America is incredibly profligate in war. We spend like drunken sailors (or pilots) on everything to the biggest and most destructive weapons to bubble gum and comic books for the troops.
curious feature of America’s wars is their lack of thematic coherence. Lacking a clear beginning (other than the 9/11 attacks), they also lack a clear end point. It’s all middle – repetition without meaning, action without progress, like a bad novel that introduces lots of characters but that never goes anywhere. Look at the rolling […]
Cathy Breen: One of the hardest things for me on that trip was the feeling I heard expressed that the country has become invisible. A doctor friend in Baghdad, his hurt palpable, told me he felt as though Iraq has been completely forgotten by the global community.
Lila Garrett: Why can’t we have a planet where we find nurturing each other more of a turn on than killing each other, a planet where education means learning the truth not memorizing the lies, a planet where caring instead of fear is used to motivate action.
Walter Moss: Where Bernie has a great advantage over Hillary is that he is less hawkish, less inclined to pursue foolish policies that are extremely costly, both in human lives and financially.
Murray Polner: As Obama prepares to depart to write his memoirs, oversee his presidential library, and await the judgment of history, we have to wonder whether the seeds of future wars his administration has planted will come to fruition.
atching the terrible events unfolding in Paris, I have a helpless sense of deja vu. It reminds me of the movie, Groundhog Day, only much more deadly and depressing. It feels like we have been here so many times before: the same anguished images, the same suffering, the same questions and sense of disbelief. Most […]
othing illustrates better the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican war hawks who call themselves presidential candidates than their attempts to whitewash the history of how this nation went to war in Iraq. John Ellis “Jeb” Bush stood by his brother’s side while he demolished a nation of 28 million people in the heart […]
Murray Polner: I watched in fear as his father ran out of his store on Straus Street and Lott Avenue, crying, yes, crying, and I thought I had never seen a grown man cry in public. “Maybe it’s a mistake, maybe it’s a mistake,” he kept shouting.
Joseph Palermo: Poor Judy, she’s unaware that her self-serving bullshit last week only reconfirms (albeit in a backhanded way) that “the left” was correct all along about the Iraq War and that she got it dead wrong.
Robert M. Nelson: New York Times reporter James Risen reports that between 2003 and 2004 about $13 billion in $100 bills was flown to the Iraq war zone from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The volume of that cash pile was so huge that it filled the cargo holds of many C-17 Air Force planes on their way to Baghdad.
Larry Wines: The U.S. paid for 14 Iraqi military divisions, each with 12,500 troops. It turns out that four of those divisions are phantoms that take money for corrupt superiors, but do not exist. Now you know why ISIL/ISIS thinks it can take over.
Joseph Palermo: When it comes to Syria, the old saying that even a broken clock is correct twice a day might apply to the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party.