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Danny Sjursen: Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire

A New Generation of West Pointers Joins America’s Hopeless Wars

November 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Riad Saleh Hussein: A Serene Evening

This evening is serene, This evening is not calm. I am a man or a pack of dynamite— Under my trench a red goose or a black unicorn. The woman … Continue reading

August 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

Jeremy Corbyn: We Must Be Brave Enough to Admit the War on Terror is Simply Not Working

Our whole nation has been united in shock and grief this week as a night out at a concert ended in horrific terror and the brutal slaughter of innocent people … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lena Khalal Tuffaha: Circling the Dome of the Sky

What she called home was a jar of olives shaken from the tree by hand sorted and stabbed then pressed one against the other doused in lemon and salt. What … Continue reading

May 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Dr. Neta C. Crawford: Costs of Wars through 2016 — $4.79 Trillion and Counting

Summary of Budgetary Costs of US Wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan and Homeland Security Wars cost money before, during and after they occur — as governments prepare for, … Continue reading

September 16, 2016 · 1 Comment

Andy Piascik: Looking Back at the Vietnam War

It’s been 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War. At least that’s what it’s called in the United States, the Vietnam War. In Vietnam, it’s called the American … Continue reading

April 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get

We fire missiles from the sky that incinerate families huddled in their houses. They incinerate a pilot cowering in a cage. We torture hostages in our black sites and choke … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

More Military Interventions? For what, Ashton Carter?

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Ashton Carter, I have some questions W.J. Astore The juxtaposition of two stories in my NY Times military “feed” got me to thinking this…

December 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Cost of Endless War

The money should stagger you. Journalist James Risen, author of Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, a revelatory new book about the scammers, counterterrorism grifters, careerist bureaucrats, torture … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

New Study: Mainstream Media Silences Debate About War

New analysis finds little opposition in mainstream media to latest US military attacks on Middle East nations. When it comes to asking hard questions about war, don’t count on the corporate … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rory Fanning: Thank You for Your Valor, Thank You for Your Service, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You…

Still on the Thank-You Tour-of-Duty Circuit, 13 Years Later. Last week, in a quiet indie bookstore on the north side of Chicago, I saw the latest issue of Rolling Stone … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

US Official: Bombing Oil Pipelines in Syria a ‘Viable Option’

Critic warns move would be ‘foolhardy’ and lead to civilian casualties, massive spills and environmental damage. A top State Department official on Thursday said that bombing oil pipelines controlled by … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: On Being An Indispensable Nation

President Barack Obama delivers the commencement speech to the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2012 at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 23, 2012. It was May 23, … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

William J. Astore: Investing in Junk Armies 

Why American Efforts to Create Foreign Armies Fail ~ In June, tens of thousands of Iraqi Security Forces in Nineveh province north of Baghdad collapsed in the face of attacks … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

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