Why Can’t We Just Play Ball?

Cleveland Browns pre-game show, 2008

by William Astore As long as I can remember, I’ve been a sports fan. As long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in the military. Until recently, I experienced those as two separate and distinct worlds. While I was in… Continue Reading  

America’s Addictions

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by Tom Engelhardt When you think of addiction in America today, one thing comes to mind: the opioid epidemic. And it should. It’s serious. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, almost 64,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2016 (more… Continue Reading  

Pump Up the Pentagon

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by William D. Hartung Other than shouting about building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, one of Donald Trump’s most frequently proclaimed promises on the 2016 campaign trail was the launching of a half-trillion-dollar plan to repair America’s crumbling infrastructure (employing large… Continue Reading  

Infinite War

U.S. Marines in live-fire training in Jordan (Department of Defense)

by Andrew Bacevich “The United States of Amnesia.” That’s what Gore Vidal once called us. We remember what we find it convenient to remember and forget everything else. That forgetfulness especially applies to the history of others. How could theirpast, way… Continue Reading  

The Military-Industrial Complex Strikes (Out) Again

The B-21 Raider

by William Astore Did you know the U.S. Air Force is working on a new stealth bomber? Don’t blame yourself if you didn’t, since the project is so secret that most members of Congress aren’t privy to the details. (Talk about stealthy!) Known… Continue Reading