Indeed, the Saudis, long touted by some would-be realists as just the sort of implacable autocrats the Middle East needs for long-term stability, have themselves been furiously stirring the pot in recent months and years.
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.
The United States appears on the cusp of doubling down on military tactics to fight terrorism. That's a bad idea.
At the moment, there are a maximum of 3,870 U.S. military personnel (or 7,740 actual boots on the ground) in Iraq supporting the war against ISIS. Of course, that number doesn't include the other 1,130 American military types (or 2,260 boots), or the American private contractors also flowing into Iraq in growing numbers.
The dishonesty of words illustrates the dishonesty of America's wars. Since 9/11, can there be any doubt that the public has become numb to the euphemisms that regularly accompany U.S. troops, drones, and CIA operatives into Washington's imperial conflicts across the Greater Middle East and Africa?
To me, all of these questions stem from the fact that Hillary supporters assume that they and Bernie supporters are fundamentally on the same team. Doesn't the fundamental rule of "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" still apply?
My role as a psychotherapist is not to advocate particular responses or causes. My point is that in order to recover from the large and small wars we all experience, we would all do well to follow Eric's example of using trauma as an opening for change.
By now, most professional Democrats expected the party's pivot to the generation election to be getting underway in a bit way. It's not really happening. That's in large because the media loves a fight, even one that has a clear underlying dynamic contrary to the contest storyline.
Before addressing the differences in their Iraq votes and favorability ratings, Democrats should take a trip down memory lane and revisit the 2008 Democratic Primary. Now that Bill Clinton has displayed his true feelings towards Black Lives Matter, months after Southern states helped Hillary take an early lead, it's important to remember that the Clintons utilized racism against Obama.
This is the repetitive world of war into which the young, especially in America's poorest schools, are being recruited, even if they don't know it, via JROTC. It's a Pentagon-funded program that ensures the country's all-volunteer military never lacks for new troops to dispatch to old conflicts.
Politicians and the school boards, time and again, claim their school systems are broke. No money for books, teacher's salaries and pensions, healthy lunches, etc. And yet, in 2015, the U.S. spent $598 billion on the military. That's nearly 10 times what it spent on education.
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Team Hillary should be extremely worried. It's not just that she has suffered landslide losses in the past five caucus states. It's that she's overwhelmingly lost the youth vote of all colors, everywhere, and she'll never get it back.
For all his earlier flirtations with the Democratic Party, the Donald is a product of the same right-wing extremism that has flushed moderates out of the Republican Party, reduced political discourse to a debate over the relative size of bank accounts and genitalia, and revealed "politically incorrect" talk to be naked racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Trump is a rogue elephant, and he might just lead the entire herd over the electoral cliff. It's a drama that's almost Shakespearian in its combination of low comedy and fratricidal bloodletting.
When I was a college student at Cornell University over three decades ago I decided to major in history because I felt it would allow me to understand...
We can be as careful at our airports, train stations and public buildings as we like but until we stop handing our enemies the means to attack us, the situation will only continue to be exasperated.