Jefferson Morley: It was no surprise that when two Persian Gulf oil tankers were attacked last Thursday, “Gulf of Tonkin” immediately spiked on Google, while right-wing sites played up claims of a false flag attack.
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.
Vijay Prashad: The Taliban says that there can be no peace unless all foreign forces withdraw from the country. On a practical level, the withdrawal of the 15,000 foreign—mostly U.S.—troops will deliver the country to the hands of the Taliban.
Larry Wines: It was on the backs and the blood of the anonymous dogface and Tommie that the outcome of this day at Normandy was determined, seventy-five years ago.
WJ Astore: As the Trump administration appears to promise more wars in the future, perhaps in Venezuela or Iran, we need to be on guard against this idea that supporting wars is patriotic.
Lawrence Wittner: On September 25, 1961, dismayed by the Soviet Union’s recent revival of nuclear weapons testing, John F. Kennedy used the occasion of his address to the United Nations to challenge the Russians “not to an arms race, but to a peace race.”
John Peeler: Donald Trump may like it better with such aggressive advisers, but he doesn’t want them leading the charge. It has to be him doing that.
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.
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.