Saudi Arabia has been bombing civilians in Yemen (and covering it up) for four years. Yet they haven't come anywhere close to taking back the capital of Sanaa.
The Saudi's most notable victory was defeating the Houthi assault on the old capital city of former state of South Yemen - Aden.
The ignorance of Americans about the rest of the world has been the subject of jokes for decades.
However, that ignorance isn't funny when it gets us into wars.
For instance, Trump's approach appears to be to apply more and more pressure to Iran, bringing us closer and closer to war, in order to force them to negotiate from a position of weakness.
Because Trump watches Fox News, Fox has an oversized influence on our foreign policy.
So it matters that Trump is being told that war with Iran, for the first time in history, won't mean people being killed.
Parties be damned, money be damned, nations be damned, religions be damned.
Peace to all people,
let the bells ring.
"War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing."
While the attacks on the oil tankers is almost certainly total bullsh*t, there have been attacks within Iraq that the American media has curiously ignored. These attacks are most likely real.
A couple days ago it was at a coalition military base.
The Gulf of Credibility - I really cannot begin to fathom how stupid you would have to be to believe that Iran would attack a Japanese oil tanker at the very moment that the Japanese Prime Minister was sitting down to friendly, US-disapproved talks in https://t.co/P1wE1Y886i
Matt Taibbi's everywhere this month, especially over the past few days. As some reading this may remember (going back over a decade at "the other place"), I've been a huge fan of his for a long time. I was active in Boston political media, back in the early 80's, when his father, Mike, was a leading local newscaster there; and I met him (and worked countless times with his tv station's news staff) a few times, as well.
Originally published, Jan 21, 2019
Martin Luther King was not just a triumphant fighter against the moral obscenity of Jim Crow. He also was willing to spend much of his political capital decrying the mindless, futile carnage of Viet Nam — a position for which a formerly supportive mainstream media excoriated him. In honor of MLK Day, I would like to offer this modest proposal: