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  

Creating a Perpetual War Machine

Artwork by Anthony Freda

by Andrew Bacevich The purpose of all wars, is peace. So observed St. Augustine early in the first millennium A.D. Far be it from me to disagree with the esteemed Bishop of Hippo, but his crisply formulated aphorism just might require a… Continue Reading  

Trump to the International Community: Drop Dead

Nikki Haley at the UN (US Mission to the United Nations via Flickr)

by John Feffer Donald Trump has a plan to solve America’s drug crisis: kill the drug dealers. “We have pushers and drugs dealers, they are killing hundreds and hundreds of people,” Trump said at a recent White House summit on opioid abuse.… Continue Reading  

The New New Cold War

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by John Feffer When an epoch ends, as the Cold War did between 1989 and 1991, it takes some time to come up with a name for the new order. For some years, the world lived in a “post-Cold War”… Continue Reading  

Donald Trump Offers a Helping Hand to China and Russia

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 by Dilip Hiro In his State of the Union address, Donald Trump warned grimly of “rivals like China and Russia that challenge our interests, our economy, and our values.”  In response, he demanded that Congress give even more money to “our great military”… Continue Reading