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American Wars

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.

Memorial Day and the Vietnam Vet

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 07.25.2013 | Fifty
Laura Lee Carter

Most of us are about to celebrate Memorial Day, a holiday which meant very little to me until I married a Vietnam-era veteran. I am afraid most young people have no way to understand exactly what happened to those in their late teens and twenties during the Vietnam War.

How the U.S. Brings 'Security' to the Planet

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

U.S. troops are gone from Iraq, but the violence our invasion and occupation set loose has never ended. We bear genuine responsibility for this, but no longer care a whit.

'So Many People Died'

Nick Turse | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Nick Turse

Over these last years, I've interviewed hundreds of war victims like Pham Thang, and he's right: I'll probably never come close to knowing what life was like for those whose worlds were upended by America's foreign wars.

This Year, Election Day Is Veterans Day, Too

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, they will be voting not just for a chief executive, but for the commander-in-chief. Given that the U.S. has been involved in the longest war in our history, the stakes have never been higher for veterans and their families.