William J. Astore: If the U.S. is now “a nation at war,” when, do tell, will we return to being a nation at peace? If the answer is, “When the last terrorist is eliminated,” say goodbye right now to what’s left of American democracy.
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.
Gareth Porter: For all its grandstanding, Trump’s administration is just following an American tradition of coercing Iran and its ‘malign influence’.
Richard Behan: The Bush Administration undertook perhaps the most brilliant campaign of fearmongering and propaganda in American history. It was launched in the bombast of the President’s 2002 State of the Union speech.
Jaime O’Neill: He told me that the men who tortured him were often drunk, and that any olfactory reminder of the booze on their breath could still make him nauseous.
Lawrence Wittner: Although “Star Wars” was never built, the fantastic dream of a missile shield took hold in Congress, which began to pour billions of dollars into variants of this program.
Kathy Kelly: Trump’s victory hinged on the Democrats’ refusal to offer more than token resistance to militarism and rising inequality.
Mel Gutov: Officially, Bannon is now on par with Michael Flynn, the special assistant for national security; but in terms of real access to the president, Bannon’s only peer is Jared Kushner. “It is a startling elevation of a political adviser,”
William J. Astore: Once the end of the Cold War, America has been exporting a mirror image of its domestic self — not the classic combo of democracy and freedom, but guns, prisons and security forces.
Tom Hall: The Donald has virtually promised that we’ll be at war within his first year in the presidency. But what does that mean? At war with whom?
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
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.