WJ Astore: Today, America’s wars never end. Retired generals like David Petraeus spout gibberish about the wisdom of a “sustainable sustained commitment” to the war in Afghanistan, with the Pentagon babbling on about “long” and “generational” campaigns, as if prolonging wars for less-than-vital causes is a sign of U.S. strength.
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.
Kathy Kelly: War profiteers deliver hellish realities and futile prospects, but the Afghan Peace Volunteers have not given up on bettering their country.
Kathy Kelly: During vigils at the Naval Base, in front of the detention center and at the District Court House, we hold banners, one of which says “Disarm Trident, Love One Another.”
Lawrence Wittner: Trump himself, of course, has not only displayed an alarmingly high level of mental instability, impulsiveness, and vindictiveness, but a rather cavalier attitude toward using nuclear weapons.
Peter Dreier: “The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose—especially their lives.”
Kathy Kelly: The walkers are calling on warring parties in Afghanistan to end the war. Most of the men making the journey are wearing sandals.
America is incredibly profligate in war. We spend like drunken sailors (or pilots) on everything to the biggest and most destructive weapons to bubble gum and comic books for the troops.
Kathy Kelly: Ongoing battles between militants, government forces, and international allies have destroyed much of Kabul’s water infrastructure, forcing people to drill their own wells.
Robert Koehler: What stunned me about this relatively small national controversy wasn’t so much the fact that Ryan’s action blew up in his face and he wound up having to “unfire” Father Conroy, but the fact that the prayer got to him in the first place.
curious feature of America’s wars is their lack of thematic coherence. Lacking a clear beginning (other than the 9/11 attacks), they also lack a clear end point. It’s all middle – repetition without meaning, action without progress, like a bad novel that introduces lots of characters but that never goes anywhere. Look at the rolling […]
Murray Polner: The Cold War gave birth to the deceptive Domino Theory, which identified anyone on the Left as Moscow’s puppets, a fiction which was accepted as the holy writ by most Americans at home and abroad.
Lance Simmens: I will never forget the day after the shootings when one of my teachers broke down in tears before our class and begged us to think and think very carefully about what had happened the day before.
WJ Astore: “Experts” in the military and government focus on how to prosecute war more effectively; rarely do they think seriously about ending or, even better, avoiding wars.