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William J. Astore: In Wars and Weapons We Trust

We believe in wars. We may no longer believe in formal declarations of war (not since December 1941 has Congress made one in our name), but that sure hasn’t stopped us from waging them.

August 16, 2019 · 1 Comment

W.J. Astore: Dreaming Big About the U.S. Military

As the U.S. military enjoys enormous budgets ($718 billion this year, rising possibly to $750 billion for 2020), Americans are told not to dream big. There might just be a connection here.

April 10, 2019 · 2 Comments

Marc Jampole: The Wages of War

If instead of waging wars, we spent money on education, alternative fuels and infrastructure, we would create millions more jobs. The first week after the announcement of the arrests of … Continue reading

April 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Peter Certo: Russia was never the real scandal

Evidence of much more serious “collusion” — with corporations and the wealthy — has always been hiding in plain sight. Though these unique excesses of the Trump era have gotten some coverage, they were never treated as the threat to his legitimacy that Russia was.

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

William J. Astore: The U.S. Military’s Lost Wars

Overfunded, Overhyped, and Always Over There. One of the finest military memoirs of any generation is Defeat Into Victory, British Field Marshal Sir William Slim’s perceptive account of World War II’s torturous Burma … Continue reading

January 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

Lawrence Wittner: The United States Is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization

Maintaining the U.S. status as “No. 1” in war and war preparations comes at a very high price. Maybe those delirious crowds chanting “USA, USA” have got something.  When it comes … Continue reading

January 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

What Americans Value

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
There’s no shortage of tanks in the USA W.J. Astore A sentiment attributed to Vice President Joe Biden is, Show me what’s in your…

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

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