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American Militarism

Death Eaters In The White House

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.17.2017 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

If you had any doubt that Donald Trump is a Death Eater, consider all that the Groper in Chief and his circle of Dementors have done in the space of just three short weeks.

Commander In Chief

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.20.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Maybe it's the phrase -- "commander in chief" -- that best captures the transcendent absurdity and unaddressed horrors of the 2016 election season and...

The Danger of Hillary Clinton: She Is Not the 'Safer' Candidate

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 03.02.2017 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

In an election year that finds both the left and right clamoring for political change, then, it seems suicidal for the Democrats to be putting forward a candidate who is as much a creature of the establishment as Hillary Rodham Clinton is.

The 2015 Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) and America's Military Kings

Heather Gautney | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

In the weeks to come, Americans will bear witness to congressional hearings and debates over presidential war powers. And despite the lack of proof that ISIS poses a direct threat to the homeland, we'll hear a lot of talk about emergent dangers and military necessity.

Traces of Evil

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Obama's speech is addressed to a nation with a dead imagination. Doing "something" about the Islamic State means dropping bombs on it. Bombing runs don't inconvenience a politician's constituents and always seem like stalwart action: a squirt of Raid on an infestation of bugs.

For Obama, an Indispensable Lesson from the Middle East

Marwan Bishara | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Marwan Bishara

The United States must ensure a viable multilateral alternative to its hegemony in the Middle East. It must use its super-power status to empower allies and regional players to assume greater authority.

The Curious Case of Sgt. Bergdahl and the Not So Curious Case of American Warmongering

Camilo E. Mejia | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Camilo E. Mejia

Congressional outcry over President Obama's exchange of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, is not due to any real or perceived violation of trust or of the law. It is due to the atrocious addiction to warmongering that has plagued our government for longer than we would like to admit.

The Forced Resignation of General Shinseki: Not a Veterans' Affair

Camilo E. Mejia | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Camilo E. Mejia

Having sought medical care from the Miami Veterans Administration hospital for my PTSD, years after my return from the Iraq war, I know from personal experience how detrimental it can be for veterans to have to wait weeks, or months, for much-needed medical attention.

America by the Numbers: Part II

Dave Pruett | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Dave Pruett

Appalled both by the concentrations of wealth enjoyed by the French aristocracy and by their callous exploitation of the poor, Thomas Jefferson proposed an antidote for the fledgling United States: a progressive tax code.

Politics and Sports Mixed Long Before Bob Costas

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Jonathan Weiler

The premise of the complaint that we don't normally have to endure politicization of our major national sporting events is simply false. Examples abound, but the most unrelenting one is the steady diet sports fans have been fed of nearly compulsory worshipfulness of our armed forces.

Poison Values

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Poison gas is not only a "moral obscenity" -- one the United States stockpiled for decades after its use was banned in warfare -- but a metaphor for human recklessness and wasted science.

Spectator Wars

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We will never get to the business of choosing a peaceful future until we declare war obsolete, and that will never happen until we are able to look squarely at what we ourselves have done as a nation over the years, and what we're doing right now.

Super Bowl 47: Too Much Patriotism?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Just like not supporting an unnecessary war does not make one un-American, enjoying all-American traditions at a sports event does not make one a warmonger.

Homer Simpson and the WMDs in Iraq... (Doh)... I Mean Iran

Nicolas J.S. Davies | Posted 12.08.2012 | World
Nicolas J.S. Davies

Can American policy makers and politicians take for granted that they are ruling a nation of Homer Simpsons who can be duped into war by the very same trick that we just fell for ten years ago? Our leaders are being extra-careful not to say "WMD"s, but surely Bart and Lisa can connect the dots.

Obama, Osama and the Cycle of Machismo

Aaron Belkin | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Aaron Belkin

Progressives cannot blame the president for our highly militarized culture in which masculinity has been conflated with martial violence and military prowess. The roots of this tradition are so deep President Obama can't do much to soften it.

The Big Lie Marches On

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The war is over, sort of, but the Big Lie marches on: that democracy is flowering in Iraq, that America is stronger and more secure than ever, that doing what's right is the prime motivator of all our military action.

No One Likes to Be Guilt-Tripped

Patrick McDermott | Posted 11.15.2011 | DC
Patrick McDermott

I personally find it disgusting how much the U.S. emphasizes the tenets of death instead of the tenets of life throughout our policies. However, is shaming and guilting people really the best way to win them over?

How the Military and the Civilian Are Blurring in Washington

William J. Astore | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
William J. Astore

If we're not careful, the civilian and military will become the Washington equivalent of Siamese twins, co-joined at the head and, however bitter their internecine arguments, sharing the same underlying militarized thought processes.

The Nervous American Empire or Raise Your Hands Over Your Head and Don't Move

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

It will soon be ten years since 9/11 and the effects are still with us. One of the obvious ones is the U.S. military's adventures in the rest of the w...

Deafening Silence: Why Our Ongoing Wars Are Not a Campaign Issue

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

2010 has seen a re-assertion of bipartisan consensus on American militarism, making the issue virtually invisible in this campaign despite the fact that it's never been more urgent for us to face squarely its scope and consequences.

America's Elites Further Separate Themselves From Everyone Else

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Poverty is at a fifteen year high and inequality at an all-time high. And yet it has become a more-than-respectable mainstream view that we're too far in debt to spend more money. This version of respectability is deeply informed by class.

According to Peretz, Americans Must Think Life Is Cheap

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Marty Peretz apologized for saying he wasn't sure whether Muslims deserve the same rights as other Americans, but refused to apologize for having said that "Muslim life is cheap, especially for Muslims."