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I'm a 68-year-old American who served in Vietnam as a naive 19-year-old kid. From that moment on, I've been studying and re-thinking what US counter-insurgency war means. I live outside of Philadelphia, where I'm a writer, photographer and political activist. I have been a member of Veterans For Peace for 30 years. I think America and Americans are living through a complex cultural and economic reckoning we do not fully understand. I'm convinced we, as Americans, need to re-evaluate who we are and, in the process, ratchet down the imperial world policeman role we too often take for granted. A nation of our size must stay engaged diplomatically in the world and protect ourselves from attack. But for our own good and the good of the world, we need to better look after our own nation's problems. I like good writing, good film, good music and good times. I drink alcohol and, yes, smoke a doobie now and then quite responsibly. I say this publicly because I think the Drug War is an abject and hypocritical failure. I taught writing in a Philly prison for 12 years and met too many poor, African American kids stuck in there for some stupid drug crime. I'm a committed pragmatist who actually subscribes to the old right-wing formula: My Country Right Or Wrong. When our government is wrong, which it is a lot of the time, I'm happy to say it. And I plan to stick around.


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Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory and US Attorney General Loretta Lynch Monday, May 16, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Could the Problem of the 21st Century Be the Gender Line? The current struggle between the reformist Obama government and classic states rights governors over transgender rights has gravitated to public bathrooms. The absurdity of it all is incredible -- as it's quite serious. My question is: Is this an echo of W.E.B.DuBois' notion that the 20th century's problem was the color line. Is the 21st century's problem the gender line?

Delmer Berg in 2014 and in Spain, second from right in beret Wednesday, April 6, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
WTF! John McCain Saluting an American Communist? Senator John McCain wrote an op-ed in the New York Times honoring the last veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain, an "unreconstructed communist" to his last day. As a man who bombed countless "communists" fighting for their liberation against US invaders in Vietnam, what the heck was he thinking in 2016, the year of Donald Trump?

Murder victim Berta Caceres, co-founder of COPINH, fought for the rights of the poor Sunday, March 20, 2016 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Shine the Light of Truth on Poor Honduras Assassinations of advocates for the poor in Honduras are being murdered at an alarming rate. One of the roots of this bloody trend was the 2009 coup that overthrew President Manuel Zelaya. President Obama and his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, have a lot to answer for this. Ms. Clinton should be put on the hot seat to answer why she discouraged the return of Zelaya and worked to assemble Latin American acceptance the cou

Albert Camus; the banned novel Borderlife and Amos Oz Thursday, February 4, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Israel Wants to Control Its Artists The right wing, militarist government in Israel has reached the point of cracking down on ideas and the arts. While not the worst oppressor or the arts, this trend is disturbing for the prospects of a two-state solution or any kind of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Free art and empathy are necessary for peace.

Media covers focusing on America's murder/suicide problem Tuesday, December 15, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Alienation, Despair and American Greatness Since Ronald Reagan's City On a Hill trumped Jimmy Carter's Malaise, the discussion of alienation has been purged from our national discussion. This coincided with the rise of so-called neoliberal capitalism. Maybe it's time we re-visited the idea of alienation and despair as part of America's growing problem with murder/suicide.

"Bomb the shit out of ISIS", screw civilian casualties, save the Christians and refugees might be bad guys Tuesday, November 17, 2015 (15 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Learning How Not to Rule the World It's sickening to watch the calls for more bombing in Syria and Iraq after the Paris massacre. It's a replay of the rush to war after 9/11, and it brings back Susan Sontag: "By all means let's mourn together, but let's not be stupid together." There's a better way.

Pope Francis arrives by Fiat and speaking before VP Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner Thursday, September 24, 2015 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pope Francis Drops a Bomb on Washington Pope Francis delivered an incredible speech to the US Congress, a message that body needed to hear. The roots of the speech amount to a mainstream version of the preferential option for the poor, a key tenet of Latin American Liberation Theology. For me, as an atheist, his expression of Christ's message of compassion and love was extraordinarily powerful.

The Players: Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. and Jeb Bush Friday, September 18, 2015 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Wrestlemania and the Return of American Greatness It's tragic that our leaders are so scared to talk to world leaders they're at odds with. Syria and the refugee debacle reveals the depth of the mess in which the US is deeply implicated, a mess talks can only help resolve. Plus, it's time to quash the siren song of a return to America's "greatness." It's impossible to go backwards in history; all we can do is deal with where we are.

Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and the spirit of the campaign Thursday, August 27, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Sorting Through the Bullshit in America The 2016 campaign has become the ultimate reality TV show. The final-round winner doesn't get a million dollars; he gets the White House. This is all part of how neo-liberal, free-market capitalism is sucking the respect of ideas and free-thinking from our culture. It's entertaining, but it's no joke.

"You talkin' to me!" Dylann Roof posturing with his new Glock and the Council of Conservative Citizens website Thursday, June 25, 2015 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Lone Wolf Racist Terror Backfires If the term means anything, Dylann Roof is a "lone wolf terrorist" -- just as much as if he were attacking people in a marathon race. The matter becomes complicated by US politics and embarrassing coziness with the radicalizing element. The point is to allow this amazing teachable moment to come to fruition. Americans need to keep their eyes on The Prize.

Image created from image crediting Wednesday, June 10, 2015 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Killer Elite, At Home and Abroad Elite special ops manhunting is the new war doctrine, according to a New York Times article on SEAL Team Six. Are these killer elite elements unaccountable and out of control? How much to they make us safer, and how much do they actually do the opposite? These are questions that need to be maturely addressed.

Audiencde members and nurse Diane Carlson Evans Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Antiwar Veterans Join the Conversation at the Vietnam Wall: Memorial Day 2015 Antiwar vets from Veterans For Peace delivered 150 letters to Vietnam Veterans Wall during ceremonies on Memorial Day. The purpose was to enter the national conversation on what the Vietnam War means to citizens and the culture. It was a good day.

ISIS controls the cities with black dots. Friday, May 22, 2015 (22 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Debacle That Bites Back: Here We Go Again The drums of war are again beating as ISIS gains more control in Anbar Province and parts of Syria. Bombing to take back Ramadi from ISIS would be following George W. Bush's Iraq debacle with more of the same, and the result will be more of the same psychopathic reaction. It's time for a new approach.

Walter Scott and Officer Michael Slager Tuesday, April 14, 2015 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Hero With a Cell Phone Instead of a Gun: Cops, Cameras and Justice Thanks to a brave cell phone camera user an incredible advance for justice was made in North Charleston, South Carolina. It was a watershed moment in the on-going struggle between cops and cameras and one-sided surveillance.

Bill O'Reilly presses hard for the US to take up the holy, religious war declared by ISIS Saturday, February 21, 2015 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It Takes a Life Cult to Beat a Death Cult President Obama avoids the religious craziness and insists on calling ISIS a "death cult." He's right, and Sigmund Freud would have understood what he means. Troubled by the carnage of WWI, Freud developed his idea of the life and death impulses that can take over societies. The point is, more death and destruction cannot solve this problem; only a devotion to life can do that.

Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle doing his job in Iraq Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dirty Harry Goes To Iraq Clint Eastwood's American Sniper is a very well made, classic film about American violence in the world. It's also a film that corruptly perpetuates the worst dishonest antecedent of the war -- all in the service of an iconic work of hero worship. As late Eastwood cinema, it follows the tried and true formula of early Eastwood's Dirty Harry movies.

Major General Michael Nagata, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at Camp Bucca and the Islamic State leader today Thursday, January 8, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is the Islamic State Really Such a Psychological Enigma? Major General Michael Nagata leads a group delving into the psychological enigma of the Islamic State. But is it really such a great mystery when you consider whose invasion and occupation helped inspire the Islamic State? But, then, imperialist never talk about their debacles and what they've wrought. Better to look at it as a great mystery.

Scott Haze in Child of God; Dick Cheney; James Franco, left, and Seth Rogan up the creek in North Korea Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ending Torture One Dick At a Time: A Hollywood Hack Holiday A movie made up of dick jokes and the assassination of a sitting world leader. Cool! I can't wait for the sequel featuring torture-lover Dick Cheney being rectally re-hydrated. Think of it as a bedtime story for this Christmas season.

Some tools of the police and prosecutor trade Saturday, December 6, 2014 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is the Police Reform Movement Getting Legs? Have the three recent white cop killings of Black males incited enough outrage that it has belatedly given power to a movement to reform police and the criminal justice system in America? The system is vulnerable, and citizen crowbars need to be applied to these cracks, chipping and wiggled them open further so the moral issues can seep in and further break down the governmental concrete.

President Barack Obama: Is he ready to fight? Monday, November 17, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is Lame Duck Obama Now Ready to Fight? President Obama's China climate deal and his decision not to deport 5 million immigrants following the midterm rout of Democrats raises the question is he now belatedly ready to fight for the left? And what kind of an ex-president might Mr Obama become?

