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William Astore: Integrity Optional

There is something distinctly dishonorable about waging wars kept viable only by lies, obfuscation, and propaganda.

October 3, 2022 · 2 Comments

Andrea Mazzarino: War as Terrorism

As a Navy spouse of more than 10 years and a therapist who specializes in treating military families and those fleeing foreign wars, I believe that the post-9/11 wars have finally begun to come home in a variety of ways, including how we think about violence

June 7, 2022 · 2 Comments

Anoa J. Changa: Muslims and the War on Terror

Maha Hilal’s “Innocent Until Proven Muslim” lays bare the War on Terror’s toll on constitutional rights and marginalized communities.

April 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Andrew Bacevich: What Would Martin Say?

The attention given to racism of late has had exactly that unintended effect — relieving Americans of any obligation even to acknowledge the insidious implications of materialism and militarism.  In that sense, even now, two of King’s giant triplets barely qualify for lip-service.  In the political sphere, they are either ignored or, at best, treated as afterthoughts.

April 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

James Dubinsky: Veterans turned poets can help bridge divides

Today, there are approximately 20.17 million veterans – 7 percent of the U.S. population. That’s more than 20 million stories, along with the stories of their loved ones. Sometimes poetry is the most effective way to capture both the ambiguity and the story.

November 11, 2021 · 1 Comment

Karen J. Greenberg: Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

Accountability for the mistakes, miscalculations, and lawless policies of the war on terror has proven not just elusive, but inconceivable.

October 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

Nick Turse: A Forever Wall for Our Forever Wars

Americans have been killing civilians since before there was a United States.

September 27, 2021 · 2 Comments

Andrew Bacevich: Answering the Armies of the Cheated

But No Questions about War Please!

August 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Forbidden Word

Is America a Failed Empire?

July 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies: U.S. Joins Past Empires In Afghan Graveyard

An Afghan taxi-driver in Vancouver told one of us a decade ago that this day would come. “We defeated the Persian Empire in the eighteenth century, the British in the … Continue reading

April 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Danny Sjursen: Undercover Patriots

Trump, Tulsa, and the Rise of Military Dissent

July 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

Danny Sjursen: The Unaccountable Nation

Imperial hyper-powers, particularly in their late-stages, often employ foot soldiers across vast swathes of the planet, and eventually either lose control of their actions or aren’t concerned with their resultant atrocities in the first place.

March 30, 2020 · 3 Comments

Khury Petersen-Smith: Ending the Myth That Trump Is Ending the Wars

Trump has sent more new troops to the Middle East than he’s bringing home from Afghanistan.

March 9, 2020 · 1 Comment

Madhav Joshi: There’s no easy exit for the US in Afghanistan

While the steps of a successful peace process do not need to unfold in a particular order, my research and that of others shows that there are several clear steps that any process should take to maximize the chances of success.

March 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

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