Ghost of Richard Nixon haunts Hillary Clinton

As the nation reflects on the 40th anniversary of the resignation of President Richard Nixon from office, Washington’s pundits are wondering aloud about “future Nixons” who might assume the presidency. One name that keeps popping up again and again as a person who has the “air of Nixon” about her is all-but-declared 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Continue reading

A nation of Monday morning quarterbacks

A recent poll purported to have found 57 or so percent of US voters would now vote for Mitt Romney if they had the chance, whereas only 26 or so percent would vote for Barack Obama. Assuming these percentages are representative of the actual percentages among the population, so what? Who cares whether voters would now vote for Romney or Obama. Such percentages tell you little or nothing about the relevant underlying issue: how well Obama has performed and how well Romney would have performed had he been elected. Continue reading

God bless Amtrak—ride the rails, avoid the TSA!

I’m sitting in the Metropolitan Lounge of the magnificent Union Station in Chicago, waiting to board the fabled Southwest Chief on my way to Santa Fe. Continue reading

Cold War Two

During Cold War One those of us in the American radical left were often placed in the position where we had to defend the Soviet Union because the US government was using that country as a battering ram against us. Now we sometimes have to defend Russia because it may be the last best hope of stopping TETATW (The Empire That Ate The World). Yes, during Cold War One we knew enough about Stalin, the show trials, and the gulags. But we also knew about US foreign policy. Continue reading

Hashtag Genocide: Why Gaza fought back

My old family house in the Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza was recently rebuilt by its new owner into a beautiful three-story building with large windows adorned by red frames. In Israel’s most recent and deadliest war on Gaza, the house sustained significant damage. A large hole caused by Israeli missiles can be seen from afar, in a part of the house where our kitchen once stood. Continue reading

Terrorists must be crushed, not ignored

A photograph seen on social media of fighters from the misnamed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) could have come straight out of an historical documentary on the Middle Ages. If some seer had told me five years ago that 10,000-15,000 deranged killers could have established a caliphate over 30 percent of Syria and 35 percent of Iraq, he wouldn’t have had his palm touched with my gold. But at a time when crazed killers, who slaughter thousands without blinking are mushrooming, the fact that ISIL exists is less astonishing than the fact those murderers have been permitted a virtual free hand to behead, crucify and threaten Iraqi minorities with ‘death by the sword’ if they refuse to convert to their twisted brand of religion that has nothing to do with Islam. Continue reading

Obama’s Africa Leaders’ Summit: A corporate and military love fest

President Barack Obama’s much-heralded “Africa Leaders’ Summit,” held in Washington, DC amid an epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, was a grandiose photo opportunity for African leaders and corporate tycoons eager to further the exploitation of the African continent. Although Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma canceled their trips to Washington in order to deal with the Ebola epidemic ravaging their nations, other African leaders were happy to rub shoulders with American billionaire businessmen and senior officers of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) . . . Continue reading

Remembering Robin Williams

Two memories of Robin Williams. The last time I was in his presence was during the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike. Robin showed up to walk our picket line at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, just a couple of blocks from where the Moyers & Company offices are now. Continue reading

Common sense likely to silence the drums of war

Empire-hawks have had the upper hand in American politics for several decades and, given the shifting economic power taking place in the world, they are now seemingly suicidal, ready to lead us into nuclear holocaust. Just like Jim Jones did with his followers 36 years ago in Jonestown. This time, however, the Kool-Aid is being dispensed by the US mainstream media laced with a different poison: raw propaganda against the Russian Federation and its malefic leader, Vladimir Putin. Continue reading

London turns up propaganda effort ahead of Scottish independence referendum

(WMR)—With just six weeks before Scottish voters head to the polls to vote on their country restoring its once cherished independence from the United Kingdom, British government authorities are turning up the heat on the pro-independence forces led by Scotland’s ruling Scottish National Party and First Minister Alexander Salmond. Continue reading

The battle for Ukraine’s soul

Many previous articles explained the geopolitical importance of crisis conditions in Ukraine. Continue reading

We have had enough of Elie Wiesel and his ilk

According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the London Times refused to run an ad featuring Elie Wiesel speaking out against Hamas’ use of children as human shields. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Climate change—point of no return

Time’s up, or so planet earth seems to be telling humanity. Extreme weather conditions around the globe, including rising temperatures, droughts, crop failures, melting sea ice, rising sea levels, disappearing glaciers and the loss of plant and animal species all point in only one direction. The tipping point towards the sixth great extinction is taking place right now. Continue reading

Washington threatens the world

The consequence of Washington’s reckless and irresponsible political and military interventions in Iraq, Libya, and Syria has been to unleash evil. The various sects that lived in peace under the rule of Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, and Assad are butchering one another, and a new group, ISIS, is in the process of creating a new state out of parts of Iraq and Syria. Continue reading

