American Accountability for Iraq — Iraq disappeared from the map as soon as America walked away from the furies it had unleashed.
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.
Robert Gates Memoir — The self-serving Gates account conceals the dishonest tactics used to get Obama’s agreement to Afghan War escalation.
Americans and War –The shifting force in U.S. public opinion is the large number of people who gradually become fed up with the conflict.
US Drone Program — Video provided by a drone is a far cry from clear enough to detect someone carrying a weapon.
Still in Afghanistan — Here we are more than five years after Obama declared Afghanistan a proper place to assert American power, stuck.
Leo Tolstoy and Wendell Berry — Both their fiction and non-fiction is full of criticism of modern industrial life and ideas of progress.
Bipartisan Budget Agreement — The intrinsically secure U.S. currently accounts for almost 40 percent of worldwide defense spending.
Obama Peace Prize — If Americans wanted their president to hobble around singing “Bomb Iran” we had that choice.
Pearl Harbor Day : The Greatest Generation quite literally saved the world from continued genocide and brutal repression that knew no bounds.
Walter Moss: In his 1968 anti-Vietnam-War speech Berry mentioned the claim that we are a Christian and a democratic country, but that he found “nothing in the Gospels or in the Declaration of Independence or in the Constitution to justify . . . our slaughter of women and children.”
Rosemary and Walter Brasch: May we all remember that when the basic needs are filled for all Americans, only then can we be truly thankful for the day.
Brent Budowsky: My best guess is that Kennedy was assassinated by some combination of players from a rogue element of the military industrial complex, a rogue element that included a small group of hard-liners within the CIA and the military who operated outside the regular channels.
Munir Moon: Al-Qaeda could not have imagined that Washington would be doing its work for them by keeping America in a never-ending state of war and fear while losing our privacy and civil liberties.