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.

Bad Wars and Their Consequences

the wall that heals

Steve Hochstadt: In Vietnam, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and in many other places, our leaders did not know what they were doing. The result has been disaster for our soldiers, for the countries where we intervened, for our global image and our image of ourselves.

Killing Crabs and Arabs

Killing Arabs

David Swanson: The distancing of killing doesn’t just make it easier. It also hides important considerations behind gleaming temptations.

Before the Dawn 

Guantanamo Diary

Kathy Kelly: For now, it remains a blessing to work alongside people awake together, even in darkness, working to face burdens with kindness, ready to join with kindred spirits near and far, faces aglow with precious glimmers of a coming day.

Why Pentagon Opposed New Combat Roles in Iraq

Pentagon Opposes Iraq Combat

Gareth Porter: The resistance of top US military officials to deepening US military involvement in the war against IS came in the wake of a major policy debate within the Obama administration following the collapse of Iraqi military resistance in Ramadi.

Obama Versus Hersh: Who’s Telling The Truth?

seymour hersh

Sherwood Ross: If the Hersh account is accurate, and bin Laden was unarmed, it begs the larger question of why the Pentagon ordered an elite unit to assault his compound with guns blazing when he could have been taken prisoner?

Fear and Learning in Kabul

Fear and Learning in Kabul -- Kathy Kelly

“Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world… Shall we say the odds are too great? … the struggle is too hard? … and we send our deepest regrets? Or will there be another message — of longing, of hope, of solidarity… […]

Biological Weapons Convention Turns 40: Are We Any Safer?

Biological Weapons Convention

Janet Phelan: Unlike other disarmament treaties, the BWC has no verification protocol. What this means is that there is no way for the Convention to check to see if those who have signed and ratified the Convention are in fact abiding by its dictates.

Why Elites Love Drones

Creating Terrorists

RJ Burrowes: Drone strikes work precisely because they provoke violent responses which help elites to ‘justify’ their perpetual war to secure control of the world’s diminishing supplies of fossil fuels, water and strategic minerals while tightening control of domestic populations through expansion of the security and surveillance state.

The American War in Vietnam: Lessons Learned and Not Learned

Vietnam Lessons

W. D. Ehrhart: The one lesson that no one in power in Washington seems to have learned is that no amount of military might can achieve goals that are unrealistic and incompatible with the beliefs, desires, and cultures of those at the other end of the rifle barrels and Hellfire missiles, and thus unachievable.

Jeb Implodes Over Iraq

Jeb Invades Iraq

Brent Budowsky: Bush’s two-day implosion of confusion about his position on the Iraq War, which he may or may not get right on his third try, will do severe and lasting damage to his presidential prospects.

April 30th: National Mea Culpa Day?

Vietnam War Anniversary

Larry Wines: So, on April 30th, when we think about the fall of Saigon, we should think about the Tonkin Gulf Resolution that set us on the tragic, bloody road that took us there. And we should think about the arrogant decision to invoke “regime change” in Iraq.