The Trojan Drone

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by Rebecca Gordon Think of it as the Trojan Drone, the ultimate techno-weapon of American warfare in these years, a single remotely operated plane sent to take out a single key figure. It’s a shiny video game for grown ups… Continue Reading  

The Pentagon’s Real $trategy

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by Andrew Cockburn These days, lamenting the apparently aimless character of Washington’s military operations in the Greater Middle East has become conventional wisdom among administration critics of every sort. Senator John McCain thunders that “this president has no strategy to successfully… Continue Reading  

The Costs of Violence

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by Noam Chomsky [This piece, the second of two parts, is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World? (Metropolitan Books). Part 1 can be found by clicking here.] In brief, the Global War on Terror sledgehammer strategy has spread… Continue Reading  

Failed States and States of Failure

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by Tom Engelhardt One of the charms of the future is its powerful element of unpredictability, its ability to ambush us in lovely ways or bite us unexpectedly in the ass. Most of the futures I imagined as a boy… Continue Reading  

Management by McChrystal: Missing the Forest for the Trees?

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, awards the Distinguished Service Medal to Gen. Stanley McChrystal with is wife Annie as he is honored at a retirement ceremony at Fort McNair in Washington, Friday, July 23, 2010. DoD Photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison(RELEASED)

by William D. Hartung There are two reigning narratives about Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former head of the U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. One is the story of a loose-lipped, cocky military man who had to… Continue Reading