Murray Polner: Would the US actually go to war over Spratly’s islets and freedom of navigation in a distant sea?
Murray Polner: Be wary of our many right, center and left hawks that are willing to send your son or daughter to war while their own dwell in safety.
Murray Polner: Putin has challenged the US, which since the end of WWII, has believed—with virtually no dissent at home—that the Middle East is its exclusive playing field.
Murray Polner: Hey, world, American weapons are available for (nearly) everyone while triggering a new American-inspired Middle Eastern arms race.
Murray Polner: At a distance of seventy years, FDR, a flawed and complex giant and still somewhat inscrutable to those who write about him, remains a striking and extraordinary giant among all our presidents, as “Man of Destiny” makes clear.
Murray Polner: In addition to the fabrications and fantasies concocted by PM Netanyahu’s Israel and endlessly repeated by his followers, it is that for the first time in memory a foreign country–Israel—is publicly fighting an American president’s foreign policy on American soil.
Murray Polner: When he entered the White House the country was still bitterly separated by class, race, and Vietnam. He made no effort to heal the divides because he had never been a healer or unifier but was instead possessed by a desperate need to win at all costs.
Murray Polner: Obama was going to be different, or so we hoped. The hundreds of thousands who joyously hailed him in Grant Park and the 1.5 million who turned out for his first inauguration were ecstatic with anticipation. The policies of the past were dead and gone. Or so we innocents thought.
Murray Polner: In Washington, the center of an empire awash with bribers and piles of money, few skeptical pundits, special interests, greed and opportunities galore, not many want to jeopardize their careers by fretting publicly about the exiled Snowden or Chelsea Manning’s draconian prison sentence.
Murray Polner: So, Good Luck, Sherry Chen, dealing with a presidential administration which will leave as one of its legacies an unprecedented number of prosecuted leakers and whistleblowers.
American Exceptionalism Forever
Murray Polner: William Pfaff’s death is nothing less than a serious loss to the shrinking number of American daily newspaper columnists who question and contest American Exceptionalism and its “unnecessary and unwinnable” wars.
Murray Polner: On this Mother’s Day, we could use more anger and dissenting voices of many more women of all political stripes to protest the needless and cruel sacrifice of their sons, daughters, wives and husbands as cannon fodder