Teck Young Wee: JAfghan children who help carry the brunt of this poverty understand the complicity of all in this GDP charade, not through numbers, but through daily labour and universal conscience.
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.
Murray Polner: Paralyzed by the passivity and gullibility of the mass media and the absence of skepticism among most of the Imperial City’s subsidized Think Tanks and Congress, Trump surely recognized he could then forge ahead with his imitation of TR’s “Splendid Little War.”
WJ Astore: Russia and China aren’t stupid. Why should they challenge the U.S. in hyper-expensive areas like aircraft-carrier-building or ultra-modern “stealth” bombers when they can easily assert influence in unconventional and asymmetric ways?
John Peeler: Imagine what would happen if the Pentagon budget were slashed. How many millions of workers, from uniformed service members to civilian employees, to contractor employees, would lose their jobs?
WJ Astore: Haspel had an important role in the torture regimen approved by the Bush/Cheney administration, and she worked to destroy videotaped evidence of the same. What does it say about the United States that Haspel is now being rewarded both for enabling torture and for covering it up?
Robert Reich: The real worry is that – with Robert Mueller breathing down his neck, and several special elections suggesting a giant “blue wave” in November – Trump is getting ready to do whatever it takes to maintain his power, even if that requires fanatical policies.
WJ Astore: Sadly, the U.S. nowadays is usually the aggressor, even as the government couches its acts in terms of defense.
Kary Love: John Bolton has a long history of advocating death. Now he advocates the death of law itself. The American people are now called upon to judge.
WJ Astore: Reading these letters written by citizen-soldiers of the “greatest generation” reminds me of how much we’ve lost since the end of the Vietnam War and the rise of the “all volunteer” military.
Gareth Porter: The CIA’s “Operation Merlin,” which involved providing Iran with a flawed design for a nuclear weapon and resulted in an alleged whistleblower going to prison, was the perfect example of creating intelligence in order to justify operations.
Kathy Kelly: In war-torn Afghanistan, there’s a desperate need to rebuild agricultural infrastructure and help people grow their own food. People verging on despair feel encouraged by possibilities of replenishing and repairing their soil.
WJ Astore: Considering the scale of our mistakes over the last decade in Iraq and Afghanistan, if we as a country truly want to pursue a leaner, smarter, more effective foreign policy, the first step we must take is to stop listening to the siren song of our own imperial rhetoric.
William J. Astore: These athletes at Fort Jackson may have owed their lives to a post commander who preferred winning at sports to shipping the most able-bodied troops overseas to fight the enemy.