03 Mar 2015

The Elephant in Congress: Netanyahu’s Own Nukes

It’s astonishing that in the breathless run-up to Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s appearance before a joint session of the U.S. Congress to warn of a nuclear-armed Iran, no one—politicians, editorial writers, media pundits—point out that there already is a nuclear power in the Middle East—Netanyahu’s Israel. Estimates are that

10 Feb 2015


Nothing sets off the media as much as a good scandal within its own ranks. Take the current brouhaha over NBC News anchor Brian Williams claiming to have been on a U.S. helicopter shot down over Iraq in 2003, when, in fact, he was in another chopper, which arrived unscathed

20 Dec 2014

Mr. Turner: Movies Butchering History

This is the scene: The housekeeper, in her fifties or sixties, is fully clothed in a long dark Victorian dress and bonnet. She has her back to the camera, perhaps dusting. In strides a heavy, hulk of a man: a coarse, fleshy face, his straw-like hair askew. He scowls at

17 Dec 2014

CIA’s 50 Years of Torture: Nothing will Change

The U.S. Senate’s shocking report on CIA torture during the George W. Bush administration’s War on Terror has provoked a storm of outrage, and calls for at least some form of punishment of those responsible. It’s unlikely those calls will ever be heeded. The fact is that the CIA under

01 Aug 2014

A Secret Memo from the Israel Defense Forces to Bibi Netanyahu

A fictitious communiqué provoked by the very real horrors of Gaza. From: Israel Defense Forces Special Gaza Group To: P.M. (eyes only) Date: August 1, 2014 Gaza: Removing the Fish from the Sea. Following your request of July 25, we believe we have an answer for Israel’s problem with Hamas.

23 Jul 2014

OK Wise Guy, So, what would you do about Hamas?

“If  I was an Arab leader I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal, we took their land. It is true that God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but

02 Jun 2014

Known Knowns, Part 2: Shinseki Revisited

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know. — Donald Rumsfeld, February 2002 I concluded

02 Jun 2014

Known Knowns: Part 1

There is a certain ironic symmetry in the resignation of General Eric Shinseki as Secretary of Veterans Affairs—the final act of a personal tragedy, perhaps not Shakespearean but pathetic nonetheless. Shinseki was forced to quit because of outrage over reports that the sprawling Veterans Administration he oversaw was appallingly inefficient

08 Mar 2014

Saudis Bankrolling Israel’s Mossad: More confirmation?

In October 12, 2012, I speculated there was a strong likelihood that Saudi Arabia was bankrolling Israel’s Mossad. Those funds paid for, among other things, the assassinations of several of Iran’s top nuclear experts over the past couple of years. That cooperation was, I wrote, the latest bizarre development in a

17 Jan 2014

Israel’s most closely-guarded secret. Another excerpt from “The Watchman’s File”

I invite you to read the latest excerpt from my mystery, “The Watchman’s File,” specially featured on Amazon’s Kindle again this week. It’s the gripping tale of an American TV reporter, Ed Diamond, as he risks his life to to unravel Israel’s most closely-guarded secret. (It’s not the bomb) To