Rather than reaffirm the US commitment to NATO’s collective-security principle, as its ministers had expected, Trump offered a lukewarm promise “never to forsake” America’s friends. Forgive them if they feel forsaken.
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.
To my ongoing perplexity and despair, what is never part of the story is the concept of karma: what goes around comes around.
Why do we need 800 overseas bases? Our aircraft carriers are basically mobile American bases, and much of our weaponry obviates the need for physical bases in foreign lands.
Trump loved MOAB precisely because Obama didn’t use it. To Trump, MOAB was a sort of penis extender and a big middle finger all-in-one. Virility and vulgarity.
Too often, Americans believe they’re waging a war on terror, forgetting that war itself is terror. That war itself is evil.
We’re all weak in many ways, but I’ve found that frequently, people who are religiously motivated are—sometimes for good and sometimes for ill—more prone to putting themselves on the line.
Besides committing fresh U.S. Marines to more Afghan security forces “training,” the U.S. military has responded with PR spin.
The U.S. military hasn’t won its recent wars since the wars themselves are unwinnable by U.S. military action. Indeed, U.S. military action only makes them worse.
Most red-blooded NFL fans would be hard-pressed to find Iraq or Afghanistan on a map, but they can tell you all about their team’s draft picks, rattling off statistics such as times in the 40-yard dash, vertical leap, even the size of a player’s hands.
Suddenly I’m thinking, yet again, about George McGovern, who said as he accepted the Democratic nomination for president in 1972: “I have no secret plan for peace. I have a public plan.”
id you know the U.S. has built nearly 70,000 nuclear weapons since 1945? Did you know the U.S. Air Force lost a B-52 and two hydrogen bombs in an accident over North Carolina in 1961, and that one of those H-bombs was a single safety-switch away from exploding with a blast equivalent to three or […]
What North Korea wants is the legitimacy that comes from diplomatic recognition and assurances of regime survival, along with a peace treaty that ends the Korean War and paves the way for economic aid from the US, South Korea, Japan, and others.
William J. Astore: Trump may not be a micro-manager, but that’s because he doesn’t know anything. He just wants to spin military action as a win – for Trump.