ederal District Judge Miles Lord, who died Dec. 10 at age 97, could have given me 10 years once. Instead, the famously outspoken judge, who was well known for protecting ordinary people from corporate crime and pollution, used the anti-nuclear case a group of us argued before him to deliver a remarkably scornful condemnation of […]
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.
William J. Astore: Collectively, the team of Mattis, Flynn, and Kelly could not be more symbolic of the ongoing process of subversion of civilian control of the military.
Richard Behan: The need is acute for a similar truth-telling in the U.S., but not only for the sake of an accurate record. If George Bush is not held accountable for invading sovereign nations at will, future presidents will be empowered to do likewise.
Murray Polner: I wonder if the tribute to Wayne was a reflection of “American Exceptionalism,” the indelible faith ingrained in us since elementary school whereby most of us believe that our way of life is eternally unique and merits worldwide admiration and respect even when we bomb the hell out of them.
Kathy Kelly: Shukria says that sometimes she considers suicide but then thinks of the two children. Today, she has no food to serve them lunch.
Ivan Eland: During the Trump administration, the many drone wars either must be made legally legitimate, with specific approval for each of them from the people’s houses of Congress, or they must be stopped.
Stacy Bannerman: The Iraq War mistake forced my now ex-husband to serve two year-long tours in Iraq. His severe post-combat trauma led to a crystal meth addiction that cost me my home, my job, and everything I loved.
WJ Astore: America’s heavy investment in weaponry and war-making, abetted by a mentality that celebrates “global reach, global power,” is a strange way to define your nation as being “indispensable.”
Gareth Porter: Disastrous consequences could ensue if President-elect Donald Trump picks John Bolton for Secretary of State
William J. Astore: His dictatorial instincts, his imperiousness, and, worst of all, his ignorance of or indifference to the U.S. Constitution, stood revealed in horrifyingly stark relief.
At a time when Afghan refugees most need compassion, they are among the millions being told to go back where they came from, even if they face death and destitution upon return.
Lawrence Wittner: Currently, the U.S. government plans to spend $1 trillion over the next 30 years to refurbish the entire U.S. nuclear weapons complex. Is this really affordable?
Robert Borosage: The Blob still believes that America has the writ and the power to decide. We are “indispensable,” bearers of law and democracy at the end of a cruise missile.