Obama: We Will Go To War For Other Nations’ Petty Territorial Disputes

President Obama, who is in Japan today, has announced that the U.S. defense treaty with Japan applies to the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. Japan and China are in dispute over who has sovereignty over the largely uninhabited island chain in the East China Sea, but Obama’s statement, simultaneously meant to reassure Tokyo and threaten Beijing, made clear that the U.S. […]

Maliki: One of the Wrongest Horses the US Ever Backed

In yet another definitive piece for the New Yorker titled What We Left Behind, Dexter Filkins writes about Iraq today, especially Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who the United States helped install. Many Americans blame Iraqis for killing their fellow citizens simply because they’re of a different sect of Islam. But we need to remember: besides […]

US, Israel Respond Hypocritically to Fatah-Hamas Political Agreement

After seven years of formal separation, the Palestinian parties of Fatah and Hamas have agreed to come together and form a unity government. Since the U.S. and Israel consider Hamas a terrorist group instead of a political party, they both vehemently oppose the agreement. “It is hard to see how Israel can be expected to negotiate […]

Yes, Obama’s Asia Trip Is About Containing China

Over at The Diplomat, Shannon Tiezzi worries that Obama’s trip to Asia this week “will increase perceptions in Beijing that the U.S. seeks to contain China’s rise.” It’s difficult to counter that perception because it happens to be correct. Obama is visiting Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Three of those four countries have formal security […]

In Support of Dictatorship, US to Send Egypt Military Helicopters

The Washington Post reports that the U.S. has decided to “partially resume military aid to Egypt”: The United States has decided to resume delivery of Apache helicopters to Egypt, the Pentagon announced late Tuesday, backtracking on a decision officials made last summer following the country’s military coup and its violent aftermath. The Obama administration opted […]

Court: US Can’t Keep Secret Laws Governing When It Can Assassinate Citizens

“…it would be good to know under what circumstances the White House thinks it can kill Americans without a trial.” If Rip Van Winkle awoke just yesterday, he might be dumbfounded at the above sentence. To Americans in the Obama-era, it is an all too relatable assertion. The sentence comes from The New Yorker‘s Amy […]