William J. Astore: But what makes people truly secure? How about a living wage, decent health care, and quality education? Affordable housing?
William J. Astore: If the U.S. is now “a nation at war,” when, do tell, will we return to being a nation at peace? If the answer is, “When the last terrorist is eliminated,” say goodbye right now to what’s left of American democracy.
William J. Astore: Trump’s president now, a symbol (like it or not) of America. Generating animosity and discord as a public servant is divisive, fractious, selfish, and unwise.
William J. Astore: Flynn’s war against radical Islamists would be unending, driven as it would be by outrage against what he saw as a verminous enemy.
William J. Astore: Nearly everything went wrong in the Yemen raid. Surprise wasn’t achieved. U.S. troops were killed and wounded. Far too many innocent civilians were killed, including an eight-year-old girl. A $75 million Osprey malfunctioned and had to be destroyed.
William J. Astore: The Pentagon, which has never passed a financial audit and which has wasted more than two trillion dollars over the years, is due to be given even more money to spend, irrespective of past performance or future need.
William J. Astore: Once the end of the Cold War, America has been exporting a mirror image of its domestic self — not the classic combo of democracy and freedom, but guns, prisons and security forces.
WJ Astore: Perhaps Trump will next appear before Christ on the cross to complain about how he (Trump) is being crucified in the press.
William J. Astore: Recent presidents have idolized the military, perhaps because they either never served in it or never really experienced its foibles and faults, its flaws and failings.
William J. Astore: Recall a saying often attributed to P.T. Barnum that “a sucker is born every minute.” Trump knows this — and will exploit it to the hilt, if the American people let him.
Williams J. Astore: Given his inflammatory tweets about nuclear arms races with their “bring it on” mentality, Trump has all the makings of tinpot provocateur, an unstable military poseur who likes to speak loudly while swinging a nuclear-tipped stick.
William J. Astore: The F-35 became like a Swiss army knife, featuring lots of tools and moving parts. Sure, in a pinch a Swiss army knife can be used as a screwdriver or what have you, but most of the time what you really need is the best screwdriver for the job.
William J. Astore: Professional warriors are filling the highest leadership positions in a superpower military complex that is supposed to be overseen by civilians. They will command budgetary authority approaching a trillion dollars annually. If this isn’t a de facto military coup, what is?