Murray Polner

murray-polner-175Murray Polner is a book review editor for HNN.org and was editor of Present Tense, published by the American Jewish Committee from 1973-90. He wrote Rabbi: The American Experience; co-edited (with Stefan Merken) Peace, Justice, and Jews: Reclaiming Our Tradition, as well as No Victory Parades: The Return of the Vietnam Veteran and, with Jim O'Grady, Disarmed & Dangerous, a biography of Daniel and Philip Berrigan. His most recent book is We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing From 1812 to Now, co-authored with Thomas Woods.

Insanity Defined

ideologically-driven wars

Murray Polner: I’m a latter day Diogenes, looking Right, Left and Center and to likes of Posen, Webb, Bacevich, Larison, et.al., for a new way that will save kids now in junior and senior high school from our inevitable and entirely unnecessary and ideologically-driven future wars.

Putin, Putin, Putin, Putin & More Putin

Vladimir Putin

Murray Polner: Our hawks are at it again, never having absorbed the lessons of defeat in Vietnam, Iraq or in today’s unwinnable obsession with the volatile, alien, unmanageable Middle East.

Left and Right Against War

Against War

Murray Polner: Lies, deliberate manipulation of patriotic feelings, scare tactics, a compliant, often indifferent media, and bribery of legislators kept and keeps the war machine oiled and too many decision makers in clover.

Life in Our Scared National Security State

Oak Ridge Break-in

Murray Polner: If obsolete cameras and barbed wire fences could not keep three older people out of the Y-12 National Security Complex, should any independent investigative journalists still left in the Obama Era of Espionage Act Violations not ask why all those pricey weapons?

The Real Civil War

American Civil War

Murray Polner: “The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege” is an enthralling and imaginative presentation. Smith relates a poignant tale of some Union troops in Sherman’s army so emotionally touched by a slave mother being reunited with her daughter—who had been sold years before—and “wept openly” at the sight.

Same Old, Same Old

Dick Cheney Draft Dodger

Murray Polner: Never underestimate Cheney. He’s a shrewd survivor. His vision of an America strong enough to police the world and take on all comers still commands extensive support.

Silent Rabbis

Silent Rabbis

Murray Polner: The truth is the Israel lobby doesn’t speak for the majority of us. We were never “One” as a long-discarded UJA fundraising slogan once went. We’re extremely diverse: Zionist, non-Zionist, anti-Zionist, radical, liberal, conservative, reactionary.

Washington’s War Fever

war fever

Murray Polner: Washington is overflowing with living room heroes who bear no responsibility for the appalling outcomes of the wars they urge on the nation and its presidents.

Doing Business the Same Old Way

US Defending Estonia

Murray Polner: Can you imagine the hysteria and fear mongering in Washington if Putin dared send 200 Russian soldiers to, say, Cuba, Venezuela , Bolivia or Ecuador?

Legless Veteran: A Real War Hero

James Kutcher

Murray Polner: “Legless Veteran” was aimed at three targets: The U.S. Government, opportunistic and scurrilous profiteers of an anti-Red crusade gone mad, and the Communist Party, perhaps because of the longstanding hostility between Stalin and Trotsky.

Former Dodger GM’s Exile from Baseball: Was Justice Done?

Al Campanis

Murray Polner: What was hardest for Campanis was that he had mindlessly squandered what he treasured most in life: authority, companionship, responsibility, the respect of his beloved baseball community.

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