WJ Astore: “Not winning” means we’re losing, yet how likely is it that the U.S. military, effectively under the command of retired General Mattis, is going to shift gears completely and withdraw?
Trump reminds me of the spoiled kid in the famous “Twilight Zone” episode, “It’s A Good Life.”
In this age of Trump, a sense of history has rarely been more important. We have to fight for the richness, the complexity, as well as the accuracy of our history and our language.
In military affairs, America is especially prone to putting its faith in weapons. The problem is that often weaponry is either less important than one thinks, or seductive in its promise.
Just what we need: More military shows featuring SEALs and helicopter pilots and covert operatives, killing various bad guys in the name of democracy and righteousness.
Why do we need 800 overseas bases? Our aircraft carriers are basically mobile American bases, and much of our weaponry obviates the need for physical bases in foreign lands.
It’s unclear if any crimes were committed here. What is clear is that Trump is a poor manager of himself as well as his staff.
Trump loved MOAB precisely because Obama didn’t use it. To Trump, MOAB was a sort of penis extender and a big middle finger all-in-one. Virility and vulgarity.
Too often, Americans believe they’re waging a war on terror, forgetting that war itself is terror. That war itself is evil.
Besides committing fresh U.S. Marines to more Afghan security forces “training,” the U.S. military has responded with PR spin.
The U.S. military hasn’t won its recent wars since the wars themselves are unwinnable by U.S. military action. Indeed, U.S. military action only makes them worse.
Most red-blooded NFL fans would be hard-pressed to find Iraq or Afghanistan on a map, but they can tell you all about their team’s draft picks, rattling off statistics such as times in the 40-yard dash, vertical leap, even the size of a player’s hands.
id you know the U.S. has built nearly 70,000 nuclear weapons since 1945? Did you know the U.S. Air Force lost a B-52 and two hydrogen bombs in an accident over North Carolina in 1961, and that one of those H-bombs was a single safety-switch away from exploding with a blast equivalent to three or […]