CounterPunch Op-Ed

Mel Goodman is the national security columnist for counterpunch.org.

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Afghanistan: the Miserable Performance Of The Mainstream Media

America’s 20-year misadventure in Afghanistan is finally over.  The original purpose of our use of force, to destroy al-Qaeda after September 11, was legitimate.  Our goal evolved, however, into a misguided, neocolonialist attempt to impose a Western form of government on a tribal society.

UKRAINE: THE KEY TO UNLOCKING THE RUSSIAN-AMERICAN STALEMATE

Alexander Vindman, the former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, provided testimony to the Congress in 2019 that framed the charge of abuse of power in the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump.  In doing so, Vindman displayed a political courage that is far different from courage on the battlefield.  He is an American hero on various levels.  Nevertheless, his policy positions on Ukraine, if adopted, would pose a danger to U.S. national security policy, risking an unnecessary confrontation with Russia and a divided transatlantic alliance.

Containing the National Security State

Containing the National Security State