Richard Behan: Within ten days of taking office in January of 2001, the Bush Administration declared its intent to invade Iraq, and in August the President notified India and Pakistan
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.
Lawrence Wittner: National security was to be replaced by international security, thereby reducing aggression and military intervention by individual nations.
Robert Koehler: The deeply flawed F-35, the most expensive military weapons system in history, is ultimately projected to cost over $1 trillion, but no matter: “It will bring cutting-edge technologies to the battlespace of the future.”
Murray Polner: Though Spanish cruelty was irrefutable, the invasion of Cuba was aided and abetted by a stream of lies offered by the U.S. and the press, along with crocodile tears about poor, suffering Cubans, a sympathy which vanished once white Americans learned that many Cubans had dark skins.
Richard W. Behan: Within ten days of taking office the Bush Administration declared its intent to invade Iraq. This was a triumph for the neoconservative ideology of the Project for the New American Century, and personally for Vice President Richard Cheney.
Jaime O’Neill: On a visit to that cemetery more than a dozen years ago, I found myself feeling embarrassed by the picture of George W. Bush on the wall at the visitor center, a visage that seemed incongruous in such a setting.
John LaForge: The Tweeter in Chief either knows next to nothing about nuclear weapons or he wants to direct attention away from current progress being made toward their abolition.
William J. Astore: Professional warriors are filling the highest leadership positions in a superpower military complex that is supposed to be overseen by civilians. They will command budgetary authority approaching a trillion dollars annually. If this isn’t a de facto military coup, what is?
ederal District Judge Miles Lord, who died Dec. 10 at age 97, could have given me 10 years once. Instead, the famously outspoken judge, who was well known for protecting ordinary people from corporate crime and pollution, used the anti-nuclear case a group of us argued before him to deliver a remarkably scornful condemnation of […]
William J. Astore: Collectively, the team of Mattis, Flynn, and Kelly could not be more symbolic of the ongoing process of subversion of civilian control of the military.
Richard Behan: The need is acute for a similar truth-telling in the U.S., but not only for the sake of an accurate record. If George Bush is not held accountable for invading sovereign nations at will, future presidents will be empowered to do likewise.
Murray Polner: I wonder if the tribute to Wayne was a reflection of “American Exceptionalism,” the indelible faith ingrained in us since elementary school whereby most of us believe that our way of life is eternally unique and merits worldwide admiration and respect even when we bomb the hell out of them.
Kathy Kelly: Shukria says that sometimes she considers suicide but then thinks of the two children. Today, she has no food to serve them lunch.