Mel Gurtov: There is no end in sight to the US at war, both because the Pentagon has found the perfect enemy and because no one in Congress is willing to stand up to it.
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.
Janet Phelan: It has recently come to light that the Pentagon FedExed live anthrax to all 50 states and to nine foreign countries.
Jack Rothman: American officials have to find a wise way to protect our citizens, while avoiding generating a legion of blowback recruits bent on wreaking retaliatory destruction on the American shore.
John Marciano: Having suffered enough, why should the people of this community be expected to find the financial resources to pay for expenses incurred during the recent massacre?
Kathy Kelly: Suppose that media, educators, faith-based and civil society leaders cooperated to educate people about the dangerous harm caused by language that labels all Muslims as suspect.
Kathy Kelly: Hoping to escape the attack, the six men made a break for the hospital entrance. As Khalid ran, the U.S. helicopter AC-130 gunship was strafing fleeing survivors.
Robert M. Nelson: Most people probably do not realize just how close we came to the start of World War III.
Paul K. Chappell: The most powerful weapon that ISIS has is the Internet with social media, which has allowed ISIS to recruit people from all over the world.
Norman Solomon: I gave a lofty major speech a couple of years ago about how a democratic society can’t have perpetual war. I like to talk about such sugary ideals; a spoonful helps the doublethink medicine go down.
Coleen Rowley and Georgianne Nienaber: Politicians are scoring points with a frightened U.S. population by hyping the supposed danger of letting in up to 10,000 Syrian refugees, but a much greater or actual risk exists in the current gaps in a visa-waiver program.
Richard Greeman: Today, warrants are no longer required for raids, which are decided on the judgement of the Prefect of each locality using “justified suspicion” as a criterion.
Richard Jackson: Recovering sympathy for the terrorist, recognizing their humanity, their politics, their suffering, their aspirations, their sense of self in this particular historical epoch, is essential for understanding the roots of their violent actions.
Anahata Giri: Punishment undermines the very basis of parenting: maintaining a safe, clear, loving relationship between parent and child.