Park rangers assaulting Emily Yates in August 2013 Monday, November 10, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Iraq Veteran Emily Yates vs. the Federal Military Machine: A Veterans Day Story Last week, Iraq veteran and folk singer Emily Yates was convicted and sentenced for assaulting US park rangers at the Independence Mall area in Philadelphia in August 2013. This was after they had first jumped her from behind and "assaulted" her. It was a pretty clear case of over-zealous federal police power. Yates may have lost in federal court, but she won in the court of Life, Art & Humanity.

Recently "love-bombed by Vietnamese," Thomas Friedman (insert) and modern Saigon, AKA Ho Chi Minh City Thursday, October 30, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Thomas Friedman Comes In From the Cold War: Vietnam Was About Liberation! New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman just made an incredible discovery after visiting Vietnam. He realized the Vietnam War had never been about stopping communism. That was only an emotional trigger for us. It was about anti-colonialist nationalism and the Vietnamese were really fighting a war of liberation against the US. The American public needs to understand this truth even deeper than Friedman is willing to go.

Dick CHeney, the radical author and Henry Kissinger Wednesday, October 22, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How I Became Radicalized You hear it all over the media and from politicians. Someone was "radicalized" from a good, normal American or European life to join al Qaeda or ISIS and do violent things. It's a misuse of the term radical. What they mean is to recruit someone to extremism. It gives radical thinking a bad name. Using myself as an example, here's how one responsible American was "radicalized."

Teddy Roosevelt and William James Wednesday, October 8, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Troglodytes, Weasels and Young Turks Lots of people are playing the meaning game these days as the war with ISIS grows. Some are whipping up more war for their own purposes. Some are trying to make sense of it with clarity and humility. And some are just weasels.

Drone pilots "decapitating" and an ISIS fighter beheading Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The War of the Heads ISIS beheads one-on-one up-close, while we remotely "decapitate" terrorist leaders. Decision are made in secret in "head sheds" of power. It's The War of the Heads. From the vantage point of the couch, this war is the most confusing, exasperating and hypocritical maze of confusion one could imagine.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, President Obama and Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham Friday, September 12, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Going To War With a Vengeance: A Cultural Essay Vengeance plays a huge part in our current mess with ISIS. A glance at crime fiction and vengeance is interesting. It's also helpful to consider the powerful counter to vengeance, the thinking that goes under the term forgiveness.

Leon Brown, Antonin Scalia and Henry Lee McCollum Friday, September 5, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Odor Seeping Out of Our Criminal Justice System Ferguson shooting of an unarmed black youth by a police officer and the subsequent criminal justice response unleashed a smell, but the exoneration of two half-brothers in North Carolina after serving 340 years in prison has released a pent-up blast of fetid stink that reaches all the way to the US Supreme Court.

James Foley at Medill School of Journalism in June 2011, with Timothy McNulty Wednesday, August 27, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why We Should Not Go To War Over James Foley The killing of James Foley was an intentionally provocative act in cycle of vengeance that should be broken. Of course, the cycle was boosted to the level of psychopathic response by the US invasion and occupation of Iraq that dis-empowered the Sunnis of Anbar Province. Fueling the revenge cycle with Foley's killing will not help. Future-oriented sanity needs to prevail.

Images from Ferguson, Missouri, and, top right, the murder victim, Michael Bro Saturday, August 16, 2014 (16 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Warrior Cops Lose a Round in Missouri The cable news duel between Fox News and MSNBC was interesting to follow as the story in Ferguson, Missouri unfolded through the week. Fox took a retro, pro-police line and MSNBC ran with compelling, live images from social media observers on the ground. As a battle of narratives, we have not heard the last from Ferguson, Missouri.

Vengeful ISIS killers at work in Anbar Province Tuesday, August 12, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Americans Need to Break the Cycle of War: A Meditation on Peacemaking It's clear the George W. Bush invasion of Iraq has led to the psychopathic ISIS reaction in Anbar Province in Iraq. Vengeance is no longer the right response; it failed back in 2003 and it will only lead to more killing. How about, this time, we honor John Lennon and just "give peace a chance"?

Lieutenant Hador Goldin, Israelis bombing Gaza and a suicide bomber Sunday, August 3, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Gaza: The Moral Agonies of Asymmetrical Diplomacy There is a hole in coverage of the Gaza assault and other middle east stories. That is the glib dismissal of suicide bombers. It says something when a culture is driven to the last-stand position of employing humans willing to sacrifice their lives to deliver bombs. While opposing bomb delivery by any means, it's time Americans pondered the fact of suicide bombers.

