U.S. Foreign Policy

Setting the Paper Cities of Japan Aflame – 75 Years Later, the Great Tokyo Air Raid of March 10, 1945 Remains the Deadliest Six Hours in History

While the 1945 U.S. attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs justifiably loom large in histories of the previous century, the firebombing of Tokyo five months earlier was so brutally efficient a killer of human beings that the commander of the operation, General Curtis E. LeMay, could exclaim with pride that “we scorched and…

That Time Ziggy Prodded the Soviets Into Invading Afghanistan, and the Disastrous Blowback it Led To

An anniversary passed us by recently that we nearly missed, one that shines considerably more light on how we arrived at where we’re at today – in a state of endless war nearly two decades after the attacks on 9/11, with scarcely a conversation happening anywhere about how we might achieve peace. It was Christmas…

U.S. Empire and the Destruction of Cambodia: Fifty Years Ago This Week Nixon & Kissinger Planned one of the Largest Bombing Campaigns in the History of Warfare

Fifty years ago this week newly elected President Richard Nixon and his National Security Advisor, Henry Kissinger, began planning a massive, secret carpet-bombing campaign over the nation of Cambodia using American B-52s, each carrying approximately thirty tons of bombs. Flying at an elevation of 30,000 feet, using unguided bombs, the campaign was guaranteed to cause…

Beware the Crazies: Lies, Elliott Abrams, and the ‘Fabulous Achievement’ of More Violence in Latin America

Having brought chaos to all of the Middle East, a bipartisan effort to topple the Venezuelan government adds a war criminal and ex-con with a fondness for violence to the team The U.S. empire can’t persist indefinitely without the guidance, supervision, and intervention of dedicated true believers in the enterprise, so perhaps I should not…

The Overthrow of Mossadeq: 65 Years Ago the United States Ruined Iran’s Best Chance for Democracy

Sixty five years ago, on August 19, 1953, a CIA backed coup d’etat overthrew the popular nationalist leader of Iran, Mohammed Mossadeq, yielding disastrous consequences that nation and the United States continue to deal with in 2018, as President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor John Bolton all appear…

Case Studies in Propaganda: Palestinians and the Great March of Return 2018 – Corporate Press Render Israeli Murder of Palestinian Protesters a Passive, Unattributable Act

“If you’ve been noticing the headlines about Israeli forces killing Palestinian protesters that seem carefully designed to avoid mentioning who’s doing the killing, you may be wondering: Is that how media always do it? The answer is no: Journalists know very well how to include the identity of the killers in the headline—when they think…

Whacking the Weeds We Sowed: When Will the New York Times Provide Context for the Global War Being Waged by the U.S.?

“When Russia moved into the Ukraine and seized Crimea in 2014, it got more than its share of (bad) media coverage in the United States, as it did when it intervened in Syria the next year.  So just imagine what kind of coverage Vladimir Putin’s favorite nation would be getting if, almost 17 years after…

Amid Heightened Tension, Senators Feinstein, Markey, Sanders & Merkley Propose to Jumpstart Strategic Talks with Russia – Mainstream Press Fails to Cover Story

Four United States senators are urging a new approach to U.S.-Russian relations based on renewed arms control efforts, but you probably haven’t heard about it from the mainstream media, Gilbert Doctorow and Ray McGovern report. In a sad commentary on the parlous state of the U.S. media, a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson…

Do Pentagon Black Sites Have the Best Amenities? CIA Directors Who Oompa Loompa, but only for the Cause of Democracy + Make Wuv Not War from the Mr. Fish Archives

Responding to a lawsuit, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) told a federal judge last week that it had a right to leak classified information to one select group of journalists and then to deny release of exactly the same information to other journalists requesting it under the Freedom of Information Act. Though we are fascinated by…