The U.S. military and U.S. tax dollars are already deeply entangled in Middle Easterners' lives (and deaths), and President Obama is under pressure to get further involved in the wars in Iraq and Syria. But what advice would our nation's founders give the 44th president this July 4?
The military hammer the US government has been using against terrorist suspects for over 12 years has not succeeded in eliminating al-Qaeda; it has helped spawn a resurgence of terrorist groups across war-torn Middle East and now into Africa.
Within view of the U.S. Capitol and just a little more than a mile from the White House, hundreds of of anti-drone proliferation activists, academics, lawyers and concerned citizens from all over the world gathered this weekend for the second annual drone summit.
Drones don't work precisely because they create more enemies, which is why we are there in the first place. In the vicious cycle of this asymmetrical warfare the drones are the cause of more resentment, more enemies, and more wars.
If protecting civilians from evil dictators were the goal, there's an easier, safer way than aerial bombardment for the U.S. and its allies to consider: Simply stop arming and propping up evil dictators.
Stewart's rally is not a political event aimed at informing grassroots progressive activists such as union members. It is an "entertainment event," in the tradition of Glenn Beck, aimed at increasing ratings so Comedy Central can make bigger profits.