Aftermath of an Afghanistan Debacle

Aftermath of an Afghanistan Debacle

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Yet, given the character of the Taliban, as revealed in its previous tenure, and the desire for revenge against those who have been killing Taliban comrades, the future looks grim for those left behind. In Afghanistan, the mission failure appears complete. The trillion-dollar project to plant Western democracy in a …

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A Tonkin Gulf Incident in the Gulf of Oman?

A Tonkin Gulf Incident in the Gulf of Oman?

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Britain and the U.S. immediately blamed Iran, and the Israelis began to beat the war drums. A week ago, the MT Mercer Street, a Japanese-owned tanker managed by a U.K.-based company owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer, sailing in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Oman, was struck by …

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What Is America's Cause in the World?

What Is America’s Cause in the World?

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Economic nationalism is alive and well in the GOP, and securing the border remains a central concern of America’s center-right. “Take away this pudding; it has no theme,” is a comment attributed to Winston Churchill, when a disappointing dessert was put in front of him. Writers have used Churchill’s remark …

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Were the Wars Wise? Were They Worth It?

Were the Wars Wise? Were They Worth It?

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While the service and sacrifice were always honorable and often heroic, never to be forgotten, were the wars these soldiers were sent to fight and die in wise? Were they necessary? Through the long Memorial Day weekend, anyone who read the newspapers or watched television could not miss or be …

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Do We Not Have Enough Enemies?

Do We Not Have Enough Enemies?

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s sister issued this threat… “We take this opportunity to warn the new U.S. administration trying hard to give off powdered smell in our land that if it wants to sleep in peace for the coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a …

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Is Biden Reenlisting in the Forever Wars?

Is Biden Reenlisting in the Forever Wars?

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The leverage we have are the sanctions Trump imposed. If Biden lifts those in return for Iran returning to the terms of the 2015 deal, he surrenders all of his leverage for a new deal covering Tehran’s missile development and aid to Shia militias in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. …

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Ignoring the War Risks of Red Lines

Ignoring the War Risks of Red Lines

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When America did nothing after Obama’s red line was crossed, U.S. credibility suffered. In early August 1990, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded and occupied Kuwait and declared it to be his nation’s lost 19th province. Said George H. W. Bush, “This will not stand!” Translation: Get out of Kuwait, Saddam, …

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Has Bibi Boxed Biden in on Iran?

Has Bibi Boxed Biden in on Iran?

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So, again, why would Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu authorize Mossad to send an assassination team to Iran to kill the nuclear scientist? And why now? If Israel, as is universally believed and has not been denied, was behind the assassination of Iran’s leading nuclear scientist, questions arise: Why would the …

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