginning of a velvet revolution, a protest that was going to destroy the status quo.
John Peeler: The fundamental problem, as with so much of Trump’s foreign policy, is incoherence: the pieces not only don’t fit together, they work against each other.
Lance Simmens: Without even a hint of contingency planning or even a thought of advising the co-equal branch of Congress, which is constitutionally responsible for declaring war, the Emperor has taken us to a place where massive loss of life is no longer a threat but virtually an assured inevitability.
Images of battered and destroyed hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan, and of hospital personnel trying nevertheless to heal people and save lives, help me retain a basic truth about U.S. wars of choice: We don’t have to be this way.
Kevin B. Anderson: Donald Trump’s cold-blooded assassination is nothing short of an act of war. Moreover, it rivals the most reckless actions ever taken by imperialist powers in the Middle East or elsewhere.
Wim Laven: Wag the dog—Trump’s cynical act of war is so blatantly obviously meant to take attention from his historic failure, his impeachment, but all it will do in the end is give enormous reason to Senators to remove him. Will those Senators—mostly Republican—put country before Trump?
Carolyn Coe: Instead of calling for a blanket ban on child labor, they believe that if a youth is taught a trade to earn money for food and other necessities, this training may in fact enable that youth to stay in school.