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American Wars

A Lesson Never To Be Drawn From America's Recent Wars

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.29.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Sometimes it's tough to pull lessons of any sort from our confusing world, but let me mention one obvious (if little noted) case where that couldn't be less true: the American military and its wars.

War To The Horizon (And Nary A Word About It)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

War, what is it good for? In America, the answer is that, much of the time, you'll probably never know what it's good for -- or, in some cases, even notice that we're at war.

War To The Horizon, It's The American Way

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It's the timing that should amaze us (were anyone to think about it for 30 seconds). Let's start with the conflict in Afghanistan, now regularly described as the longest war in American history.

U.S. Special Operations Command Details Dismal U.S. Military Record

Nick Turse | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Nick Turse

An American century of carnage and combat has yielded many lessons learned, but not, it seems, the most important one when it comes to military conflict.

The Burden Of More Than 150 Years Of Warfare

Nick Turse | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Nick Turse

America has been committed to supporting the veterans of its wars since long before it had "United States of" in front of it. According to VA projections, 13,000 World War II veterans will be receiving benefits as late as 2034.

The Pentagon's Real $trategy

Andrew Cockburn | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Andrew Cockburn

After 15 years of grinding war with no obvious end in sight, pundit outrage may be misplaced. Focusing on Washington rather than on distant war zones, it becomes clear that the military establishment does indeed have a strategy, a highly successful one, which is to protect and enhance its own prosperity.

Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

From one end of the Greater Middle East to the other, things are looking up for Washington.

The Islamic State, America, and a History of Violence

Nick Turse | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics
Nick Turse

We live in an age in which America has called out an Axis of Evil, killed the most wanted evildoer on the planet, and relentlessly hunted his minions and spiritual descendants. And what do we have to show for it?

America's Reckless War Against Evil

Ira Chernus | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics
Ira Chernus

It drives me crazy to watch policymakers and experts making the same dumb mistakes time after time, several mistakes, actually, which synergistically add up to one self-defeating blunder after another. You'd think someone would learn something. Yet now, facing ISIS, you guessed it: we're doing it all over again.

The American Way of War in the Twenty-First Century (It's a $cam!)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.12.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Amid the defeats, corruption, and disappointments, there lurks a kind of success. After all, every disaster in which the U.S. military takes part only brings more bounty to the Pentagon.

The Great American Perpetual War

Nan Levinson | Posted 11.09.2016 | Politics
Nan Levinson

It's nearly Veterans Day, that time of year when we remember we have veterans. As a reminder that we also have war, the headline in my local paper recently read, "US pledges to send 50 special-ops troops to Syria."

70 Years of Military Mediocrity

William J. Astore | Posted 08.18.2016 | Politics
William J. Astore

Two centuries ago, Thomas Jefferson's points were plain and clear: While this country desired peace, it had to be prepared to wage war; and yet the more it avoided resorting to raw military power, the more it would prosper. Have America's military officers learned these lessons?

The Pentagon, Up Close and Personal

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The Pentagon has become a fixture, a given, of our American world, as around it has grown up what, since President Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address of 1961, has been known as the military-industrial complex.

Uncle Pentagon

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

In many ways, I grew up at the Pentagon. Our family never sat for a formal portrait. We didn't take snapshots at parties or picnics or on vacation. But what we do have is photo albums stuffed with pictures taken at the Pentagon as we protested there year after year after year.

War Porn

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

In the age of an endless stream of war zone losses and ties, it can be hard to keep Homeland enthusiasm up for perpetual war. But like propaganda films and sexual pornography, Hollywood movies about America at war have changed remarkably little over the years.

The Forgotten Triumphalist Glories of War, American-Style

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

So many years and wars later, it's easy to forget what a total television hit the first Gulf War of 1991 was.

The War to Start All Wars

Greg Grandin | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Greg Grandin

As we end another year of endless war in Washington, it might be the perfect time to reflect on the War That Started All Wars -- or at least the war that started all of Washington's post-Cold War wars: the invasion of Panama.

Don’t Walk Away From War

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The US has been at war nearly nonstop since the Vietnam War began. That's more than half a century of experience with war, American-style, and yet few in our world bother to draw the obvious conclusions.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? A Tale of America at War in the 21st Century

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

To use a sports analogy, if since 9/11 Washington has been the globe's cleanup hitter, it not only hasn't managed to knock a single ball out of the park, it's struck out enough times to make those watching dizzy, and it's batting .000. You;d think that someone in D.C. might have drawn a lesson or two from such a record, something simple like: Don't do it!

American-Style War, Sunny-Side Up

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the years when I was growing up more or less middle class, American war on the childhood front couldn't have been sunnier.

In the Shadow of War

Beverly Gologorsky | Posted 02.09.2014 | Books
Beverly Gologorsky

For at least a decade, Americans have been living in the shadow of war and yet, except in pop fiction of the Tom Clancy variety (where, in the end, we always win), there's remarkably little evidence of it.

No, Toto, It's Not Oz, It's Africa and It's War

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Tom Engelhardt

In Washington, war and preparations for war remain the options of choice, no matter the traffic jam of U.S. military disasters in this century.

Why Washington Can't Stop

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Washington's military plans and tactics since 9/11 have been a spectacular train wreck. But lessons learned from the collapse of war policy? Don't count on it.

The Business of America Is War

William Astore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Astore

In the halls of Congress and the Pentagon, it's business as usual, if your definition of "business" is the power and profits you get from constantly preparing for and prosecuting wars around the world.

Why, Again, Must America Be the World's Policeman?

Jerry Lanson | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Jerry Lanson

Over a lifetime of far more warfare than peace, I've seen the United States kill more innocents than bad guys and cure very few of the world's ills with its bombs or soldiers' boots.