The US Border Patrol at work and children who want to live Sunday, July 13, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bleedback of a US Imperial Wound Twenty-five percent of the kids at the center of the current border crisis are from Honduras. We need to look at the history and not pump up the military at the border. We need a more human border.

The dead being cleared fomr the field in WWI, and a US soldier in Iraq Wednesday, June 25, 2014 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bad Wars and the Voice of Disillusion It's the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, a war founded on rotten political leadership and known for the voices of disillusion that came out of the trenches. The legacy of top-down bad leadership and bottom-up voices of disillusion are still with us today from Vietnam, Iraq and Afghansistan.

Barbara and George Bush; Clarence and Virginia Thomas and Justice Byron White Thursday, May 8, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Shame of Clarence Thomas The recent Supreme Court ruling banning affirmative action in a case from Michigan shines a light on Justice Clarence Thomas, the affirmative action baby on the high court. His degree of hypocrisy is so profound if he any sense of honor he would resign.

The cover of Losing Tim; and Tim, Janet Burroway and Toby in England circa 1971 Friday, April 25, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
LOSING TIM: A Mother Unravels Her Son's Military Suicide LOSING TIM is a memoir by a well published novelist about her son's suicide in 2004. A veteran Army Ranger, Tim Eysselinck gravitated to the contractor world and ended up in Iraq training de-mining teams at the point that war zone had descended into a moral cesspool. The "moral wound" good men like Tim suffered needs to be better understood by Americans.

Two ballsy guys, Vladimir Putin and Benito Mussolini Tuesday, March 11, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Balls, Brains and History: The New Crimean War The downfall of the Ukraine president, Russia's President Putin has acted fast to establish a red line in Crimea. The US right wing has gone ballistic. When you distill it down, the imbroglio is all about three things: History, Brains and Balls. The world is changing and the ol' USA ain't what it used to be.

Hoffman at Sundance Friday, February 7, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Drug War Sanity Philip Seymour Hoffman led an acting life that one could say was about socially educating the public on the inner lives of his characters. The last thing he would want is his death to be the catalyst for more Drug War madness. In his name, we should reform the Drug War employing the Harm Reduction approach.

Who’s scammin’ whom? Having fun at the public opening of a renovated historic Je Monday, February 3, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"American Hustle" and Prosecutorial Politics The current film "American Hustle" is, at the same time, a great entertainment and an essay on the state of American politics as far as it's dominated these days by the archetype of the aggressive prosecutor who lives and gets ahead off societal fears.

Friday, January 10, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Thanks to George Bush, Talks With Iran Make Sense Whose to blame for the current horrors in Iraq, Presidents Bush or Obama? The Obama administration is hardly an anti-war activist's dream, but its recent decision not to bomb Syria and its efforts to negotiate with Iran are good things. It's all about what Thomas Ricks meant when he talked about continuing to eat "the fruit of a poisoned tree."

Jofi Joseph Sunday, October 27, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Washington Does Not Like Snarky As someone who once tried to join the Foreign Service Washington Merry-go-round, I send a letter to Jofi Joseph suggesting he ponder what it means to became an insider Twitter gadfly in the Obama administration's national security team.

Presidents Obama and Rouhani -- and Prime Minister Netanyahu at the UN Tuesday Thursday, October 3, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's Time To Feed the Hungry Peace Wolves John Lennon had it right: Just give peace a chance. As simple and elegant as that lyric is, it is one of the most difficult of human challenges. Is President Obama, after a first term appeasing the militarist beast, finally giving peace a chance?

Presidents Obama and Putin Sunday, September 15, 2013 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Trust and Verify and Vomit All the criticism of President Obama for "dithering" and President Putin for being a "KGB thug" playing the US president misses the point. Something different is going on. And it's an improvement.

Bashar al-Assad, John Kerry, Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama Thursday, September 5, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Who's Hiding Behind the Accountability Mask? There's an elephant in the room no one wants to talk about when it comes to debating whether or not to bomb Syria. There's more than "accountability" going on here. The elephant is Israel.

US bombing options Tuesday, August 27, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Once Again, the Answer Is Bombing Bombing Syria is simply a bad idea that will further exercise the Law of Unintended Consequences. Why not try something different for a change?

Josh Earnest, John Kerry and Barack Obama Saturday, August 17, 2013 (17 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Despite Hand-Wringing, Cairo Massacres Suit US Policy Let's stop kidding ourselves: The massacres of Egyptian citizens is messy but it conforms perfectly with US desires in the Middle East. Plus, the kleptocratic military institution running amok in Egypt is largely a US creation. We need to honestly recognize our national culpability.

