here are many ways of looking at war: as a continuation of politics by violent means, as a biological imperative, as the extreme end of a continuum of violence that defines human existence, morally as a sin that is only justified in self-defense, as a business in which profits are the main motive, as criminal […]
WJ Astore: I see America’s special ops forces as America’s global missionaries, our version of the Catholic Church’s Jesuit order during the Counter Reformation.
WJ Astore: Orwell was rightly skeptical of technological “miracles” like electricity that were sold as mitigating fundamental inequalities such as access to healthy food and warm and adequate housing.
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.