George Will confirms Nixon’s Vietnam treason

The new release of extended versions of Nixon’s papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a “conspiracy theory” by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will. Continue reading

Richard Nixon: Honk if you think he was guilty

In August 1974, forty years ago last week, commentator Alistair Cooke faced a dilemma. The events of the Watergate scandal—“a Laurel and Hardy absurdity in the beginning,” Cooke recalled—had snowballed since 1972 from a farce of botched burglary into a severe constitutional crisis, and events were building to a big finish. A few days before, the House Judiciary Committee had voted for three articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon. It seemed clear that the full House would support the committee and impeach the president, and that the Senate would convict. Continue reading

Why a Jewish-only state necessitates a program of genocide: Part 2

Last Tuesday, I was having dinner with some friends and, of course, the conversation was dominated by the events in the Middle East. I was complaining about Israel’s supporters and apologists almost always referring to Hamas’ firing of rockets into Israel as the cause of the hostilities. Continue reading

A Nobel Peace Prize for the IDF?

Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, remarked that Israel’s armed forces deserve a Nobel Prize for their “unimaginable restraint” during Operation Protective Edge. Continue reading

What if the children dying in Gaza were Jews?

Let’s do a thought experiment and imagine that the Arabs had gotten the better of the Israelis in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War and after years of conflict, all that was left of Israel was the Gaza strip. Continue reading

Why a Jewish-only state necessitates a program of genocide

I recently wrote an article that quoted comments made by Israeli heroes and leaders since 1923. Below, I include an update that demonstrates that Israel’s agenda remains constant. Continue reading

CIA’s history of dividing the Arab World

(WMR)—The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which also calls itself the “Islamist State” and is led by former Abu Ghraib prison detainee Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, released from U.S. detention in 2004, would not be in existence had the CIA abandoned its policy of creating Islamic extremist groups to sow dissension in the Middle East. Continue reading

On heroes and preachers: Gaza’s new resistance paradigm

“Where is the Palestinian Gandhi? In Israeli prison, of course!,” was the title of an article by Jo Ehrlich published in on Dec 21, 2009. That was almost exactly one year after Israel concluded a major war against Gaza. The so-called Operation Cast Lead (December 27, 2008—January 18, 2009) was, ‘til then, the deadliest Israeli attack against the impoverished strip for many years. Continue reading

Postcard from the end of America: Portland, Oregon

Our train was hugging the Columbia River. Sitting in the lounge car, a father looked at that huge, snaking ribbon of silvery water and said to his young son, “I’m just jonesing to go fishing. That’s the first thing we’re going to do when we get home!” Then, “That Colts shirt really looks great on you, Jack!” Continue reading

Hayden’s and Alexander’s corruption at NSA worthy of prison time, according to agency insiders

(WMR)—Over a decade, the tenure of National Security Agency director Michael Hayden, followed by Keith Alexander, was rife with contract fraud and corruption, according to a new group of NSA insiders who contacted WMR. Continue reading

Don’t be fooled: Banks still too big to fail

Analyzing a government report is like eating and digesting a meal—better to take it slowly than gobble quickly and suffer the possible consequences. Continue reading

Classified documents show US government’s flawed ‘secret terrorist-tracking system’

Documents obtained by The Intercept show nearly half of government's terrorist suspects have no terrorist affiliation

Nearly half of the U.S. government’s terrorist suspects have no connection to any known terrorist groups, The Intercept reported on Tuesday. Continue reading

Is there a silver lining to the Gaza conflict?

There has been too much blood under the bridge for any discussion of the possibility of a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict or even the lifting of Israel’s blockade of Gaza to manifest any time soon, or that is how it would seem to most onlookers. But often times, just when situations look as though they cannot get any worse, is when they get better. Continue reading

Schizophrenic celebrations

Oh, how I detest these ceremonies of remembrances of glorious victories and the continued glorification of past wars and conflicts! Continue reading

We’re all criminals and outlaws in the eyes of the American police state

Why are we seeing such an uptick in Americans being arrested for such absurd “violations” as letting their kids play at a park unsupervised, collecting rainwater and snow runoff on their own property, growing vegetables in their yard, and holding Bible studies in their living room? Continue reading

I say diazepam and you say zolpidem; let’s call the whole thing off

First of all, zolpidem is the active ingredient in Ambien, the sleep remedy. But mostly, it’s not what I’ve been taking for years, to go to sleep, which is a five milligram tablet of diazepam. Because a five milligram of diazepam is relatively benign, I’ve been taking it for years with no side effects. Continue reading

US shielding a rogue state

On Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US President Barack Obama not to “second-guess” him on how Hamas should be treated. Continue reading

Clash of civilizations

The Israeli army confirmed Monday that up to 130 Palestinian civilians were slaughtered in Rafah last Friday, following the triggering of the Hannibal protocol—an IDF directive that is designed to thwart the capture of Israeli combatants. Continue reading