Americas Donald Trump update, May 16-17 2017

I’m going to be completely honest, and I don’t think I’m the only one feeling this way, but I am constantly in a state of moderate confusion lately. Donald Trump’s ability to pile one ridiculous fuckup on top of another has exceeded my ability to keep track of them all. Right now, as far as… Continue reading Americas Donald Trump update, May 16-17 2017

Valentine’s Day is for lovers

In addition to being Valentine’s Day, February 14 is also the anniversary of the arrival of Saudi King Abdul Aziz b. Saud aboard the heavy cruiser USS Quincy in 1945, there to meet with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR was returning from the Yalta Conference–technically he was sailing home from Malta, having flown from there… Continue reading Valentine’s Day is for lovers

We’ve always been at war with Eastasia Eurasia everybody

I don’t have any grand point here, but have you noticed a trend developing lately? The Pentagon has started embedding US troops with the Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa and northern Syria and with Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq, and it’s providing air support for the Iraqi assault on Fallujah. And now, this: After months… Continue reading We’ve always been at war with Eastasia Eurasia everybody

Today in Middle East history: Operation Desert Storm begins (1991)

Today is the 25th anniversary of the first airstrikes of Operation Desert Storm, the “oh, it’s just one play on the slots–what could go wrong?” of America’s full-blown gambling addiction to blowing things up in the Middle East. Thanks to YouTube, you kids out there can relive it as it happened, at least “as it… Continue reading Today in Middle East history: Operation Desert Storm begins (1991)

Today in Middle East history: the Eisenhower Doctrine, or: They All Lived Happily Ever After (1957)

The United States enjoys two things more than just about anything else: doing war and making presidential doctrines about doing war. This country has been involved in some kind of military conflict or another for more than 90% of its existence, and of our 44 presidents, at least a quarter of them have issued some… Continue reading Today in Middle East history: the Eisenhower Doctrine, or: They All Lived Happily Ever After (1957)

If this is what passes for “moderate”…

Zahran Alloush, Syrian rebel bigshot and leader of the Jaysh al Islam (“Army of Islam”) rebel faction, which is active in the Damascus neighborhoods of Douma and Eastern Ghouta and forms the backbone of the “Islamic Front” rebel coalition, is tragically* no longer among the living: The commander of one of the most powerful Syrian… Continue reading If this is what passes for “moderate”…

Mossadegh, 1953: history swallowed up in legend

Today is the sixty-second anniversary (and the second time we’ve commemorated it here) of the 1953 coup d’etat, carried out by Iranian elements at the behest and with the support of British Secret Intelligence and the US CIA, that forced Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh from office. Mossadegh was nominally replaced as prime minister by… Continue reading Mossadegh, 1953: history swallowed up in legend