Dismay as Trump vetoes bill to end US support for war in Yemen

Donald Trump has vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end US military assistance in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The Senate had passed a bipartisan resolution on 13 March in a 54-to-46 vote; the House voted on the resolution in early April, passing it with 247 votes to 175.

The US provides billions of dollars of arms to the Saudi-led coalition fighting against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen. But as the war drags on, members of Congress have expressed concern about the thousands of civilians killed in coalition airstrikes since the conflict began in 2014. Continue reading

In the Heart of a Dying Empire

National Security Advisor John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and so many like them remain deeply implicated in the path the country took in those years of geopolitical dreaming. They were especially responsible for the decision to invest in the U.S. military (and little else), as well as in endless wars, in the years before Donald Trump came to power. And worse yet, they seem to have learned absolutely nothing from the process. Continue reading

Top 3 Charges on Which John Bolton Should Be Tried at Int’l Criminal Court

National Security Adviser John Bolton appears to be spiraling down into the same miasma of madness that possesses other members of the Trump administration. This week he threatened justices of the International Criminal Court in the Hague with physical abduction were they to dare indict an American for war crimes committed in Afghanistan. Continue reading

Donald Trump Has America’s Gravest Threats Exactly Backward

Tthe essence of America – the attribute we must hold most secure because it defines who we are and what we strive for – is a system of government “of the people, by the people, for the people,” as Lincoln put it. If Putin or a Kremlin-connected Ukrainian strongman or even a giant Chinese company undermines this, they rob us of our most precious legacy. Continue reading