Pols who see themselves as faltering try to create drama to distract from their failings. And when wannabe tyrants start to lose their grips, there is always one sure-fire solution to get hoi polloi back in line – WAR!
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.
John LaForge: The U.S. citizens are particularly shocked that the U.S. government is pursuing production of a totally new H-bomb intended to replace the 20 so-called “B61” gravity bombs now at Büchel, and the 160 others that are deployed in a total of five NATO countries.
Murray Polner: Barack Obama was going to be different, or so my fellow antiwar liberals—and a few antiwar conservatives—hoped. He was to herald the end of that uncompromising and unilateral era of preventive war.
William J. Astore: Be careful what you wish for, Trump and cronies, and be especially careful about declaring victory in wars before you’ve even fought them. Here Sun Tzu has much to teach our “warriors” in the White House.
JP Sotille: Why do these men of war want to make sure Trump doesn’t gut diplomacy? Because they think it is “critical to keeping America safe,”
Larry Wines: No change back from the losing bets you placed: not on the hopeful bet that Trump would be the foil of the perpetual war machine.
Lawrence Wittner: Angered by the collapse of progress toward a nuclear weapons-free world, civil society organizations and non-nuclear nations joined together to press for the adoption of an international treaty banning nuclear weapons…
John Marciano: Why do liberals accept the daily demonization of Putin and his regime? Where is the unequivocal evidence to substantiate these accusations?
Murray Polner: Putin is no angel but calling him a war criminal and a monster as some American politicians and pundits have been doing is not exactly helpful.
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.
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.