Lila Garrett: The United States, to the delight of our trigger-happy President and his deranged war-loving side-kick John Bolton, stands poised and ready for whatever they force to come.
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.
WJ Astore: Bewildered by Vietnam, Westy fell back to what he (and the Army) knew best: massive firepower, search and destroy tactics, and made-up metrics like “body count” as measures of “success.”
WJ Astore: These MAGA uniforms and hats seem to say the Army and America are currently not great, and that the path to greatness is a retrograde one, a return to the past.
WJ Astore: Guess what? “The Good Ol Days” never left us! Just think of the new “cold war” with Russia and China and the U.S. military’s call for a $1.7 trillion “investment” in new nukes!
Lawrence Wittner: Vieques is now a major Superfund Site, with cancer and other disease rates substantially higher than in the rest of Puerto Rico. Also, with its traditional economy destroyed, the island suffers from widespread poverty.
WJ Astore: The new “cold war” is all the rage within the DoD, even though China and Russia are regional land powers, having little of the arsenal of global power projection in which the U.S. takes so much pride.
Ellen Birkett Lindeen: Violent conflict is not inevitable. Just as people can be taught to kill in the armed services, they can be taught to use other methods of interaction.
W.J. Astore: Aren’t warriors supposed to be on the receiving end of elemental violence as well as being the inflictors of it?
Paul Haeder: There are resisters to this global hyper power disease that we have been infected with in America that professes a USA-rules-the-world mentality. Dan Shea is that Vietnam Veteran for Peace. He puts his actions where his mouth is.
Marcy Winograd: The text of H.R. 1795 conflates the national interests of the United States with those of Israel and undermines efforts to reach lasting non-military solutions to political conflicts.
W.J. Astore: Throughout my life, the U.S. “defense” establishment has consistently inflated the dangers presented by foreign powers, which brings me to the current Pentagon budget for 2020, which may reach $750 billion.
Steve Early: Unfortunately, going to war—or even just training for it—can be a life-changing experience in ways never mentioned by military recruiters with a quota to fill.
William J. Astore: Any ambitious government project to help improve the plight of working Americans is quickly dismissed as profligate and wasteful, unless, of course, you’re talking about national security.