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
Here’s the question, though: Why have all the American wars of this century gone down in flames and what in the world have our leaders learned from such repetitive failures? The evidence before our eyes suggests that, when it comes to our senior military leaders at least, the answer would be: nothing at all. Continue reading
The mistreatment of immigrant children on the border is just a sign of the times. Among U.S. citizens, there is trouble as well. In an ever more unequal society, 21% of children in this country now live below the official poverty line, a rate that is the highest among the world’s richest countries. In 2009, a Department of Justice report found that more than 60% of American children witnessed or were the targets of violence “directly or indirectly.” Won’t such abuse lead to a version of the resentment, anger, and damage that the rest of the world is struggling to contain? Continue reading
The outbreak of that war in 1914 took many contemporaries by surprise. That it would last four years, when leaders promised a quick victory, was another shock. That advanced machine guns and artillery would make mincemeat of formidable infantry and armor, killing some 11 million persons, was the biggest surprise of all. We should draw the lesson that we should never credit politicians who promise us a short, glorious war. Another lesson is that small out of the way places can impel a war and should not be underestimated. Continue reading
The time has come to look at the correlation between these record arms sales and the Saudi bombing of little school boys in Yemen, the Israeli shooting of peaceful protesters in Gaza, and the Egyptian government’s record of extrajudicial killings and torture. Continue reading
What was left, when the muted applause died down in the UN chamber, was a sense of incoherence and a capricious menace hanging in the air. Continue reading
While Washington is fixated on President Trump’s tweets, antics, lies and Russiagate, the administration is ramping up a stealth escalation of our military involvement across the Middle East Continue reading
Once again, an administration is embarking on a military intervention in the absence of virtually any debate. Continue reading
Yemen faces the worst humanitarian crisis in the history of the U.N. This was accomplished with massive, ongoing weapons shipments and airstrikes from the U.S. Continue reading
US commanders are talking about staying in the region after ISIS is defeated to pacify it. These are a whole series of Very Bad Ideas.