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For America, Denial is a River in Iraq

Americans don’t know much about geography. In 2006, three years into the bloody War on Iraq, 63% of Americans aged 18-24 couldn’t find the “target-rich” nation on a map. To be fair, only half could find New York State on a map, so it is unsurprising that, in spite of its then-dominance of the news [...]

The CIA’s Memory Prison

The memory hole is deep at Guantánamo Bay. Its gaping maw has swallowed international law, the lives of hundreds of detainees and the moral consequences of torture. And now it has quite literally swallowed the memories of five men currently engaged in a prolonged pre-trial process at the infamous prison. They are the defendants charged [...]

What If Obamacare Was A Fighter Jet?

Imagine if you will…an epic government failure. Chronic mismanagement and cost over-runs. Incomplete software coding, timely political donations and undelivered promises. And zero accountability. Now, imagine the outrage. No, really. You will actually have to imagine the outrage. That’s because The Great American Outrage Machine™ has no interest in generating a scandal around the ultimate [...]

When In Doubt, Say “Hitler”

Poor Pol Pot. He just can’t get any respect. Despite a solid resume as a crazed, brutal dictator responsible for killing approximately 1.7 million of his own people, his name never comes up when the caretakers of American empire set their sights on an enemy du jour. The same goes for Josef Stalin, Chairman Mao, [...]

American Empire: A Glass House Built By Stone Throwers

Hypocrisy. It is the mother’s milk of imperialism. Whether it is in the service of “civilizing” barbarians, converting “heathens,” or, in its most recent incarnation, extending the reach of “democracy,” the bottom line of imperialism has always been the bottom line. The bottom line of the infamous “White Man’s Burden” borne by the once-ubiquitous British [...]

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