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Archives by Tag 'drones'
How Not to Think About Drones
BRIAN TERRELL
The latest defense of remote control killing by the U.S. appears in the September issue of The Atlantic, “...
Loving the Drone Disease
BINOY KAMPMARK
“I can’t wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out Julian Assange” Michael Grunwald, Twitter, Aug 17, 2013 He regrets having tweeted it on Saturda...
Obama’s Legacy, Before Snowden and Now
ANDREW LEVINE
Like Jackie Robinson, Barack Obama will be remembered for crossing a seemingly infrangible color line. However the comparison stops there.  Playing in the major leagues, even for the Brooklyn Dodgers, hardly compares with becoming President of the United States....
The National Security State Exposed
JEFF MACKLER
President Obama’s well-publicized May 23 speech to the nation was aimed at moderating the present U.S. dictum that the country is and should remain in a never-ending state of war—that is, the undeclared, undefined “war on terror.” This “war,” codified ...
Horror on the Roof of the World
UZMA ALSAM KHAN
Among the many casualties of the War on Terror, one of the most unmourned is the human impulse to revere beauty. Where does it come from, that sense of wonder upon witnessing the migration of butterflies, or a vast, kaleidoscopic sea, or a mountain too tall and steep for ...
Drones for Jesus
DAVID SWANSON
Liberty University  in Lynchburg, Va., was founded by televangelist Jerry Falwell. Its publications carry the slogan “Training Champions for Christ since 1971.” Some of those champions are now being trained to pilot armed drones, and others to pilot more traditional ...
Surveillance and the Corporate State
ROB URIE
With all of the fear mongering the subject has received in recent decades, Americans have in fact had remarkably little to fear directly from ‘terrorism.’ While actual attacks have been spectacular—they were designed to garner attention, they are both rare and far l...
Responsibility to Inflict
JASON HIRTHLER
You wouldn’t expect a comedian to deliver an insight into the American doctrinal system, but George Carlin once did. During a memorable stand-up performance, he talked how the American military manipulates the nomenclature of war to shield the public from the grisly eff...
Evil Takes the High Road
Rev. WILLIAM ALBERTS
The natural gaze of human beings is to the heavens.  The welcoming light of the dawn.  The warmth of the noonday sun.  The beauty of a multi-colored sunset.  The stars that invite wonder and provide a compass for exploration.  The vastness of the heavens inspires the...
President Obama Will Have to Prove He’s a Changed Man
DAVE LINDORFF
Some on the left are writing hopefully these days that perhaps President Obama has finally realized he needs to back off on his warlike posture on drones and the War on Terror. They are seeing his talk about scaling back the use of drone killing machines and of reconsider...
The Afghanistan War Comes Home to Philadelphia
DAVE LINDORFF
Maple Glen War Zone Although I have been a journalist now for 40 years, I have, by design, never sought an assignment as a war correspondent. The idea of dodging enemy bullets, avoiding mines, and of course “friendly” fire, has never appealed to me. An...
Pakistanis: We Want the U.S. Out
JUSTIN DOOLITTLE
The A1 story in Sunday’s New York Times, written by...
Obama’s Militarism-Imperialism Lite
NORMAN POLLACK
A tissue of lies? No, the whole Kleenex box-one tissue interleaved with all the others.  Obama is fortunate to be presiding over a country steeped in false consciousness on essentials (war, sacrifice of the social safety net for the glories of militarism, and what psycho...
The Silent Death of the American Left
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Is there a Left in America today? There is, of course, a Left ideology, a Left of the mind, a Left of theory and critique. But is there a Left movement? Does the Left exist as an oppositional political, cultural or economic force? Is anyone intimidated or re...
How CounterTerrorism Equals Terrorism
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
Obama’s speech yesterday was totally predictable. He played the usual word games, defining the situation in self-serving terms like Counter-Terrorism. You know that song by heart: Counter-Terrorism in general, and drone warfare and facilities like Guan...
Drones = Assassinations = War Crimes
NORMAN POLLACK
Journalist Scott Shane, with an assist from Mark Mazzetti, reports in the New York Times (May 22) on the decline in armed drone strikes. Perhaps, for all the wrong reasons, drone warfare is now under review–i.e., in the words of one national-security expert, these s...
