War & Peace

Was Russia Behind Cuba Sonic Attacks?

With the mystery of on American diplomats in Havana still unresolved, a new development has caused some to point to a familiar foe: Russia.The State Department recently received another report of a possible covert attack on US foreign officials, sources told

The Drone War under Trump: Killing More People, Hiding More Facts

President Donald Trump seems determined to undo just about everything Barack Obama has done. There is one area, however, in which he is following the lead of his predecessor: drone warfare.Not that the public would know anything about it — or the dangerously loose oversight involved. And that’s by design.The Trump administration is not only expanding the use of drones, it is also obscuring the facts about how many drones are being used, how many people are being killed by them and where.
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Peter Dale Scott on Enlightenment Values in the Age of Trump

On a panel at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Peter Dale Scott expressed concern about the decay of the US commitment to global peace and collective security, as shown in the recent expansion of unilateral lethal US strikes against terrorists, sometimes with no legal authority.

Veterans Continue to Pay Long After Serving

A on the cost of the various US wars and military engagements since 2001 has revealed that, so far, taxpayers are on the hook for $4.3 trillion. Of that total, only about 5% has been spent on providing medical care and disability benefits to veterans of the Global War on Terror (GWOT).

From Terrorism to Tourist Haven to …?

On the 30th anniversary of the terrorist bombing that turned the tide of opinion toward peace, Northern Ireland is in danger of turning back to violence — because of Brexit. The region of Britain that gained the most from European Union (EU) membership could suffer the most from the majority’s decision to leave.At issue is the border between Northern Ireland — still a part of the Britain and thus part of Brexit — and the Republic of Ireland, which would remain in the EU.

The Calm Before the Iraqi Storm: 15th Anniversary

President Donald Trump rattled Americans (and people everywhere) with his recent deliberately enigmatic pronouncement that “.” More so because he issued the statement as he stood surrounded by an imposing wall of senior military officers.Soon, the media were abuzz with speculation.

Want to Support the Troops? Stop Sending Them to Die in Meaningless Wars

I get really emotional when I watch videos of members of the armed forces coming home after a long deployment to surprise their loved ones. I put myself in the shoes of these families who were separated for months and can feel the love. Then I get angry. I get angry because these reunions are as touching as they are senseless.

Sadly, North Korea’s Pursuit of Nukes and ICBMs Makes Sense

Here is a bit of North Korean realpolitik that nobody is talking about: Regrettably, Kim Jong-un&;s regime is absolutely right to develop nuclear weapons and a delivery system that reaches the United States.That&;s neither an endorsement of North Korea&

A Decade After Massacre, Blackwater Founder Buddies Up with President

It all started with a single gunshot from a Blackwater Security Company guard. A young man who was driving with his mother to pick up his dad from work was killed. His foot wedged against the accelerator causing his car to roll towards a Blackwater vehicle.

Is Turkey about to Test Trump with New Syria Attack?

Just when US-backed and Kurdish-led forces have encircled the Syrian capital of ISIS, Raqqa, a Turkish invasion could undermine the war against the terror group. Even without meddling from the country that hosts NATO’s second-largest army, the United States is facing formidable odds in trying to pacify areas liberated from ISIS.

What CIA Hid from the Rockefeller Committee

“JUSTIFICATION: Murder is not morally justifiable. Self-defense may be argued if the victim has knowledge which may destroy the resistance organization if divulged. Assassination of persons responsible for atrocities or reprisals may be regarded as just punishment. Killing a political leader whose burgeoning career is a clear and present danger to the cause of freedom may be held necessary.

Will the US Be Sending More Troops to Afghanistan? For What?

At a in the situation room with his military advisers, President Donald Trump reportedly said he wanted to fire the commander of US forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson.

Cries From Syria, a Scorching Documentary

The ongoing carnage in Syria is impossible to ignore for anyone who makes the least effort to keep up with world news. Yet it is hard to react with sustained outrage to an ongoing tragedy so remote. Or perhaps it is simply too painful for us to contemplate — especially if we feel there is nothing we can do about it.But film can bring the reality home like nothing else. Several recently released documentaries warrant high praise for doing just that.

The Demonization of Marijuana Is Rooted in Racial Stereotypes

The use of marijuana has been glorified in pop culture and, thanks in part to legalization efforts in many states, is now widely accepted. However, federal prisons are still packed with non-violent marijuana offenders.While inmates are serving years in prison, celebrities and other high-society individuals openly flaunt their substance use at music festivals like Coachella in California. April 20th (aka 4/20, which is colloquial for cannabis) has evolved into a holiday for this counterculture in the US.

Disinformation on Syria: Collection of WhoWhatWhy Exposés

Was Bashar al-Assad behind the recent poisonous gas attacks on his own people in Khan Sheikhoun, a town in the rebel stronghold of Idlib province?Assad claims that on April 4, the Syrian army bombed a rebel-controlled warehouse that contained chemical weapons. The rebels deny it.

Rush to Judgement in Syria?

