William J. Astore: For clarity, it often helps to follow the money. Who profits from war? Addressing that question will explain many of the reasons why America’s wars have no promise of ending.
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.
Yale Mangrass: Beginning with the Reagan era, the residues of the left and peace movement were bullied into not questioning the over-all purpose of America’s militaristic empire.
Janet Phelan: It appears that forces working through the US government, and with knowledge and complicity of other world leaders, are perched on the edge of deploying a biological weapons attack that will simply change the human footprint on the globe.
Tom Hastings: When atrocities have been committed it is harder to avoid reacting with violence to fresh attacks, but that is exactly what would give the US enormous approval and goodwill in the world.
Robert Koehler: We’re spawning terror. We’re starving our social programs. We’re slowly killing ourselves. And we’re wrecking the planet. Why is it again that this isn’t worth talking about in a presidential election?
JP Sotille: Democrats have become the party of bare-knuckled, full-throated American Exceptionalism. That transformation was announced with a vein-popping zeal by retired general and wannabe motivation screamer John Allen at the Democratic convention in the City of Brotherly Love.
Gareth Porter: Focusing on domestic issues, Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech sidestepped the deep concerns anti-war Democrats have about her hawkish foreign policy, which is already taking shape in the shadows, reports Gareth Porter.
Lila Garrett: Why can’t we have a planet where we find nurturing each other more of a turn on than killing each other, a planet where education means learning the truth not memorizing the lies, a planet where caring instead of fear is used to motivate action.
Lawrence Wittner: The United States, Russia, and China have a long history of expansion at the expense of neighboring countries and territories, often through military conquest.
car is stolen. It’s a car that has been in the family for generations: picnics, road trips, weddings, funerals, accidents. There are pictures, memories, indelible life events. There is a huge robbery of the entire house, in the confusion, mayhem, and distraction, the car also disappears. A few days later, a neighbor turns up with […]
Sharon Kyle: Details have surfaced in the hours since these tragedies. But the most obvious common threads that connect them—America’s acceptance of the use of guns and violence to solve social problems and the enduring racial divide that has plagued this country since its inception.
Murray Polner: Our country’s preeminent newspaper has had its ‘hills and valleys’, from the high point of the Pentagon Papers and its support for reporter James Risen while he was hounded and harassed for seven years by the feds for refusing to reveal a confidential source down to the lower depths, when it backed the invasion of Iraq
Paul Haeder: What in hell is the US Marines offering these middle class kids? The big tent with logo and stoking barbecue and little kids lawn games?