Ron Briley: The complex political situation in the Middle East may, in fact, render the Cold War quagmire of Vietnam relatively simple.
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.
Ed Rampell: U.S. mainstream media is flooded with calls for ramping up a military response, often proposed by the same historically discredited pundits and politicians who got it so wrong regarding Iraq, Libya, etc.
Larry Wines: Ultimately, we must determine who all this is about — them or us — and whether we wish to be defined by the choices we make about them, or by a deeper and more abiding sense of who we are.
John Peeler: The Islamic State and other radical Islamists don’t do terror because they are essentially evil terrorists, they do it because it’s about the only effective way they have to attack the West.
Edward Wasserman: Earlier disclosures indicating our government knows that drones are killing a lot of civilians provoked scant public response—and this Congress is hardly likely to hold hearings on an effort lawmakers generally support, whose victims are both faceless and distant.
Murray Polner: Would the US actually go to war over Spratly’s islets and freedom of navigation in a distant sea?
Maya Evans: The overwhelming feeling of the local people is that the Government on the mainland is willing to sacrifice the wishes of Okinawans in order to pursue its military defense measures against China.
John LaForge: October’s waste explosion and fire shows we don’t have to wait thousands of years for disaster to strike.
Buddy Bell: For the first time in many years, China is increasing its military budget at the same time the U.S. continues to spend more than China and the next 11 highest-spending countries.
Murray Polner: Be wary of our many right, center and left hawks that are willing to send your son or daughter to war while their own dwell in safety.
Robert Ted Hinds: A policy that favors warfare more than diplomacy will not bring peace, as Nixon and his like have long suggested. It will only bring more war.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: The confluence of Columbus Day Weekend and the Kunduz hospital bombing has us thinking about the deep levels of cultural violence in the United States and what can be done to change it.
Kathy Kelly: “Patients were burning in their beds,” said one nurse, an eyewitness to the ICU attack.”There are no words for how terrible it was.”