Excessive Military Spending Crushes the American Dream

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Randy Shaw: Tax Day has passed with little attention to the chief reason U.S. students are overwhelmed by debt, millions are homeless, children go to bed hungry and our public transit infrastructure is being destroyed — the allocation of half of every discretionary dollar to the military.

That’s Where the Money Goes

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Lawrence Wittner: Although studies have found that the United States ranks 17th among nations in education, 26th in infant mortality, and 37th in life expectancy and overall health, there is no doubt that it ranks first when it comes to war.

Henry Kissinger’s Secret Trip to China

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Ted Vaill: How many positive, earthshaking events can you name? Henry Kissinger’s secret trip to Beijing in 1971 that led to President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972 and the thawing of relations between these two superpowers has to be one,

Ten Years After

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Tom Degan: On Saturday, December 30, 2006, Saddam Hussein was hanged for his crimes against humanity. On Tuesday, April 2, 2013, George Walker Bush, Richard Bruce Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld live in comfortable retirement. Isn’t life strange?

Iraq: A Ten-Year Anniversary We’d Rather Forget

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Joseph Palermo: And after throwing away so many lives and so much money we’re now being told (by many of the same people who sold us the Iraq War) that we have no resources left to ensure that our children get a good education, or that our elderly can retire in dignity, or our poor people are given hope for a better future.

Barack in Blunderland: The Carrollian Surveillance State

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Lauren Windsor: Why wasn’t there more support for our Constitutional rights from senators from BOTH sides of the aisle? Civil liberties should be a non-partisan issue. The erosion of rights to privacy, probable cause, due process, and trial by jury did not begin with President Obama, but he has done little to abate it.

Coming Home Again

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Dick Price: I have thought, at least at times, that my life has been better for having served in combat in Vietnam, that what I learned about myself eventually made me a better person, clearer about what to believe and what not to believe, surer about my own moral compass. But what if the luck of the draw had gone the other way?

Military-Industrial Marx Brothers

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JP Sotille: Thanks to drones, these may be “limited engagements,” but rest assured that Duck and Cover Soup will open in more theaters, even if it doesn’t turn out to be a big hit in current screenings.

War Is a Dirty Business

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William Astore: War should never be debated in the abstract; it’s only at our own peril when we reduce it to mindless entertainment. We must always remember how hideous the face of war can be, and how pitiless it is to those caught in its path of destruction.

Kerry, Hagel: Vietnam, Iraq

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Joe Palermo: Kerry and Hagel (like Colin Powell) missed their historical moment. Had they opposed Bush’s war they might have made a difference. Now perhaps they can use their cabinet posts to implement a policy or two of atonement.

Washington War-Makers in a Bunker, Not a Bubble

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Norman Solomon: Without an honest reckoning of what did and didn’t happen in the lead-up to the Iraq war, a pernicious message comes across: of course we stuck it out and followed orders, we had private doubts but fulfilled our responsibilities to maintain public support for the war.

A Decade of Droning

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John Peeler: We urgently need, as a society, to figure out how to contain the president’s war powers without crippling the president’s ability to defend us. When we finally decide that the most urgent threat comes precisely from the president, will it be too late?

The Hagel Hearings

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Nick Turse: Chuck Hagel’s views on the Vietnam War underwent a fundamental shift following the release of audio tapes of President Lyndon Johnson admitting, in 1964, that the war was unwinnable. That “cold political calculation” caused Hagel to vow that he would “never, ever remain silent when that kind of thinking put more American lives at risk in any conflict.”

Vietnam Between China and the U.S.

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Tom Hayden: The Vietnamese call China “the enemy brother” and, while seeking to avoid a Cold War-style alliance with the US, are exploring the Obama administration’s “Pacific pivot” as a possible balance against China.

King: I Have a Dream. Obama: I Have a Drone.

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Norman Solomon: After his Inaugural speech in January 2009, Obama has pursued policies that epitomize King’s grim warning in 1967: “When scientific power outruns moral power, we end up with guided missiles and misguided men.”

How Is Gun Control Like Arms Control?

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Lawrence Wittner: Even if one leaves aside the difficulty of distinguishing between “good” and “bad” people, there is copious evidence indicating that, all other things being equal, the more access people have to weapons, the more likely they are to use them.

Nukes Don’t Kill People, People Kill People

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Johnny Townsend: We’re riveted to our televisions when we see a schoolroom full of children shot to death. We cry and bemoan the sad state of the world. But then we go about our business and don’t do anything to prevent the next horrific tragedy.

The Other NRA

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JP Sottile: Unlike the NRA, the Military-Idustrial Complex isn’t limited to just spending money on lobbyists and advertisements and voting guides.

Begun the Drone Wars Have

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Joseph Palermo: We need to put the pressure on the Obama administration to reel in the drone program and put the United States on the side of common decency in calling for a United Nations-brokered ban on these pernicious weapons.

Broadwell Defended Petraeus’ Village Destruction Policy

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Gareth Porter: [dc]P[/dc]aula Broadwell, whose affair with Gen. David Petraeus brought his career to a sudden end last week, had sought to help defend his decision in 2010 to allow village destruction in Afghanistan that not only violated his own previous guidance but the international laws of war.