Stephanie Savell: A major legacy of the U.S. war on terror in Afghanistan, which began in October 2001 and shows little sign of actually ending anytime soon, will be the “explosive remnants of war” — a term for all the landmines and unexploded bombs and other weaponry that have been left behind in the earth.
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.
W.J. Astore: the F-35 program has proven staggeringly expensive, incredibly wasteful, and impossible to stop, no matter the woeful results. It has come to symbolize the too-big-to-fail, too-sacrosanct-to-reject part of America’s militarized culture of technological violence.
Kathy Kelly: Amidst political posturing, aerial terrorism and street bombings, Afghan citizens pursue their daily work toward peace.
Tom Engelhardt: Since 2001, the U.S. has succeeded in squandering staggering amounts of taxpayer dollars unsettling a vast swath of the planet, killing startling numbers of people who didn’t deserve to die.
Nick Turse: In my line of work, I meet more amputees, war victims who are missing body parts, and terribly scarred individuals than the average American.
John Peeler: Trump and some advisers just want to get out, while the more conventional foreign policy hands argue that we have to maintain a substantial presence to prevent the reemergence of international terrorism based in Afghanistan.
WJ Astore: Bleier’s return to Vietnam was emotional and revealing, but in a way that is one-sided, privileging the American experience of that war.
W.J. Astore: Part of the persistence of war, in other words, stems from the ignorant passions of those who most eagerly seek it and trumpet its heroic wonders even as they stand (and strive to remain) safely on the sidelines.
WJ Astore: We believe in wars. We may no longer believe in formal declarations of war (not since December 1941 has Congress made one in our name), but that sure hasn’t stopped us from waging them.
Vijay Prashad: The United States fully backs Israel and has never called for IAEA inspections inside Israel. This shows that the U.S. objection to Iran is not based on international law, but merely based on its political objectives.
Kathy Kelly: The Taliban, U.S. Government, and every other warring party in Afghanistan must be asked: “How many more civilians, including children, are you willing to kill and maim?”
Julianne Malveaux: The Poor People’s Moral Budget has the theme, ‘Everybody Has the Right to Live’. The budget would cut $350 billion in military spending, while increasing taxes on the wealthy, corporations, and Wall Street. It represents a paradigm shift from our nation’s current focus on militarism to a focus on human needs.”
Mel Gurtov: Trump threatens the adversary with total destruction unless US demands are met, and deploys US forces to the conflict area. The adversary responds with threats of its own.