The Pentagon Is Killing Us — And The Planet

By Marcy Winograd, Common Dreams. -

The dog days of summer are upon us —and the record high temperatures killing hundreds in the Pacific Northwest and bringing 118 degree heat to Siberia serve as a harbinger of even hotter, more [...]

‘The Afghanistan War Was A Disaster;’ Veteran Danny Sjursen On US ‘Pullout’

By Margaret Flowers, Clearing the FOG. -

The Pentagon has started closing military bases and pulling troops out of Afghanistan but confusion over what this means for the United States' longest war exists. For clarification, Clearing the [...]

Biden’s Appeasement Of Hawks And Neocons Is Crippling His Diplomacy

By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies, Popular Resistance. -

President Biden took office promising a new era of American international leadership and diplomacy. But with a few exceptions, he has so far allowed self-serving foreign allies, hawkish U.S. [...]

Biden Isn’t Ending The Afghanistan War, He’s Privatizing It

By Jeremy Kuzmarov, Covert Action Magazine. -

On April 14, President Joe Biden announced that he would end the U.S.’s longest war and withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist [...]

On Shedding An Obsolete Past

By Andrew Bacevich, Tom Dispatch. -

You may have noticed: the Blob is back. Beneath a veneer of gender and racial diversity, the Biden national security team consists of seasoned operatives who earned their spurs in Washington long [...]

Secretary Of Defense Lloyd Austin: A Certain Kind Of Diversity

By Maj. Danny Sjursen (USA-ret.), ScheerPost.com. -

America’s first black presumptive secretary of defense grew up in the same town — Thomasville, GA — as the first black West Point graduate, Henry O. Flipper.  I actually took select cadets from [...]

A Typical Democratic Official On The Pentagon And War

By W. J. Astore, Bracing Views. -

Jeh Johnson, formerly homeland security secretary under President Obama, showed how a typical Democratic official approaches the Pentagon and war as he spoke on ABC’s This Week on Sunday [...]

New Report: More Than $1Billion From War Industry And Government Going To Think Tanks

By Cassandra Simpson, Responsible Statecraft. -

It’s well known that Pentagon contractors spend hundreds of millions each year on lobbying, but the other powerful weapon contractors wield to influence U.S. national security priorities — think [...]

Fortress On A Hill: Understanding The War Industry

By Danny Sjursen, Fortress on a Hill. -

Christian Sorenson stops by the podcast to discuss his new book “Understanding the War Industry”, a detailed look at contracting within the U.S. military industrial complex and how its giant war [...]

Artificial (Un)intelligence And The US Military

By Michael Klare, Tom Dispatch. -

With Covid-19 incapacitating startling numbers of U.S. service members and modern weapons proving increasingly lethal, the American military is relying ever more frequently on intelligent robots [...]

Saying Iran Is Paying Bounties To Kill Americans Is Pure Parody

By Scott Ritter, RT. -

It was Russia in June, now it’s Tehran. Don’t US analysts understand that Taliban fighters really don’t need any more motivation to target American troops? This is simply politicized [...]

US Empire Of Bases Is Spreader Of US COVID-19 Disaster

By Andrea Mazzarino, Tom Dispatch. -

American military personnel are getting sick in significant numbers in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. As The New York Times reported in a piece buried in the back pages of its July 21st [...]

Ten Reasons Why Defunding Police Should Lead To Defunding War

By Medea Benjamin and Zoltán Grossman, CODEPINK. -

Since George Floyd was murdered, we have seen an increasing convergence of the “war at home” against Black and brown people with the “wars abroad” that the U.S. has waged against people in other [...]

Let’s Defund The Pentagon, Too

By John Horgan, Scientific American. -

Toward the end of his life, Martin Luther King, Jr., after agonizing about the Vietnam War in private, began denouncing it in public. Liberal politicians and media, including The New York [...]

De-Militarizing The United States

By Melvin Goodman, Counterpunch. -

The reliance on military instruments of power to implement foreign policy has expanded the role of the Department of Defense at the expense of the Department of State.  The State Department’s [...]