Into the Afghan Abyss (Again)

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by Alfred W. McCoy After nine months of confusion, chaos, and cascading tweets, Donald Trump’s White House has finally made one thing crystal clear: the U.S. is staying in Afghanistan to fight and — so they insist — win. “The killers… Continue Reading  

The Drug War and Human Rights

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by Michael LaSusa Adding to mounting public criticism of the “war on drugs,” a scathing new report from a coalition of human rights groups alleges that countries in the Americas have carried out the fight against the drug trade “in… Continue Reading  

America’s Got War

Scouts with the 82nd Airborne Division?s 1st Brigade Combat Team fire on a line during a course in advanced rifle marksmanship March 21-24, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The weeklong course emphasized adapting to battlefield problems by knowing one?s tools and capabilities.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

by William Astore War on drugs. War on poverty. War in Afghanistan. War in Iraq. War on terror. The biggest mistake in American policy, foreign and domestic, is looking at everything as war. When a war mentality takes over, it chooses the… Continue Reading  

How Assassination Sold Drugs and Promoted Terrorism

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by Andrew Cockburn As the war on terror nears its 14th anniversary — a war we seem to be losing, given jihadist advances in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen — the U.S. sticks stolidly to its strategy of “high-value targeting,” our… Continue Reading  

AFRICOM Behaving Badly

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by Nick Turse Six people lay lifeless in the filthy brown water. It was 5:09 a.m. when their Toyota Land Cruiser plunged off a bridge in the West African country of Mali.  For about two seconds, the SUV sailed through… Continue Reading