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.

Could Fracking Release Radiation from Old Nuclear Tests?

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Scott Kaufman: A Cold War-era plan to help the United States achieve greater energy independence is once again raising environmental red flags as this country continues to seek means of avoiding overreliance on foreign sources of fuel.

From Moon Landings to the F-22: How War Profiteering Dulled American’s Technical Edge

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Tom Hall: If Lockheed Martin had been building boats at the time, the Pilgrims would never have reached Plymoth Rock on the Mayflower.

In Memory of the GOP

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Tom Degan: It’s interesting to speculate what Lincoln and Roosevelt would make of their party today. It’s not much of a stretch to say that the both of them would be just a tad dismayed to see that it has been overtaken by half-wits and crazy people.

How the Military and the Civilian Are Blurring in Washington

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William Astore: Until Americans turn away from militarism and learn again how to “support our Constitution” more than our troops, until we return to a broader vision of national security that deemphasizes a garrison mentality, we will continue to wound, perhaps mortally, a once great republic.

America’s “Shoot ‘Em Up, Lock ‘Em Up” Mentality Is Its Undoing

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David Love: The land of the free is home to only 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. And we spend more than all nations combined on “defense”. We are addicted to shooting em up or locking em up. But we can’t provide healthcare to all.

Who Says Republicans Have No New Ideas?

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Robert Reich: Republicans haven’t come up with a single new idea in almost 60 years. Herbert Hoover was the last Republican president to introduce a new Republican theme back in 1952 at the Republican National Convention. Since then they’ve repeated the message. Of course, Herbert Hoover, you may remember, didn’t have a sterling record when it came to the economy. As president, he presided over the Great Crash of 1929 and ushered in the Great Depression.

Obama Ignored the Elephant in the Room

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Robert Reich: Obama’s failure to address the decoupling of American corporate profits from American jobs, and explain specifically what he’ll do to get jobs back, not only risks making his grand plans for reviving the nation’s “competitiveness” seem somewhat beside the point but also cedes to Republicans the dominant narrative.

Beware the Military-Industrial Complex

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David Greenberg: Eisenhower’s speech itself has come to be romanticized all out of proportion to its merit, and the reasonableness of straightforward critiques of Pentagon spending cannot account for the mad embrace of Eisenhower in recent decades by anti-war leftists and so-called realists.

The Migrant Hotel: Where Deportees Find Shelter in Mexicali

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David Bacon: Last year, almost 400,000 people were deported from the United States. That’s the largest wave of deportations in U.S. history, even larger than the notorious “Operation Wetback” of the 1950s, or the mass deportations during the Great Depression.

The Peace Corps at Fifty

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Tom Hayden: It is time for Obama, and more Americans, to read their Eisenhower and begin again.

Watch “Deficit Hawks” Rush to Defend Pentagon Bloat

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Randy Shaw: The Republican Party and Democratic so-called “deficit hawks” attack any proposed defense cuts as “job killers.” Yet this alliance refused to save the jobs of hundreds of thousands of teachers, and have backed tax and spending policies that have cost the nation millions of jobs in recent years.

A State of Perpetual War

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David Love: If we are to have a perpetual war, it must be a war against injustice and deprivation at home and abroad. We need to get our own house in order, rather than demolish and rebuild other nations that did not invite us there. And as far as the so-called terrorism problem is concerned, maybe we should stay out of other folks’ backyards and it will go away.

How the Vice President Can Serve as the President’s Most Unbiased Adviser

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Biden’s questions may have reflected his misgivings about America’s effort in Afghanistan. But his prodding also demonstrated the unique ability of a vice president to help ensure that presidential decisions are based on a full consideration of competing perspectives.

Obama Trapped Behind Wall of Mideast Containment: It’s the Iranians, Stupid

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In reality, Obama’s troubles are not caused primarily by “the bad guys,” nor by Israel’s supposed power or that of the domestic “Israeli lobby,” nor even, as some critics charge, his own tendency to vacillate. Instead, he’s trapped in the conundrum that’s built into U.S. containment strategy in the Middle East. No matter what other nations do or don’t do, everything that looks like it might be a solution only turns out to create new problems.

The Costs of War: Missing in Action

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Social workers invariably cite values such as social justice, inclusiveness, and respect for self-determination when advocating for domestic needs such as health care and other issues. What is missing from the agenda is an effort to address the costs of war that rob domestic programs of their full potential.

Testatments: Dwight D. Eisenhower

by John Peeler – This week, John Peeler presents “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. Dwight D. Eisenhower I never seemed political, as Marshall was, for FDR and Truman. The Democrats wanted [...]

Funeral for “McCain-Palin Socialism”

Reagan’s America is dead. If not dead, it lies fallen on a US economy near ruin. The recent collapse of several financial giants and the extreme concentration of wealth in a few hands have reached levels unmatched since the 1930s Great Depression Era. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, who witnessed firsthand the Great Depression, [...]

The Piratization of the United States

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Privateers from the 16th to the 19th centuries, were private warships authorized by a country with ‘letters of marque’ to piratize foreign ships. It actually was state-supported piracy. “Argh,” was the pirates cry. Today’s U.S. Ship of State has been Roved, piratized, propagandized, neoconned, and corpratized. Their cry: “Money is power and power is money.” [...]

Voter Suppression Is the GOP Bottom Li(n)e

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Is it preposterous or inconceivable that the Republican dirty tricks machine suppressed five to ten million votes in recent national elections? Nobody knows except maybe the Rove/Poindexter data system. When the corporatist media sometimes mentions Republican ‘dirty tricks,’ the inference is their machinations are benign and not to be regarded as a serious matter. The [...]

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