Mar
26
2015

A Few Words on the Least Surprising Op-Ed of 2015

John Bolton op-ed New York Times

By “inattention” and “failing to act,” John Bolton just means we haven’t bombed Iran yet. That’s what paying attention is to him.

Mar
18
2015

Forgiving Al-Qaeda in Pursuit of a New Enemy

Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri

There are signs of a shift in the Western foreign policy establishment toward seeing groups like Al-Qaeda not as the main targets of US military operations but as potential allies against the governments Washington has identified as more important enemies.

Feb
24
2015

The Foreigners Obama Needs to Love to Prove He Loves America

Slowpoke: "Obama Doesn't Love America Like I Do!" (Jen Sorensen)

“There are plenty of reasons that suggest Obama might not love America,” writes the Washington Post’s Ed Rogers. Funnily enough, most of these reasons seem to have little to with America,

Feb
22
2015

US Backing for ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels: Long Reported, Continually Forgotten

Syrian fighter (photo: Ahmed Deeb/AFP)

That the US is arming and training Syrian rebels has been well-documented for over two years, yet Western media have historically suffered from a strange collective amnesia when reporting this fact.

Feb
20
2015

Top 10 Bogus ISIS Stories

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The militant group has done a lot of evil — but as the ramp-up to ground troops gets underway, it’s important to note that a lot of the scare stories the media have reported have turned out to be bunk.

Feb
18
2015

Most Americans Agree That Netanyahu, the Only One Who Can Save the Puppy, Should Save the Puppy

Netanyahu addressing Congress (photo: Getty/Saul Loeb)

You can see propaganda being manufactured before your eyes: Any subtleties are ironed out to create an assertion that the American people are calling for Netanyahu to speak.

Feb
11
2015

Chris Matthews Calls for ‘Rambo Kind of Stuff’ as Response to Real-World Violence

Rambo

Chris Matthews doesn’t know how to solve the ISIS problem. But he knows who does–and he’s a fictional character played by Sylvester Stallone.

Feb
09
2015

The New York Times’ Nuclear Uncertainty Principles

Israeli laboratory model of a nuclear warhead core--photographed by Mordechai Vanunu.

When it comes to nuclear weapons, basic facts seem to be subject to political revision at the New York Times.

Feb
05
2015

Some Other Tall Tales Brian Williams Might Want to Apologize For

Not getting shot down in Iraq is just the beginning of things Brian Williams needs to correct.

Now that he’s cleared up that he wasn’t actually shot down in Iraq by an RPG, there are some other tall tales that NBC’s Brian Williams might want to take back.

Jan
28
2015

Attack on Israeli Soldiers ‘Most Serious Flare-Up in Years’–if Arab Deaths Aren’t Taken Seriously

Israeli vehicles attacked in the Golan Heights

The New York Times describes the death of two Israeli soldiers as “the most serious flare-up in the area in years.” But it’s not even the most serious flare-up in the area this month, as you learn later in the article.

Jan
16
2015

Sad Columnist Forced to Cover Sweaters and Torture

Rick Santorum (cc photo: Gate Skidmore)

Poor Dana Milbank. Here it is just the beginning of 2015, and the Washington Post columnist is already tired of covering the 2016 presidential campaign.

Jan
14
2015

Conservative and ‘Liberal’ Islamophobia Find Common Ground

Bob Beckel on Fox News

There’s not a lot of daylight between USA Today’s conservative and so-called liberal on the issue of a war on Islam.

Dec
23
2014

The Weird World of the Washington Post, Where Reagan Never Met Gorbachev

Reagan and Gorbachev

Reading the Washington Post opinion pages can be like reading dispatches from a parallel universe. You get that sense of alternative history from Post deputy editorial editor Jackson Diehl’s latest.