I’m an atheist. I don’t believe in the reality of gods, literally or metaphorically. Nonetheless, I find religions interesting in the way that they play with ideas, and am interested exploring the ideas that the gods proposed by religious groups represent.
My starting point in these explorations is the understanding that not all gods are […]
So far, Congress has introduced a resolution for National Preparedness Month in time for people to prepare only once. All the other times, Congress was unready. As of today, September 7, no congressional resolution for 2014 recognizing September as National Preparedness Month has yet been introduced at all. […]
When George W. Bush responded to Iraqi rebel leaders who were attacking American soldiers by telling them to, “Bring ‘em on”, it was a sign that Bush’s war in Iraq had swerved into reckless aggression without a plan.
Today, the American have been given another ssign, this time that the Obama Administration is taking our […]
The re-escalation of American military involvement continues, as Barack Obama has announced that 350 more American soldiers will be sent to Iraq. Their mission is to protect Americans already in Iraq. Of course, these soldiers provide Iraqis angry about the long American military occupation of their country with 350 more targets to aim for. Any […]
The motivation behind this part of Obama’s speech seems to be to discourage anti-Islamic hatred in the United States. That motivation is laudable, but the execution in sloppy, and thus undermines itself. There’s no need to assert historical and theological absurdities in order to urge a mood of toleration among members of different religions here in the United States. […]
Americans have spent much of 2014 in outrage at the way that Russian military forces have interfered in Ukraine’s civil war.
Now, Americans have sent their own military to Iraq to interfere in Iraq’s civil war.
What’s the difference?
Peter Baker in the New York Times writes, “If Mr. Putin ultimately decides to send […]
President Obama announced last night that the United States of America will be taking part in the civil war in Iraq on the side of Shiite combatants. American involvement in the Iraqi civil war will begin with bombings of Sunni combatants.
The American military has been in Iraq since 1990 – that’s 24 years. In […]
The 40 U.S. representatives who voted against this resolution were in essence voting to allow Barack Obama, or any future president, to send the American military off to fight in Iraq all over again – even if the American people are opposed. […]
Just whose hands does the World Workers Party want on Iraq, Syria and Ukraine? Are they okay with Iranian hands being on Iraq? Will they accept Russian hands on Ukraine? What about Al Quaida hands on Syria? […]
Yesterday on Capitol Hill, U.S. Representative James Himes gave an important speech in which he called for his colleagues to oppose a renewal of U.S. military involvement in civil war in Iraq. “Colleagues,” he said, “let us not expend one more dollar or one more life on military activity that is not in the clear […]
Yesterday, I wrote about the vote by 44 congressional Democrats, including the chair of the Democratic National Committee, to stop efforts to block funding for new American military involvement in war in Iraq. These Democrats voted to support efforts to get the USA involved in yet another Iraqi war.
However, these Democrats weren’t the only […]