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Peter Van Buren: How to Sustain Perpetual War? Easy — Hide the Bodies

Sustaining America’s state of post-9/11 perpetual war requires skillful manipulation of the public at home. The key tool used for this purpose is the bloodless narrative, a combination of policy, … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Peter Van Buren: It’s Personal

Apologizing to My Daughter for the Last 15 Years of War I recently sent my last kid off for her senior year of college. There are rituals to such moments, … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Peter Van Buren: U.S. Cops Already Killed More Since Xmas Than UK Cops Have Killed in Five Years

I love my readers, and want you all to have a safe 2016. So here’s some advice, assuming you don’t want to be murdered by your police: move to the … Continue reading

January 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

Peter Van Buren: Our Prisons Are Us

A society’s prison system mirrors the society. What does America’s say about America? Some numbers: With only five percent of the world’s population, the U.S. has more than 20 percent … Continue reading

December 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Peter Van Buren: Sustaining Perpetual War — The Bloodless Narrative

The Bloodless Narrative of America’s Wars Ensures their Perpetuation Sustaining America’s state of post-9/11 perpetual war requires skillful manipulation of the public at home. The key tool used for this … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Peter Van Buren: Hollywood War Porn from WWII to American Sniper

In the age of the all-volunteer military and an endless stream of war zone losses and ties, it can be hard to keep Homeland enthusiasm up for perpetual war. After … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Peter Van Buren: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Seven Worst-Case Scenarios in the Battle with the Islamic State. You know the joke? You describe something obviously heading for disaster — a friend crossing Death Valley with next to … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

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