Kathy Kelly: Without any input from the centralized government, the Afghan Peace Volunteers build community and share resources. They steadily develop ways to connect with young people in other Afghan provinces.
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.
John Peeler: Trump has now ordered 5000 more American troops back into the country. That is just the beginning. Like both his predecessors, he’s going to find that the longer we stay, the more insurgency and terrorism we will provoke.
With the great loss of life on all sides, the waste of resources and the futility of U.S. war aims, one would have thought that the question of Afghanistan would have been raised in the debates or in the speeches. But there was virtual silence on it.
Rather than reaffirm the US commitment to NATO’s collective-security principle, as its ministers had expected, Trump offered a lukewarm promise “never to forsake” America’s friends. Forgive them if they feel forsaken.
To my ongoing perplexity and despair, what is never part of the story is the concept of karma: what goes around comes around.
Why do we need 800 overseas bases? Our aircraft carriers are basically mobile American bases, and much of our weaponry obviates the need for physical bases in foreign lands.
Trump loved MOAB precisely because Obama didn’t use it. To Trump, MOAB was a sort of penis extender and a big middle finger all-in-one. Virility and vulgarity.
Too often, Americans believe they’re waging a war on terror, forgetting that war itself is terror. That war itself is evil.
We’re all weak in many ways, but I’ve found that frequently, people who are religiously motivated are—sometimes for good and sometimes for ill—more prone to putting themselves on the line.
Besides committing fresh U.S. Marines to more Afghan security forces “training,” the U.S. military has responded with PR spin.
The U.S. military hasn’t won its recent wars since the wars themselves are unwinnable by U.S. military action. Indeed, U.S. military action only makes them worse.
Most red-blooded NFL fans would be hard-pressed to find Iraq or Afghanistan on a map, but they can tell you all about their team’s draft picks, rattling off statistics such as times in the 40-yard dash, vertical leap, even the size of a player’s hands.
Suddenly I’m thinking, yet again, about George McGovern, who said as he accepted the Democratic nomination for president in 1972: “I have no secret plan for peace. I have a public plan.”