Gary Corseri: Looking back on the US Empire and the Vietnam War—which ultimately took his own son’s life—Secretary of Defense McNamara attributed his own stupidity to the “fog of war.” I would rather call it “asininity.”
Nicole Ozer: Last year, the privacy and free speech mistakes of tech companies led to tons of embarrassing and costly stories.
Cody Foster: An Ex President Obama may find retirement more fruitful if he returns to his roots as a community organizer. Perhaps he will recreate a grassroots movement of the kind that turned out to elect him in 2008 and rally such energy behind a progressive agenda.
Robert C. Koehler: I must ask, in light of the words of Martin Luther King, what kind of democracy is too terrified, and too cowardly, to examine its own soul and reach toward values that are bigger than its short-term interests? American Soul
Ramziya Zaripova: Years of friendship and partnership between Turkey and Russia are forgotten, as if Erdogan never came last September to Moscow to open a new mosque or as if Putin has never shaken hands with Erdogan.
Steve Hochstadt: The Constitution-quoting, Bible-toting band at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was treated with exactly the diffidence and conflict avoidance that they criticize government for.
Francis A. Chiu: The fact is that 21st-century America is crying out for not just another revolutionary new SUV, revolutionary new mascara, or revolutionary new sneakers but nothing less than another American revolution.
Ernest Canning: We the people should not fear “big government.” Instead, as revealed by the poisoning of Flint’s water, the real threat to our health, safety and liberty comes from unaccountable oligarchy.
Steve Hochstadt: No political scandal since then can compare with a President authorizing burglaries by White House staff in order to win re-election, then lying about his administration’s cover-up. Nobody died. But Watergate killed the political innocence of many Americans.
Murray Polner: Donna T. Haverty-Stacke’s timely Trotskyists on Trial: Free Speech and Political Repression Since The Age of FDR tells how the US government went after the miniscule Socialist Workers Party.
Mel Gurtov: Domestic terrorism is becoming a serious national security threat, greatly helped by the provocative rhetoric of the leading Republican presidential candidates.
Rodolfo F. Acuña: The common sense is that the political spectrum has shifted from the left to the middle and the middle to the right. Today fascism is an accepted part of the conservative norm. The old left has a faint heartbeat.
ome maintain that intelligence acquired by the U.S. government, with methods ranging from torture to collection of Americans’ phone data, is necessary to prevent another 9/11. But let’s be clear about two types of intelligence. One type revolves around CIA-type information: who knows who, who’s planning what, when to kill someone where. Let’s call that […]