CIA Torture: Crystallizing Cleavages

CIA Torture Report Released

John Peeler: The release of this report, however, must be seen as a victory for Democratic liberals. They have won a key battle. The larger war over governing principles in foreign policy and international affairs will go on.

Torture Denial: U.S. Flunks Religious Acid Test

Torture Denial Fails

Peter Laarman: What most dismays international observers of today’s America is the absence of spiritual maturity in a country that claims to be close to God and where so many say religious belief is central in their lives.

Expanding the Long War

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Tom Hayden: Let’s set the record straight. The peace movement generally warned that this Long War could not be won, could not be afforded, and could only end in permanent quagmire, especially if it left Assad in power in Damascus while abandoning the Sunnis of Iraq to their fate under the Shiite regime we installed.

Deja Vu, Afghans—We’re Back

Obama Back to Afghanistan

Murray Polner: In his final two years in office, but for a few crumbs here and there, his once-formidable and dedicated antiwar base will not be welcome at the White House.

Pentagon Newspeak

Rewriting Vietnam War

Stanley Kutler: The Pentagon has hijacked the history of the Vietnam War, magically transforming it into a memory to honor and cherish. George Orwell never imagined better.

Afghanistan: Not a Good War

American War in Afghanistan

Murray Polner: There’s something about the place that has attracted would-be conquerors’ passion to control and change so poor, largely illiterate, intensely religious and tribal poppy-growing country as Afghanistan.

A Plea to My Fellow White American Males

Stop American Wars

Walter Moss: My plea here is not that our nation refrain from ever again sending U.S, troops abroad, but merely that we wAms stretch our minds and hearts and imaginations to other races, genders, and nations, that we become more cognizant and cautious of the terrible sufferings caused by discrimination and wars.

Obama Extends War in Afghanistan

Obama Extends Afghanistan War

Kathy Kelly: Attempts to remake Afghanistan by military force have resulted in warlordism, ever more widespread and desperate poverty, and bereavement for hundreds of thousands whose loved ones are among the tens of thousands of casualties.

Do Wars Really Defend America’s Freedom?

Defending American Freedom

Lawrence Wittner: U.S. politicians and pundits are fond of saying that America’s wars have defended America’s freedom. But the historical record doesn’t bear out this contention. In fact, over the past century, U.S. wars have triggered major encroachments upon civil liberties.

Where Exceptionalism Inevitably Leads

Where Exceptionalism Leads

Tom Hall: Seventy years ago, the hubris of generals and politicians pushed us into operation Market Garden and into the Battle of the Bulge, battles born of our preference for self-adulation over accurate analysis. Today, our leaders in Congress are promising to undertake the same decisions, with an eagerness to sacrifice the same young soldiers.

The Fallen: Armistice Day, 2014

Armistice Day Celebrations

Rich Broderich: Though green American troops fought bravely and suffered appalling losses owing in large part to lack of experienced leadership in trench warfare, it was the Spanish Flu, which did not originate in Spain at all but right here in the U.S.A., that led to the Central Power’s submission.

Insanity Defined

ideologically-driven wars

Murray Polner: I’m a latter day Diogenes, looking Right, Left and Center and to likes of Posen, Webb, Bacevich, Larison,, for a new way that will save kids now in junior and senior high school from our inevitable and entirely unnecessary and ideologically-driven future wars.