Umbrellas and Drones
ROBERT FANTINA
To observe the Republicans, one would think that the U.S. military was involved in nothing more controversial than a Marine holding an umbrella for President Barack Obama while he gave a speech in the rain.  Sarah Palin, one of the many darlings of the rightwing, has sta...
Secrecy, Drones, Prisons and Kill Lists
ALYSSA ROHRICHT
On Monday, the Associated Press revealed that the Department of Justice used subpoenas to obtain phone records of its editors and reporters from April and May 2012. The records were obtained due to the investigation and supposed leak to the AP last year that the CIA had ...
Stopping the Drones
BINOY KAMPMARK
Alternate realities in the conflict Pakistan is waging against insurgents in its tribal areas tend to be regular affairs. Intrinsic to them is the contorted relationship the country has with the United States, three bits domestic violence to two bits political expediency....
The White Paper on Drone Attacks
DAVID MODEL
If there are possible legal grounds for drone assassinations based on the White paper, then these are post hoc ergo propter hoc confirmations of a fait accompli.  In other words, when questionable acts are committed by the President, can you justify them legally after th...
Liberal Apologetics for Obama’s Criminality
NORMAN POLLACK
As we know, Candidate Obama in ’08 pledged to close Guantanamo; President Obama, now in his Second Term, as we also know, lied so egregiously, on a matter of extreme importance to the every meaning of the rule of law (because puking on Magna Charta and centuries ...
The Game of Drones
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
At last we know. The mysterious legal authority for Barack Obama’s killer drone program flows from another administration with an elastic interpretation of executive power: that of Richard Nixon. In a chilling 16-page dossier known simply as the White Paper, one ...
Obama’s Transmogrification
NORMAN POLLACK
On May first, which we in the United States celebrate as Law Day, presumably to honor, at latest count, the principle and practice of indefinite detention, which includes torture, solitary confinement, and now, forced feeding, to pacify, break the will, and otherwise puni...
The Political Economy of Drones
TOM BARRY
The Pentagon, military, intelligence agencies and military contractors are longtime proponents of UAVs for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. Following President Bush’s declaration of a “global war on terrorism,” the White House became dir...
Did Obama “Radicalize” the Tsarnaevs?
SHELDON RICHMAN
If the Brothers Tsarnaev’s bombing at the Boston Marathon is an argument against immigration, then Tim McVeigh’s bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is an argument against reproductive freedom. Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev came to the Unit...
As Others See Us
RALPH NADER
In watching the massive media coverage and the reaction to the brutal bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the wise poem “To A Louse…” composed in 1785 by the Scottish poet Robert Burns came to me: “O wad some Pow’r the giftie gi...
Blowback and the Cycle of Violence
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
The United States and the Central Intelligence Agency have never acknowledged the potential for “blowback,” or negative fallout, from their military and covert actions.  The Watergate burglary by the veterans of the Bay of Pigs was an obvious example of blowback.  C...
Decoding the Arrest of Musharraf
JP SOTTILE
The drone war may have just taken out a high value target—former President of Pakistan and Bush Administration partner in the War on Terror, Pervez Musharraf. No, he didn’t get blown to bits by a ...
What If the Tsarnaevs’ Motive Was Revenge for U.S. Foreign Policy?
SHELDON RICHMAN
On the day of the Boston Marathon bombings, President Obama stood in the White House briefing room and ...
The Boston Marathon Bombing, Drones and the Meaning of Cowardice
BARRY LANDO
Paris. As I write this, we still don’t know who was responsible for the horrific bombing attack in Boston. Perhaps it will turn out to be the work of home grown rightwing nuts; perhaps it’s the act of foreign terrorists. But, whatever the source, what ...
Two Obamas, Two Classes of Children
RALPH NADER
An Associated Press photograph brought the horror of l...
Droning Into a War on Tribal Islam
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Bina Shah has written an excellent ...
America’s Death Wish
NORMAN POLLACK
Again we hear (NYT ed., 4/6) about “the damage wrought by the gun lobby,” as though a cabal of manufacturers and other interested parties was responsible for the diseased mentality centered on gun violence in America.  What a convenient scapegoat, when in real...
