Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, The Glory of the Greatest Shines On

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Heroes? When I was a kid, among my heroes — and I was joined in this by so many Americans — was Jackie Robinson. Yes, he was the first Black ballplayer to break into the segregated major leagues. But the main thing for me was that he was the stellar second baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers and I was a mad Dodgers fan. My dad grew up in Brooklyn, so no surprise there.

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Tomgram: Andrea Mazzarino, Secure What? Against Whom?

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It was more than 20 years ago, but I still remember the shock I felt when the word “homeland” first entered our culture in a big way. That was soon after the 9/11 attacks and, in the end, it would be attached to what became known as the Department of Homeland Security. For me — and I read more

To Send Weapons and Troops to Ukraine You’d Have to Be a Stupid Son of a Biden

Have yall learned absolutely nothing?

The U.S. government’s internal memos said that the only way to get Iraq to use its weapons if it even had any would be to attack it. The U.S. government’s public statements were that Iraq certainly had weapons and therefore must be attacked. The U.S. government itself had every single one of the weapons in question, and knew Iraq used to have some of them because the U.S. had provided them.

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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Why Washington Can’t Learn

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Who even remembers when President Bush — no, not George W. but his father! — exclaimed, “By God, we’ve kicked the Vietnam Syndrome!” That was in the wake of Operation Desert Storm (aka the First Gulf War of 1991) and it was indeed true that the U.S. military had kicked Iraqi autocrat Saddam Hussein’s troops out of Kuwait with remarkable ease. And yes, visually, read more

Speaking Truth to Empire about Ukraine Crisis

 “Speaking Truth to Empire” on KFCF 88.1 independently owned and locally operated since 1975 in Fresno, Dan Yaseen interviews Scott Ritter, a former US Marine Corps intelligence officer and author of “Scorpion King: America’s Suicidal Embrace of Nuclear Weapons from FDR to Trump” (2020). He served in the Soviet Union as an inspector implementing the INF Treaty and a United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998. They discuss US – Russia conflict in Ukraine.

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