Ivan Eland: Many recent indicators point to a U.S. national security bureaucracy running roughshod over the sad remnants of the founder’s republican vision. As in the Roman world, empire is gradually snuffing out the republic.
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.
ACLU President Susan Herman: It is far from clear that the mega-surveillance programs are actually contributing to our safety.
People like Edward Snowden are not particularly unusual. Others have worked in the national security arenaonly to discover wrongdoing.
Senator Lindsey Graham, put a cork in the mouth of your loudmouthed friend, Senator John McCain, who has never seen a war he does not like.
Cold War: The new Cold War is upon us, and the American elites have no suggestions except to fight it again.
International Law: Obama has embedded drone killings into the executive branch in such that future presidents will inherit it.
John Peeler: Obama’s policy is to avoid getting into new conflicts and to get us out of the ones we’re in — not about policing the world.
Employee Army: Will the Pentagon’s planned reduction of the Army to “pre-World War II levels” be met with post-Vietnam-like problems?
North Korea Abuses Human Rights: The almost 65-year U.S.-led effort to isolate this regime has failed. Let’s try alternatives.
Amazon CIA Collaboration: The people who run Amazon figured they could rake in big profits from the CIA without serious public blowback.
CIA and Amazon — Amazon is responsible for keeping the CIA’s secrets and aggregating data to help the agency do its work.
Al-Qaeda Menace: An ill-defined al-Qaeda is the crucial element sustaining the War On Terror.
Arms Race — The failure of the nuclear nations to fulfill their own NPT obligations is appalling.