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 Pentagon’s New Wonder Weapons for World Dominion

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by Alfred W. McCoy Not quite a century ago, on January 7, 1929, newspaper readers across America were captivated by a brand-new comic strip, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.  It offered the country its first images of space-age death rays,… Continue Reading  

Exploring the Shadows of America’s Security State

President George W Bush visits CIA Headquarters, March 20, 2001.

by Alfred W. McCoy [This piece has been adapted and expanded from the introduction to Alfred W. McCoy’s new book, In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power.] In the wake of the… Continue Reading  

Donald Trump’s Road to Debacle in the Greater Middle East

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by Alfred W. McCoy The superhighway to disaster is already being paved. From Donald Trump’s first days in office, news of the damage to America’s international stature has come hard and fast. As if guided by some malign design, the new… Continue Reading  

Washington’s Twenty-First-Century Opium Wars

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by Alfred W. McCoy After fighting the longest war in its history, the United States stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How can this be possible? How could the world’s sole superpower have battled continuously for 15 years,… Continue Reading