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Rebecca Gordon: It’s Almost Twenty Years Since 9/11

Perhaps the horrors of 2020—the fires and hurricanes, Trump’s vicious attacks on democracy, the death, sickness, and economic dislocation caused by Covid-19—can force a real conversation about national security in 2021. Maybe this time we can finally ask whether trying to prop up a dying empire actually makes us—or indeed the world—any safer.

December 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

Mike Schneider: Photograph in TIME, 1985

A man in battle camouflage holds a machete
at the throat of a peasant farmer on his knees
genuflecting in a shallow grave he just dug.

December 10, 2020 · 6 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: In a Looking-Glass World, Our Work Is Just Beginning

For the last four years, Donald Trump has made war on the people of this country and indeed on the people of the entire world.

November 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Andrea Mazzarino: How the War Came Home, Big Time

For the Proud Boys to say that they reject racism and venerate housewives did little more than provide them with a veneer of social acceptability, even as they planned armed counter-rallies in progressive cities like Providence and Portland with the explicit purpose of inciting violence among Black Lives Matter protesters and their allies.

October 29, 2020 · 3 Comments

John Nagl and Paul Yingling: An Open Letter to General Milley

If Donald Trump refuses to leave office at the expiration of his constitutional term, the United States military must remove him by force, and you must give that order.

August 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Belén Fernández: Friedman at 50 Friedman Units

Thanks to Thomas Friedman’s relentless service as a mouthpiece for US empire and capital, he’s permitted to continue churning out his pseudo-thoughts week after week.

July 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

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

Video: Tom Lehrer | The Vatican Rag & Send the Marines

What do we do? We send the Marines!
For might makes right,
And till they’ve seen the light,
They’ve got to be protected,
All their rights respected,
‘Till somebody we like can be elected.

February 29, 2020 · 4 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: War Addicts, Inc.

Making Sense of the Age of Carnage

February 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

Kathy Kelly: I am an Eyewitness to the Horrors of the US Forever Wars

Mainstream media seldom help us recognize ourselves as a menacing, warrior nation. Yet we must look in the mirror held up by historical circumstances if we’re ever to accomplish credible change.

January 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Stacy Bannerman: In 2020 Live Your Prayer

We need spiritual warriors willing to do the hard, heartbreaking work of becoming the light; capable of walking through the valley of the death of their old life and finding their way out.

December 31, 2019 · 2 Comments

Andrea Mazzarino: Bearing Witness to the Costs of War

I’m a scholar of the war on terror’s civilian casualties, as well as a military spouse. Until the suffering ends, all of us should bear witness to the costs of war.

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Medea Benjamin: Should We Feed Hungry Children or the War Machine?

Our elected officials have chosen to prioritize the pursuit of military hegemony over the wellbeing of our people.

September 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Andrew J. Bacevich: Reflections on “Peace” in Afghanistan

However great my distaste for President Trump, I support his administration’s efforts to extricate the United States from Afghanistan….Prolonging this folly any longer does not serve U.S. interests. Rule number one of statecraft ought to be: when you’re doing something really stupid, stop.

September 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

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