William Blum

William Blum
BFP Contributing Author & Analyst

William Blum is a historian and critic of U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military & CIA Interventions Since World War II. He has described his life’s mission as: “If not ending, at least slowing down the American Empire. At least injuring the beast. It’s causing so much suffering around the world.” Visit his website here.

Murdering journalists … Them and Us: The West & the Real Origin of Islamic Fundamentalism

The West’s weapons of choice in the Middle East- Bombs, Invasions, Overthrows, Torture & Drone Attacks After Paris, condemnation of religious fanaticism is at its height. I’d guess that even many progressives fantasize about wringing the necks of jihadists, bashing into their heads some thoughts about the intellect, about satire, humor, freedom of speech. We’re […]

American Exceptionalism and American Torture

Do Americans and the world need yet another reminder that the United States is a leading practitioner of torture? In 1964, the Brazilian military, in a US-designed coup, overthrew a liberal (not more to the left than that) government and proceeded to rule with an iron fist for the next 21 years. In 1979 the […]

Russia Invades Ukraine. Again. And Again. And Yet Again … Using Saddam’s WMD!

The burden of proof is on the accusers, and the world is still waiting “Russia reinforced what Western and Ukrainian officials described as a stealth invasion on Wednesday [August 27], sending armored troops across the border as it expanded the conflict to a new section of Ukrainian territory. The latest incursion, which Ukraine’s military said […]

The Russians Are Coming … Again … and They’re Still Ten Feet Tall!!

So, what do we have here? In Libya, in Syria, and elsewhere the United States has been on the same side as the al-Qaeda types. But not in Ukraine. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in Ukraine the United States is on the same side as the neo-Nazi types, who – taking […]

Obama & Indoctrinating a New Generation

Another Symptom of the Banana-Republicization of America Is there anyone out there who still believes that Barack Obama, when he’s speaking about American foreign policy, is capable of being anything like an honest man? In a March 26 talk in Belgium to “European youth”, the president fed his audience one falsehood, half-truth, blatant omission, or […]

What century are we living in? What millennium? What world?

“At last the world knows America as the savior of the world!” – President Woodrow Wilson, Paris Peace Conference, 1919 The horrors reported each day from Syria and Iraq are enough to make one cry; in particular, the atrocities carried out by the al-Qaeda types: floggings; beheadings; playing soccer with the heads; cutting open dead […]

Getting Your History from Hollywood

Imagine a documentary film about the Holocaust which makes no mention of Nazi Germany. Imagine a documentary film about the 1965-66 slaughter of as many as a million “communists” in Indonesia which makes no mention of the key role in the killing played by the United States. But there’s no need to imagine it. It’s […]

Let’s Not Repeat the Barack Fuckup with Hillary

Did You Know: George Soros Is Delighted to Join More Than One Million Americans in Supporting Ready for Hillary Not that it really matters who the Democrats nominate for the presidency in 2016. Whoever that politically regressive and morally bankrupt party chooses will be at best an uninspired and uninspiring centrist; in European terms a […]

The War on Terrorism … or Whatever

Being on the Same Side as al Qaeda on Repeated Occasions before Syria “U.S. hopes of winning more influence over Syria’s divided rebel movement faded Wednesday after 11 of the biggest armed factions repudiated the Western-backed political opposition coalition and announced the formation of an alliance dedicated to creating an Islamist state. The al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat […]

Found at Last: After Searching for 10 Years, the Iraqi WMD Have Finally Been Found – in Syria!

The World Might Be Finally Losing the Stars in Their Eyes About US Foreign Policy Secretary of State John Kerry: “There is no doubt that Saddam al-Assad has crossed the red line. … Sorry, did I just say ‘Saddam’?” A US drone has just taken a photo of Mullah Omar riding on a motorcycle through […]

That Most Charming of Couples: Nationalism and Hypocrisy

“Unlimited power in the hands of psychopaths- My own country truly scares me.” By William Blum It’s not easy being a flag-waving American nationalist. In addition to having to deal with the usual disillusion, anger, and scorn from around the world incited by Washington’s endless bombings and endless wars, the nationalist is assaulted by whistle […]

The Leading Whistleblower of All Time: Philip Agee

“There’s no former CIA officer more hated by members of the intelligence establishment than Agee; no one’s even close” Before there was Edward Snowden, William Binney and Thomas Drake … before there was Bradley Manning, Sibel Edmonds and Jesselyn Radack … there was Philip Agee. What Agee revealed is still the most startling and important […]

Iran: A Modest Proposal- The Sanctions of Mass Destruction!

“Iran’s basketizing has begun with draconian sanctions, the way the basketizing of Iraq began.” Washington’s sanctions against Iran are a wonder to behold, seriously hampering Tehran’s ability to conduct international commerce, make payments, receive money, import, export, invest, travel … you name the hardship and the United States is trying to impose it on the […]

The Latest Threats to Life as We Know It

“American sovereignty hasn’t faced a legitimate foreign threat to its existence since the British in 1812.” Last month numerous foreign-policy commentators marked the tenth anniversary of the fateful American bombing and invasion of Iraq. Those who condemned the appalling devastation of the Iraqi people and their society emphasized that it had all been a terrible […]

Syria, the Story Thus Far

“Today, many Americans are asking — indeed I ask myself,” Hillary Clinton said, “how can this happen? How can this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction? This question reflects just how complicated, and at times, how confounding the world can be.” The Secretary of State was […]