Murray Polner: I remain fixated on the silence of Democrats, especially about our foreign policies and what we’ve done, few of them explained or debated in our never-ending imperial wars.
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.
W.J. Astore: Trump needs to realize that, if it were up to the Pentagon, America today would still be fighting the Vietnam War, rather than working closely with Vietnam as a partner in efforts to counterbalance China.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Although the movement is independent of elections, the 2020 elections will present numerous opportunities to build a national consensus on issues. Our actions over the next two years can shape the election narrative.
Lawrence Wittner: In 2017, the U.S. government accounted for over a third of the world’s military expenditures―more than the next seven highest-spending countries combined.
John Peeler: Every major postwar US military intervention has been stalemated at best, defeated at worst. Sending in the troops almost always turns out to have been a bad idea.
Lawrence Wittner: Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster.
Robert Koehler: As long as 60 percent or so of our discretionary spending is diverted to militarism, we will not change, we will not grow, we will not survive.
WJ Astore: America’s leaders act as if any backsliding in any region of the world is a sign of weakness, tantamount to appeasement vis-à-vis Russia, China, terrorists, and so on.
Lawrence Wittner: lthough the Trump administration inherited its nuclear weapons “modernization” program from its predecessor, that program―designed to provide new weapons for nuclear warfare, accompanied by upgraded or new facilities for their production―is constantly increasing in scope and cost.
Robert Koehler: This is a story about the infrastructure of killing and an economic system that, apparently, depends on doing so on a mass scale globally, which of course is known as waging war.
WJ Astore: Trump, who with his bombast and barking and boasting would make a great Klingon, sees a “space force” that’s all military: that’s all about domination through aggressive action and better offensive weaponry.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: At a time when the United States is losing power in the world and falling behind in wealth, the government voted nearly unanimously to provide $74 billion more than last year to be more aggressive.
Mairead Maguire: Inventing a foe to sell military ambitions is still the most dangerous of games.