Danny Sjursen: Trump’s rash, risky, and repugnant decision to assassinate Iranian Major General Qassem Suleimani on the sovereign soil of Iraq was only the latest version of what has proven to be a pervasive state of affairs.
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.
Allegra Harpootlian: Everything we thought we knew about drone warfare — and America’s wars more broadly — is about to be thrown out the window.
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton: Catholic taxpayers should make every effort to avoid paying for war and weapons. Rather, embrace Jesus, who calls us to love our enemies, put up the sword, and take up the cross.
Tom Englehardt: After more than 18 years of what, once upon a time, would have been considered failure, tell me this: Is the Pentagon receiving more money or less?
Nick Turse: It’s a strange fact of our moment that President Trump has claimed to have “plans” (or “a method”) for annihilating millions of innocent people, possibly most of the population of Afghanistan.
Slava Zilber: Through his irresponsible and illegal actions Trump may yet throw the world into World War III. We can expect countermeasures both from Iran and Iraq.
W.J Astore: Peace is often presented as a fantasy embraced by soft-hearted people. War, by comparison, is a harsh reality embraced by hard-headed realists, or so we’re told.
Winslow Myers: Secretary Pompeo’s and President Trump’s rationalizations for the killing of Soleimani were typically Orwellian: “We did this not to start a war but to stop one.”
WJ Astore: Wars built on lies are rarely won, especially in a democracy. But even as they are lost (Vietnam in the 1960s, and now Afghanistan), there are always “winners.”
Lawrence Wittner: Donald Trump’s angry, impulsive behavior, coupled with his threats to launch nuclear attacks upon other nations, has left many Americans uneasy.
Andrea Mazzarino: Recently, I shushed my two preschool-age children while I took a work call, only to hear one of them say to the other, “Let’s play lockdown! The shooters are coming!”
Danny Sjursen: For a decade and a half, the U.S. Army waged war on fierce tribal Muslims in a remote land. Sound familiar?
WJ Astore: The troop “drawdown” as a “concession” to the Taliban? Guess what: The Taliban aren’t going anywhere, and they’re winning.