A Staggeringly Well-Funded Blowback Machine

Air Force Academy cadet (Pixabay)

by Tom Engelhardt As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer dollars that will have gone into America’s war on terror… Continue Reading  

More Torture Questions for Haspel

Gina Haspel (DonkeyHotey via Flickr)

by Dan Plesch Gina Haspel’s nomination to be director of the CIA has focused attention once more on the US use of torture. Her commander-in-Chief Donald Trump has lauded waterboarding—near-death by drowning/suffocation—and Haspel allegedly supervised such activities against al-Qaeda suspects… Continue Reading  

War and the Imperial Presidency

Donald Trump at MacDill Air Force Base

by Danny Sjursen It may be too late. The president of the United States is now a veritable autocrat in the realm of foreign policy. He has been since at least 1945, when the last congressionally declared war finally ended. Wars… Continue Reading  

Why Can’t the World’s Best Military Win Its Wars?

Black Hawk helicopter crash in Iraq (Wikimedia Commons)

by Arnold R. Isaacs “This time, they think they have it right.” So declared an Associated Press story reporting an upbeat assessment by this country’s top military officer at the end of a five-day visit to Afghanistan earlier this spring. Marine General… Continue Reading  

The Strike Warfare Chimera

U.S. Predator drone firing a missile (YouTube)

by James A. Russell You could hear the back slapping in Paris, Washington, and London as the allies unleashed a fusillade of missiles at Syria in response to the April 7 chemical attack in the suburb of Douma. The “precision”… Continue Reading