Nov
18
2014

War Works–So Why Isn't It Working?

US airstrike, Fallujah (photo: USMC/James J. Vooris)

"About 800 airstrikes so far against ISIS. Why isn't this working?" What makes a seemingly innocuous question like that noteworthy is the assumption that airstrikes are supposed to "work" in the first place.

Aug
29
2014

Washington Post Editorial Page, Meet Noam Chomsky

(cc photo: Syracuse Peace Council)

The Washington Post stands firm against Russian aggression, since Putin has violated an "international norm" that is "uncontroversial." Do those rules apply to the US, though?

Aug
26
2014

The World as WaPo Would Like It to Be

US troop levels in Afghanistan (NPR)

Obama's foreign policy is invariably analyzed as being either foolishly pacifistic or prudently diplomatic. The reality that the Obama administration has used military force on a large scale in many countries is not acknowledged.

Aug
18
2014

Action Alert: NYT Skips First Big Test of New Torture Policy

Afghan torture witness (CBS)

FAIR's new Action Alert (8/18/14) calls out the New York Times for not covering a major Amnesty International report on US torture–shortly after the paper announced a new policy of calling torture by its right name. If you send a message to the Times, please leave a copy in the comments thread to this post. UPDATE: New York Times┬áResponds on Torture (8/21/14)

Jul
16
2014

Dear USA Today: Civilian Drone Deaths Aren't 'Charges'

Predator drone over Kandahar (photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

It is a fact that drone strikes kill civilians– not, as USA Today put it, a "charge."

Jun
05
2014

Botching the Prisoners 'Returning to the Battlefield' Story

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In their Bowe Bergdahl coverage, some media outlets are stoking fears about freed Guantanamo prisoners 'returning to the battlefield.'

May
30
2014

FAIR TV: Obama's Forgotten 'Surge,' Rebranding Jeb Bush, Climate Expert Coulter

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This week: Obama's Afghan War drawdown was big news–but what do media leave out of the story of the White House's war strategy? Plus the New York Times assists in a Jeb Bush rebranding effort and CNN goes to climate change expert…Ann Coulter?   Watch:

May
27
2014

Crediting Obama for Bringing Troops Home–Without Noting He Sent Them Abroad

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NPR tells listeners that Obama has cut troop levels in Afghanistan by two-thirds–but doesn't explain that he massively escalated the war.

May
13
2014

O'Reilly: Back from Vacation, Still Hating Muslims

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Bill O'Reilly uses the horrible Boko Haram kidnappings to launch into yet another tirade against Muslims.

Apr
09
2014

No, Putin Isn't Following 'Reagan Playbook' in Ukraine–Thank God

Death squad victims, El Salvador (cc photo: John Hoagland)

When the Washington Post's David Ignatius writes a column headlined "Putin Steals the CIA's Playbook on Anti-Soviet Covert Operations," is that supposed to be a criticism or a compliment?

Mar
21
2014

Hawks Want Obama to Be More Like Jimmy Carter

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Pundits like Charles Krauthammer have fond memories of the Afghan/Soviet war, and want Obama to be more like Jimmy Carter so that the Ukraine crisis can have a similarly happy result.

Mar
18
2014

Obama's Imaginary Foreign Policy 'Caution'

Civilians killed in 2009 in Narang, Afghanistan (cc photo: RAWA)

The NY Times once again advances the idea that Barack Obama's foreign policy is alarmingly noninterventionist. Which is true, when you discount all the evidence to the contrary.

Jan
30
2014

NYT Most Interested in Kids US Killed if US Might Not Have Killed Them

Funeral of Afghan children killed in US airstrike

New York Times journalists do not like being lied to. Unless it's their own government doing the lying; then they tend to be more forgiving.