Essays & Op-Eds


The Federal Agency that Fuels the Opioid CrisisThe New York Times, September 17, 2018

Cove Point Proposal a Bad Deal for Maryland, The Daily Record, April 17, 2014 (pay wall)

No, Fracking Is Not Making the U.S. More Secure, The American Prospect, March 27, 2014

Pipeline or Pipe Bomb? The American Prospect, February 6, 2014

How Federal Judges Use and Abuse the Words of Martin Luther King Jr. in Their Decisions, Alternet, January 14, 2014

Republicans and the Redskins, TomDispatch, January 14, 2014

Reposted under various titles in: Mother Jones, The Nation, Salon, Huffington Post, Alternet, Common Dreams, Truthdig,Truthout, DailyKos, Le Monde Diplomatique, OpEdNews, FireDogLake, GuernicaSmirking Chimp, War in Context, Democratic Underground, Nation of Change, The Unz Review, University of Chicago Accolades and Achievements, and more.

It Doesn’t Take Much: On Almost Getting PTSD In Iraq, TomDispatch, April 16, 2013

Reposted under various titles in: The American Conservative, The Nation, Salon, Mother Jones, Alternet, Huffington Post, Truthout, Asia Times Online, Truthdig, Common Dreams, Daily Kos, ZNet, FireDogLake, Op-Ed News, Smirking Chimp, Countercurrents (India), War in Context, I4U News, Antiwar.Com,, Naked Capitalism, Middle East Online, PTSD Watch, American Contractors in Iraq, and more.

A Post-Iraq Security Consensus? The American Prospect, March 22, 2013

Lockheed Martin’s Herculean Efforts to Profit From Defense Spending: 
The Epic Story of the C-130, TomDispatch, March 10, 2013

Reposted under various titles in: Salon, Huffington Post, The Nation, Mother Jones, Alternet, Common Dreams, Truthout, Truthdig, Daily Kos, Znet, FireDogLake, Guernica Magazine,, Smirking Chimp, Op-Ed News, Naked Capitalism, Digsby’s Hullaballoo, Democratic Underground, War in Context, Pacific Free Press, Military Aircraft Roundup, Silobreaker, Jobs Not Wars, History News Network, Pentagon Budget Campaign, Legal Professional News, Military Industry Today, Le Monde Diplomatique, and more.

A three-part series in The American Prospect on how to create an ideal defense budget:

(1) Protecting the Homeland? So Last Century, February 25, 2013

(2) Threat versus “Threat”, February 26, 2013

(3) Lockheed, Stock, and Barrel, February 27, 2013

Shot by Their Own Men: How the Virginia Senate Inadvertently Predicts Republican Decline, Truthout, January 30, 2013

Breaking the Military’s Brass Ceiling, The American Prospect, January 29, 2013

The Botox Solution: Why the Formerly Grand Old Party Needs to Change and Won’t, TomDispatch, December 13, 2012

Reprinted under various titles in: The Nation, Alternet, Mother Jones, Truthout, Common Dreams, Truthdig, The Huffington Post, War in Context, Znet, Nation of Change, Gorilla Radio Blog, Justice United, Reality Chex, Op-Ed News,, Smirking Chimp, Daily Kos, FireDogLake, American Empire Project, Guernica Magazine, and more.

The Dogs of War Are Barking: Mitt Romney’s Team Wants to Let ‘Em Loose in Iran. TomDispatch, November 4, 2012

Reprinted under various titles in: Salon, The American Conservative, Real Clear World, The Nation, Mother Jones, The Huffington Post, Common Dreams, Truthout, Lobelog, Informed Comment,, War in Context, Middle East Online, Guernica Magazine, Asia Times Online, Foreign Policy in Focus, Al Jazeera English, History News Network,, and many other outlets.

The Last Debate. The American Prospect, October 22, 2012

Of Republicans and Race Cards: Why I Used to Believe That Voter ID Laws Really Were Just Common Sense. TomDispatch, October 14, 2012

Anthologized in two forthcoming books, and reprinted under various titles in: Salon, The Huffington Post, The Nation, Mother JonesCommon Dreams, Alternet, Truthout, The Daily Kos, FireDogLake, Al Jazeera English, Asia Times Online, Nation of Change, BillMoyers.comGuernica Magazine, History News Network, Smirking Chimp, Op-Ed News, Znet, Informed Comment,, War in Context, Berthoud (CO) Recorder, and others.

Putting Mitt’s Footnotes on the Obama Doctrine. The American Prospect, October 9, 2012

The MEK Still Isn’t OK. The American Prospect, September 24, 2012

Mitt Romney on How the Other 47 Percent Lives. The Huffington Post, September 19, 2012

Confessions of a Former Republican. TomDispatch, September 9, 2012

Reprinted under various titles in: Huffington Post, SalonCBS, The American Conservative, The NationMother Jones, AlternetCommon DreamsTruthoutTruthdigThe Daily Kos, Le Monde Diplomatique [English version], Al Jazeera English, The Real News NetworkDrudge Report, War in ContextFireDogLakeMichael Moore.comNation of ChangeSmirking ChimpOpposing Views,, CounterCurrents [India], Op-Ed News, Berthoud (CO) Recorder, and more. (This essay went viral in 2012 and 2015 and has received several hundred thousand distinct page views.)

Playing Defense on the Sequestration Battle. The American Prospect, August 16, 2012. Reprinted in Salon, August 19, 2012

The Cult of MEK. The American Prospect, July 18, 2012

The Iran War Hawks’ Favorite Cult Group and Investigations Begin into MEK Supporters. Salon, March 28, 2012 (published together as Guest Op-Eds)

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