Tillerson Says We’ll Build ‘Safe Zones’ in Syria for Refugees

Repeating a massively simplistic idea from Donald Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. plans to create "interim safe zones" inside of Syria so refugees can return home. How will we do that? Through ceasefires, he laughably says. … [Read more...]

Trump Has No Idea What He’s Talking About on NATO

One of the themes that Donald Trump has hit on again and again is this notion that other NATO countries don't pay their fair share of the burden and that they owe money to the United States. He has even said quite bluntly that if they don't pay up, we won't protect them. He has no idea what he's talking about. As usual. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Budget: Money for War and Little Else

Trump has unveiled his proposed budget and, as expected, it increases spending on "defense" and slashes spending virtually everywhere else. One example that has gotten a lot of attention is the cut to community block grants, which fund things like Meals on Wheels programs for seniors and the disabled. … [Read more...]

Pakistani Writer Says Military Tortured Them

Remember those five Pakistani writers and activists who mysteriously disappeared a few months ago? They've all since been released and one of them is finally speaking out, saying that they were kidnapped and tortured by factions of the nation's military. … [Read more...]

No More Visas for Afghanis Who Worked With Us

The Trump administration and Congress are apparently going to just allow the number of special visas offered to Afghanis who worked with the American military and other agencies in their country during the war to expire. Because why not just let them be hunted down, right? … [Read more...]

Trump’s Disgusting Exploitation of a Military Widow

Listening to the pundits, even the very liberal ones, kneel and slobber all over Donald Trump for exploiting the loss of a Navy SEAL by putting his wife on the spot during his Congressional address made me want to puke. And that goes double for Van Jones, who simply embarrassed himself. … [Read more...]

Trump Wants Massive Cuts to State Department, EPA

In addition to wanting a 10% increase in military spending and a big drop in foreign aid, Donald Trump also wants to cut funding for the State Department by an astonishing 37% and a 20% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency. Anyone surprised? … [Read more...]

Trump’s Lame Excuse for Yemen Raid

I'm not one of those people who thinks the president should be blamed for every military action that doesn't work out. On the ground and on the fly, bad things happen sometimes. But Trump is offering up a lame, even twisted, excuse for the disastrous Yemen raid that killed a Navy SEAL and many civilians. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Childish Obsession with ‘Winning’

Donald Trump continues his childish obsession with winning, part of his simpleminded conception of the world as a zero sum game in which everything must have a winner or a loser. And this time it's about winning wars, which he says we don't do anymore. … [Read more...]

Trump Wants 10% Increase in Defense Spending, Cuts Elsewhere

The White House is preparing a budget proposal and it includes a 10% boost in defense spending and cuts virtually everywhere else. Because tearing down the house in order to build a higher fence always makes good public policy sense, doesn't it? … [Read more...]

I Like Trump’s New National Security Adviser

Trump finally seems to have made a good move by naming Gen. HR McMaster to replace Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser. McMasters appears to be everything Flynn was not -- thoughtful, rational and understanding war in and security in a larger political and cultural context. … [Read more...]

Trump, Kelly Contradict Themselves Immediately

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and DHS Secretary John Kelly are in Mexico, but they don't seem to be on the same page with Donald Trump over whether the administration's loathsome crackdown on immigration is or is not a military operation. … [Read more...]