UPDATED: Pentagon contradicts U.S. commander of forces in Iraq, saying the roughly 5,000 troops aren’t going anywhere.
THE ANGRY ARAB: Israel Bombs the Middle East, Yet Again
As`ad AbuKhalil analyzes the calculations behind the recent attacks, which the Western press covered with the usual lack of realism.
Iraqi Peace Activists Talk About Their Work
Rarely is the U.S. public allowed glimpses of Iraq that make war there seem less inevitable, writes Laura Gottesdiener.
RAY McGOVERN: Unaccountable Media Faced with Dilemma in Next Phase of Deep State-gate
Now that the media has been exposed for wrongly siding with the intelligence agencies, how will it handle Devin Nunes’s criminal referrals in Deep State-gate?, asks Ray McGovern.
ANGRY ARAB: Memories and Omissions of the Iraq Wars
The Iraq wars and their consequences have been callous, bipartisan campaigns that have profoundly altered Arabs’ views of the United States, says As’ad AbuKhalil.
National Guard Filling Gaps in All-Volunteer Army
In the era of forever wars, recruits who are lured by substantial rewards can sign up for more than they realize, writes Rebecca Gordon.
Mike Pompeo’s Deranged Foreign Policy
The U.S. secretary of state is a Christian zealot who sees the U.S. as incapable of doing ill, writes Lawrence Davidson.
For Hollywood, ‘Vice’ Is Remarkably Astute About Politics
Adam McKay’s movie may be flawed, but it’s still must-see for his depiction of how Cheney amassed power by exploiting Watergate, an inexperienced president and 9/11, writes James DiEugenio.
Critics of Syria Withdrawal Fueled Rise of ISIS
Too many of those protesting the removal of U.S. forces are authors of the catastrophe that tore Syria to pieces, reports Max Blumenthal for Consortium News.
George H.W. Bush’s Bitter Legacy in the Middle East
The avalanche of funeral hagiography drowned any possible discussion of what Bush did to the Middle East. As’ad AbuKhalil writes that he rallied despots against Iraq and established a new, tyrannical security order in the region.