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.
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.
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.
American Accountability for Iraq — Iraq disappeared from the map as soon as America walked away from the furies it had unleashed.
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.