Do Wars Really Defend America’s Freedom?

Defending American Freedom

Lawrence Wittner: U.S. politicians and pundits are fond of saying that America’s wars have defended America’s freedom. But the historical record doesn’t bear out this contention. In fact, over the past century, U.S. wars have triggered major encroachments upon civil liberties.

Where Exceptionalism Inevitably Leads

Where Exceptionalism Leads

Tom Hall: Seventy years ago, the hubris of generals and politicians pushed us into operation Market Garden and into the Battle of the Bulge, battles born of our preference for self-adulation over accurate analysis. Today, our leaders in Congress are promising to undertake the same decisions, with an eagerness to sacrifice the same young soldiers.

The Fallen: Armistice Day, 2014

Armistice Day Celebrations

Rich Broderich: Though green American troops fought bravely and suffered appalling losses owing in large part to lack of experienced leadership in trench warfare, it was the Spanish Flu, which did not originate in Spain at all but right here in the U.S.A., that led to the Central Power’s submission.

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.

Thoughts on Passing the Statue of Liberty

statue of liberty weeping

Ken Wolf: I can imagine Lady Liberty wincing at our mistaken view of liberty that prompted those wars and the arrogant Jingoism that still flourishes as we try to extract ourselves from them.

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.

Stop the Killing

Stop Iraq War

Kathy Kelly: The Islamic State is the echo of the last war the U.S. waged in Iraq, the so-called “Shock and Awe” bombing and invasion. The emergency is not the Islamic State but war.

Al Franken, The Liberal’s Darling

Liberal Al Franken

Bill Blum: A year after the US invasion in 2003, Franken criticized the Bush administration because they “failed to send enough troops to do the job right.”

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?

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