Jun
27
2014

Toothpaste Terrorism? Been There, Done That

ABC News report on toothpaste bombs

Far from being a "new generation," the toothpaste tube bomb has been around for almost four decades.

Dec
09
2013

Hersh: Syria Sarin Story 'Was Bought by the Mainstream Press'

Seymour Hersh (cc photo: Generation Progress)

A new piece by veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh argues that the Obama administration's case against Syria over a sarin gas attack last August relied on cherry-picked intelligence.

Sep
19
2013

Where Is the Discussion of Syria and International Law?

Barack Obama  interviewed by George Stephanopoulos (photo: White House)

If international law is so important in evaluating Syria's actions, then shouldn't it be equally important in evaluating the proposed US response?

Sep
17
2013

CNN's Left: Doing Syria Analysis or White House PR?

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When Stephanie Cutter on CNN's Crossfire talks about Syria–or anything else, for that matter–is she there to represent the left, or her White House-connected PR company?

Sep
17
2013

UN Report Provides Information, Not 'Intelligence'

Rocket engine depicted in UN report.

The contrast between the two reports is striking: While Kerry's report avoided providing specific details to back up its claims–"in order to protect sources and methods," Kerry said–the UN report strove for maximum transparency.

Sep
10
2013

ABC: War Might Mess Up Your 401K!

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Looking at the Dow Jones Industrial Average to explain anything is almost never a good idea.

Sep
10
2013

A 'Message' to Iran–or Misinformation?

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The Washington Post seems to be portraying "Iran's effort to get nuclear weapons" as if it were a fact. It's not–it's an allegation.

Sep
09
2013

On Syria, Sunday Morning TV Journalists Don't Need Proof

FireShot Screen Capture #603 - 'Schieffer_ Don't let the world question U_S_ resolve - CBS News Video' - www_cbsnews_com_video_watch__id=50154599n

The public doesn't seem to support going to war in Syria–but some high-profile Sunday morning TV journalists are declaring their support for the war, or professing faith in the case for going to war.

Sep
05
2013

The Strange Thing About Cluster Bombs

These are not the bad kind of cluster bomb, because they are dropped on and not by official enemies. (photo: US Air Force)

When they're used by official enemies, cluster bombs are weapons of indiscriminate terror. When they're used by the United States, they're not much worth talking about.

Sep
04
2013

Asking Kerry Questions–but Which Ones?

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John Kerry appeared on all of the Sunday talkshows. But he was mostly not asked about the case for war with Syria. Instead, the questioning was overwhelmingly concerned with Barack Obama's decision to seek congressional approval for an attack on Syria.

Sep
03
2013

U.S. Missiles and 'Pinpoint Accuracy'

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Whenever war is near you can count on U.S. media to tout the lethal efficiency of U.S. weapons

Sep
01
2013

Which Syrian Chemical Attack Account Is More Credible?

Secretary of State John Kerry making the case that Damascus has used chemical weapons (US State Department)

Which account of the mass deaths in Syria should be given more credence: the U.S. government version introduced by Secretary of State John Kerry, or the article published by the Minnesota-based news site Mint Press? The government account expresses "high confidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack." The Mint report bore the headline "Syrians in Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack."

Aug
30
2013

When It Comes to State Violence, Too Much Is Never Enough

U.S. warship firing one of 110 cruise missiles at Libyan forces (photo: DoD)

Time magazine's Michael Crowley (9/9/13) offers an analysis of how the Syrian situation reflects on Barack Obama's presidency: Whatever comes of Obama's confrontation with Assad, an even more dangerous confrontation lies in wait–the one with Iran. If another round of negotiations with Tehran should fail, Obama may soon be obliged to make good on his vow to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. "I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests," Obama told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March 2012. But to his critics, Obama does […]