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Forgotten Casualties Of The Vietnam War

Forgotten Casualties Of The Vietnam War

Charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets in the Indy 500. – Apocalypse Now Over the past ten years, I’ve developed a friendship with Commer Glass, a 67-year-old African American man serving his 37th year of a life-without-parole sentence at Graterford State Prison outside Philadelphia. Glass fought as […]

A Killer In The White House

A Killer In The White House

“No, Charlotte, I’m the jury now. I sentence you to death.” The roar of the .45 shook the room. Charlotte staggered back a step. “How c-could you?” she gasped. “It was easy.” – Mickey Spillane, I, The Jury The news that Barack Obama — a Constitutional scholar and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize […]

Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain

Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain

It is the climactic scene. Dorothy and her friends stand before the great Wizard of Oz. Toto wanders off and yanks back a curtain to reveal a man busy manipulating levers. Whistles and smoke bombs go off, and the great Oz thunders: “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” The federal government, the […]

The New Afghanistan Policy: Murder Inc.

The New Afghanistan Policy: Murder Inc.

Let me get this straight. Robert Gates, the Secretary-Of-Defense-For-Life, is touring the TV news shows and major newspapers pleading with great angst lines in his forehead that WikiLeaks is “guilty” and “morally culpable” for releasing 75,000 field reports from Afghanistan to the American public because they endanger Afghans allied with US forces. But he and […]

In The Israeli Minefield

In The Israeli Minefield

It’s like entering a minefield to seriously discuss Israel and Palestine, a tale of two peoples who claim the same land. I’ve entered this minefield before and have been called an ”anti-semite” and an “Israel hater” for saying pretty much what the sentence above suggests, that Palestinians feel a legitimate bond with the land Israel claims and holds with its military prowess. The individual who called me those names is an antiwar liberal on everything but Israel, at which point he becomes a jackboot militarist without a shred of mercy.

Unless Otherwise Directed…

Unless Otherwise Directed…

I’ve worked in journalism for 35 years. I did graduate study in journalism, I’ve worked as a daily newspaper reporter and I’ve freelanced magazine articles and newspaper op-eds. Now I blog. I’ve learned that certain ideas are not permitted in the mainstream press. Well-paid gatekeepers might say these ideas are misguided, wrong or irresponsible, but that’s not really the reason. It’s because certain ideas are not in alignment with the middle-brow assumptions our mainstream press operates within. It also has to do with a commercial inclination for celebrity journalism and a fetish for score keeping over analysis.

Saving Face in Afghanistan

Saving Face in Afghanistan

In the documentary film “The Most Dangerous Man In America,” Daniel Ellsberg tells about a fellow Rand Corporation war planner circa 1968 who described the US commitment to the war in Vietnam this way: “We are 10 percent concerned about the Vietnamese; we are 20 percent concerned about the Chinese; and we are 70 percent concerned about saving face.” The United States has now clearly arrived at the same insidious predicament in Afghanistan.

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