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Books For The Trump Years

Michael Winship | Posted 12.22.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

These are the times that try men's and women's souls. With inauguration day just weeks away, if you must curl up in a ball in front of a fireplace or ...

A Major Flaw of the U.S. National Security State

William Astore | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
William Astore

Despite a painfully expensive and tragically wasteful record of militarized interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and many other countries throughout the greater Middle East, the U.S. military and foreign policy establishment persists in staying its presence course.  

Does Endless War And Illegal Surveillance Sound Like Security To You?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Too many candidates are endorsing the conventional political wisdom that more military invasion, occupation, droning and Pentagon spending will somehow make us more secure. That's why we think that now is a more important time than ever to challenge the status quo.

Being Wrong in Washington as a Career Enhancer

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In our era in Washington, whole careers have been built on grotesque mistakes. In fact, when it comes to our various conflicts, God save you if you're right; no one will ever want to hear from you again. If you're wrong, however... well, take the invasion of Iraq.

What Is the Sound of a Politician Falling in the Forest?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

After a State of the Union Address, we're used to a rebuttal from the other party. This year, two of them turned out to be on the schedule.

Sam Stein

If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV | Sam Stein | Posted 06.27.2014 | Media

WASHINGTON -- Kent Conrad’s phone hasn’t been ringing very much over the past few weeks, as Iraq, and the debate over America's future in the coun...

Military Historian Hammers Dick Cheney On Iraq: 'That Is Genuine Chutzpah'

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.27.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Former Vice President Dick Cheney's recent claims that President Obama is responsible for misleading people about the Iraq war has drawn disapproval f...

Watch: Andrew Bacevich on the Chaos in Iraq

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The escalating bloodbath in Iraq has triggered renewed debate on how muscular America's foreign policy should be. This week, I speak with combat veteran and historian Andrew Bacevich about the events unfolding in Iraq and what they say about America's role in the world.

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.

An Open Letter To Paul Wolfowitz

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

A leading critic of American military expansionism has written a critical open letter to Paul Wolfowitz on the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War. A...

Twisted Rhetoric on the Anniversary of the Iraq War

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Rick Ayers

There are honorable deaths, there may be necessary wars. But this was neither honorable nor necessary. Does telling the truth blame the soldiers? It shouldn't, but it certainly should make the powerful less comfortable.

VIDEO: Andrew Bacevich on Sgt. Robert Bales

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.23.2012 | Media
Bill Moyers

2012-03-23-Capture.JPG Does Robert Bales symbolize a larger problem in our military ranks?

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.

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."

Andrew Bacevich: how war without end became the rule (VIDEO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

Andrew Bacevich is the soldier turned writer who's still unlearning and puncturing the Washington Rules of national security. The rules have turned i...

Bacevich: Vietnam vs. Munich, and Creating an "Iraq/Afghanistan Syndrome"

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

A key task for ending the war - and preventing future wars, such as a future war with Iran for which the political groundwork is now being laid - is breaking the Republican political monolith in support of war.

Washington Rules and PMC

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Isenberg

Andrew Bacevich is author of several meticulously documented books on American geopolitical ambitions. In terms of street credibility, Bacevich has tons more than the average commentator on the issue.

Cordesman Game Show: So You Think You Can Win This War?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

You really think you can dance WIN THIS WAR?? -- Anthony H. Cordesman, the CSIS Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy (not really; just hypothetically) ...

It's Always a Bad Year to Get Out of Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

2010-06-06-soldier.jpg After 104 months of war, the last 12 of which saw the U.S. triple the number of troops in Afghanistan, attempted terror attacks against our country are at an all-time high.

Velvet Imperialists

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

It's not easy to run an empire with velvet gloves. At the same time, velvet imperialists who revel in touchy-feely values of mutuality and good governance are no good at dismantling empires.

Conservative Historian: Afghanistan Choice 'Like A Joke'

Rethink Afghanistan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Andrew J. Bacevich, professor of international relations at Boston University, pushes back against the idea that U.S. and allied forces can deliver "g...

Basic Truths in Hoh Resignation Letter Were True When He Took His Job

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Quigg

The basic grim truths that Matthew Hoh wrote about in his much-quoted resignation letter were all basically true when he took his job a few months ago.

McChrystal's 40,000 Troop Hoax

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Even if Obama were to approve General McChrystal's request, the 40,000 troops wouldn't arrive in time to significantly affect the 12-month window McChrystal says will be decisive.

Why A Maximalist Af-Pak Policy Will Not Work

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lionel Beehner

Let's turn to Afghanistan. There is a weak and corrupt government, little to no standing armed forces, and parts of the country entirely controlled by the Taliban.

The Failure of Obama's First 100 Days in Afghanistan

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
ZP Heller

We haven't seen a president willing to break with his predecessor by prioritizing regional diplomacy and humanitarian aid above military escalation. Here's why Obama gets a 'D' for his first 100 days in Afghanistan.