Hungary Then, Syria Now: The Wisdom of Avoiding War

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Tom Hall: There is some humor in watching Tea Bag Republican politicians fall all over themselves to condemn President Obama for refusing to commit the U.S. to jump into a civil war on the side currently dominated by al Qaeda and Hamas fighters.

Iraq Makes Request for WMDs

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Tina Dupuy: Now if arming a Middle Eastern country with a solid history of sectarian violence sounds vaguely familiar and like an acutely bad idea—it’s because we’ve done it before.

Bashing “Isolationists” While at War in the World

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Andrew Bacevich: Americans should beware those who conjure up phony warnings of a “new isolationism” to advance a particular agenda.

Pakistan Drone Story Ignored Military Opposition to Strikes

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Gareth Porter: Pakistani military leadership had turned decisively against the drone war for years and has been strongly pressing in meetings with U.S. officials that Pakistan be given a veto over targeting.

The Business of America Is War

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William Astore: If patriotism is famously the last refuge of the scoundrel, it’s also the first recourse of those seeking to mobilize customers for the latest bloodletting exercise in combat as commerce.

Not Your Parents’ Peace Movement

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Rebecca Griffin: With a few clicks of a mouse, you can see every vote your representatives have taken on everything from wasting billions of dollars on missile defense to throwing up roadblocks to closing Guantanamo Bay.

We Lost Our Humanity in Vietnam

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William Astore: In a war in which commanding generals rewarded American troops for generating high enemy body count and punished those “slackers” who didn’t kill enough of the enemy, small wonder that Vietnam became an American killing field and a breeding ground for atrocity.

Here Comes the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, Dragging a Broken Moral Compass

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Norman Solomon: The prize remains the most prestigious in the world. But the award has fallen into an evasive pattern, ignoring the USA’s continuous “war on terror” and even giving it tacit support.

Syria War Wariness Should Remain

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Ivan Eland: Although such a strike would have bad repercussions for the United States in the Middle East region and violate international law, at least Obama went against the Korean War precedent to reconnect with the founders.

Eliminating Nuclear Weapons Just as Important as Eliminating Chemical Weapons

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Lawrence Wittner: Not only have nuclear disarmament negotiations between the United States and Russia apparently run aground, but none of the nuclear powers seems to take the rhetoric about a nuclear weapons-free world seriously.

Mobilizing for War, Not Jobs

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Carl Bloice: What if the White House had, at any point over the past four or so years, mobilized the full force it now deploys for permission to bomb Syria on behalf of a measure to deal with the tenacious joblessness and growing economic insecurity we see around us every day?”

Angelenos Say “No War On Syria”

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Ed Rampell: Despite their diverse opinions, all of the demonstrators seemed to agree that hitting a hornet’s next with a stick woud not only not bring about peace, but will only worsen the situation.

When In Doubt, Say “Hitler”

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JP Sotille: Faced with sparse domestic and international support for launching expensive cruise missiles into the middle of a civil war, Kerry re-booted the Hitler franchise by comparing Syria’s Bashar al-Assad to history’s first name in unchecked evil.

10 Reasons Why the US Needs an Intervention in the US!

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Gary Corseri: They are winding up their war toys once again; these old, perverted men who hate the young. If hypocrisy were a syrup, their snouts and mouths would drool it.

Is Obama Walking Into An Impeachment Trap?

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Kevin Zeese: He began his presidency prematurely winning the Nobel Peace Prize and could end it being impeached for starting an illegal war without congressional or UN approval – violating both domestic and international law.

If the British Can Stop Their Government From Waging War in Syria, Why Can’t We?

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Joseph Palermo: Today, once again, it feels like we’re being herded into supporting a military action in Syria that will end up, like the Iraq War, making the world an even more dangerous place than it is now. Then, as now, we see influential journalists tripping over themselves to fall into line.

In Rush to Strike Syria, US Tried to Derail UN Probe

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Gareth Porter: The real reason for the Obama administration’s hostility toward the U.N. investigation appears to be the fear that the Syrian government’s decision to allow the team access to the area indicates that it knows that U.N. investigators will not find evidence of a nerve gas attack.

Clinging to Mass Violence

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Lawrence Wittner: Is the human race determined to snuff itself out through mass violence? There are many signs that it is.

Oiling the War Machinery, From Oslo to Heathrow to Washington

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Norman Solomon: Normalizing endless war and shameless surveillance, Uncle Sam and Big Brother are no longer just close. They’re the same, with a vast global reach.

Obama: Fool Me Thrice, Shame on Whom?

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Mary L. G. Theroux: There have been more than 300 drone strikes in Pakistan under President Obama—more than six times as under President Bush—killing hundreds of civilians, 64 children, and four Americans.

Army Teaches Wrong Lesson in Nation’s High Schools

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Pat Elder: Historical evidence, statements by military leaders of the era show JROTC version of Hiroshima is misleading.

It Takes Two Clintons to Destroy a Village

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John Marciano: Amidst the adulation for the Clintons, can admirers imagine the anguish of Afghani, Bosnian, Iraqi, Pakistani, Serbian, Somali, Sudanese and Yemeni parents whose children that have been killed as a result of decisions the Clintons have made as public officials?

How You (and Obama) Can Close Guantanamo

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Medea Benjamin: With over 100 of the 166 remaining prisoners on a hunger strike and over 40 being brutally force-fed, great hopes are being placed on Mr. Sloan to break the impasse.

In Praise of Drone Strikes

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Kahar Zalmay: I submit that the difference between a predator Taliban and a Predator drone is that the latter does not intentionally target innocent people, but terrorists who kidnap children and strap them into suicide vests do purposefully target unarmed civilians.

Behind Pakistan’s Iron Curtain

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Melissa Roddy: Clinging to the simplistic Vietnam era mind-set, where ere goes the U.S. military, misery follows — anti-drone activists fail to comprehend the ground reality of their impassioned “Troops Out — Stop the Drones” mission.

Obama’s New Restricted War on Terror Unlikely to Last

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Ivan Eland: Even if drone strikes are eventually transferred from the CIA to the Pentagon, it may be important only in the minds of Washington’s politicians and bureaucrats, rather than effecting the implied improvement in transparency.

Our Twisted Politics of Grief

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Norman Solomon: Many people in the United States don’t agree with a foreign policy that glories in use of drones, cruise missiles and the like, but such disagreement is in a distinct minority.

Original Memorial Day Started by Former Slaves

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Memorial Day began as “Decoration Day” in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. Civil War. It was a tradition initiated by former slaves to celebrate emancipation and commemorate those who died for that cause.

No 9/11, No Need for Drones

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Berry Craig: Count me among supporters of drones or any other weapon authorized by any president that kills the enemy without endangering the lives and limbs of our fighting service men and women.

Should the Law Governing the War on Terror Be Changed?

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Ivan Eland: Unfortunately, even if the law is not changed, civil liberties groups already have a perpetual war on their hands–despite the decimation of the main al Qaeda group.

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