Escalating Casualties in Mosul Cannot Be Blamed on the Fog of War

Escalating Casualties in Mosul Cannot Be Blamed on the Fog of War

“There is an effort to deflect responsibility. But the bottom line is this is the result of a U.S. airstrike, whether there were other factors involved or not,” IPS Middle East foreign policy expert told Rising Up with Sonali amid recent accusations of a...
 The War in Syria Cannot Be Won. But It Can Be Ended.

 The War in Syria Cannot Be Won. But It Can Be Ended.

We need a powerful movement demanding an end to the war in Syria. The United States and to some extent the global antiwar movements remain largely paralyzed. There are some campaigns responding to specific congressional and other war moves, with some particularly good...
A Revolution That Reverses Militarism and Occupation

A Revolution That Reverses Militarism and Occupation

Despite our frequent elections, the United States’ militarized foreign policy continues to wreak death, destruction, and dispossession on people and nations around the world. Any political revolution worthy of the name must seek to reverse that reality. In order to...
When Will We Admit the War in Afghanistan isn’t Working?

When Will We Admit the War in Afghanistan isn’t Working?

Last Wednesday, President Obama once again delayed the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Approximately 8,400 troops will remain in the country through the end of his presidency, he announced, rather than the 5,500 he committed to back in October 2015....
The Coming Drone Blowback

The Coming Drone Blowback

The targeted assassination of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour last weekend wasn’t just another drone strike. First of all, it was conducted by the U.S. military, not the CIA, which has orchestrated nearly all drone strikes in Pakistan. Second, it didn’t...
Is President Obama Using Faulty Logic to Justify ISIS Airstrikes?

Is President Obama Using Faulty Logic to Justify ISIS Airstrikes?

As the Obama administration ramps up airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria in order to protect the small number of US-trained rebels, activist are arguing that that White House hasn’t looked for better options and is using faulty logic to justify the...
Understanding ISIS and U.S. Foreign Policy Since 9/11

Understanding ISIS and U.S. Foreign Policy Since 9/11

IPS’s Phyllis Bennis discusses U.S. foreign policy since the September 11, 2001 attacks, anti-terrorism efforts, and the Iran nuclear agreement with C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb. Watch below: For the full interview transcript, visit CSPAN’s website...
The Kurdish Elephant

The Kurdish Elephant

Let’s mix some metaphors in the Middle East, all of them involving elephants. In the crisis zone that encompasses Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, the Kurds are the elephant in the room. They are the “problem” that no one really wants to talk about. Because it would be...
Plain Old Murder

Plain Old Murder

Drones are President Barack Obama’s weapon of choice in the War on Terror. Since taking office, he has ordered over 280 drone strikes in Pakistan alone. That’s more than eight times as many as George W. Bush authorized and doesn’t even count the...

Massacres and PTSD

Western media has focused attention on Sgt. Robert Bales’ background. He allegedly murdered 16 Afghan civilians, 9 of them children, near Kandahar. After the bloodbath, Bales returned to his base and confessed. The media delved into Bales’ childhood, his...