In The New Republic, I point out how Obama’s Libya war paved the way for Trump to veto the resolution demanding an end to US support for the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen. Trump loves to present himself as the anti-Obama, but he has no one to thank more than Obama for his ability to veto the bill—based on a narrow reading of “hostilities” developed by Obama and his lawyers to bomb Libya in 2011.
If we care about ending war, calling on Congress to “reassert its war powers” isn’t nearly enough. In The New Republic, I argue that we must prioritize specifically anti-war arguments, without getting bogged down in fruitless proceduralism.
U.S. negotiations with the Taliban have been gaining steam. Media and the foreign policy establishment are very worried about this. For FAIR, I argue that they shouldn’t be.
I spoke with historian Isa Blumi, author of Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us About the World (UC Press, 2018) about the conflict in Yemen for The Nation.
I reviewed Shock and Awe, Rob Reiner’s new film about the journalists who challenged the Bush administration’s claims that Saddam Hussein had WMDs. Read my piece in FAIR.
Read my coverage of the protest against David Petraeus at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) in The Nation.
Read this piece in Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR).