Murray Polner: When the Vietnam Memorial was dedicated and became a sacred shrine to the dead, no one in political authority who had helped dream up this colossal bloodletting were ever held legally accountable.
Richard Eskow: It’s true that he’s popular among media and political elites, but that sad fact only serves to remind us that some memories are short – and that, for some people, the ties of social status outweigh those of morality and decency.
Medea Benjamin: First he warned us about “the terrible, authoritarian, Communist dictatorship,” groaned Sanders, “now he’s urging companies to shut down and move to China. Not my kind of guy.”
Ed Rampell: President Obama said he was sorry for drone attack that killed Western hostages – now Uncle Sam must apologize to peace protesters and the Vietnamese.
Medea Benjamin: While McCain called us disgraceful, what is really disgraceful is the Senate calling in a tired old war criminal to testify about “Global Challenges and the U.S. National Security Strategy.”
Norman Solomon: The prize remains the most prestigious in the world. But the award has fallen into an evasive pattern, ignoring the USA’s continuous “war on terror” and even giving it tacit support.
Ted Vaill: How many positive, earthshaking events can you name? Henry Kissinger’s secret trip to Beijing in 1971 that led to President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972 and the thawing of relations between these two superpowers has to be one,
Michael Sigman: Romney’s recent foreign foray showed an evasive, jingoistic panderer with a tin ear for diplomacy and, worse, a lack of interest in foreign affairs.
Sherwood Ross: I think you can take satisfaction knowing that you outperformed the Nixon regime, whose Henry Kissinger once said, “The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little bit longer.”
Gary Corseri: There are four great reasons why the Occupy movement will not go away, why it will grow stronger as we advance into winter and next spring: It is inter-generational, international, and life-saving and essential.
Ken Hughes: Forty years ago this month, President Richard Nixon quietly sold South Vietnam down the river for political gain.
Tom Hayden: Obama is ill-advised on foreign policy if his national security elite, including idealists like Power, assume that Americans will have to accept a declining standard of living to put a stop to dictators abroad.
David Swanson: I’ve never found any opponent of war who didn’t believe there was evil in the world. After all, we oppose war because it is evil. Did Martin Luther King, Jr., stand idle in the face of threats? Are you serious?