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  

A Tale of American Hubris

George W. Bush declaring "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq in 2003

by Tom Engelhardt The lessons of history? Who needs them? Certainly not Washington’s present cast of characters, a crew in flight from history, the past, or knowledge of more or less any sort. Still, just for the hell of it,… 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  

China and the U.S. Are Spawning a New Great Power Naval Rivalry

Chinese frigate (Wikimedia Commons)

by Alfred McCoy Amid the intense coverage of Russian cyber-maneuvering and North Korean missile threats, another kind of great-power rivalry has been playing out quietly in the Indian and Pacific oceans. The U.S. and Chinese navies have been repositioning warships… Continue Reading  

The Dolls of Militarism

John Bolton (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

by Danny Sjursen Sometimes I get sick of saying it, but just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse… Donald Trump’s continual cabinet reshuffling — otherwise the stuff of reality-TV drama — has become genuinely frightening. Like so many… Continue Reading