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.
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.
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?
Lawrence Wittner: bad habits die hard, and relying on military force to solve problems is one of the oldest and most destructive habits in human history.
Kathy Kelly: How would the U.S. military train the Saudis to prevent the accidental killing of civilians? Would they teach Saudi pilots the military parlance used when U.S. drones hit an intended target: the pools of blood that sensors detect, in place of what was once a human body, are called “bugsplat”?
Kathy Kelly: Without any input from the centralized government, the Afghan Peace Volunteers build community and share resources. They steadily develop ways to connect with young people in other Afghan provinces.
John Peeler: Trump has now ordered 5000 more American troops back into the country. That is just the beginning. Like both his predecessors, he’s going to find that the longer we stay, the more insurgency and terrorism we will provoke.
With the great loss of life on all sides, the waste of resources and the futility of U.S. war aims, one would have thought that the question of Afghanistan would have been raised in the debates or in the speeches. But there was virtual silence on it.
Rather than reaffirm the US commitment to NATO’s collective-security principle, as its ministers had expected, Trump offered a lukewarm promise “never to forsake” America’s friends. Forgive them if they feel forsaken.
To my ongoing perplexity and despair, what is never part of the story is the concept of karma: what goes around comes around.
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.
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.
We’re all weak in many ways, but I’ve found that frequently, people who are religiously motivated are—sometimes for good and sometimes for ill—more prone to putting themselves on the line.