Kathy Kelly: The Islamic State is the echo of the last war the U.S. waged in Iraq, the so-called “Shock and Awe” bombing and invasion. The emergency is not the Islamic State but 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.
Bill Blum: A year after the US invasion in 2003, Franken criticized the Bush administration because they “failed to send enough troops to do the job right.”
Murray Polner: Washington is overflowing with living room heroes who bear no responsibility for the appalling outcomes of the wars they urge on the nation and its presidents.
Walter Moss: My own opinion, as expressed previously, is that the present Ukrainian crisis resembles more the tensions preceding World War I than those leading up to World War II.
Murray Polner: Can you imagine the hysteria and fear mongering in Washington if Putin dared send 200 Russian soldiers to, say, Cuba, Venezuela , Bolivia or Ecuador?
William Lambers: It all started around a bonfire one autumn night in 1945. Students at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Ohio were fired up to begin a project to “Help those who cannot help themselves.”
Rick Broderick: The U.S. maintains that the attack, which took place under the code name “Manifest Destiny,” was in response to repeated instances of arrows fired by Indians into the United States.
Randy Shaw: As the United States grapples with underfunded schools, rising homelessness, and increased inequality, the U.S. media elite has a solution: a new war. Not a war to reduce U.S. poverty, homelessness, or inequality, but another war to stop terrorism abroad.
Lawrence Wittner: The idea that the responsibility for dealing with global problems lies with the world community rather than with individual nations is not a popular one among the governments of the major military powers.
Kathy Kelly: Nearly every bed in the Kabul hospital is filled. Sometimes, during past months, when they were overwhelmed with patients needing emergency care, they had to narrow their criteria for receiving patients, accepting only those who required vascular, abdominal and thoracic surgeries.
William Blum: Somewhat to the credit of President Obama that at his August 1 press conference he declared “We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values.”
Kathy Kelly: As the U.S. cobbles together justifications for its ongoing, foolhardy war in Afghanistan, glimmers of hope persist in small communities like Carmen’s in New York and the APVs in Kabul. They agitate against war.
Walter Moss: Today, as conflicts and bloodshed occur in Ukraine (and Gaza, Syria, and elsewhere), we wonder why in the past century we have advanced so little in our ability to prevent such senseless wars.