Stories by John Tirman

John Tirman is executive director of MIT's Center for International Studies. His new book, "The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America's Wars," was released July 7, 2011 by Oxford Press. subscribe to John Tirman's feed

Posted on: Dec 29, 2016, Source: Huffington Post

The worldview of Trump and those he’s bringing into government is one in which seeking private interest is paramount.

Posted on: Jun 13, 2014, Source: MIT Center for International Studies

The root of this foreign policy fiasco was the U.S.'s heavy reliance on military solutions.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Even failure in war is more acceptable than culpability for large numbers of civilian casualties.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Iran is no existential threat. Israel should look in the mirror to find out what is.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The U.S. military presence in Iraq was marked by the callous American attitude toward civilians, and the thorough lack of accountability in the military justice system.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Most Americans turn a blind eye to the violent acts being carried out in their name.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2010, Source: AlterNet

For all their value, the newly leaked documents will, unfortunately, reinforce the inaccurate lower estimates of Iraqi mortality.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2009, Source: The Nation

Now that Bush is gone, perhaps we can honestly face the damage we have wrought and the responsibilities we must accept from it.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2008, Source: MIT Center for International Studies

Obama will have to recover and renew the distinctly liberal principles and values embedded in the liberal internationalist tradition.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The warmongers who got us into Iraq are blaming everyone but themselves for the humanitarian disaster they created.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2007, Source: MIT Center for International Studies

With troubles for the U.S. global position mounting, it is easy to say that the foreign policy process is not working well. But what are the sources of trouble, and how readily can they be fixed?

Posted on: May 25, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The hard right in the U.S. has tried to exploit the arrest of Middle East scholar Haleh Esfandiari to create a reason for America's conservatives to attack Iran.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2007, Source: AlterNet

In the face of severe contempt and intimidation, a sizable number of Americans saw the charade for what it was and rued the oncoming disaster of war.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2007, Source: MIT Center for International Studies

The White House has always had a regional strategy to call on neighbors for help with the Iraq war, but that strategy -- like Iraq itself -- is in complete disrepair.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The distortions about the violence in Iraq persist even as the mayhem increases. Here are ten of the worst myths being spread in the media.

Posted on: Oct 11, 2006, Source: AlterNet

A researcher associated with a brand new mortality study is blunt to critics: 'Its accuracy is not an issue ... those who publicly dismiss the findings must offer an alternative.'

Posted on: Aug 14, 2006, Source: AlterNet

From the lack of body counts in Iraq, to drug wars to torture, the United States is making the world a worse place to live in.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The foiled bomb plot in the UK offers us and the Bush administration some pointers about the true nature of terrorism and its causes.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2006, Source: AlterNet

In the years since 9/11, our government's rabid fear of terrorists has led to cruel, disproportionate and foolish policies.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The Bush administration's comparison of the 'war on terror' to America's battle against totalitarianism falls wide of the mark.