WJ Astore: Unbounded ambition and unbridled power – that was the new world order for America. The wall came down in Berlin, but it didn’t come down in our minds. Instead of an open society, Fortress America became the norm.
The Military Industrial Complex
President Eisenhower warned against the dangers of developing a military industrial complex. It appears that when all you have in your toolbox is hammers, everything looks like a nail. The articles below give a sense of the many ways we use all of the hammers we've invested in.
Andrew Bacevich: Donald Trump appears determined to overturn the prevailing national security paradigm, even if he is largely clueless about what should replace it.
Kathy Kelly: The defendants face 20 years in prison, yet they emerged from their trial seeming quite ready for next steps in their ongoing witness.
William J. Astore: Got a situation in Nowhere-stan? Send in the Navy SEALs. Got a murderer on the loose? Send in the SWAT team.
Thom Hartmann: This transition in business ethics has led to an ongoing crisis in democratic institutions and governments around the world.
y friend Marianne Goldscheider, who is 87, suffered a broken hip in July, 2018 and then, in June 2019, it happened again. When she broke her hip the first time, she was running, with her son, on a football field. After the second break, when she fell in her kitchen, she recalls her only desire […]
Pat Elder: When the base shut down in 1994, the Air Force knew how poisoned the surrounding environment was, although few others were thinking that way.
Kary Love: The Tokyo and Nuremberg War Crimes Trials were a landmark rejection of what was once taken for granted: warlords and kings, who gained their power and thrones through violence were no longer heroes but criminals.
Kathy Kelly: I can’t help but wonder: Where are the missing? What care was available for wounded survivors? How many were children?
Danny Sjursen: Sadly, if predictably, despite the new Democratic majority on Capitol Hill and monthly U.S. military fatalities that regularly hit triple digits, nothing could stop the Bush administration from continuing to escalate the war.
Stephanie Savell: A major legacy of the U.S. war on terror in Afghanistan, which began in October 2001 and shows little sign of actually ending anytime soon, will be the “explosive remnants of war” — a term for all the landmines and unexploded bombs and other weaponry that have been left behind in the earth.
W.J. Astore: the F-35 program has proven staggeringly expensive, incredibly wasteful, and impossible to stop, no matter the woeful results. It has come to symbolize the too-big-to-fail, too-sacrosanct-to-reject part of America’s militarized culture of technological violence.
Kathy Kelly: Amidst political posturing, aerial terrorism and street bombings, Afghan citizens pursue their daily work toward peace.