John Marciano: Why do liberals accept the daily demonization of Putin and his regime? Where is the unequivocal evidence to substantiate these accusations?
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.
Murray Polner: Putin is no angel but calling him a war criminal and a monster as some American politicians and pundits have been doing is not exactly helpful.
William J. Astore: If the U.S. is now “a nation at war,” when, do tell, will we return to being a nation at peace? If the answer is, “When the last terrorist is eliminated,” say goodbye right now to what’s left of American democracy.
Gareth Porter: For all its grandstanding, Trump’s administration is just following an American tradition of coercing Iran and its ‘malign influence’.
Richard Behan: The Bush Administration undertook perhaps the most brilliant campaign of fearmongering and propaganda in American history. It was launched in the bombast of the President’s 2002 State of the Union speech.
Jaime O’Neill: He told me that the men who tortured him were often drunk, and that any olfactory reminder of the booze on their breath could still make him nauseous.
Lawrence Wittner: Although “Star Wars” was never built, the fantastic dream of a missile shield took hold in Congress, which began to pour billions of dollars into variants of this program.
Kathy Kelly: Trump’s victory hinged on the Democrats’ refusal to offer more than token resistance to militarism and rising inequality.
Mel Gutov: Officially, Bannon is now on par with Michael Flynn, the special assistant for national security; but in terms of real access to the president, Bannon’s only peer is Jared Kushner. “It is a startling elevation of a political adviser,”
William J. Astore: Once the end of the Cold War, America has been exporting a mirror image of its domestic self — not the classic combo of democracy and freedom, but guns, prisons and security forces.
Tom Hall: The Donald has virtually promised that we’ll be at war within his first year in the presidency. But what does that mean? At war with whom?
Richard Behan: Within ten days of taking office in January of 2001, the Bush Administration declared its intent to invade Iraq, and in August the President notified India and Pakistan
Lawrence Wittner: National security was to be replaced by international security, thereby reducing aggression and military intervention by individual nations.