Trump Shoots, the Rest of Us Ask Questions

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by Derek Davison Late Friday evening in Washington (Saturday morning in Syria), U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the United States, Great Britain, and France had launched joint airstrikes in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical… Continue Reading  

A Tale of American Hubris

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by Tom Engelhardt The lessons of history? Who needs them? Certainly not Washington’s present cast of characters, a crew in flight from history, the past, or knowledge of more or less any sort. Still, just for the hell of it,… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Wag the Dog Strategy on Syria Helps No One – Not Even Himself

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by William Hartung After a few days of threatening tweets and tough guy rhetoric, Donald Trump went ahead and instructed the U.S. military to bomb Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack on civilians there that has been widely… Continue Reading  

Trump Orders Strikes on Syria

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by Derek Davison Late Friday evening Washington time, President Donald Trump announced in a televised address that he has ordered the U.S. military, in conjunction with the armed forces of the United Kingdom and France, “to launch precision strikes on… Continue Reading  

Eight Big Questions on War and Peace for Mike Pompeo

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Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee took place on Thursday. The International Crisis Group’s Stephen Pomper suggested eight questions that committee members should have asked of Pompeo. Several of these questions were… Continue Reading