Whistling Past the Graveyard (of Empires)

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by Tom Engelhardt If you’re in the mood, would you consider taking a walk with me and, while we’re at it, thinking a little about America’s wars? Nothing particularly ambitious, mind you, just — if you’re up for it —… Continue Reading  

Wrong on Nam, Wrong on Terror

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by Danny Sjursen Vietnam: it’s always there. Looming in the past, informing American futures. A 50-year-old war, once labeled the longest in our history, is still alive and well and still being refought by one group of Americans: the military… Continue Reading  

David Petraeus Finally Answers His Own Question

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by Tom Engelhardt It took 14 years, but now we have an answer. It was March 2003, the invasion of Iraq was underway, and Major General David Petraeus was in command of the 101st Airborne Division heading for the Iraqi… Continue Reading  

Yes, There Is a Deep State—But Not the Right Wing’s Caricature

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by Mike Lofgren The heated controversy over the right wing’s characterization of Donald Trump’s chronic conflict with the U.S. intelligence community as the machinations of “the Deep State” has inevitably generated political pushback from more establishmentarian figures. Paul Pillar on… Continue Reading  

Too Many Generals Spoil the Democracy

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by William J. Astore America has always had a love affair with its generals. It started at the founding of the republic with George Washington and continued with (among others) Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, and Dwight D.… Continue Reading