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A Semi-Permanent State Of Quasi-War?

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Many Americans, and surely many people around the world, will be shocked to learn about the kinds of foreign policy "architecture" the President plans to leave for his successor.

Don't Move

Kathy Kelly | Posted 07.07.2016 | World
Kathy Kelly

July 7, 2016 Two major news stories here in the U.S., both chilling, point out how readily U.S. authorities will murder people based on race and the ...

Garrison Keillor's Prophecy and Apostasy

Sam Husseini | Posted 07.04.2016 | Media
Sam Husseini

On what was billed as his last show, Garrison Keillor, host of "A Prairie Home Companion" got a call from President Barack Obama and they traded exten...

At Their Own Peril, Americans Are Fuzzy on History

Ivan Eland | Posted 07.04.2016 | World
Ivan Eland

The nation's observed birthday--July 4th--always brings forth what passes for modern day "patriotism": prominent displays of the flag everywhere, cel...

U.S. Killed Up To 116 Civilians In Drone Strikes Outside War Zones, White House Says

Reuters | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's government said on Friday it inadvertently killed up to 116 civilians in strikes in countries where Am...

Dominating The Skies -- And Losing The Wars

William J. Astore | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
William J. Astore

What does it say about our overseas air wars when the greatest danger American pilots face involves performing aerial hijinks over the friendly skies of "the homeland"?

What the Death of a Major Taliban Leader Means For the Fight Against Terrorism

Kicker | Posted 05.31.2016 | World

The drone strike happened in a province called Baluchistan. Local officials say they found a burned-up car and two bodies--one is suspected to be Mansour, though it has not been confirmed.

Afghan Taliban Meet To Find Successor After Leader's Death

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 05.23.2016 | World

KABUL/HANOI (Reuters) - Senior Afghan Taliban figures were meeting on Monday to agree on a successor to Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the leader of the milit...

Drone Whistleblowers Step Out of the Shadows

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Pratap Chatterjee

When the president and his key officials look at the drone program, they undoubtedly don't "see" women and children. Instead, they are caught up in a Hollywood-style vision of imminent danger from terrorists and of the kind of salvation that a missile launched from thousands of miles away provides.

Whistleblower's Review of "Eye in the Sky"

Cian Westmoreland | Posted 04.20.2016 | Entertainment
Cian Westmoreland

In a courtyard caked with clay, a young Kenyan girl plays with a hula hoop her father just made her out of objects he found among the scraps from his ...

Obama's Drone War Escalating in His Last Year in Office

Eoin Higgins | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
Eoin Higgins

The drone war will be as much Obama's legacy as health care or reshaping of the Supreme Court. The program may have been born under the George W Bush administration, but it has expanded and grown to be the focal point of the GWOT over the past seven years.

Eye in the Sky: An Eye for an Eye

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 03.31.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

Director Gavin Hood has skillfully ratcheted up the dramatic tension as a nice counter point to the moral and political debates. Views are aired; sides are not taken. This is not agitprop.

Don't Blame It All on Donald Trump

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.27.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

He should be far less of a shock to this country than he continues to be. After all, a Trumpian world-in-formation has paved the way for him.

Politics and the Golden Rule

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"What I'm not trying to do is just pass legislation. I'm trying to change the face of American politics."

Killing Someone Else's Beloved

Mattea Kramer | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

Trump's pledge to murder the civilian relatives of terrorists could be considered quite modest -- and, in its bluntness, refreshingly candid -- when compared to President Obama's ongoing policy of loosing drones and U.S. Special Operations forces in the Greater Middle East.

ISIS Leader In Yemen Reportedly Killed In Drone Strike

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 02.04.2016 | World

ADEN (Reuters) - Two suspected U.S. drone strikes killed 12 Islamist militants overnight in southern Yemen, residents said on Thursday, including a to...

Anti-Drone Activist Sentenced To 6 Months In Jail For Peaceful Protest

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics

A peace activist who was arrested while photographing an anti-drone protest at an upstate New York air base has been sentenced to six months in jail. ...

Obama: If You Doubt My Commitment To Punishing Terrorists, Ask Osama Bin Laden

The Huffington Post | Nick Baumann | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics

In his final State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama rebutted critics who might doubt his commitment to punishing terrorists....

Drones and the Ethics of War

Tom Mockaitis | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Tom Mockaitis

The debate on drones may never be resolved, primarily because it is the wrong debate. Rather than focus on the morality of a weapons system, discussion should consider how and why it is being employed.

Warning Notice: Ultra-Smart Phone Users

Michael Brenner | Posted 12.29.2015 | Comedy
Michael Brenner

An unfortunate incident occurred here in Austin, Texas over the weekend that carries an important message for all users of ultra-smart phones and similar devices.

America's Secret African Drone War Against the Islamic State

Nick Turse | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

For more than a year, U.S. drones flying out of Djibouti waged a secret war against the Islamic State. For more than a year, it went unreported on the nightly news, in the country's flagship newspapers, or evidently anywhere else.

The New York Times and Washington Post Are Ignoring Civilians Killed by U.S. Drone Strikes

The Conversation US | Posted 10.22.2015 | Media
The Conversation US

Both papers have substantially underrepresented the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, failed to correct the public record when evidence emerged that their reporting was wrong and ignored the importance of international law.

Endless War Does Not Make Us Safer

Ivan Eland | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

Obama's recent decision to leave American troops in perpetuity in the Afghanistan War, despite a fourteen-year failed attempt to remodel the country, is as unsurprising as it is appalling.

Nearly 90 Percent Of People Killed In Recent Drone Strikes Were Not The Target

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics

The controversial U.S. drone strike program in the Middle East aims to pinpoint and kill terrorist leaders, but new documents indicate that a staggeri...

Obama's Big UN Week Sunk by Putin's Clever Gambit, Iran's Cold Rebuke, and Multiple U.S. Policy Failures

William Bradley | Posted 10.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

We may look back on this week as one of the true nadirs in America's post-9/11 efforts to lead the world, a series of events that make the failures of America's shallow strategies, of both Republican and Democratic administrations. It is a particular low point for President Obama.