With the U.S. military officially drawing down its troops, the Pentagon is embarking on a major deconstruction program. But anyone who wanted to know just what was built in Afghanistan won’t have an easy time of it.
Beyond the spectacle of the presidential race, the Washington consensus pursues business as usual. This is the season in which I wonder, with an ever-intensifying sense of urgency, what it would take to turn our political system into a democracy.
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.
We have to begin thinking and organizing ourselves beyond the arbitrary constraints of nations and beyond our current, resource-devouring economic system. We have to imagine a global culture that doesn't pit humanity against nature.
Fifty-one years ago today, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued his final, prescient warning about the rising power of the military industrial complex. Eisenhower was right to be worried. We're living in his nightmare.
The co-joining of corporate-owned sports teams and events with the military strikes me as more than disturbing. We've created a dangerous dynamic in this country: one in which sporting events are exploited to sell military service for some while providing cheap grace for all.
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.
I predict that ROTC on campus will lead to more and better understanding of what is at stake at our current political crossroads where the only people who may unabashedly talk about serving the public are wearing uniforms.
The idolization of the German military was a telling manifestation of a growing militarism within an American society which remained remarkably oblivious to the slow strangulation of its citizen-soldier ideal.
Our medical thinking has become totally militaristic. It is not just happenstance that doctors proudly assert that they seek to attack illness, combat disease, kill infective agents, and create a war on cancer.