Prisoners of the War on Terror
JUDY BELLO
Hundreds of prisoners of the US War of  Terror languish in prisons around the world, in Guantanamo and on the US mainland.  Some have been there as long as 12 years   some have sentences that extend beyond the span of their life; many have never been charged with a cri...
Medals for Murder
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
On the internet there have been photographs going round of a row of puffy-faced North Korean generals with flabby chests covered in medals.  Their decorations are absurd, of course, because none of these chubbies has heard a shot fired in anger. And western propaganda m...
Papa Obama and President Drone
ANDREW LEVINE
When Barack Obama first appeared on the national scene, he was a Rorschach inkblot upon whom gullible liberals projected their hopes and anxious “conservatives” their fears. The scare quotes are justified because then, as now, there was not much that is genuine...
The Mildly Distinctive, Mostly Mainstream Foreign Policy of Rand Paul
STEVE BREYMAN
One thing you can say about Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is that he’s a crafty politician. His thirteen-hour filibuster to protest President Obama’s nomination of National Security Advisor John Brennan as CIA...
Where Democracy Ends, Fascism Begins
NORMAN POLLACK
In today’s Washington Post (Mar. 27) Greg Miller and Julie Tate report on John Brennan’s facing “a quandary over clandestine service appointment,” the term “quandary,” in this case, ordinarily signifying perplexity or doubt, is really not quite accurate...
Droning On
MICHAEL BRENNER
Drones are still hovering over the capital – figuratively, for the time being. The images generated by Eric Holder’s disquieting testimony and Rand Paul’s filibuster are lingering. They have not ignited an uproar of protest against targeted assassinations, signature...
Obama’s Zones of Ambiguity
WILLEM de LINT and ADAM POCRNIC
“Fascism is capitalism plus murder.” ― Upton Sinclair “If the president does it, it isn’t illegal.” ― Richard M. Nixon In a 5-4 ruling labelled “Kafkaesque” the Supreme Court refused an application by ...
Lament of the Drones
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Frogs in the marsh mud drone their old laments. — Vergil, Georgics It is wonderful how a new weapon can rejuvenate a word that has long been something of a dullard.  The reinvigorated word is “drone.” In days...
Hard Lessons From Iraq
ROBERT DODGE, MD
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. As one of the longest and one of the most costly wars in U.S. history, the true costs in dollars, lives, environmental contamination and opportunity costs may never be fully appreciated.  This “preventi...
Obama is the Worst US President Ever
RON RIDENOUR
Yes, I mean it: the worst ever! We’ve had James Monroe and his doctrine of supremacy over Latin America. We’ve had Theodore Roosevelt and his invasion of Cuba; Nixon, Reagan, Bush-Bush and their mass murder, and all the war crimes and genocide committed by most...
The Grand Bargainer
ANDREW LEVINE
In democracies, the demos rules.  According to the original meaning of the term, that means the popular masses, as distinct from social or economic elites.  More usually nowadays, the term has no class content; “demos” denotes an undifferentiated citizenry....
Architect of Terror
NORMAN POLLACK
In the supposed controversy over Brennan’s confirmation as CIA Director, the elephant in the room that everyone has stepped around is the CIA itself.  Massive evidence of torture (under the impersonal designation, E.I.T.) should, were democracy truly applicable to the ...
An Interview with Michael Klare
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
Michael T. Klare is the author of the book, The Race for What’s Left (2012), in which he...
Obama’s Partner in War Crimes
NORMAN POLLACK
When Senate Democrats such as Harry Reid praise Brennan to the heavens, as America’s savior, and Diane Feinstein settles for OLC legal memos confined to the killing of Americans, but not the basis for the entire armed drone program for targeted assassination, it ...
Neo-Imperialism and the Arrogance of Ignorance
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Most Americans do not realize the extent to which the U.S. is becoming involved militarily in the welter of conflicts throughout Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa (check out the chaos as mapped ...
Medal of Dishonor
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Drone warfare has become one of the key weapons in the United States government’s global “war on terror.”  But drones especially present a moral challenge for all Americans in this manufactured war.  They are the glaring tip of American imperialism, and must be ca...