The images are simply horrifying: blue-lipped children lying side by side with their bodies twisted grotesquely from neural spasms; a disconsolate father clutching his two dead babies, their faces blue from poisoning — just a few of the more than 70 victims of what just about everyone agrees was an atrocious chemical attack that took place in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday.Much of the available evidence points toward the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as the perpetrator.

Happening Now: Congress Dissects Waste of Taxpayer Funds in Afghanistan

Chances are that regular WhoWhatWhy readers will know as much or more as the average member of Congress about the woeful track record of the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO).

He Told Us So: President Eisenhower’s Military-Industrial Complex Speech

Today is the 55th anniversary of a remarkable event: an American president, a former general no less, speaking to the nation about how the country was being held hostage by an undemocratic alliance he called the “military-industrial complex.”That’s a theme you hear regularly here at WhoWhatWhy. We not only explore the continued (and increasing) domination of this country by these elements, we also look at how the corporate media discourages us from even talking about it.It’s well worth watching Ike’s bold talk. So here it is:
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Stop Patronizing Vets and Start Helping Them

In the annals of shame and hypocrisy, few things match America’s duplicity toward its veterans.For their troubles, they earn lip service from politicians, are allowed to board some airplanes first, receive a few bucks off at restaurants and, once a year, get their own holiday on which everybody expresses support for them.

US builds a $43-million Gas Station in Afghanistan and Nobody Seems to Know Why

These are the facts. At some point, someone somewhere in the US government had an amazing idea: why not build a compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station in Afghanistan? Forty-three million taxpayer dollars later, the city of Sheberghan, in the far north of the country, got its gas station.

Exclusive Interview with Afghanistan Reconstruction Czar

An ineffective $8 billion counternarcotics effort, $500 million worth of cargo planes that had to be turned into scrap metal and a $30 million program to grow crops that nobody wants — those are just some of the examples of how US funds have been wasted in Afghanistan.While taxpayers have every right to be upset about how their money has been squandered, they might feel even more strongly about the lack of consequences for those who spend it so unwisely.“We don’t hold people accountable for losing and wasting taxpayer money,” John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruc

What Both Hillary and the GOP Are Covering Up About Libya

Congressional Republicans were desperate to score political points in the Benghazi saga. So desperate that they finally decided to masquerade as … peaceniks.During the recent grilling of Hillary Clinton, the Republicans — who have rarely seen a war they didn’t like — actually criticized the former Secretary of State for ignoring the difficulty of successful regime change. (No mention was made of how well George W.

Who Will Pay for American Torture Program?

In a clear violation of the Geneva Convention, the US made systematic torture a staple in its fight against terrorism. This revelation has resulted in international condemnation and lamentation, but nobody has been held accountable for torturing terror suspects — many of whom were released later without any charges having been filed.

Why Americans Should Closely Watch Unfolding Events in Guatemala, Part 1

ESSAYA friend of mine told me the following curious story. In the early 1990s, while taking a course at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, he sat next to an ordinary-looking older man, a soft-spoken, pudgy fellow, who said he was from Guatemala. After a few weeks into the term, he came to class one day and found the man sitting alone, far from the other students, who seemed to be avoiding him.

Afghan Troop Deadline Extended Again: Guess Why?

How many times over the years have we heard promises that the United States would get out of Afghanistan by such-and-such a date, only to have those promises retracted due to exigent circumstances of one kind or another?

Historical Backstory to Those Fleeing Syrians, Part 2

News coming out of the Middle East is nearly always bad — so bad, it’s like a road accident: You just want to look away and keep on going. There’s nothing you can do.How did it all come to this? Keep reading.

Excerpt from Syria Burning: With Friends Like These

News coming out of the Middle East is nearly always bad — so bad, it’s like a road accident: You just want to look away and keep on going. There’s nothing you can do.How did it all come to this? Keep reading.

Who Caused Europe’s Refugee Mess? Why, We Did!

One thing you can almost always count on: When a major narrative takes over the news, it will be devoid of any sort of useful context. Put another way, when we are saturated with a “mega-problem,” we can be sure that we will not be told the real cause — not if it so happens the US had something to do with it.

HIroshima Secrets, Part 3: Death and Suffering, in Living Color

part3aaaaaThis week marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While the world is now aware of the horrifying aftermath of these events, this wasn’t always the case. This is the third in a three-part series on the US’s decades-long deliberate effort to hide the true extent of the atom bombs’ mass devastation.

How the Hiroshima Bombing Got a Hollywood Makeover

With the nuclear deal with Iran a subject of intense debate and lobbying, and Ukraine an ongoing possible flash point between nuclear powers, the topic of “the bomb” has never been more timely. This week marks the 70th anniversary of the United States’ devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The following article, originally published in March 2014, speaks with undiminished power to today’s concerns.

Classic WWW — Part Two: How They Hid the Worst Horrors of Hiroshima

August 6 marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima —  followed three days later by the bombing of Nagasaki. While the world is now aware of the horrifying aftermath of these events, this wasn’t always the case.

Classic WWW — Hiroshima/Nagasaki: Atomic Devastation Hidden for Decades

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima —  followed three days later by the bombing of Nagasaki. While the world is now aware of the horrifying aftermath of these events, this wasn’t always the case.