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Race and Ethnicity
US Wars and Military Action
February 2, 2016
Contractor Kidnappings and the Perils of Privatized War
More than 3,700 contractors died on the global battlefield between 2001 and 2015, in this deadly and secrecy-shrouded game of crony capitalism.
January 21, 2016
Why Do All of the Pentagon’s ‘Successes’ in Iraq Look More Like Failures?
The only thing the US military has succeeded at is believing its own propaganda.
January 14, 2016
The Pentagon’s New Base Plan Will Achieve the Exact Opposite of Its Goal
We’re building bases to prevent terrorism, but local terror groups are recruiting in reaction to our bases.
December 13, 2015
December 13, 2003: Saddam Hussein Is Captured
“Neither the overthrow of the Baathist regime nor Saddam’s capture can erase the fact that Washington helped prop up Saddam for years.”
December 10, 2015
Washington to Whomever: Please Fight the Islamic State for Us
Why the Gulf states, the Kurds, the Turks, the Sunnis, and the Shia won’t fight America’s war.
Peter Van Buren
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November 25, 2015
Ben Carson Isn’t the Only US Politician With a Hand in Shady Latin American Dealings
Duane Clarridge’s Iran/Contra history is horrifying—but it’s no worse than Hillary Clinton’s record in Colombia.
November 17, 2015
The US Military’s Best-Kept Secret
For years, American military expansion in Africa has gone largely unnoticed, thanks to a deliberate effort to keep the public in the shadows.
November 16, 2015
Is It Wrong to Mourn Paris More Deeply Than Beirut?
Paris was a wake-up call for Westerners—a reminder that we usually have the luxury to ignore the costs of war, even as our governments inflict them on foreigners.
November 3, 2015
November 3, 1986: The Iran/Contra Weapons-for-Hostages Deal Is Exposed
“The arms deal did not take place on the margins of policy but at its very heart.”
October 26, 2015
American Special Operations Forces Have a Very Funny Definition of Success
US Special Operations forces have deployed to 147 countries this year. To what end, exactly?