Canadian Dimension: U.S. Spent $5.6 Trillion Killing People in Middle East and Asia: Study

As the U.S. prepares to send more troops to Afghanistan to combat ISIS and the Taliban, and the specter of a war hangs over every tweet the President writes about North Korea, it’s important to remember that the U.S. has been fighting in and bombing several countries in the Middle East and Asia for 16 ...

Canadian Dimension: The Killing of History

One of the most hyped “events” of American television, The Vietnam War, has started on the PBS network. The directors are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Acclaimed for his documentaries on the Civil War, the Great Depression and the history of jazz, Burns says of his Vietnam films, “They will inspire our country to begin ...

Canadian Dimension: Anti-Vietnam War Activists Comment on Burns’ Sentimental Lies About Vietnam

The current PBS series on the war in Vietnam is stirring discussion throughout the country on the U.S. war in Vietnam; the longest war in Afghanistan; and now Donald Trump’s threat to use nuclear weapons to annihilate the people of North Korea. Portside readers have responded to posts about the series in emails and posts ...

Canadian Dimension: D.C.‘s war madness

Illustration by Greg Groesch The past week has been an immensely clarifying — and profoundly demoralizing — one in American politics. It has demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that the country’s foreign policy establishment, along with its leading center-right and center-left politicians and pundits, are hopelessly, perhaps irredeemably, deluded about the role of ...

Canadian Dimension: Why are liberals now cheerleading a warmongering Trump?

Photo by Gage Skidmore In just three months, those who vowed to oppose the president are eating out of his hands. A man who backs torture and castigated his predecessors for not stealing Iraq and Syria’s oil is being rehabilitated by the liberal pundits: as a man of compassion, a man of strength, with the ...

Canadian Dimension: Bolivia UN Envoy on Syria Attack: ‘History Teaches Us’ US Lies to Justify Wars

Photo by the United Nations “Now the U.S. believe that they are investigators, they are attorneys, judges and they are the executioners,” the Bolivian ambassador said. Lambasting the United States’ aggression against Syria, Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations Sacha Llorenti compared the basis for the unilateral move to former U.S. Secretary of State Colin ...

Canadian Dimension: US Military Should Get Out of the Middle East

A coalition force member provides security for Afghan soldiers deploying within Afghanistan on March 4, 2013 • Photo by Sgt. Matthew Freire To examine the political histories of Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Israel-Palestine after 1950, is to observe the United States engaged in the intrigues, wars, CIA-led coups, and military overthrows ...

Canadian Dimension: Interview: Andrew Bacevich on American militarism

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert J. Fluegel The November election of Donald Trump raised serious questions about the direction of US foreign policy. Would the president seek better diplomatic relations with Russia? Would he step up, or deescalate, conflict in the Middle East? How would he handle NATO, the military alliance he ...

Canadian Dimension: Western Aggression: The Highest Form of Terrorism

Photo by Daniel Oines Aggression is arguably the highest form of terrorism as it invariably includes the frightening of the target populations and their leaders as well as killing and destruction on a large scale. The U.S. invaders of Iraq in 2003 proudly announced a “shock and awe” purpose in their opening assault, clearly designed ...

Canadian Dimension: A Disaster Waiting to Happen

Photo by United States Navy According to a 29 April report in The New York Times, leaders from the U.S.-led coalition at war with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will meet in the coming weeks to consider broadening the mission to other countries. At present, the Obama administration is attempting to secure ...