John Bolton’s Wars (a poem)

If Rudy* is a “hand grenade”*Why did Bolton* send his aideTo disarm the whole charadeWhile Bolton lounges in the shade? Well, that is how his wars are made:From the safety of Bolton's brain. Note: *Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of NYC serving as President Trump's personal attorney and covert diplomat in Ukraine. *John Bolton was the … Continue reading John Bolton’s Wars (a poem)

Rumple Oxbridge: “The More War Sonnet for Afghanistan”

By Rumple Oxbridge, liberal lyricist   Trump has a plan to fix Afghanistan: more war will do what war has not before. It is a plan not hard to understand his "war cabinet" advises--War fails? Try more. Eventually this war will have to end but stopping war before we win is like un-masculine and feminist. … Continue reading Rumple Oxbridge: “The More War Sonnet for Afghanistan”

Rumple Oxbridge: “Trump’s ‘major, major’ getting tough with the Koreas”

By Rumple Oxbridge, radical rhymer The president says diplomacy is "very difficult" so we may have a "major, major conflict" [war] (lots of majors, lots of gore) with Koreans of the North.   As for Koreans of the South, Trump says they owe us for the clout of the new missile system "THAAD." Besides, our … Continue reading Rumple Oxbridge: “Trump’s ‘major, major’ getting tough with the Koreas”

In Guns We Trust, Again and Again

Surely it's time to refute the great American myth our elected representatives in Washington, D.C. so believe in: an armed citizenry and war abroad will protect us from criminal and terrorist violence.  There is a sort of mass mental incongruity going on, a splitting of the political brain in which the epidemic of "mass shootings" is deplored and denounced but ignored while generally … Continue reading In Guns We Trust, Again and Again

Who’s afraid of the GOP?

To coin a phrase, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself and the Republican Party. Or at least those Republicans for whom foreign terrorists and Syrian refugees (and even Muslim-Americans in general) are now the scariest things on earth. That some Democrats are going along even with House legislation to "pause" compassion towards … Continue reading Who’s afraid of the GOP?

“Killing Blindly in the Endless War” by Kathy Kelly

"These are people who had been working hard for months, non-stop for the past week. They had not gone home, they had not seen their families, they had just been working in the hospital to help people... and now they are dead. These people are friends, close friends. I have no words to express this. … Continue reading “Killing Blindly in the Endless War” by Kathy Kelly

More perpetual war: Afghanistan again

Speaking of perpetual war, the NY Times is reporting that the U.S. war in Afghanistan, which, despite a major withdrawal of troops, was never entirely over, has erupted again as the U.S. launched airstrikes and deployed Special Forces troops after the Taliban captured the city of Kunduz. Though the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan was, after much … Continue reading More perpetual war: Afghanistan again

U.S. Bombing of Syria Begins (and so do civilian casualties)

Claiming that the United States already has the legal authority under both U.S. and U.N. law, President Obama notified Congress that he has ordered  more airstrikes in Iraq and, for the first time, dropped bombs and fired missiles into Syria against ISIS and another terrorist group. We will have to wait for Congress to return … Continue reading U.S. Bombing of Syria Begins (and so do civilian casualties)