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.

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.

Legacy of War

ANZAC Day

-+*Robert J. Burrowes: In 1966, the year I turned 14, I decided that I would devote my life to answering two questions: Why are human beings violent? How can this violence be ended?

Remembering the Dead

Killed in War

-+*Murray Polner: I watched in fear as his father ran out of his store on Straus Street and Lott Avenue, crying, yes, crying, and I thought I had never seen a grown man cry in public. “Maybe it’s a mistake, maybe it’s a mistake,” he kept shouting.

Understanding America’s Many Wars

The China Mirage

-+*Murray Polner: In retrospect, a fearful and angry nation had gone mad. Blacklists, jail terms, a few, but very few, Soviet spies (we had our spies too in Russia), and a shamefully conformist mass media helped scare and silence potential critics.

Why Three Jailed Pacifists Took on the Empire

Jailing Pacifists

-+*Murray Polner: No privately employed guards stopped them. No one shouted, “Halt, who goes there?” The three just walked in and awaited the arrival of guards, showing that anyone could do the same.

Right Overplays Hand on Iran

GOP Wrong on Iran

-+*Lance Simmens: In the eyes of the lunatic fringe evidently Obama is not only a Muslim, Kenyan, and Socialist but also a Nazi sympathizer.