Middle East update: June 16 2017

SYRIA And here we go: A pair of top White House officials is pushing to broaden the war in Syria, viewing it as an opportunity to confront Iran and its proxy forces on the ground there, according to two sources familiar with the debate inside the Donald Trump administration. Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for… Continue reading Middle East update: June 16 2017

World update: May 30 2017

MISSILE DEFENSE Well, this might actually be good news: The US military has successfully carried out its first-ever missile defense test involving a simulated attack by an intercontinental ballistic missile, in a major milestone for a program meant to defend against a mounting North Korean threat. The US military fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)-type… Continue reading World update: May 30 2017

Europe/Americas update: May 23 2017

UNITED KINGDOM Last night’s suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena killed at least 22 people apart from the bomber and injured another 59. Several people remain missing so those figures could still change. It’s the deadliest act of terrorism in the UK since the July 7 attack in 2015. An improvised explosive device filled with… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 23 2017

World update: May 22 2017

UNITED KINGDOM Normally I would lead this with whatever lunacy just broke in the Trump mess, but unfortunately something genuinely terrible appears to have happened in Manchester this evening: A number of people have died and others have been injured following a reported explosion at Manchester Arena. Witnesses said they heard two loud bangs, reported… Continue reading World update: May 22 2017

World update: May 18 2017

By “world” I mean everything outside the Middle East. Yes, I know the Middle East is part of the “world,” but…hey, you come up with the post titles next time. TODAY IN TRUMP What shit hit the fan today, you ask? Well, I don’t want to give anything away, but if I were Michael Flynn… Continue reading World update: May 18 2017

NEEDED: Better Quality Lies

The White House fired Steve Bannon today. Well, not totally. He was removed from his controversial and wholly unwarranted seat on the National Security Council. Bannon has no, as in none, as in zero qualifications to sit on the NSC apart from the fact that he sets the white nationalist, xenophobic, anti-Islam agenda for the… Continue reading NEEDED: Better Quality Lies

Conflict update: March 30-31 2017

Skipping yesterday was probably a bad idea. There’s plenty here for a two-parter, so as I’ve done before I’m going to put all the Middle Eastern stuff in a separate post. 320 MILLION FOOLS AND OUR MONEY The F-35 is the most expensive weapon (well, it’s intended to be a weapon, anyway) ever manufactured, with… Continue reading Conflict update: March 30-31 2017