Anwar Congo, center in hat. At  right, Joshua Oppenheimer. Monday, July 29, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Killers Turned Inside Out The Act of Killing is an amazing film that tells the story of murders done by death squad killers in Indonesia's counter-insurgency massacre of 1965 in a most novel manner. It's also pretty damning for US police makers at that time who fully supported and aided the killing of 500,000 to 2 million Indonesians. Not America's finest hour.

David Brooks and Ethan Edwards "on the threshold" Friday, July 26, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
David Brooks, John Wayne and the American Worker New York Times columnist David Brooks suggests John Wayne in The Searchers symbolizes the current plight of the American male worker. He's got it all wrong.

Court martial brass and Colonel Denise Lind, lower right, and Pvt. Manning Thursday, July 18, 2013 (17 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Who's really "The Enemy" in the Bradley Manning Case? The only "enemy" Bradley Manning was aiding by leaking what he did was the American people -- that is, in the logic of the court martial judge.

Judge Debra Nelson, Trayvon Martin and Trayvon's mother Sybrina Fulton Monday, July 15, 2013 (20 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Of Criminals and Crackers: A Personal Essay On the Zimmerman Trial By a Grown-up Florida Boy Florida was a vital part of my upbringing, and race was always a big deal. The absurdities and shortcomings of the Zimmerman trial dredged it all up for me. Florida may be the most bizarre and confused state kin the nation.

Adm. William McRaven, head of Special Ops Command and mob killer Whitey Bulger Wednesday, July 3, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Killers and Roller-Coaster Rides: A Noir America The world is changing in ways more profound than we may know. US leaders want to keep the US on top, and they are devising new ways to do that, starting with Cyber War and Special Ops secret killing. We aren't living in Kansas anymore; we're living in Oz and Toto has been declared a terrorist.

Kori Cloca, left, and Panaylota Bertzlkis were threatened for charging rape Thursday, June 6, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Rape and War Go Hand-in-Hand The Senate Armed Forces Committee is wrestling with rape and sexual assault in the military. The problem is improvement is impossible unless the current status quo that looks the other way to abuses of the hypermasculinity encouraged by our militarist war culture.

Graterford State Prison outside Philadelphia Wednesday, May 22, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Veterans and Pennsylvania's Criminal Justice System In Pennsylvania, there is no parole allowed for those sentenced to life in prison. This has become an issue in the discussion of incarcerated veterans and PTSD. This is discussed in a speech given on Armed Forces Day to the Vietnam Veterans of America inmate Chapter 466 inside Graterford Prison outside Philadelphia.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Liberating Women With Bombs and Bags of Money We have a legacy of using "bags of money" along with our bombs to engage with Kipling's "white man's burden." Lately, the right wing militarists have been assuming the antiwar left's view of European colonialism. And it has become pretty weird.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
4/19: The Day It All Came Together April 19th was a milestone in the emerging 21st century surveillance police state in America. Yeh, it worked like a charm. But there's a very dark side to consider.

Monday, April 1, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How to Avoid the Bummer Myth With a Good Plan B The recent tenth anniversary of the Iraq War invasion did not address the damage that unnecessary war had done to both Iraqis and to Americans. Why is it American leaders so easily turn away from unpleasant history toward the bright future?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Hugo Chavez and the Knuckleheads The far right and much of the middle-brown mainstream press were so knee-jerk in their reductions and dismissals of Hugo Chavez that they missed the real story on what Chavez means for hemispheric history and the future.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Battle Over What Vietnam Means: Individual Honor or Unpleasant History? The war is long over, but the struggle over its meaning in the American mind is still raging. The Pentagon's $65 million clean-up campaign -- the Vietnam War Commemoration Project -- is only one side of the fight.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Heart IS a Lonely Hunter: Making It Right The stories of Essie Mae Washington-Williams, whose father was Strom Thurmond, and Nancy Gonzalez, on trial for conceiving a child with a murdered she was guarding in a New York prison were back to back in the New York Times the other day. They tell us a lot about sex, race and power in America.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Women In Combat: A Distraction From the Real Issue The Pentagon decision to allow women into combat is a distraction from the real issue, which is our costly, expanding, provocative military presence around the world.

Monday, January 14, 2013 (16 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
High Noon in America or: How I learned to Love Gun Control The think tank the Project For a New American Decade (PNAD) has come up with a Modest Proposal on gun control. It's a long shot, but it may be worth it.

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