In this century, the U.S. military has fought a seemingly endless series of disastrous wars in distant lands, so endless that they’ve commonly come to be known as “forever wars.” Given our all-volunteer armed forces, the only military responsibility of so many American civilians
By the time you read this piece, it will already be out of date. The reason’s simple enough. No matter what mayhem I describe, with so much all-American weaponry in this world of ours, there’s no way to keep up. Often, despite the headlines that go with mass killings here, there’s almost no way even to know.
On this planet of ours, America is the emperor of weaponry, even
When it comes to future conflicts or present-day war games, they have all the advantages and we have none! Or as Eric Edelman, a former undersecretary of defense for policy, told CNN recently, “Russia
January 6th will long be remembered for bringing a version of age-of-Trump extremism into the open in a startling fashion. Since the Civil War, the overthrow of the government hasn’t been on the agenda — not at least until that recent January day. Among the insurrectionists
“War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothin’!” So went the famed Vietnam War-era protest lyrics first sung by the Temptations.
Looked at a certain way, however, like so many Americans, war has been the backdrop of my life. After Pearl Harbor, my father, 35, promptly volunteered for what was then the Army Air Corps; my mother, a cartoonist, would, in her own way,
If, on September 10, 2001, you had told me that my country, which from 1979 to 1989 had fought a secret war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan (of all places!), would for the next nearly 20 years fight a second full-scale war there, with up
As Todd Miller has been reporting for years at TomDispatch, there’s one truth seldom mentioned in the endless coverage of this country’s border crisis, already reaching a fever pitch in the early days of the Biden administration: whatever