I mean it. Can we simply talk about this? There are so many things to consider and ponder. We have a responsibility as US citizens and fellow human beings to those whom we might hurt, to be uncomfortable while we determine whether military action on our part is the right thing to do. It is also incumbent upon us to consider whether there are other things we might do. So, can we dig in and look at all that we know and enumerate all that we don’t know and speculate on all the possibilities which might explain both the current realities and the impacts of possible courses of action? Can we do this without being upset with each other for seeing things differently? Can we allow ourselves to remain open and to let more in than what we think we know or feel?
|By: DSWright Wednesday August 28, 2013 6:35 am|
As US forces prepare a punitive strike on the Assad regime over alleged chemical weapons use, the United Nations envoy refused to claim that sarin gas was used merely saying some chemical “substance” was involved.
|By: DSWright Tuesday August 27, 2013 6:40 am|
President Obama is now undeniably on the war path and has ordered the release of a report justifying a military attack on Syria. The report will come as US war ships move closer to Syria. News reports suggest the US and Britain have already decided to use military force in the wake of alleged chemical weapon attacks by the Assad regime.
|By: DSWright Monday August 26, 2013 6:40 am|
As the United States moves warships closer to Syria a report from the UK newspaper, The Telegraph, claims that British and American forces are preparing for a first strike in response to reports that the Assad Regime used chemical weapons. The strikes would weaken if not destroy the Assad regime currently in a civil war with Al-Qaeda linked rebels.
|By: GREYDOG Wednesday August 14, 2013 7:12 pm|
Representative democracies and autocratic dictatorships respond to profound internal crises in very distinctive ways: the former attempts to reason with citizens, explaining the causes, consequences and alternatives; dictatorships attempt to terrorize, intimidate and distract the public by evoking bogus external threats, to perpetuate and justify rule by police state methods and avoid facing up to the self-inflicted crises.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday August 8, 2013 1:20 pm|
An expert on militant Islamist ideology took the stand in the sentencing phase of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s trial to testify on how al Qaeda and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) could have used the information Manning disclosed to WikiLeaks. However, he presented no actual evidence that Al Qaeda or AQAP ever relied on the information to launch any terrorist attacks.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday July 15, 2013 9:45 am|
Yassin Aref was convicted of terrorism charges that included conspiring to aid a terrorist group, providing support for a weapon of mass destruction, money-laundering and material support for a foreign terrorist organization after being arrested in an FBI sting operation in Albany, New York in 2006. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2007. However, since conviction, he has vigorously fought to prove his innocence and recently new evidence uncovered through freedom of information filings suggests he was improperly identified as an Al Qaeda agent.
|By: DSWright Monday June 17, 2013 1:05 pm|
President Barack Obama has decided to begin giving weapons to Al-Qaeda linked rebels in Syria. Beyond seemingly invalidating all of the anti-terrorism policies the Obama Administration has used to kill American citizens without due process is the issue of geopolitics. Many are weighing in with claims that America’s strategy for intervening in the Syrian Civil War is a bad idea.
|By: DSWright Friday June 14, 2013 6:17 am|
A new report reaffirms what everyone already knew – that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons. It seems to be worth noting that it has been alleged that the rebels have also used chemical weapons.
Nonetheless the US plans to step up military aid to the anti-Assad rebels.
|By: Norman Solomon Wednesday June 5, 2013 6:30 pm|
Of all the charges against Bradley Manning, the most pernicious — and revealing — is “aiding the enemy.”