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Trump and the Yemeni Quagmire

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.26.2017 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Co-authored by Shehab al-Makahleh LobeLog originally published this article on April 25, 2017. On April 18, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis arr...

Why Trump’s Wars Should Seem So Familiar

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.24.2017 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The Honeymoon of the Generals Cross-posted with MOAB sounds more like an incestuous, war-torn biblical kingdom than the GBU-43/B Massi...

U.S. Defense Sec. Says North Korea Missile Test Designed To 'Provoke'

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 04.18.2017 | World

The failed North Korean missile test over the weekend was an attempt by the reclusive country to “provoke something,” U.S. Defense Secretary Jim M...

The U.S. Military Thinks Missiles And Bombs Work Better With A Strategy, Too

The Huffington Post | David Wood | Posted 04.14.2017 | Politics

They dispatched the carrier strike force toward North Korea. They launched the cruise missiles at Syria. But the U.S. military, stung when it was sent...

Now Donald Trump Must Fight The War He Isn't Ready For

The Huffington Post | David Wood | Posted 04.08.2017 | Politics

At 4:40 a.m. local time Friday in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Donald Trump became a war president. On his order, 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles blaste...

Torture, Rendition, And Indefinite Detention Under Trump

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 04.06.2017 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

Resurrecting the Unholy Trinity Cross-posted with When George W. Bush and Dick Cheney launched their forever wars ― under the banner...

Military Gains Bigger Voice As Pentagon Waits For Civilian Nominees

The Huffington Post | David Wood | Posted 03.18.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Thousands of American combat troops are fighting in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Nuclear-armed North Korea is testing long-range missil...

Defense Secretary James Mattis Breaks With Other Cabinet Members On Climate Change

ProPublica | Alana Horowitz | Posted 03.15.2017 | Politics

Secretary of Defense James Mattis has asserted that climate change is real, and a threat to American interests abroad and the Pentagon’s assets ever...

Could War With Iran Be On Washington's Agenda?

William Hartung | Posted 03.06.2017 | Politics
William Hartung

The President Who Loved Generals Cross-posted with In the splurge of “news,” media-bashing, and Bannonism that’s been Donald Tru...

What You May Be Missing During The Wall-To-Wall Coverage Of Jeff Sessions

Michael Golden | Posted 03.04.2017 | Politics
Michael Golden

The controversial issue - some would say “scandal” - of whether U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions intentionally lied to Congress while under oat...

Trump's Defense Chief: We're Not In Iraq To Seize Anybody's Oil

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 02.20.2017 | Politics

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military is not in Iraq “to seize anybody’s oil”, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, distancing himself from remark...

Defense Secretary Disagrees With Trump's Statement That Press Is The Enemy

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 02.19.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Defense Secretary James Mattis broke with President Donald Trump on Sunday, telling reporters traveling with him that he does not think...

General Mattis Makes His Power Play

Jon Soltz | Posted 02.16.2017 | Politics
Jon Soltz

As the wheels come off of the Trump administration, and we careen towards a total meltdown of government, one of the political insiders’ favorite pa...

Trump's Defense Secretary Warns NATO: Pay More Or We Will 'Moderate' Support

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 02.15.2017 | World

U.S. President Donald Trump’s defense secretary warned NATO allies on Wednesday that they must honor military spending pledges to ensure the United ...

Is Trump's Nuclear Command A One-Person Show? Look to Sally Yates.

Jennifer Knox | Posted 02.06.2017 | Politics
Jennifer Knox

Calm, thoughtful, and practical, Mattis brings everything to the table that Trump seems to have abandoned. But is that enough?

Donald Trump Channels the Left in South Korea: Engage the North and Bring U.S. Troops Home

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.02.2017 | World
Doug Bandow

South Korea's political convulsions seem likely to deliver a new president sooner rather than later. Elections are scheduled for December, but if the ...

Trump Defense Chief Mattis: U.S. 'Shoulder-To-Shoulder' With Seoul To Face NKorea Threat

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 02.02.2017 | World

U.S. President Donald Trump’s defenses secretary told South Korea on Thursday the two allies would stand “shoulder-to-shoulder” to face the thre...

Judge Again Refuses To Throw Away Torture Suit Against CIA Contractors

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.27.2017 | Politics

A federal judge on Friday cleared the way for trial in a case against two psychologists contracted by the CIA to develop what became known as the agen...

The Korea That Can Say 'No'

Emanuel Pastreich | Posted 01.27.2017 | World
Emanuel Pastreich

Members of the Trump administration have made hostile statements about China that are so out of line with American policy, and so provocative, that Korea cannot have anything to do with its actions.

The Korea that can say "No"

AsiaToday | Posted 01.27.2017 | World

By Emanuel Pastreich Back in the 1989 the Japanese conservative politician Ishihara Shintaro wrote a best seller entitled "The Japan that can say ...

Trump's Shows Off His Generals On Inauguration Day

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

As with so much that's Trumpian, you can't simply look at his stream-of-consciousness words as they appear -- always somewhat incoherently -- on the page.

James Mattis Is Officially Donald Trump's First Approved Cabinet Member

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed the first member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet, voting overwhelmingly to approve re...

Security Goes Beyond The Military And James Mattis Knows It

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Secretary Mattis wants to focus on building a strong military to fight and win our nation's wars. That's a fine goal, but to truly achieve a modern security strategy, we must fully embrace non-military methods of prevention as the necessary foundation of the larger objective.

The Battle-Hymn Of The Generals-For-Hire

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Donald Trump’s fondness for all-things-gold has been exhaustively depicted. But since his election, his fondness for brass, namely top military bras...

'Mad Dogs' In An Overheating World

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.17.2017 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Heading into the Trump era, our American world already feels like it's overheating badly.