Michael Hertz: Is Obama setting us up for another Gulf of Tonkin situation? Our soldiers go into Syria, they get attacked by ISIL, and suddenly we are told that we must defend our country’s honor and defeat ISIL.
Nora Lester Murad: Between the stabbing and lynching and stoning and demolishing, some people are appealing for calm. But sadly, when things are calm the most we can hope for is more talk about more talk.
Kathy Kelly: The U.S. Government seems unable to imagine that attacks supposedly taken in U.S. national interests can be war crimes.
illary Clinton’s Benghazi testimony on Thursday certainly confirmed suspicions that she knew that the September 11, 2012 attack on the US Consulate was not a spontaneous protest by individuals enraged by an anti-Muslim video. Rather, as the emails she fought so fiercely to protect from public disclosure reveal, the attack was a pre-planned operation, involving […]
Cathy Breen: As someone from the U.S., I am shamed by our lack of response and indifference to the wave of refugees coming to Europe, as well as our inability to acknowledge our responsibility in unleashing the chaos and violence in the Middle East through our war making,
Gareth Porter: It is astonishing that at this late date, anyone in the media could still be seriously suggesting that the CIA somehow managed to turn the “moderate” Syrian rebels into a powerful offensive force threatening the Assad regime in the north.
Murray Polner: Putin has challenged the US, which since the end of WWII, has believed—with virtually no dissent at home—that the Middle East is its exclusive playing field.
Joseph Palermo: By portraying Russian actions in Syria as “aggression” and “interference” without acknowledging the far more significant role U.S. policy played over the past 12 years in creating the crisis, the American people are being led astray once again on the goals and consequences of U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.
Gareth Porter: Rouhani’s UN message has opened the door on engagement with the US but insists that cooperation on resisting IS is the priority in Syria
John Peeler: Putin will inevitably find, as the West found, that it’s easier to get into the Middle East than to get out.
Murray Polner: Hey, world, American weapons are available for (nearly) everyone while triggering a new American-inspired Middle Eastern arms race.
Ron Briley: As we move toward concluding the historic nuclear pact with Iran it is worth remembering that many Iranians have a good reason for not trusting the Americans.
Stephen C. Frantz: People in the Middle East stand a chance for better lives, the U.S. has a potential new ally, and the likelihood of never-ending war is reduced.