WJ Astore: It’s infuriating how men like Bannon attempt to squelch criticism of the president by hiding behind the troops.
WJ Astore: There was a time when Americans were proud of having a small standing military. There was a time when Americans were proud of protesting arms sales around the world by “merchants of death.” Those days ended with the Cold War.
WJ Astore: When it comes to the NFL, Trump should be flagged and ejected for unnecessary roughness.
WJ Astore: I’ve always liked Christ’s teachings on praying to God in private, rather than standing on a street corner and shouting your beliefs to the masses.
WJ Astore: What’s disconcerting in the U.S. media is the emphasis on the war as an American tragedy, when it was truly a horrific tragedy inflicted upon the peoples of Southeast Asia (Vietnamese, Laotians, Cambodians).
WJ Astore: President Trump is a different man. “His” generals have brought him under control. Criticism of the F-35 has gone away.
W.J. Astore: It’s piss-poor reasoning to argue that, because a lot of people have sacrificed and died in a war, the war should continue (with more people dying) to justify those previous sacrifices.
WJ Astore: For me, statues and monuments are a stimulus for reflection as well as education. Who was that guy on a horse? Why is he being honored? And what does that decision tell us about who we were and are as a people?
WJ Astore: Put simply, in American society it’s easier for a man to be almost anything than for a woman to be almost anything. Society “tells” women what is appropriate for their gender far more than it dictates to men.
W.J. Astore: Lifelong military officers favor military solutions to problems. That’s precisely why you want civilians to control them, and to counterbalance their military advice.
William J. Astore: A man of Trump’s vanity and impetuosity — a man of raging grievances who lives in his own reality of alternative facts — is hardly a reassuring figure to have at the top of America’s “fire and fury” nuclear arsenal.
W.J. Astore: The nationalist succeeds in constructing his own “reality,” a twisted version of alternative facts, an unthinking construct, a remorseless world without pity and compassion for others.
WJ Astore: Trump is more skeptical of the Afghan war than NBC News and its team of “starry” experts. Advantage, Trump.