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.

Thoughts on Passing the Statue of Liberty

statue of liberty weeping

Ken Wolf: I can imagine Lady Liberty wincing at our mistaken view of liberty that prompted those wars and the arrogant Jingoism that still flourishes as we try to extract ourselves from them.

Left and Right Against War

Against War

Murray Polner: Lies, deliberate manipulation of patriotic feelings, scare tactics, a compliant, often indifferent media, and bribery of legislators kept and keeps the war machine oiled and too many decision makers in clover.

Life in Our Scared National Security State

Oak Ridge Break-in

Murray Polner: If obsolete cameras and barbed wire fences could not keep three older people out of the Y-12 National Security Complex, should any independent investigative journalists still left in the Obama Era of Espionage Act Violations not ask why all those pricey weapons?

The Real Civil War

American Civil War

Murray Polner: “The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege” is an enthralling and imaginative presentation. Smith relates a poignant tale of some Union troops in Sherman’s army so emotionally touched by a slave mother being reunited with her daughter—who had been sold years before—and “wept openly” at the sight.